gratitude and movies

I have been freaking out a little since the whole free ebook on Amazon thing. I am extremely grateful to whatever person or algorithm caused my free everywhere else ebook to magically become free on Amazon.

What the Dead Fear has been downloaded over 10,300+ times in the last few days from Amazon. My mind is officially blown. If someone told me last week that I would be on any sort of bestseller list (freebie or not), I probably would have laughed and then told them to quit making fun of me.

I could never have generated that level of attention to my writing on my own, at least not that scary fast. I hope I deserved it in some kind of way. I wish I knew where to send the thank you card.

So, biggest thank you ever to Amazon and to anyone who downloaded it and is reading this right now.

I missed my usual Monday movie post yesterday, so I’m just going to do a couple quick bits on what we watched over the holiday weekend.

First up – The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland and Tony Goldwyn who, interestingly enough, played the bad guy from the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore Ghost movie.

Jason Statham is Arthur Bishop, a hit man who receives an assignment to kill his mentor, Harry (Sutherland). Then his mentor’s son comes around and requests that Arthur train him in the ways of the hit man. Arthur goes after the people that wanted Harry dead and Harry’s son goes with him.

The movie is short, fast-paced, and well-acted. B

Next – The Rite

Anthony Hopkins is damn brilliant. Truly. Not that anyone needs me to say that. In The Rite, he is Father Lucas Trevant, who is a priest that is skilled at exorcising demons. The main character is Michael Kovak as played by some guy name Colin O’Donoghue. He looks like that guy from CSI New York and the resemblance kind of bugged me. Here is a side-by-side. Guy on the left is from the movie. Guy on the right is from CSI NY.


Michael travels to Italy to attend an exorcism class and studies under Trevant.

The third most important character was a journalist there to observe the exorcism class for an article she was writing. Her name was Angeline and the actress was Alice Braga. She befriends Michael and they discuss the demon business.

I said I was keeping this short, didn’t I? Basically, a bunch of weird stuff starts happening. The demons pick on them and try to get Michael Kovak to turn to the dark side. The plot was slow at first. They could have cut about 20 minutes out of the first hour and the movie wouldn’t have suffered. Overall, it was good. The Rite gets a B+.
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Um, wtf?

Can a person laugh, cry and throw up all at the same time? I’m thinking it would be a messy affair, but that’s what I am truly about to do. Somehow, some way, Amazon put What the Dead Fear up as a free download. I would have done that originally (it was 99 cents there) but they don’t offer that option for the Kindle Direct Publishing, a fact that I have lemented on more than one occasion.

I don’t really log on to check my sales very often because I figured out early on that doing so causes me unnecessary stress. I just keep doing what I do with the writing and the marketing. I logged on today, and my numbers were looking pretty good and I got to a line for What the Dead Fear that read 2434 copies were sold at $0. Uh, what?
So I pulled up the product page and saw this little Christmas at the end of May miracle.

Not only that, I’m on the effing best seller list. When I checked, it was number 20 in the Kindle store.

I have a Bestseller rank.

I.

have.

a.

bestseller.

rank.

It’s just for the freebie, but you know what? I don’t fricking care. This is so freakishly amazing for me this happened.

So how did it happen? Honestly, I have no idea. What the Dead Fear is available pretty much everywhere but Amazon (ebook stores) for free. I wrote it with the intention it would be free.

Amazon has a “Report a lower Price” link, so maybe that was somehow involved. I checked Smashwords and those download numbers didn’t shoot up, but sometimes it takes a while for them to update their numbers.
I turned on the laptop to work on some editing, but I might have a difficult time focusing now.

Does this mean I can add Bestselling Author to the resume? I’m thinking, yes.
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upgrading the virtual office

I’m embarking on a technology upgrade adventure. I’m spending this lovely, hopefully storm-free evening upgrading my operating system and installing some brand-spanking new and uber fancy drawing software. Wish me luck! I may need it. Step 1 is backing up all of my 5 billion files. This will probably take me a few minutes, so there won’t be any real blog post today.

Until I return, please enjoy this tranquil field.


