COUNTING DOWN THE STORM A Novella by D. Ryan Leask
For two days the storm has taken over the city, and two people's lives. A man convinces himself that his life is worthless when his lover leaves him for another man. Alone and depressed, he allows his life to sink into the bowels of civilization. When a wife and mother discovers that her husband is having an affair she abandons logic and gives in to the perilous abyss of jealousy and revenge.
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Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Chuck Wendig, you have inspired me!

  • If you are under 18, disregard the following advice (for legal reasons)
  • If you are a writer and offended by strong language get over yourself
  • If you are a writer and you do not follow @ChuckWendig you must
  • If you are a writer and you do not read Chuck Wendig's Blog (Terrible Minds) Do it
  • If you do not have the poster below:
    • posted as your desktop
    • tacked up on a wall above your computer
    • Embroidered into a quilt on your bed
    • or tattooed across your chest
Terrible Minds By Chuck Wendig
©2013 Chuck Wendig
    • You have to
  • If his blog hasn't inspired you to write more, sorry but the only thing left is this:
A MoFo cattle prod

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I am going to get a children's story published… PV

I'm losing my mind.
It has been almost three weeks sent I sent my manuscript in.  I know, I know, that isn't anywhere near enough time to have heard anything, actually, here were the given times (I will call the companies A,B & C because I'm hiding from them a bit and I sent them in using my real name, not that's it's a big stretch from my "adult" pen name):

  • Publisher A: Our time frame for a response is up to twelve weeks
  • Publisher B: We review each submission in the order that it was received and try to respond within three months.
  • Publisher C: Submissions are usually processed within four (4) months.
It all began when I read on someone's blog that they heard back within a couple of weeks WHY? WHY? Don't tell me this!  Now every time my phone rings or I get a new e-mail I get excited and I now take a deep breath before opening the mail box.

Anyway, nothing to tell you of interest today.

I did also did the #PitMad thing but nothing.

Thanks for Reading

Friday, January 25, 2013

PitMad -Why my novel was likely a tough sell.

I may as well hit myself over the head with a hammer…

 Writer of Serial Killer Series Kills his Agent, Editor and Publisher when they cancel his contract and ruin his career.

That was my pitch to #PitMad, looking at it now they likely think it is a joke post, or a threat but seriously, this is what my story is about.  Here is a little run down of it, not that anyone on the receiving end of #PitMad would go this far to find out more (They have likely all blocked my account by now :D)

Ed Putts is a writer, mildly successful, well, successful enough to pay the bills and write full time.  When his publisher is bought out by a Christian Focused publishing house his gory, sex filled novels no longer fit.  Neither his agent nor publisher have any interest in continuing their relationship with him.

Upon the termination of his contract he discovers that nothing he has written belongs to him and neither is his pen name.  He is an established writer but finds himself thrown back out into the publishing world without a recognizable name, a usable manuscript or an income.  He's fantasizing about murder, nothing new, but instead of writing it down he starts thinking about acting it out.  With a plethora of knowledge about committing and cover-up crimes he begins to believe that he is capable.  A scary encounter with a crazed fan that leads to her death solidifies his belief and he's certain that the only way to be able to get on with his life is to dispose of the three people who ruined it.

Obviously this wouldn't fit in 140 or less.  But here is a question, would this be too much for an agent or publisher to stomach?  Likely, but hell, this is my story, this came out of my brain, what could I do?

Thanks for Reading

Other attempted pitches:
He used to kill fictional characters with his pen,but since his writing career was destroyed his pen will no longer do the trick.  CF

 CF What happens when an Author of a series of gory novels about a prolific and careful serial killer has his career destroyed?

If he can’t release his lust for death through writing, there are always other ways, starting with those who killed his career.  CF

CF→ Imagine a killer whose blood lust is satiated by writing gore, now, imagine what that writer will do if he can no longer write?

No bites but my spidey senses tell me… I don't have spidey senses. Let's just say that I was a needle in a needle stack =)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Writer's Dojo Returns!

