Monthly Archives: March 2014

Going On The Account: Seats Are Limited; Book Your Trip to Titan Now!

One more reminder that the online auction for the PTA of HSAS is running through March 30th.

They have up for bid such premiums as tow tickets to THE COLBERT REPORT, tickets to Yankees’ Old Timer Day, a tour of the Apollo Theater, a SCUBA diving course, and two hours of live flute and violin for your next party.


And, as well, a chance to name a character in my upcoming novella:


Bids are accepted here, and the funds will go to a good cause, no matter what you bid on.  Even if you pass on the chance to be part of the work, don’t pass on this auction!

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Going On The Account: Signing Up for the Space Program

And here’s where the big announcement come in:

I mentioned before that I’m working on a new piece to go online, and I did throw in that I was giving readers the chance to name a character.

And here’s your chance, in return for you support of a good cause:  the PTA at  the High School of American Studies at Lehman College (the school where, full disclosure, my son is a student) is currently holding their fundraising auction for the year.  The online portion of the auction is open to the general public.  The money being raisedgoes to supporting the school and the students with both academic and extracurricular activities.  Wherever the New York City Board of Education comes up short, it’s the PTA’s task to keep things going, something lots of parents with kids in schools all over can relate to.

This year, a number of items have been donated that are well worth bidding on.  Tickets to sporting events, tickets to concerts and shows, profssionals who have volunteered their valuable time and services, all offered on behalf of supporting the school.


And, amid all these fine products are naming rights to a character in Log of the Ceres:

Naming Rights to a Character in an Upcoming Work of Fiction

Item Number  46

Item Description

 Winner will have the right to provide a name (their own, or the name of an immediate family member) for a character in an upcoming work of fiction that will go live online in 2014. Said character will have a substantial role in the upcoming online novella by James Ryan, The Log of the Ceres (tentative title), author of Raging Gail and Red Jenny And The Pirates Of Buffalo, equivalent to an extended walk-on role in an NYU Film School student project. Character will not be depicted in a degrading manner and behave classily, which may sound boring but assures that this person will live to see the end of the work.


Bidding for this is currently open (along with plenty of other items), and will be online through March 30th.  Even if being part of the novella is not your thing, there are plenty of other items there that are worth going for, and all your purchases will help support the school and the kids.

And who knows, if you did have an interest, as the Pet Shop Boys might point out:

I’ve got the slot

You’ve got the cash

Let’s make charity lit…

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Going On The Account: Semper Fideles Quaniam Tempum…

I’m taking a little break between working on the new project and a few side pieces; I need to take a break as both the bigger piece and one of the smaller ones call upon my arcane knowledge in the dark arts of filking, and I’m starting to confuse the tune of one piece used with another, which is never a good thing…

In any event, as I killed time trolled sites surfed the Internet caught up on the news, I came across Brian Merchant’s assessment over at Motherboard of the US Department of Defense’s 2014 Quadrennial Review that discusses their planning for climate change.  To sum up what Brian points out, the effects of a changing climate cannot be ignored, and must be part of the strategic planning going forward.

Which is not entirely new over at the Pentagon.  The Schwartz-Randall report from October 2003 has been passed around over there for at least a decade. I have noted more than once that this report was the basis for Red Jenny, and to some extent the 2014 Quadrennial Review is proof positive that some of the suppositions in the novel involving the use of a military solution to the issue may actually be considered in future.  Granted, the new report is less bellicose in tone than the one issued 11 years ago, but administrations change, and a more desperate government anxious to grasp at such straws may well go that route.

The old cry, “May you live in interesting times,” is becoming more of a certainty as the heat trapping element particulate count rises in our atmosphere…

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Going On The Account: Setting Sail Again

Forgive my crabbiness if you ran into me on the street and I snarled if you tried to draw my attention.  If you have something to tell me, I’m in a better place to listen now.  And if you were asking me to come out for a round, gimme a sec to grab my coat-


I’ve been doing some prep work on a new project.  It’s got people on a ship, like the last two did, and may have some folks with at least sympathies for pirates.  Beyond that, well…

Actually, let me let this give you a taste for what to expect…


I’m going to leave this here for now, as there’s still a little time between now and going live, during which a few details need to be worked out.


Including the name of a character, which you may have input with; more on that soon…

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