TGIFreeday!

Let us rejoice, for it is a most glorious Friday.
It would be even better if my landscape didn’t look like this.

I have a lot on the weekend to-do list. There are a couple of illustrations and a book trailer to work on. I finally started tranferring the text from my storyboards onto an actual computer file last night. I really took a while to even create the file because I’m somewhat intimidated by the trailer project. I’ve never presented my writing or my illustrations in that type of medium. Have I said that before? I’m pretty sure that repeating yourself is a sign that you may be senile and also a sign that you might blog too much.

Today I started what was supposed to be the final read-thru for the novella. Now that I have a LOT of distance, I see parts that need more detail. With these smaller projects, like the short stories, I tend to rush myself. Maybe I’m trying to fit the effort into some subconsciously predetermined idea of what the completion time should be. That’s a bad thing.

I’m in love with ninety percent of it. I’m not doing a major rewrite because my editor has already read over it. I’m also not pushing out release time. What I am going to do is hang out with the words for a while, add some things, tweak setting details.

So I ride off into Friday night with much to do in the next couple of days. Hopefully I will be more productive than I was last weekend. That shouldn’t be too difficult, seeing as I really didn’t do anything I planned.

The movie for this weekend is Devil, and if Shyamalamadingdong messed this movie up too, I may give up on him. I will probably post about it on Monday.

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

book: Gunn’s Golden Rules

Gunn’s Golden Rules, Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work
By Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun

This is weird book selection for me. I don’t usually read books like this, and by ‘this’ I mean popular culture books written by celebrities. I picked it up at the library and thought it looked entertaining.

The book has advice on how to use what you have to live life to the fullest and have good manners.

I’m not sure if I really gained anything by reading the book. There were some entertaining stories, like one about Vogue editor Anna Wintour being carried on stairs by her bodyguards.

The writing is fine, but a little attention deficient. For example, at one point, really out of nowhere, Gunn launches into a list of movie recommendations. He told some dog stories in another part.

Gunn’s Golden Rules is fun but not life altering.

The indie reviews are on hold again this month and probably next month. I swear I haven’t abandoned them completely.

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

technical issues resolved

The technical issues from yesterday have been resolved. Woo! Sometimes, tasks that should take ten minutes turn into much longer periods of frustration. But the past is the past and now we can all move forward.

Today I’m revealing the title and some artwork for the novella.

The title is What the Dead Fear.

I drew up this bookmark as a fun way to announce the release.

The bookmark is free for printing on my website.

http://www.LeaRyan.com

Now you can know the title, mark your place in a book, and be reminded of approximately when the novella is coming out. Yay multifunctional!

The exact release date is forthcoming. I have a final read-thru, which I’ve scheduled for next week. I will probably write a few blog posts about it in the near future. I will drop the release date into one of those once I have a better idea of when I’ll be ready.

Don’t fret if you have no e-reader. Like the short story collection, this piece shouldn’t be too annoying if you want to print it out or read it on the computer screen.

Oh, I do want to add that if I release it on the Amazon Kindle store, I have to price it at 99 cents. I’m not allowed to offer free books on there. I don’t want anyone to think I’m trying to stick it to them because of where they shop.

The End.
Until tomorrow…or maybe the next day.

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

only part of what I had to say

I’ve been reading over the first 40 pages of the second AnnaBeth book. That’s my current lunch break project. I can tell already that I don’t have enough distance (time away from the book) to do any really significant rewrites or edits. I’m still entirely too close to it, despite the fact that I started writing last October. I can’t believe it’s been so long.

I wrote the rough draft of the first book in three months. I can’t do that this time because I have other projects going on. Basically, I’m not balls out writing right now. Part of me misses the less attention deficient times, but I know I’ll get back to that by the end of next month, so, no big deal. Then I can bury my head in words again like a good book nerd.

What I have been able to do in this round of reading was get my bearings a bit and fill in some gaps. In a first draft, I have a tendency to skip parts of the story. Sometimes I do it intentionally because I’m eager to get to a different part. Other times, I really have no idea it happened until I go back and read through. It’s sort of odd, like a brain hiccup.

I had planned to make an annoucement about the novella today, but I’m having some technical difficulties. I will try to resolve them by tomorrow.

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

movie: The A-Team

Damn I love guy movies.

The A-Team is awesome in the same way The Expendables is awesome. It has humor and action and various levels of comradery.

I used to watch the A-Team TV show when I was a kid. It was one of my favorites. The recent movie was everything I hoped it would be.

