Cultural trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 4

Here are the last trivia questions based on cultural references from my Rhythms & Muse novel. See how many you know.

Trivia Questions

22. What 1927 prose by Max Ehrmann ends with, “Be cheerful. Strive to be happy?”

23. What daily newspaper was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008?

24. What museum with three locations in greater Los Angeles exhibits primarily American and European contemporary art created since 1940?

25. What Revlon fragrance personified the independent woman of the 1970s, and was the first perfume ad to feature a woman wearing pants?

26. What American singer, songwriter, and pianist wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists during the 1960s, many of which have become standards? Hint: She had a recurring role as a music-store owner in the 1990s’ Gilmore Girls TV series.

27. What Apple product, according to PC World has “altered the landscape for portable audio players?”

28. One of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, this cultural icon is often referred to as “The King.”

Answers in comments below.

You can find these and more cultural references in my Rhythms & Musenovel and music CD:

Cultural trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 3

Here are the next few trivia questions based on cultural references from my Rhythms & Muse novel. How many can you answer correctly?

Trivia Questions

15. What classic play and movie features a Dr. Doolittle who did not work with animals?

16. What musical variety show had the same host, Dick Clark, from 1957 until its final season in 1989?

17. What Robert Crumb iconic pop culture image of optimism in the 1970s featured an amblin’, big-nosed, suit-wearing guy?

18. What slogan used by the American counterculture movement during the early 1970s was a symbol of passive resistance and nonviolent ideology?

19. What television show, which aired its final episode in May 2011, showcases the life of a superhero as a young boy growing up in rural Kansas?

20.What weekly American magazine, published by Time Inc., covers celebrity and human-interest stories?

21. What Mac-based software allows users to create music or podcasts?

Answers below in comments.

You can find these and more cultural references in my Rhythms & Musenovel and music CD:

Cultural trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 2

Can you answer a few more trivia questions, all based on cultural references from my Rhythms & Muse novel?  :D

Trivia Questions

8. What Disney movie featured two bumbling dog-sitters?

9.  What fictional character is the “Fairest in the Land?”

10. What 1970s slogan, now recognized worldwide, uses a symbol as its second word?

11. What 1970s show featured famous actors vacationing under the social direction of “Julie McCoy?”

12. What recognizable 1967 superhero cartoon-show theme song used in a 2002 film and then rerecorded by Michael Bublé for the 2004 sequel?

13. What tissue-worthy 1970s movie featured a poignant romance split by the characters’ political views and convictions?

14. In what 1970s movie is a sinister truth behind the all-too-perfect behavior of the female residents?

Answers below in comments.

You can find these and more cultural references in my Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD:

Cultural trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 1

See if you can you answer the following trivia questions all based on cultural references in my Rhythms & Muse novel. 😀

Trivia Questions

  1. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” was penned by…?
  2. Who coined the phrase, “screw your courage to the sticking place?”
  3. What 1970s talent contest spoof was hosted by Chuck Barris?
  4. What advertiser used, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing?”
  5. What 1970s sci-fi movie changed the scope of special effects forever?
  6. What superhero lives in a mansion and works in a cave?
  7. What heavy metal English rock band, formed in 1969 by Ozzy Osbourne, attempted to create the musical equivalent of horror films?

Answers are below in comments.

You can find these and more cultural references in my Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD:

Two upcoming Rhythms & Muse book events

Announcing two upcoming events for my Rhythms & Muse
debut novel and music CD

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EVENT #1: Novel and CD signing

Sunday, May 22, 2011
11 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Tempe Marketplace)
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy. #1150
Tempe, AZ

Novel ($17), CD ($6), or both ($22) available for sale on-site 
with cash, or check to vIDEAn Unlimited

Win free attendance to an upcoming Catch Your Dream workshop,
helping you move forward with your life dream.

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EVENT #2: Arizona Dreamin’

I am one of 24 featured authors at this super fun girl’s night out event June 4, 2011. You’ll be up-close and personal with all the authors, learning and sharing about their books and writing. You’ll also have the chance to see the photo shoot for a book cover by model Jimmy Thomas.

Dinner. Bookstore. Raffles prizes. Goodie bags. Movie fest. I hope you’ll consider getting in on the fun!

Saturday, June 4, 2011
2 p.m.– 11 p.m. (or overnight)

Tempe InnSuites Hotel and Suites
1651 W. Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ

Tickets: $20 for general admission, or $39 including dinner with the authors.
Information and tickets at arizonadreamin.wordpress.com.

