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Brand new Ben!

Brand New Ben!  Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to meet the actor who will play Ben in the Something Like Summer movie? If you thought the lead role was already taken, it was, but that’s the movie business for you. Eric Stolz was originally cast to play Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Can you imagine that trilogy without Michael J. Fox? I sure can’t. Or how about Indiana Jones, a role that was originally given to Tom Selleck. Seriously, look it up. If I’m honest, I feel we’re in a similar situation here. After the role of Ben was originally cast, I happened to see an audition video of a different actor. The way that person read the lines, the energy he gave Ben, really clicked with me. I felt he understood the tone I was going for in the book. But hey, the dice had already bounced across the felt and settled. Hadn’t they?  Apparently not, because after a twist of fate, here we are. Grant Davis, the young man who impressed me late last year, will be playing Benjamin Bentley. Best of all, this wasn’t my decision. Grant was put through the paces just like the other six hundred hopefuls who were competing for the role. Grant came out on top because he’s driven, talented, and if you ask me, he’s simply right for the role. Once the movie is filmed and we get to see him in character, I suspect that you’ll all agree with me too. Perhaps most importantly, he’s passionate about this role, and I have no doubt that he’ll dedicate himself to it completely. No doubt you’re eager to see more of him, and to hear him sing. Well, I just happen to have a video for you. Consider it my book report on Mr. Davis. I hope it gives you a glimpse of his potential. With the movie set to begin filming in just a few months, Grant has his work cut our for him, so please give him a warm welcome to the Something Like.. family and offer him your support. Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to meet the actor who will play Ben in the Something Like Summer movie? If you thought the lead role was already taken, it was, but that’s the movie business for you. Eric Stolz was originally cast to play Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Can you imagine that trilogy without Michael J. Fox? I sure can’t. Or how about Indiana Jones, a role that was originally given to Tom Selleck. Seriously, look it up. If I’m honest, I feel we’re in a similar situation here. After the role of Ben was originally cast, I happened to see an audition video of a different actor. The way that person read the lines, the energy he gave Ben, really clicked with me. I felt he understood the tone I was going for in the book. But hey, the dice had already bounced across the felt and settled. Hadn’t they?

Grant Davis singingApparently not, because after a twist of fate, here we are. Grant Davis, the young man who impressed me late last year, will be playing Benjamin Bentley. Best of all, this wasn’t my decision. Grant was put through the paces just like the other six hundred hopefuls who were competing for the role. Grant came out on top because he’s driven, talented, and if you ask me, he’s simply right for the role. Once the movie is filmed and we get to see him in character, I suspect that you’ll agree with me. Perhaps most importantly, he’s passionate about this role, and I have no doubt that he’ll dedicate himself to it completely. Interested to see more of him and hear him sing? Well, I just happen to have a video for you. Consider it my book report on Mr. Davis. I hope it gives you a glimpse of his potential. With the movie set to begin filming in just a few months, Grant has his work cut out for him, so please help me welcome him to the Something Like… family and offer him your support.



 
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After the Storm – News Roundup!

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Stuff is happening! First and foremost, just in case you haven’t heard, Something Like Thunder is now out. Many thanks to everyone who has written reviews. I’m flattered that so many of you enjoyed the story! For those who haven’t read Thunder yet, you can find purchase links on the right, or free chapters on the product page.

Thanks also to everyone who participated in the trivia contest. If you missed out you can still play along for fun by watching the daily videos in previous posts. I’m particularly fond of the one for day five, since Andreas joined me on camera. The video for the finale is also uh… interesting. If you like seeing me make an ass out of myself, there’s plenty of fodder on my new Instagram account.

Movie news! Many new cast members have been revealed. The Bentleys, the Wymans, that guy Allison dated in high school, that girl Tim dated in high school, a bully, and a (super adorable!) homewrecker. Many of these roles are small, but they sure make the world of the movie universe feel a lot more real. You can check them all out here.

sampleposterIf you have artistic inclinations, then this poster contest is for you! The producers of the Something Like Summer movie are welcoming submissions for eye-catching art to represent the film during production. The winning entry will be featured on IMBD and you’ll get a copy of the poster signed by cast and crew. Chances are it’ll be hanging up in my home too, so please make sure it looks nice. You’ll also get a free HD copy of the movie. None other than Will and RJ of YouTube fame will be deciding on the winning entry. Neat, eh? Find more details here including how to enter.

What does the future hold? A novella called Something Like Fall. Financial supporters of the movie will get first crack at it this summer. The potential of a wider release is still being explored, so stay tuned. You might have also heard a rumor that Andreas and I are moving. It’s true! I’ll talk specifics at a later date. We have a very big journey ahead of us, but it should be business as usual, aside from me being unable to ship things out. If you want a set of autographed art cards, please order them soon, because there will be many months where they—and pretty much everything else I own—will be slowly crossing the ocean. Life’s about to get crazy, my friend! I can count on you to be my anchor, right? My rock in stormy seas? I thought so. You’re the best!

 
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Something Like Summer in Chinese!

Chinese-Something-Like-Summer-CoverHow’s your Chinese? Whatever you answered, I promise you that mine is worse. That’s a shame, considering that Mandarin is the world’s most prominent language. That’s why I’m thrilled and flattered that some very dedicated individuals teamed up to translate Something Like Summer into Chinese! I love the idea of this story and the characters reaching a wider audience, and that by no means should be restricted to the English speaking world. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how to break into the Asian publishing scene. If a publisher from there wants to approach me, great. Until then, I’m happy to offer this fan translation for free. You can distribute it too. Share it with friends, families, or strangers. Just don’t sell it. That wouldn’t be cool. You can download it below. Or if you’re handier with Italian, German, or French, please pop over to my foreign editions section. Many options await you there with more on the way! Special thanks to DoraW, flysex, micrian, and tedsaga for working so hard on getting this translation done. You guys rock!

