The Lord of the Rings fun continues as Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee, releases his new book, There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale. You can read the first chapter on theonering.net, which includes the story of Peter Jackson mentioning the b-movie Icebreaker, which starred Sean Astin.
The excerpt centers a lot on Astin’s journey as an actor, which gives you an inside glimpse at the not-so glamorous world of Hollywood. But a quick glance at the reviews on Amazon isn’t very encouraging.
A million dollar advertising blitz may work for the corporate giants, but the rest of us have to be smarter. Jay Conrad Levinson, author of the Guerrilla Marketing series, offers 93 Guerrilla Marketing Tips in a free 48-page PDF.
Literary guru Pat Holt offers 10 Mistakes Writers Don’t See, a list geared for fiction writers but full of advice for improving all kinds of writing. The list covers repetition, adverbs, passive voice and commas, among other common mistakes.
The past two days I’ve been writing a ton, which is often a sign that I’m about to be away from my computer. I know I won’t be able to get some of these thoughts down over the next few days, so I frantically scramble to get them out while I can. There’s always next week, but I may lose them by then.
That and the fact that when I last redesigned my thoughts homepage, I included the latest entries from several other blogs. Which means there’s less than five or six days worth of entries at one time on my homepage. That seems so minimal, like people will be missing so much.
Those are just my impressions, but I don’t need to read my own blog, so I don’t know what it’s like for you, my readers. So how’s that new homepage working out? Do you like seeing what’s on my other blogs? Or is it annoying? I can say I’ve had more comments on my other blogs than I usually get, which says to me it’s doing the trick.
Anyway, just one last random entry before I head out this weekend. I’m going to Crosswoods camp with the youth group (and minus my spouse), so it should be a good time. Though no computer, no wife, no dog and today’s continual rain is kind of lame. But I like to have low expectations going into these things so then when it’s not that bad I end up having a blast.
I’m probably the last blogger to mention Sojourners’ Take Back Our Faith campaign, which seeks to make it known that Christian ethics and values do not align with one political party to the exclusion of others. Christians are not one issue voters.
This is definitely a point I’ve made before (here and here), but I’m glad to see others are carrying the torch. So far 75,000+ and counting.
So how ’bout those debates last night? I didn’t catch all of the debate, but enough to ramble on about today.
Continue reading Presidential Smackdown
Earlier this week I spoke in the Publishing & Being Published class at Bethel University, a class I actually took four years ago when I was in college (way back then it was just a college). As part of my presentation I included a list of top ten things I’ve learned about being a freelance writer. I’ve done this kind of thing before, but I added a bit to it for this week’s presentation.
Continue reading Top 10 Lessons for Aspiring Writers
Sometimes you need a good laugh on Friday, and I hope this will do it for you. It’s a video of a cat named Pinky that’s available for adoption.
I think I’ll pass.
The third and final chapter in what is arguably one of the best special edition series DVDs will come out December 14, 2004: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The extended edition will include 50 minutes of new or extended scenes, bringing the total run time to a butt-breaking 4 hours, 10 minutes.
The cast commentary features Andy Serkis providing split-personality dialogue between Gollum and Smeagol.