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Praise for Rhythms & Muse

“I rarely read fiction, but had this book recommended to me by a friend. I started the book on the plane on a recent trip and could not put it down! So well written, the descriptions make me want to take a trip to Idaho and of course I loved all the romance!” — Deb Ortega, Amazon.com review

“Love your writing! What a pro, the way you wove the past and the present together seamlessly.”— Andrea Beaulieu, author Finding Your Authentic Voice and Ah Ha!: 100 Flashes of Insight and Inspiration From Your Authentic Voice (www.yourauthenticvoice.com)

“Wonderful. I love the way you took us from the present back to the past to weave the storyline for each of the main characters. I am recommending the book to my daughters and granddaughters who are searching for their life rhythms.”—Margaret Jacoby, SPHR, the Goddess of Compliance with MJ Management Solutions (www.mjms.net)

“One of the best ‘chick flicks’ I have ever read. Rhythms & Muse, Ann Videan’s freshman release, engages your heart and spirit with the same lilting energy as a romantic soft rock ballad. If ever a dream was meant to be realized, this book is that dream, and you will gladly enfold yourself in its verbal magic.”– JM de Biasi, literary critic, bibliophile

“Definitely a page-turner! I loved the great dialogue, flashbacks and dreams, and the juxtaposition between the ’70s and current day. Plus, a lovely ending.”— Laurie Fagen, writer, publisher SanTan Sun News (www.santansun.com)

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About The Novel

Witnessing a horrific car accident seen many times before in her dreams spurs award-winning singer Alexandra Lauren to reevaluate her glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. With her lofty musical goal now tarnished by reality, and her unfulfilled memories from her senior year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, haunting her, Alex takes a bold step to change the rhythms of her life. Leveraging her newly acknowledged intuitions, she makes a plan to reconnect not only with her musical touchstone and high-school sweetheart Matthew Roberts, but with her desire to impact lives for the good through the innocence and beauty of music.
***
Even though Matt holds Alex in his heart as his only muse, he resolves to ignore her existence. He cannot stay in control with her powerful presence in his life. Besides, how can he ever forgive her? In alliance with their charismatic friend Daniel, her betrayal demolished Matt’s joy in creating their hit single, not to mention their future lives, together.
***
Can anything in this world shift Matt’s resolve to distance himself from Alex? And, with Daniel still pursuing Alex even as his wife Kathy looks on, can Alex actually find fulfillment? Will music draw the estranged soul mates together again and guide them to realize their dreams?

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About the Music CD

A solid 1970s folk and rock-ballad influence on five original tunes inspired by songs “written” by characters in the Rhythms & Muse novel. The author composed and sang all the vocals, played piano and guitar on select compositions, and mixed the tracks in GarageBand software.

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 Where To Buy (if not at event)

Novel: createspace.com/3485275 [CreateSpace E-Store, best benefit to author]

Music CD: createspace.com/1913103 [CreateSpace E-Store, best benefit to author]

Book, music CD and MP3 files: www.tinyurl.com/ANVamazon [Amazon, most convenient]

AZ Dreamin’ readers event to feature Rhythms & Muse

I’m gearing up for a super fun girl’s night out event June 4, 2011, and you’re invited, too.

AZ Dreamin’ – A Romance Reader Event, the brainchild of author Kris Tualla, promises to be informative, affordable and provide highly entertaining camaraderie for any author or reader.

You can expect to get up close and personal with 24 featured authors from all genres, not just romance. I’m one of the authors (my Rhythms & Muse novel is actually mainstream women’s fiction, just with a strong romantic theme).

I hope you’ll consider getting in on the fun!
Ann Narcisian Videan, author/singer/songwriter Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dinner panels and table discussions
  • Bookstore on site
  • Raffle baskets and giveaways
  • Free goodie bags
  • Late-night romance movie fest
  • Sapphire Blue Publishing will take book pitches!
  • Cover model Jimmy Thomas, will pose with attendees in exchange for a donation to the sponsored charity, Huntington’s Disease Society of America. He is also scheduled for a special pre-event live book-cover photo shoot on Friday night June 3. See details below.

WHEN
Friday, June 3, 2011
6 p.m. special pre-event photo shoot with Jimmy Thomas
      and
Saturday, June 4, 2011

2 p.m.–11 p.m. or overnight  😀

WHERE
Tempe InnSuites Hotel and Suites
1651 W. Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ

COST
Tickets are $20 for general admission, or $39 including dinner with the authors.

RSVP
Information and ticket purchase
Space is limited – don’t wait!

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JIMMY THOMAS EVENTS

Friday, June 3, 6 p.m.:  Special Public Presentation
Cover model Jimmy Thomas will hold a live photo shoot in a nearby outdoor location. This event is open to the public (no personal photography allowed). Jimmy will post “behind the scenes” photos on his Facebook page, and the finished photos from the shoot will be for sale on his Web site.

