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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


Monday, February 26, 2018

Random Review: Farmstead Apothecary Jojoba Face Cream

Hey everyone,

This will one of my boring rants / reviews so if that sounds terribly annoying to you, feel free to close out the blog.  Won't hurt my feelings, I promise.
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picture source: https://www.farmsteadapothecary.com/store/p27/Face_Cream.html

I used to like Bath & Body a lot.  Hadn't been there in years but during their semi annual sale earlier this year, I decided to splurge on some lotions, soaps, perfume, etc.  I ended up getting a terrible headache from the perfume and the lotions.  Even the more expensive ones which weren't discounted, didn't seem to react well.  I'm not saying Bath & Body is a bad brand but it seems suited for younger folks.  Those ingredients that most people can't read seem to agitate my system now in my old age.  I'm leaning toward the natural ways.

If you're like me, no longer a spring chicken, chances are your skin have seen better days.  Chances are you've used harsh chemical-filled lotions, face washes, etc without thinking twice and then attributed bad skin issues to age.  In my early twenties, I started using those face washes which advertised opening up pore and whatnot for a deep clean and as a young person at the time, I wanted to try something new without much thought about what went on my face.  Well, they opened up pores all right and never closed them.  My once smooth, taut skin looks riddled with huge pores; skin became lackluster and not many years later, I looked like a dog with droopy cheeks.  Then I tried the so called most gentle brand of face wash thinking it would help the bad skin issues, and it made my face burned.  In fact, after having ruined my face from those cleansers, my skin has become excessively sensitive that all those popular brands make my face burn.

So... I turned to expensive brands hoping they could fix my bad skin issues like roughness, huge pores, droopiness, dark spots, etc thinking it's an age/hydration thing.  My sister who used Estee Lauder and those expensive department store creams claimed their effectiveness and I decided to loosen the purse strings and tried those out, even Clinique, which I heard great things about.  Made my skin smooth after the first several applications and then started burning.  After having those jars/tubes for a while, they developed some strange alterations in the smell, like denaturing alcohol.  In the long run, nothing changed to fix the problems I wanted fix and I was nervous every time I put those on wondering if adding more chemicals was going to fix what chemicals might have damaged.

Back in December, I was on Amazon looking to spend my gift card, I found this brand and thought I'd share it with you: Farmstead Apothecary.  ***Just a note that I am not endorsing this product or claiming its effectiveness.  I am not being paid to write this (though would be nice if that were the case!).  Just sharing my experience with anyone interested in a more natural alternative to those chemical filled products.***

Farmstead Apothecary's face cream brand claims 100% natural, vegan, cruelty free (not tested on animals), no alcohol or drying agents, organic, 8 ingredients or less, and the products are scented with real fruit.

This is really the ingredient list on their Anti-Aging Face Cream with Jojoba Oil:
Ingredients: Water, organic safflower oil, organic jojoba oil, non-GMO vegetable emulsifying wax, organic radish root ferment, stearic acid, non-GMO vitamin E oil, organic natural fruit fragrance

As they further explain on their website, the stearic acid is derived from plants.  I heard good things about jojoba (pig nut) but never tried.  Figured it wouldn't hurt and the online reviews, though limited, were positive.  Hey, I had free money from a gift card and at less than $20, still a world cheaper than those fancy brands that did nothing.

I'm not sure what I expected. The product came in a plastic jar which to me, felt cheap, but I guess those fancy brands use fancy jars and then charge an arm and a leg.  Mentally though, I did think it was cheap. First impression after opening the jar was: this looks like Crisco and smells like weird yogurt.  I could smell both of the scents marked on the label but they oddly did not go well together.  It could have been attributed to jojoba, I don't know.  This was another mental note made that lowered expectations right away.  However, I kept looking at the simple ingredient list and decided why the heck not?

Well, I'm glad I gave this brand a chance.  After a couple months of using this product, my skin looks a lot nicer.  The pore issues have dramatically decreased, my skin feels taut to the point that I thought my chubby face shrank.  Used it on my neck which has the second chin issue and that seemed to diminish as well. Skin feels smooth but not doughy (if you know what I mean).  Only downside though is that if I happen to get my skin wet after application, and I mean hours later, not immediately, some of the smoothness diminishes and seems skin around the eyebrows area flakes a bit.  I'm not sure if that's due to the cream or something else. Overall, like other face cream, reapplication is a must to keep the "hawtness" going (XD)  The jar is 4 oz.  I still have at least half left after applying it daily for about two months.  I can easily see this lasting four to six months.

Final Thoughts: Farmstead Apothecary has my business, at least for face cream.  I've tried their body butter and not entirely impressed but we'll leave it at that.  Sans the initial smell which has become normal to me, I love the natural ingredients.  I don't feel uneasiness when putting this on my skin compared to chemical filled products.  It goes to show that price doesn't always equate to quality or effectiveness (at least for me).  Natural is sometimes the way.  This small brand got it right.

