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Episode 47: Drinks

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We’re back, folks – and what better way to describe my holiday and form (or deform) some opinions on an entire City than to go on a podcast and crack shit up?

I had a topic prepared and everything but fuck it – I was having too much fun just goofing off and going on rants. Which really is what the podcast is all about. And besides, it’s Christmas. I wouldn’t wanna bum you out. Instead I’m all for bringing you cheer and jolly.

Just like Santa.

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

PS. I know some of you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping (I know I haven’t – I haven’t even started). And remember that books are a great way to show someone you love them not only for that special thing they do ONLY on holidays but also for their brain and creativity. (And you don’t have to wrap ebooks so hurray)

And it just so happens I have a whole catalogue of books for you to choose from. Click on this link, take your pick and put a smile on your loved ones. (And me :) )

Cheers and peace out,

Ryan

Have a very Legacy Day

Raise your glasses and goblets, for it is the 13th of December – the first Anniversary of the Legacy series.

That’s right boys and girls. Exactly a year ago, on Dec 13th (which happened to be on a Friday) Firstborn was released.

The journey up to that point was a tough one but there are few feelings of accomplishment that rival that of seeing your first book published. Likewise, there is no better feeling than getting a good review, than someone telling you they missed their stop on the train or bus because they were so entrenched in your novel, or than someone telling you to keep going because they love your work.

It’s only been a year – since I was published with AEC, since I became a paid author, since I began releasing books on a regular basis. Of course, that is still my plan, but there is something to be said about making an insane plan, going through with it and succeeding.

Firstborn was only the first of the Legacy series. Birthright, the second novel of that series, hit the virtual shelves on June 12th 2014. This was also around the same time that Firstborn got to the top 10,000 of amazon’s list – a feat which made this writer dance around to cheesy 90’s tunes and eat a whole lot of ice cream.

And the best part is the success is still ongoing.

Book 3 of the series is written, although it still needs to go through the editing process. Presently it is about 75,000 words and I LOVE this story. There are giant monsters (but that’s not new), weird magical dimension machines, multiple worlds . . . oh, and elves.

Well not really elves per se.

But we do have unicorns. They are vicious.

And this book is very important in the general plot line because it propels the entire series forwards – towards impending doom.

And since it’s Christmas here’s the tentative title for Book 3 of the Legacy series:

The Lost One.

(It’s just tentative – which means I might change it next week, so don’t get too attached. But it will definitely give you an idea of what I’m going for.)

It also has multiple meanings. But you kinda have to read the book to get that. Whoops.

But enough about just one book. The Legacy universe flourished a lot because of the sheer amount of short stories that helped solidify the world.

Sometime in the near future (maybe a couple of weeks) you can get a FREE short story collection. The way things are now you gotta get those individually and honestly it’s a pain in the ass to keep track of, let alone buy.

So what I’m doing is taking all of them (6 in total since I added 2 brand new ones) and putting them on ONE GIANT COLLECTION.

And the best part is they will be free. Not .99c.

FREE.

And now comes the news I’ve been dying to share with you all. as most of you know I love music. I write to soundtracks and always have a melody in my head when I create something.

And I wanted to share this experience with you.

My friend Interconnekted has just finished mastering 6 awesome BRAND NEW TRACKS for the . . wait for it . . .

The Firstborn Soundtrack.

Yep. An original soundtrack just for the book I wrote. We’re in the final stages of releasing the album but there’s still way to go, so bear with us. But in the meantime I’m gonna try and upload them on youtube or soundcloud and you guys can give em a listen.

This dude is a genius and I honesty cannot thank him enough.

I think I’ve raved enough for one day. I’ll see you all next week for the return of the Lurking Voice Podcast and who knows – I might play a couple of those tracks.

Peace out and happy Legacy Day,

Ryan

 

PS. Book make great Xmas gifts so if you have fantasy geeks in your family who are book-starved, click on the names of my novels and make them happy. Your family members, that is, not the links. I don’t think you can make a link happy.

Unless you tickle it just the right way.

Taking a week off

Hey guys,

Just wanted to drop by and let you know that there will be no podcast this week (awww) and possibly next week too.

(Oh contain your excitement will you?)

I’m going on holiday, folks. A much needed holiday. I leave tomorrow and will be back the following wednesday – hmm, maybe I can squeeze one podcast on Thursday, if I manage to record and post it on the same day.

