my little brother is awesome

Before we talk about how awesome my little brother is, I want to announce that MacDowell Sisters and AnnaBeth is officially out of print. That was the first edition of Destined for Darkness with a different title and cover, etc. If you didn’t get it yet, I guess you’re out of luck. lol.

I do plan to put Destined for Darkness into print in the next month or two. More on that later.

One more: The limited print edition of Lair of the White Wyrm should be up on Lulu until about the end of March, then that version of the book will also be out of print.

Why is my little brother awesome? I haven’t seen him since last year. We don’t live that far apart, but his work keeps him busy. That’s not why he’s awesome. When dropping off an older computer for him (he enjoys tinkering), I picked up Christmas gifts from him and the Mrs.

He previously told me that he got me Uncharted 3. I’ve only played the first one, but I loved it. Uncharted is a lot like Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider.

So I pick up the gifts and the game is in a big box. It’s the friggin’ collector edition. Over the course of my decades of gaming and geeking, I have had exactly zero collector edition games. It is so cool. Let us look upon it with awe and wonder.

This is the case. I have it sitting on top of my movie shelf. It’s pretty big, but it’s also very pretty, so I have no problem displaying it.


Here we have the inside of the case. The thing on the left is the actual game case. It’s made of tin. On the right, we have a statue of Nate. I left him in the plastic. In the middle are two drawers.

Drawer number 1 has a reproduction of Nate’s ring on a necklace. The inscription on the outside says “Sic Parvis Magna”, which supposedly translates to “Greatness from small beginnings”. I have tried to figure out what language it is and have determined that they are not real words. My first guess was Latin, but according to Google translate, it is not latin. I think one word came up when I plugged in the phrase. I have decided the game creators made this up.
I did remove the ring from the package so I could make a necklace of it. I removed the leather strap because I would just tear it up. I have the ring on a dogtag chain.


This is a reproduction of the belt buckle that Nate wears in the game. I left it in the package. What the heck am I going to do with a belt buckle? It’s still really cool though.
and that is why my little brother is awesome.

movie: Super 8

I adored this movie.

Super 8 is about a group of kids who is making a zombie movie with a home video camera. They’re filming next to some train tracks when there is a horrific crash. The military swoops in and basically takes over the town. They’re looking for something but are tight-lipped about what that something is.

Why did I adore this movie? Several reasons. The general feel of the movie, the story, the grown-up sounding banter between the kids, reminded me of Stephen King. In fact, while we were watching the movie, I actually looked up who wrote it because I thought maybe I missed this book release. JJ Abrams was the writer and the director. You might’ve heard of some of his other credits: Lost, Fringe, Alcatraz, Person of Interest. The man kicks serious ass.

Super 8 takes place in the summer of 1979. I think they seemed to do a really good job recreating the time period, visually. I can’t remember the actual time period of course because I was like 2 years old. But the scenery and wardrobe, etc. all feels authentic and not cheesy in any way.

Special effects were amazing. The story was compelling. Very good. Super 8 gets a big, fat A.

in which limitations were learned

I think it’s Rihanna who has a tattoo that says, “Never a
failure, always a lesson”. I’ve had some lessons in the last few days.
Let’s review, shall we?

First, my release date (Tuesday) snuck up and sucker-punched me in
the back of the head. I had a task list for the day before the book came out.
My intention was to minimize the task list for the actual release day.

Monday was Presidents Day. That day, we all (husband plus
children) had the day off, so we went to the Children’s Museum in Indy. It was
a lot of fun. I did not realize the significance of the date aside from the fun
I was having on the holiday. After having a much needed day off with my fam, as
I lay down to go to bed, it hits me – tomorrow is release day. Stream of curse
words in my head.

I woke up an hour early to get the ebooks on Smashwords and Amazon
running. Laptop screens are glaringly bright that early in the morning, btw.
Then I headed off to the day job, did my time there, went back home and started
updating the website, the book trailer, posting the release announcement on the
blog, setting up the limited edition on lulu, which I decided to do last
minute. Basically, I ran my ass off to get where I needed to be.

What did I not do? Send out the stuff for my first blog tour stop,
which was supposed to be today. I spaced it. so very my fault. I did end up
sending it last night with no reply from the blogger. I’m guessing she was
irritated with the late entry. I can’t say that I wouldn’t be annoyed if
someone did that to me. It just sucks because that was not one, but two blog
tour stops on a site with great traffic.

So what have I learned?
1. Hover over the calendar the week before release day and set up annoying
beeping reminders on my phone, so that I don’t have to leap out of bed before
work.

2. Do not schedule any activities other than updating links and
making announcements for release day. It just doesn’t work, not for me, at
least.

3. Do not piss off the bloggers.

book day!

Lair of the White Wyrm is out in the world.

It is currently available at:

Amazon

and

SmashWords

There is a limited edition on Lulu, which will only be available until I get the CreateSpace edition going. That’s going to take me a month or so due to various difficulties and necessary delays. The Lulu edition has special cover art. The front cover looks like this.

Print edition on Lulu

Here is a link to an excerpt of the book on my website – Link

YAY!

website

Good Friday, weblings! Did this week seem long or what?

The website is hustling and flowing. The domain name transfer went relatively smoothly. Microsoft transferred it out of their system to an Australian company who charges $37.50 per year! yikes! I paid $8 to transfer it to godaddy because they charge slightly less.

Hosting is through Google sites. Their interface is a tad awkward but I’m getting the hang of it. The hosting is free and I can do pretty much anything I want as far as media capability.

So, after a whole bunch of work and research and experimentation, the website drama is settled. Here is the link in case you want to check out the new digs.

http://www.LeaRyan.com