yay!

I love it when people like what I write, especially strangers because they really have no perceived obligation to say nice things. This really awesome, sweet review from someone on the Barnes and Noble website literally made me blush. I had to post it. Reviews are hard to come by for me, and this one is pretty kickass. If I could find this person, I would hug them.

Oh, this is for Like Clockwork & A Tangled Mind. I should probably include that tidbit of info.

I am so saving a screenshot.
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woe is my playstation

Ah yes, you may have read about the playstation network being down. Mine is down too, dear friends. Luckily I didn’t have any credit card info on there.

I have to say that I’m a little disappointed with the way Sony handled the customer communication on this one. Basically, the network went down last wednesday (I discovered the outage on friday) and there was zero communication from Sony until yesterday when they came out with a public announcement.

We didn’t know why it wasn’t working, if it would ever work again, if the entire Sony organization fell off the side of the earth. Maybe they thought they would have the issue fixed sooner; I don’t know, but they should have said something, anything, offered a timelier apology. Their silence shows a lack of consideration for their customers, I think, especially the people who pay for the upgraded playstation network services.

A company as big as Sony should have a better damage control plan. Did they not think this could happen?

As it stands right now, we can sometimes pull up the browser and Pandora radio. Netflix works with some fiddling. Online gaming was just plain dead last time I checked. When will we be completely back online? No one seems to know.

Will I trade my ps3 for an xbox because of this? No, but I will think twice before paying for content on the network.

Next up is an interesting link that has nothing to do with the rest of this post. Apparently, people really took the movie KickAss seriously. They actually dress up and run around fighting crime. Personally, I wouldn’t do it, but if they can make the world a better place without getting maimed or dead, then more power to them. I would like to meet one of these people some time.

http://www.reallifesuperheroes.org/

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book working on a Wednesday that sort of feels like Thursday but is actually still Wednesday

I swear today was just a long, slow-motion stream of relentless boredom! Even tasks that usually cause time to move faster were just mired in BLAH! I think it has something to do with the rainy weather.

Anyway, so I have a couple of pictures, both taken with the crackberry, so please forgive the grain.

The first is my beloved Moo. This quickly became one of my favorite photos of him. I love the emotion in his eyes. I took this during a thunderstorm. He’s looking up because he hears wind pummeling the exterior of the house.

The second is an extremely rough pencil sketch of the primary graphic for a book cover for the remix project. As you may (or may not) be able to see, it’s a half-lizard face and a very faint half-lady face. I may change my mind about using it later because, well, I’m really quite good at changing my mind.

Also in mind changing news, MacDowell Sisters & AnnaBeth is getting a bit of a makeover. The book isn’t selling as well as I’d hoped and I think some minor tweaks might help move it a bit. I need to fix a couple of typos anyway.

First, it’s getting a cover makeover. When I go back and look at the current cover, I think it could be better. The original isn’t necesarily bad, but whose attention is it really getting? Is the artwork compelling? Not really. It’s legible, and it’s functional. Does it say anything about the story? No. You can tell a bird is likely involved but other than that, nadda.

So there will be a second edition with typos fixed, cover redesigned and possibly a new synopsis. If I can do so, I will probably take the original edition out of print. I also plan to give the AnnaBeth series a real name some time before the second book comes out.

Remix word count update: 33610

That is all.
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guest post: Beth Stafford and Cassie

For the first time ever on the blog, an artist is visiting! I am super excited. This is Beth Stafford and Cassie the doggie artist.

Beth Stafford is a visual artist who teamed up with her canine companion, Cassie, several years ago to make riotously colorful abstract art under the name “PiCassieO”. The digital prints start as photographs of Cassie’s inspired “brushwork” on the windows and doors, and are then transformed by the artist in Photo Shop with amazingly beautiful results. PiCassieO prints and jewelry may be purchased at http://www.PiCassieO.Etsy.com

Thedynamic duo also have a just-for-fun shop at http://www.Zazzle.com/PiCassieO* with outrageous Keds, iPhone and iPadCases, mugs, stamps and other colorful items designed by PiCassieO. Only for the bold of ‘art!

Read about Team PiCassieO at http://www.airedale-art.blogspot.com



— Thank you Beth and Cassie for visiting! — Lea Ryan —

monday movie twofer! TWO!

This weekend was one of those weekends in which time seemed to stretch. I was only off for two days but it felt more like four. There was much togetherness with the fam and the animals. And of course, there was movie watching.

The Joneses
I thought this movie was a comedy. I don’t know what gave me that impression way back when the trailers were out, but The Joneses is not a comedy. At all.

It’s about a group of four people called a “cell”. They function as a family – parents and two kids – a boy and a girl. David Duchovny plays Steve Jones and Demi Moore plays Kate Jones. They sell products by becoming walking advertisements, basically.

They’re pretty and seem to have it all. They network with their rich neighbors to get them to buy certain products like cars, golf clubs, jewelry, cosmetics, beer, televisions, etc.

The movie was entertaining but sad in many ways. Steve wants a relationship with his “wife”, but she’s all about business. So he eats dinner alone and yearns for a less pretend life. Mrs. Jones does nothing but work. The “kids” who actually look like adults in their 30s have their own personal problems that mess up the carefully crafted facade.

Also sad are the Jones’ envious neighbors want the lifestyle very badly.

The Joneses did have a few funny parts but many more not so funny. It was still a really good, albeit sad, story. It made me wonder why someone would damage themselves in the push toward material excess and what they perceive as success just to keep up with the people they admire. The thought-inducing movie gets a B+.

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Unstoppable

Yes, it’s the train movie with Denzel Washington and that guy who played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movie, Chris Pine.

A genius of an engineer (played by the guy who played Randy on My Name is Earl) jumps off the train he is driving to pull a switch or something, and then attempts to catch his train by running alongside. Not a good plan. He fails. Train rolls away. Did I mention there are hazardous materials on it? Well, there are.

They need to catch the train before it causes death and destruction in residential areas.

Rosario Dawson is Connie, a yardmaster. She is the brain of the rescue, giving orders to the various guys involved in trying to get the things stopped.

As you can probably imagine, Unstoppable has a lot of action. There are explosions and objects being hit by the train and all sorts of fun like that. It wasn’t my favorite movie of all time, but not bad. It gets a B.
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