Wednesday 12 December 2012

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – IWSG and Cheers to Roasting Cavanaugh Blogfest ...

Fly Me To The Moon – up up and away from the insecurities of the final day of posting for Alex’ fest – there have been some great entries and from the moment I read Roland’s post on Sunday – I never had a chance: his post is excellent.

Then I read/watched Ellie’s video ... amazingly clever ... and so all the 138 bloggers went – how can one even enter a competition that in one’s own mind has been won ... needs must – play the game, Hilary.

There was Elise’s little plywood model Alexes (is that a word?!) that someone suggested she get a production line going for ebay, or a shop of her own ... not sure what the French would say about that ...

Then of course he’s posted “Who Am I?” ...  as he says he’s a head-banging movie geek ... so he’d know about the movie Fly Me to the Moon and all those versions of the song ..

Fly Me to the Moon is a definite in Alex' life ... CassaStar, CassaFire and the soon to be released CassaStorm ... all are set for intergalactic take off ...

On reflecting and worrying! I drifted on from the song (and I don’t like Frank Sinatra – for some reason ... but I’m a heathen!), found there were at least 49 other notable recordings.

Quincy Jones presents platinum copies
of "Fly me to the Moon" to Senator
John Glenn and Apollo 11 commander
Neil Armstrong

Yet the most important version was Frank’s – played by the astronauts of Apollo 10 on their lunar-orbital mission and again on the moon itself by the astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 landing.

Alex with his trilogy I’m sure is flying to the moon and beyond – perhaps he’ll establish the first library in space ... he doesn’t like basking in the spotlight – another phrase that sprang to mind ... and something he mentioned.

Map of the Moon by Johannes Hevelius
from his Selenographia (1647), the first
map to include the libration zones
(an oscillating motion of orbiting bodies)

When I googled the phrase I came up with this British site (Claire Shrader) – it is interesting – she was an introvert ... but found theatre, then wrote her first play ... the doors had opened. 

She describes herself as a free spirit.  I have no idea about her work ... but reading her bio and seeing the website – made me think that it was a good-look/read-link for Wednesday’s IWSG day ...

A sort of Tinkerbell
guardian angel ...
aka Mrs C
Back to Alex – also thinking about who would Alex look like and Mrs C supporting her hubby in the back ground ... I came up with Peter Pan – a mixture of Peter himself, Mr George Darling ... 

... and then Mrs C as Mary Darling with an ability to become Tinkerbell .... keeping Alex safe as he darts across the skies visiting us all ... making sure he returns to the comfort of the Darling-Cavanaugh home ...

I haven’t conformed, I’m sure I haven’t complied ... but many congratulations to    Mark "The Madman" Koopmans, Morgan "Whammy" Shamy,  David "The Kingpin" King, and Stephen “the Breakthrough” Tremp  for hosting the Cheers Cavanaugh Blogfest.

There have been some fantastic entries – creative words, songs, guitarists, rappers ... all I can say is this blogosphere contains some incredibly creative peeps ... and Alex I say GOOD LUCK to you for selecting the winner/s.

Nicaraguan Nacatamales

Boy = good luck Alex!!! and congratulations to those who rise to the top of the winners pile ...

Cheers to you all ... from a champagne swinging hot tamales girl – occasionally I will vaguely conform!

Oh - one question .. has anyone asked what the J stands for in Alex J. Cavanaugh  ...... Mrs C - any comment?

Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories



It was a great Blogfest Hilary and many wonderful post as you said.
I have never thought about the J. in this name now that is another thought about Alex. Thanks for a great post cheered me up on this cold morning.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Yes, what *does* that J stand for?!

I'm glad to hear there's another who doesn't like Frank Sinatra~! I like others of that era much better than Sinatra.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, that is a wonderful entry! Not sure about Peter Pan's tights, but my wife could easily be Tinkerbell.
Thank you so much for the feast of kind words.
And the J is no secret - no one's ever asked. It stands for Joseph.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Yvonne - many thanks - good for being here and enjoying the post.

@ Elizabeth .. surprise surprise he answered!

Thanks for joining me with the not desperately interested in the Frank Sinatra bit ... that gives me much pleasure!! Insecure no more!

@ Alex - YIPPEE ... I found something out ... J for Joseph ..

Oh ok .. Peter Pan and his tights - I'm sure Tinkerbell would securely fasten them for you?! Glad I got the Tinkerbell idea right ..