See, this is why I doubt I can function in a society. For the past few days I’ve had a taste of normality, a regular life with no hassle and no pressing schedules. I’m not gonna say it wasn’t nice, but it’s not something I can keep doing forever. Suppose I need the stress, and the anxiety.

Maybe that’s the secret to growth – overcoming the obstacles you set in your own path.

In other news, the Legacy Short Story collection is done and only the last few cogs remain. I still don’t have a release date. But I can tell you that you will get nearly 50 K words worth of free shit, just for being supportive fans.

This book is for you people – you who reviewed, who subscribed to this site, you who supported me, even if you weren’t vocal about it.

Thank you.

Evil Plan Inc. is still in the works. 90% of the writing is done and I got all stories prepped up but there are still more polishes to go. Don’t worry though. You guys should get that 4 episode preview soon enough.

Very, very soon.

Meanwhile I’m ploughing through novels like someone is paying me for it. I read 2 novels in 3 days – not bad eh? Besides, reading keeps me distracted from asking myself too many questions and elicit too many doubts.

I suppose part of growing up is that the voices become less and the message more coherent. There’s some stuff I gotta do, somethings I gotta change, especially coming next year.

But for now, I read, watch TV, and curse at my neighbour for playing her Christmas carols way too fucking loud.

Peace out guys. See you all in a week.

Ryan

 

PS. I still haven’t packed. I hate packing. So I’m going to procrastinate till the very last minute and then rush it – and probably forget something.  Yeah, that sounds like a good plan.

Episode 46: Silly Stress Solutions

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Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends; I wish you all a joyous day full of football, family reunions and turkey carvings.

To the rest of the world: as you were. If you wanna join that party you kinda have to send a bunch of uptight religious nut-jobs to kill 7 million incorrectly named Indians and then molest a turkey every November in commemoration of the “rediscovery” of your land.

(Wow, right for the jugular)

In this week’s show I get silly and stupid. Actually, since I’ve been working something close to 80 hours per week for the past 3 weeks I figured, “let’s have a relaxing, laughing podcast.”

The premise was that I look up ways to deal with stress – what actually happened was that I played music and laughed most of the time whilst telling lame jokes.

Nothing new there.

Enjoy the episode:

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

PS. there will be no show next week on the 4th. Not sure about the 11th. Most likely not as well. I’m going on a much needed holiday.

Deadlines Suck

Deadlines suck people. Especially when self imposed.

Why, I hear you ask? Well, we already have the foundations that I am insane but here’s some specifics. I’ve been working non stop since the 3rd of this month. I had episodes 8-10 to finish up for Evil Plan Inc. and those are about 15,000 words apiece. That included creating the beats and actually writing them down.

That meant that for the first time since writing Firstborn I was putting in 12 hour workdays (show what number to anyone who says writing is a hobby – hobby, my dick!!). I had to make the deadline if I wanted to get the preview out by December (which is not gonna happen due to editing issues) and the full season out in January (see other brackets for same reason plus some cover issues too).

Yeah, shit don’t work like that. Other people have lives, Ryan, and not everyone is will to work until they are literally hallucinating. Serisosly I still think Genghis Khan was in my house – we did not talk though and I bind him away, like Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched. 

Long story short, I plan to release the 4 episodes preview of Evil Plan Inc., by the end of December (think of it as a New Year’s gift – that’s how we roll over here in Ryan’s head). And sometime early next year (I wanna say February) the full season will be available. That’s ten episodes folks, or around 200,000 words.

Yeah. You read correctly. (For the same price as ONE novel).

I’m also working on a Legacy thing – some short stories – that will be a surprise for you guys. Legacy has been out for a year exactly (Book 1 Firstborn published on 12/13/13) and you guys are awesome in your support. Hence, my gift to you this year.

But let’s talk about deadlines and how much ass they suck. Okay show of hands (Ryan these people are reading – and they can’t go back in time, suddenly manifest teleportation powers and appear in your house just to indulge you in your Lord of the Flies schemes). Who here forgets to eat at times? Cos this happens all the time with me. I’ve actually shrunken down this month. Skinny jeans became bellbottoms and I’m pretty sure my bone structure became some sort of gelatinous goop that can squeeze through tiny crevices like an octopus.

