31.5.12

Disney Trivia Finale

Ready to stick a fork in this A to Z Disney Trivia?
Me too!

Q: In what months does Disney's Hollywood Studios host Star Wars weekends?
A: May and June

Q:  Name the two actors who played a role in one of the 80s TV Shows featured in my A to Z posts last year AND voiced a character in all three Toy Story movies.
A: Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies/Woody) and John Ratzenberger (Cheers/Hamm)

Q:  Besides Ellen DeGeneres, name the three celebrities in the opening movie for Ellen's Energy Adventure.
A: Bill Nye the Science Guy, Alex Trebek, Jamie Lee Curtis
Bonus Question: If they were to ever redo the opening movie for this ride, which cast of characters from a currently popular TV show do I think should totally be in it?
A: The guys from Big Bang Theory

Q: In what city was Walter Disney born?
A: Chicago

Q: As I reported in my Disney World postmortem, I took the "Which Disney Character Are you Quiz" last fall---who did I get?
A: Maleficent

Q: What color are Donald Duck's shoes?
A: As Keebles said, He doesn't wear shoes, silly!

Q: Which of Disney World's four major roller coasters is the shortest in duration?
A: Rock n' Roller Coaster at 1 minute 22 seconds.

Q: Between 1948 -1960 Walt Disney Productions produced a series of short subject documentaries with a focus on nature and wildlife.  What was the name of that series?
A: True-Life Adventures 

 And the grand prize winner is...my MOM!!!  She got a grand total of 25 questions right!  Only makes sense since she's my Disney Sensei, right?  For her prize, she's invited to my house for a delicious dessert (flavor and type TBD) tomorrow night (better get D'ing straightaway) after my baby boy's 8th grade graduation.  

I'd also like to congratulate the following bloggers extraordinaire who got two or more trivia answers correct:

Their consolation prize will be a visit by me to their blog, which has sadly become a rare event these last several weeks (but I have high hopes for getting my blog act back together this summer :)).  And if you think "gecko" is close enough to "chameleon" add Alex J. Cavanaugh to this illustrious list.  Thanks for playing! 

The weekly Author! Author! Blog Hop is on!

     



 

25.5.12

A Chat with Lady Gallagher



The talented and wonderful Anne Gallagher has invited me over for an "Inside the Writer's Studio" sort of thing at her Piedmont Writer blog, so please stop over at Anne's if you have the time and join the discussion.


22.5.12

Guest Post: Showing Emotion: Boys vs. Girls

It is my pleasure to bring you this guest post by the ever interesting and informative, Susan Kaye Quinn, who today celebrates the release of her latest novel, Closed Hearts,  the 2nd book in the Mindjack series. Congrats, Susan!

