Monday, October 10, 2011

Casting Call!


 Introduction: 
Guess what, ladies and gents? It's time to announce the Casting Call Character Bloghop! I know, I know... you're all excited. (At least, you are in my mind...) I am too! :) #ccbh
As I mentioned last week, I'm co-hosting a weeklong bloghop with two ridiculously talented women: Melodie Wright and Lisa Regan. Simply put, it's your chance to show off your characters, for all of the blogosphere to see.
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 Fact:  This bloghop was Melodie's idea. She was inspired by a post Anita Grace Howard did using photos to describe Splintered's antagonist, Morpheus. Cool, huh?
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Excited yet? All you'll need to do is write one post (the week of the 24th) featuring a few characters from your book or WIP, using some kind of visual aid. (You're already picturing your post, aren't you?)

 Possible Ways to Participate: 
  • Photo montage - Grab photos online, and post them with small descriptions of your characters. Let's be safe/smart about this. Don't take copyrighted photos without permission, provide attribution on photos with a Creative Commons license, etc. Basically, give credit, where credit is due. I'm sure most of you do that with your posts, anyway. :)
  • Book trailer - You've seen them online, right? This is the perfect excuse to try one of your own!
  • Paintings/Drawings/Doodles on Napkins - C'mon, we won't make fun of your art skills. It's all for fun. :)
For an example, check out Melodie's photo-centric post.

 Quick Details: 
WHO: All the cool kids. (We're serious. Join us, and you'll be you cool...ish.)
WHAT: See explanation above
WHERE: Your blog. My blog. Everyone's blog! (We hope.)
WHEN: October 24th through 28th
WHY: Because it's Campaign season, we're awesome, and we can. 'Nuff said, right?
HOW: Use the Linky List below to sign up as a participant. Come the week of the 24th, share your post, then hop around to the others. Simple, right? There'll even be a giveaway, featuring a critiquish prize!

We really hope you'll join us. It should be a lot of fun! :)

 Sticker: 
Feel free to grab the promo sticker for your sidebar/promotion/post!







Please spread the word. The more people who participate, the better. Thank you!

53 comments:

A.E. Martin said...

This sounds fun, I'm in! It will give me a chance to dust off some of my artistic skills lol

Carrie Butler said...

@A.E. Martin - Thanks! I can't wait to see those artistic skills in action! ;)

Lynda R Young said...

This is a great idea for a bloghop. Unfortunately Oct is crazy busy for me so I won't be able to participate :(

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I've signed up - this looks like an incredibly fun blogfest! :)

Melodie said...

It will be fun! *crazy eyes* Promise!

Clarissa Draper said...

It sounds like fun. Let me think about it. I just have so much on my plate right now.

Carrie Butler said...

@Lynda - Thank you! :) Aww, okay. We'll certainly miss you, but I understand.

@Bethany - Yay! Thank you! :)

@Melodie - Hah! No, not the crazy eyes! You're scaring everyone away! ;)

@Clarissa - Alrighty. The Linky list will be open until the 23rd at 11:59 PM EST, so take your time. :)

David Powers King said...

Sounds awesome. If I weren't already knee-deep in other blogfests I'd totally jump on this one. Maybe next time. But thank you for bringing it up! :)

Cassie Mae said...

I'm so in!! I've just got to get my drawings scanned and posted. This is great, I've always wanted to cast a few of my characters :)

Just to clarify, I need to have posted my casting call before signing up right?

Thanks again, this sounds like a lot of fun!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Sounds cool! I'm in!

Carrie Butler said...

@David - Aww, okay. We'll miss you, but I know it's a busy time of year. :)

@Cassie - Great! I can't wait to see them! Oh, go ahead and sign up. Since it's only a week, we should be able to find your post easy enough. :)

@Jennifer - Awesome! I would definitely be interested in seeing your cast!

Cassie Mae said...

Okay, I signed up, but not sure if I did it right, lol. I'm still trying to get the hang of this blogging stuff. :) Way excited to see everyone's pics!

Carrie Butler said...

@Cassie - Oh, you're fine. I changed your entry from Casting Call to Reading, Writing, and Lovin' it. In this instance, your title will help things stay organized and, hopefully, promote your blog. :) Let me know if you have any more questions. I'm more than happy to help!

Cassie Mae said...

Thank you so much! I apologize for my airheadedness...if that's even a word. :)

Carrie Butler said...

@Cassie - It was no trouble. :) Hah! Well, it's certainly a word now. ;)

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like fun! I had been thinking about posting pictures of people from a writing project; and now here's a blogfest! :)

Carrie Butler said...

@Eagle - Thanks! Oh, that's awesome. I can't wait to see what you come up with! :D

Lydia Kang said...

I definitely have to drop by and see these characters! My characters are very shy, so they won't be able to come. They're hiding out in my manuscript somewheres...

Carrie Butler said...

@Lydia - Ah, well, if they're shy, there's nothing we can do about that. I'm sure we'll be seeing them in print soon enough, anyway. *grins*

Laila Knight said...