Sat., June 4, 2 p.m.: Special Early-Bird Presentation
Cover model Jimmy Thomas will hold a live photo shoot in one of the hotel suites, and we are allowed to sit in and watch how a book cover photo is done! ONLY REGISTERED ATTENDEES may be present (no personal photography allowed). This is a memorable experience and not to be missed! Jimmy will post “behind the scenes” photos on his Facebook page, and the finished photos from the shoot will be for sale on his Web site.

Coeur d’Alene: Rhythms & Muse’s hometown in pictures

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The following photos, taken by author/singer/songwriter Ann Narcisian Videan, helped inspire her Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD. The flashbacks sections of her story take place in 1970s Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where Ann spent her junior high and high school years.

[The book is available at CreateSpace novel eStore (best value to author), and Amazon.com (convenient). Music CD and MP3 files are available via CreateSpace CD eStore and on Amazon.com, which also provides audio samples of each track.]

Media signing, April 23, Coffee Bean at Loop 101/Cave Creek Road

Ann Narcisian Videan announces a second
signing for her debut novel and music CD, in Phoenix.

Saturday, April 23, 2011
11 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Loop 101 & Cave Creek Road)
20235 N. Cave Creek Road, Suite 1115
Phoenix AZ, 85024

Novel ($16.50) , CD ($6.50), or both ($23) available for sale on-site
with cash or check.

Win a free signed and numbered CD.

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Praise for Rhythms & Muse

“One of the best ‘chick flicks’ I have ever read. Rhythms & Muse, Ann Videan’s freshman release, engages your heart and spirit with the same lilting energy as a romantic soft rock ballad. If ever a dream was meant to be realized, this book is that dream, and you will gladly enfold yourself in its verbal magic.”
– JM de Biasi, literary critic, bibliophile

“Definitely a page-turner! I loved the great dialogue, flashbacks and dreams, and the juxtaposition between the ’70s and current day. Plus, a lovely ending.”
– Laurie Fagen, writer, publisher SanTan Sun News

“Love your writing! What a pro, the way you wove the past and the present together seamlessly.”
— Andrea Beaulieu, author Finding Your Authentic Voice and Ah Ha!: 100 Flashes of Insight and Inspiration From Your Authentic Voice (www.yourauthenticvoice.com)

“Wonderful. I love the way you took us from the present back to the past to weave the storyline for each of the main characters. I am recommending the book to my daughters and granddaughters who are searching for their life rhythms.”
—Margaret Jacoby, SPHR, the Goddess of Compliance with MJ Management Solutions (www.mjms.net)

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About The Novel

Witnessing a horrific car accident seen many times before in her dreams spurs award-winning singer Alexandra Lauren to reevaluate her glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. With her lofty musical goal now tarnished by reality, and her unfulfilled memories from her senior year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, haunting her, Alex takes a bold step to change the rhythms of her life. Leveraging her newly acknowledged intuitions, she makes a plan to reconnect not only with her musical touchstone and high-school sweetheart Matthew Roberts, but with her desire to impact lives for the good through the innocence and beauty of music.

***

Even though Matt holds Alex in his heart as his only muse, he resolves to ignore her existence. He cannot stay in control with her powerful presence in his life. Besides, how can he ever forgive her? In alliance with their charismatic friend Daniel, her betrayal demolished Matt’s joy in creating their hit single, not to mention their future lives, together.

***

Can anything in this world shift Matt’s resolve to distance himself from Alex? And, with Daniel still pursuing Alex even as his wife Kathy looks on, can Alex actually find fulfillment? Will music draw the estranged soul mates together again and guide them to realize their dreams?

________________________________________

About the Music CD

A solid 1970s folk and rock-ballad influence on five original tunes inspired by songs “written” by characters in the Rhythms & Muse novel. The author composed and sang all the vocals, played piano and guitar on select compositions, and mixed the tracks in GarageBand software.

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Where To Buy

Bookcreatespace.com/3485275 [CreateSpace E-Store]

Music CD: createspace.com/1913103 [CreateSpace E-Store]

Book, music CD and MP3 fileswww.tinyurl.com/ANVamazon [Amazon]

27 Steps from Book Idea to Published

Ready to save years of research on what exact steps to take to get a book from idea to publication, inexpensively? I’ve saved you the trouble by outlining every action I took to write and self-publish my Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD, spending about $1,500 total. A real deal in the book publishing realm!

