Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
06 April 2011 @ 06:50 pm
Consider this my yearly check-in.

No one is using this place anymore, particularly not me. I guess you are, whoever the hypothetical "you" is, but it doesn't seem like anyone I know really cares anymore. If you wanted to talk to me, you undoubtedly would have found me on Facebook or Twitter. You probably already have, if you're reading this. Now I'm even on Tumblr, where I plan to write about something or other sometime. If I decide to spew nonsense anytime soon, it'll probably be over there, where all the kids are, not that I care.

If you want to check up, you know where I am. But, for all intents and purposes, this place is mothballed and only stands as an archive of a more fun and hopeful past.
Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
11 January 2010 @ 12:16 am
Watch this entire film (or as much as you can manage, you ADD fuck). Then, after you're done, click on the cut and I'll tell you a secret about what you just watched.

The secret.Collapse )
Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
30 November 2009 @ 09:17 am
Writing for around 22 days out of the 30 days of the month, I polished off my 50,000 words fairly easily. It was definitely easier than the 50,000 I did in 2006, at least in speed.

But, in a way, it was harder. I had less idea of where I was going. The Big Rusty Lie (makes a great Christmas present) was a simple but stupid Point A to Point B story with a lot of dumb side-trips throughout, expanding the plot and making everything silly and confusing. This time I had a Point A (a couple of months afterThe Big Rusty Lie) and a few points along the way, but no Point B that I was headed toward. I didn't even have an idea of what kind of points should be between, just that everything was built off the back of the first book, which has made this draft substantially less funny than I thought it'd be. It's actually serious and kind of dark in places, or so it seems to me, the writer. Someone else would really have to tell me. And maybe I need to re-read The Big Rusty Lie. But I spent a lot of the month a bit lost and uninspired, as far as the comedy goes.

There's plenty of good ideas in there, but I'm not sure I really like The Black Smoking Gun Of Temptation. Maybe I can silly it up until it's funny. Maybe not.

I'll really have to look over what I've got and see if it's worth continuing. I'm not sure what I should do with it. I'm not sure how far I am into the story, not knowing the ending or most of where it's going. I'd guess I'm 1/2 to 1/3 of the way through the book.

I guess my options are as follows:

A.) I give up and toss the book in a folder, never to look at it again. Not a great option or something I want to do, unless I look back and realize I really feel nothing for any of this.

B.) I get some friends to look over the 50,000 words so far and give me thoughts on what's there and whether or not it works. Not having friends that are vaguely willing to sit down and read that kind of shit, I'm not sure that'll happen.

C.) I go back through what I've got, rewriting it and trying to get it up to whatever par I've built up in my head. If I can get the first 15 chapters up to muster, maybe I'll finish it. This is probably what will happen after some time.

D.) I can obstinately finish the damned book and worry about how much it blows later. This also has a good chance of happening, depending on how I actually feel.

To tell the truth, I may take a break and write some short stories to get out from under the weight of carrying so much plot for so long. The plot of The Big Rusty Lie could be written on the back of a matchbook. I'm not even sure what the plot of BSGoT is, except to say "Everything set up in BRL is pushed forward by a murder and other stupid stuff happening." Not really much of a plot. It's a character-driven series of events, which makes it more like some indie film than the comedy I usually write, which tends to have really simple weird concepts leading everything. Maybe I should have had one of those for this novel. I kind of did in the "Bernardo gets a girl" aspect, but that's just a background theme.

So, we'll see what happens over time. At very least, maybe I'll finally finish the second Marty Drexell story, which I started around 2001 or 2002 and then never finished, and my second Dubo & Mooky story. And I've got a few other ideas lined up. We'll see how that shit rolls. At least I'm back in the habit. Now I just need support and interest. Especially the interest. Lots of interest. And it'd really help if you bought that book.
Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
23 November 2009 @ 01:58 am
To avoid having to do things I need to do, like work on my novel for NaNoWriMo, I am updating you on those things I'm avoiding doing.

Sound stupid or complicated? Maybe some of both.

November has been a regular flurry of "whatever". Cheria left her job and went to a client, meaning she's on to a new line of work now. So that's good for her. Hopefully her stress will be lower and she'll have more free time, though that's what we always say when she switches jobs. At least it's more money.

The fun part is the gap in insurance coverage. Looks like something is going wrong with a molar. I'd love to go to the dentist, but I guess that gets backburnered until January-ish. Working teeth can be my birthday present.

