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6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!


Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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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.