The Writer's Dojo is returning to its roots and invites you to join in on the fun! 

When I first started the writer's dojo in 2008, I did it as a way to keep the glory of National Novel Writing Month alive all year long. I loved the camaraderie and support I received during the month of November and desired that same feeling of community every month of the year, in every aspect of writing--not just the drafting.

Beginning February 1st, 2013, the writer's dojo returns to its roots and ushers in a new age of ninjawesomeness. Each month we will open three training rooms at the writer's dojo website. A room for drafters (Writing Month, aka WriMo), a room for revisers (Revising Month, aka ReMo) and a room for those querying (Querying Month, aka QuMo).

We invite you to set your own goals, whether it's to write a thousand words a day, revise ten pages a week, or submit twenty queries in a month, and register your goal in the appropriate training room.

Every Monday we'll post the leaderboard for the previous week, and at the end of each month those who met their goal will be able to post the coveted Writing Ninja Warrior badge on their blog or website.

To help you reach your goals, we have a number of ways to support you:

CHATS: At the dojo every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

TWITTER: Anytime, day or night, at #writingninja.

GOOGLE+: Join our community for random write-ins and sprints.

NEWSLETTER: Subscribe to our Ninja News and once a month you'll receive an email with an encouraging note and a list of the top performers for the previous month. There will also be opportunities for giveaways, starting with February's newsletter!

We hope to see you at the dojo as you reach for--and achieve--your goals! If you’re interested in seeing what it looks like, just post it in the text box of your blog and then click on “Preview” and you’ll see the simple message=) Please feel free to add your own thoughts on the matter. I’ll see you all around The Writer’s Dojo!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

My Obligatory "Thoughts on Twitter" Post

I tweet.  Actually I probably tweet too much and of course I see a kazillion tweets about how to effectively tweet to get followers, and how to sell your products and yourself and yadda yadda yadda.  I DON'T CARE!!!!!


What do I tweet about?
  1. Writing.  It's why I joined in the first place.  I like to interact with other writers both about writing and day to day things.  I have learned so much about writing, publishing drinking wine from these great folks.
    •  when you are writing turn off spell/grammar check, they only slow you down. Editing and writing are two separate tasks.
    • Just had a brain buster of a thought… mobi is to epub what apple is to android take that as you wish
  2. Family.  I have two adorable kids and an awesome wife.  I love to share anecdotes, comical annoyances that I have.
    • Given up on getting our daughter to sleep in her crib so we delegated the task to our 4y/o. Seems to be working! 
    • She grasps the bars screaming hysterically unable to utter a word. She wonders what she did to deserve this. 
  3. One-liners.  I think I'm funny (I'm not offended if you disagree, lots do :D).  I toss these out when I feel like it.
    • I hope there's no airports named after Bush "We are now landing in the bush…" (screaming passengers)
    • Did you hear about the  outbreak in the Cannibal village? It was self contained.
  4. Smart ass remarks.  Come on people, sometimes you just ask for them…
    • Tweet: The fiance had all four wisdom teeth taken out this afternoon. Fun!
    • Reply:  fun? Oh you're sharing his pain meds ;-)
    • Tweet: If you smoke a four leaf clover... a leprechaun will magically appear and eat a delicious bowl of Lucky Charms with you.
    • Reply:  isn't that with a five leaf clover?
  5. I also "run" two dailys, The Flash Fiction Daily and The Daily Mongerer
I talk to everyone of the people that I follow as if they are old friends, whether it's George Takei or @JSHyena.  I don't expect responses, retweets/etc.

