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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Reminder: Okko Sweet Romance's 'Rental Boyfriend' Otome Writing Contest

This is a repeat/reminder to those interested in writing a mini scenario for an otome game.  Okko Sweet Romance has a special contest for their Rental Boyfriend otome.  If you win, they'll publish your idea as one of their gacha short stories and also give you free points (platinum) for the specialty items that usually cost real money.  Your story will be published to thousands who play the game. 

All you have to do is write a special scenario, Christmas theme, for the MC and one of the guys from the otome.  700 words max and submit it by December 6th.  Submit scripts (preferably Mword) to support_en@okko.jp with appropriate headers.

I wasn't going to but now I'm thinking about it.  Would be fun.  Takeomi and Taisuke are my favs but Kotaro seems a cute route to write. 

I'm encouraging all otome lovers who like the Rental BFs series to enter.  Go for it!  You never know until you try!

Happy writing!

~Lenne Penry

Friday, November 24, 2017

Food Reflection

Happy Black Friday, y'all!

I'm still full from yesterday's meal.  How about you?  Did you go with the usual affairs or tried something new?  Please share below.

I did both.  Here are a few of my non-traditional items

1. cranberry cheesecake souffle.. is it a cheesecake or a souffle?  Both... I mixed them.  It was actually pretty good :)
2. Thai jelly dessert (made with jackfruit, longan, agar jelly, lychee and milk)
3. Chinese turkey aka roast duck.




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday/Brown Thursday Shopping

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hope your holiday's going well.

I just got back from Black Friday/Brown Thursday Shopping.  The line outside of JCPenney was insanely long but once the doors opened, things went smoothly.  Only got $10 off coupon.  Oh well, free money, no complaints.  Macy's didn't have as many people as I thought at opening time but the parking lot was full when I left an hour later.  In case you haven't gone, the cashier told me those "free" items after rebates are limited to 3 per household (address).  Didn't know that.  Guess I better borrow a friend's address. ;)

Below are a couple of presents I got for myself.  The bcbgmaxazria perfume was $12 (free after rebate) and the Gianni Bernini cubic zicronia set  is $19.99 (original tag says $125).

Did you find anything good at Black Friday/Brown Thursday this year?  Please post below.

PS: if you're a Loot Crate fan, 30% off all crates with coupon code CYBERSAVINGS and 55% off Loot Vault with code BlackFriday.





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be busy tomorrow so I might not have a chance to say this then:

               Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!  

Also... me, before Thanksgiving dinner:



Monday, November 20, 2017

Tofu Bride Manga: Part 1 of 3

Hey all,

Here's my first of several manga post to come.  This was the second manga short that I created years ago which I never finished because I found out the manga competition I was interested in entering wasn't hosting another season.  Also, I was in college and had to focus on those finals.

So, taking into account that this was for a short manga competition and stories had page limits, I know the story line is cheesy and pictures are not well drawn.  Not well drawn because I'm not a good artist not because I didn't try.  Also this was a draft and the grammar and typos are duly noted. 

Let me know what you think... be kind. (T.T)




Manga Short to Come...

Happy Monday folks!

Hope you're doing well!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is three days away?!  Time sure flies.

As with many major holidays, I try to clean my house to help with the feng shui aspect (and because it's usually filthy--I'm a hoarder).  I was cleaning last week and found two manga shorts that I made years ago.  One was entered into a manga competition and lost, the other, I never had a chance to submit since the competition wasn't held anymore.  They were terribly drawn and the story lines were sort of dumb because of the page limits.  Back then, I was drawing and inking things by hand and sometimes scanned them into a word document so I could add fonts.  Didn't have any of the fancy digital arts tool I have now.

I would never formally publish these of course, but it'd be a waste to throw them away without ever giving them a chance in the limelight.  So, I'll be uploading these soon, maybe a few pages at a time.  Look out for them.  Read and laugh if you must but try to be kind.  One is called "Tofu Bride" and the other... can't remember what I named it; let's go with "Picture Perfect."

