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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 36 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 200 posts. There were 22 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 20th with 61 views. The most popular post that day was POEMS WITHOUT RHYME .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, facebook.com, iphone5g.net, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bitch slap, quantum apocalypse review, quantum apocalypse, necrosis movie, and quantum apocalypse movie review.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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POEMS WITHOUT RHYME April 2010
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Bitch Slap – Movie Review January 2010

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….Welcome To Where Imagination Ends and Insanity Begins…. November 2008
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Quantum Apocalypse – Movie Review January 2010

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The Beacon – Movie Review February 2010
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No Ordinary Girl – “Not like the others”

No Ordinary Girl – “Not like the others”

A short film by C.A.Milson

Website: www.no-ordinary-girl.info
Starring: Ekaterina Netkacheva & Ivan Maleykin

Official Release Date: 2011
Premiere: November 2010
Genre: Romance/Short Film
Shooting: SAMARA RUSSIA
Film Length: Approx 40 minutes.

CAST:
Alena: Catherine Netkacheva
Michael: Ivan Maleykin

Cameo:
Barman – Sashka Zhiganov
Kate – Polina Ermalyuk
Aleksey – Aleksey Kazakov
Peter – Peter Petrov
Arthur-Arthur Iskakov
Nadezhda – Tatiana Zyuzina
Anya – Anna Lepeshkina
Valerya – Valerya Temirbulatova
Katerina – Bashkirova Katerina

CREW:
CREATED BY: C.A.Milson
WRITERS: C.A. Milson & Alexandr
DIRECTORS: C.A.Milson & Alexandr
CREATIVE CONSULTANT: Victor Evgrafov
CO ORDINATORS: Anna Jackson, Ekaterina Netkacheva
PRODUCERS:
CAMERA OPERATOR/VIDEOGRAPHY:
PHOTOGRAPHER: Svetlana Kireeva
HAIR STYLIST / MAKEUP ARTIST: Irina Sergeeva
MUSIC / SOUND EDITOR: Ken Maxon
PROMOTIONAL: Tanya Zyuzina, Dmitry Chekanov
PUBLIC RELATIONS / MEDIA: Ksenia Halitova
MUSICAL SCORE:

PLOT:
“A group of co-workers are celebrating the promotion of one of the managers who is being transferred to the Moscow Office. Being considered for the role of Manager are the two main characters, Alena and Michael.

Michael wants to be Manager, but so does Alena, but she has a crush on Michael, which leads to a series of events, starting with her spilling her drink on him at the cafe.

Michael sees his opportunity, and along with his friend, Paul (the Bartender), they agree to play with her emotions so that she gives up her promotion for him.

Michael flirts with Alena, and convinces her that he likes her, when he really does not. It is not until the end when he invites her for a drink after work one day that she discovers the shocking truth that Michael has a fiancée, and has been playing with her emotions the whole time.

Alena is heartbroken, and runs out of the cafe. Distraught and not aware of what she is doing, she goes to walk across the street and is almost hit by a passing car when she is pulled back by Peter, who also works at the same company. They exchange looks, and in that moment her eyes are opened that Peter was the one who was always there but she never realized it.”

To be filmed in Russian with English Subtitles

OVER COFFEE with Sia McKye

OVER COFFEE with Sia McKye

http://siamckye.blogspot.com/2009/04/never-lose-dream.html

the-chosenone32My guest today is C.A. Milson. He talks a bit about his odyssey from short story writer to writing his first novel. His topic is one we can all relate to as writers, the dream of being published and what we go through to realize the dream.

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“Never lose sight of the dream”.  These words are from the song “Can you feel it” by The Jackson 5. How true those words are.

As a writer, nothing is as satisfying as being able to sit down and write a great story. But being able to write is not easy, as one would hope sometimes. It is not something that can be done by the wave of a hand or thinking, okay, today I am going to write 5 chapters. Writing takes time, dedication and inspiration. Without these three things, one cannot write. I can remember the days when I started writing. It was back in 1989, and I wrote 26 short stories in a matter of a few months. Now, back then and being very naive as to how anything in the real publishing world worked, I thought I’d have the best thing since sliced bread on my hands. Of course, I was wrong. Many told me the stories I wrote needed to be made longer. That was hard for me to take, but it was also true.

In 1989 I had no clue how to do that. I wrote from the first person POV, but what I wanted was to write in the 3rd person POV like Stephen King. The first book I read of his was Misery. That alone was enough for me to know that this was how I wanted to write. Of course, living in the “hopefully-someday-I-may-be-published” mindset, I knew that in order for my dream to come about I had to live in the real world…. And so I did… I lived in the real world and put writing on the shelf for 5 years. In fact, I completely forgot all about it for the most part, although I do have to say that I always had a certain niggling feeling that I had to write again, but I decided to ignore that.

To learn how to write like a professional, I needed to read other writers and see their style. I am not going to say that writing is easy, as it is not. There are many times when we have to sacrifice what we want in order for our dream to be fulfilled, and one is going to get the barrage of negative comments and insults, not only from friends but also some family members also. Not only is there outside influences that give you all the reasons why you can’t, but you have your own inner demons that give you all the excuses why you shouldn’t. I’m sure we’ve all heard these ones we tell ourselves: You need to work to reach your goals. Can’t today, got too many other things to do, but I will get to it later. As I found out, later, sometimes never comes.

