Monday, December 10, 2012

AlexFest

What does Alex look like?
No corporeal description applies to Alex. He's the disembodied spirit of aid and support.

Who could play Alex in a documentary?
Cross Leonard Nimoy and Sean Connery for a start.

Who does Alex remind you of?
Speedy Gonzales with the stamina of the Energizer Bunny.

For my Flash:
Captain Vickers laughed at the yeoman. "Who ever heard tell of a ninja playing a guitar while flying a Cosbolt? That's some imagination you got there, Jones."

The petty officer kept his voice level. "I have, sir."

"You have, have you? Who?"

"Captain Cavanaugh, sir."

"Cavanaugh's a myth, boy. Ain't a soul ever seen him."

"That's why they call him the Ninja, sir."

Captain Vickers chuckled. "What the devil they been feeding you in the galley? You lookin' for a section 8, boy?"

Yeoman Jones lifted his chin. "He leads the IWSG."

Vickers' chuckle became a glare. "What do you know about IWSG?"

"Everybody knows about the Interstellar Wing's Stealth Guard, sir."

"Talk like that will land you in the brig. Best you attend your duties. And turn your mouth off when your imagination's on.  Got that?"

Yeoman Jones snapped to attention.  "Aye sir."  Jones went about his business, but turned and added, "Sir, I hear he's married.  His wife should know how much we appreciate everything he does."

"Dismissed, yeoman."

Jones nodded.  He knew Cavanaugh was real and out there protecting us.  Somewhere.


Hosted by Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King and Stephen Tremp, the BlogFest runs from December 10 - 12.

Join me in thanking Alex for being abundantly more supportive than anyone could have asked. It's our pleasure--and duty--to make sure those invisible cheeks redden... at least a little.





The Linky is here and will be open until Dec. 12, 2012.

80 comments:

  1. I think you've captured him very well. The energizer bunny -- no denying that one!

    Love the flash!

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    1. Thanks, Yolanda. The bunny is special. ;-)

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  2. The flash fiction is great! Loved it!

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  3. "Somewhere." LOL!

    Jeff, you nailed this. I LOVED the flash. Love where you took it--really clever. And totally believable dialogue. Alex will love this!

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    1. Thanks, Morgan. Had to make it special for Alex.

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  4. he is definitely the energizer bunny getting around the blogger world!! don't take out those batteries!!

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    1. If I had a tenth of the "going and going" Alex has, I'd be happy.

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  5. Great stuff! I loved your flash fiction!

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  6. Your flash fiction is fabulous! WOAH alliteration overload. Well done :) and in other news, you won one of my prizes, check out this post: http://thefarseas.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/cheers-cavanaugh-and-my-blogiversary.html

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    1. Cool! I like winning things. Be over there shortly! And thanks for the compliments. (I liked your alliteration overload.)

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  7. Excellent post most enjoyable flash fiction.

    Yvonne.

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  8. Loved the flash fiction and the thought of crossing Leonard Nimoy and Sean Connery made me laugh. Great image.

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    1. Yeah, that crossing could carry us down Horror Avenue in a heartbeat. But they are so well respected and appreciated.

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  9. Ha-- I had Sean Connery too, because he's the ultimate in cool, suave and mysterious. I almost put in Nemoy but wondered if the pointy ears would be a sensitive subject.

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    1. Yes, but the mullet, Julie. Can't you see Connery with the mullet? Look! That's Alex! ;-)

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  10. Oh the Energizer bunny image made me laugh! There has to be the spirit of the bunny in Alex because he never seems to run out of energy. I really enjoyed your flash too, nicely done. (:

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    1. Thanks, Elise. Alex does keep going and going and going...

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  11. The flash piece is awesome, Jeff! And Speedy Gonzales - if only I could really type that fast.
    Thank you SO much - you rock!

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    1. Thanks, Alex, but it's all about YOU today. You're what's awesome around here. And we know YOU rock!

      We appreciate you, Alex. We really do.

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  12. I feel like I might be the only creature on this writers blog world that doesn't know Alex, hahahaha. But this blog tour will certainly clear all my doubts. Nice story. Speedy Gonzalez, uh? He'll need a Mexican hat. That can be my contribution to this tour. ;)

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    1. Alex is definitely worth getting to know, Al. Let me know if he accepts the hat. ;-)

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  13. Alex Cavanaugh is real, Captain. Oh and you forgot to thank Mrs. Cavanaugh.

    No corporeal description applies to Alex. He's the disembodied spirit of aid and support. - Such a sweet deep description Jeff. Nice work.

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    1. Yes, very real, and very appreciated. He's a top-notch dude.

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    1. LOL, probably more influences in that flash than I'd care to admit, Michael. LOL Glad you liked it!

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  15. Wonderful flash, Jeff! And a disembodied entity is correct. I couldn't put a flesh and bone persona on Alex...it was beyond my imagination! :o)

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    1. Thanks, Mike. Well, Alex is beyond most people's imaginations and expectations. Just works out that way when people are awesome, I guess.