Hoping I can get at least a few pages up later today.  See ya later!

~Lenne Penry

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Looking for Honest Book Reviewers

Hey y'all,

Hope you're doing well.  Just putting this out there.  If anyone is willing to write an honest book review for me, I'll gladly provide a free ebook code.  Use the "My Amazon Page" link in the above task bar on this blog to see my available books on Amazon. You'll need to make an account with Amazon or use your current one to download the ebook and you'll also need the Kindle app (free to download via Android Play Store or Apple Store).  Sounds like a lot of work I know but it doesn't take long.  I would absolutely appreciate it too.  Then, direct message me on my twitter page @lennepenry or if you don't care about privacy, leave your email below along with the book title you'd like to read/review.

Much thanks,

~Lenne Penry

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Otome Contest: Christmas Theme

Hey all,

I just saw the posting by Okko Sweet Romance for a special contest for their Rental Boyfriend otome.  If you win, they'll publish your idea as one of their gacha short stories and also give you free points (platinum) for the specialty items that usually cost real money.  All you have to do is write a special scenario, Christmas theme, for the MC and one of the guys from the otome.  700 words max and submit it by December 6th.  Submit submissions (preferably Mword) to support_en@okko.jp with appropriate headers.

For more info, download the app and play through one of the guy's route to get a sense of their personalities.  You can submit routes for as many as you like.  I don't think I'll be doing this due to lack of time, but I'll definitely keep it in mind.  It would be really fun to win though, wouldn't it?  Your idea published to thousands!  Anyhow, download the app if you want more info.  It only takes about a minute.

Happy writing!

~Lenne Penry

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Make a Wish MC!

Hey all,

Have you played Shall We Date Apps' Ninja Destiny 2+ Kila's route?  I know I always complain about this otome but then I see new routes and I keep on playing it. I like the Kila character aside from the cliche, "let's go on a date, MC!" to the dumb battle between lovers... "I love you so I have to fight you to the death!" nonsense.  Kila's cute.  His bad boy, sharp eyes and spiky hair were some of my original character idea for Bai Hu but then I went the realistic art route and that would have been a little weird.

Anyway, this post is about the MC, Ayame.  She can have any wish that she wants and she chose to bring back Kila's sense of pain.  This really reminded me of Fushigi Yuugi's MC wanting to wish to get into a prestigious high school even though she just ended up marrying Tamahome and becoming a stay at home mom.  I'm not against women who chose to stay at home and take care of kids; it's an honorable profession and not an easy one.  Unlike work, you can't ignore your kids after 5PM (or can you?).  But really, Miaka, someone else (man or woman) who wanted a spot at that prestigious school in order to find a job after graduating could have used the opportunity.  Plus, you have your OTP, don't be greedy.  Go to a regular high school like the rest of us.

Point is, these MC seem really selfish since there are a plethora of bad things that plague the world from war to diseases and senseless crimes.  The reader is supposed to feel agreeable with the MC's wish choice and nod their heads when the author emphasizes that everything else is supposed to be earned, not granted because that would be too easy.  I know Miaka didn't actually use a wish to get into the school but I don't find what she did noble either; both her and Yui irritate me.  Same with Ayame.  I grasp what the authors are getting at but to be honest, each time I see one of these MC, they really tick me off.  I mean, if anyone is ever lucky enough to be favored by the gods and get one or multiple wishes, please fix the world to make it heaven on earth.  And if you can, ask for more wishes.  Or... get a wish lawyer and write down all your requests into a contract and hand it over for granting.  I don't know of any magical guidelines that bar using the word "and" when wishing.

This has been another blog post featuring me, griping.  I don't know why I felt compelled to write this post but I did.  Maybe someone who reads this will get a chance to become MC and make a wish come true.  For the love of God, please fix this crazy world!  AND also send Hotohori to me!

~Lenne Penry