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Hey, Where Is Everybody?

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Come on now–where did everybody go?

Ever since daylight saving started, the viewership numbers around here have tanked. And that’s too bad, because we have an abundance of things that ought to be discussed. I mean, the political scene alone offers enough material for several whole conferences of both psychiatrists and exorcists.

Of course, if you’re not here, you aren’t reading this exhortation. But if you are here: first, thank you very much for being here! Second, dive right in with a comment. And third, share one of these posts on your Facebook page or something, or pass the word to someone else–anything to bring ’em in.

Nude Bus Driver Wins Powerball

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You know that old saying, “Never trust a nude bus driver”? I mean, gee, look what shape his bus is in! Maybe he can fix it up, now that he’s won $459 billion in the New Jersey Powerball. Like, he now owns the place… the whole state…

Sorry for the click bait, but I’ll do just about anything to try to boost my readership. Ever since they started Daylight Saving this year, my numbers are way down. And anyway, if you don’t think a prodigy like the one described above can happen, then you don’t know New Jersey.

P.S.–Remember, all the post you missed are waiting for you in the blog archives.

Bell Mountain Movie Contest on Life Support

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Last call for this contest! Just name four actors to play four characters in the Bell Mountain movie–which will be made as soon as somebody scrapes up $200 million for it–and win an autographed certificate by the author of these immortal literary works (that would be me) praising your wisdom, perspicacity, and good taste.

I’ll do just about anything to gin up readership. And this blog has been sucking wind since Daylight Saving went into effect.

The first few days of the movie contest were wild and enjoyable; but the fact is, only half a dozen of you ever entered it. What kind of contest is that? I wanted to keep it going until The Temptation (No. 11 in the series) was published. I thought that was going to happen any day now… but my intuition hasn’t been sinking many foul shots lately, has it?

“But Lee–maybe that movie contest just didn’t interest all that many people. Who ever told you that you had great potential as a contest impresario?”

Look, I’ll let it run for the rest of this week and then close it out and try to come up with something better. Or better prizes. An all-expense-paid trip to Lintum Forest, maybe. Or dinner with Lord Reesh. It’s a bit too soon to start another comment contest, but I’m open to suggestions.

A contest to think up a new kind of contest? Whose silly idea is that!

‘Bell Mountain Movie’ Contest–Hello? Hello?

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After a great February, this old blog has been in the doldrums so far this month. And the Bell Mountain Movie contest is even deeper in the doldrums. It’s still ongoing, but you’d never think so. A few readers have played it with great gusto, but they haven’t had much company.

To play, all you have to do is nominate actors to play four characters in a Bell Mountain Movie that will be made as soon as we can scrape up $200 million. Any four characters, any four actors. The winner gets an autographed certificate that’ll look fantastic on your resume when you apply for a job. There can even be more than one winner. And if you want to cast actors who aren’t with us anymore, that’s fine–it’s what I always do.

Of course, in order to play, it helps if you’ve read one or more of the books. Ah, there’s the rub!

I meant to keep the contest going until Book No. 11 in the series, The Temptation, is published. I don’t know when that’ll be, but it should be soon. Meanwhile, the contest needs more players. (Ah, for the days of the Christmas Carol Contest! That was a blast, wasn’t it?)

Anyway, we’ve got some interesting posts and great comments today–tell your friends what they’re missing.

Another Blogging Milestone

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WordPress tells me that today I have blogged here for 1,700 days in a row. Is that a milestone or a millstone? I must be crazy.

When I got up this morning there was an inch and a half of snow on the ground and the governor of New Jersey had declared a state of emergency. This is rather hard to believe.

Anyway, here I am with 1,700 days in a row. Maybe it’ll help my books find readers. It’s not like I can put up a billboard or something.

I have no way of knowing what kind of fruit, if any, my writing will produce. Sow the seed and pray it lands on good ground.

Music for the ‘Bell Mountain’ Movie

This is not part of the movie contest–which is still on, by the way–it’s just my non-negotiable demand that Bernard Herrmann compose and conduct the music score. The above is his introductory music for Jason and the Argonauts (1963), one of my all-time absolute favorite movies. It’s got everything a good movie should have–a homicidal bronze giant, flying harpies, a skeleton hit squad–and whatever was happening on screen, Bernard Herrmann had the perfect music for it.

