A Blog Award & Gunslinger Hijinks

Before we get to the gunslinging below, let me say that, in the best way to start a Monday since coffee and a run, Ricki Shultz kicked my week off right by tossing me some blog award love this morning:

As it's some pay-it-forward style razzmatazz, I'm to hand it over to 15 blogs that I've recently discovered (more or less). So that's a big 10-4 and another thanks(!) to Ricki, as well as the 15 blogs it goes to next:

1. The Vegetarian Cannibal
2. Janna Qualman
3. DJ Kirkby
4. Milo James Fowler
5. Kristopher & Crew
6. Carl @ I Like Horror Movies
7. Laura @ My Dear Trash
8. Deniz Bevan
9. Melissa J. Cunningham
10. Karen G of BBQ fame!!
11. Nicki Elson
12. Angie Ledbetter
13. The Scribbling SeaSerpent
14. Kelly M. Olsen
15. Carol Kilgore @ Under the Tiki Hut

Psst! Guys! Don't look now, but it's a #seguefail!!:

Just when I was bemoaning the lack of new television (tho, at least I still have Fringe and The Walking Dead this year and Joe Hill's Locke & Key next year), there's THIS news:
Pic from StephenKing.com
Yep. That's a rather dark tower. And yep, that's a gunslinger. And you know what THAT combination means:

Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER!!!

Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer are working on the story of Roland & co. for a film trilogy & television series of Stephen King's Dark Tower epic next year. Y'ALL. I don't know about you, but I can't freakin' WAIT to see Roland amble out with his big-ass revolvers blazing. Susannah! Cort! The Man in Black! Hell, SHARDIK!!! Hot damn!! 

Let's see, I love this shit so much I named a cat Roland, I won't ever buy a semi-automatic handgun - cuz I HAZ to haz me a revolver, and there MIGHT be a Dark Tower easter egg or four in my current WIP :D


Anonymous | September 13, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Congrats, Zoe!

Carol Kilgore | September 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Blogger just ate my comment. Grrr.

I'd send you a revolver, except ATF might not approve. Thanks for the award :)

Vegetarian Cannibal | September 13, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Thanks for the award! I've never received an award so I'm not really sure how it works...


Kelly M. Olsen | September 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Zoe, thanks a million for the blog award...my first one. You're a doll.
And if we were allowed to carry firearms here in Canada, then I'm with you...it would have to be a revolver. I love your blog, by the way.

Kelly M. Olsen | September 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM

To show how ignorant I still am about blogging, can you tell me how I post my award (thank you; I'm very proud of it) on my blog? I notice you have a number of little award icons on your sidebar. Just wondering how I can put mine up on my sidebar.

Nicole Zoltack | September 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Congrats on the award.

Renae | September 13, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Congrats on the award Zoe!

Zoe C. Courtman | September 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Thanks, Laura! You know, you were the one that got me started on the blog journey with your support and your Up and Coming Blogger post. I've never forgotten that!!

Carole - doncha HATE it when Blogger does that!! :D I love me some revolvers - they just have more soul than a .9mm, you know??

Hey Cannibal! I'll send you an email :D

Kelly - your first one? What an honor! SO glad I could pass it on to you! I posted some instructions on your blog. Email me if you need help!

Hi, Nicole! Thanks for stopping in!

DJ Kirkby | September 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Thanks for the award and for the news that The Dark Tower is being made into a TV series! Wonder how long it will be before we can watch it in England?

Zoe C. Courtman | September 13, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Hey, DJ! You're welcome! (Toldja it was a girly award, lol). Hopefully not long before the DARK TOWER sweeps jolly old England!! It's a fantastic story, and I'm SO. STOKED. that some big name producers and writers are behind it. Hopefully it'll be as epic as the story itself!!

Nicki Elson | September 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Thanks Zoe! I am surprised and honored and will proudly accept the award over at my blog. Methinks Ron Howard's involvement bodes very well for The Dark Tower on the big & little screen!

Alex J. Cavanaugh | September 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Congratulations on the award! And yes, The Gunslinger is coming.

Hannah Kincade | September 13, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Congrats on the award!

I've never read the Gunslinger series but it's def on my list...as is every Stephen King book. Sigh. I'll get to them! Quit yelling at me!!

Olivia J. Herrell | September 13, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Congratulations to you and to the other recipients on your award. You do have one lovely blog. :)

~that rebel, Olivia

Janna Qualman | September 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Thank you, Zoe! That's so nice of you.

I haven't read too much King, but really want to get my hands on Under the Dome.

Roland D. Yeomans | September 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

How could I not want to see this series about a gunslinger named Roland?

Janna, I would reccomend DUMA KEY rather than UNDER THE DOME. Aside from the horror, trauma, and angst -- it is a story about a friendship between two bruised souls and a father's love for his daughter.

Zoe, I know how much you like H. P. Lovecraft, so I thought you might like the post where his ghost visits my blog and gives advice on how to write and asks if your genre picked you :


You always have an interesting post, Roland (the one who still has his thumbs -- and a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 revolver.)

Anonymous | September 13, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Congrats! Yes, 'tis girly, but I appreciate the nod: Thankee-sai.

Dark Tower on TV + the BIG SCREEN? Do you kennit? May it do us fine.

Zoe C. Courtman | September 13, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Milo - I ken, oh I ken!!!

Zoe C. Courtman | September 13, 2010 at 3:25 PM

And I'm looking forward to settlin' down in front of my TV with a popkin and a prayer that I may never forget my father's face :D

Raquel Byrnes | September 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

I can't believe they're finally doing the Dark Tower trilogy! My mother will be so stoaked. Thanksf or the update and congratulations to the award winners!

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Carolyn V. | September 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Congrats Zoe!

It's so cool they are making a Dark Tower trilogy! Sweet! =)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) | September 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Congrats on the award, Zoe. I must be one of the only People who hasn't read The Dark Tower. Maybe I should :)

Deniz Bevan | September 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Thanks for the award :-)
Oh boy, I'm excited about the Dark Tower too!

Kristopher and Crew | September 13, 2010 at 8:34 PM

And award? Oh My... It's going on my shelf, though the pretty flowers might look out of place next to my bottled dead things and Legos... Which go together so well anyway! Thanks!

And I'd not heard about the Locke & Keye show! I'm VERY excited about The Walking Dead though. Long Unlive TWD!

Vicki Rocho | September 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM

We own the Dark Tower Series but I haven't read any of it. Hubs did...he loved it and hated waiting for the last few books to come out. I read all of King's early stuff but then I found Misery and I just couldn't finish it...too disturbing.

Thanks for the heads up on the movie version though, I'm sure hubs will wanna see that.

Deb Salisbury | September 13, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Woot! Congrats, Zoe!

Angie Ledbetter | September 13, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Late to the party (again), but this time it was because I was out of town all weekend. :) Thanks for the blog bling! 'Preciate you.

Laura Lofgreen | September 17, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Thanks for the award, girly. It's an honor coming from the mind of a horror writer. Go get 'em.

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