 By Susan Kaye Quinn

I've talked before about Thinking vs. Feeling, and Sherrie brought up an excellent point: boy characters think/feel differently than girl characters.
First, let's not stereotype: boys certainly have feelings just as much as girls do, and your character should be true to who THEY are more than what their gender is. But, in general, what boys do with feelings can be quite different from girls, and accurately portraying that in words on a page is the key to a realistic character.
Here's a girl thinking (Ever in Evermore, contemplating a small lie to her friends): They're making such a big deal I'm thinking it's my only way out. Only I can't. Not to them. Haven and Miles are my best friends. My only friends. And I feel like I'm keeping enough secrets already.
Here's a boy thinking (Cassel in White Cat, having just nearly fallen off the roof): I laugh with relief, even though I am shaking so badly that climbing is out of the question. Cold makes my fingers numb. The adrenaline rush makes my brain sing.
Here's a girl thinking like a boy (Katniss in Hunger Games, ruminating about how she didn't kill Buttercup the cat, because of her beloved sister Prim): But Prim begged so hard, cried even, I had to let him stay. It turned out okay...Sometimes when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the entrails. He has stopped hissing at me. Entrails. No hissing. This is the closest we will ever come to love.
Girl-like characters tend to think and react in terms of relationships: they ponder (sometimes a lot); they agonize; they contemplate feelings: theirs and other people's.
Boy-like characters think more in terms of action, cause and effect, connecting the emotion to the outcome, rather than how they feel about it.
These are generalizations, of course. Your Character May Vary. But here's a back-to-back example of how I would write a scene from a girl POV and a boy POV.
Boy: I sprinted down the street, dodging early morning sprinklers. I was going to be late. Again. Mr. Spencer was sure to give me a tardy and another note with a fake signature wouldn't cut it this time. Spencer would kick me out of Trill Academy for sure. I slowed my pace. No sense in hurrying to my doom. I kicked a hose draped across the sidewalk and imagined it was Spencer.
Girl: I sprinted down the street, narrowly keeping out of the sprinkler. If I was late this time, Mr. Spencer would have my head. He's hated me ever since I pointed out his error that time in Geometry. I clenched my fists. It wasn't fair. I worked so hard to get in, and Spencer would kick me out of Trill with the slightest excuse. I stumbled over a hose draped across the sidewalk and came to a stop. I wouldn't give Spencer the pleasure of seeing me come in all flustered and red faced. I straightened my shirt and leisurely strolled on.
Of course, this scene would play differently for different characters with different backgrounds, and I think the most important thing is to stay true to your character.
Do you write boy or girl POV's? Do you incorporate emotions differently for each?
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21.5.12

More Disney Trivia Answers...


Answers to questions posed during last month's A to Z challenge.  My fancy black bars will allow you one last chance to make your guess before scrolling over to reveal the answer. I hope you're all having a splendid Monday (if there is such a thing).

Q: A certain type of Disney souvenir can be traded with employees, or "cast members," throughout the property---what type of souvenir is this?
A: Pins

Q:  What new Walt Disney World hotel is slated to open in 2012?
A: Disney's Art of Animation, Value Hotel

Q:  Walt Disney World has Mickey Mouse---who's Wally World's mascot?
A: Marty Moose

Q:  What Magic Kingdom restaurant did I say "actually has a fairly interesting menu for a fast food place"?
A: Columbia Harbour House

Q:  How many chocolate covered Mickey Mouse ice cream bars are sold every year at Walt Disney World?
A: 3.3 million (source: disneybythenumbers.com)

Q:  Including the two water parks, name the six parks on Walt Disney World property in the order in which they opened.
A: Magic Kingdom (1971); Epcot (1982); Hollywood Studios (as Disney-MGM on May 1, 1989); Typhoon Lagoon (June 1, 1989); Blizzard Beach (1995); Animal Kingdom (1998)    

Q :Name all eleven countries represented in Disney World's World Showcase pavilions.
A: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, America, Japan, Morocco, Italy, France, U.K., Canada

Q: What's the name of Coca-Cola's wickedly bitter Italian soda?
A: Beverly

Q: What kind of animal is Rapunzel's pet?  And for a bonus point, what's his name?
A: Chameleon; Pascal

17.5.12

Maintaining Faith

Today I'd like to introduce Lisa Sachez, a great girl whom I've met through my adventures in publishing.  She was one of the very first people to read & review Three Daves and I've been  lucky to include her in my pool of supportive author friends ever since.  She's been quite busy these last couple of years and has just released her 5th novel, Faythe Reclaimed.  I find the premise of this book quite intriguing and so I invited her by to discuss it a bit more. Take it away, Lisa...


Oh, wait, one more thing - today's the last day to match the man w/ the manuscript in Bookish Temptations Men of Omnific giveawayNow take it away, Lisa...

First off, I’d like to say how thankful I am to be here chatting with all of you today. Woot!
When Nicki asked me to talk about the title for Hanaford Park #3 and it’s double meaning, I’ll admit, I was a little giddy. Faythe Reclaimed is a definite play on words, and speaks not only to the plot, but also to the journey one of the main characters embarks on.

