Bell Mountain Movie Contest on Life Support

Those out there who have read the Bell Mountain series by Lee Duigon, come over to Mr. Duigon’s blog for some fun!!!

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Last call for this contest! Just name four actors to play four characters in the Bell Mountain movie–which will be made as soon as somebody scrapes up $200 million for it–and win an autographed certificate by the author of these immortal literary works (that would be me) praising your wisdom, perspicacity, and good taste.

I’ll do just about anything to gin up readership. And this blog has been sucking wind since Daylight Saving went into effect.

The first few days of the movie contest were wild and enjoyable; but the fact is, only half a dozen of you ever entered it. What kind of contest is that? I wanted to keep it going until The Temptation (No. 11 in the series) was published. I thought that was going to happen any day now… but my intuition hasn’t been sinking many foul shots lately, has it?

“But Lee–maybe that movie contest…

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  1. Thanks for the reblog and the plug, Joshua. And if you’ve got time for a chess lesson…
    Let me introduce the subject of chess openings. This is not cutting-edge opening theory. It’s just me, going by experience. And I think we ought to start with general principles. Way too many openings for anyone to learn, but these general principles pretty much always apply.
    1. Try to be strong in the center of the board: either directly, by moving pawns and pieces there, or indirectly from somewhere on one or both flanks, stationing your men so that they can get to the center quickly.
    2. Knights are best somewhere around the middle of the board. Chess saying, “Knights on the rim are dim,” is usually true.
    3. Usually it’s wise to castle as soon as possible.
    4. Develop as many pieces as quickly as you can–don’t leave them in their starting spots unless you have a good reason for it. “Develop” means to put them in position to attack or defend as needed.
    5. Rooks do best when they have room to shoot to the other end of the board, and when they are in position to support or defend each other. Sometimes the Queen can join them, forming what we call a battery. Try not to cut them off from each other unless there’s a good reason for it. (Any chess move ought to be made for a reason. But you’d be surprised how hard that can be for a beginner to learn.)
    6. Bishops like clear diagonals, the longer, the better. If your Bishop winds up bottled up behind your own pawns, we call that a bad bishop. Try to position bishops where they’ll have some room to operate. Unlike Knights, Bishops can be tucked into corner squares and still be powerful.
    7. Remember that pawns can never move backward; so when you move one forward, it ought to be for a reason–either to defend something (Pawns are good at that) or to open up room for your stronger pieces.
    8. Pawns that wind up back-to-back, aka doubled pawns, can’t defend each other and are best avoided–until you know a lot more about chess. Then it’s not such a big problem.

    If you keep these principles in mind, practice them, and use them to direct your moves, you won’t be discomfited by any opening which your opponent might use.
    Any questions? Oh–and have you beaten your dad yet?

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    1. Thank you, Mr. Duigon, for the chess lesson! I have learned new things. Beating Dad in chess is still an unreached goal… Lately, my brother has been playing chess with my dad, while I’ve been working on the translation. Dad says Jeremy’s getting good at playing chess. Jay (his nickname) has never beaten Dad before, but one time there was a stalemate between him and Dad. I think Jay’s closer to beating Dad in chess than me… Gotta study my lessons!


      1. Jim, mostly what I’ve been getting from you are “liked” messages. Obviously this particular comment got through. Make a few more and see what happens: if I see them, I’ll reply.

        Did you get your book?

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        1. Yes I got your book! I actually commented on your blog that I got your book and was getting concerned that somehow you didn’t get my message and I wouldn’t want you to think I’m ungrateful and didn’t let you know or anything like that when you didn’t responded, I got suspcious that maybe the reason why none of my comments had any responses on your blog has to do with the fact that WordPress might have blocked my comment on your blog. I started realizing that a month’s worth of comment might not have gotten through to your page. By the way I am commenting to you here on Josh’s blog.

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        2. This one and the last one came through just fine.

          A couple of other readers have had the same experience of their comments not appearing. A few times I could see the comments at my end, but they couldn’t see them at theirs. It’s all a total mystery to me.

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