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Sunday, December 9, 2012

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED ... OF EMBARASSMENT_ Cheers, Cavanaugh Blogfest

 
http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-big-reveal-and-day-ninja-died.html

Hosted by Mark “The Madman” Koopman, ”Marvelous” Morgan Shamy, Stephen “Breakthrough” Tremp, and David “Kingpin” Powers King, the BlogFest runs from December 10 - 12.
 
The four questions:

In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like?


In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead.)

In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of?

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:
Cavanaugh
Ninja
IWSG
Cosbolt
Guitar


For Bonus Points:
In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh - thanking her for sharing her husband with us.


I combined the 3 questions, the flash fiction, and the thank you to Mrs. C. in a single 200 word flash fiction narrated by me at Meilori's, the haunted French Quarter jazz club:


Alex Cavanaugh’s fingers flew over his Cosbolt Guitar as Jessica Bell sang at Meilori’s.  It was a fairly safe crowd tonight: only a third of them were undead.

Alice Wentworth whispered, “Alex reminds me of James Dean.”

Victor nodded, “Yes, but not the sullen James Dean of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE but the intelligent, vulnerable one of EAST OF EDEN.”

Sam McCord tapped the toe of his boot to the music.  “If they ever make a documentary of old Alex there, I reckon I could find James Dean’s ghost to play him.”

Elu, his dried apricot face unreadable, grunted, “The Cavanaugh does not look like a ninja.”

The ghost of Mark Twain said, “Hold on, Injun.  Old Alex helps out a lot of struggling writers with his IWSG.”

Elu scowled, “Sounds like a disease.”

Sam got to his feet, sweeping off his Stetson and pulling out a chair for a lovely woman approaching our table.  “Hello, Mrs. Cavanaugh.  You do us an honor by coming.”

She spoke in a soft, melodic voice, “Alex so loves to play his guitar … almost as much as he loves his internet friends.”

Alice murmured, “And we love you for sharing him with us.”
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Join Jessica Bell in her new anthology release today - Vine Leaves Literary Journal: http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/
 

33 comments:

  1. Well done, Roland. Alex should feel privileged. He's now been to the famed Meilori's. Nice touch with Jessica singing.

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  2. D.G.:
    I thought Alex would feel more comfortable with someone on stage with him! :-) I'm glad you liked the post, Roland

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  3. Hey Roland,

    And so it begins...

    Great way to kick off ALEXFEST (at least on my Reader list :)

    Had to laugh (so I did) at the quote:

    "It was a fairly safe crowd tonight: only a third of them were undead."

    Great stuff, and great job with the Kudos to Mrs. C as well :)

    Cheers :)

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  4. Hi Roland .. loved this - well that's set a very high bar and I haven't even started thinking!!

    What a great post - Alex and Mrs C .. will I'm sure be very chuffed with this - I'd love to be in the audience .. can you time machine me back in please ... Now Baghdad Live is a wonderful track to accompany your Alex tale ..

    Fantastic .. cheers Hilary

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  5. And honored to be playing at Meilori's with Jessica! Thank you, Roland.

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  6. Brilliant, Roland, well done! This will be a hard act to follow :)

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  7. Mark:
    Since I start 7 work days straight tomorrow, I had to leap into ALEXFEST early. I tried to add smiles and laughs along the way. I tip my Stetson to Mrs. C. for being so gracious in her visit to Meilori's.

    Hilary:
    Thanks for the high praise. There is always a standing invitation for you to close your eyes and travel by imagination to the mysterious Meiori's.

    Wasn't the clip of Jesse Cook live playing "Baghdad" fun? I don't think many of my visitors listen to my vid's, but this track is one not to miss. Cheers, Roland

    Nancy:
    Great of you to visit and like what you found.

    Alex:
    I couldn't tip my Stetson to you and your lovely wife without doing it will all the bells and whistles. :-) Glad you enjoyed playing at Meilori's with Jessica. It never hurts to have a lovely lady singing on stage when you play the guitar.

