Ryan Swinton–Anything for a Laugh

Have you ever known the kid who would do anything to make you laugh?  Tell any joke?  Pull any stunt?  Ryan Swinton is that kid.  For a long time now, Ryan has felt enormous pressure to come up with fantastic new jokes.  He scours the Internet, observes people closely, watches, listens–always on the lookout for new material.  Nothing makes him feel better than eliciting a laugh.  On the flip side, nothing makes him feel worse than getting to the punch line and having no one think it’s funny.

Ryan has known Joe Marma for years–ever since they were toddlers.  He supposes it’s natural that he gravitates toward Joe.  Joe is everything he’s not–take-charge, decisive, tough, ready to make a decision and take the lead.  Ryan would much rather follow along, not ruffle any feathers.  He doesn’t always like the decisions Joe makes–but he knows what Joe would say if he said so:  “Too bad, bud.  Tough.”  It is better, and easier, to just go along.

But over the course of The Eye-Dancers, as Ryan, Joe, Mitchell Brant, and Marc Kuslanski are swept away in a mind-bending adventure, Ryan is forced to deal with situations that, by necessity, force him to make key decisions.  He will not be able to defer to Joe this time.  He has to take the lead, too.  Will he be up for the challenge?

Along the way, Ryan is sure to crack a few jokes, and he’ll do his best, always, to make you laugh.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. seeker
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 19:36:21

    Ryans sounds like a fun guy.

    Reply

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 21:22:20

    Great! 🙂
    I used to do things for laughs in school – I was troubled, felt crazy, out of place, and did nutty things. Ryan & me would get on.

    Reply

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