1,000 blog posts and counting!

Where the hell have I been?  I have never let the blog go this long without a post, but I promise I have a somewhat legitimate excuse.  My trusty laptop died, kicked the bucket, called on the big motherboard in the sky.  It’s gone, see, and it ain’t coming back.  I have a non-interwebby computer that I will never hook up to the three w’s.  Call me over-protective, but there’s just too much bad stuff that can leak into its computer innards from evil and nefarious types stalking the webs, so I want to have one computer that is free from the intercrap.  If not for the internet free computer, I wouldn’t be getting any work done. 

I’m loading today’s post from my beautiful wife’s computer, and I have a new (refurbished) laptop currently in transit from Costco.  So, all is well on that front.

Onto the important stuff.  This is my 1,000th post on the blog.  That’s gotta be some kind of record.  Surely no one has posted that many useless posts for the world to see… okay, maybe a few others have… okay, maybe 98% of bloggers have, but you’ve got to admire my complete lack of shame and self-awareness. 

On the writing front, I am currently working on two non-Oz books.  I really, really like one, and I’m confused by the other one.  I can’t decide if it’s good or not.  I must like it on some level because I’m about 70,000 words into and still going.  We’ll see where it takes me.  The one I really like is what I’ve been spending most my time on these days.  I’ll tell you more when I feel it’s the right time.

As far as Oz, I have the last two books outlined. I’ve outlined them before, but I had an epiphany recently that moved me to completely rewrite the outlines.  I couldn’t be more excited.  I want to deliver a satisfying ending to all the readers, and I think this new outline does it much better than the old one.  BTW – thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read one or all four books so far.   

That’s it for now.  Happy 1000th post to me, and happy… just be happy, damnit! 

Top 10 Things I can’t Remember

  • That thingy… you know… it’s long and you can hold it…
  • The plastic knob looking thing that goes on the whatsit.
  • It happened in 1970 or 1971 or 1983 even, and that guy with hair and blue jeans was there.
  • The name of that Gilligan’s Island episode where Gilligan screws up and Skipper gets mad.
  • How you make those cookie/cake/muffin things that you bake in an oven… has sugar and flour in it.
  • That girl I saw with reddish, black or blonde hair.  She’s about medium height.  I think she had fingernails.
  • That actor in that movie with the bad guy.  He was on TV talking about the movie on that morning show where they have that guy and that girl and some weather guy.
  • It looks like a potato, but it’s not a potato.  You can eat it raw, but it tastes like sand.
  • That thing my wife wanted me to pick up at the store.
  • The blog post I was actually going to write today.       

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Dead Tired -Skull-boy Byline


The blog is yours.

This just in, R.W. Ridley is dead tired from unavoidable travel. He’s strongly considering taking over the universe and outlawing time-zones.  Five o’clock is five o’clock.  Until he returns, the blog is mine.  In my infinite wisdom, I have decided to turn it over to you because… well, I am just an empty skull after all.  The blog is yours.  Do with it what you will.  R.W. will be back in full swing on Thursday.

Meet Skull-boy!

The Newest Reporter of the R.W. Ridley Blog!

The Newest Reporter for the R.W. Ridley Blog!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, I give you, Skull-boy, the newest contributor to the R.W. Ridley blog.  He’s not a terribly good writer.  He’s not really an idea man.  He doesn’t type, and I’ve never really heard him speak much… or at all.  He is, however, exceedingly cool.  From time to time, you will see Skull-boy bylines on the blog.  I found him on a shelf with some kitschy Halloween decorations in a Big Lots.  For those of you who don’t know, Big Lots is a mecca of low cost shopping.  If Wal-Mart and Sears had a love child that they were ashamed of, that love child would be Big Lots.  It was no place for Skull-boy.  So I scooped him up, paid the measly $8.00 they were asking, and gave him a very prominent location in my office.  I have no clue what’s going on in that skull of his, so there’s no telling what he will write for the blog.  Please, I beg you, make him feel welcome, and don’t say anything about his weight.  He’s very sensitive.  BTW – There is no truth to the rumor that he is related to Ponyboy.

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My blog is 100,000 views old!

First milestone reached.  Now, onto that cure for cancer!

First milestone reached. Now, onto that cure for cancer!

I just noticed that the blog surpassed the 100,000 views milestone.  Yippee, for me.  You really do like silly and useless postings.  I sensed that about you.  And before you ask, the answer is no.  The 100,000 views do not include my own visits to this blog.  WordPress doesn’t count my own views.  I’d be well on my way to half a million views if that were the case.  I just can’t get enough of myself!  I’m no John Scalzi, but this does mean that if he were to develop an allergy to blogging and have to stop, I could very well pass him in views in about 15 years, but then again that would leave me with no one to steal style and material from.  So, rock on Scalzi.  Happy to be in your wake.

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Flutter – the New Twitter!

140 characters just too much work?  Wish there was a virtual social network that allowed you to post just 40 characters?  How about 30? Still too much?  What if I told you that there was a community that kept your posts to a mere 26 characters?  It’s true.  Move over micro bloggging.  Nano blogging is here!  All the worlds a Flutter!

I’m Going to Klil Typo-Man! AHHHHHHHHH!

I’m calling you out Tpyo-Man Typo-Man. You have made a foil fool out me for the last time. Your You’re a major pain in my tuckus. You have runed ruined perfectly good posts, and books and otherwise clever comments that I have left on other blogs! No more! Do you here hear me? You and me, we’re going to fihgt fight this thing our out. I will make you paid pay. Weather Whether its it’s replacing the word Satan with the word Satin or the word night with knight, I am ending you today. Show you’re your feces face, you coward!

I’m Not a Stalker – An Open Letter to John Scalzi

SciFi at its best!

SciFi at it's best!

Dear John,

I hope all is well. We exchanged greetings at this year’s BEA, and I may have given you the impression that I am a stalker. I’m not. I realize that no stalker thinks they’re a stalker, but I promise you I’m not. Allow me to explain. First, why you may have gotten the impression that I am a stalker:

I walked up to your signing table at BEA just as your session ended. I had a signing right after you. I introduced myself to you and you very kindly offered to give me a signed copy of Zoe’s Tale. I happily said “Yes.” While you were signing the book, I said the following; “You don’t understand. I talk about you every day.” To which my friend and co-worker said in a very exasperated voice, “Yes, he does.” Before I could explain why I talk about you every day, I was called away to tend to something behind the curtain. I never had a chance to explain why a 42-year-old man talks about you every day.

Any reasonable adult male may have been creeped out by hearing that another adult male talks about him every day. My friend and co-worker who was there even confirmed that I came off quite stalkerish.

Now, let me explain why I’m not a stalker. My job (beyond the author gig) is helping author’s develop marketing strategies for their books. I advise them on how to build a community around themselves and their book. I use your blog as an example. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of the Old Man’s War universe, and once I get through with some of my own projects I plan on jumping into Zoe’s Tale. And if I were ever to stalk someone you would be on my list. But in this case, I am merely turning authors onto your blog so they can see how a blog should be implemented and managed.

So, sleep tight. I’m not a crazed fan.


R.W. Ridley