Sunday, August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse Tomorrow!

Hey ya'll,

The total solar eclipse is tomorrow.  If you intend on watching, remember to be careful so you don't hurt your eyes.  I bought some solar glasses from a coworker who got a pack off Amazon, Soluna brand, and they turned out to be fakes.  According to the manufacturer's website, the real Soluna glasses has the website url listed below the logo in the middle of the glasses (on the backside).  The fakes may have this too but most actually fail to copy this simple aspect.  The ones she sold me didn't have them.  What that means is that they may not meet ISO requirements and won't be effective in blocking out harmful rays.

Another person from work made their own viewing pane from cardstock and aluminum foil via online instructions.  Another option would be to use a kiddie pool or some wide container filled with water and angle it at the sun then watch the eclipse in the reflection without looking up.  I'm not sure what I'll do yet. Maybe wear my sunglasses and wait until everything's dark before looking up and then look away immediately when light begins to peak... or use a mirror and angle it away... dunno yet.

Anyhow, whatever you plan to do, be safe.  There will likely be a lot of traffic outside tomorrow depending on whether you're in one of the prime zones for viewing or not, so be careful.  Watch the road, not the sky.  Heard some people are freaking out about the concept of a total blackout too like it's the apocalypse... reminds me of primitive cavemen.  Oh well, to each his own.

Let me know what your plans are for the eclipse!

~Lenne Penry

Friday, August 18, 2017

Random Post: Inbox Dollars... Ripoff Artist

Hey all,

It's been a while since I did a post about how to make money from home.  One of the websites I liked was Inbox Dollars.  They did pay, emphasis on did.  Recently, I cashed out my 30 some dollars and a day later, was banned from the website.  Now, I'd request a payout earlier but decided to wait until I hit $40 to avoid the processing fee.  Then, decided I didn't want to wait and went ahead with the cash-out a few weeks later.  So, I didn't actually do much different during the few weeks except for requesting my check.  Read online that they've been doing this to a lot of members to avoid payout.  Wouldn't have wasted my time if I knew.

In short, if you are planning to sign up with Inbox or are already a member, be careful that you don't end up wasting your time.

~Lenne Penry

Random Post: Kotaro Horibuchi Route's is Out!

Hey y'all,

Kota's route is out on Rental Boyfriend!  So far, I like it.  They're using the "other woman" approach to create conflict in this route, which is okay.  By other woman, I mean the MC has to contend with another woman for the bishie.  Kota's innocent, silly and just plain adorable.  Typically, I don't like the youngster persona but his plain adorableness is making things work.  Plus he's over 18 so it's cool right? ;0)

The MC's heart hurts every time she sees another pretty young thing talking to him in a friendly manner--typical-- but not terribly annoying.  I'm not sure I'm fond of this MC either.  She's got a mouth on her at times, playing Miss Sassy, but can also be a total ditz.  Supposedly, she's in her twenties, but really, her personality is that of a fifteen year old.

Going to keep going and see what happens.  Let me know what you think of Kota.

~Lenne Penry

Friday, August 11, 2017

More Pics from DC

Hey y'all,

More pics from my business trip *giggles* Sounds weird to even say business trip.  The first one is the Viet Nam Memorial... I thought it was bigger for some reason but really it's just two intersecting walls.  Kind of small, tbh.  I almost missed it.

DC's architecture is great and the streets are pretty easy to get around, much easier with a physical map than the map app, which led me all over the place and I ended up walking in circles.  Finally, I resorted to reading street signs for the attractions.  You'll definitely get your exercise in DC, by the way, which is great so long as it isn't hot out.

Maybe they'll send me back again assuming I didn't embarrass myself too badly in the presentation.  :)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Random Post: In DC Baby!

Hey y'all,

I'm in DC!  Never thought it would happen, being sent on a business trip to one of these big cities (or on any business trip for that matter).  Happened on a fluke, really.  Someone in my work group booked their vacation before this last minute meeting was scheduled so they needed a substitute.  I thought to myself: "Huh, free flight, hotel and food... sure."  Needless to say the exchange wasn't actually "free."  The plane was delayed and then flight was cancelled and I ended up sitting on another flight next to this kid way too old to be a lap child who kicked, scratched, hit, drooled and threw stuff at me for nearly two hours.  Also had to give a presentation and made an ass of myself a little but that part was expected.  I stink at public speaking.  Well, I stink at speaking in general.  At least no one will remember in a few days.

Anyhow, now I get to see DC, or at least will get to after this work stuff is over.  Typically, they don't send people from my division because we're IT cave dwellers.  However, when opportunity arises, go for it.  This is the whole point of my long-winded post, btw.  Don't be one to think... "well, maybe I should have taken the chance."  This isn't likely to boost my career by any means but if somehow it does, I wouldn't want to look back and be mad at myself for not showing up.  After all, as we learn from many otomes, the MC is typically not anything special (initially), she just has to be at the right place at the right time... ie, show up.  Not that... I've ran into any hot guys.  Bummer!