Persecuted and brutally beaten by self-righteous haters, as well as those he held close to his heart, Gabriel Castillo has lost faith in both humanity, and himself. Having moved from Spain to the New World in search of a quiet, peaceful life, his world is rocked upside down when the residents of his new hometown––Salem Village––treat him with the same hatred and oppression as those before. This torment, coupled with the loss of the only woman he’s ever truly loved––Faythe Ellwood––takes the reader on his journey toward redemption.

I have to say: I embarked on my own journey of faith while writing this story. I had a vision for Taylor and Gabriel’s tale early on in the series, and knew my desire to throw time travel into the mix would provide a challenge. And what a challenge it turned out to be. Faythe Reclaimed took the longest out of the three Hanaford Park books to write. Not because I didn’t know where the story was going, or I was blocked, but simply because I wanted to get it “right.” A lot of research went into the story. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent staring at a map of 1692 Salem Village. Some days I wondered if I’d bitten off too much with juggling three points of view, two of which are the same character––one from the past, one from the present. Despite my frustrations, I stayed strong and had faith the story would come together as I’d envisioned, and after a lot of hard work, I think it did. I hope you all enjoy 


Blurb:

Running through a strange forest with a bloodthirsty demon hot on her heels wasn’t Taylor’s idea of a rockin’ evening. Then again, neither was soaring backward through time and space. Time travel chafed and left a rank, nasty aftertaste. So, when she finds herself floundering amidst a sea of Commandment-loving holy rollers who fling accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment like hotcakes in a diner, finding her way home jumps to the top of her to do list. Too bad she can’t remember who she is or where she came from. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor realizes she’s fallen for Gabriel, the mysterious Latin warlock who came to her rescue.

Battling an identity crisis and lost in a time that’s not her own, Taylor is determined to find her way back to twenty-first century Hanaford Park. But first, she and Gabriel must work together to uncover the dark scourge lurking in the shadows of Salem Village, and in doing so, save their lives, and the lives of countless innocents from a lethal date with the hangman’s noose.

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble Tulipe Noire Press


About the author:

Lisa Sanchez is a California cheer mom taxiing her way through life, one car ride at a time. Along with chauffer, she sports several job titles, including, but not limited to: author, chef, seamstress, videographer, nurse, enforcer, and general slave to her three daughters.

The first two books in her Hanaford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold) are published with Omnific Publishing. The third book, Faythe Reclaimed, releases with Tulipe Noire Press on May 17th 2012. Her erotic suspense, Obsessed was published March 29th 2011 with Loose Id. Lisa also took the plunge into self-publishing this year and released the first novella, Cursing Athena, in her new Order Of Seven erotic paranormal romance series.

Blog: www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com
Twitter: @LisaSanchez3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaSanchezRomanceAuthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4028407.Lisa_Sanchez

14.5.12

Disney World Trivia and the Princes of Omnific


Disney has its princesses and Omnific Publishing has its handsome princes -- if you'd like to get a gander at how the authors visualize their leading men and want to try your hand at matching man to manuscript, hop over to Bookish Temptations, where you can WIN the books featured!  One of the Daves from Three Daves will be featured later this week.


I had lots of Disney World trivia throughout April during A to Z, so I'll break the answers down into three posts. Scroll over the black bars for answers.  I'll give you the breakdown of the correct answerers on the final trivia post. ;)

Disney World Trivia Answers
Part 1

Q: In what year did Walt Disney World officially open?
A: 1971

Q: When the new Fantasyland is completed, which classic Disney World ride will we be getting TWO of?
A: Dumbo

Q: Which Disney movie is given a nod at this nautically themed Walt Disney World restaurant via a song from its soundtrack and a painting of a scene? 
A: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Q: Walt Disney World displays a replica of Sue, the most complete T. Rex to have been discovered. Where do Sue's genuine bones reside?
A: The Field Museum in Chicago

Q:  How many hotel rooms are on Walt Disney World property?
A: 33,000 (source: buildabettermousetrip.com)

Q:  In 2004, Disney Editions published the first book in a (really great) series that provides a re-imagined history of Peter Pan.  What was the name of that book and series?  
A: Peter and the Starcatchers

Q: What TV family stayed at the Grand Floridian in their two-part 1993 episode: "The House Meets the Mouse"?
A: The Tanners; Full House
Q: In which of the four Disney World Parks was the above photo taken?
A: Epcot at the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavillion.

