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Fantasy Fiction Tour Trailer

Posted in Book Trailers™, Community, Film, General, Marketing, News on June 20, 2007 by christopherhopper

The new Fantasy Fiction Tour Trailer is here! Thanks for spreading the word about our upcoming tour and supporting me and these other wonderful, Christ-centered authors!

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Weekend Recording Report

Posted in Community, On The Road, Pics, Recording on June 11, 2007 by christopherhopper

Christopher Hopper smiling

The place was set, the gear was loaded in and set up, the guitars were tuned, and the coffee was brewing. All we needed was the people.

And the audience didn’t disappoint.

Friday and Saturday nights were packed out at The Lyric in Clayton! People came from all over the county, largely because of the amazing front page story the Watertown Daily Times did on the event in Thursday’s paper. And what a crowd! Everyone was so enthusiastic and appreciative. And the feedback from the night was very encouraging.

Live At The Lyric

In response to the Lord’s instruction, I laid down “story/artistic song writing” in 2001 for all-worship oriented music. But three months ago I was released to begin writing in this genre again. It has not only been a joy, personally, to write such works, but to see the response from the audience.

Paul Rohling & Christopher Hopper

Mr. Paul Rohling really made the two nights special. We’d been practicing everyday of the preceding week. He is a fast student. And a fast player! He was the perfect addition to the pieces, really bringing the work to life. His masterful flourishes and punchy rhythms couldn’t have been more wonderfully executed. I’m extremely grateful for his mark on this record.

Overhead at The Lyric

My wonderful father, Peter Hopper, was present for recording, marking our 9th full-length CD together. Just the unmixed playback from each evening was remarkable; I think people are going to be very pleased with the result.

Dudley Danielson and John Brennan both showed up to shoot pitures of the evening, and Kathy Danielson’s wonderful staff at The Lyric were outstanding.

Christopher Hopper @ The LyricPaul Rohling @ The Lyric

The project, tentatively named The Art of Conversation, will be released sometime later this summer. We’ll keep you posted for sure.

Thanks to all those who came out for this special event!

CH

Christopher Hopper guitar blurrPaul Rohling guitar blurrThe Lyric

LIVE Recording, Book Parties, & More!

Posted in Community, General, Ministry, Music, Tour Dates on May 17, 2007 by christopherhopper

Greetings all,

Wanted to let everyone know about some exciting events scheduled for June.

LIVE Recording June 8th & 9th

First off, I’m pleased to announce two musical evenings with special guest guitarist Paul Rohling from Michigan. We’ll be performing acoustic, duet-guitar, all-new music on Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th at The Lyric Coffee House in Clayton, NY. Even more exciting, this will be recorded live and put out as a duet album slated for a fall release. Please come out either or both nights. We’re hoping to get a packed house.

The Lion Vrie Book Release Events

Book II in The White Lion Chronicles is less than one month from arrival. And we’re having two very special events to celebrate!

The first will be Friday June 15th at The Tab in Buffalo, NY starting at 7pm. I’ll be leading worship and speaking for my dear friends and partners in ministry, Brad and Robin Ringer. I’ll also be presenting the new book and doing a reading. For more information, please contact Pure For God at: 716-312-8363

Next, on Saturday June 16th we’ll be having a party back at The Lyric in Clayton, NY. Complete with food, coffee, music, and a reading, this is a night you won’t want to miss.

Obviously the book will be for sale at each, so don’t miss your chance to be among the first to own it. (You can even get it signed if you want!).

In Rochester June June 29th

On Friday, June 29th, CHB will be performing at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY at 8:00pm in the Cultural Arts Center. For more information, please contact Pastor Eric Young: (716) 532-544, or e-mail: nequiz@adelphia.net

Thanks for reading!

CH

The Amazing World of Blogging

Posted in Community, General, Recommendations on May 10, 2007 by christopherhopper

Howdy small spinning sphere of my influence…

…or at least a perceived influence, how much I actually have is left to be determined.

First off, sorry for the long delay in writing. Following our trip to Europe, I’ve been swamped with playing catch-up, add to that each member of my little clan getting side-swiped with sickness, and you have things that get put on the proverbial “back burner,” blogging being one of them.

In any case, I’m back to my goal of weekly updates. In this issue, it strikes me at how amazing “blogging” has become; the bizzar fact that people would begin to share intimate details about their lives on a global forum, and for the most part not even think about it (BLOG = web log). I guess that opinion comes from being a youth pastor where “MySpace” and “FaceBook” are words of the day; students won’t talk about how they feel in the open…but they’ll MySpace about it (we even have new verbs now). Oddly enough, in one of our local high schools, the police sit in the library, read students blogs, and make arrests, using the information on their site as evidence. It actual stands up in court.

Smart policeman, dumb teen.