I recently related this information in my presentation Taking a Book from Idea to Publishing on a Budget at the Write Stuff conference at the Chandler Public Library.

The following 7 Book-Creation Phases, and 27 Action Steps, are those I identified (and got approved by a publishing coach) as necessary to self-publish a book.

7 Book-Creation Phases

  1. Research/writing
  2. Editing
  3. Positioning
  4. Production
  5. Publishing
  6. Distribution
  7. Marketing

27 Action Steps

Phase 1: Research/writing

1. Develop  your idea.

2. Create the best content possible through research and intuition.

3. Network!

  • Meet with a critique partner.

4. Clarify legal issues with a copyright lawyer: music lyrics, quotes, celebrity and trademarked names, recognized commercial verbiage, etc.

5. Read!

  • My fav’ for character development: Goal Motivation Conflict, Debra Dixon
  • My fav’ for plot development: The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler

6. Make time to write, consistently.

Phase 2: Editing

7. Ask for feedback from other writers/prolific readers in your target market, on scenes as you write them and on your final manuscript.

8. Hire a professional editor. I found mine through the FictionThatSells listserv on Yahoo!

Phase 3: Positioning

9. Determine if you need an agent. Some publishers will not consider your manuscript without an agent.

  • Find out everything you need to know about the writing marketplace in the Writer’s Market publication available online, at libraries and book stores.
  • Check into agents, their histories, success rates and more at Agent Query.

10. Decide if you want to publish traditionally or self-publish. Pros and cons:

  • Traditional:
    • You have a team so you don’t have to do it all yourself
    • Offers some financial support
    • Less ROI Less control
    • You still do most of the marketing
  • Self:
    • You do it all yourself
    • Self-funded
    • More ROI
    • More control
    • You do all the marketing

Phase 4: Production

11. Decide if you want support from a virtual author’s assistant to accomplish steps 12–27.)

12. Obtain an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) from Bowker. A unique ISBN is required for each book format you use (hardback, softcover, e-book, audio book, etc.) You must buy blocks of 10 numbers. They cost about $125.

13. Obtain a bar code, also from Bowker. Required. This small image encrypts the cost, ISBN, and other information about each individual book.

14. Obtain a Library of Congress card number. Required only if you want your book to be available in libraries.

[Note: Steps 12–14 are available for free when publishing through CreateSpace, an Amazon company enabling do-it-yourself or with-help production and print-on-demand for media such as books, CDs, DVDs, MP3 files, video, and more), plus a broad distribution system.]

15. Obtain legal permissions, and licenses (for which you’ll pay royalties). This means you must check to see if the individual’s creation you’re using is available in the public domain, or whether you must pay for its use.

16. Decide if you want to officially copyright your work through the U.S. Copyright Office. This is optional, as anything you create is already technically your copyrighted material.

17. Decide whether to hire a designer or if you have the professional talent to create the “look” of your book by yourself.

18. Create images to use in the book creation. You MUST get a designer who understands the psychology of book purchasing, especially if you want your book on a main bookstore shelf. Options include:

19. Create the front and back covers, including the images developed in step 18. This can be accomplished using a graphic designer, a contest design site like Mycroburst, or CreateSpace templates.

20. Create the interior page layout. Consider the size of the book itself, margins, fonts, page numbers, graphic images, and more. A graphic designer can do this, or you can do it yourself using software programs like Word, Publisher or Pagemaker.)

Phase 5: Publishing

21. Determine how you want to get the book printed.

  • Traditional publishing house.
  • Independent publisher.  My finalist was Lightning Source, because other indie publishers outsource to them, and they are affiliated with Ingram, a leading distribution house.
  • Print-on-demand.  I decided to use CreateSpace for reasons including cost and easy tools to create the book and CD myself.

22. Identify what other formats you want to create:

  • E-book.  Smashwords takes your upload and formats it to fit all the available e-book formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad, and many more.
  • Audio book.  You can record your book relatively easily in the GarageBand software podcast function.

Phase 6: Distribution

23. Determine how your book will be distributed.

  • Traditional publisher
  • Fulfillment house, such as Lightning Source with its Ingram distribution arm
  • You and the post office
  • Amazon, through an account set up by you
  • A print-on-demand provider like CreateSpace, that sets up your Amazon page, a CreateSpace eStore page and, for $39, puts you into its expanded distribution into the computer systems of Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other national book sellers.

24. Consider the ease of your payment options and set up avenues for receiving:

  • Cash/check
  • Credit cards
  • PayPal (allows both EFT bank transfers or credit card payments)

25. Obtain sales tax forms from every city and state in which you sell your book.

26. Obtain inventory recording forms to report to the state.

Phase 7: Marketing
(This section could be another entire blog post, so I’ll just give you some pointers.)

