Monthly Archives: May 2012

Tuesday’s Tunes: Bwahahaha!

Tuesday's Tunes: Bwahahaha!

      A disclaimer. Some of the songs posted will have naughty language. Some will be terrible in your opinion. Some will be terrible in my opinion. Watch the linked video(s) at your own risk.
      That said, if you have ever wondered what sort of songs are punctuating scenes in my head, come back every Tuesday to find out.

      Okay, so Tuesday’s Tunes is a little late today. Memorial Day being a holiday sort of skewed my week and I totally forgot to finish this draft and schedule it. Oops!
      Thanks for forgiving me. You do, right? RIGHT?!
      *ahem*
      I’ve talked a lot about music that sets a scene or punctuates some action or helps me get out of reality and into THE ZONE. I’ve mentioned songs that reflect certain characters or just fill me with joy or get hits on my blog (Meghan Tonjes, I’m talking about you again). What I haven’t talked about is my proclivity for funny/parody/dirty/comedy songs.
      Yes, I adore Weird Al (and have since I was young, and will until the day I die AND he might have been the catalyst for my preference for funny, curly-haired boys), and I will probably dedicate a whole entry to him one day, but today I’m concentrating on a handful of hilarious musicians and songs that tickle my funny bone, get stuck in my head, and force me write bizarre flash fiction about banana-eating aliens and the cast of “The Guild” in LoTRO-land.
      *ahem* …again.
      Before we get to a few of the catchiest, funniest, raunchiest videos I’ve ever seen (and subjected poor Jack to), let me just make a plea to you… If you are easily offended, if the “F” word makes your ears bleed, if blond girls rapping about cocks hurts your soul, or reference to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are not your thing… Please, for the love of God, do not listen to the songs below. They are filthy and wonderful, but definitely not G-rated.
      That said, the songs below are just a tiny sampling of those I enjoy. They are the ones that randomly get stuck in my head and cause me to go bopping around the grocery store singing “Bounce that Dick” or “I’m on a boat, m*therf*cker, don’t you e’rr forget” or “Whether you’re English, French, Japanese, or German. Whether you’re at home or at a movie with Pee Wee Herman. We all take matters into our own hands. With the five finger army we invade our pants”.
      The first video is by a YouTube Superstar called Jenna Marbles. Her vlogs are hilarious, but not usually musical. Still, the song I’ve embedded below is called “Bounce That Dick” and its so totally her and a fantastic foray into the area of parody/comedy music. Listen to it, relish the many different euphemisms for male genitalia, and then check out the rest of her videos.
      The second video is “Alone in the Universe” by Jon Lajoie. He’s a comedian from Canada, but don’t let that blind you to his awesomeness. “Everyday Normal Guy” is witty and most of us can probably identify with some of the lyrics. The subsequent “Everyday Normal Guy 2″ and “Everyday Normal Crew” (and then WTF Collective, which seem directly related to me) capture a lot of the initial comedy, but definitely insert more offensive stuff as well. I chose “Alone in the Universe” because I admire the dozen different phrases for masturbation (both dudes and chicks), and because of the video. “Pop Song” is another great one to find if you find him funny at all – its from his album and the video skewers the late-90s boy band trend as beautifully as the song does the music industry.
      And last but not least, The Lonely Island. I wanted to go with something less popular than the ubiquitous (and spectacular) “I’m on a Boat” or “Dick in a Box”, but I chose “I’m on a Boat” because of its earworminess. Which is to say, once I hear it, more than any other song on this list, I find myself singing the lyrics for hours afterwards. Usually without even knowing it. And that is as close to THE ZONE as comedy music gets me, for while I’m mindlessly humming “I’m on a boat and, it’s goin fast and, I got a nautical themed pashmina afghan. I’m the king of the world, on a boat like Leo, If you’re on the shore, then you’re sho’ not me-oh”, I’m also writing or editing like a fiend.
      Now if you like The Lonely Island (SNL alums, for those who didn’t know), definitely check out “Jizz in a Box”, “Throw it on the Ground”, “I Just Had Sex (ft. Akon)” and “3-Way/the Golden Rule (ft. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga)”. John Waters and Nikki Minaj feature in “The Creep” which is pretty funny, and “Boombox” features Julian Casablancas, who I don’t know, but who blows glittery like nobody’s business.
      So.
      What do you think of comedy songs? Do they inspire you to better dialogue? I like to think that they do me – wittier turns of phrase and ironic juxtapositioning – but it could just be that I love to laugh.

