Monday, October 16, 2017

HWNDU Season 7

Oh mah gersh!  He Will not Divide Us (HWNDU) Season 7 is on!  I've been waiting for a good one since Season 3!

For those who haven't heard of this reality international capture the flag game, look for the Internet Historian on YouTube and check out his videos on HWNDU.  He'll summarize it much better than I ever could, and if you have a sense of humor, you'll pee your pants.  We're on Season 7 now with the HWNDU flag flown in France.  This is going to be interesting.  Hope French Anons will make their international partners proud.  I'm not smart enough to be part of the awesomeness but I sure love to watch.  If only I were as cool as Altair, maybe I'd scale that building... after getting a ticket to France.

Kek be praised.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Great Deal at JCP This Weekend!!

Hey all,

Sorry for posting this so late.  JCPenney is having a big sale this weekend.  If you hit their clearance section, there are some GREAT stuff on sale from shoes to purses, clothes, sunglasses, underclothing, etc. (men, women and children).  There should be a sign next to the clearance sign that says extra 50% off, meaning whatever the clearance price is on the item (red sticker), take another 50% off.  If it doesn't show up at the register, tell the cashier and they'll take it off.  This weekend (again, sorry the late notice), there is a mystery discount.  You get a card with a random discount on it from 30-50% off (or sign up in the app for 20% off if the mystery card deal is over).  This discount stacks on top of the 50% off discount!  I bought an entire pantsuit last week for $17.xx and a pair of really nice Nike shoes this weekend for less than $20.  Really need to stop shopping on my part but it's sooo cheap.  $2 Southpole sunglasses?!  Yatta!

On top of everything, download the app and create an account with them and then sign up for the rewards program (or do it on your laptop).  If you have a JCP card, it's 1 point for every $1 spent. Otherwise, 1 point for every $2 with any other form of payment.  After every 200 points, earn $10.  Also, if you download the app and make a new account and add a payment method, they are supposed to give you an auto $10 gift card.  This didn't work for me at first for some reason and I had to do it several times.  After a week and a half, I finally got the gift code.  Others apparently got it within 48 hrs.  No idea how their system works.  I heard customer services will honor this if you contact them.

Have fun shopping if you're interested.  TTYL!

~Lenne Penry

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bao Lai's OTP?

Hey guys and gals,

Recently, I learned there was an otome (on the PS2?) called Fushigi Yuugi Suzaku Ibun, where the MC is the priestess of Suzaku and gets to vie for all seven Suzaku Seishi's love.  I don't know why I haven't heard about it until now since it's an old game.  I can't even find it on Amazon.  The notion of getting to choose between one of the guys is great, because you know... I'd go for Hotohori ;0) no doubt about it!  The MC is not Miaka though, it's another character and I wonder if this change was made because Tamahome is considered Miaka's OTP so it would be weird to play as her and vie for other guys.  Overall, I was never a big fan of Miaka.  She's irresponsible, stupid and useless but tends to say really good things as many of lead anime female characters do.  Words without actions to me are... eh, whatever.  Not to diss Yuu Watase's MC or anything but I just didn't/don't like her.

Anyway, from thinking about OTPs, I started thinking about Bao Lai from my Polaris series.  I feel like Bai Hu is her OTP but the same could be said about Han Bei or Dui.  Tell me which you think is her OTP if you've read the series, btw.

Hu is her childhood friend/enemy and the same could be said about Dui.  I feel that she has the most in common with Hu which is why they had such a love/hate relationship in their earlier years at Tian Mao Yi.  Dui is the opposite of Bao Lai and she likes him because of this aspect too.  In Polaris: The Demon General and the General Practitioner, I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd probably choose Dui if I were Bao Lai but now that I'm reading the endings over again and again, I'm not sure.  I think Hu might be Bao Lai's OTP.

Then, there's also Han Bei.  Now, in Polaris: Empress of Ning, it was established that (spoiler alert!) Dong Xing, Bao Lai's half-sister, requested Han Bei to find her missing sister on her deathbed in the hopes that Bao Lai could take her role and love Han Bei in her stead.  This makes me feel that their fates are tied and Han Bei has been waiting for Bao Lai all his life.  Makes me really sad to read his part in all the books where Bao Lai is destined to love another.  Albeit Han Bei is never without lovers, I feel like he'll always be cheated a happy ending except in his route.  I'm the one who wrote it so it's technically my fault.  Mad at myself!

I'm working on Yue's route now and I'm not sure who to pit him against and it's kind of difficult having written the OTP route and then switching over to another character who is obviously not the MC's OTP.  I want the story to be romantic and exciting of course but hell... how do beat true love?  My original idea was to pit Hu, Yue and Hai against one another but that wouldn't have been good.  Dui vs. Hu was best; both men could be Bao Lai's OTP.  So, guess I'll just let the characters take me through their stories in my head and I'll just write it down.

