After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock and the sheer amount of amazing submissions we got for Fantasy from the Rock, Engen Books has decided to continue the From The Rock line with Chillers from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2018 at the 12th annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Continue reading Call for Scary submissions!
It’s my birthday, and so I’m going to let myself do something I rarely do: I’m going to make a purely self-interested post. I don’t typically, in fact the “Distracted” series has waned a bit because I often second-guess myself as to whether or not a post is too self-indulgent, but today on August 19th I’ll let it go. I’m not discussing books or comics or anything close to my medium that could be considered remotely relevant to my position here at Engen Books: these are my top 10 favorite movies of all time. 🙂
I love film. If I could have done it DIY like I did with writing novels, I would have pursued it. I love every part of film, and I feel like I spend a great deal of my time unconsciously trying to turn novels into film, from a writing standpoint.
Bare in mind, “Favorite” does not mean that I objectively think these are the best films of all time: much smarter and more studious people can debate that. These are my favorite, which I judge based on a simple metric: movies I feel the need to rewatch over and over again, typically at least once a year.
10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: A bit of a cheat, three movies, but I could never decide between them (that’s a lie: Fellowship) and, when I watch them, I tend to watch them all back to back. On the rare times I get catastrophically ill, these movies are usually my comfort viewing: I’ll put the extended editions on back to back and just lay in bed and escape into Peter Jackson’s vision of Tolkien’s world until I feel better. These are perfect films, in my opinion, are this is one of the few entries on this list I’d make a case yes, deserve to be in the ranks of the greatest films of all time (again, Fellowship, everyone loves Return for reasons that allude me).
However: The less said about the Hobbit trilogy, the better. Continue reading Top Ten Movies of All Time | Distractions
Surprise! We said we were done with the Avalon Expo Writer’s Block announcements, but we had one left! The winner of the 48-Hour Novel-Writing Marathon that took place in late June will be announced a week from today, Friday August 25 2017, during the 6:00pm-8:00pm – Author Social event!
Which of our participants will win the first ever 48-Hour Writing Marathon? Someone has to, and we’ll find out who in seven short days! Winners receive: bragging rights! A shiny seal to put on the cover of their book! fast-tracked manuscript evaluation once their work is complete! Someone has to win, which will it be? 🙂
Liesel Andrews and Jax Halloran have been kidnapped!
Liesel’s apprenticeship in the underworld of vampires, werewolves and witches is quickly spiraling out of control and even her alliance with the powerful vampire lieutenant, Jax, can’t save her from this scrape.
With a mysterious virus still sweeping through the underworld, it’s a race against time. Liesel is using all her medical knowledge as an intern at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the the Underworld to try to find a cure, but she and Jax have been interrupted from their work by a deadly and unpredictable new force threatening the entire underworld.
And what of Liesel’s daytime life as a university student in the human world? She’s losing control of her grip on that, too, as she struggles with her increasingly conflicted feelings about Jax.
Supernatural Causes: System Failure (eBook)
|Release Date:||August 15, 2017|
Despite facing threat of closures, the province’s libraries continue to be one of the best venues for books and book promotion in the province! Learn what they can do for you at the start of your career, 11:00-11:50am, Saturday August 26 2017!
If you’re starting out as an author, you need support: and there’s no better place than WANL: The Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador! Ask any questions you may have of a WANL board member and get them answered! Get a clear focus on what WANL does, and what they can do for you! 4:00-4:50pm, Friday August 25 2017!
What better way to gain insight into starting in the industry, then with those currently starting in the industry? 3:00-3:50PM on Friday August 25, moderated by From the Rock editor and WANL Youth Coordinator Ellen Curtis!
No weekend-long seminar about writing and bringing your book to market will be complete without a talk about marketing! It’s one of the least favorite subjects of would-be authors, but its necessary… and if done write, it can be a creative and fulfilling part the processing of bringing your book to market!
A popular misconception is that only indie’s have to market: not true! Even those traditionally published have to work hard to bring their book into the public eye! learn some of the tricks of the trade with one of our province’s most successful small-press marketers, Scott Bartlett, author of Powered, Supercarrier, and Taking Stock! 12:30-1:45 on Sunday, August 27!