And what I find hilarious is the displacement of stress. I can work 12 hours non stop and be all zen and shit. But two weeks later I can be typing something, bang my knee across the table and immediately think that my world is falling apart. That one strike on an edged piece of wood is the karmic trigger that will create a shit storm of rage and self doubt that may or may not end up with me in dry tears, watching episodes of the Newsroom and thinking the world is against me.

I’m not gay – but the evidence to support that case is getting less and less by the second.

So where am I now? After getting it through my skull that the early deadlines were for nothing, and freaking out (see above) I am not in that final stage of editing and post stress where I finish all my shit and think “That’s it? I remember more. There must be more – FUCK what am I doing wrong?”

And that’s when I start mining for more work. (It’s times like these I question me decision not to drink) On the other hand, I am no longer starving nor seeing ancient rulers (which is a shame. I better start picking mushrooms in the springtime)

But here’s some good news – despite shit hitting the fan and having to push deadlines I realised that I crushed NaNoWriMo so hard. In the past three weeks I burnt past the 50K word limit by another 20K, edited 50 K (that’s episodes 1-4) and the best part – I get to publish it afterwards.

And here’s the kicker. I did some counting before writing this and my tally for this year is about 500,000 words. THAT’S HALF A MILLION FUCKING WORDS OF PUBLISHABLE CRAP.

Holy kittens on a stereo system that explodes after playing Daft Punk.

That’s A LOT of words. Guess it was a productive year. You were right, Mr. Khan – I can make it. No, I won’t join you in your conquest of Space Mountain. Yes, I know Disney is an empire and that Star Wars 7 title is horrible. No, Miley Cyrus is not a real princess and if you wanna get with her you gotta take a number, right after the hammer (wrecking ball) and before her second cousin.

(Yes, yes I’m terrible, blah blah – I don’t hear you blaming Genghis. He came up with this shit).

Okay I’m done.

Peace out, Ryan

 

PS. I still cannot believe that number. Holy cows!!

PSS. If you haven’t already subscribed to the blog – there’s a button somewhere on the side. That way you’ll know exactly when I release something new. Remember that the Evil Plan Inc., previews and the Legacy surprise are both FREE.

So subscribe and make your world better.

Episode 45: Sci-Fi panel

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Hey folks. Sorry about the radio silence this week but it has been one heck of a week for me. Deadlines suck.

Today’s episode is the last of my panels at the Malta Comics expo and this one deserves a special nomination. First off my guests were Joe Harris, Mike Costa and Mario Azzoppardi – three of the biggest legends in telling science fiction themed stories.

Second – there was a point in this panel were we argued. I don’t mean there was yelling or cursing – we were all professional and courteous (as everyone should be). But we definitely a difference of opinion on what we thought was the driving point of our careers. It’s a matter of where one is coming from – traditional methods or indie. The age old argument.

What I liked was that we all agreed to disagree and there in that sense the panel was a huge success – it brought together people with different perspectives to a discussion about something we all love.

But enough about that. You can listen to the episode here:

(PS you may wanna turn your speakers up since the recording is a little low – the set up of the room was messed up)

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

Don’t forget to subscribe to this website and download the app for the podcast to stream all episodes FOR FREE.

 

Peace out,

Ryan

Episode 44: Interview with Ron Marz and Yanick Paquette

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Second panel of the Expo folks, and this one is interesting to listen to. Let me open by saying I had, and still have, no idea what these people do. Sure we talk about their contributions and their methods but I suppose I’m not a die hard comic fan – which is exactly what made me perfect for this interview.

No fan booing, no fun fair. Just a conversation. And that’s just the way I like it.

I’m not gonna give you any spoilers but I do manage to achieve what I set out to do: which is to compare different art forms and discover some common ground. And in that regard we succeeded.

But what I did not count on was the fact that these folks are from a different world – a world long dominated by big corporations and methods that for a long time were the ONLY option for any creative person. And as such they are trained to see the world as just that – simply because they were ‘brought up’ in that world.

I’m not saying I’m right and they are wrong. I’m not even saying I’m wrong and they are right. All I’m saying is that we have different viewpoints of the world and the way we do things and that they were having a hard time understanding where I came from.

And that’s fine, really. We can just agree to disagree.

Enjoy the interview folks:

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

PS. I know I sound exhausted. It’s been a rough week and I got a crap load more work to do before I can finally say I am done. But I promised you guys stories and I will deliver – or die trying.

Yeah, there’s always that chance.

Till next time folks,

Ryan