Q: What was Disney's Hollywood Studios officially named before it became Disney's Hollywood Studios?
A: Disney-MGM Studios

7.5.12

A to Z Reflections

This is part of a group-posts bt A to Z 2012 Survivors in which we reflect on all things A to Z.  If you'd like to join, write your post and then link its URL here.


Since it's all about the letters, I'm going to give myself letter grades on my participation. 

For A to Z 2012 Posts: A+

I posted every day, most days at :01 CST, and posts were kept short & wildly entertaining (oops, change that "w" to an "m").  Pre-writing and scheduling was KEY, and using a theme helped me keep individual posts brief because I looked at A to Z as one giant post broken into 26 bite-sized pieces.

Also, the Disney World theme was totally fun to immerse in.  I loved hearing about other bloggers' past & upcoming trips to Disney World (I hope at least some of my tips will prove useful).  And I was tickled pink when DL Hammons told me his "Disney Diva" wife, who happens to be an expert travel agent, had requested the link to my posts!   

For A to Z 2012 Blog Hopping: C-

I visited everyone who visited me...although I have a sneaking feeling I may have missed one or two...but not as often as I would have liked, and I only initiated contact with precious few. April turned out to be shockingly busy in other aspects of my life, so while reading A to Z posts proved to be a fun getaway during a free hour here and there, I wasn't able to give it the focus I'd hoped to.

Will I do it again next year?  I want to, but only if I can guarantee my April 2013 schedule will allow me to be a better visitor.  The joy of reading comments on my posts every morning was dampened by the guilt of not being able to return the favor on a daily basis. I already have a theme in mind, and one I dearly want to explore, so I think what I'll do is go ahead and pre-write, schedule & post them, but I won't add my name to the A to Z list until the verge of April---and only if it looks like I'll be able to devote more time to reading others' posts.  

Do I appreciate the efforts of the A to Z co-hosts to enhance our blog experience, and am I even more in awe of their discipline and dedication? Yes and YES!!!  Thank you all!  And thank you to the bloggers who I did get to visit for your clever A to Z posts. And of course, thank you to everyone who visited & made my month with your comments. :)

Note to Disney Trivia enthusiasts:  The answers are coming!!  Here's my plan---split the answers into a series of three posts to go up on each of the next three Mondays.  I did mean to start today, but it was a big, busy weekend and then there was this reflections post and...blah, blah, blah, right?  Thank you for your patience.



2.5.12

Insecure Writers Support Group

One of the keys to happiness in this life---and I think it applies to us writers most of all---is the ability to laugh at ourselves.  In this industry fraught with so very many varieties of rejection, taking yourself too seriously is the surest way to misery.

But no worries, I'm here to help.

If you're not sure how you're doing, watch the video below:




Now, which of the following most closely describes your reaction: 

A) You started laughing as soon as you caught baby Stewie's drift, you're still laughing, and you can't wait to pull the same schtick on all your writer friends.

If your reaction was A, scroll over the bar below for your assessment
Congratulations! You're going to be okay, kid. ;)

B) You were laughing by the end, but it took a minute, and right now you sorta feel like punching something.

If your reaction was B, scroll over the bars below for your assessment
Don't worry.  This is probably a normal reaction. But unless one of your favorite pastimes is repairing drywall, I suggest you re-watch the video as many times as it takes until you no longer wish to harm baby Stewie. 

C) You were greatly offended and are now planning to use your writing skills to craft a strongly worded letter to the creator of Family Guy.

If your reaction was C, scroll over the bars below for your assessment.
Dude, you really ought to rethink this writing thing.  Ever consider a career in accounting? No sense of humor required there.


How'd you do?