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Movie Contest Picks Up Steam

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As soon as we get $200 million, we can start production of the Bell Mountain movie. In the meantime, the contest to cast the movie is providing a lot of fun around here–especially for some of our younger readers.

I would like to see more of us old folks pitch in. Why not? It’s a party! And everyone’s invited. Just suggest some actors to play some characters in the books, or a director–can’t make a movie without a director. The only way for this to work is if a lot of readers play the game. The more, the merrier.

So far, there have been a few suggestions that struck me as right on the money, why didn’t I think of that, just the ticket, etc. I may have to modify the contest to provide for more than one winner.

The winner (or winners) will receive an autographed copy of The Temptation, Book No. 11 in the series, as soon as it’s published. It shouldn’t be a long wait, everything’s just about done.

And if you haven’t read any of the books yet, now’s as good a time as any to get started. Just click “Books,” and in addition to blurbs, covers, and sample chapters, you’ll find a couple of ways to order a book right away. All of them are available in both paperback and kindle format.

 


The Bell Mountain Movie Contest, Take Two

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I’m not entirely sure this is a good idea–after all, it bombed the first time we tried it–but nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I hereby open The Official and Bona Fide Bell Mountain Movie Contest.

Suppose we were suddenly in possession of $200 million and wanted to make a movie based on yours truly’s Bell Mountain books. And suppose you could have anyone you wanted, living or dead, to play the various characters and to direct the movie. Whom would you hire? Whom would you cast?

So that’s the contest: cast the movie. Simply list four characters in the novels with the names of the actors you’d like to see playing those characters; or you can nominate a director. Example: Helki the Rod: Danny DeVito; Ellayne: Bette Davis; Lord Reesh: Stan Laurel; Directed by: Ross Perot. (I have purposely illustrated this example with choices that no one in his right mind would ever make.)

Enter as many times as you like. Entries will be judged–subjectively, I admit–by me, influenced by other readers’ reactions to the suggestions. The contest will run until The Temptation is published, and an autographed copy of it will go to the winner. I’ll extend the contest if more time is needed.

Problem: If you haven’t read any of these books, you’ll be hard-put to compete in this contest. Ridiculously Simple Solution: Read ’em. At least read one, and you’re in business. There are hundreds of characters in these books by now, and you’ve only got to come up with four. How easy can it get?

Last time, a lot of people seemed to enjoy reading about this contest… but we only got three actual entries. I got just as many for a “name that tent caterpillar” contest that wasn’t even real, I didn’t even have a tent caterpillar.

So I’ll give this a week or two and see how it goes. If it doesn’t go, we’ll have to think of something else.


Contest’s Over… Now What?

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Our most recent comment contest did a great job of pumping up readership; but we got our winner Thursday, and contest’s over, and, well… the tide is going out, as it were.

Now what’ll I do? Can’t run a comment contest all the time, it’ll lose its zing. I did try a “Cast the Bell Mountain Movie” contest, but only two or three readers actually tried to do it (although a lot of people read those few readers’ posts).

What to do, what to do… Should I try again with the movie contest? Maybe this time it’ll work better. Waddaya say, out there? I’m open to suggestions.


‘I Almost Review “The Last Banquet”‘ (2013)

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You know a writer’s getting desperate when he reviews his own book. Such was my situation a few years ago. No one else would do it at the time, so I had to.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/02/21/i-almost-review-the-last-banquet/

Oddly enough, The Last Banquet seems to be the book most tapped by readers as their favorite in the Bell Mountain series. Well, I was rather clever with the ending, wasn’t I? Sorry, there I go again.


‘Do I See It as I Write It?’

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My wife says reading one of my books is like watching a movie. She wants to know, “Do you see it as you write it?”

https://leeduigon.com/2017/09/14/do-i-see-it-as-i-write-it/

My books are fantasies about people and places that never existed, so in a literal sense I can’t “see” any of it–I have to imagine it. That might be the toughest thing about writing fantasy in particular and fiction in general: first you try to see what isn’t there, and then you try to make the reader see it. If that sounds easy, well, it ain’t.