Hope I've bored the snot out of you.  Thanks for reading!

~Cheers!
~Lenne Penry

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hey everyone!

Hope you're having a happy Valentine's Day! 

If you're single, like me, there's always discounted candy at Walmart tomorrow!  Just kidding, don't eat too much candy (bad for ya!).  On the bright side, we can always look forward to next year for a chance at becoming the MC in our own love stories which have yet been written.  Lunar New Year is in two days so it's not that far away!

Whether you're lucky enough to have someone or waiting for that 2D crush to become 3D, treat yourself to something nice this Valentine.  Enjoy the pretty decorations and rejoice in the festive atmosphere.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

~Lenne


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Wizardess Heart MC's Personality Change?

Hey everyone,

Am I the only one who's noticed a change in the Wizardess Heart MC, Liz Hart, in the new story lines?  She's not the simple, blushing, understanding though dumb type of girl they've had since the inception of the series.  In Zeus's route (the newest route), she seems short tempered, slightly snarky, assertive, and a tad sharper.  She kind of reminds me a little of my MC, except Bao Lai is also goofy and socially awkward. 

I wonder what provoked the change... different writers, maybe?  Or maybe the same writers thought she'd act differently because Liz didn't have a buddy/boyfriend in the first three years at the academy in this route. Maybe the personality change could be attributed to maturity without a bf to rely on.  Not sure.  I'm liking Liz a bit better than her old airhead version but I still think Amelia deserves her own route with Prof Merkulova.

What are your thoughts on the matured/modified Liz Hart?  How do you like Zeus?

For those who haven't checked out this series, it's free in the Playstore and one of the better ones by Shall We Date Apps.  Give it a try.

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Polaris Valentine

Hey all,

Here's my Polaris Valentine doodle featuring the MC, Bao Lai, and one of the guys she can get from volume 1, Kang Lang.  Decided to go with the yandere/tsundere theme because Kang Lang is such a sweet with crazy person.

Let me know what you think. <3

~Lenne






Wednesday, February 7, 2018

OKKO Fan Art Contest: Rental Boyfriends

Hey guys and dolls,

My tablet has been acting up and I've recently managed to get it working again.  I've just re-downloaded Rental Boyfriends and looks like there is another contest; fan art this time.  Bad thing is... last day to enter is tomorrow.  It has to be Valentine's Day theme.  Just FYI in case you're interested.  Download the game to get more info from the news board plus use the guys' pictures as references for your art.  Last minute, I know, but some of you artists out there are fast and creative so I'm sure if you really want to enter, it's not impossible.

I'll stay out of this contest because of late notice and quite frankly, I know my art is noob status.  Need to work on it.  I think I'll post a quick Polaris Valentine doodle next week with the (literally) crazy romantic, Kang Lang.  He's actually my favorite character to write for because he's such an @$$!  I wonder what that says about me.  Huh.

Anyhow, happy drawing!
~Lenne Penry

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Snowy Sunday

It was snowing today when I woke up.  Holy smokes, I haven't seen this much snow in so long!  When I was a kid, seeing snow made me giddy because I'd always hope for a day (or many days) off from school.  Now, it's pretty but a pain because I really don't want to drive in it.  Hopefully it'll clear up before I leave for work tomorrow.  Here are a couple pics.

Any snow where you are right now?



Friday, February 2, 2018

Free Geek Fuel Box Came

Hey guys and gals,

Got my free Geek Fuel box today.  Came with the items listed in the previous post (Transfomers T-shirt, GF lanyard & pin, Steam code, and a random journal.)  I received the Zelda journal.  It's really nice in person; well made.  I don't usually write in journals but tempted to fill this one up because it's so pretty... either that or put it up as decoration.  Maybe I'll keep it on the nightstand as a dream journal.

Well, anyhow, just wanted to show that the GF offer was legit.  The promo is now over though, I believe, but who knows, they might do it again.  Keep an eye out for next time.  ;)

Happy Geeking
~Lenne Penry

Saturday, January 27, 2018

FREE Geek Fuel Box! ($6-$8 Shipping)

Hey guys,

Saw this on my Facebook by Geekfuel.  They're having a promo where all you have to do is pay for shipping and they'll ship you a free box.  This is a really good deal considering they usually charge around $25 per box.  Just remember to cancel the subscription before the next billing date in February unless you want to keep the subscription going.  They will charge full price in Feb!

It's a clickthrough link so I would advise you to search for it on Facebook.  Check the website's url has https with a secure verification in the clickthrough to make sure you clicked on a legit post.  I tried searching for it on google but when I get to the page, they say offer has expired.  I went through Facebook and it worked fine.  I've actually done one of these free offers before.  The last one was all right.  I saw the unboxing on YouTube for this month's and it looks nice.  You get a Transformer T-shirt, Geek Fuel lanyard & pin, a random journal (really nice journals) worth the $6 alone in my opinion and a game code for Steam (The Marvelous Miss Take).  Below is the post to look for.


