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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

Until I heard the news about Liz Taylor's passing, I was going to start on a cheery note. An "I love spring" kind of thing --the longer days. The warmer days. I still love spring. But I'm sad that another icon is gone. Elizabeth Taylor was beautiful in her youth, tireless in her battle for gay rights and support of AIDS research, ferocious in her love life, fiercely loyal to her friends and arguably one of the best actresses of my generation. She was Cleopatra and she was the harridan in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf--two sides of the same coin. We haven't seen her much lately, but we knew she was around.

It's depressing to know she's not around anymore.

I have lots of goodies for you this week, but before I get started, a wee commercial reminder:

I'd love to see you.

**And for the writers in our audience, it's time for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers annual Colorado Gold Conference.

28th Annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest 2011

For unpublished writers of COMMERCIAL novel-length fiction.

Here's your chance to get your novel in the hands of an acquiring agent or

Submit the first twenty pages of your manuscript and an eight-page synopsis.
Two judges from RMFW will evaluate and score each entry. The FIVE
highest-scoring submissions above 130 points in each category will make the
finals, and then be judged by an agent or editor who is attending the
Colorado Gold Conference. One winner will be picked in each category.
Winners receive $100.00 and a certificate. The remaining finalists will
receive $30.00 and a certificate. Winners will be announced at the Colorado
Gold Writers Conference, September 9-11, 2011 at the Renaissance Hotel in
Denver, Colorado.


· NEW FOR 2011 Young Adult (YA) - All YA, Coming of Age

· Romance - Traditional, Long, Short, Single Title, Suspense, Paranormal,
Historical, Regency, Time Travel, Futuristic, Fantasy

· Speculative Fiction - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, New Age,
Supernatural, Alternative History, Tie-in

· Mystery - Amateur Detective, Suspense, Cozy, Private Eye, Historical,
Police Procedural

· Mainstream - Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Western, Historical Action,
Historical Character

· Action/Thriller - Action/Adventure, All Thrillers

The 2011 Colorado Gold Writing Contest

Opens: April 1, 2011 - Do not enter before then

Deadline: June 1, 2011 - Don't be late

Entry Fee: $30

Critique Fee: $25

Electronic submissions only: Read the Official Rules and Entry Instructions here

**One more piece of business-- thanks to all who bid on the Ebay critiques. We raised $600 for the Red Cross earmarked for Japanese relief efforts. Good job.

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Something for writers who like guns and use them in their stories. This is a cool video sent to our attention by Beth Groundwater.

I know Mario enjoyed it.

And another From Jackson Pearce —funny in a perverse way because it's what many people think a writer’s day is all about.

She has a whole bunch of clever videos on all sorts of things. Nice media presence.

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Now for the purely fun stuff--not that the above wasn't fun.

First: From Buzzfeed - Amazing things done with books. Here's a sample:

Also from Buzzfeed 20 Awesome Literary Tattoos

From ink to Hollywood. Another of my favorite sources Flavorwire give us 10 Famous Authors Who Went Hollywood and another bit of interesting but useless information Books That Inspired Fashion Designers.

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What's new in the movie biz? Glad you asked.

From Deadline.com :Salma Hayek and her Ventanarosa Productions have joined Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski to produce an animated feature based on the Kahlil Gibran book The Prophet…

The Prophet is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies since its original publication in 1923. Gibran, a Lebanese-American, is the third-most-read poet in history after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu, and has been translated into more than 40 languages…

Animated feature? Don't know about this one.

From the Hollywood Reporter : BEIJING – Neil Gaiman, the award-winning writer of The Sandman comics and the novella Coraline, has signed on to pen English scripts for a big-budget series of 3D feature films based on Journey to the West, China’s classic novel about the adventures of the Monkey King.

Gaiman, who grew up in England reading the 16th century epic fantasy in translation and watching a Japanese version of it on the BBC, joins one of China’s most prominent television producers, Zhang Jizhong, for his long-planned big-screen trilogy, replacing an earlier screenwriter, the two men said on Thursday.

I'm kind of ambivalent about this one.

From The Wrap via Shelf Awareness:

Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) will play the role of Katniss in The Hunger Games, based on the bestselling novels by Suzanne Collins, the Wrap reported. Lionsgate "plans the franchise as a trilogy which will include The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) is directing the film, which will debut on March 23, 2012."

Several actors are rumored to be under consideration for the role of Peeta Mellark, including Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right, Bridge to Terabithia) and Hunter Parrish (Weeds), the Wrap wrote

This I'm looking forward to...

From Deadline.com via Shelf Awareness

Matthew Fox (Lost) will play an assassin in I, Alex Cross, "the reboot of the James Patterson franchise character that's being put together by QED with Tyler Perry starring and Rob Cohen directing," Deadline.com reported. Ed Burns has been cast as Tommy Kane, Cross's partner.

Not waiting with bated breath for this one either but I know there are lots of Patterson fans out there...not to mention Matt Fox fans...

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Anybody out there in the Albuquerque area? Want to be in the new Avenger movie? Here's your chance.

Open Extras Casting Call: The Avengers
Posted: 03-07-2011 Url: no data available Info:

When: Friday, March 25: noon-4pm
And Saturday, March 26: 10am-3pm

Where Hotel Albuquerque
(Weavers Room)
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

This is the official extras casting call for "The Avengers" feature film held by Marvel Studios Extras Casting Director Maryellen Aviano.

Scheduled to film Albuquerque area late April-late July.

We'd love to hire as many NM residents as possible so please come well groomed & dressed in your business executive best!

Pictures will be taken at no charge.

Over 18 only, will accept current non-returnable pics of kids that can obtain work permits if necessary.

Bring a pen & NO PHONE CALLS please!

That's it for now-- next week a little tour of Anna's world brought to you by two wonderful readers who went in search of the real Anna Strong and shared what they found!

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J: See you Saturday afternoon!

I am looking forward to seeing the HUNGER GAMES trilogy on film.

Would that we lived in the Albuquerque area. It would be cool to be The Avengers.

Already intrigued about next week's blog....
Looking forward to seeing you-- will Lady K come, too?
Yep, Lady K will be in tow. Can't keep her from a bookstore or the cool vampire lady.
I plan on bringing my dad, too. He's in town for a few days. Brought me a bag of books. I love my dad....
Look forward to meeting him, too!!

Can't wait to see you at RT! I spent the weekend making my website, buying stuff for all the cupcake pops I have to make for the steampunk social at RT, and figuring out what I'm going to wear at RT. Hope you had a good weekend!

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