Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Short story posting

A short story by JJ has been posted here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Createspace self-publishing guide

Fiction author JJ Ritonya releases an in-depth how-to article on self-publishing specific to online self-publishing company, Createspace. The step-by-step article includes how to format and upload interior and cover files as well as tips and tricks on converting your files into standard PDF files.
Get it in the articles section at http://www.jjritonya.com

Friday, July 17, 2009

F-You Friday is here!

Some juvenile humor from the golf course. You can add the reply, "That's what your mom said" after each.
Get in the hole!
You want it in or out?
You’re going to have to hit it harder than that!
It’s short…
Not long enough…
You’re up…
Nice poke…
We need one more to round out the foursome…
That's what your mom said!

Last chance to enter this month's book giveaway

The drawing for a signed copy of Sunset will take place this weekend. Sign up now or lose your chance to win!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Free Book Giveaway

This months giveaway will be held this weekend. The winner will receive a free copy of Sunset, an apocalyptic zombie tale. If you haven't done so already, sign up to become a site member at www.jjritonya.com to be automatically entered.

Friday, July 10, 2009

F-You Friday

I am going to start posting every Friday with a new way to screw with people or a funny (I hope) anecdote of a situation where someone got F'd with. Hopefully it will make you laugh or brighten your day if only slightly.
This week's F-You Friday features:
Man, that's a lot of F's. So anyways, a few weeks ago we were at a friend's just hanging out and drinking. They have a computer at a desk in their kitchen and my friend's wife left her Facebook account logged in. So, being a little buzzed, I sat down and began to type as if I were her.
"Hey everybody! Good news. I'm pregnant!"
Then the comments started rolling in.
"Congratulations!" "Good for you!"
She had to spend the next few days telling her friends and family that she was not pregnant, but I sure thought it was funny.
Next time you're at a friend's house, keep an eye out for this. There are many posts that will draw a huge response.
"Just found out I have cancer."
"My wife/husband has been cheating on me. We're getting divorced."
"My alcoholism has left me alone and without anyone to turn to. Seriously considering suicide."
"The test results just came back. Apparently I have Herpes."
You get the idea. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Las Vegas

I am taking a trip to Las Vegas later this month, which got me thinking. In my first book, Sunset, one of the characters starts his journey there after most of the population is killed. I think I chose that location because of how creepy it would be if you were the only one left. All those lights and sounds going on around you but void of human life. I would proably freak out. Vegas has to be one of the most vibrant and alive places I have ever been and to think of it as "dead" takes alot of processing.
Hope I can create the same type of imagery in the sequel.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Dear friends and family,Just wanted to let you know that my book, Sunset, was published today in ebook form on Smashwords. As many of you know, the book is an apocalyptic zombie tale. I hope you'll take time to check it out at Smashwords, where you can sample the first 25% of the book for free.
Here's the link to my Smashwords author profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jjritonya
Here's the link to my book page, where you can sample or purchase the book: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/2756
Please help me spread the word. Won't you take a moment to forward this email to everyone you know, and ask them to do the same?Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Things at the bottom of the lake

So I was at a lake this past weekend with friends. We stayed at their condo and boated and swam and did things you do at a lake. While in the water, things went through my mind. Such as, what could possibly be at the bottom of the lake. It has most likely been there hundreds of years.
How many cars, boats, bicycles, beer cans or bodies could be just a few hundred feet, if even that far, below your dangling feet? I know some people who won't get in lakes because of that specific reason. They don't know what's in there. I say, ignorance is bliss, but it still got me wondering. What would we find if we were able to drain the lake? How many mysteries would be solved by examining the objects found at the bottom of the dark and murky waters?
If you think about it too much, you could really creep yourself out. I choose not too while I'm there, but can't stop myself when my mind reverts to "creative mode" while I'm thinking of storylines or scary situations. Lakes always seem to be in some of the best horror stories such as Friday the 13th. It's because you can't go down there and see what's there, I think.