In the meantime, I am indeed writing my novel, but Cheria getting a chest cold at the beginning of the month for about 5 days left me tending to her and not getting any writing done, so I've been hovering around being 10,000 words behind for the past week. I'm barely keeping up. Though last night I started a push toward getting back on track and if I can do that daily from now 'til month's end, I'll have 50,000+ words of a novel I'm not sure is working and I'm trying to like, though it's not very funny. It's the sequel to The Big Rusty Lie (available in a store near you; makes a great Christmas gift or Thanksgiving gravy) and it's taken a much darker, slower paced tone. I'm actually adding much more in the way of genuine plot for all these dozens of characters than I intended. And I'm not even really to the story yet, even though I'm almost 30,000 words in. So I'm guessing this one will be 100K+ on the word count, unlike BRL's 70,000. I guess it helps that my plot is much less contained and covers a main cast of 20 or 30 character, easily, with an extended cast of somewhere around 50 or 60 (or more as it goes along). Should be interesting, if I ever finish it and don't scrap it and start all over. Though it is working as a sort of nexus for a variety of stories and characters to meet up.

Nothing much else is too new or too worthy of reporting. I spend most of my time queueing up missed TV shows for Cheria's consumption when she's home early enough to watch something before bed. My schedule is a mess, as usual, and I'm fighting the urge to play Dragon Age instead of writing, though I'm not sure why I'm drawn so much to playing it as it's a very middling game, definitely not as good as all the reviewers are trying to make it out. Plus, it must be retarded on the console, but I know they intentionally gimped it, Will console gamers even notice? Who knows? I don't even think they can read. And Dragon Age probably has around 65 hours of dialogue trees in it.

I still need to follow up and post a report on seeing Devo live for two nights in a row. Good, though not as good as it should have been for the price. Maybe I've been spoiled by seeing concerts for years and years and years, but when I'm paying top dollar to see you, you'd better play more than a 45-minute set, motherfucker.

Perhaps I'll get to that soon. Or forget about it entirely, as is my way.

If you need me, I'll be over on Twitter and Facebook.
Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
20 October 2009 @ 08:54 am
I guess it should be noted that I assume no one misses that I say nothing, given that no one posts on LiveJournal anymore, with the exception of archethereal, ctanworldkiller, and taufactor. I read it daily, still, but there's very little to keep up on. As such, I'm not driven to make note of what I'm up to. Not that you're missing much anyway.

But it's that time of year again and I guess I should mention the annual call-to-arms that is NaNoWriMo, by which I try to con others I know into following that deep-seated urge we all get to try to write (and then fail at writing) The Great American Novel™. This year I will try, yet again, to get around to writing The Black Smoking Gun Of Temptation, the follow-up to The Big Rusty Lie. I'm foregoing voting and considering a variety of concepts and just trying to write the damned thing, against all my other inclinations and my total lack of ideas.

But you can participate! And not just by writing along with me and trying to keep up the heady pace of around 1700 words a day for 30 days (not that hard until they have to comprise a coherent story). No, you can comment and offer me suggestions for characters or events and I will make note and try to find a place for them in the mad masterwork that TBSGOT will surely be.

For those who think they have nothing to write or say, get off your ass and try. Even if you only get 10 pages in, you may find that you've learned something about your own creative abilities. So spend the doldrums of November writing with me. Or don't. See if I care, you big baby.

Hopefully everything will go smoothly with receiving and installing Windows 7 in the next week, which will help contribute to the ease of NaNoWriMo 2009, but will also allow me to get around to reinstalling music programs to get back to dicking around again. Aside from NaNoWriMo, friends and I have been discussing doing The RPM Challenge this coming February for the hell of it and it should be drastically easier for me than writing a novel, as I'm not that good at writing music, don't try to be, and never spend more than 8 hours on any song, start to finish. So we'll see how that comes along, but at very least it'll be a return to creative dicking-about in the near future.

So there's a few thrown-down gauntlets for you to peruse, involve yourself in, or perhaps help me out in accomplishing by cheering me on and sending me messages, asking me how I'm doing, to keep me driven toward something.

Hope that your life is more exciting than mine, wherever you are.
Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
20 September 2009 @ 04:55 am
Someone bought my novel last month. (Everyone should. Go do so now.) I wonder who the hell that was. Anyone?