Oh, one more thing. It’s hard for me to judge if the files converted properly, so any feedback you can provide would be highly appreciated. Just be sure to let me know what file format you are reading when reporting any problems.

Download as an ePub, Mobi, PDF, LRF, or PDB.

 
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Something Like Characters – Tim Wyman

#TeamTimThat I have a fondness for Tim Wyman is no secret. I fell in love with him through Ben’s eyes, then saw the world through his own. So far, that experience has been incomparable. The intent of this series was to create art for characters who haven’t been illustrated much. Despite that, I couldn’t resist including Tim once more, even though he’s already been drawn three times already. Four if you count the back of Winter’s original cover. So yeah. I love me some Tim!

Tim Wyman from the book coverFor this card, we played with the idea of showing Tim paint, since that’s his thing more than jogging. But I couldn’t resist seeing him all hot and sweaty as he gives his body a workout. Of course he couldn’t do so without his trademark blue shoes. The orange shorts and red shirt might give you pause until you realize they pay tribute to the cover of Something Like Summer. Clever man, my husband! And let’s not overlook Chinchilla who is running behind her dad. Isn’t she adorable? Bulldogs are not the kind of animal one goes jogging with, but there’s a line in an upcoming story which will explain that. So basically it’s canon. Hee!

That brings the first series of art cards to a close. Almost! There’s still the special sixth card, and the rockin’ packaging these come in. I’ll talk more about those tomorrow when a bunch of new stuff in our Red Bubble store goes on sale.

 
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Something Like Characters – Benjamin Bentley

#TeamBenFrom the time I wrote my very first book, I dreamed of being able to create drawings of the characters. Words can only hint at a person’s appearance. Images get a lot closer. It’s always exciting for me when Andreas works on my covers, since it helps gives the characters form. Sadly, many characters never make it on the covers or aren’t prominently displayed there. With that in mind. I commissioned Andreas to create a new series of images depicting five different characters from the Something Like… saga. The results are pretty damn neat. Every day for the remainder of the week, I’ll be revealing one here on my blog… starting right now!

Benjamin BentleyThe idea for this series came from the awesome Benjamin Bentley illustration above. Andreas created this to help promote Something Like Fall, so we’re counting him as the first in the series. Originally I had asked Andreas to touch up the image of Ben from the back of the Summer cover—perhaps put some leaves in his hair or something silly like that. Instead, he redrew the image from scratch. The posture is mostly the same as the one from the cover, seen to the left, which makes a nice tribute. What I especially like about this illustration is the subtle hint of warm light on the face, like Ben is staring off into a summer sunset. The image looks pretty snappy on a T-shirt and will be available as such on Sunday. For the shirts, Andreas and I thought it would be fun to go with a team theme. There’s been plenty of playful declarations from people who are Team Jace or Team Tim, but why not Ben? I’m totally Team Ben. Why else would I have given him two of the greatest guys imaginable?

Art Card of BenShirts are fun, but what I’m really excited about is a nifty set of art cards that will be available soon. Technically they are post cards, but I’m calling them art cards because I can’t imagine you guys mailing these to anyone. The characters are on a neutral background which really makes them pop, and the flip side features a carefully chosen quote from the related book. In addition to the five character cards, there’s a special sixth card which I’ll be signing. Like the new T-shirts, these will go on sale on Sunday. You can win a set of all six cards right now though. All you have to do is guess which character I’ll be revealing tomorrow. Leave your answer in the comments below to qualify. One guess (one character name) per person please. I’ll reply to the winner when they guess correctly, but if you weren’t fast enough, we’ll be playing the same game every day this week. See you tomorrow!

 
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Crowdfunding success! Thank you!

Something Like Summer movie castAfter a whirlwind of activity that I’m still reeling from, the Indiegogo campaign for the Something Like Summer movie finally came to a close. How did we do? With your help, $77,330 was raised, about a third of that in the last twenty four hours. The outpouring of support impressed a private investor so much that after the campaign, they contributed another $30,000, bringing the total higher than the $100,000 budget the producers hoped to raise. So we did it! Thank you guys so much! I really appreciate your patience during this process, all the enthusiasm, and of course the work each of you put into helping us realize this goal. This movie couldn’t have happened without your help, so I hope you’re all feeling warm and contended right now. I’m proud of you guys!

Much of this money will go toward producing the soundtrack for the movie. For me, one of the highlights of the livestream broadcast was being able to hear Austin McKenzie speak about his upcoming role as Benjamin Bentley. What a charming guy! He also sang for us. Totally on the spot, without any sort of background music, Austin sang… and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. It also reconfirmed in my mind the importance of bringing this story to screen, so that moments like when Ben first sings to Tim can truly come to life. I also hope you got a chance to hear how passionate all the people involved in making the film are. This story is in safe hands! Filming is due to start next year in Portland, Oregon with a final cut of the film ready by the end of 2015. There will be a lot of exciting news along the way, so please stay tuned, and be sure to visit the movie site at www.somethinglikesummer.com frequently. Up next? Something Like Thunder, followed of course by Something Like Fall. And some new art from Andreas! Stay tuned!

 
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