Good Monday Morning folks!
I trust we have all seen the latest Twilight movie at least once by now? I liked it, but wasn't in love with it.
I spent last Thursday in a crowded theater with my daughter, niece, a mutual friend of theirs, and one of my good buddies participating the The Twilight Saga Marathon. 13 + hours...all five movies.
I must admit, this is not the first movie marathon I've participated in (I was at The Dark Knight Marathon this summer) and I adore these marathons!
It was a little pricey per ticket, but for fans of any series, it is more about the experience than the admission price, am I right? Surrounded by rabid fans, ranging in age from 11 years all the way up to early 50's (so the woman claimed anyway), all with one thing in common- Twilight.
There was hooting and hollering (ok...my row was obnoxious, but honestly- if we were supposed to behave differently, Jacob would have left his shirt on! Am I right?) and chatting throughout the first 4 movies.
What I didn't like- the actual folks at the theater. The manager was a jerk, frankly. He had 400_+ laynards to hand out (a special treat for marathon attendees) but he decided to hand out 100 of them and gave the rest away to folks waiting in line for the 10 pm and later showings. That rots.
The final Twilight movie, as i said earlier, i thought was ok. I like the movies and books, yes, but I'm not a crazy TwiHard movie fan...so that's probably why I wasn't crazy over the moon about BDpt2. My movie companions all loved it- especially my daughter (it was the bow on her 13th birthday celebration) so the important stuff was handled.
Now...on to the next marathon- a Lord of the Rings 3 movie, one day event, a week before The Hobbit... I'll be spending those several hours with my son, a good friend, and her son...all of us HUGE fans of the series!
I wonder- if the was a movie series you would love to see played back to back in a theater, what would it be? LOTR and Star Wars are at my top...so I will at least get one out of the way. I'd also love to see The Godfather Movies in a marathon...
leave me a comment below, telling me what movie series you'd just LOVE to see in a theater marathon!
Have a great day! I'm off to The Realm...something evil is afoot...
Good Morning All!
A little update for you this morning. As you may have noticed, I'm trying to get the website all smashingly good looking! I've added a new page titled "In Case You Missed It" for Realm related things that were posted elsewhere. The first post on that page is a good one... a rare interview Prince Luc of Celine did with the fine ladies at Young Adult & Teen Readers on Facebook! If you missed the interview when it originally ran, head on over and check it out here on my site. Learn why our dear Luc has a "thing" for motorcycles! I never would have thought it...
Tomorrow is the Twilight Marathon. I'll be attending with my daughter to finish celebrating her entrance into teen years...ugg..where has the time gone? 66% of my kids are now teens!
Admittedly, I'm not a huge TwiHard, I don't particularly care for the films at all. I was disappointed in them. I applaud Ms. Meyer and her support for the films, however, and stuck to my rule with my daughter- if its a book first, it must be read before viewing!
That brings me to today's blog...
With so many books being adapted for the big screen or television, I find myself curious... is Hollywood running out of original material or are the books just that good? Sadly, I think its neither. It all boils down to the almighty dollar.
Some authors, like JR Ward, do not wish to have their books adapted. And while us rabid fans may crave more of her hulking handsome Brothers, I respect her wishes. It brings up a question I get frequently- Would I like my books to be made into movies or TV shows?
The short answer? Why not?
But life is seldom made up of short answers, isn't it.
In fact, roughly two months ago, I was approached by a television company about the possibility of adapting the Maggie Henning books into a tv series. While I know many of you are about to freak out...relax...
I declined...and I will tell you why.
After some research into this company, that produces some wildly popular TV programs, I learned that other authors who have had their work adapted by them pretty much lost control of their stories. See- this company, when buying the option rights and leaving these authors blinded by the big lights on the West Coast, snuck in a few clauses...namely- that they could modify future books in the series. These authors now have lost their books..the stories they had wanted to tell are out of their hands.
While it would be so cool to see a little graphic roll across the screen that says "based on the books by Lisa C. Morgan", the characters are like my babies. I'm not sure what I would do if I lost them. There is a story to be told with these beings of The Realm, and I really want to be the one to tell it.
