Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!  It's the year of the Earth Pig!  Hope the new year brings whatever happiness you're searching for!

~Lenne Penry

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hope you're doing well and enjoying the new year with loved ones.

2018 went by pretty fast.  I feel as if I didn't get anything done!  2019 will be my (hopefully) get-things-done year!

Here's my year in review and some new goals for 2019.  Please feel free to share some of yours with me!

2018 New Year Resolutions:
  1. Lose 20 pounds.  (Ha!  I say this every year)  >Actually, I dropped 5 lbs working PT at Walmart
  2. Publish the fourth book to the Polaris otome series. >Incomplete goal (doh!)
  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. >Incomplete goal (doh!)
  4. Make at least $41 in royalties so I can break even on those ISBNs purchased from 2015. >Only made $6.99 in royalties this year :(  Still, thank you to everyone who gave my books a chance!  $34.01 to go!
  5. Finally pay off my car >Done!
  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. >I got the job overseas but it just wasn't the right move for me at the time.  I'm still in search of a new job!
2019 New Year Resolutions:
  1. Lose 15 more pounds!
  2. Publish the fourth book to the Polaris otome series.
  3. Add more distribution channels to my book.
  4. Turn my novels into otome videos on YT.  (Just throwing out ideas)
  5. Make at least $34.01 in royalties so I can break even on those ISBNs purchased from 2015.
  6. Put a down payment on a house.
  7. Find a new job or start a business.
  8. Find and marry Hotohori (or this world's version of him) ... a girl can dream!
Let's see if I can meet some or all of these goals for 2019.  Again, let me know what some of yours are!

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry

Friday, August 31, 2018

Random Post: Summer Update

Hey everyone!

Thanks for visiting.  It's almost September!  Can you believe it?

I've been working on the fourth book to Polaris but having real trouble with Ying's route.  He's such an ornery weirdo that I'm having difficulties with dialogue.  The book is almost 600 pages long and I'm still not at the climax of yet.  So... this might be another 800-page Empress of Ning book.  At least if you count pages of books while reading like I count steps, it's a real workout, huh?

I've also started a part time job recently to save up for a house, cuz prices have skyrocketed from a few years ago.  That's cutting into writing time too.  I really hope to get this book rolling and out by the end of the year.  So... look for it.  I think my fan base is 1 person.  Whoever you are, thank you much!

Oh, and in case you're curious, I'm working part time at Walmart.  Seems whenever I tell people this, they roll their eyes or scrunch their faces, lol.  It starts at $11.50/hr stocking in the back and a little less in the front as cashier ($10-$11?).  Backroom is harder work with lifting and all that, so it pays more.  My doctor says I need to lose 20 pounds anyhow.  Maybe this will be the exercise plan that sticks!  XD
Hours are flexible.  Bonuses are given four times a year ($550 max each time for full time folks; part time is based on hours worked).  I like how their Pathway program allow employees to move up into higher positions over time.  One of the assistant managers in Dairy is 19 years old, another over in Meat or Frozen, forget which, is 23 and so on.  I've never been a manager of anything.  Kind of weird these kids are managers but also pretty cool.

I've done a number of odd jobs in my lifetime, from painting houses, to working in a factory, to selling fruits at the farmers' market, to a good ole' desk job... and now in retail.  Gotta say, despite the higher qualification for a desk job, I still respect people who can put in a hard day's labor.  Since I'm doing both at the same time, kind of make me appreciate my lousy desk job more because I get to sit whenever I want.  So overall, an appreciation of both white and blue collar jobs.

That isn't to say that if you're young and doing one of these physical labor jobs that you should stay in it.  Won't be fun when you're old.  Always try for more because you'll never know what you can do.  Many community colleges have tuition assistance.  Don't be quick to say that you were never good in school.  Thing is, I find that I learn things better and make them stick longer now that I'm older.  I don't learn as fast as I used to, but I understand more.  And for those bored in a desk job and gaining weight like I am, don't turn your nose at a blue collar job for that extra cash and much needed exercise if you have the interest/time/energy.  Siting in a cubicle for 40 years will turn you mad.