27. Figure out how you plan to accomplish your marketing.

  • All you.
  • Traditional publisher.
  • A publicist. I lead a group of independent PR pros – the AZ Independent Communicators & Creatives Tribe – who are available to help you. Plus, I am willing to help any time. Just contact me to ask a question, bounce an idea, or ask for more help.

I also offer online resources, many of which are free or low cost on my vIDEAn Unlimited Web site, BizTribe blog, and ANVidean blog. If you are an established writer, you also might want to consider participating in my ALWAYS writers’ tribe.

Or, if you’d benefit from an in-depth Catch Your Dream strategic workshop to help you move forward in creating your book, give me a shout and I’ll provide you with a free one-hour consultation.

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I would love to have your feedback and additions to this conversation as, obviously, this is just one person’s journey through the book creation process, and we can all stand to benefit from each others’ knowledge and experience. Cheers!

Help Me Cast Rhythms & Muse: The (Hypothetical) Movie

Ever since I started telling people my 30-second synopsis of Rhythms & Muse, more often than not they respond, “That would make a good movie!”

Image from Salvatore Vuono’s portfolio.

I can envision specific actors portraying my characters (which I’ll share at the end), but I’d love if those of you familiar with the book, or who read through the descriptions below, would suggest actors to play both the teenaged and 40-something roles of the main six characters in the story. Don’t forget a number of them are musical. (You know, of course, I already have  a head start on the soundtrack with the five songs I composed for my CD. Yay!)

Let’s see if we can come to some consensus on who should be in the movie. Who knows, if I sell the story eventually, we might actually be able to pursue the actors you suggest here. So, hit me with your best star!

Add a comment at the end of this post including your casting choices for the teenaged actor and the 40-something actor who could potentially play one or all of my characters. You can use this format when you comment:

Character: [name]
Teen actor: [suggested name]
40-something actor: [suggested name]

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Alexandra Lauren

  • The heroine
  • In love with Matt
  • Striking/curly light blonde hair/green eyes/slim/5’4”
  • Practical, almost controlling
  • Disbelieving of intuitions at first
  • Driven
  • Talented vocalist
  • Honest
  • Loyal
  • Witty
  • Smart

Matt Roberts

  • Childhood friend of Daniel and Kathy
  • In love with Alex
  • Handsome/honey brown hair/hazel eyes/slim/5’10”
  • Talented composer/pianist
  • Frustrated with home responsibilities forced on him by his parents
  • Dreamer
  • Home-body
  • Loner
  • Loves kids
  • Honest
  • Smart

Daniel Post

  • Matt’s conniving best friend, childhood friend of Kathy
  • In love with Alex
  • Gorgeous/blonde/blue eyes/athletic/6’1”
  • Conniving and manipulative
  • Resourceful
  • Jock/athletic
  • Smart
  • Loves action

Kathy Sampson

  • Daniel and Matt’s childhood friend, former best friend of Suzanne, hates Alex
  • In love with Matt
  • Pretty/brunette/brown eyes/lanky/5’7”
  • Follower, not leader
  • Loves catering and planning parties
  • Smart
  • Loyal
  • Resourceful

Suzanne Briggs

  • Alex’s best friend
  • In love with Brett
  • Plain/brunette/brown eyes/plump/5’6”
  • Hippie-ish
  • Insightful
  • Wise
  • Generous
  • Friendly
  • Funny

Brett Thompkins

  • School friend of Alex’s
  • In love with Suzanne
  • Cute/ginger-haired/hazel eyes/wiry/5’9”
  • Funny
  • Friendly
  • Dorky
  • From Texas

Here are my initial choices:

Alexandra Lauren
Teen: Emma Watson (Hermione in Harry Potter)
40s: Elizabeth Shue (Back to the Future), Jodi Foster, Drew Barrymore
Matt Roberts:
Teen: Nathan Kress (iCarly)
40s: Penn Badgley (John Tucker Must Die, Easy A), Jake Gyllenhaal
Daniel Post
Teen: Tom Felton (Harry Potter)
40s: Joseph Gorden-Levitt (Inception)
Kathy Sampson
Teen: Anna Kendrick (Twilight)
40s: Lauren Graham (Loralei in The Gilmore Girls), Diane Lane
Suzanne Briggs
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter)
40s: Marissa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, Crazy Stupid Love), Sandra Bullock
Brett Thompkins
Teen: Jim Phelps (Harry Potter)
40s: Tom Wilson (Biff in Back to the Future)

Do you agree? Who else can you suggest?