The A-Team offers some back story. We learn why BA is afraid to fly and how he met the rest of the team in Mexico. They extract Murdock from a hospital, also in Mexico. We also see them expelled from their official military positions as rangers.

Liam Neison played a somewhat odd looking Hannibal. Bradley Cooper was Faceman and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was BA Baracus. They were all wonderful.

The guy who played Murdock seemed to have some sort of issue with his accent. There were times he sounded southern and other times he sounded like a Brit. Maybe that was part of the whole playing an insane person thing.

Jessica Biel was in this too. Her character, Charissa Sosa, was bent on reclaiming her rank after she is disgraced (and demoted – is there a better word for that?) in the same incident Hannibal, Face, BA, and Murdock are convicted for. She and Face have a romantic history together, yadda yadda. Her character was pretty rigid, but the personality made sense in the context of the story.

Patrick Wilson plays Lynch, a naughty CIA man, and does a good job pulling off crazy.

The movie was really good. I was glad the movie people didn’t butcher one of my favorite childhood shows. That would have been mighty lame. I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel. B+
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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

Don’t do it, Netflix. and snow.

I talk about Netflix sometimes. We signed up for the service about a year ago and have been really happy with it so far. We pay them ten bucks a month and they send us DVDs we request one at a time. We also get a less than stellar selection of movies to stream through a computer or the PS3.

Yesterday I read that they’re attempting to move away from DVDs to completely online streaming. I would be okay with that if 1. The selection of streaming movies was decent, ie the same movies offered on DVD and 2. If internet service providers weren’t discussing a shift to cap/charge for data usage.

Should Netflix go completely streaming with no title selection improvement and my cable internet provider caps my data or charges extra, I will drop Netflix like a bad habit. I still have Blockbuster, my library, and two Redboxes down the street.

From a business standpoint, I completely understand why they want to eliminate the DVD mailing service. Honestly, I don’t know how they made a profit between the cost of the movie, packaging, and postage. But I don’t have to stick with a company who elects to use a less than customer-centric approach.

I’m not going to pay for a selection of movies I don’t really want to watch. That’s just not going to happen. And I’m not going to pay a bunch of data usage charges to my internet provider either.

My loyalty isn’t blind.

Get it together, Netflix.

Here’s a link to the other blog I read on the subject, in case you’re interested.

http://blog.movies.yahoo.com/blog/432-netflix-is-abandoning-dvds-customers-who-prefer-dvds

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

typo, drawing, music and crayons

Snowpocalypse! A snow storm is supposedly moving in. Imagine my utter delight! Ah well, at least I will probably get to sleep in.

What is up? The husband found a typo in MacDowell Sisters and AnnaBeth. These things happen. I’ve found typos in traditionally published books too. Wrangling 70,000+ words is tough.

I’ll probably update the ebook version but wait until he finishes reading in case he finds anything else wrong with it. As far as the print version goes, if there are several errors, I would go to the trouble of unpublishing the initial release and and putting out a revised, second edtion. Otherwise, no. I won’t go through all that effort to fix one very minor error.

Regarding the novella cover art, I’m rethinking the design. I did finish it. I like the way the illustration looks, but I don’t think it’s right as a book cover.

I’m releasing the novella as a digital ebook only, which really limits my design area. It needs to look good as a thumbnail image, and what I’ve drawn is too detailed for that. I had that worry from the beginning but I plowed on for the sake of finishing what I started.

I will still use the illustration for the book trailer, so anyone who watches that will still get to see my handiwork.

This experience has definitely encouraged me to push myself harder when it comes to illustration. I’m capable of more than I sometimes think I am. I still have more to learn, but I’m progressing. That’s the important thing.

As for the book trailer itself, I believe the music issue is solved! I put the question out to my people in Twitterland (my tweeps) and they came back with some great ideas. The best one came from @happarose197 with this website.

http://incompetech.com

I finally finished my storyboards. That took me several days. I had trouble figuring out what sorts of images to use. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life creating graphics for a trailer for a free ebook. That doesn’t sound like the best possible use of my free time.

Ooh, you have to checkout this cool thing I found. I saw the name of a color I didn’t know, so I looked it up in the wikipedia. I clicked a few links and ended up on this page with Crayola crayon colors, their red-green-blue values and the hexadecimal codes for use in HTML! geekerific! There’s also some history on the colors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Crayola_crayon_colors
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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
http://www.LeaRyan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1