That's my spiel for the day to you kids.  TTYL!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Game: Royal Chaos!

Hey everyone!

Hope you're doing well.

I saw an ad for Royal Chaos and decided to download it (from the app store).  It's strange and unique; kind of like Love Nikki: Dress Up Queen.

You can play as male or female; the game has different goals depending on your gender.  I don't know what the guy aspires for since I chose the girl.  The story goes that your father slighted the emperor's fav concubine (who's at war with the empress for control) and so, as the female MC, dump your love and go to the palace in hopes that His Highness, Emperor Mu, picks you as a consort.  I guess this is to make sure your family is safe?

When you get there, make some friends and build a team to fight off snarky bi-atches and jerks who stand in your way.  As the MC, you can play as a scholar, warrior, healer, sage (I think that was it) with different attributes and engage in combat with others to win gold, etc.  Combat is turned based but it's not like Final Fantasy where you get to choose the moves.  It's auto.  Still kind of funny.

The emperor is hot.  Reminds me of Hotohori.  Apparently, with all those women fighting over him, he's pining after someone that he can't have (sounds like Hotohori?).  I guess your role, if you play your cards right, ladies, is to win his heart.  Now, the weird thing is... I thought the MC loved the man she left behind and yet once she sees Emperor Mu on the side quest (where you/player get to touch him *wink wink*) she's acting as if he's so beautiful that he could be "Mr. Right."  Ermm... So, did she not love her bf?  Weird.  Whatever.

I love old Chinese clothing, architectures, landscape, languages... ancient Chinese aesthetics in general, so this game is right up my alley.  I think I must have lived there in another lifetime.

Anyhow, check it out and let me know what you think.

**P.S. Yes, it does take a bit of time to download so get on that wifi to save some data.

Have fun gaming!
~Lenne Penry


The emperor is nothing like Hotohori.  He sleeps with everybody (but he loves you/MC the most *rolls eyes*).  Also, it's like the Bachelorette show mixed with Sister Wives; full of drama, backstabbing, two-faced women vying to be number one.  Even the MC doesn't seem to really like Emperor Mu all that much, she's just faking it to get more favors.  I don't like anyone in this game... except for the MC's old bf/lover.  At least he seems more genuine than all these harpies put together.

So... do I still recommend this game?  Sure, it's interesting game play.  Just... don't expect to get attached to any character.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Hope you're having fun celebrating.  Careful with the fireworks.

I'm super full from BBQ so I'm watching the Xena: Warrior Princess Marathon on El Rey Network.  I used to watch this in the 90s but back then my English wasn't very good so I pretty much watched it for the fighting.  Now that I can understand the plot, the stories seem really good.  A good series, even now.  Watch it when you get a chance.

Also, how's everyone celebrating today?


Monday, June 25, 2018

Wizardess Heart: Amelia Niles Spin-off

Hey everyone!

Shall We Date put out a new spin-off for Wizardess Heart.  The extra cool and super nice roommate, Amelia Niles, finally gets a shot at love.  I was hoping it would be Professor Merkulova.  Instead, it looks like two generically drawn characters: Augustus (boy) and Scarlett (girl?).  (Girl?) because Amelia never mentioned that she was into chicks and this could be one of those boy dressed like girl dressed like boy thing... or something.  I haven't gotten far in the spin-off since I ran out of story tickets.

I really was hoping it would be Prof Merkulova.  Yes, I know I already said it but still... Prof Merkulova!  Why?  In one of Liz's route, she mentioned her type of guy is someone like Prof Merkulova.  In another route, it was Headmaster Randolph, if memory serves.  Either way, she likes older guys.  I think Prof Merkulova would be so perfect for Amelia.  He's young, handsome and bookish.  Has some personal issues as revealed by Elias's route, which would have made great conflict for a story.

Someone fanfic this please!

Otherwise, if you're playing the spin-off, let me know what you think of Scarlett and/or Augustus.

For those who have no idea what I'm talking about:
Game: Wizardess Heart
Developer: Shall We Date Apps
Location: App store (android; iOs)
Cost: Free

Have fun otome-ing!

~Lenne Penry