Secret Ninja Man


It's here! Alex Fest 2012! Thanks to Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King and Stephen Tremp for throwing a virtual toast to the lead ninja himself.
In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like?
Mysterious, wise and writerly, with a guitar on his back. Of course.
In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead.)
C’mon - Antonio Banderas - he’s got the ninja-esque mask AND the guitar!

In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of?
Master Splinter, Mister Miyagi, Yoda...Does the word sensei come to mind?
In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts (Cavanaugh, ninja, IWSG, Cosbolt, guitar):
Somewhere in the depths of intergalactic command...

M: Gentleman, we have a situation. An out-of-control Cosbolt chock-full of panicking insecure writers is hurtling across the blogosphere. This requires our very best. *cue music, a shadowy figure enters*

Agent 1: Who’s this guy?

Agent 2: We, uh, we didn’t have time to give him a proper hyperlink. I hear he’s some type of ninja.

Ninja 007: Cavanaugh. Alex Cavanaugh. I’ll take my scenes shown, not told.
Agent 1: Does he have a...guitar?

M: Cavanaugh. We’re running out of time. No one can get through to these writers!

Ninja 007: No problem, ma'am. I can handle it.

M: How? You been a Cosbolt pilot before?

Ninja 007: Better. I write one.

M: Our computer can only maintain its link with the ship for four keystrokes. We’ve got to get it under control before literary disaster strikes!

Ninja 007: I got this one. *typing* I.W.S.G.
M: IWS…wha?
Ninja 007: The solution to all your problems.
For Bonus Points:
In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh - thanking her for sharing
You're a font of patience and support! Thanks for being the lady behind the ninja.


  1. Nicole, I LOVED this! Great banter between the agents. Totally entertaining. And loved the way it wrapped up with the "Solution to all your problems" bit. Clever. :D

  2. sensei? great idea!! totally see that

  3. Ha! This is brilliant. A great tribute to the most awesome blogger this side of the Verse :)


  4. That's a wonderful way to recognize Alex. I'm sure he'd be pleased to see this!

  5. Good job in working in those agents! The zorro/rockstar is a great image *nods*

  6. This is awesome! I loved ... "I'll take my scenes shown, not told."
    Great job, Nicole!

  7. suave story!! great post! that was fun!

  8. Ha! He's a double agent, ninja, Zoro.

  9. Okay, this is great! (I'll take my scenes shown, not told ... :) )
    Might you be the one who finally discovers the elusive Ninja?

    Cheers to the amazing Alex!

  10. And he saves the day again! Very creative flash ficton. Go Alex! :)

  11. That was great! And the images are awesome. Always with my guitar.
    Nicole, thank you SO much!!

  12. I love your pick for who could play Alex in a documentary.

  13. Hehehe! Love the Bond ninja. I see sensei or some sort of teacher too.

  14. "Ninja 007: Cavanaugh. Alex, Cavanaugh. I’ll take my scenes shown, not told." YES! Brilliant!

  15. A Zorroesque guitar player. I like it!

  16. "I’ll take my scenes shown, not told."

    LOL! That was complete and utter genius. Thanks for participate'n! :)

  17. Banderas? Why of course Alex is. It's so obvious now!

  18. GREAT images :D You captured the Ninja Captain, starting with the title. Well done.

  19. Wax on....Wax off! :) Awesome job!

  20. Very cool flash fic. Made me smile :)

  21. Nice blog and great images!


  22. I liked your version of Alex as Bond! I expected him to sing to calm the insecure writers. . .

  23. I came by for Deja Vu, but since I missed your Alex post this works too. A fun tribute.

    Tossing It Out

  24. Haha! This is fabulous. Sensei definitely comes to mind.