The artist, Kirk DouPonce, uses live models for the characters on my books’ covers. I can’t do that. The most I can do is try, in my mind, to cast known actors and actresses as characters in my story. When that works, it works very well.

Try it sometime.


February: Let Slip the Dogs of… the Comment Contest!

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February is the shortest month, but it just may be long enough to find a winner in our latest comment contest.

Shooting for the milestone of Comment No. 40,000, we currently have 39,186, which means only 814 left to go. The tension, the drama, the excitement! And the winner gets to be a rodent!

Oops, didn’t mean to say that. The reader who posts No. 40,000 will win an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 11, The Temptation, which is just about ready to be released for publication. Everyone is eligible!

All comments are eligible, too, except for the following: comments abusive of anyone else on this site; comments containing profanity or blasphemy (I know that lets out a lot of liberals, but I can’t help it: let them clean up their act, if they can); commercials thinly disguised as comments; comments simply too inane to be published. Anything else goes.


‘An Interview with One of My Characters’ (2015)

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Ryons or Fnaa? Only the royal hairdresser knows for sure–and they don’t have one.

I don’t often get a chance to interview a fictional character, so I had to jump on this–an interview with Fnaa, who features in my Bell Mountain series as King Ryons’ double and an all-around scamp. He made his debut in The Fugitive Prince and is still with us six books later.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/07/26/an-interview-with-one-of-my-characters/

If the interview seems short, don’t blame me. Fnaa is not used to sitting around talking. On the whole, he has more fun than most of us do. But that’s adulthood for you.


‘The Great Beast from “The Thunder King”‘ (2016)

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It isn’t every day you get to see video of a Baluchitherium, so enjoy it now.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/03/12/the-great-beast-from-the-thunder-king/

The Thunder King, Book No. 3 of my Bell Mountain series, was born of a dream I had, in which a Baluchitherium–the largest land mammal ever–figured dramatically. With a little extra shaping, that dream became the climax of the book.

Just imagine it… Just imagine!


Comment Contest Update

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The picture of the frog is only here because it’s interesting. What do you suppose he’s thinking?

Just in case you missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago, we are in the throes of an epochal comment contest, racing along toward the landmark of 40,000 comments. We currently have 38,827, which means we have 1,173 to go. The reader who posts Comment No. 40,000 will win an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, No. 11 in my Bell Mountain series. It hasn’t been released for publication yet, but that could happen very soon.

All readers are eligible, even those who’ve already one a comment contest or two, and all comments are eligible, with the following exceptions: Comments that insult or abuse any other commenter; commercials thinly disguised as comments–like, you really think you’re gonna fool us with that?–any use of the f-bomb or any other profanity or blasphemy, and comments simply too inane to bother with. You may wonder just what would be too inane for me to publish as a comment. Well, trust me–they’re out there.

We’ve been clipping along at a pace of about 50 comments a day since Christmas, but today… well, not so hot.


‘Revisiting “The Palace”‘ (2016)

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I hope you don’t mind me indulging in a small commercial for my books. The Palace is No. 6 in my Bell Mountain series, and few people know it exists. Everyone who’s read it, and reviewed it on amazon.com, has given it 5 Stars.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/03/22/revisiting-the-palace/

It does seem unlikely, with today’s temperature flirting with the single digits and our mudscape frozen solid (it hasn’t snowed here yet, just that one little snowstorm before ‘Thanksgiving); but before you know it, it’ll be spring again. For me, that’ll be time to start another book–always provided the Lord gives me a story to tell.

I like the thought of being able to sit down, instead of pacing up and down the sidewalk to keep warm, enjoy my cigar without gale winds trying to use it up in just five minutes, opening my legal pad and getting down to business–finding out what’s been happening in Obann. I left a few rather big and touchy things up for grabs in the last chapter of No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. I wonder how they turned out!

Anyway, for the time being, if you haven’t read The Palace yet, give it a whirl. It’s cheaper than a movie, you get to keep it when you’re done reading, and you don’t have to worry about helping any Far Left Crazy Hollywood types get any richer. Follow Ryons and Cavall as they hunt the White Doe, and Helki as he launches the Battle of the Brickbats.


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