[ Always a side character, never an MC, am I right? (T_T) ]

Ran down to the Capitol after work yesterday but couldn't see much else because I had to run back to buy food.  Practically everything closes down at 7 PM where my hotel is located.  It's kind of weird.  Almost as if when it's dark out, vampires leave their nests, and so the villagers lock their doors and bar their windows.  I got in late on Monday and couldn't find any non-chain restaurants around the hotel open.  Even the pharmacy was closed which is weird because I'm used to those being open well into the night.  I'm gonna try to run down to the National Mall after work today and maybe see the White House and Viet Nam Veterans' Memorial tomorrow.  I'll post some pictures for those who've never been.  If you have, give me some advice on cheap but good food, preferably pizza.  I love pizza!

This is the Capitol below.  Amazing architecture by the way.  I friggin love grand and lavished structures that can withstand the test of time.  Don't find those very often these days.  Also, how do you like my photography "skills?"

~Lenne Penry

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wizardess Heart: When Will Amelia Have a Special Route?

Hmm.... this is me ranting so close this out now if you don't need to hear anymore.

Is it just me or is Liz Hart becoming very... stale?  Liz Hart from the Wizardess Heart otome that is.  I liked her character.  She's spunky, nice, great at chores (-.-), has healing magic, oblivious and makes great funny faces according to the bishies.  Typical helpless girl, who's not helpless at all if she'd pull her head out of the clouds, which every guy wants to protect. I get that she's a lot more powerful than she seems.  However, they, the writers, continue to perpetuate various aspects about her during every new story arc to create this image that she's SUPER special.

Now, I understand the story wouldn't be as interesting if she were "normal," but stick to a set of strengths and keep at it.  Her earlier character was more likable.  She had very powerful magic welling inside but doesn't know it and her ability to attract animals and magical creatures helped build a story, especially during the Yukiya/Elias/Luca arc.  Albeit, none of those bishies were my fav, the way she helped the story along through her known strengths made the story interesting.

Nowadays, they're overreaching.  She's EVERYTHING special.  It's fun to OP but it also gets boring really fast.

Onto Amelia, Liz's roommate.  At first, she was a very close, kind friend who helped the MC worked through emotional confusion.  Nowadays, they're just throwing her in as an almost obnoxious meddler.  Or am I the only one who thinks so?  Every time Liz meets her in a new story line, she jumps immediately to pushing Liz onto the "crush," which makes it seem that Liz is just suffering from peer pressure in falling for the bishies.

Still, Amelia is always such a loyal friend and has had to stand aside while Liz takes the stage, I think it's time Shall We Date Apps give her a special route of her own as the MC.  Remember how she said her type of guys is similar to Professor Merkulova?  I'd love to see her as the MC aspiring for his hand.  I'm partial to Professor Schulyer myself, but that's neither here nor there.

In conclusion, a good series is going down hill fast.  I'm gonna go tweet to Shall We Date Apps.  Join in and see if we can get Amelia her own route!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July Update

Hey all,

July's been pretty busy for me and still... I haven't gotten much done.  Still working on a Polaris special edition for Dui's true ending.  As you may (or may not) know from the previous Polaris: The Demon General and the General Practitioner, one of the routes allows the reader/MC/Bao Lai to end up with Dui.  However, Bao Lai's emotional connection to Hu is forever unbreakable so it didn't feel right that she could just give up her childhood friend and former lover for Dui in a romantic sense.  Not right away, at least.  Although, Dui being her former childhood rival also forms a strong bond too but when she left with Dui at the end of the last book, they were, more or less, very close friends.

This special edition will occur months after the first and will transition their relationship.  It's not a gushy type novel where they would dote on each other because I don't think it's fair to Dui who's had to stand by as a second string character in the first book while Bao Lai's heart was always on Hu.  Dui deserves more respect than that.

Of course, with another story, comes another conflict.  This time, the old wars threaten to return.  As to not give too much away, it's mainly about demons and demon slayers.  Problem is, I don't know how to end the conflict and have pretty much been stuck on it for months.  Plus I don't think Bao Lai is getting enough face time with the guys and there's not enough background story about her time with Dui after leaving An.  I'm really hoping to break through this corner I've written myself into... maybe August will be the month!

I'm a little concerned about drawing the CG.  Dui's hair is so-o-o-o-o complicated.  Maybe I'll give him a different hairstyle, after all, he was bound to cut his hair six months after leaving An or have it grow extra long.  Also, this book will be different from the others in that, you don't get choices.  That's my idea for now anyway.  I was thinking, what happens if Bao Lai/reader could have another chance to choose between Dui and Bai Hu?  This book would be a big middle finger to Dui if the MC chooses Hu.  Didn't want that.

Secretly, if I could choose between the two in real life, I think I'd choose Dui.  Don't tell Hu that. ;)

That's all I have for now.

Until next time!

~Lenne Penry