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Monday, December 10, 2012

Cheers, Cavanaugh Blogfest

According to the dictionary a ninja is a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan who specialized in unorthodox warfare. His aresenal included assassination, espionage, infiltration and sabotage. My definition of a ninja is a man who fought for his dream and now selflessly encourages others to do the same. Who always has time for the legions he has gathered to him, a writing warrior with boundless energy and spirit, a man whose heart knows no limits. Today we are celebrating that ninja, the Captain Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Organized by the super cool Morgan Shamy, the awesome David Powers King, the incredible Stephen Tremp and the magnificent Mark Koopmans, this is a way for our blogging community to celebrate the friend who has been there for us all. To check out all the festivities and the amazing participants, click here. Alex himself is going to read these posts and there will be two exceedlingly stupendous prizes.

So, what does Alex look like? To me Alex is unassuming, a jeans and tee shirt man who blends well with his surroundings and you'll only know he's there when he's ready to reveal himself. Like a true ninja.

Who would play Alex in a documentary? Johnny Depp. As handsome as he is, Johnny is a master at blending into a part. Again like a true ninja.

Who does Alex remind you of? I know I said he's unassuming, but with his personality and wit, Alex reminds me of Captain Mal Reynolds. He always figures out a way, even if it means trouble first. Always keeps his humor about him and never fails to help those in need.

Flash Fiction 100 words or less, using Cavanaugh, Cosbolt, Guitar, IWSG and Ninja

"Get to the Cosbolt NOW," Cavanaugh roared as laser fire erupted inside the old IWSG club. Damn those Ninja Terrans and their blood feud. He waited a heartbeat, then ran, dodging crossfire as he rushed to the stage. There was no way he was leaving without his prized guitar. He'd die first and take a few of those bastards with him.

And now a word for my superhero, Wonder Woman aka Alex's wife.

Thank you, thank you. You are a wondrous, generous woman and I can't begin to express my gratitude to you as you share the Captain Ninja with his Army each week. Peace, joy and many blessings to you both.

Thanks for dropping by to celebrate Alex today. This was a great way to start my week as my Bears got humiliated and there is no Walking Dead until February. Ugh!

95 comments:

  1. Ha, loved it. Melissa your interpretation is awesome.

    .......dhole

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    1. Thanks, Donna! This was a truly fun piece to write. :)

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  2. Captain Mal? Oh that rocks. Long live Firefly!
    Melissa, that is truly awesome. Thank you so very much. Yes, Sunday was a meltdown for many teams and this kicks the week off right.

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    1. Browncoats forever! Yeah I've kind of always pictured you with the Mal sense of humor and the way he always helps everyone he can. Glad you enjoyed my piece, oh Captain, my Captain.

      I was happy to get the week off right. :)

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  3. I love Alex, but I always wanted to know more about him, so I'm glad that this blogfest will let him reveal more about himself. I can't wait.

    Captain Mal Reynolds? Great comparison! Oh, and when I think of who would play Alex in a documentary, Johnny Depp is exactly the actor that comes to my mind. :)

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    1. Hey sweetie! This blogfest was an awesome idea, wasn't it? I'm having fun seeing what everyone has written.

      High fives, our great minds did think alike this time.:)Johnny always totally encapsulates a role and I knew he'd be perfect to try and portray Alex.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alison. :) I'm happy you enjoyed my little take on the Ninja.

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  5. i think johnny depp should be honored to be likened to alex! and of course hes married to wonder woman! i shoulda known!

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    1. Hi Tara! Yes, I'm sure Johnny would be very honored to assume the mantle of the Ninja. It's an awesome part with so many mysterious layers. Who else could handle the Ninja, but Wonder Woman, right?

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  6. What a wonderful post and some great characters you compare Alex to. Love the Wonder woman wife...lol!

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    1. Thank you, Siv! I had loads of fun writing this so I'm very happy you enjoyed reading this. I knew Alex's wife could be no one else, but my fave super hero.

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    1. That he is, hon. A stealthy, yet omnipotent presence in the blogosphere.

      I am already missing our Walking Dead. I'm happy you did the spotlight to ease the pain a little.

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    2. I've no idea what we shall watch instead of it, Melsy. Here at Fox International, they didn't put anything worth mentioning instead of it :(

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  8. Captain Mal crossed my mind too! Great flash piece to honor Alex. :)

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I think that was the hardest for me because I have never written flash before.

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  9. He would never leave without his guitar! And you're right, Johnny Depp is kind of the ninja of actors, disappearing into each role. Well played. :)

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    1. Thank you, Luanne! Alex would never, ever leave his guitar behind. I'm really glad you enjoyed my little spin on the Captain. :)

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  10. Definitely a jeans and t-shirt guy... I agree 100%.
    I also chose Johnny Depp, and he's a good guitarist too...

