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Friday, June 22, 2018

Win His Heart Otome Slot Game?

Hey all,

I logged into Wizardess Heart yesterday and saw an ad for "Win His Heart Slots."  Apparently, it's a new slot game where you can win CGs from the some of popular Shall We Date App otomes such as: Wizardess Heart; Blood in Roses; Guard Me, Sherlock; Love Tangle; Ninja Assassin.

I clicked through the link from Wizardess Heart and got 1,000,000 points after the download.  Also, Klaus Goldstein's slot is available for download for a short time... today is the last day, maybe?

Overall, it's kind of a clunky, slow app.  Not terrible but gets boring awfully fast in my opinion.  I would suggest that you try it out if you're interested.  At least the cute guys have a bit more movement as they cheer you on if you win than the usual static pictures from the otomes.  Randy's slot has Taffy instead of Randy.  I like Taffy so no complaints.

I'm not sure exactly where this concept came from or where it'll go from here so I'll keep the download for now in case something fun develops.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

~Lenne Penry

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the papa bears out there!  Hope you have a good time celebrating!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

As It Turns Out... I'm Not My MC

Hey everyone,

If you've ever written, drawn, crafted or created any sort of artistic works, have you ever put too much of yourself into the pieces?  Often, I wonder if I've made my MC, Bao Lai, too much like myself... or at least, the me I think I am inside my own head.  I discovered recently that isn't so and maybe, I should be more like her.

You've heard me complain about my job before (as many working people do) and if you've read Malphas, you'd get the gist of my feelings toward my coworkers... again, afraid I might have put too much of myself into writing.  Anyway, I'm not fond of being a complainer.  I'm more of a doer, so I thought.  Last year, I applied to the JET Program as an assistant language teacher for the 2018 school year.  Well, I was actually short listed and was assigned to a great city called Sapporo (like the beer) in Hokkaido, Japan.  I was really excited except... ultimately, I failed to make the jump.  As we learn from many otomes, an MC is no one special until she either is drawn into some craziness or takes a chance at life.  I actually felt as if I could have been an MC in my own little story if I had taken the chance and started over in Japan.

The idea of starting anew is thrilling and frightening.  I kept thinking, I'm in my thirties... this job is mainly targeted at new graduates.  If this were a decade ago, I wouldn't hesitate.  To give up my safe job and go overseas just to finally come back and... look for another job that will likely pay less, not to mention, lose two years worth of additional savings which I've been working toward in order to afford a house is... madness.  Then there were fears of the language barriers, making social mistakes, not knowing how to get places (because I get lost a lot), horror stories online from JET alums, etc.  There were also some family issues too that added to the weight on my chest.  Even then, ever since I turned down the position (and made someone on the waiting list very happy), a thought has been been gnawing at my psyche.  What if this was my last and only chance to work abroad like I've wanted for a long time?  What if I could have discovered some great sights and made lasting memories?  The 2020 Olympics will be in Tokyo.  I could have gone to the Olympics!  Maybe, I could have met the love of my life.  I didn't walk down that path and now I'll never know.  The what ifs in life are truly daunting.

When I used to hear people quit great jobs to go do crazy things in search of adventure, I thought them bonkers.  I guess I understand now.  Life is short.  Live it while you can because in the end, money can't be taken with you.  Find happiness and live a good life instead of sitting in a dead end job quietly cussing your a-hole coworkers.  That's a heart attack waiting to happen.  Though, that's not to say recklessly quitting a good job is best for everyone.  Still, I am quite the coward, the opposite of my MC.  I was at the last step before going and I withdrew.  She would have just gone even if she were quivering in her boots.  She would have found something great while I merely watch from beyond the covers and dream the same without the gumption to imitate. 

I realized I'm not my MC and I haven't put too much of myself into my pieces.  Instead, I should have let life imitate art, and taken more of Bao Lai's personality into me.  Maybe I write about the person I aspire to be; not perfect, but perfectly capable of speaking her mind and taking chances.  I've thought about this before and now, more than ever, I think I'll take this motto to heart: YOLO.

Good night everyone.  Thanks for visiting.

~Lenne Penry

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

Here's what I got for my Mama Bear.  Sweets and a kawaii card.  If I'd made the card and baked the cake, I'd be an anime girl. ;)

Have a good time celebrating this special holiday.  Spoil your mamas a little and let her know you care. 

~LP


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Random Post: Pics From My Recent Trip

Hey everyone!

I was out last week on conference by having bummed off another's team trip, and have some pictures to share.  I was in Daytona Beach--pretty swanky, right?  Loved the ocean sounds.  Overall, it was a good trip and I learned a lot.  If you were at the same conference, you might have seen me and not know it, lolz.

Here's a pic of the beach and some seafood I got at Macker's.  And yes, I ate all of that in one seating and had terrible stomach aches... I regret nothing!

Other than fun in the sun, I'm still working on the fourth book to Polaris but keep blanking out because my characters won't act the way I want them to.  Ying will not be bound!  I think I might have to change his personality a little.  More to come.

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry






Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone!  

Have fun and stay safe out there!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March Update

Hey everyone,

Hope you're doing well. 

I've been wasting a lot of electricity lately by getting all hyped up, turning on my computer and then staring blankly at the screen for hours.  I have no idea where this story is going and when I manage to get a few sentences out, end up writing my characters into a corner.  The fourth book to Polaris is giving me lot of heartache--or maybe more like heartburn.  I think I'm trying to incorporate too many background stories from side characters that it's taking up space.  Almost 400 pages in and I feel like I need another 500 after rewriting about 150.  These books keep getting longer because the characters have more to say.  Also, I'm not really feeling the "spark" between my MC and the guys, probably because these guys are more the tsundere types, and that spark is hard to create when the MC, despite being hot-headed, isn't particularly a warm character either.  She's kind of a tsundere sometimes so then we have three tsundere characters looking awkwardly at one another (or maybe ignoring each other) at this dull party full of wallflowers.  Oh boy... Needless to say, I don't think this book will be done by July unless I have an epiphany.

I do have some ideas for the CGs though.  I had the image of Mizuki from the Ninja Destiny otome in my mind for Ying but Ying is said to have long tuffs of hair while Mizuki's is short.  Plus, Ying is older (~35 yrs old) and I wanted to go with the realistic art again instead of anime-ish art so he won't end up looking much like Mizuki.  Yue will be even more difficult because he's supposed to be super hunky and um... I'm not sure if I can pull the art off on that but I will try.  Just keep in mind he's supposed to be super hunky ;)

Lastly, I'm wondering if I should be nice and keep the book light and airy or go a little dark and start chopping off characters like a Shakespeare play.  Demons and Demon Slayers were covered in the last full volume while Huang Nu were mentioned in the volume 3.5.  This book is supposed to delve farther into the Huang Nu's bloodline history which is kind of dark and sad.  It is an otome though and not a Romance of the Three Kingdoms type book.  Maybe I'll save the Shakespeare thing for my own version an epic Chinese warring states tale later on.  Who knows?  I'm just throwing out ideas, folks.  Feel free to comment.

Other than working on the book, I just found out my employers approved my request to bum off another team's conference trip and I'll be spending Spring Break somewhere nice... wearing a suit and listening to a 12-hr symposium.  Oh well, better than nothing.  I can still run to the beach afterwards and maybe take a couple of pictures.

One last note, just a reminder that if you would like to do an honest review for one of my books, look me up on Amazon and let me know your email address via Twitter (@lennepenry) along with the book title you'd like to review.  I'll send you a redemption code.  I'd also appreciate it. <3

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry