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Septic Bucket List: A Bucket List You Don’t Want to Miss

Dating an astronaut. Becoming an astronaut. Learning to speak Swahili. Your bucket list may be packed with all kinds of glorious things you want to do before you die; some tangible, some fantastical and some just for the fun of the thought.

And the thought of certain activities can be much more exciting that actually completing them. Think climbing Mount Everest or breeding lemurs.

That makes the traditional bucket list a bit impractical. The traditional list also has another factor working against it. Although the phrase and concept of a bucket list have been kicking around for years (excuse the pun), the term really roared into regular use after the release of the 2007 movie of the same name.

Subsequent mentions on TV shows that range from “Glee” to “NCIS” further cemented the concept into popular culture. And when anything soars into popular culture, you know what needs to happen next.

It’s time to rebel.

Enter ‘The Septic Bucket List’

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The Boy with Moldy Cheese Pizza Under His Bed: Second edition out now

The Boy with Moldy Cheese Pizza Under his Bed: by Ryn Gargulinski

Remember when people got maimed, mangled or killed in fables instead of coddled and pampered and sent to live happily ever after? THE BOY WITH MOLDY CHEESE PIZZA UNDER HIS BED harkens back to those good ole days with a scary story that carries an incredible moral. It’s not a book you want to read to your kid right before bed — or perhaps ever. Enjoy. 

Why I Created It

I’ve always been a huge fan of Aesop and fables that come with a hard-hitting moral, not those that come dressed-up with frogs that get kissed into princes. Two folks get credit for inspiring this book:

  • Real-life high school classmate, who shall remain nameless, who did, indeed have moldy cheese pizza under his bed.
  • Tucson poet and writer Andrew Ulanowski, named in the book’s dedication. He encouraged me to write down the tale and this moldy cheese pizza book was born.

3 Reasons You Want It

  • Beats out the present day’s cleaned-up fairy tales (excuse the pun) where everyone lives happily ever after
  • Doesn’t contain any impossibly thin or beautiful princesses that sit around whining their lives are so awful
  • Sneaky way to get kids to clean their rooms 

Mentions and Kudos

  • An Amazon reviewer of the first edition evidently got really pissed off, started spurting about Satan and then gave it one star. That alone should pump up curiosity – hahaha.
  • Tucson’s KVOA TV station gave THE BOY WITH MOLDY CHEESE PIZZA UNDER HIS BED a nod, even including the word “grim” in the headline (Thanks, KVOA!)

Where to Get It

The second edition has a green cover and professional binding, different from the first edition’s white cover and staples. You’ll also notice a slight shortening of the title’s wording from The Boy Who Had Moldy Cheese Pizza Under His Bed to The Boy with Moldy Cheese Pizza under His Bed.

Online and nationwide:

In Tucson:

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RATS INCREDIBLE: Fun rat book now in second edition

Rats Incredible – by Ryn Gargulinski

With phrases like ‘smell a rat’ and ‘I could give a rat’s, um, butt,’ rats get a very bad rap. RATS INCREDIBLE aims to change all that by depicting rats as the intelligent, talented and lovable critters that they really are. This illustrated rat dictionary treats you to a lineup of rat-friendly words that contain the letters ‘rat’ coupled with an equally friendly array of fun rat illustrations. Yes, rats can certainly be fun. Better yet, they can be downright INCREDIBLE!

Why I Created It

Ever since I discovered rats were smarter than gerbils, much kinder than hamsters and less stinky then mice, I had to have them as my small animal of choice. They were especially ideal for the dinky apartment living of NYC when I couldn’t have a dog.

Rats became my passion and, for a spell, my obsession. I began to breed tons of them, took the position as New York Chapter President of the Northeast Rat and Mouse Club and hung their winning ribbons all over the wall.

Sanity eventually returned and I no longer have scores of rats, yet I always try to keep at least one or two as pets. This book is meant to help spread the joy of rats. Here’s hoping folks can shed their preconceived hatred of rats and embrace them as loving, perky pets.

3 Reasons You Want It

  • Great gift for those rat-loving friends who have everything
  • Great gift for animal lovers of all ages, shapes and sizes, even if they prefer those stinky mice
  • Great gift for yourself so you don’t fall prey to that thing called contempt before investigation 

Mentions and Kudos

Blurbs from Amazon reviews

  • “I enjoyed this book easy and quick to read.”
  • “Very cute, for little boys and girls who might like play on word games…very fast read…She’s also the author of ‘Bony Yoga.’[Bony Yoga] Can’t wait! :)”RYNSKI NOTESKI: Hey, I even got one of those smiley faces on the second review!

Media mentions and supporting documents

Where to Get It

The second edition has a bright orange and yellow cover, unlike the first edition’s deep pink cover. I also switched out the illustration, replacing the rat holding a martini glass with a grateful rat jumping for joy. Didn’t want folks to think that rats were a bunch of drunks, after all.

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In Tucson:

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Ryn’s first e-book = Whee! The Boy Who Had Moldy Cheese Pizza under His Bed

Enjoy a quick, witty and quick-witted tale of the terrible things that can happen if you happen to be a lazy slob. The Boy Who Had Moldy Cheese Pizza under His Bed has been available as a self-published, copy-machine-created work – but NOW it’s gone to e-book!

Amazon gets exclusive rights for 90 days, so check it out and buy it now!

The Boy Who Had Moldy Cheese Pizza under His Bed
Ryn Gargulinski
only $0.99 (that’s less than $1!)

Much thanks once again to Andrew Ulanowski who provided the idea for this book with his horror story of leaving a ham sandwich to rot in a backpack.

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BOOK: The Boy Who Had Moldy Cheese Pizza Under His Bed

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Treat yourself – or your slovenly friends – to the delightful yet harrowing modern fable of what can happen when kids don’t clean up after themselves.

Learn more or buy now.

NOTE: Post and book both updated as of 2017. Now it’s a real book book instead of Xeroxed, stapled book (and it still freaks people out).

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