Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hollyweird Tuesday Trivia Challenge Results

I am going to get right to the good stuff because I am sure that's why you're all here.  When I say good stuff, I mean contest results.  I received 12 answers and all of them were correct.  The Academy Award winning movie is Slumdog Millionaire.  The scrambled actor's name is Anil Kapoor.  Because there were only 12 players the prize is still a $10 Amazon gift card, which is nothing to sneeze at.

While there were 12 correct answers there can only be one winner.  "Can I have the envelope, please?" *reading* "The winner of the Academy Award edition of the Hollyweird Tuesday Trivia Challenge is Nikki Greis whose blog is For The Love of Books.  Congratulations, Nikki.  Your $10 Amazon gift card will be sent to you this afternoon. I am glad a first time player won this time because a few of you (you know who you are) have been dominating this thing.

Stay tuned, there will be another Hollyweird Tuesday Trivia Challenge in the near future...  Now I want to talk to you about something new I am going to do. 

I have noticed authors, bloggers and marketers offering advice on Twitter and blogs on how to make it as a writer.  I don't readily offer advice.  It's not that I don't want to help other writers.  I do. But the truth is all these people are offering are their opinions. A friend of mine once told me opinions are like assholes--everyone has one and most of them stink.  So generally I am slow to offer an opinion unless I am asked.  However, it seems to me that most of the advice offered on the net is the same advice from different people. 

Anyone who knows me knows I tend to see things differently than others.  It's just the way I am wired. So I have decided to start a column called The Way I See It.  If you are a new writer or an author trying to make it in the digital age it may offer some new perspective you haven't thought about.  If you like it, cool.  Let me know and I will write more.  If you don't, that's cool, too.  It's not meant as the gospel according to E.  It's just the way I see it.

I have real qualifications as a writer.  For the last twenty plus years I have earned my living (and a very good one, I might add) as a writer.  I have nothing against people who have cobbled together careers as writers but had to do many other jobs to survive.  It's tough out there.  I'm just saying I feel I am more qualified than most to talk about a career as a writer since writing (and producing what I've written) is my only career, and has been for a very long time.  I know what it takes to do it.

Those of you subscribing to the newsletter, excuse me for writing again so soon, but I am going to send an email blast when the first column is posted later this week.  The subject of this one is: Lottery Mentality.  I plan to post it in the next few days.  If you're not interested in this kind of thing, I apologize again, just delete the email when you see it.  For those of you who choose to read the post, you may get something from it or not. It's just the way I see it.  Look for it in the next few days.