What I don't tweet about
  1. I don't do #FFs/#WWs/#MMs etc, I have nothing against them and I do occasionally read them and even follow people if you have a good reason why.  I don't like them because they take a hell of a long time to do and I like to bring attention to someone you should follow whenever I think of it.
  2. I don't do a lot of marketing.  Sometimes I toss out links to:
  3. My sex life, sorry
  4. Everything I do/eat/drink or send a tweet from every site I visit on-line
  5. I also very rarely ever curse, get too political or controversial
What I retweet
  1. Funny stuff, if it makes me laugh I'm sharing, even if it is a bit off colour
  2. Good tips, great sites, interesting articles
If you follow me I will follow you back unless you
  • Are part of #TeamFollowBack
  • Have not tweeted anything what-so-ever
  • All of your posts are about 
    • marketing
    • Self help
    • Inspirational Quotes
    • Random Links
    • Jesus or other religious dieties
  • And if your posts start being or turn out to be like the above I unfollow
So, I'm not going to tell you how to Twitter and I don't want you to tell me either 'cause guess what, twitter is a Social Network and I am there to:
  1. Be Social
  2. To Network
Thanks for Reading

Friday, May 13, 2011

Calling All #Pubwrite rs Free advertising for your e-book!

I am this ( || ) close to posting my novella "Counting Down the Storm" to Smashazonbles (That's Smashwords, Barnes and Nobles and Amazon).  Someone on twitter today mentioned about helping other indie authors by including each others synopsis in our books.  I think it's a great idea!  I have decided to delay the launch date for my own book in order to do this.  This is an open invitation to all of my #Pubwrite friends.

Here is some criteria before sending me your synopsis:
  • Have a look at mine (here) and see if you think a blurb about yours would fit, there's no point advertising a YA novel at the end of my adult oriented fiction or even SciFi/Fantasy etc.
  • Your e-book needs to be currently for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords, the three stores that I am going to sell through.
  • The synopsis should be short, about 150-200 words, don't worry about editing, formatting  etc, I can do that. 
  • If you have a good quote from a review you would like me to include as well, that would be cool too, for example:
    • "The Greatest Piece of Modern Swashbuckling I have Read." - B. Beard, Pirates Port Magazine
    • Try to keep it to a sentence
  • Another option is if you think the first 200 or so words of your book would draw the reader in and force them to buy your e-book that would work as well.
  • Send it to me via E-Mail (Twitter DM me), Post it as a comment in this blog or whatever
  • If I get multiples I will pick the one that I think would best work with my book, don't feel bummed if I don't pick yours.
  • As payment?  Nothing.  Big publishing houses pimp their other authors all the time, this is just doing the same thing.  The next time you publish something do the same for someone else.
I will place your blurb at the end of my book on it's own page and have it available in the Table of Contents.

I will give people until Wednesday May 18 to submit a synopsis.  I will let you know either way if I will be using yours.  If no one submits one or I don't feel any of the submissions would work out I will go ahead and post my e-book with out it.

I hope this is the start of a really great thing for Indie Writers!

Thanks for Reading

D. Ryan Leask

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do My Twitter Multiple Personalities Cause my Followers to Ignore me?

This blog was supposed to be about the next chapter of To Dumb To Dance but I forgot to save it on my USB stick and it's on my Dinosaur at home.  So new topic.

Our Twitter Personalities.
I tweet alot, I think and I sometimes wonder if my lack of followers responses/retweets etc. as well as not being able to get many followers to this blog (where if you follow it you will recieve my novella Counting Down the Storm signed and free!) is due to my lack of focusing my tweets.

Do I tweet about too many things?
The main things that I tweet about are:

My Family
  • especially my son, I want to share my 2-½ year olds exploits as he discovers life
  • Example Tweet:
    • My 2 1/2 year old feeds the dogs all by himself #proudpapa
    • Would it be wrong of me to let my 2-1/2 y/o wash the floor with his special cloth? He wants to and it is covered in dirty dog prints

