quick sequel wish list

I would like to see the following movies get sequels. So if there are any movie producers out there reading, please get to it, ASAP.

1. Red – love, love, love the characters, more please.
2. The Expendables – ditto on character love
3. Ace Ventura – yes, I know there was already a sequel, but these movies never fail to crack me up.
4. Gone in Sixty Seconds – only if the cast is the same
5. Demolition Man
6. Shaun of the Dead
7. The Rundown

Go forth, Hollywood types, and do my bidding. And none of that lame-ass prequel business. Prequel is industry speak for – this movie is totally going to suck.

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photoblogging

Hey there! I’m feeling a bit on the tired side today but in a good way. I rode my bike about 4.5 miles after work, which I know might not sound like a lot to some people but for the already-tired me, it was a taxing activity. On the bright side, I only rode about 1.1 miles before I realized my helmet was on backwards.

That’s right. I am the picture of grace and sophistication. Luckily I fixed it before I saw anyone I knew.

Now for some photos. The children and I visited a somewhat local park. It’s nice. They have a carousel and miniature golf, an aquatic center, a skate park, and a transportation museum complete with trains.








I also found some awesome pictures of the canal while I was picking these off my camera memory card. I will share them at a later date if I remember.

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movie:Faster

Faster stars Duane “The Rock” Johnson as Driver, an ex-con who, upon release, goes after the jerks who participated in his brother’s murder and attempted to murder him. Also on the hunt (but for Driver) are the cops and a hit man who has some interesting mental issues.

Billy Bob Thornton plays Cop. He’s one of the two primary investigators working on the murder spree case. He has many personal issues, one of which is the fact that he and his wife are both recovering addicts. This was a relatively dull character for Billy Bob.

The movie was stylish and gruesome in places. There was some action. It was a Rock movie, so that’s to be expected.

The most interesting character was Killer. He was the hit man hired to kill Driver. He’s an adrenaline junkie with some sort of unnamed mental condition. His girlfriend wants him to stop killing people. His shrink wants him to take his meds.

Regarding muscles, Dwayne is looking a tad over-inflated these days. The muscle living on his neck/upper back area looks like a meat backpack. He’s starting to look freaky.

Faster was pretty good. It was entertaining but not great. C
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adventures in writing and reading

I usually try not to spend too much time looking at my reviews because I am still sensitive enough to care about those things. While I was checking to see if What the Dead Fear was still free on Amazon last night (it is), I saw this review, the beginning of which was seemingly addressed directly to me.

Here is a copy and paste for your convenience.

“Pleasantly surprised in the creative style exhibited in this novella by you Lea Ryan. 22 year old Juniper dies an accidental death and her spirit is left in Limbo. As a rule breaker, Juniper creates her own chaos in limbo as she still worries about the living and not caring about the demise of her own self. She meets Cricket who tries to persuade her to stick to the rules, unsuccessfully. The end of the novella leaves the reader wanting more and for the story to continue. Hopefully, Ms. Ryan will continue this story in the near future.”

First of all, is there a camera in here or something? I feel like I’m being watched.

Second of all, how nice is she!?! The other people who posted reviews are equally super! I love when people say positive things. Especially about my writing because, well, it’s kind of a whole lot of work.

One of the reasons I left Juniper’s story so freakin’ wide open was because before I finished writing it, I was already thinking about possibly returning. I really liked the characters. I’m a little attached.

I have a grain of an idea rattling around in my brain, but I have other projects first. I have two novels in progress that I want to finish at least the rough drafts on by fall. I may be able to squeeze it in after those two. I imagine that I might want a break from writing book-length fiction by then.

On a different note, I read an interesting blog post from a bookseller who refused to host a signing for an Amazon published (their imprint, not a self-publisher) author. I have mixed feelings about this issue.

On one hand, I sympathize with the independent bookstore. There is no question in my mind that Amazon has affected their business. I understand why he’s angry.

However bad Amazon may or may not be for bookstores, it is really, really good for authors, especially indies like me. For the most part, bookstores do not carry self-published books.

Bottom line – a bookstore would have never given me the time of day. Amazon has enabled my writing to reach over 18,000 readers. And that’s not page views. Those are actual downloads.

Do you remember that Janet Jackson song – What Have You Done for Me Lately? That’s playing in my head right now.

I feel no ill will toward independent book sellers at all, but I believe that, like some traditional publishers, they’re hanging onto a way of doing business that won’t work to their benefit forever.

Instead of digging their heels into the sand, they should focus on how to get people into the stores. Business is business. Would you deny something that might help keep your doors open?

They’re not going to put Amazon out of business by refusing to host those authors, but they will lose customer traffic they would have otherwise had.

Here is a link to what I read
http://seattlemysteryblog.typepad.com/seattle_mystery/2011/06/cant-shake-the-devils-hand-and-say-youre-only-kidding.html

Tomorrow is Friday. Let us rejoice. That is all.

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Teaser Tuesday: Remix Project Rough Draft

Ok, here we go. This is a snippet of conversation in the current work in progress. If I were a more sophisticated author, I would probably wait until the project was nearer completion before I started slapping random bits of the story up on the blog. But I’m not. So I am.

The protagonist’s name is Eric. He started his young adult life out the way some people do, a little wilder than the usual. He skipped college and partied for a couple of years, basically became a loser. Then tragedy struck. He’s trying to get his life on track by enrolling in college and doing his best to lead a normal life.

In his eyes, normal = safe.

The other character is a girl he just met. Her name is Chelsea. She’s a little quirky.