And frankly, if one person liked it, maybe someone else will, too?
Books into movies opens a door... folks who may not normally even know about a book series, let alone read it, learn of them when they hear the buzz that "such and such book is going to be a movie/tv show!" It draws in more readers to the series, discovering the books anew.
For example, the fantastic Shelley Crane's book is now being made into a film. While I'd heard of it, as I'm sure many of you also had, there are others who hadn't! Now I'm seeing more and more folks buying copies of her spectacular books! That is always a great thing.
Not every adaptation will be fantastic...I think we can all agree that Percy Jackson fell a little short of the mark, but the one sentence "The Lightning Thief is going to be a film!" was enough to garner more readers, and really? What's better than that?
Marketability is a huge Hollywood thing... Can this book-turned-movie sell things like tshirts and keychains? What else can we sell with that logo on it? A book will not be optioned if the potential production company doesn't think they can find other ways to make some dough...
Options do not guarantee a tv show or movie...only that it is possible.
So, while we await the next big adaptation, let us all take a stroll to our local libraries or download a new read...you may just be getting the inside scoop on the next blockbuster!
Okay...the overwhelming answer to that question is ME! I had every intention of offering up a few witty remarks, but between my Facebook Author Page, actually writing, and then that pesky "real" world interfering, I haven't had many spare moments.
The past few months have been a whirlwind for me...at some points, quite literally. SuperStorm Sandy, luckily, didn't do nearly the damage here that was threatened, but while I may have gotten off lucky, far too many of my neighbors didn't fair as well.
I encourage you all to help out in any way you can. Every penny donated to the Red Cross Disaster relief fund going toward Sandy Recovery Efforts is a blessing. We live in times where we are all strapped for cash. With the holidays coming, it can be even more stressful. I hope we all take the time to say a blessing of thanks for what we have and what we take for granted, then open our hearts wide and give to those in need.
I am going to attempt to post blogs a few times a week here...my fingers are crossed that I can actually accomplish this task...
In the mean time, if you haven't seen them, I will share the four vlogs I shared on my author page. Vlogs are way easier for me, and a ton more fun. I hope you get a quick chuckle, in any event!
thanks for stopping by!
Good, and very early morning, everyone! I realized last night how terrible i am at the whole blog thing... THAT CHANGES NOW!!
How about we start with some updates, shall we? Phoenix Rising launched on July 19th in eBook format and is now also available in paperback! When the story came to mind a few years ago, it began with one little sentence... as many of mine tend to do. Now, to see it our there, to hop over to Google and type in the words "Phoenix Rising" and see my story come up... just wow.
Thus far, the reviews have been pretty good, too. I peeked at them and cried... because honestly, as an author, to look at a review where a person you don't know, have never meant... to see that they have fallen in love with your story & have become emotionally invested in your characters... I guess the best analogy I can use is one like this- I'm a Mom... the kind things written in reviews of PR is a similar feeling to watching my child do a great job and have strangers clapping and cheering. I cannot put into words how humbling and flattering it is to see that folks enjoy my story.
I am just days away from the beginning of my first Blog Tour, too. The fantastic folks at TEMPTING BLOG TOURS have been so great in orchestrating this and helmed by the talented Jennifer Malone Wright, who has been such a wonderful source of information to me. I look forward to this tour. I'm nervous, I'll admit it!
Well, The Muse woke me just before 3 am... it's currently 4:14 am in chilly NY... time to see what is going on in The Realm that had me wake so early!
As always, HAPPY READING & HAPPY WRITING EVERYONE!
It's the second day of June and a rather glum looking day here at The Castle Morgan, so I'm using the gray skies and raining weather to do a little writing.
For the first time, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. For those unfamiliar with this, in the more simplistic way I can tell you, it's one month to write a book of 50,000 words.
I thought, "Hey Lisa- you finished the third Maggie Henning book, how about you give this a try?"
I love me a challenge :-)
There is no set theme or genre for NaNoWriMo and no limit to how many words you write a day (although I have set my bar pretty low- at least 1700 words a day) so i decided to take this test to another level.