    Milo:
    That means a lot coming from you. :-)

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  8. Suzanne:
    I know you will do a great job. I'm happy you thought this fun. I had a wonderful time at Meilori's myself!

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  9. Haha, what an honour to be on stage with Alex! I've been dying to hear him play, wish there was some way I could make this real ... :-) Thank you for mentioning VL :-)

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  10. Jessica:
    Ah, but in a reality that lies just beyond eye blink, it was real. I wish you the greatest success with your anthology, Roland

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  11. What a great way to get this party started! Save me a seat at Meilori's, this is one concert I don't want to miss!

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  12. Lovely to include Jessica in the Alex 'fest. Good thinking Roland.

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  13. Siv:
    Look and listen to the clip and you will get a feeling for what Alex's and Jessica's performance was like. :-) It was a concert to die for ... espeically if you ran afoul of the third of the audience that was undead! :-)

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  14. Denise:
    It was Samuel McCord's gallant idea. He hopes it helps her anthology's success. Thanks for attending the concert. :-)

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  15. Roland, I LOVE how you combined everything! So clever. You're such a talent. Way, way, WAY fun! :D

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  16. Morgan:
    I'm happy you liked the way I combined everything. I thought I would have fun, and that fun would bleed through the prose. :-) Thanks for the kind words.

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  17. Hi, Roland.

    This was wonderful! What a terrific way to honor Alex!

    Masterfully done.

    I agree with Morg, a great way to post this ...

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  18. I wanted to do more than just answer questions. I thought it would be fun to do it this way. Obviously someone didn't like it: I lost a follower! Ouch.

    I wanted everyone to have fun who visited my tribute to Alex. I'm glad at least that you and the other commenters liked it! Have a great new week! Roland

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  19. Oh; the video. I'll be sure to have my son download this. Its is great. When I tell him what I want he frowns; his tastes are similar, but different, ya know?
    .........dhole

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  20. Wow Roland, what a concert on that video clip indeed! I am going to look for more of this :)

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  21. Donna:
    Thanks. It was fun to write.

    michelle:
    I'm glad you like this little concert.

    Donna:
    Wasn't that video stirring? Aren't musical tastes odd? It sounds like you and your son walk similar paths but in different seasons. :-)

    Siv:
    Jesse Cook certainly knows how to throw a concert, doesn't he? His concert performance of RATTLE AND BURN is fun to watch. Glad you enjoyed the clip! :-)

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  22. Loved the flash! Wonderful writing. You had Mark Twain down to a tee.

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  23. Lots of fun, Roland! What a creative way to combine the prompts!

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  24. A fun way to learn more about you Alex! :)

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  25. This was a brilliant piece of flash fiction, Roland. Alex at Meilori's! And I'm sure McCord could get the ghost of James Dean to play Alex. Loved it!

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  26. M.L.:
    The ghost of Mark Twain visits here often. I love his "voice." :-)

    Candy:
    I liked your post on Alex as well. Like Victor, I always have to slip through the window on things. LOL.

    Sharon:
    Hasn't ALEXFEST been fun? It is good to say THANKS to a great guy and friend.

    Gwen:
    I'm so happy that you liked this visit to Meilori's. Alex seemed to enjoy himself. His wife was a bit unnerved when Father Renfield showed up with his sharp canines! And yes, I do think McCord could persuade James Dean to play Alex! :-)

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  27. James Dean! Totally awesome choice, Roland. Yay, Captain Cavanaugh!

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  28. I love how you combined all the questions into one flash and you did a fantastic job too. This is now my favorite flash fiction piece I've read so far and I think Alice's comment at the end was perfect. I would have liked to have been at that table watching the show, heck I'd settle for a seat in the corner, lol.

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  29. Joylene:
    Sam finally found the ghost of James Dean. Now, to find someone to make that documentary!

    Elise:
    Thank you so much for that compliment! Meilori's has become a real place for me. If you ever stroll in, Elise, you will have a seat at Sam's very own table! Alex might even be there for an encore. :-)

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