Crucifying Angel, Book One of the Future Imperfect series is available now through Desert Breeze Publishing or Amazon.com. Below is the first Amazon review:
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P.I. Barrington’s last login was Sunday, January 30, 2011.
Visual search is still in it's infancy, as is musical search, so I think going after the avatar creator is the best. The avatars on my site were created by our programmer using an online avatar creation tool. It kind of works like a low-grade police sketch program, plugging in hair and eyebrows and eyes and noses and mouths, etc. If you want, I'll poke around for sources like that. Tip: don't select an actor that's dead - oh, they'll sign, all right, but it's tough getting them to actually appear.
Hey, Patti - I hope that is the Jeopardy "I'm busy thinking" music and not a claim that our site is doo-doo m ;-)
Yeah, we've found that the whole storycasting idea is "sticky" - people who hadn't thought about it before are sensitized to it by a little exposure. Later reading will suddenly trigger thoughts about the star that could play that role. It also happens the other way: seeing a moive/TV person and realizing "THAT'S who I want for the guy!" So, take a look.
I was just informed by one of our authors that the producer for the movie company optioning her book used our site to tell the author who they were thinking about for the main roles. I don't know how these things are normally communicated, but I could certainly see professioinal people using the site as a kind of hidden-in-plain-sight discussion forum between agents, authors, casting directors, etc. They could even ask other people (a focus group?) to take a look and comment, as a way to gauge possible reaction. Maybe never - but possible.
What kind of stuff are you reading now? I went back to school and finished a degree over the last few years, and so I'm free to read just for pleasure again. I'm indulging my love of quirky fantasy by catching up on the Terry Pratchett stuff. Really silly and VERY clever.
Well, thinking about the cast for something isn't that weird at all - Tracy Grant says that she can't really start a character until she can see him/her. One of the authors said that, for a particular character, she had a favorite country singer in mind, so she taped a picture of the guy above her monitor, and whenever the plot dictated he say something, she just looked at the picture and "wrote whatever came out of that mouth". What kind of stuff are you writing? Today seems to be either mystery/crime, or sci-fi, or "paranormal romance" (which loooks to me like mostly 'hot sex with vampires and demons').
I wondered about that - "what if this is a girl?" Oh well, I LIKE girls - in fact, I married one. [g] So, I'm curious about your experiences in radio/TV/journalism, and if they influenced your reading and writing habits, or if it was your reading that focused you on a career in words. And why not teach a lit class, why the 'public' kind of words? Does all that inform your writing, as well?
Hello, Mr. PIB (is that too easy? You tell me). The King story on my shelf, Eyes of the Dragon, is a sword-and-sorcery thing, with a an old king, and two brother princes - one good, and one bad - and a wicked advisor. I don't recall any desruction-by-chemical elements in it, so you might be thinking of another King story. Anyway, I created a website (www.storycasting.com), and it's all about 'casting' the fiction we all love. I've also found that this activity is already done by a lot of people, there was just no "commons" where everyone could create and post a "fantasy cast" for just about any book. It's a seductively 'sticky' concept, too; people who didn't think this way about fiction start to, after being exposed to the idea. We're starting to get authors to come on and cast their own stuff, too, very exciting. So, take a look at the site, maybe suggest something from your bookshelf that we don't have already (we only have ~70K titles, need more like 250K), and then supply a cast. You can use dead actors, too; we just make the photo B/W. Your shelf seems to have more of the "Real Fiction" instead of the current "genre" stuff most people read. I read it too, for escape, but I remember reading Michener's Hawaii as a teenager, and it was powerful. As an adult, I read a translation of Les Miserables one summer - what a tome! - but it's still MUCH better than the 'adaptations" I've seen since. Some of our authors are trying to get into Hollywood (and some are succeeding - I'm starting to get emails from screenwriters, asking for directions to the site), but I still enjoy "the movie in your mind" aspect. Some things are never going to get to the Big Screen, which is fine. I'm babbling, sorry. Please tell me what you're reading next, and we can talk about what YOU do when you read a novel.
Hey - you've made some VERY strong comments about casting. Why not come to StoryCasting and REALLY have your say? For instance, there are now 14 modern-day casts of Gone With The Wind. Come over and try your hand. Plus, we'll put YOUR stories on the site, and let you and your fans cast them as well.
Join the fun!
"for the movie in your mind"