      Which I do.

      Are there any comedy songs/artists you’d recommend for me to check out?

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

VBT: Master Koda Spills Her Guts

VBT: Master Koda Spills Her Guts

      Good morning world! Today is the opening day of the Tasha Turner Coaching/MasterKoda VBT! Unfortunately, our scheduled guest was not able to appear due to technical difficulties, but the illustrious KD Emerson (that’s right, Master Koda herself!) has stepped up to fulfill the lead-off guest post here at PP.net. How lucky am I?
      Without further ado… KD Emerson!

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I got started writing when my mom put a pencil in my hand and told me I had to learn the ABC’s. Those first lessons where a real riot. My A’s looked like broken teepees and my Z’s looked like something Mario would have a heyday finding his way through. But Mom stuck it out (much to her later dismay) and soon I was Dick and Jane-ing to beat the band (those were early readers back in the caveman era).

Something caught fire in my soul and I just had to tell stories. Maybe that means I am a first rate liar. I prefer to think of it as having a great creative mind, but whatever the gift of writing is – it has always been my greatest joy and deepest sorrow.

I “published” my first “book” in first grade after spending the previous summer writing and re-writing the blessed tomb. Every time I added a character or something of interest I would changed the title, by the time I finished the title went something like this The Magic Sword, the Boys, the Cave and Sam the Talking Dog. Funny how my upcoming novel features a cave. There must be a deep and meaningful symbol there somewhere. My spelling was something straight out of an editor’s worst nightmare. Sam (the talking dog) braked more often than barked and my mother was ready to string me up on the back porch if I asked her how to spell went one more time.

That summer was challenging for my parents who where honest, hard-working Americans who thought they had bred straight forward children who played straight forward games and didn’t stray too far from the practical life they strived to give us. That was, until they were blessed with me. The summer of “Kim’s Great Novel” was to prove them wrong. They were faced with a child who took herself far too seriously in the writing of the Next Great American Novel. If my older sister ran in with her friends I chased them out with the deadly end of my pencil (keep in mind she was 9 years older than me). No one was allowed within five feet of my desk which was placed smack in the middle of the living room. The TV was off limits before 6pm; my father became my administrative assistant and took messages from my playmates when they came to the door.

“Can Kim play?”

“She’s writing.”

Can you imagine a child that wanted to sit in front of a desk when there were water fights to be had outside? There is something just wrong with that picture.

I am relieved to say I chucked my ego years ago and no longer pose as a know-it-all, self centered “artiste”.

As for me, I am just a writer who loves to write and entertain people. Hope you enjoyed reading. I would love to hear from you. What makes you tick? What is one of your favorite stories about your childhood?
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Author, KD Emerson was born (or is that hatched) several years ago. We won’t go into how long it has been because she has this fantasy that she is still a teenager. She has a passion for the written word and assisting other writers in becoming the best they can be. She also loves to promote others and cheer them on to victory. You can find her at MasterKoda.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a Jet Plane

      That’s right folks! The TTC VBT, in conjunction with MasterKoda, kicks off tomorrow, May 27th, 2012! This blog tour runs for sixteen weeks – can you believe it? This summer PP.net will be featuring a whole slew of amazing, talented folk and – lucky me – those same wonderful folk will be letting me guest post on their blogs.
      I’m one psyched Tangerine, let me tell you!
      To start the journey, I will be guest posting at jenniferstarks, the lovely blog belonging to Jennifer Starks – she of such books as “Messy Death” and the forthcoming “Prowling for Demons”. I feel so fortunate that she is letting little ol’ Work-in-Progress-Penelope post on her blog. So please, stop by and check out her blog and my guest post (link TBD! Update! Link here: WHEE!).
      And hopefully tomorrow, in lieu of a new Snippet, we will be featuring the first ever PP.net guest post, written by Khloe Kamalis, author of “V.A.M.P.S. ~ ATL ~ The Young Immortals ~ A Southern Gothic Trilogy” which was just released in April! I’ve got that one on my “To Be Read” list, for sure!
      Anyway – its going to be an exciting summer here at PP.net. Aside from the awesome Blog Tour, glittering guest stars, and traipsing all over the web – Jack and I are doing Camp NaNoWriMo in June PLUS the release date for my WIP, Incandescence is currently slated for the end of August! Whee!
      Life just doesn’t get any better than this. Lots of great things on the horizon, good friends, and Cheesecake in the refrigerator for ‘cheat’ day!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