I shall be participating in this, but to make it a little more complex than merely the number of words, I have decided to write outside of the genre I typically work in.
The story I'm working on is a romantic comedy with NOTHING PARANORMAL! I know what you're thinking- "Holy Smokes! How did Lisa get away from vampires and witches and monsters? (of course you also ended that question with the obligatory 'oh my!') And there in lies part of the challenge for me.
I wanted this to be a test, a real test. I wanted to push myself into writing something I wouldn't normally do. This exercise is for enjoyment. maybe the tale will stink like a horse barn in August- who's to say? But maybe not.
I'm 36 hours into the camp, and sitting at 4,685 words... not too shabby to start with. I thought I'd share the first little snippet of the story here, and i will blog about the experience as I go.
Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month? If so, or if you have in the past, what are your thoughts about the experience? I'd love to hear!
So, here is the opening of FOR GLORY'S SAKE, my challenge work for Camp NaNoWriMo.
And as ever- HAPPY READING!
Tony swings the rusted ‘83 Ford Escort hatchback, sans muffler, into the pitted driveway. The car doesn’t automatically cease running because he turns the ignition off. It more or less shudders itself into dying, shaking as if it’s a wet Lab. He uses his shoulder, forcing the stubborn death trap into freeing him. Once more, Tony kisses his Saint Christopher’s medallion while he lifts and slams the door closed.
“That necklace is only going to keep you safe for so long. Eventually, even Jesus is gonna laugh at that piece of shit you drive,”
Hey everyone. I’m hoping you are all having a great day? I’m trying, given the time of the year and all… I thought, for today, I’d write my blog post about Mother’s Day.
I’m a parent of three kids, as many of you already know. Being a Mom is, in fact, the toughest job I’ve ever had. I know, I know- that saying gets batted around frequently and because of that, I think many of us tend to let it fall on deaf ears.
This will be the first year in my many that I don’t send a charming card or overpriced flowers.
We all, I believe, think of our mom’s as invincible. Mom is the one who will scold our poor behavior; spouting off about how utterly disappointed they are in our grades/attitude/choices and then in the next breath, be the one to give us a hug and let us know it will all be okay. Mom washed away both the dirt and the tears, she read us our favorite stories and found the calculator to help figure out the algebra homework, even when she would rather have been watching “her stories”.
Moms give up so much when they make the transition for woman to so very much more. Mom isn’t a title to be thrown around lightly, either. One doesn’t become “Mom” simply by getting pregnant then forcing a child from her body.
Nope- Mom means you rock in a chair at 3 am when you just did it an hour before, a yawn and a bottle in hand; a smile on her lips and a soft hum of some nameless tune. Mom means you’ve traded away many of those wine infested play dates for juice boxes at the park.
Mom translates to a thousand miles in a van on empty so you can kick a soccer ball around and be one of the several kids to proudly wave their trophy. Mom means you decorate every free wall with Crayola drawings of horses and monster trucks, and Mom means free time disappears, replaced by parent conferences and balanced dinners that if you were really good, ended with brownies.
Mom equals a knight that fights off the monsters in the closet, the nurse who gives you medicine when you’re ill, the social worker who talks it all out with you, and then the housekeeper who mucks up the puke when the medicine doesn’t work- often times while telling you who bad she feels that you feel bad.
Moms don’t give up the title when you leave, either. A mom is the one person who you call in the middle of the night because your English Professor said your term paper was awful. Mom is the person you run to first to show off the big (or tiny) diamond that was just placed on your finger with a promise for the future.
Mom is the person you want at your side when you transition from woman to Mom… and even after the hurtful words and all of your eye rolls, she becomes the only person whose shoes you hope to fill.
I used to cringe when someone told me “You sound just like your Mother.” In these last few months, the one’s following my mother’s passing, I’ve realized that for every time someone told me that, they’d grossly overestimated my abilities, for I could never sound like her…not even close.
My Mom was the best. You may argue that, but in my eyes, I’ll win every time.
Happy Mother’s Day,
Lisa C. Morgan
author, mother, reader, fangirl, harbinger of doom, and extreme nerd