As for the cast-the-movie contest, we have entries so far from (he pauses to count on his fingers) half a dozen readers. Shoot, I was hoping to at least run out of fingers.

I know, I know: you can’t cast the movie if you haven’t read any of the books. I also know I need more readers. Like, lots more.

Let’s keep the contest running a little longer, in hopes of getting more entries. The winner or winners will get a signed certificate in recognition of their wisdom, perspicacity, and good taste. Let’s face it, with only six entries–albeit quite enthusiastic entries which most of us have enjoyed reading–this is something short of the Irish Sweepstakes. I’m sorry I didn’t let Lord Reesh run the contest, but it’d too late now.

The New Record

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All the results are in; and in case you were curious about it, the new viewership record that we set here the other day is 849. And if only I knew what set it off! Whatever it was, I’d do it on purpose. Just might sell some books!

But really, 849–that’s like two way better than average days put together. And I have no idea what made it happen.

So that’s it for now. The old record of 644 stood for two and a half years. I wonder how long this one will stand. The fun’s over, it seems, but it was great while it lasted.

We’ve Broken the Record!

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Today we’ve set a new record for this blog–732 views, with most of the night still to go.

It’s as good an excuse as any for posting another picture of a Baluchitherium. And I don’t want to hear any of this “Paleoloxodon” stuff! The biggest-ever land mammal is Baluchitherium. Ask King Ryons!

Anyway, the old record was 644, Nov. 7, 2016–and I wish I knew how blogs get hot like that, so I could do it on purpose. I might even be able to sell some books.

Thank you, thank you, everybody who stopped in today. And I hope I see you again tomorrow.

And now, on to cat video…

P.S.–The new record now stands at 849 views, Feb. 26, 2019. I wonder if we’ll ever break it.

What’s Goin’ On Here?

While we enjoy Bert Kaempfert’s 1960s classic, Afrikaan Beat, I can wonder what’s going on with this blog today. As I write this, we have 585 views–585!–and 327 referrals from Facebook, well over the daily average of, oh, 13 or 14. The record is 644 views on Nov. 7, 2016; and today we’re making a run at breaking it.

Does anybody out there know a lot about blogging? If so, can you clue me in? Like, we’ve got some 350 views Hyfrydol, a Welsh hymn I posted… a couple of years ago. Why is it so hot today? What factors might have come into play, to pump up the viewership? If I could only understand it, maybe I could learn how to do it on purpose.

Well, I’ve got to tear myself away to write my weekly Newswithviews column. I’ll check our stats again after I’ve finished.

Someone out there must know more about blogging than I do. I am merely dazzled by it all.

(And now it’s 590–wahoo!)

The Bell Mountain Movie Contest, So Far

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So far our second effort at a Bell Mountain Movie contest is coming along a little better than the first, and better than the purely hypothetical “Name that Tent Caterpillar” contest.

Which is to say we’ve had only five or six readers play so far. That’s better than two or three, but still not up to the level of enthusiasm reached in Renal, South Dakota’s, annual “Cutest Click Beetle” contest. And I wonder how well I’d do here with a “The Crawling Eye Is My Favorite Monster Because _________” contest.

Now a couple of you have played our movie game with gusto: anyone who’s been reading the comments will know who you are. And a couple of you have played once. The remaining 1,000-plus subscribers have not played at all.

Let me, therefore, reconfigure some of the rules. (1) Instead of choosing the best cast overall, I will choose the four best picks for actors to play characters in the books. (2) This will make it possible for more than one player to win. (3) If there are more than four casting picks that really wow me, so be it: if you made one of those picks, you win.

I am thinking of awarding each winner an autographed official and bona fide Certificate in recognition of the reader’s wisdom, perspicacity, and good looks. This will save me a bundle on postage, and will allow me to hold autographed books in reserve for prizes in the comment contests. If anyone has any strong opinion of this idea, pro or con, I am at your service.

Note: So far some of your casting picks really have impressed me, and I’ll have to get busy rounding up the actors for screen tests.

Additional note: Only one more final editor needs to sign off on The Temptation, and then it’ll be ready for publication. I’ll announce it here as soon as I know it’s happened.

Meanwhile, c’mon, everybody! This will be my last effort to call more readers into the movie contest. Gotta be in it to win it, as they say in the Lottery commercials. Only this contest won’t cost you anything.


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