Thursday I Am Here

I took a really long walk today – 3.2 miles! I think with the proper shoes and conditions, I could have walked another mile or two. I really needed some quiet today. It seems like my life has this constant noise no matter where I am – home, work, noise. I didn’t even listen to music during my drive home or the walk. Quiet time is my friend.

Ok, I know this news is so February, but I just read about it today. Jackie Collins is self-publishing! Crazy! Actually, not crazy. I think when you hit a certain level of fame, do you really need a publisher? Like James Patterson. What does he need a publisher for, really? His books pretty much sell themselves these days. He has the financial resources to pay for things like professional editing and advertising and whatnot.
But me? I think I would like a publisher. I have one I’m sort of looking at. They’re new, but they seem to have their shiz together. I have a fear that they’re going to have too much on their plate by the time I have a project ready to submit. I plan to explore my options, though. Moving forward is a good thing.

Here is the link in case you want to read about Jackie Collins.

And now for a thing that has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of this post. I must share this commercial because I find it hilarious.

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interviews and such

Happy Wednesday! I’m sitting here listening to thunder and lightning outside. The laptop is running on the battery in case of power surge.

I have two, yes two, interviews up at separate places today. I hope that you will take the time to read them.

This first one is at the Great Minds Think Aloud blog. It includes a really ginormous picture of me squinting in the sun. lol

http://greatmindsthinkaloud.blogspot.com/2012/04/interview-with-author-lea-ryan.html

The second one is up at Morgen Bailey’s blog.

http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/author-interview-no-350-with-fantasy-and-horror-writer-lea-ryan/

Be sure to check out Morgen’s book Telling Tales at http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/telling-tales/
and here’s a link to her books on Smashwords:
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/morgenbailey

movie: Easy A

Easy A stars Emma Stone as Olive. She wants to impress her friend, so she lies about losing her virginity. The gossip spreads and takes on a life of its own. Before long, she is taking gift cards from boys so they can say they did things with her that didn’t actually happen. Relationships suffer, yadda yadda.

This movie is pretty funny. It’s geared toward a young adult audience, so it’s kind of cutesy. The two best characters are probably her parents as played by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. Their banter with each other and their kids is pretty hilarious. Amanda Bynes plays a self-righteous snobby girl also very funny.
I found the fictional school’s lax dress code kind of interesting. Olive is flouncing around in bustiers-as-shirts for like 90% of the movie and the faculty seems ok with that. Thatwould not happen in the Midwest.
So, bottom line? Not genius, but entertaining. There is a minor romantic chick flick vibe, but its not too obnoxious. Easy A gets a B-.
Guess what! I just noticed that tomorrow is going to be my 500thpost! Crazy, right?

edit: tomorrow is not actually the 500th post. awwww…the counter thingy was counting drafts that I never published. I’m only on like 495 or something like that.

gratuitous moo and an awesome link

I took this picture of my fur baby, Max (aka Moo), the other day. I love it so I’m sharing. His paw has a pink spot because his new hobby is trying to lick off all his fur. He also has a bald spot near the front of his tail, which he is very sensitive about. He gets anxious and he also has seasonal allergies, so I’m pretty sure he is licking for one of these reasons. He’s still my old baby. my old, bald butt baby.

The link below may be my new addiction. It’s for the CG society. They have a mindblowingly amazing gallery of digital illustrations, 3D and such. They make me really want to step up my art game, for reals. It’s like I’m over here scribbling with crayons. lol

http://www.cgsociety.org/

thoughts on blog touring

I’ve only got a couple of stops left on the blog tour. There are two stops left next week, and that will be it. I had a lot of fun.

I think that blog touring shouldn’t just be a one-shot deal. In order to really be effective, guest posting needs to be a thing I do on a semi-regular basis. So, I’ll probably be around even after the Wyrm tour is “over”.  I like doing it anyway, so why stop?
I also had a great idea that I’m angry with myself for not coming up with sooner. Usually at the bottom of a guest post, there are links to buy the book and to my blog, etc. I decided to start including a Goodreads link so people can add it to their shelves for possible reading later. I might add the Goodreads links to my website too, while I’m at it.

movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

This is a quick one because I have stuff to do.

Description from IMDB: “Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.”
The opening credit sequence was intense. It reminded me a lot of a Tool video, just these crazy images of people and tires and black flowing substances, wicked cool.
The pacing of the story was a little slow at first, but it picked up. The violence was gruesome in parts.
The movie had a lot of quiet tension, some nice action. The scenery was desolate. Lisbeth’s makeup, hair, and wardrobe were all very dark. She’s like the ultimate goth-punk. Loved it.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets an A-

wednesday stuff

Wednesday! Friday is the day after tomorrow. I think I can make it.
What is going on? I’m still working on the Pestilence rough draft. I’m at about a third of the way through it (if all goes as planned) at a little over 34000 words.

I’m trying to focus on that until it’s finished because I’m on a bit of a deadline with it, so blog attendance might be sporadic for the next month or so. Most brain power is being diverted to slapping words on pages.

I do, however, have these two awesome pictures from San Antonio that I didn’t post previously. The first picture is a road thing that goes through a Mexican market with some colorful flags. The second photo is from the front of an amazing Mexican restaurant called Mi Tierra. LOVED. IT. If it was close to my house, I’d weigh 300 pounds, for realz.