Cheers great to see you all .. made my day - someone who doesn't like Frankie boy, and finding out what the J stands for!! Hilary

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Enjoyed the post Hilary! I shall check out Mr. Cavanaugh's blog now!

Christine Rains said...

The blogfest has been so much fun! I had no idea what the J stood for and now we know. :)

Chatty Crone said...

I have never gone to a Blog fest - I would love to some time. How do you hear about them? sandie

Laura Eno said...

Love your post here and you asked a question nobody ever thought about! we know. :)

I haven't read all of the Alexfest roasts...I mean, posts...yet. There are so many splendid ones.

Yes, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh Hil! What a super lovely post. Peter Pan/George Darling and Mary Darling/Tinkerbell. You rock woman! Your question at the end was WONDERFUL! I'm glad you played the game, Hil. "-)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good job, Hilary. With the possible exception... nay, the blasphemy!... of not liking Sinatra. Just kidding. Different strokes.

You're absolutely right about the wealth of talent in the blogosphere, and those stars have really been shining for this blogfest. That includes you, ya know. Twinkle, twinkle. (Oh, and Sinatra could even make THAT song sound good!) HA!

Bossy Betty said...

Isn't the blogosphere the greatest? I think Alex gave up the J secret far too easily.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Karen - glad I raised the J questions! Creativity reigns doesn't it ..thanks

@ Keith - oh good the Capn's blog is definitely one to be around ..

@ Christine - I'm still to get round plenty of other posters .. and now we know J is for xxxxx not jammy!

@ Sandie - you just join a linky list - see connections on other blogs ... and sign up ... and 'follow the rules' perhaps!

@ Laura - I thought someone might have asked .. but apparently not ... like you I haven't got to all the roasts yet .. still time .. as long as Peter is Hooked in!

@ Robyn - just sort of came out .. but j is not for jammy ... and I'm glad I played and found out about the J ...

@ Susan - I know, I know I'd hit the wrong button with someone .. and it is blasphemy to so many .. but there 'tis! As you say different strokes ...

Stars shining brightly - it is time for carols isn't it - and I'm sure Sinatra make Twinkle Twinkle sound twinkling brilliant ... oh well - he's just not my favourite.

@ Betty - lovely to see you - and yes the blogosphere is great ... I was somewhat surprised at how easily the J appeared ..

Cheers everyone .. it's freezing here (and we're in the warmer part of the UK!) ... Hilary

Lynn said...

That blog fest sounds like lots of fun. :)

Unknown said...

I too have enjoyed the many posts about Alex. And yours, as ever, has been so informative. Maybe J is just a letter and not a name at all. That would be so cool.

Old Kitty said...

I am now humming the tune "Fly me to the moon" - so Cap'n Alex, smooth and soothing!! Yay! Take care

Suzanne Furness said...

You are indeed right there have been some AMAZING posts in this blogfest. It has been fun reading them.

Hmm and what does that J. stand for?

Empty Nest Insider said...

I can just picture you as a "champagne swinging Hot Tamales girl" Hilary! This was fun, and we all enjoyed roasting Alex. Thanks for solving the J mystery too!

writing and living by Richard P Hughes said...

Thanks for pointing out some of your favorites. I'll check them out.

Romance Reader said...

Hi Hilary!

A very intersting post and I loved your take on Alex!

Karen M. Peterson said...

This is such a fun post about Alex. And thanks for asking the question none of us have ever asked before!

Patsy said...

A space library sounds like a great project for Alex!

Luanne G. Smith said...

Hey, i think you got more out of him than anyone else. We know his middle name!

Great blogfest. A good way to say cheers to someone who is very dedicated to the bloggers he's in touch with. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

George Darling is a wonderful choice, Hilary. And I agree, Roland's entry was outstanding. Merry Christmas!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That was really creative, Hilary.

klahanie said...

Hi Hilary,

Without the use of satellite navigation, I finally arrived over to your article. My maps directed me to a superbly written and informative posting.

A notable tribute to Alex and all concerned. I still maintain he is cloned or has an extremely fast computer. It takes me ages to get from blog to blog. Alex, or one of his 'clones' almost leaves a comment before I've published a posting :)

Cheers, Hilary. Informative and thoughtful as ever.


Gina Gao said...

This was hilarious.

Jo said...

I like Frankie, but can get tired of him on occasion. So, Joseph eh? Good on ya Hilary. Loved your take on the blog.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Lynn - it has been for many of us .. there's some great posts for roasting Alex!

