Mountain of Authors.
I never did cover my trip to the Mountain of Authors, run by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. There was a panel on Paranormal Fantasy, which included Mario Acevedo, Jeanne Stein and Parker Blue. They spoke about what paranormal fantasy was, how they changed the rules for their paranormal characters (for instance, Jeanne's vampires can go out in daylight) and about getting published. It was a great panel for someone who writes in that genre, though I don't write about vampires, and I think they all had vampires in their books. All three of the authors were interesting, and I got books from each of them, as they sounded good. So far, I've only read book 1 of Jeanne Stein's Anna Strong vampire series, "The Becoming," and I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more.
There was also a publishing panel about small press publishing. The representatives were Doris Baker, Teresa Funke and Nancy Mills. It was interesting learning about small presses and independent publishing. It was stressed that there are things you should spend money on with independent publishing: editing and a graphic artist for the cover. Covers are important, as people really do judge books by their covers. Editing is vital.
Jerry B. Jenkins was the keynote speaker, and he did a great job keeping us entertained for an hour. He was funny and very humble. Plus, he had a story about meeting Stephen King and eating McDonald's with him. Win-win.
M is also for...
Migraine, which has brought this briefer blog entry to you. Yikes!
M is for...
Movies and books about writers.
Romancing the Stone is one of my all-time favorite films. In the beginning, Joan Wilder, romance author, is so caught up in her writing that she has sticky notes all over the house of things she needs to do, but hasn't done. Now that's the type of dedication I need to find (though I couldn't really do that, as I have small children). The film is a great romantic adventure, and Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas are so much fun in it.
I've been meaning to watch "Secret Window" again, as I don't remember much of it. Speaking of Stephen King, though (it's one of his), he frequently puts writers in his books. Some that come to mind are "The Shining," "Misery" and "Stand by Me," all of which were also made into movies. I prefer the Kubrick version of "The Shining," but I seem to recall King didn't like it, which is why he re-did it on television with the guy from "Wings." Don't tell him I liked the Kubrick version best, okay? I should also mention that "Stand by Me" has been a favorite movie of mine for a long time, as well. Check out how many of the kids and teens in that film went on to make names for themselves.
I could write about a billion books or movies starring some manner of writer/author, but I want to hear about your favorites. Books or movies, doesn't matter, but it has to be about a writer.