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Monday, December 10, 2012

ALEXFEST 2012: Let The Roasting, er Posting Begin :)

Aloha,

FINALLY!
 

Houston, we are a GO! for “AlexFest.”

For full details and background, click here.

So, while Alex J. Cavanaugh is an awesome blogger, he’s also an enigma. J

To help crack the code, here’s four questions that the AlexFest participants plan to answer:

·         In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like?

Alex is cau-cajun, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, has brown eyes and shoulder-length dark hair. (I have noooo idea.)

 
       ·         In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead.)

OK, don’t laugh, but I just described a young Tom Cruise! What? You can’t handle the truth?

 
      ·         In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of?

A Tom Cruise-looking Arnold Swartzeknickers who’s been sent back in time to promote the rebel Bloggers of Publishedia.

 
      ·         In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:

·         Cavanaugh

·         Ninja

·         IWSG

·         Cosbolt

·         Guitar


Cavanaugh looked at the smoldering Borg.

“Without him, I’ll only post 1,694 ISWG comments before 9 a.m.”

The Ninja Captain looked at his lieutenant.

“Why did you shoot?”

“It attacked the Cosbolt – we need that Fighter,” said the Scottish-looking lassie. “We need more power – to post!”

Close to reaching his word count limit, Cavanaugh strummed his guitar, humming Last Christmas by WHAM! (his favorite boy band.)

 
“Lieutenant, are you willing to be a Borg?

“Yes!” said the trigger-happy officer.

“You’ll need a new name…”

She scribbled three words.

“Sure?”

She nodded.

“Morg the Borg. I like it. Let’s do this.”

 

(For Bonus Points:)

·         In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh - thanking her for sharing J

 Dear Mrs. C,

You have a keeper in young Alex. He’s a great man, but a BIG Cheers to you for all the weekly time needed. It’s amazing how hard Alex works to make us look better (except for me – the lost cause not even FABIO can fix :)

                                                                    ### 

Two winners – chosen by Alex this Friday, Dec. 14 – will each win one prize:

FIRST PLACE: A signed copy of CassaStar.
GRAND PRIZE*: A picture of Alex and a download of him playing the guitar he just bought for more than $100 :)

(*One caveat: Alex asks the picture or download NOT be shared online.J)
PS: If you’re still interested, the Linky List below remains open until late Wednesday evening (EST.)


79 comments:

Elise Fallson said...

Amazing how you can fit Wham!, Morg the borg and the Ninja Captain in one post! Awesome :D

michelle said...

Great entry, Mark!
A young Tom Cruise? That crossed my mind at some point...

Suzi said...

Awww. You'r not a lost cause, Mark. Don't be so hard on yourself. :)

Cheers to Mr. Cavanaugh.

C.M.Brown said...

I like the star trek take, good job!

Karen Walker said...

Hi Mark, haven't "met" you yet, but thanks for doing this for Alex.
Karen

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL - Morg the Borg!

kmckendry said...

Love it! I said Tom Cruise too! Thanks for hosting!

Pk Hrezo said...

LOL that was great, Mark! So funny!

And yeah go Wham!!! Hee hee

Siv Ottem said...

Thanks for hosting this great party! Don't think I have laughed so hard for a long time!

Susan Roebuck said...

I nearly likened him to Tom Cruise as well! Great story Mark - thanks for hosting.

Julie Luek said...

So fun and such a great idea, Mark. And yes, a big kudos to Mrs. C.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bonus points for calling me young! Although Cruise might be a little short to play me. (He's a little too short to play anyone!)
Now off to catch up on my comments!!!
Thanks again, so much Mark. Really honored by this blogfest.

Miranda Hardy said...

Morg the Borg! Lol great roast post!

Laura Eno said...

Truly awesome! I love the borg fitted into this - and just realized that's probably how Alex accomplishes it all. :)

Kirsten said...

I'm loving all the flash fiction! Who knew?

What a fun blogfest, for a great blogger. :)

Heather Gardner said...

A young Tom Cruise ain't so bad!
Great post!
Thanks for having the AlexFest!
Heather

Karen Lange said...

Loved your post! This is a terrific idea. Alex is a gem! :)

JennaQuentin said...

You're such a nut. Thanks for hosting!

JennaQuentin said...

Can I add that you're a macadamia nut?