Happy geeking!
~Lenne Penry


City Wok

Hey visitors,

Saw this at the Denver airport this week.  Went there for a job interview. I guess there really is a City "Shitty" Wok in Colorado. O__O


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Good Swagbucks Deals

Hey visitors,

If you haven't given Swagbucks a try, it's awesome.  If you have but never tried these offers, take a look.  I've done a few deals recently that are either money maker or totally worth it. Here are some notes in case you're interested.


  1. BOXED - it's a new company that deals mainly in bulk sales, kind of like Costco.  The current offer on Swagbucks is spend at least $20 and get $15 back.  I just got my orders today.  It's one per user not one per household so if you have multiple folks at your household on Swagbucks, this is pretty good.  
    • Pro(s): For roughly $20 if you spend the minimum, you get up to $15 worth of free stuff, two samples (don't forget to select these before checking out) and free shipping.  One time only.
    • Con(s): selection is limited.  I just bought Sriracha ;)
    • Note: don't forget to turn off your adblocker so Swagbucks can log the transaction.  You should receive an email about $15 rebate (1500 sb) the same day of purchase, assuming you didn't order late at night.
  2. GameFly - Spent $10 and some change for a 2-month (basic) subscription to Gamefly.
    • Pro(s) - $16+ money maker and it's instant credit!
    • Con(s) - Only one per household even though the description says per user
    • Note- don't forget to cancel the subscription within two months or you'll be charged again, unless you want to keep it.
  3. Love with Food - snack subscription service.  Spend $10 and get $10 unless... use coupon code save5 at checkout.   Then your order is only $4.99.
    • Pro(s) - $5 maker and free snacks
    • Con(s) - not sure yet, still waiting for shipment
    • Note - remember to cancel before next billing period, unless you want to keep it.
  4. Gilette on Demand - Spend around $10 on the Mach 3 Turbo (because it's the cheapest w/ free shipping) and get $20 back.  Also, you get free razors.
    • Pro(s) - no subscriptions (unless you want to) if you choose on demand!  Also one per user so multiple per household is okay.  If you don't need razors, they make a nice gift for someone else.
    • Con(s) - none that I saw.
    • Note - swagbucks want to know your cell number before letting you do this offer to keep people from making multiple accounts.  quick verification.
  5. Proactiv - This deal changed since I last used it but the concept is the same.  Spend $20 on a kit and get $30 back.  Then, turn around and sell the kit on ebay for around $60.  I sold mine in one day.
    • Pro(s) - good money maker
    • Con(s) - subscription that is hard to cancel.  You have to call and then they give you the roundabout spiel.  Just keep saying no.  Also, when I did the offer, it took forever for the credit to apply.  Had to put in a ticket.
    • Note - Don't forget to cancel the subscription unless you really want to keep it.

Happy Money Making!
~ Lenne Penry

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mai Draft Sketch

Hey guys,

Been looking to clear some files from my disk and found an old sketch of Mai from Poetess Xuan.  She's supposed to be the skinny/pretty girl and the MC's (Xuan's) cousin.  I'm not sure if I'll make new routes for this otome but I'm thinking about going back to anime-ish type art for future CGs of other otome novels and try to make them more outlandish.

If you've read Poetess Xuan, what did you think of Mai?

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Resolutions

Hey everyone,

Thanks for visiting.  It's that time again.  Time to make resolutions for the new year and hopefully keep them!  The following is my year in review along with some goals for the new year.  Please let me know what some of your resolutions are too in the comments.

Year in Review:

  1. Published the third book and spinoff to the Polaris series.  The Demon General and the General Practitioner & Dui's True Ending.
  2. Made $45.46 in royalties (book sales and pages read from Kindle Unlimited). Thank you very much for your contributions! :0)
  3. Improved my public speaking skills slightly by having joined Toastmasters International Club.
  4. Made some (dank?) memes.

New Year Resolutions:

  1. Lose 20 pounds.  (Ha!  I say this every year)
  2. Publish the fourth book to the Polaris otome series.
  3. Publish more pictures on my blog posts.  I know I should.  Plain texts look so bland.  I just don't like pulling out the old drawing tablet until it's a big project like drawing the ending CGs for the novels. Maybe I'll doodle something for Lunar New Year.
  4. Make at least $41 in royalties so I can break even on those ISBNs purchased from 2015.
  5. Finally pay off my car
  6. Possibly change job.  I applied for an overseas English teaching assistant position.  It pays less than a third of my current salary, lol, but I don't know... guess I need a change before the filters come off and my coworkers really know what I think.  Office politics.  Sigh... anyway, que sera, sera.
~Lenne Penry