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“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.”

In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

I’m going on an Easter Egg hunt…but not for colorful eggs normally hidden in grassy knolls and behind flowers for kids to find. These Easter Eggs are in movies, TV shows and books. You might not be familiar with the term but I bet you’ve spotted them. You may even use them when you write.

What are they? They are fun, hidden surprises that have meaning for the creator and devoted fans. Sometimes they are used as a vanity signature, to pay tribute to someone or as an inside joke. They aren’t malicious or obvious. If it’s not there for entertainment, it’s not an Easter Egg!

For instance, you may remember Alfred Hitchcock’s cameo appearances in each movie he directed--that’s an Easter Egg. Fans enjoyed it and even tried to spot his signature appearance.

In one of my favorite old movies, Arsenic and Old Lace, actor Cary Grant sits on a headstone while he is thinking. One of the stones behind him is engraved with the name of Archie Leach--Cary Grant’s real name.

TV shows hide eggs, too. I spotted an Easter Egg in an episode of Castle. For a Halloween party, Castle, played by actor Nathan Fillion, dressed in a costume that Fillion had worn as spaceship captain in Firefly. Definitely an inside joke for Firefly fans.

In the book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, character Violet Hunter lives on Montague Place. This is the same street where author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, lived.

Author, J.K. Rowling used an Easter Egg as a sweet tribute. Natalie McDonald, a young girl with a terminal illness, wrote to Rowling asking what happened at the end of the Harry Potter series since she knew she wouldn’t live long. Rowling wrote back detailing the remainder of the stories. Unfortunately, Natalie died before receiving the letter. So, Rowling “included” her in the next book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. At the start of the school year, a character named Natalie McDonald participates in the Sorting Ceremony and is sorted into Gryffindor, Harry’s house.

Stephen King uses Easter Eggs in his books, too. When he wrote It, he made references to every other book he had written up to that point! At one point “It” even becomes a leprous beggar missing part of his nose based on a character in King’s book, Thinner.

Easter Eggs are also found in e-readers like Kindle and Kobo. Depending on the e-reader and version, there are hidden games (Minesweeper and poker) as well as Google maps and other fun goodies.

Have you discovered any Easter Eggs? Do you use them in your writing?

8 comments:

Linda Rodriguez said...

Kara,

I remember the Alfred Hitchcock cameos and how we watched for them. There was a time when lots of TV shows had famous actors come on in cameos, and it was always fun to see them in those character roles.

Fun post!

Warren Bull said...

Kara,

I almost always include Easter Eggs. I like to have major characters in some of my works pop up in other works as minor characters. It's one of the pleasures of writing.

Gloria Alden said...

I had never heard the term Easter Eggs used in this way before. I like it. Only once have I used this when a main character in my series appears in a short story I wrote.

Kara Cerise said...

Linda,

I enjoy seeing actors in cameos especially if there is a reference to another role they have played. I've noticed that some humorous TV shows like Psych are starting to have well-known actors in cameos. Maybe we'll see more in the future?

Kara Cerise said...

Warren,

I will look for Easter Eggs when I read your stories! As a reader, it is fun to recognize major characters from a book pop up as minor character in another.

Kara Cerise said...

Gloria, I knew the term Easter Eggs was used in software but was surprised to learn it was used for books and movies.

It's a nice image since we all like to find fun and unexpected things.

E. B. Davis said...

I never heard of them either Gloria, so you aren't alone. What I'd like to know is if the cult hatched the Easter Egg or the Easter Egg hatched the cult? Seems that this type of egocentricity is for a few special fans, unless everyone knows the characters. Was Keith Richards an Easter Egg in the Priates of the Carribean movie? Depp said he based his character on Keith.

Kara Cerise said...

That’s a great question, E.B.! I would think so because it’s an inside joke. I did read that there is a hidden interview with Keith Richards on the second DVD of the Curse of the Black Pearl. That is definitely an Easter Egg.