24 October, 2011

Casting Call Character Bloghop

This bloghop is hosted by Carrie Butler, Melodie Wright, and Lisa L. Regan.


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!


For this bloghop, I decided to post some photos and inspiration for my NaNoWriMo project. I think I may have finally decided on an idea to work with for November (hooray!), but I'm still hammering out the details, so there won't be a ton of stuff in this post.

Now, onward with the images!

First, since participants aren't limited to people, the setting of my novel. For it, Moshe Safdie's architecture has been perfect. It's exactly the kind of geometric, precise structure that I was thinking of.

Sigh. I love architecture. :)

And this little object is something that really got me thinking setting-wise:

As for my characters:

MC (Ben Barnes):

Supporting character (Alan Rickman):

Supporting character (Jeremy Irons):

Supporting character (Cate Blanchett):

And there you have my (rather short) cast. I don't want to give away much about the project, but I will say that it's going to be Science Fiction. I had thought about writing Fantasy . . . but then inspiration hit for a SF novel.

And a DISCLAIMER: All images are from Wikimedia Commons.


So what about you? Who would you like cast as one of your characters--or would you want to base a character on? Any favorite architects?

-----The Golden Eagle


Cassie Mae said...

I like that you added your scenery too! Great post :)

Anonymous said...

You had me at Alan Rickman.

I might do this for tomorrow. Perhaps that will help with the inspiration thing...hmm...

The Spooky Whisk said...

Thanks for the well wishes and have bunches of fun with your new blog hop. Cheers and have an oogie boogie day.

JeffO said...

That's a heavy-hitting cast right there--and great locales, too.

Carrie Butler said...

I love your post, Eagle! Sometimes setting takes on a role, as if it were a character itself. Great, great choices. I'm so happy that you decided to participate! Thank you! :)

Susan Kane said...

You have me thinking and planning. Great choices--both people and architecture!

Saumya said...

Great cast!! I'd love to have Benjamin Bratt or Matt Damon :) Also, is there a followers tab on your blog? I might be missing it because I'm so sleep deprived.

Southpaw said...

I love architecture too! Your post started me thinking a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright.

Old Kitty said...

Whoa I love your cast list and where they're going to live! Wow!! Fantastic!!!

Oooh architects?? Erm.. off the top of my head, I like Norman Foster for his Gherkin (30 St Mary's Axe in the City of London)! :-)

And of course Isambard Brunel for his bridges and ships and what have you and Mr Balzagette for his sewerage system in London! Yay!

Oh those Egyptians who designed the pyramids.. ooh lots of ancient peoples who designed all these structures still standing today! LOL! I better stop and lie down now! LOL!

Ants!! Spiders!! They're brilliant architects! ahem!

Take care

Melodie Wright said...

Oh, I love your architecture! I'm a mission-style, Frank Lloyd Wright gal myself...although Old Kitty is right about the spiders. Hmmm. *taps chin*
Your cast is perfect for making me want to read more! Hope you had fun with this. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons and Cate Blanchett are brilliant. I'd want them in my cast too.

I'm posting my entry for this blogfest later this week. It's a fun one!

Sarah Pearson said...

I want the film made of this book that you haven't written yet - that's one heck of a cast list :-)

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Gorgeous buildings! I loved your cast of characters.

Carole Anne Carr said...

I'll be joining you at Nano this year, sometime since I joined in, but must complete a book to have it ready to edit by Christmas, so can't wait to begin! Good luck!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I love this blog hop, I need to get my post up soon! Wow, campaign season is so busy. :) (p.s. I have a totally age-inappropriate crush on both Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons.)

Alleged Author said...

Your supporting cast sounds great! I love visual aids. :)

Emily Rose said...

this is a really cool idea! I like the people you chose - it really helps me picture your characters better.:P

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm jealous! Love your setting! Love the fact that you've planned some stuff out for NaNo. I know one character's name and one event - the initiating one. That's it. *sigh*

Krispy said...

The setting images intrigue me, and if this is your cast, I'd see this movie! :D (heart Ben Barnes)

Botanist said...

I love that you've included architecture. I'm a bit of a building fanatic too, my critiquers keep asking me to tone down my descriptions which is a shame because it's my favorite part :) And what cast could possibly go wrong with Alan Rickman in it?

L.G.Smith said...

Those buildings are perfect for sci-fi. And Ben Barnes is a cutie. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

I don't like to pick mainstream actors, but i do like to gather pics. I really like your choices!

Heather said...

What beautiful architecture, I love it! And your cast of characters makes me very curious about the novel. What a fun blogfest!

Nancy Thompson said...

I love this bloghop. I'll be posting my cast on Wednesday.

And I'm liking that Ben Barnes guy. Too cute!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm loving the photos of those buildings. Best wishes with Nano!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Your pics are AWESOME! LOVE the architecture ... perfect for a Sci-fi novel.

And, what a great cast.

This is such a FUN blogfest. I am totally in!

Paul Tobin said...

Fascinating, I use this collage approach at times, it takes you in some interesting directions. I've been to the top of the last of your three buildings, its in Singapore and is really tall. i love the way that the top part looks like its docked, as if it were a flying craft.

Susan Fields said...