The Power of Four, a meme

The Power of Four, a meme

      My dear, sweet, talented friend, Ellie Mack had the brazen audacity to tag me in a blog meme! That hussy! Just kidding. I adore Ellie and, truth be told, I sort of dig on these blog meme lists. They’re a fun way to learn about each other without all that hassle of like, talking and interacting and junk.
      Tee-hee!
      Anyway, below you’ll find “The Power of Four” filled in with my answers. At the end, I’ll tag four bloggers (and pray they fill in the blanks, too!). Its fun when people carry on the chain.
      Peer pressure, people. Its what the interwebs are built on!

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      Meme Time: The Power of Four was created to start something fun in updating our blogs. It also gives our readers a chance to get to know us better. Here’s just a bit about me. I copy and pasted the list, put it my own answers, and now I shall tag four other people.

Four Places I’ve Worked/Jobs I’ve Had:
a. IT HD Analyst
b. Pizza Queen
c. Freelance Baker’s Assistant
d. Truck Driver’s Map-Reader (unpaid, but awesome)

Four Places I’ve Lived:
a. Anchorage, AK
b. Seattle, WA
c. Spokane, WA
d. Harrisburg, PA

Four Movies I Could Watch Again & Again:
a. A Knight’s Tale
b. Shaun of the Dead
c. The Lonely Island, Jenna Marbles, Jon La Joie, Meghan Tonjes (YouTube Channels count, right?)
d. Red
e. Pete’s Dragon
f. Gleaming the Cube
g. This question isn’t fair because I could go on all day and still keep finding movies I love and adore and want to watch RIGHT. THIS. MINUTE.

Four Television Shows I Watch:
a. Chopped
b. Castle
c. Glee
d. Doctor Who
d. NetFlix, entire series (Cheers, Roseanne, Bones, Star Trek: TNG, Doctor Who, Farscape, and so on, and so on, and so on…)

Four Authors I Enjoy:
a. Melanie Rawn
b. GRRM
c. Paula Volsky
d. JV Jones

Four Places I Have Travelled To:
a. Vancouver, BC, Canada (because you can drink when you’re 19… yes.)
b. Reno, NV (childhood road-trip)
c. Ocean Shores, WA
d. 42/50 States, mostly while doing Job D listed above. :D

Four Websites I Visit Daily:
a. Facebook
b. Gmail
c. …
d. ???

(Gee, I don’t really visit many sites daily. Weekly or sporadically or when there is a new post, then yes. But not exactly ‘daily’.)

Four of My Favorite Foods:
a. Cheesecake
b. Chicken Sausage & Lentils
c. BBQ/Grilled anything
d. Hummus

Four Places I’d Rather Be:
a. The ZONE (writing!)
b. A cruise ship in the Caribbean
c. Hanging out with my Mom, Sister, Bro-in-Law and Nephew in WA
d. Gaming

Four People I Want to Tag:
Jack Morgan
Raymond Frazee
Jennifer Don
Nicola Jeffrey

If you’ve been tagged, make your own list and link back to this post. Have fun with it and have a great day!
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That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now, if you were tagged, its your turn. And if you were not, well…feel free to do it anyway and link back!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

(The Power of Four on Ellie’s Blog)

Tuesday’s Tunes: Signature Songs

Tuesday's Tunes: Signature Songs

      A disclaimer. Some of the songs posted will have naughty language. Some will be terrible in your opinion. Some will be terrible in my opinion. Watch the linked video(s) at your own risk.
      That said, if you have ever wondered what sort of songs are punctuating scenes in my head, come back every Tuesday to find out.