My goal today is not to highlight the negative aspects, but those in which blogging is building amazing communities online, infrastructure which is helping to unite people with common vision and pursuit; getting the word out about worthy products and causes; the power of one becoming the power of a throng; even support groups for people that habitually use semicolons too much. (;)

If you shoot on over to the Tsaba House Authors Blog, of which I’m a member, the current two posts, one from Teresa Slack, the next from Molly Nobel Bull, each have to do with “blog tours,” an ingenious concept. The Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour is something I’ve recently joined and seen noted success from in terms fan-based readership. And browsing through any number of the authors listed here on my blog will have you lost for hours in reading. (My biggest problem with browsing people’s blogs?: the amount of time it sucks up from my day…and I don’t even realize it’s gone!).

I recently was “tagged” in a “blog game” by Becky Miller, to list 8 interesting facts about myself, and then tag 8 other friend. The first rule of the game, however, is to post the rules of the game. Here they are:

 

  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
  • 1.) I never went to college. I had a free ride to a few school, including the Naval Academy (my sudden 20/20 change to 20/200 was pre-laser surgery and prevented me from going), but felt God calling me down a different road.

    2.) I only “really read” four books in high school: Lord of The Flies, Hamlet, Catcher In The Rye, and To Kill A Mockingbird. I hated reading. Why I’m a published author today, only God knows. But needless to say, I finally caught “the reading bug.” (It just takes longer for other people…I’m a late bloomer, OK?).

    3.) My first over seas experience was at age 7. My daddy took me to Portugal for a studio recording project and church ministry tour.

    4.) I had been to over 25 countries by the age of 25.

    5.) I’ve only ever had three formal piano lessons. Reading music was almost as bad as reading books. Why I’m a singer/songwriter with 8 albums out, God only knows. (Perhaps it is that he chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise?).

    6.) My favorite dog was named MacGuyver. He had only three legs and lived 14 wonderful years. (Hey Steve and Jacqui: he was the best dog…)

    7.) I was chased by a wild African ostrich around a tree for ten minutes in the bush of South Africa.

    8.) I used to be terrified of horses. Then I made myself take lessons from a friend for two years, just to get over it. Little did I know that five years later, I would marry a woman who had been riding since she was four. I love you, Jenny!

    What can I say…God knows what He’s doing, even with a book-reading-impaired, music-scoring-challenged, horse-fearing-nut-case guy like me. And if He can change all that in me, imagine what He can do with you!

    Thanks for spending some time with me today,

    CH

    TAG! You’re it! Chris Deanne, Bill Snodgrass, C.S. Harmon, Elliot Hanowski, Gene Curtis, Grace Bridges, Florinda, Hanna Sandvig

    Bryan Davis

    Posted in Community, On Writing on March 22, 2007 by christopherhopper

    If you are an artist of any kind, you need to check out Bryan Davis’ address before the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference at lambstv.com, channel 21.

    CH

    CSFF: I hate comparing, but…

    Posted in Community, On Writing on March 20, 2007 by christopherhopper

    Randy Ingermanson

    Being a musician long before I was a novelist, I’m very used to people saying things like, “You know, you are like a cross between Dave Matthews, Sting, and U2, only like a Christian version, man.”

    Gee. Thanks.

    Is that supposed to be a compliment?

    Well, over the years, I’ve learned that it is, because humans in general typically judge the “new” by their experience with “the old.” And if they can find enough of “the old” to justify a comparison, then a true compliment is born. Though I know most artists have a hard time with that.

    Why?

    Because we want to be original, to be the first me, rather than the next best them. And that day may come for me. I may get some grandiose vision and present it in such a way that the world staggers in awe.  Kind of like how my horses feel when I give them grain after a -40 degree northern NY night…

    Wow! Grrrrain!

    I’m completely digressing here. So sorry, Randy.

    My whole point is that as I spent some more time browsing through Randy Ingermanson’s sight, I actually started to get excited! I know that sounds bad, like I don’t while looking at other author’s sites, but this was a genuine feeling of, “Wow, I think I need to buy a few of these books!”

    And why so excited? Because after reading his amazing bio where he talks about things like reducing the Schwinger-Dyson equations for the effective action to a self-consistent expansion, and measuring the Wess-Zumino effective action (no clue; but it sounds cool!), he starts talking about his Christian faith.

    But it gets better.

    You start reading the synopsis’s of his book titles (of which I count 7!) and realize, “Hey, this guy is a like Michael Crichton meets Isaac Asimov, only Christian!”

    And while I feel terrible in saying so, almost like I’m doing a disservice to the creative genius in this guy, I genuinely mean it; I really respect both of those authors for their love of science and yet their creative abilities at weaving a good yarn.

    Only this guy loves Jesus, and accordingly, probably has a Judeo-Christian ethic behind it, something  that would set his work far above Asimov’s and Crichton’s, at least in my mind.

    If you like what I term “relevant sci-fi,” I think Ingermanson is the author for you.

    Or, better put…

    “Grrrrain!”

    Thanks for spending some time with me today,

    CH

    TWLC MySpace

    Posted in Community, Contests on March 19, 2007 by christopherhopper

    My Readers Club (Tribe Grandath) president, Hillary, has just created a new MySpace site for The White Lion Chronicles. It’s part of a new campaign that we’re unveiling April 1st (no foolin!). We thought we’d give you a sneak peak before then! Enjoy!

    myspace.com/thewhitelionchronicles

    CH