I love all your casting choices! I always choose famous people for my characters. In my current wip, Reese Witherspoon is my mc. Edward Speelers and James Franco are supporting cast.

BornStoryteller said...

oooooooo..I like what you did..and the idea. I'll see if I can join in and have some fun. Thanks GE

Anonymous said...

I went and joined this one today. Thanks for the inspiration.

MyTricksterGod said...

Where are these buildings located, did you take these pictures yourself?
They are quite nice, though I must say the first one seemed lazy to me, I think man has pass the point of just making cube-apartments.
The first structure seems redeemable only if it seems as if its component parts are moving in and out like a jigsaw.
If the designer was aiming for that perception, then more power to him!

Lisa L. Regan said...

Cool! I love that you used setting in this post. What a great idea.

Charity Bradford said...

Thanks for bringing this blogfest to my attention. Oh, and anything with Alan Rickman in it will be a huge hit. ;) So love him!

Talli Roland said...

I love your characters, and what great architectural photos. I'm fascinated by building design, too.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome blogfest and photos! I might look around at photos and see if I can participate . . .

Hannah Kincade said...

I rarely find real people pictures of my characters. I found one in the history of my writing. One. Not for lack of trying though...

Hannah Kincade said...

Also, any book with Alan Rickman is already read in my book!! :D

Marsha Sigman said...

LOVE your cast!

Laura said...

Great cast! I love the very first of your settings images - what an incredible place

Jon Paul said...

I love the worldbuilding! And the cast is awesome!

I'd say you have one heck of a NaNo on your hands! :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Cassie: Thank you! :)

Joshua: He's a great actor.

I hope you do participate! This has been a really fun bloghop.

The Spooky Whisk: You're very welcome.


JeffO: Glad you liked the setting. :)

Carrie: Thank you! I agree, setting sometimes does that.

Thanks for hosting this bloghop. It's been awesome seeing everyone's entries. :)

Susan: Thanks. :)

Saumya: I've never heard of Benjamin Bratt before--should I have? :P

There should be, but sometimes it disappears. It's "Come Join Me In My Aerie", right under the poll I have in the sidebar. :)

Southpaw: I love Frank Lloyd Wright! His buildings are amazing.

Old Kitty: Thank you! :)

Oh, I just looked Norman Foster (hadn't heard of him before) up on Google Images--that's impressive architecture!

Egyptians, Mayas; it's amazing what people did so little technology, especially compared to what we have today.

True! :)

Melodie: Spiders are great architects.

I did--thank you so much for hosting! :)

M.J.: I couldn't not cast them. :P

I'm looking forward to seeing your entry!

Sarah: Thanks--and you never know. Maybe I'll be published and they'll option the movie. ;)

(Highly unlikely, of course . . .)

Wendy: I'm glad you like them!

Carole: Welcome to NaNoWriMo madness. I'm glad to hear you've decided to participate! :)

Bethany: I can't wait to see yours!

It is.

I like them for their acting. :P

Alleged: Me, too. :D

Emily: Thank you!

I suppose "MC" and "Supporting character" doesn't really give you much of an idea, does it?

The Golden Eagle said...

Jemi: Still, I'll bet it will be fun. :) I thought about just writing whatever came to mind (and will probably do that to some extent) but I have made up a loose outline.

Krispy: Look for it. ;)

(Yeah, me too. LOL.)

Botanist: Thanks!

I love describing architecture, too. I'll write paragraphs about buildings the characters visit. :P


L.G.: I thought so, too, when I first saw Safdie's buildings!

J.A.: Sometimes I avoid mainstream actors, too--they have a history, which can take away from the image of the actual character.

Thank you!

Heather: Maybe you'll get to read it in the future. :)

Nancy: Looking forward to it!

He acts the way I picture my MC, too.

Sharon: Glad you like the photos.

Thank you! :)

Michael: Thank you!

I can't wait to see your post for it; I'm sure you'll come up with something amazing.

Paul: That's what struck me, too. I've never seen it, though--it must have been amazing to see in person. :)

Susan: Thanks!

Edward Speleers is awesome. Though I do think they could have done a better job with Eragon. :P

Stuart: I hope you do join in! I'd love to see your inspiration.

You're welcome! :)

Joshua: Anytime! I'm looking forward to your post.

MyTricksterGod: Nope . . . see the "Source" links below. The top two are in Canada, and the third (the one with the structure across the towers) is in Singapore. All three were designed by Moshe Safdie.

I agree. That's the impression I got when I first saw the building; and it's part of why it's so inspiring for my NaNoWriMo project.

Lisa: Thank you! :)

Charity: Same here. LOL.

Talli: Thanks!

Tyrean: Glad you liked the photos. :)

I hope you do participate!

Hannah: That's too bad--images of people can really help when you're stuck in the writing or in need of inspiration.

I'll just have to get this NaNo novel into the hands of readers, then. :)

Marsha: Thank you!

Laura: Thanks!

I wish I could go see it in person . . .

Jon: LOL. Thanks. :)

Basil Sands said...

Interesting to add not only actors, but locations & architecture....I should'a thought of that.

The Golden Eagle said...

Basil: Thanks for coming by! :)

Morgan said...

Sounds like a great cast for a movie! I loved the photos of the setting as well-good idea to include them.