Threadless T-Shirts
  • I've made lots of friends here and like connecting and following them as well as promoting and retweeting their artwork
  • Example Tweet:
    • WIP - Loves Characters - T-shark by @RicoWarehouse Subbed! via @threadless pre-voing hype. Too cool in every way!
  • Some have some very comical things to say which I often can't help replying to:
  • Example Tweet:
    • By @dschwen Apparently my credit card numbers went on a vacation without me to Florida.
    • My Reply: Did they at least buy you something nice?
  • I also take part in Sloganeering, a Threadless community of people who come up with smart, witty or thought provoking sayings using 62 characters or less.  I send my own submissions to twitter and often retweet those of my friends and also ones that "Make Me Chortle Audibly" (thanks bygrinstow)
Random Thoughts
  • These are sort of related to my Threadless slogans but not always.  I run a seperate blog here entitled ...and you can quote me (aka my brainfarts stink).  I have a number of witty (at least to me) short thoughts about everything from food:  Enjoy Rare Meat, Endangered Just Tastes Wrong to Monsters: I have my finger on the pulse of the Zombie Nation and lots in between.  I toss one out everyday and usually a "classic" that was part of the blog before I started posting.
  • Example Tweet:
    • "It was a dark and stormy night but still no cliches happened." -D. Ryan Leask
      more of my unfamous #quote s @ #slogan
    • ...and you can quote me: I'm Not a Geek I'm a Nerd, Geeks Bite Heads off Live Chickens... #quote
  • Sometimes I toss out lines like this tweet:
    •  I'd want more followers but I'm paranoid people are following me ---Not Jesus
  • Although I started out tweeting as a means of promoting my Threadless slogans I was immediately swept up in the world of writing which is really my first (other than people) love.  Most of my followers are of this variety as are most of the people I follow.
  • This is where I post things like links to this blog, word counts, my fledgling #6amWriters group (of which there are two) and tweets like this:

    • "Don't Tell anyone about my 'little' problem." He said. "It'll ruin my #sheetcred." |

      "Sheetcred?" | 1/2 #amwriting #ruleswhenhavinsex
    • "Yeah, I have a rep to maintain." | "Come again?" She replied. |"Ha ha." | #amwriting #ruleswhenhavinsex (dialogue with no story... yet)
  • I also retweet interesting posts about writing etc. etc.

  • I sometimes think I'm funny and tweet something using popular #hashtags and watch it retweet over and over again, it's like #BreedingDodos
  • Anything that is #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement about Jon Kyl is in fact #AFactualStatementAboutJonKyl
The question I ask myself is am I putting off people that follow me because of one of my above "personalities" due to the others?  I want to be a real person, to share my thoughts: idiotic, random, eccentric and quirky, with the world, or at least a tiny corner of it.

If you think my approach is all wrong maybe let me know how to go about changing it.  I would love some feedback!.

Thanks for Reading
D. Ryan Leask

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Social Media can Really Suck, and Suck you in

I hate Facebook, I really do. It's funny how many people come out of the woodwork and how many of them you wish would have stayed in there. At first I thought it was cool getting in touch with old friends and seeing what they were up to but as time went on I realized that:

A) I had nothing to say to most of them


B) People became addicted to finding everyone they ever knew and as time went on I would fall into these categories. Unfortunately I was far too polite to decline friend requests from people I knew.

I started a new facebook account under a false name and told only those closest to me where I was. The trouble is that now I want to have a Facebook page more directed towards me as a writer. I tried to revive my old one but it was so full of crap that I gave up, then I tried to just start a new one but without redoing all of my contact information (as my writing e-mail is associated with my old account) I can't seem to. WTF? I'm making (hopefully) some contacts on Twitter which is good and I would like to carry this over onto Facebook but not onto my personal one.

Speaking of Twitter, I need to cut back, man it's stupidly addicting, why? Maybe it's just me, I do get addicted to things, I just quit smoking, I used to spend an abnormally huge amount of time in chatrooms at one time, I'm a bit of a Threadless T-Shirt Forum junkie and I can watch TV for hours if not for the intervention of my "Can't get addicted to anything ever" wife. Now if only I could revive my writing addiction without any kind of interuption.


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