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    1. Hey Michelle! You're absolutely right, Johnny is an incredible guitarist. I think that played in the back of my brain. High fives and fist bumps for our awesome brains trodding the same path. :)

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  11. Great entry, all of it! I can really begin to picture Alex from your descriptions. Looks like you might finally discover the elusive Ninja!

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    1. Thank you, Kirsten! It makes me happy to be able to suss out some clues about our mysterious Captain Ninja.

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  12. So cool Melissa. Great shout-out to Alex and Wonder Woman.

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    1. Why thank you, my friend. ;) They are the ultimate superhero couple for sure.

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  13. Well Done Melissa! I love Johnny Depp and you are so right, about his ninja like skills! Maybe he and Alex are brothers, lol
    Great job on the flash-

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    1. Thank you, Ella! I've never done flash before, but this was sure a fun piece to work on. Johnny and Alex brothers? Hmm... ;)

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  14. I'm loving the Capt. Mal reference. You're absolutely right on that one. Fantastic post, Melissa.

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    1. Thanks, Jay! I'm glad you love my Mal reference, too. I could not resist as Alex has such a great sense of humor about him no matter the topic.

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  15. Johnny Depp is a great choice. I love how you identified/defined the word ninja before you went further!

    Regarding American Horror Story...did you see how Lana was sick and throwing up in the one scene and the nun tried to explain it was the cook not washing his hands? LOL. Lana replies, "I didn't eat anything!"

    Oh my...what could it be!? LANA'S GOT MORNING SICKNEESSSSSS!!!!

    She has a little baby "BLOODY FACE" inside her!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael!

      Baby Bloody Face explains so much about present day Bloody Face, doesn't it? I cannot wait to see where this is going. AHS is my lifeline while Walking Dead is on hiatus.

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  16. There's so much sadness on the blogosphere this time of year and it's a real shot in the arm to come to a blog dedicated to the positive and to helping others. Nicely done Melissa.

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed my piece, Anne. It is so wonderful to see everyone coming together for a great, celebratory cause. Thank you!

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  17. Very cool, love the flash fiction portion, haven't done something like that since college, always enjoyed those type of formats.

    Bear Down, Bear Down. Here's to hoping they get their heads straight and give the packers a nice smack, not giving up hope yet, last 2 games they've shot themselves in the foot more than anything.

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    1. Thanks, Daniel. I'm really happy about all the positive responses to my flash piece. It's something I haven't tried before, but I might explore further.

      I have to remember to breathe when it comes to our Bears. Oh Lord, my blood pressure has been at the boiling point since the end of the game last week. They have shot off nearly all of their toes already. ;)

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  18. Ooo... I can definitely agree with the jeans and t-shirt idea and how that blends him in like a ninja would. Clever, Melissa! And Johnny Depp? Yes, please! Everything was great. :D

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    1. Hey Morgan! Thank you so so much. I'm really happy you enjoyed my piece today. This was a wonderful, spectacular idea you four put together and I LOVED being part of it.

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  19. I've seen a couple of bloggers say that Johnny Depp should play him. That would be a good choice.

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    1. Johnny would make a great Ninja, wouldn't he? He blends really well into his roles and why not have the best for our Captain?

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  20. Johnny Depp is a popular choice for Alex! :) Love the flash fiction!! Great job on this :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Tamara. I was so excited about the flash piece and I'm thrilled everyone is enjoying it.

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  21. Yes, Johnny Depp would serve Alex right. Great piece!

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    1. Playing the Ninja requires a huge talent and Johnny has that in spades for sure. :) Thank you!

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  22. JD is popular! Bet he'd feel honored to be compared to Alex. :)

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    1. The Ninja is just the type of role Johnny likes to sink his teeth into so I agree, he would be honored to play our Captain.

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  23. You're not the first to say Johnny Depp - someone else has said that, so I think that proves it! He's JD. The IWSG club sounds more dangerous than I was expecting (I'll hide under a table next time I'm in there)! Great post

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    1. Johnny is for sure our Alex! :) Yeah that IWSG club sure has gotten to be one bad part of the Blogosphere. I'll cover you when you come visit. Thanks, Susan!

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  24. Johnny!! I totally agree!!!! *Swoon*
    And you wrote the perfect description of Alex!

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    1. Oh Lynda, do I ever swoon at Johnny. He's my longest love affair. LOL I'm so happy you liked my description of Alex. This has been loads of fun. :)

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  25. This is too great! But you're the first to associate Alex with Mr. Depp, so awesome points awarded there. Thanks for participate'n! :)

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    1. Thanks, David! You all did a fantastic job for this fest and I loved it. :) And I'll take those awesome points, you made my night. :)

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  26. Have you seen the video with Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman signing as Paul McCartney sings "My Valentine?" Johnny also plays the guitar in the video. This is exactly how we imagine the Cavanaugh's together. He is such an excellent choice to play Alex! Great job Melissa!
    Julie

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    1. Oh I have not! I will have to track that down ASAP. Thank you, Julie! I'm so touched you enjoyed my piece. I really had fun writing it and letting my imagination soar with trying to describe our Captain.