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  16. Great job, Jeff, enjoyed your flash fiction piece :)

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  17. Your flash piece is awesome. I like how you worked in the thanks to Mrs. C! And yes, Alex does seem more like the ghost in the machine than a real man.
    Great post,
    Shell
    Proud member of the Interstellar Wing's Stealth Guard :)

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    1. Hey, Shell! I was wondering if anyone would catch that. :) Thanks for the compliment. You proudly revealing classified information, soldier? ;-)

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  18. Amazing Flash Fiction and The Energizer Bunny is the best!

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    1. Thanks, Lee! I appreciate the compliment. And yes, I could think of nothing else that suited him better.

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  19. Hah! Alex is a phantom - probably the best description of the day, because how can "Alex" really exist? It's just not possible!

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    1. He's one of the seven wonders of the information age. Some things we corporeal mortals aren't meant to understand, merely appreciate. :)

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  20. Very nicely done, Jeff.

    I liked the fact that you fed into Alex's mystery. A wonderfully imaginative Flash Fiction! I really enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. It was lots of fun exploring the mystery that is Alex. ;-)

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  21. This was such a fantastic story! From the Energizer Bunny to the new take on the IWSG, every detail was cleverly written. I especially enjoyed the way you slipped in the thank you to Mrs. Cavanaugh without skipping a beat. Julie

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    1. Had to get the thanks in there. I appreciate the compliments! He goes on and on just like that Energizer Bunny, doesn't he?

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  22. "And turn your mouth off when your imagination's on." This line was fabulous. I need to use it on my kids when they're being stupid :)

    Loved the myth story, totally rocks.

    .......dhole

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I honestly don't know where that line came from. One of those out of the blue moments, I guess. The myth story seemed appropriate somehow. :)

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  23. Love it. Connery snd Nimoy. And that flas fic is awesome.

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    1. I appreciate it, Donna. I saw a couple other Connerys out there, but don't think I've encountered a Nimoy yet.

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  24. Haha he does seem like a myth, too good to e true, doesn't he. Great flash fic :)

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    1. Thanks! Alex is myth today, legend tomorrow.

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    1. And the world is better for it. (Or at least Bloggyville is. LOL)

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  26. That was hilarious, Jeff. Loved your flash, and thank you for participating in the roasting, err, tribute of our ninja captain! :)

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    1. Everybody likes a little roast, right? Thanks, DPK. You guys did a great job with this!

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  27. Loved your flash story! Section 8 was a nice touch!

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    1. Thanks! I had to throw in the section 8. Couldn't help it. :)

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  28. Hey Jeff, this was definitley one of the better flash fictions i read. Making Alex a myth that some believe in and some do not. Classic!

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    1. Thank you, sir! Some prefer the man. Some prefer the myth. ;-)

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  29. "Cavanaugh's a myth boy"...love that line. You really captured his essence!

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    1. I appreciate that. I think I could take this Captain Vickers places if I chose to do a little Sci Fi. But alas, I must finish my epic fantasy first.

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  30. Your first answer was spot on!
    Loved the Energizer bunny image... really apt description!
    Popping in from Alexfest.

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    1. I think the two may really be one in the same. I'm trying to picture Alex with big, fluffy ears now...

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  31. I think you've got it right, Jeff. Alex could definitely fly a ship and play the guitar at the same time. Oh, yeah!

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    1. Yeah, there's a lot of talent in those fingers, strumming, writing, flying interstellar missions...

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  32. Love the idea of a cross between Leonard Nimoy and Sean Connery.

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  33. You should take that flash fiction concept and run with it. I'd read it! :)

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    1. LOL Thanks! I should really mind my word count though. I broke the 100 word limit. Haven't managed flash in under a hundred words yet. Came close a couple times, so I still need to practice. Perhaps one day I'll see if I can't find out how much Captain Vickers really knows. :)

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  34. I loved this FF piece! I'd believe it if Alex turned out to be a myth - like the Shakespeare conspiracy theories. One man simple can't do it all! ;)

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    1. There's something mythical about him, that's for sure. ;-) Thanks for the thumbs up on the FF!

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  35. Ah yes, the spirit of blogging. Love the flash! The fabled and mysterious Ninja.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Mighty mysterious and amazingly awesome. Thanks, Shannon!

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  36. great flash and sean connery has it all!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! Yeah, I still think Connery could do Alex justice.

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  37. I love your answers and your flash is awesome. Leonard Nimoy and Sean Connery would make for a suitably Alex-like combination. ;-)

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    1. I appreciate that, Misha! Funny how it takes merging two heroes to adequately describe true heroes like Alex, isn't it?

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  38. I came here by way of your Santa letter at Julie's blog, but all roads lead back to Alex, don't they?

    Love your flash and what the letters IWSG really stand for!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Yes, all roads lead to Alex, even cyberspace highways. :-) Thanks also for the compliments.

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  39. The Interstellar Wing's Stealth Guard. That made me chuckle. Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks, Ellie! I had to come up with something fitting and that just seemed to fit somehow. ;-)

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