In 1994 I was unemployed and living with my father. Back then, the only thing I had to fill my time was writing. So day and night I wrote, until 9 months later I had a two-part novel. Coming up with a title was also not easy. The original short story was titled Shack of Evil in 1989. In 1994 I changed it to Phantasmagoria, then Darkworld, then Phantasdominion, then The Chosen One. It wasn’t until 2007 when I edited the book and I changed the title to The Chosen.

Although I had done what I wanted to do by writing in the 3rd person POV, I once again put my writing life on hold… For what seemed to be an eternity. I locked my writing away to live in the real world again, and for the next 14 years I worked in marketing. Now I’m not going to say that I regretted working in marketing, as I learned a lot. I got to work with some great companies in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada and the US. In 2000 I moved from Australia to the States. During my time in the US I worked for a few companies and learned a lot about real marketing. That experience helped me become one of the few multi-national marketing experts today. As great as working freelance and traveling the world can be, writing still holds a strong pull.

One may be wondering how the heck did I get published? To be honest I am still amazed. It was 2007 and I was living in New Zealand. I decided to send out query emails to publishers just to see what response I would get. Naturally I got a wave of the “No thank you” replies from 50-odd publishers, until I got an offer from a small Print On Demand Publisher. That day changed my life. Of course, that did not mean I could pack my bags and head for Hollywood—that rarely happens.

The Chosen was released in July 2008. But then came the real work. How to promote it. I learned a valuable lesson in this. A majority of publishers will expect you to do most, if not all, the legwork. Sad, but it is true. For me, learning how to promote my own work is like relearning everything about marketing. Even though I have 15-years experience behind me in marketing, this is a different arena entirely, and one I am still learning, and sometimes learning comes from making bad choices.

I guess one does not realize the quality of their work until they get feedback. Now I have had some wonderful reviews on the first release, and the feedback from fans and supporters is always a pleasure to read.

Feedback, whether good or bad, is valuable to any writer. It helps us grow in our craft. It makes it all worthwhile.

Never lose the dream.
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000o052vhgnBorn in Brisbane, Australia, these days Chris resides in Russia, where he spends most of his time freelancing his marketing services to companies in Canada, the UK and the US. When he’s not working in freelance, he is busy promoting of his novel online.Chris is a writer of supernatural horror and has also written 28 short stories, and is currently working on his You Tube project about Urban Myths and Legends.

The Chosen follows the life of Alex Manning. A hero called to stand and face a destiny he wants no part of. Currently, The Chosen will be available in English and Russian through Amazon, Bookhabit, Mobipocket, available in Paperback and E-Book, in May 2009. The second novel in the series is titled Bloodline of Darkness and will be available later this year.

The Chosen can be Pre-Ordered through my website

OVER COFFEE with Sia McKye

Избранный (The Chosen) – Paperback Out Now

We are pleased to officially announce that The Russian version of The Chosen in NOW available in paperback through Lulu.com and PublishingRoom.com!

ISBN: 978-1-4092-7884-9

Support independent publishing: buy this e-book on Lulu.

In addition to the Paperback, The Russian Language version is also available in these formats: HTML, MSWord, RTF, PDF

You can order the Digital Russian Version of The Chosen HERE by using Paypal, or chose one of the options listed below:

Libex: купля-продажа книг, букинистических и современных. Купить книги. Продать книги logo1 Support independent publishing: buy this e-book on Lulu.

Residents of Former USSR can also pay using Yandex Money to make payment for the E-Book.

(Номер счета: 41001342943029. Or email: authorcamilson@yandex.ru. Сумма к получению: 110 рублей)

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Chapter Four Reading

It is my pleasure to bring to you all today, a reading of the upcoming release of The Chosen.

This excerpt is from Chapter Four of The Chosen ~ Second Edition which comes out next month.

Reading is by C.A.Milson

Video and Sound Effects produced by A.S.Jackson

Enjoy

Maxine B ~ Webmistress of The Dark Realm

HorrorAddicts Podcast

Clipping from the show Horror Addicts on March 12th 2009.

Many many thanks to Emz for hosting me on her show.

Full version of the podcast online at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

Radio Shows

For those who have been regular watchers on my site, as you know I have done a few Radio Spots Online in the past months.

The first Podcast was back in December 2008 on BlogTalkRadio with Kim Smith. I had a fantastic chat with Kim as we discussed my new release The Chosen. My live chat with Kim runs for approx 30 mins.

Also in December I was fortunate enough to catch up with Bev from Elemental Musings. My live chat with Bev runs for about an hour.

Both Podcasts are available for download by Emailing us at: authorcamilson@gmail.com with Podcast in the Subject Line, along with details of which show you are requesting. (IE: BlogTalkRadio or Elemental Musings)

Dont forget on March 12th, I will also be on Horror Addicts.net, with a special reading of a portion of The Chosen by A. Kovacs. The show by Horror Addicts FOR Horror Addicts. The best horror podcast on the web!

Lately I have noticed that there has been some who have asked me if I am available for public speaking engagements/readings. For those who have asked; I am available to give a lecture or reading of an excerpt of my books upon request. Please note that bookings are required at least a month in advance.

All requests for public engagements can be done by using the below web-form.

CONTACT

Spasibo!

C.A.Milson ~ Writer

Spring Offering

I would like to announce a Special Offer in time for Spring.

You can now SAVE $2.00USD OFF the purchase price of The Chosen by ordering the Digital Version.

Order NOW through the “Buy Now” links provided at the top right of this website.

Offer only available through THIS website.