A very cool but difficult word to pronounce.
So, as I near the completion of my new novel, I’ve been investing much time lately in that most unfortunate of necessities that every
self-respecting self-publishing author must invest in – marketing research.
Marketing is something of which I detest greatly and something at which I fail miserably.
Fortunately for me, however, in my quotidian research for marketing excellence, I stumbled upon (whatever happened to StumbleUpon anyway?) a publishing and marketing guru named, you guessed it…
the hawk’s caw commands
yet the blue jay fears it not
and responds in kind
we fill the blank page
full of words with meaning
yet the blank means more
It’s been over a three-year process but Leave is finally completed and I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am of it. I especially can’t wait until you can see it.
But first it has to go to the film festivals and we have already begun the submittal process. I will send out updates of the (many (hopefully)) festivals that pick it up.
We will have a trailer for it soon and once it’s ready I will release it, as well as a very cool documentary of the film’s making, here for you to check out.
In the interim, I invite you to check out some of the work Leave’s amazing producer Jeff Hammer has recently been involved with.
Like I said, Jeff’s an amazing dude so check out his work if you have the chance.
Things are getting crazy (and by crazy I mean frikkin’ awesome)!
Happily happened upon this diminutive but hugely powerful short film by Marc-André Girard while surfing Vimeo this morning and can’t help but share it with you.
There’s a rather talkative pigheaded brute of a character in my WIP whose name is Rick, Happy, Henderson. Happy loves to philosophize and pontificate to…at?… his work partner about whatever the latest topic is he’s studying during night school as if he’s now a subject matter expert. He’s not of course and he always manages to maneuver whatever it is he’s rambling on about toward a general diatribe of how the weak with their Rule of Law and “societal norms” have managed to upend the universal natural order of might makes right, which, in the end, as he sees it, limits his ability to pick up chicks.
This gif best when served with the following kickass music video:
Easter, The Resurrection of Christ
The modern English term Easter, cognate with modern Dutch ooster and German Ostern, developed from an Old English word that usually appears in the form Ēastrun, -on, or -an; but also as Ēastru, -o; and Ēastre or Ēostre. The most widely accepted theory of the origin of the term is that it is derived from the name of an Old English goddess mentioned by the 7th to 8th-century English monk Bede, who wrote that Ēosturmōnaþ (Old English ‘Month of Ēostre’, translated in Bede’s time as “Paschal month”) was an English month, corresponding to April, which he says “was once called after a goddess of theirs named Ēostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month”. [WIKIPEDIA]
Ostara, Goddess of Spring and the Dawn
Easter is named for a Saxon goddess who was known by the names of Oestre or Eastre, and in Germany by the name of Ostara. She is a goddess of the dawn and the spring, and her name derives from words for dawn, the shining light arising from the east. Our words for the “female hormone” estrogen derives from her name.
Ostara was, of course, a fertility goddess. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox, Ostara had a passion for new life. Her presence was felt in the flowering of plants and the birth of babies, both animal and human. The rabbit (well known for its propensity for rapid reproduction) was her sacred animal.
Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny both featured in the spring festivals of Ostara, which were initially held during the feasts of the goddess Ishtar | Inanna. Eggs are an obvious symbol of fertility, and the newborn chicks an adorable representation of new growth. Brightly colored eggs, chicks, and bunnies were all used at festival time to express appreciation for Ostara’s gift of abundance. [GODDESSGIFT.COM]
This is just one example of the many intriguing and intellectually stimulating videos you can enjoy from the Nerdwriter’s youtube channel.