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Well done, Dude. Not as well done as I done, but close. I'm a suspicious type. I agree that you're some kind of a nut--but what kind! Happy Alex-fest!

J. A. Bennett said...

Ha that's the worst song ever, Alex is right to hate them :)

Ella said...

I love what you wrote! Tom Cruise-yes our Captain has that kind of fan base~ So fun...
Thanks for hosting :D

David P. King said...

Hey! You mentioned Borg in your story, too! Great mind think alike, Mark. Great minds (or minds that are completely nutters, but I'm good either way). :)

Morgan said...

Ah-hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

HOLY.

CRAP.

I. Am. DYING. Of. Laughter.

Mark, you're so FUNNY. 'said the Scottish-looking lassie. "We need more power--to post!"'

Seriously dying. And Morg the Borg... Really?!?!?!?!

I like it. Let's do this.

:D

Nicole said...

The rebel Bloggers of Publishedia! Ha - love it! Your flash fiction was great, too. Lots of nice nods to Alex.

M.L. Swift said...

Wonderful and humorous salute, Mark! So Alex is a Wake Me Up Before You Go-go dancer, huh? :o)

Melissa said...

Hahaha - Great post, Mark. :D

Tyrean Martinson said...

This is hilarious - you had me laughing so hard with your story!!!
Thank you!

Empty Nest Insider said...

This was great Mark! Loved the Tom Cruise bit, the Morgan cameo, and especially the guitar that cost more than $100!
Thanks for hosting this fun fest! Julie

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Ha! Ha! Love the picture of a young Tom Cruise as Alex. Nice post, funny as ever Mark.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Great choice in Tom Cruise! Have you seen his new sci-fi movie preview that just hit the blogosphere? "Oblivion" I think it's called. But he definitely has sci-fi under his belt with Minority Report and to some extent "Mission Impossible." Although that last one really isn't sci-fi but seems so high tech it should be.

Melissa Bradley said...

I can't stop laughing! This was just brilliant and I love Arnold Schwarztnicker. Now there's a ninja barbarian.

JJ said...

Aloha, Mark. I'm your newest follower.

Nicki Elson said...

Yeah, I suspected Alex was just teasing when he said he didn't like that Wham! song. I mean, come on, who doesn't?

Thanks for putting on this fabulous fun fest. :)

D.G. Hudson said...

We agree then, that Alex may look like young Tom Cruise.

Kudos to you guys for dreaming up this celebration of Alex!

Tara Tyler said...

thanks so much for hosting this!

and i love morg the borg!

Sherry Ellis said...

Thanks for hosting this blogfest! It's a ton of fun!

Cassie Mae said...

Holy yikes! I never realized how tight of pants Tom wore in that movie.

I'm also dying over the Wham! reference. Awesome :D

Carrie-Anne said...

I love how you fit Wham! into the short story!

DL Hammons said...

I can't see Tom Cruise playing the guitar, but the rest fits!! :)

Tamara said...

LOVED your entry...I think your flash fiction was my fave. :)

Although I'm NOT sure about the Tom Cruise comparison...Alex is light-years cooler than Tom Cruise. (Who seems mildly creepy and possibly washed up. And NOT like Jack Reacher at all, but that's a whole other problem)

Shell Flower said...

Dude, you are so damn funny I'd have to quote your whole post to say all the places I laughed. Thanks for hostin' and mostin'!

Candilynn Fite said...

Wham..giggling. Great tribute to Alex. :)

cleemckenzie said...

Tom Cruise, heh? Possibly. I've chosen Johnny Depp, so we're on the same wavelength here.

What a super Fest this is! You three did a great thinking this up!

Arlee Bird said...

I don't know why but Tom Cruise was the first actor that came to my mind as well, but know I see that I'm not alone. For me I think it was because I can't think of that many actors' names.

Great participation on this fest. Should you be thanked or cursed? Well, I guess Alex deserves it.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Lol! Well done. And thanks again for hosting this, such a great idea!

Luanne Smith said...

I've seen a few Tom Cruise comparisons. It fits!

And, wow, that Wham song has got to be one of the worst Christmas songs ever. :P

Cheers, Alex!

Suzanne Furness said...

Wham! You crack me up, Mark. Thanks for co-hosting this fest, it's a blast!