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    1. Thank you, LB! Glad you enjoyed it and your visit here to the Imaginarium.

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  28. Johnny Depp and Wonder Woman; they do go together. Loved the flash also Melissa :)

    ........dhole

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I'm really happy you enjoyed the flash piece. Johnny and Wonder Woman sure do make a helluva couple, don't they?

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  29. Johnny Depp and Captain Mal. *drools* I can see the spirit of Alex in those choices. I've been having fun with this blogfest too. And no Walking Dead until February? Ack!

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    1. They are a drool worthy combo and imagine that packed into one man, Yowza!

      I know! My WD withdrawals are getting painful. :(

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  30. Love this tribute, and the fact that you see Alex in unassuming jeans and a t-shirt, blending in until just the right moment. Captain Mal and Johnny Depp are good choices!

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    1. Thank you so much Tyrean! I loved writing this and am really happy people are liking my image of Alex. He really is a great guy. Captain Mal and JD... Only the best for our Ninja. :)

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  31. This was a great tribute to Alex. Loved your answers. And yes, your description is perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Joylene! I'm very happy you think my description is perfect. I really enjoyed creating a vision of our Captain Ninja. I loved, loved reading everyone's pieces. We sure do love him. :)

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  32. Alex sure is loved by the blogging community! Go Alex.

    And he's not the only one, Melissa! You got a blog award from me today! Head on over to my site whenever it's convenient for you!

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    1. Go Alex indeed!

      Aww.. Thank you so so much Jeffrey. You made my week,my friend. :)

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    1. High fives, Allison! Great minds do trek the same path. :)

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    1. High fives and fist bumps, my friend! JD would make an epic Captain Ninja for sure. :)

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  35. Your writing's always chock full of excitement, Melly. I love your flash fiction. And so many people chose Johnny Depp. He is steaming hot, like our Captain.

    Cheers and hugs, my friend.
    xoRobyn

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    1. My mentor always told me to have two guys kicking in the door with guns blazing. It grabs the attention span in a choke hold. LOL

      JOhnny is my hot lovin' stud muffin for sure and my longest relationship. ;D

      Hugs, my sister

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  36. I should have thought of Johnny Depp. there's a little pirate in Alex.

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    1. Hey Susan! You know that little bit of pirate could be part of Alex's ninja skill set and how he manages to get around so quickly. :)

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  37. Ooh, Johnny Depp! Hmm, and Michael's got him playing guitar on stage... Alex, you're getting more attractive by the second :-)

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    1. All that droolworthiness packed into one man. It's no wonder Alex has his own army. :)

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  38. Er, not that you already might not be!

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    1. I bet he's even hotter than we imagine. ;)

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  39. LOL, Melissa, at your flash fiction here. Hah!

    In an unrelated story: I didn't know what to do with myself this past Sunday, without The Walking Dead. You make it through ok, buddy? #IHateMidSeasonBreaks.
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Hey Mina! Awesome to see you here as always, my friend. :) I'm happy you enjoyed the flash piece, I had a great time coming up with the concept. I very nearly made the IWSG the creature cantina from Mos Eisley. LOL

      My roomie and I didn't either. Thank God for AHS or I really would not know what to do with myself. It's a struggle, though. How about you?

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  40. Cavanaugh is undoubtedly the hardest-working man in the blogging business. Gee, he's doing so many blogfests, it's insane :-) Kudos, Mr. Cavanaugh!!

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    1. That's why he's the mysterious Captain Ninja, I guess. ;) His powers of blogging boggle my mind.

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  41. Johnny Depp was my second choice. I decided on Brad Pitt.
    I liked the flash piece, Melissa.

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    1. Thank you so much! Brad Pitt is definitely an A++ choice for the Captain.

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  42. Some of us have decided that Alex is really Johnny Depp and that's why we're reminded so much of that actor when we hear from Alex. It's all very hush hush, so keep this to yourself, okay?

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    1. Mum is the word. I wondered why they are never seen together. :)

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  43. Johnny Depp wins me over every time. Nice touch calling Mrs. C, Wonder Woman. Does she get to do the casting?

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    1. Johnny is my longest relationship aside from the boys of Aerosmith. I can watch him do anything. I agree, Mrs. C should do the casting. :)

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  44. Hi, Melissa,

    Very "action-packed" Flash Fiction.... Well done! Hmmm. Johnny Depp... could be, but I don't picture Alex that painfully thin. LOL.

    I hope all is well!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Michael! Johnny is not painfully thin. Have you checked out that bod recently? Yowza! LOL

      I am hanging in there my friend. The rosary has come in very handy of late and has been getting me through.

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  45. This is the second time I've seen Johnny Depp mentioned!

    I love your flash fiction.

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    1. Thank you, Golden! Johnny is amazing and I believe he could really do our captain justice.

      I'm very happy you enjoyed the flash piece. It was a lot of fun to write. :)

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