      Have you ever read a novel (or comic, or graphic novel, or short, or fan-fic, or hell – anything) and some how, in that crazy way our brains have, ended up associating a song to a certain character or scene?
      We’re talking the “Imperial March” playing in your head every time Baron Arconin walks into the room. Or the distinctive squeal of Slash’s bad-assery on just about any GNR track while hooligans harass Hannah into furious action in Incandescence. Or the voluptuous bardess-turned-assassin strangling a john in an alley way who is irrevocably intermingled with Bree Sharp’s “The Cheap & Evil Girl” in my mind.
      I was listening to VH1 in the background while I wrote a lot about a lady wizard and her dragon-blooded lover. To this day, when I hear “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane (which was huge that summer/fall) I think of them and sigh. The song’s lyrics may not be particularly ‘suited’ to the pair or their romance, but it became associated with them in my neural pathways. In the same vein, I can’t read any of Jack’s snippets about a character called Carver without thinking of “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed. And “Blind Faith” by O-24 always cycles in my mind when I’m re-reading one of the romance shorts I wrote back in the early aughts when I also happened to listen to a lot of K-Pop and J-Rock on the International Channel.
      What bouncy faux-hippity-hop korean pop music has to do with a love triangle on the American prairie I will never know. But I can never hear “Blind Faith” without thinking of Felicity, Robert, Edith and a burgeoning lesbian love affair set against the long, arduous journey West.
      For my current WIP, the afore (and frequently) mentioned Incandescence, I’ve written a guest post about the music that sort of makes me think about the story as a whole and some of the characters.
      Without totally spoilerizing (er….) that whole post, let me just say that without a doubt, the so-called villains of the story have the strongest association with music (in my head) of any character in the novel. I’m actively trying to come up with a signature song for Hannah, but I suppose her ‘signature song’ probably hasn’t been written yet – seeing as the story is set in the near future and teenagers tend toward the new, now, and trendy.
      Her brother strikes me as the fellow who would listen to bands like Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Staind, et cetera – but who would totally listen to the sappiest pop-music ballads if it scored him some lady lovin’. Then again, there’s always Brandi’s influence – and that girl is a hardcore country queen. Michael’s signature song? Right now, I’ll say “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (or Shinedown).
      Anyway – the point of this Tuesday Tunes post was to find out what sort of associations YOU make to stories you’ve read, characters you’ve loved (or hated, or loved to hate), scenes you’ve adored?

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Quiet as a Klaxon

Quiet as a Klaxon

      Its been a quiet week here at PP.net – at least as far as blogging is concerned. Away from the pretty little domain that is my home on the interwebs, life has been anything but quiet. Not just because Jack and I are preparing to adopt a puppy (which, YAY) but because there is so much drama collecting around his day-job and my day-job and his hospital stay three weeks ago and so on and so forth.
      So, life is not quiet, but the domain is.
      I gotta fix that, right? Can’t have too many postless days in a row, lest my blogging muscles become atrophied. And we can’t let that happen. Oh no.
      Don’t worry though – even when I fail to get a whole new blog post written for PP.net, I’ve got other irons in the fire. The writing is still getting done. I’ve got some stuff written ahead for the blog tour this summer. I’m still editing Incandescence, with a goal of having it 100% ready for publication by the end of the summer. I’m working on another (paying) blog gig, so wish me luck on that, if you would. I’ve started mapping out the sequel to my WIP, which I believe we’re calling Inferno, but that is subject to change.
      And, I’m working on a totally irrelevant, purposefully campy side-project for our weekly gaming session. Previously, I had written up and emailed (to the gaming group) a bunch of ‘journal’ entries from the POV of my character, a druidess named Estelle. Before each session, I mailed out her personal diary recounting what had happened, what she thought about it, and so forth. It was a cool way to remind everyone what we had done so we’d be ready for the upcoming game (two weeks is a long time between sessions – its too easy to forget the details) and to take a break from ‘serious’ writing. I really enjoyed trying to capture Telly’s not-that-bright-but-determined-and-wise voice in first person diary-style prose.
      Fast forward to the present. We’ve switched to another DM’s game for a bit, as poor Jack recouperates, and in doing such, I’ve created a new character. She’s going to be interesting; a little more ‘alpha’ than any one I’ve roleplayed before. Now she’s not the type to keep a journal or a diary, so I’m trying to come up with a creative way to recap the previous adventure while staying true to the character.
      I may have a way in mind – something to do with her pirate papa’s love of intrigue, secret codes, and knots – but only time will tell how that plays out. (Actually, I really should get cracking on that, since the game is tomorrow!) But in the meantime, I’ve been working on writing up a background for her. The kind of ‘story’ I like to call a Character Sketch. Which is odd, because most people think of a list of facts and details about a character a character sketch. Anyway.
      If it gets the Jack Morgan stamp of approval, I’ll post it here for Snippet Sunday.
      If not, you’ll get something else.
      Either way – see you Sunday for a new Snippet!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Tuesday’s Tunes: Narada