Eric’s uncle, Nathan, introduces them over breakfast. This could change once I edit it properly.

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“Eggs are ready.” Nathan called, then to his guest, he said, “I may not be a chef, but eggs and bacon, I can do.”
Morning light blazed through the tall windows, reached past the leather sofa and easy chairs, to the dining room. The girl sitting at the table giggled.
“I don’t know how anyone can sleep through that sunshine. I leaped from bed this morning.”
“Maybe I should take back that coffee. I wouldn’t want to ruin anyone’s natural high.”
“Don’t you dare.” She pulled the mug closer.
Nathan spooned scrambled eggs onto her plate.
She said, “I thought I would take him to the grove first because it’s the best place.”
Eric walked in. At the old, oak round sat a petite girl around his age. She had unevenly cut auburn hair almost to her shoulders. Her eyes sparkled sapphire blue.
“Eric, this is Chelsea.” Nathan motioned to the chair next to her with the serving spoon in his hand. A breakfast plate waited there.
“Nice to meet you.” She put her hand out for him to shake it.
“Nice to meet you too. So, you live in the tower?”
Nathan left them alone in the dining room, winking at Eric as he walked out.
Chelsea pointed to the ceiling, “Two floors above you. I still live with my parents because I like to. I would miss them if I left. I think they would miss me too.” She spoke between eagerly shoved forkfuls of egg into her mouth. “I learn so much from them all the time. Dad’s a curator. Mom writes marketing copy for catalogs and websites, mostly for flower bulbs.” She paused to drink her coffee.
“Are you in school?” Eric asked.
“No, but I want to be a veterinarian.”
“I’m pretty sure you have to go to school for that.”
“I know. That’s the only drawback.” She sighed wistfully.
“Drawback? How would you know what you were doing without going to school?”
“Sometimes people just know things by nature. You’re studying photography at Restin, right?”
“Going to, yes.”
“Do you know how to take a photograph now?”
“Of course.”
“Do you need a teacher to tell you what kind of photograph you find aesthetically pleasing?”
“Well, no, but there are technical aspects to the process – proper lighting and shutter speed -“
Chelsea pointed at him with a slice of bacon between her thumb and forefinger.
“So you don’t think that you could go into the world and make art without a teacher’s idea of how you should proceed?”
“I never thought of it like that before.”
“Formal education can be a shackle. Don’t let them get the best of you.” She spoke with her mouth full.
“Them as in who?”
“The doubters. The purveyors of convention. I can’t go anywhere with you until you promise me you won’t sell out.”
“No one offered to buy me.”
She laughed, “Very good. You are a funny one. Bring that camera of yours, and I might let you take a picture of me.” She closed her eyes, laced her fingers under her chin and made a mock kissy face.

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Some of it is awkward, I know. The conversation will likely expand or contract or may even be deleted and rewritten entirely, but that’s what it looks like at this very second.

Word count update: 49735

boom shack-a-lacka
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This is not a real movie post. It is instead three almost-random items.

We didn’t really do an official movie viewing this weekend. This DVD was just kind of hanging out around the house because my daughter checked it out from the library. Here’s a quick bit on it.

The Roommate

Sara (Minka Kelly) goes to college. Gets roommate named Rebecca (played by Leighton Meester) who is a little stalkery. Things get weird and ugly. This movie was like so many before it. The plot has been done to death. There wasn’t much freshness. However, the acting wasn’t bad, so it was tolerable to watch. C-

On to a second subject

I’m thinking about putting a short excerpt from the remix project on the blog sometime this week. There is nothing really plot-revealing (because the remix project is so very secret) but the conversation between two of the characters amuses me. Whether I post it will depend on what it looks like, as far as editing, when I go back and read it.

Ok, one more.

The weekend before this one that just past, we rode our bikes on the canal in White River State Park in downtown Indy. We really love the canal. There are great views and several waterfalls and a lot of art and some cafes, etc. Going there is almost like taking a little vacation.

There are several types of vehicles you can rent in that area like paddleboats and segways. We discovered that you can also rent a friggin’ gondola!!! How awesome is that? I took a picture of one and the guy with the oar was singing in a somewhat operatic fashion.

That’s all I have for now.
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yogurty rant

I read something today that really irked me. Apparently people think that a Yoplait yogurt commercial encourages eating disorders.

Have you seen it? It features a woman standing in front of a refrigerator, trying to decide whether to eat a slice of the largest raspberry cheesecake ever. She runs through some options in her head – exercising to compensate for calories, etc. Another girl walks up and takes a yogurt instead.

Not a big deal, right? Wrong-o! People who I imagine are on a never-ending quest for something to be offended by have decided that this will somehow trigger an eating disorder. Yoplait has pulled the commercial as a result.

How stupid has our culture become? Someone deciding not to eat a freakishly oversized dessert is automatically suffering from dire food issues? That is the most riggoddamndiculous shiz I’ve read in quite some time.

We are lucky enough to live in a country where we have many, many food choices. Giant raspberry cheesecakes are a trip to the nearest grocery store away. We face choices like this every single day of our lives.

Just because someone stops to think about whether they should eat a giant dessert does NOT mean they have an eating disorder. It means they actually care about what they’re stuffing into their mouths.

And shame on Yoplait for pulling that commercial. There wasn’t a thing wrong with it.

For anyone who complained to Yoplait about a frickin’ yogurt commercial, I offer the following advice: Get a life. Live in it. Move on.

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/does-this-commercial-encourage-eating-disorders-video-2497971/

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