Ryan Macayden’s dream job was to be master LEGO builder, but the dreaded writing bug bit him before he could reach that goal. Like the bite from a werewolf, once bitten by the writing bug, the victim’s life changes forever.
Now cursed to ink the corpses of trees, Ryan spends his days writing quirky poetry and fantasy stories. To fund his research for a cure, he manages websites for a major telecommunications company.
His curse isn’t without side effects. It comes inherent with a compulsion to read books, especially steampunk, and collect office supplies he doesn’t actually need.
He’s been caught on numerous occasions immersing himself in musical scores and conducting invisible orchestras. Worse yet, you can catch him quoting lines from movies and books or wielding lightsabers when the power goes out.
In the rare moments he’s not writing or reading, you can find him drinking abnormal amounts of tea, playing Minecraft or being arms deep in a LEGO box building worlds with something other than a pen or pencil.
If a cure is ever found, his lovely wife, their musical son and their pesky furball should be notified immediately.
Interests: writing (don’t laugh), reading, tea, LEGO bricks, minimalism, koosh balls, beach walks, sci-fi/fantasy conventions, shells, cycling, photography, wood carving, lightsaber duels, sword fighting, astronomy, cooking, archery, joyrides in the TARDIS
Favorite Composers: Alan Silvestri, David Newman, Dennis McCarthy, Frederick Loewe, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, Klaus Badelt, Michael Giacchino, Murray Gold, Nobuo Uematsu, Randy Edelman, Stephen Sondheim, Vince Guaraldi
Favorite Music: AC/DC, Metallica, Ace of Base, Apocalyptica, Avril Lavigne, Beats Antique, The Birthday Massacre, Bluetengel, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Creed, Demi Lovato, David Garrett, The Dresden Dolls, Emerald Rose, Emilie Autumn, Evanescence, Frenchy and the Punk/Gypsy Nomads, Fun, Go West, Godsmack, Good Co, Green Day, Halestorm, Heart, Jack Off Jill/Scarling, Jimmy Buffet, Lindsey Stirling, Michael Jackson, P!nk, Paramore, Professor Elemental, Queen, Postmodern Jukebox, Smash Mouth, Steam Powered Giraffe, Tartanic, This Way To The Egress, Three Quarter Ale, Vermillion Lies, Weird Al, Within Temptation, Styx, Kenny Loggins, Meatloaf
Favorite Musicals: My Fair Lady, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, West Side Story
Favorite Movies: Repo! The Genetic Opera, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone, Teen Wolf, Sweet Home Alabama, The Goonies, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Librarian, Dune, Office Space, Tron, The Matrix, Spaceballs, Revenge of the Nerds, Highlander, Superman, The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Short Circuit, The Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, Weird Science, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Underworld, Rock of Ages, Grease, Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Favorite TV Shows: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Mythbusters, Swamp People, Good Eats, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Expedition Unknown, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Asylum, Emeril LIVE, Battlestar Galactica, Saved by the Bell, Due South, ALF, Dukes of Hazzard, Airwolf, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Black Sheep, Hogan’s Heros, Night Court, TMNT, MASH, MacGyver, WKRP in Cincinati, Married with Children, X-files, Brisco County Jr. , Farscape, The Big Bang Theory, Saturday Night Live, Iron Chef, Fraggle Rock, Batman, MST3k
Favorite Cartoons/Anime: Duck Tales, Voltron, Thundercats, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Pound Puppies, Ghost in the Shell, Tenchi Muyo!, Serial Experiments Lain, Fushugi Yugi, Shaman King, One Piece, Samurai Jack, Gargoyles, Garfield and Friends, Tiny Toons, Camp Candy, He-man, Woody Woodpecker, The Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Captain N, Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, Beetlejuice, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Captain Planet, Batman, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Witch Hunter Robin, Rurouni Kenshin
Favorite Books/Series: The Clockwork Century Series by Cherie Priest, The Age of Discovery Series by Michael Stackpole, The Airborn Series by Kenneth Oppel, Thomas Covenant Series by Stephen Donaldson, The Farseer Series by Robin Hobb, The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer, The Stormlight Archive Series by Brandon Sanderson, The Magnificent Devices Series by Shelley Adina, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger, The Weird West Tales Series by Mike Resnick, The Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins, The Magical Bakery Mysteries Series by Bailey Cates, The Magical Cats Mysteries Series by Sofie Kelly, The Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld, The Gaslight Chronicles Series by Cindy Spencer Pape, The Age of Steam Series by Devon Monk