Spacerguy said...

You've assimilated me, Mark. Oh Yes I'm a Borg. Woo Hoo!

Emily R. King said...

I can see Tom Cruise, but Arnold? NO. :D

Thanks for co-hosting, Mark!

Gwen Gardner said...

Tom Cruise! You've done Alex proud. Morg the Borg *snort* is too funny:)

Thanks for hosting, Mark!

Ellie Garratt said...

Swartzknickers. Wham. Tom Cruise. I. Can't stop laughing! Loved it.

M Pax said...

I'm well entertained by your story. Great festing, too.

The Golden Eagle said...

I love all the things you've combined in this post!

Great flash fiction.

Lynda R Young said...

"...I’ll only post 1,694 ISWG comments before 9 a.m" hahahahaha!

Jeff Hargett said...

Glad I'm not the only one who went all space military in their flash. Nicely done. Thanks for hosting!

Mina Burrows said...

Loved it. I wish I would have properly thanked Mrs.C.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Love the picture of super cocky Maverick. But can he sing something besides 'You've lost that loving feeling?'
And then you quote a few good men? Awesome.

Tina said...

Thanks for putting together this wonderful party for one of my most devoted buddies. He deserves every kudo(s).

Tina @ Life is Good
http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

Christine Rains said...

Hehehe! Love the Borg! Thanks for hosting this amazing blogfest.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I like Morg the Borg too. This was hilarious. And Tom Cruise was alright until he went Scientology and all.

Thanks for co-hosting a great blogfest.

xoRobyn

Allison said...

This was a fun idea for a bloghop. Thanks for hosting!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Tammy Theriault said...

dude, tom cruise just jumped on a couch in front of oprah saying he was in love with alex's blog! weird right??

Leigh Covington said...

LOL!
Oh my gosh! This is awesome! AND HUGE!!!! Holy huge! I hope I can read all the entries. Fun idea Mark!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark - great hosting going on via this post ... now how is Marathon man - dare I ask?

Morg the Borg - I wonder if that phrase will end up in the English dictionary in a few years' time?!

Loving all the entries .. cheers Hilary

Kittie Howard said...

Fun post. Mahalo! Hmm, I wondered why so many thanked Mrs. C. I, er, missed that part.

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehe I really enjoyed your quirky flash. :-)

Hart Johnson said...

*giggles* A Wham-loving Tom Cruise, eh? Hopefully we can count on Alex's sanity sticking around longer than Tom's did. And I apparently completely disregarded the guidelines, but that's sort of how I roll...

Cortney Pearson said...

Schwartzeknickers, lol, love it!!! :D

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Great job. You've concocted a terrific blogfest, and it's been a lot of fun to read some of the entries. After reading them, those of us who only "know" Alex by rumor and reputation will be even more interested in getting to know him... the legend, the myth... the man.

Michael Pierce said...

That was hilarious. Morg the borg! Thanks for hosting this blogfest. It's been a blast!

T said...

Ditto on "Morg the Borg"... thanks for the giggle, but thanks even more so for co-hosting this fest and giving us all a voice to say thank you to Alex!

T. Drecker said...

Wasn'T Mork from Ork? Yep, I think only Borg help could explain Alex's amazing all-present blogger presence. Thanks for hosting this!

Maryann Miller said...

Loved Morg the Borg. This was just as funny as my Mexicans with Sombreros bit. LOL

Please not Tom Cruise. I'm still trying to adjust to the idea of him playing Jack Reacher. I know. Not a sci-fi character, but a helluva suspense character who looks nothing like Tom Cruise.

Laura said...

Genius - love it! Sorry I'm late in posting - mine's just up.
Happy Wednesday
Laura x

mshatch said...

omg, I loved your flash fiction - hilarious :)

Chuck said...

Mark that was some hilarious stuff...although you could be on the right track with Cruise. And seriously...WHAM?? Bonus points to you for using the word Borg!!

Adhi Das said...

Dear follower friend iam hear to say thanks for all support…ur support my success…Keep writing & reading…waiting to hear more…good luck…GOD<3U

P V Ariel said...

Hi Mark,
I really missed this last year, but I am sure this year with Arlee I will be there to join you all to roast our dear friend Arlee LOL
Keep inform
Best
Have a Wonderful Weekend
Phil

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