While I'm reading over the routes, here are some of my favorite quotes between the OTP(s) from the volume 3:

"What was it you said?  I'd never find a man if I kept cross-dressing and I'd probably end up married to some random loser?  That makes you the random loser." - Bao Lai to Bai Hu

“I’ve been rejected for a lot of things in my life but never because of that!  How dare you accuse me of being too perfect?  You’re a horrible, horrible wife!”  - Bai Hu to Bao Lai

"I was trying to be an adult by being there for you and not throw tantrums.  How would I have known you just wanted me to break all your fingers?!" - Bao Lai to Bai Hu

"If you say so.  In that justification, I don't need a wife then, I have you.  You've been nagging in my ears since the day we've met." - Dui to Bao Lai

"What did I say about using people as test subjects?!" - Bao Lai to Dui

"Are you willfully ignorant?  Who has been my one priority these past many months?  Whom have I risked life and limb to protect?  Whose happiness did I persevere to keep intact despite the fact that it was killing me inside?  Practice was the first time I put my hands on you.  Attraction was the first moment I kissed you.  And love was the instant I never wanted to see another man touch you." - Dui to Bao Lai

"An active decision without observation is a mistake.  Fine, I'll give in to your stubbornness for now.  Come the end of this conflict and your views may yet change.  Let me make one thing clear.  You didn't realize your love for Bai Hu until I suggested the idea and despite your pining for another, I have become your dependence.  I have loved you in every way he couldn't.  He's taken the shallow route of claiming your body.  I have taken the deeper path to your soul.  Hidden behind your superficial view of my weak shell is an acknowledgement of that truth.  Your childish obsession must end.  He's turned you away from one misunderstanding.  I would never misunderstand."  - Dui to Bao Lai

"Whatever that means.  Speaking of my brother, maybe I should have taken his advice.  Tormenting me is a sort of hobby for you. I should have run away when I had the chance." - Dui to Bao Lai

"Got an answer for everything, don't you?  Fine.  I didn't intend to take such drastic measures but since you've forced my hand, in twenty years if we're not married to other people, let's go crazy and tie the knot." - Dui to Bao Lai

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Onto the Next Project

Hey y'all,

Hope your weekend's been going well.  I've been sitting here contemplating my next project.  I thought to continue the Polaris series with routes for General Yue and possibly Ying but also kind of want to do something new.  Went back and looked in my old writing files, found a few (incomplete) books I wrote during my Jane Austin/Oscar Wilde daydream phase; ie, English romance with a pinch of sassy cynicism.  They're not otomes though so I'm wondering if I can turn them into otomes or keep them as young adult fiction.  What do you think?  Is an English romance otome something you'd read?  I'm not sure how it'll work but guess I'll figure something out. :)

Thanks for visiting!

~Lenne Penry

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Polaris: New Book is Out!

Hey all!

My newest spinoff novel is now available for purchase.  Read for free with Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime and a Kindle device.  Polaris: Dui's True Ending.  Please check it out!

Title: Polaris: Dui's True Ending (Volume 3.5 of the Polaris Series)
ISBN: 978-0996633833
Price: $11.99 for physical copy. $2.99 for ebook.  Free with Kindle Unlimited.  Free with Amazon Prime and a Kindle device.

Synopsis, Covers and Final CGI:

A special spinoff to the Polaris: the Demon General and the General Practitioner otome novel, this volume is recommended for those who've read Dui's ending in the previous book.  However, it is not required since this book stands alone.

Six months after leaving Bai Hu to pursue an apprenticeship under Dui, spring has come again.  The time for lovers is in the air.  Bao Lai's come to return the doctor's unrequited affection only to find that it may be too late.  He refuses to be loved by default.

At the same time, a message from the E Mo city of Ming Na forebodes another conflict on the horizon.  The old wars threaten to return and Bao Lai's special bloodline advantage is once more called upon.  To her surprise, another personal discord awaits in the Northern city and Bao Lai must come to terms with accepting her continued affections for both the man she loves and the man she loved, who seeks to rekindle what they've lost.  The answer appears evident and yet only through seeing with unclouded eyes will peace be restored.

Find out the conclusion to Dui's story in this special spinoff and arrive at the exclusive CGI!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Waiting on CreateSpace

Hey all,

I've sent my final version of the latest book to CreateSpace for publishing and it's supposed to take 24 hrs to review the file but it's been nearly 48... so, I'm hoping the book will be out some time this week.  I wonder if they're holding it because of the strange subtitle: Volume 3.5 of the Series.  Who knows?  This book couldn't really be considered a fourth volume and it's not a separate series but CreateSpace won't let me do a half series so I had to make a new one and called it 3.5.  Anyway, I'll keep posted on how things go.

On another note, been sick with this 24-hr stomach flu thing.  I've heard about it.  Never had it until yesterday.  Didn't think it really would be "24-hr" and yet it is.  Weird.  Anyhow, going to crawl back into bed since this med is making me feel all weird.  Ta-ta for now.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Random Post: September Update

Hey all,

I'm on my last stride of editing the new Polaris spinoff.  I'm hoping to go to production this weekend.  I keep thinking maybe the ending could be different but I'm not sure what else it could be.  Tried all sorts of endings and this one seems the best to me. So... I'm going with it.  Also, I realize Bao Lai kind of sounds like a SJW for part of the story, lol @ me, but I think she needed to be otherwise the story is too linear.  Besides, it gives her some character development as she snaps out of it, I guess.

On another note, if you're reading this today 9/30/17, JCPenney has some good stuff, 50% off already clearance items.  Also, download their app and get an extra 20% off your order.  I bought an original $30+ pair of shoes for ~$7.  Not bad, eh?

That's all I have for now.  Talk to ya soon.