Random Thursday: The Best Random Stuff

Just a few of the best things I’ve seen lately.

If you disagree, send me yours and I’ll share ’em!


Best Visual Pun Ever:

It’s a Writer’s Glock!

Get it?

This image was brought to my attention by Zoë Sharp (via Facebook) and is shared with the permission of  Kandi Rich.

You can order magnets or posters of this amazing graphic here—I’m hoping for a tee-shirt soon!

If I ever get a grown-up website, I’m going to see if this  is still available for the header.  Or maybe she could make a playing card for me?


Current  Funniest Book Trailer:
(if you ignore the ad, sorry)

Paul Jury’s  “States of Confusion” looks like an interesting book—I put it on my reserve list.  That there is a reserve list—and only 13 copies left at Amazon at the writing of this post—says something.

And the trailer outtakes are hilarious, by the way.


Best Current Novel Release Giveaway Drawing!

Carrie Crain has released the Nook version of  Austin Girl and the Legend of Diablo today and is holding drawings for all kinds of good stuff for the price of a tweet or a comment.

The premises of her novels—and the names of her characters—are double-take gold, y’all.

This lady knows from funny.  Check her out.


Best Sculpey Pigeon Ever

You know how I said last week that friends and family keep giving me pigeon-related stuff?

That same day, a package arrived in the mail from the multi-talented Lyra.  It included this little guy, who’s about half the size of a quarter and traveled in a prize bubble from a gumball machine:


We’re calling him The Pidge.  Lyra knows why.

The Pidge is  currently perched on my spirit animal so the cat won’t notice him.

Blaug and The Pidge appear to be enjoying long conversations together.

I’m pretty sure they’re talking about me . . .


Booktrailers on a Budget: Feel the Magic

There’s some question about whether book trailers help sell books. Until that question is definitively answered, it seems to me that one wouldn’t want to blow one’s entire advertising budget on trailers.

The repurposing award goes to romance author Tessa Dare:

She gets an additional credit for this one, which was a fundraiser auction item to help a fellow writer in need:

Maggie Stiefvater, who writes YA paranormals, is so relentlessly creative and funny that you don’t even notice that her books aren’t mentioned until the last three seconds:

She also does a good line in playdough stop-action. I understand the labor involved, but I still wish this one was longer:

But Jeff Somers, author of the dystopian Avery Cates series (which I’ve reviewed extensively), not only ropes people in with his hilarious Ask Jeff Anything vids, which cost nothing but time and dignity,  but has recently asked his fans to do the work for a very specific kind of series trailer:

Explanation, if necessary, is here.*

What do you think?  Are book trailers effective?  Are expensive book trailers more effective? Does it even matter, as long as there are handpuppets and trews involved? Do you have a favorite example to share?


* I have to be a part of this and am planning on using handpuppets in a way Tessa Dare would probably not approve.

Booktrailer Love

I love movie previews. On the rare occasions when I manage to synchronize schedules, snag a sitter, and afford to shell out a queen’s ransom to go to the movie theater, I ‘m usually more exicted about seeing the previews that the actual movie.
Even the trailers for movies I wouldn’t check out free from the library are often pretty good—the best parts condensed into a mini-show, with a hook.

Book trailers are a little different. Lower budget, harder to find. I receive a few from the selection and review sites that I use for work, but most tend to cross my path well after the publication dates.

The majority of them are static pieces set to dramatic classical music, featuring the cover, a basic hook, and a few positive reviews. I’m not saying I could do any better, but I am saying that for the most part, I depend more on Unshelved’s one-panel booktalks when I personally want a good read.

But there are exceptions. I’d only read one of the books advertised below, but I re-read that one and found the others PDQ. Only one looks like real money was involved in its creation, but all three are clever, show the author’s voice, and are full of teh hook—if not for the book itself, then for the author.

This one actually gave me movie-trailer shivers:

I think this next one also says something about a writer’s natural affinity for stationery supplies:

I’ve often thought I could restage Kipling’s Jungle Book in my toddlers room* and Payton Place with my seven-year old’s Barbie collection, but this is clever:

Anyone else like booktrailers? 

*or perhaps a reinactment of Noah’s Ark—she has two of everything, including platypi in colors a platypus doesn’t naturally come in, as God probably figured He’d done enough to the poor creature.