Tuesday's Tunes: Narada

      A disclaimer. Some of the songs posted will have naughty language. Some will be terrible in your opinion. Some will be terrible in my opinion. Watch the linked video(s) at your own risk.
      That said, if you have ever wondered what sort of songs are punctuating scenes in my head, come back every Tuesday to find out.

      As I mentioned recently, I used to get into THE ZONE by listening to Bryan Adams’ “So Far, So Good” on my walkman. Circa 1992, okay? Give me a break – I was twelve. Plus, if I’m being honest, I still have like seven or eight Bryan Adams songs in my rotation.
      Where was I? Oh yes, THE ZONE.
      I find it more difficult to get there these days. I blame all the distractions of the interwebs, cell phones beeping, and my darling Jack. But its okay and I’ll tell you why.
      Even when THE ZONE eludes me, I have beautiful music like the stuff below to soundify (hah – better than songify) my scenes. Things without lyrics that immerse me in the imaginary culture of some fantasy realm. From the soaring, tinkling “A Thousand Golden Bells” which was my first official introduction to the Narada stable of artists, to things like “Ride into Midnight” and “The Long Road”, Narada’s instrumental, Celtic, New Age-y music has been the soundtrack to many of my fantasy pieces.
      Now, I do understand that Narada is the collective not the actual artist, so don’t bother correcting me. Its just that whether the songs are by David Arkenstone (love) or Keiko Matsui, or any of the talented folk who ever put out music under that label are most easily classified in my world as “Narada”.
      Anyway – without further ado, here are a few of my favorite pieces.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

P.S. I couldn’t find “A Thousand Gold Bells” which… <3 ... but still, almost anything by Arkenstone or the Narada artists is lovely.

Snippet Sunday: Before & After

Snippet Sunday: Before & After

      Today’s excerpt comes from my current WIP: WT: Incandescence. But we’re going to do things a little different. I’m going to post a super-short piece from the First Draft. Then, a tweaked and edited version from Draft Two.
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From the First Draft


      Forgive us, Father, for our trespasses tonight. You know we would not do this, had we any other option.
      It sounded like a feeble excuse to her own ears, but OLDLADYNAME knew it was a balm to soothe Hannah’s conscious for the girl was concerned. Possibly, she was more worried about jail time than her eternal soul, but OLDLADYNAME did not ask. She was content to know that the children she had raised were resourceful enough to survive and honest enough to care that they had broken-in to someone else’s home.
      Night had fallen and the forest was remarkably quiet around the trailer – that or the insulation was more noise-proof than she would have presumed. Now that she had been able to wash her hands and face, drink until her belly sloshed, and then satiated her hunger on some stale saltines, OLDLADYNAME felt her confidence returning.
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From the Second Draft


      “..and we ask you to forgive us, Father, for our trespasses this afternoon. You know we would not do this, had we any other option.”
      It sounded like a feeble excuse to her own ears, but OLDLADYNAME knew it was a balm to soothe Hannah’s conscience, for the girl was concerned. Possibly, she was more worried about potential jail time than about her eternal soul, but OLDLADYNAME preferred not to ask questions to which she did not want to know the answer. She was content to know that the children she had raised were resourceful enough to survive and honest enough to care that they had broken-in to someone else’s home.
      “Bless us with sweet dreams, and send your angels to protect this home tonight.”
      “Also, thank you for the beans and crackers,” Hannah said. Scrunching up her face, she stirred her portion of supper with a broken saltine.
      “That too,” OLDLADYNAME added, casting a disapproving glance at her. “Amen.”
      They sat around the table and ate their cold meal with little conversation. OLDLADYNAME supposed the children were just as wrung-out as she – though probably not half as physically exhausted.
      Night had fallen and the forest was remarkably quiet around the trailer – that or the insulation was more noise-proof than she would have presumed. Now, sitting here with freshly washed hands and face, having drunk well-water until her belly sloshed, and satiated her hunger, OLDLADYNAME felt her confidence returning. Some how, they were going to be okay.
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      And that’s it for today’s snippet. What did you think? Comments, questions, suggestions appreciated – let me hear about it below!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Zum Geburtstag!