Tomorrow there will likely be an indie review, unless the software upgrade doesn’t go as planned.

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Planning

I love to plan things…a lot. Sometimes I enjoy planning more than the actual doing.
There are many books on plotting out novels and stories, plot architecture, worksheets. I’ve read a couple. Authors seem pretty willing to share their techniques too – post-its, index cards with scenes.

But how thoroughly can a person really plan a novel?

I used some scene cards and character worksheets to plot out the remix project (current work in progress). They have been really helpful but the plan isn’t everything.

I don’t always know what I need until I’m already into the story. I realize that more as I work through it. I temporarily stray off in one direction and the story is richer for it. I guess the bottom line is, a book can be planned but only to a certain extent, at least in my experience.

There is value in both planning and spontaneity. Balance is the key.

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fatigue and a scribble bird.

I am so very tired. The girl had a middle school function this evening – a dance recital. I’m settling in late because of that. She did a great job. She was in a couple of group dances and then had a solo one. She didn’t tell us that she had a solo beforehand because she wanted to surprise us.

I was extra proud because while all the other girls danced to electronica dance-y pop, my daughter danced to a Three Days Grace song, ie rock. That’s my baby.

I don’t have the brain power to write up a real post today. However, I do have an illustration. I got a graphics tablet (Wacom Bamboo) a couple of weeks ago. I love it. Drawing with it is a lot more natural than mouse clicking.

This was one of the first drawings I did with the tablet, just sort of playing around with it. This is a scribble bird. Michelangelo it is not, but I think it’s cute anyway.

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movie: The Green Hornet

I know, I just blogged about the semi-crappy state of comic movies and now I’m going to write about how much I like this one. Kissmyasssowhat.

The Green Hornet is awesome! Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid, a spoiled rich boy whose media empire-owning father dies. He inherits everything, including the company and doesn’t really deal with responsibility very well. In fact, in the beginning, he’s kind of a bumbling moron.

Jay Chou plays Kato, a previous employee of the elder Reid. Britt initially fires him with the rest of the house staff but then calls him back because of special coffee he made. Kato is a martial arts expert and super genius.

They bond over some liquor and end up causing some trouble which somehow ends up with them wanting to fight crime. Kato does this extremely well. Britt, maybe not so much.

Cameron Diaz was in there too, playing Britt Reid’s newly hired secretary, Lenore, who puts up with a lot more nonsense than any secretary should have to.

As with most comic books, there is a super villain. In this case, it’s Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky. His character was just as entertaining as the others. He spends a lot of his time seizing power and fighting self-image problems.

The Green Hornet was very entertaining. It was funny and filled with a whole lot of action. My only complaint was that Britt Reid’s character was a bit too ditzy. It gets an A.
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There you shall find links to two free ebooks on Smashwords and novel excerpts on Scribd.

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remix project update

I FINALLY finished the 66 page edit that took way longer than I wanted it to. What a pain in my ass. I spent 2 1/2 weeks on that beotch.

But it’s finished, and that’s what matters. I have a better idea of where I am and how to get to where I want to be and that’s always a good thing. The chore was definitely worthwhile.

So where are we? Hmmm…I extracted a few thousand unnecessary or wrong words, added some new hopefully necessary ones. I reeled in my wayward character and added a new one.

Oh, and there is illustration.

Remember the pencil sketch of the lizard lady? Here is the somewhat rough digital version. It will probably change before it reaches any sort of book cover, but this is what it looks like right now.

My original plan for the rest of the cover didn’t work out as I’d hoped it would. I still really want to use this graphic; I just need to figure out how to go from kick ass graphic to viable book cover.

I considered just putting the graphic and the title against stark white. That would be awesome in the print edition but as an online thumbnail, it would be quite horrendous. Can we say floating head? Or I could blow up the head super huge and just lay the title over it.

Hmmmm…I’ll work with it this weekend.

Word count update – 36063

I’m moseying toward the end. I’ll get there sooner or later.

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Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find links to two free ebooks on Smashwords and novel excerpts on Scribd.

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