Just goes to show how stellar a seller it is, that I'm questioning individual sales.
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Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
31 August 2009 @ 06:32 am
Computer is back up and running. Didn't turn out to be the power supply. Ended up being the motherboard that died. Guess that makes more sense, but I wish I had figured it out sooner. It would have saved me a lot of time and trouble.

At least now I can get back to the norm again. I wouldn't say the new motherboard I got is an improvement at all, but it's more or less the same and it's the first I've ever used that really had proper USB keyboard and mouse support in the BIOS.
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Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
27 August 2009 @ 05:14 am
So, the power supply on my computer just stopped working. Playing a game and, bang, out goes the power, though just to my computer. It won't start up at all. Nothing going. My educated guess is the power supply. Which was 2 days outside of its one-year RMA period. Nice. Real fucking nice, HEC. You douche-fucks.

Anyway, put in an order for a new one about 3 hours later. The one from my old computer isn't up to snuff, so I didn't even bother trying it. Ordered the same one, as retarded as that sounded to me, as I didn't want to have to spend a lot of time searching for another model that had comparable features.

It was pointed out that there's actually a Fry's around here, which I'd forgotten about, as I forget they're not just in California. Of course, they have a long record of shitty service, so I'm glad I went with NewEgg in case anything goes wrong. Plus, it's probably cheaper for what I get and there's a better selection.

So during all this waiting I was using my broken-ass laptop (not to be confused with my old-ass laptop, that runs on a low-grade Athlon XP) and spending a lot of time on the couch, watching TV.

I started toying with my last desktop computer, which still worked until the large cooling fan for my video card got clogged with dust and overheated. I put in the Radeon 8500 I bought in 2001 and couldn't get it to work properly, though that seemed to be an OS issue more than anything, so I tried reformatting and, lo and behold, Old Computer rides again. Except it won't recognize the existence of my SATA driver. The motherboard was always weird with SATA and now something's not working right there, so I've got a 120 Gb drive that it just won't read. Oh, well. If I'm not using it much and don't even have a useful video card, I guess the 80 Gb ATA-133 drive I've got will work. Kills any plans to turn this thing into a media center box, though, unless I can magically get the damned SATA working. But it's all done with two different RAID chipsets, I don't know why. Ask VIA. They're the stupid fuckers that did it.

So, I'm back online now in a more normal capacity, or at least it feels like it because I can watch TV while sitting at my desk and type while on my large-ass monitor.

And Friday I get my power suppy and find out if all signs pointing to that was correct. (The only other thing I can think of is that something in my motherboard died that would prevent powering up, but that seems unlikely.) So, I guess the power supply is my birthday present to Cheria. Exciting days.

At least with my away-from-computer downtime, I watched a couple of things OnDemand, including Behind The Mask which was enjoyable, particularly for a near-student-film. Good stuff, Portland kids.

Now back to coughing, watching movies, and using this old piece of shit keyboard from the Win98 days (Memorex MX2500 for the lose).

Note on how shitty this keyboard truly is: under the Insert/Home/Page Up row and Delete/End/Page Down row is a third row, where my fucking Delete key should be; it is a Windows key, a file menu key (basically the same as right-clicking on something), and YET ANOTHER FUCKING WINDOWS KEY. WHAT THE FUCK, MEMOREX? Does my keyboard really need FOUR WINDOWS KEYS? Two, located conveniently next to my thumbs were not enough. No, Memorex said "Why not put a couple more over above the arrow keys? There's a lot of empty space there and we'd hate for anyone to actually be able to hit the Delete key when they want to delete something."
Ryan "Heywood Jablome" Speck
16 August 2009 @ 01:47 pm
I am aware that it's been almost 2 months since I said anything. Yet I check here daily to see how much you're not posting either. So I haven't forgotten you, though I have nothing interesting/relevant to say.

In case you miss keeping up on me, I actually try to be on Twitter and Facebook (more as a result of being on Twitter than trying to be on Facebook). Otherwise, the only news to report is that I went on a cruise to Alaska in early August that has made me swear off cruises, I played through the entirety of Bioshock in a few days, I've done everything there is to do in Fallout 3, I did a little snippet of writing somewhere in there, and I've spent a typically abnormal amount of time with TV and movies. Saw District 9 last night, which was good though not stellar, and plan on going to the Rifftrax Live deal at my local AMC next Thursday, even though no one really wants to see it with me.

Hope all's well on your end, unless I don't really like you, in which case I hope you get the gout in your dick.
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