Carrie, what a totally awesome blog hop idea. I love it! See all I'm missing out for taking a week off. BTW I love your new pic...my goodness you are cute. :)

Carrie Butler said...

@Laila - Thanks! It was Melodie's idea. :) Yeah, thank goodness you'll be around the week of the 24th. I would've tracked you down, lady! Oh, thank you! That's so nice of you. :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

This sounds so awesome! YOU'RE awesome. I'm going to have to give it some serious thought.

Carrie Butler said...

@Peggy - I wouldn't go that far, but thank you! Oh, you should. We'd love to see your characters! :) In the meantime we can choreograph that Plotter/Pantser dance. *grins*

Susan Oloier said...

This sounds like fun. I have such a hard time casting my manuscripts with anyone but who is in my head. Let me give it some thought b/c it would be a blast to join!
Happy to meet you!

Donna K. Weaver said...

How fun.

Laila listed you in the Pay It Forward Bloghop.

Carrie Butler said...

@Susan - Welcome! :) Hmm, maybe you could try finding location photos or things you find inspirational for that particular piece. The guidelines are pretty flexible. We'd love to have you join us!

@Donna - You should give it a try. We'd love to have you participate. ;) Oh! I'll have to check that out. Thank you! :)

momslifeponderings said...

Sorry - I'm new here. So do I go ahead and sign up even though my post isn't ready yet? I just need to have it ready for the 24th? Or do I wait to sign up once it's ready? Sounds exciting! Thanks!

Carrie Butler said...

@momslifeponderings - Welcome! Yes, you can sign up now. Given that the blogfest is only five days long, I'm sure it'll be easy enough to find everyone's entries. Thank you! :)

Shelley Sly said...

Aahh this sounds so awesome! If I had more free time I'd totally participate!

cleemckenzie said...

I'd love to take part in this. Let me think, and then see if I have the time to pull off something this adventurous. If not, I'll definitely hop around to see what all these talented people come up with.

Carrie Butler said...

@Shelley - Aww, well, thank you! :)

@cleemckenzie - Thank you! We'd certainly love to have you, if you find the time. :D

Donna Hole said...

Not a blogfest I could enter; but certainly worthy of vast advertisement. I'll post it to my side bar and try to get an advertising post up on my blog tomorrow (10/22) for all my creative type friends.

Nice to meet you Carrie. I've enjoyed browsing your site. And, its been too long since I visited Anita Grace Howard. Thanks for reminding me.

BTW: found you through "Gracie" via The Golden Eagle :)

.......dhole

Carrie Butler said...

@Donna - Thank you so much! We really, really appreciate it. :)

Nice to meet you, too! It's always great to make new friends around here.

Cassie Mae said...

Ooh, we are getting close!! I'm super excited to see everyone's posts!

Carrie Butler said...

@Cassie - Me too! :D

Jon Paul said...

Sounds groovy! I'm in!

Carrie Butler said...

@Jon - Great! I can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

JeffO said...

I would really like to do this, but I'm not really sure I can pull it off the way I'd like...

Oh, what the heck.

Laura said...

Nice to meet you! I found you through Wendy Tyler Ryan - and I'm in. I've never thought of this or tried to do this but with NaNoWriMo looming large, it'll help me get my head sorted. I'm going to borrow your badge and pop you in my side bar.
Lx

Carrie Butler said...

@Jeff - Fantastic! It's all for fun, anyway. I'm sure you can find something similar to what you have in mind. ;)

@Laura - It's nice to meet you, too! Oh, that's a great idea. Thank you! :D

Angela Ackerman said...

Great idea--I love this. I look forward to seeing everyone's characters!!

Angela@ The Bookshelf Muse

Carrie Butler said...

@Angela - Thank you! I'm looking forward to it, too! :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

What fun...

I'll try to post mine by Wednesday. GREAT IDEA!

Carrie Butler said...

@Michael - Thank you! I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

Basil Sands said...

Well, it certainly took me some time to put it together, especially since I didn't see Lisa's mention of it until the day after it started having been skimping on checking my messages of late, but TADA! I finally today posted my version of the casting call over at basilsands.blogspot.com and/or www.basilsands.com.

Now to go out there and check out everyone else's!

Carrie Butler said...

@Basil - I'm glad you got a chance to participate! I'm on my way over. :)

Stefanie J Pristavu said...

Yeeey, that was so much fun! Loved the idea!

Carrie Butler said...

@Stefanie - Thank you! I'm glad you had fun. On my way over to see it! :)

Laura said...

Mine's finally up... under the wire! Can't wait to hop around everyone's this weekend!
Thanks for the fun
Laura x

JeffO said...

Mine is up. But you knew that already, didn't you? ;)

Carrie Butler said...

@Laura - Yay! I'm on my way over now. I can't wait to see it! :)

@Jeff - Maaaaaaaaaaaaybe... *grins*

Cassie Mae said...

Thanks Carrie. This was so much fun and great to see everyone's posts!

Carrie Butler said...

@Cassie Mae - Thank you, too! It really was fun, wasn't it? I'm glad we did it!