Festivus Alexicus

Photo by Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Flickr

Cheers! Today begins the world-wide roast of Alex J. Cavanaugh, founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), author of the sci-fi series, CassaStar, CassaFire, and the upcoming CassaStorm, blogger extraordinaire  and magician. Yes, magician. How he appears everywhere at once would baffle even The Great Houdini. A new article popped up on my blogroll the other day as posting “one second ago.” I dashed over to make a comment; Alex had already been there. I tell you, the man’s accepted in more places than Visa, and it’s my understanding that even China follows him.

But being a man who only met Alex a month or so ago, I haven’t really experienced the personal interaction in which most have delighted; however, having read the many, many, many, many comments, book launches, blurbs, witicisms and whatnots he’s left in his wake, there is a great deal that I can glean in order to satisfy the specs of this blogfest. So bear with me, and Alex, congratulations! To give back a portion of what you so generously impart on the bloggerhood is an honor.

Photo by
Roger Price, Flickr

What does Alex look like? (20 words)

This character is a cool cat, wired on a vat of coffee. Company mascot or random Alex sighting? You decide.

Photo by
Inngih Slamet, Flickr

Who could play Alex in a documentary?
(20 words)

A caricature of Rowan Atkinson fills the playbill nicely. For some reason, I picture Alex’s life to be quite “animated.”

Photo by
JonathanB 1989, Flickr

Who does Alex remind you of? (20 words)

Lego Ninja. In kindergarten, there was this kid, Duplo Ninja, who I’m sure grew up to be Alex — uncanny similarities.  

And now for my flash-fiction entry, a 100-word prompt using the words Cavanaugh, Ninja, Cosbolt, Guitar, and IWSG. Also woven into the story are an additional 40 words of thanks to Mrs. Cavanaugh for her unselfish giving of Alex to our little blogdom. 

Give, give, give…you’d think it’s Christmas. Oh yeah…it is! Have a merry one, Alex and Mrs. Alex.


After he landed the Cosbolt 3000 Turbo Sedan at the IWSG  the Intergalactic Writer’s Space Gala  Captain Cavanaugh turned to announce our arrival, but instead, politely puked on my lap. 

“Sorry…I’ve always had trouble with spacesickness,” he drooled, “be a good ninja buddy and clean that up for me, mm-kay?”

What choice did I have? He’d retched all over my thighs. Yanking the guitar-shaped latch to pop the exit, I watched his dinner trickle onto my shoes.

“You need to chew your corn better.”

“Hmm? ‘Djew say something? I’m in a rush…got a date with the missus.”

 “Mrs. C.? Give her my regards…she’s sweet to let you warpspeed to our quadrant…a fine woman there, Alex.”

“Yeah, a blessing.”

“But carry this with you,” I sneaked him a white caplet, “in case of emergency.”


“No…Tic Tac.”

Thanks, Alex, for all that you do!



87 thoughts on “Festivus Alexicus

  1. Oh Hilarious flash! I'm sure yours is the only one to have the captain up-chucking his dinner, LOL. Great to meet you ML, love the humor. And would you believe as I was reading your descriptions of Alex, my kids were watching Lego Ninja on tv! (:

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. TOTALLY one of my favorite entries so far. BY FAR! So funny, M.L. Not only was the flash hilarious, the "animated" and "lego ninja-uncanny" stuff was great. (And new follower… can't wait for your future posts) 🙂

  3. Yeah…you'd think he had a stomach of steel the way he be-bops and wormholes through the blogosphere! That is sooo funny about the kids and Lego Ninja! He's everywhere.

  4. Thanks Morgan, and thanks for stopping by. Loved your site. It's wonderful of you guys to throw this blogfest for Alex…it's been a blast going around reading all the posts. I'm going to try to make it to all over the course of the next three days.

  5. Thanks, Gwen, glad you noticed. Wasn't it inspired? It just came to me when I was wrapping up the story. Perfect. I love it when something like that happens. Thanks for coming by! :o)

  6. Isn't he slammin'? I thought it suited you well. I tell you…your skills and maneuverability border on the supernatural! You really go above the call of duty…thanks, Alex.

  7. It's a FESTIVUS! So of course I had to turn it into a gala – the most spectacular intergalactic shin-dig this side of Io. Thanks for stopping by…glad you enjoyed. :o)

  8. It just rolled off my tongue like I was Nero…didn't even know I spoke Latin. :o)Glad you enjoyed today's offering. Your story was excellent, Vickers. You really write extremely well (really, extremely…can you tell I'm a fan?). Thanks for coming by, Jeff.

  9. Says she whose story, "A Little Bruised" thrilled me the other day.I'm just getting to know Alex and the Alexanauts more each day. Good group of writers! Thanks, Demetria, for popping in. You're always welcome to join the group…first Wednesday of each month. There's a badge on my site – IWSG.

  10. I've considered joining IWSG, but haven't gotten around to doing it yet. My online activity has gotten out of hand and is eating up too much of my time. I'm trying to reprioritize/minimize my time spent online in order to be more productive in other areas of my life. I may join IWSG eventually.

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