@ Clarissa - he actually divulged the J for Joseph, so now we know ..

@ Old Kitty - me too .. I've had it in my head for a while now - so had to use it ....

@ Suzanne - great to see you here and glad you're getting round the other bloggers .. I haven't done as many as I should. J for Joseph as Alex very kindly let me know.

@ Julie - yes .. that picture might have applied at some stage - now I'm not so sure!! We've all approached the fest from such different angles - it's been fun to look around .. and the J is solved.

@ Richard - you'll enjoy those links and are definitely worth reading.

@ Nas - couldn't think what to do really .. but thankfully all came together ..

@ Karen - I suddenly thought - that "J" .. do we know what it is --- we we do now. Great to see you here ..

@ Patsy - that space library does sound a good idea doesn't it ..

@ Luanne - just by asking .. and Alex let me know! Alex and Lee do such wonderful jobs - and set very high standards for us to follow along with ..

@ Joylene - suddenly thought about Peter Pan and the family .. thanks .. yes Roland's entry was a fine piece of writing ..

@ Diane - appreciate this ..

@ Gary - well done for arriving here .. satellites can really mess our lives up by those few centimetres out of alignment ... but if you'd kept going you'd have landed on Elise's, or Diane's blogs in France ...

I completely agree with you - how he copes I have no idea .... I'd love to be a fly on his wall for a day to watch the action man in progress and as you say he's always there before any of us.

@ Gina - great to see you ... thank you

@ Jo - good to see you and thanks ... so many love Frank, but I'm just not that keen!!

Cheers to everyone .. Hilary

Elise Fallson said...

I really enjoyed Roland and Ellie's posts too. So many wonderful, creative and talented people participated during this blogfest. And thank you so much for the mention and the smile you put on my face today. (:

baygirl32 said...

I didn't know what the J was for either

Misha Gerrick said...

The blogfest was pretty good. I had to forgo taking part in favor on catching up on blog visits, which is why I'm here. :-)

I can honestly say that I looked forward to bumping into your interesting blog.

Also, I'm a heathen with you, although I do like Frank's music sometimes, I'm actually much more of a Dean Martin fan. ;-)

Tara Tyler said...

that was a fun summary! and i wonder what the j stands for too!

Tina said...

Nice tribute to our mutual friend. Thanks for linking some of your favorites. I'm going to go check them out! I knew I didn't stand a chance of winning with some of the wonderful posts I read, but it's still an honor to be a part of this salute to him!

Thanks, Hil, for your sweet comments about my extra boys. I appreciate you and your faithful readership SO MUCH.

Tina @ Life is Good

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Elise .. those two posts were excellent weren't they. But your little plywood Alex-man is excellent .. I loved the post - you're so clever. Pleasure linking across to you ..

@ BayGirl - I'm glad I asked!

@ Misha - it's a challenge doing blogfests .. that's why I don't do many ...

@ Tara - thanks .. we found out the J is for Joseph ... the uncovered middle letter ..

@ Tina - I'm sure you'll enjoy the linked posts - incredibly clever and Roland's so well written ...

Pleasure about your boys .. it was fun to read both posts .. and is lovely when people open up their homes/or leave them open for kids struggling at home - giving them that pleasure in life. Thanks too for your comment - appreciate it ..

Cheers to you all .. Hilary

Karen Lange said...

Yes, Alex is quite the treasure, isn't he? Whatever would we do without him? And that is a good question - what does the initial "J" stand for anyway? We should have a contest or blogfest for that, I'm thinking. I agree with you, a hearty thank you should go out to Mrs. C., who graciously shares her mister with us. Great post, Hilary!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Blond Duck said...

I NEED to be a part of the insecure writers group! :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Excellent question about the J. Hmmm... You may not have complied, but your post was all you and still an excellent entry!

Also, thanks for your question suggestions over on the A-to-Z for the co-host questionnaire!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Karen - Alex has set a great example and one can feel his empathy for everyone ... the Joseph Cavanaugh of the Alex J world. Mrs C definitely deserves a medal ..

@ Blond Duck - good to see you

@ Shannon - we have J for Joseph .. so am glad my post was enjoyable ..

The A - Z questions .. I must come over and see what's going on there ..

Cheers everyone - Hilary

Lisa said...

Now I know the J, thank you Hilary. Hello Hilary :)