Zum Geburtstag!

      PP.net may still be a babe in arms, but her mistress, ME, begins another year of life today. For those counting, that makes me a Taurus. An old cow. Nice.
      This year is going to bring a a lot of changes to my world. Its going to be mean a lot of hard work and sacrifice. And a lot of posting here, I suspect. Although I am trying to keep this blog ‘writing centric’, it will inevitably contain some personal things and I ask that you bear with me. I’m just trying to get my bearings in this new and ever-evolving world of publishing/marketing/et cetera.
      Anyway.
      Today marks a re-birth of sorts, and as I mentioned previously, its a continuation of a theme that started in January with the commencement of the Year of Tangerine Tango. Like a phoenix I will rise from the ashes of my procrastinating life before and soar into the skies of… uh… well, I’m going to finish Incandescence and its sequel, Inferno. That’s my primary writing goal this year. I’ve set some new, hopefully hard-but-doable deadlines for myself. The first of which is to complete the edits on Incandescence and get it out to my betas. I’m just about half-way through right now, but I need to really get cranking.
      Despite the powerful urge to open the document and WERK! (Yes, that is ‘werk’ ala RuPaul) Today is my birthday and Jack is taking me out to get his blood drawn (grrrrreat), then a Jason-Statham-better-take-off-his-shirt movie, and lunch with his mother.
      After that, we’re going to drive all around this bloody town until I find an amazing piece of cheesecake! This area seems to be experiencing a dearth of good cheesecake and I don’t know why, but I absolutely Do. Not. Approve.
      A world without Cheesecake is like… inconceivable.
      Wish me luck!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

P.S. Oh! I did get a birthday present from the interwebs today. Someone in my Facebook feed posted Only1Noah‘s cover of LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” and I found a new musical love. I have a well-known penchant for folksy covers of pop & rock music (also – punk covers of the same) and while I did enjoy the cover – it was his catalogue of other covers (Billie Jean, Set Fire To The Rain, Your Song, Crazy) that blew my mind. Check him out!

P.P.S. I’ve “pinned” most of my archives to my Pinterest page for easy browsing. So if you’re interested, follow me on Pinterest >>> Penelope Price.

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Cheesecake Birthday Cake Image from http://www.birthdaymore.com

Lamentation

Lamentation

      Its Friday. And in my world, Fridays are back to being my Fridays again. Darn it.
      A few months back, I had switched to a work schedule that gave me three days off (Thursday, Friday & Saturday). It was pretty much a perfect fit. I had a ‘weekend’ with Jack on F&S, but Thursday was my own.
      Usually, I spent it editing, writing, and Facebooking, but it was ME time and if I wanted to wile away an hour with nail polish and DVR’d episodes of Chopped or Castle – so be it. This all changed, again, this past week. I’m back to the standard Monday through Friday grind, but at least, as I mentioned previously, I am working from home full-time.
      What does all this have to do with writing?
      Nothing, except that I’ve found I am having more difficulty getting editing done. I hope that work will calm down in the coming weeks, now that we’re a (mostly) complete team again. But this week, it seems that every time I turn my chair to face Incandescence, something comes up. ARGH!
      Plus, I admit it, I’m a little frustrated by a loss I suffered in the catastrophic computer failure I experienced recently. The good news is that I was able to recover a recent back-up. The bad news is that I lost the part I had been working on the day before the crash and – pardon the caps – IT WAS MY FAVORITE BIT!
      Deep breaths, P.P. Deep breaths…
      *ahem*
      Yes, I lost a big chunk of a chapter that I had been rewriting and was really, really happy with. I’m working on recapturing it, but somehow it just isn’t quite as ‘right’ this time through. C’est la vie. With luck, I’ll spontaneously remember how the changes were supposed to go.
      I am suddenly reminded of a quote (mostly because I feel this post is getting a little bit whiny):

Mongol General: Wrong! Conan! What is best in life?

Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

      Well, obviously that’s not true for me. I’d rather not hear the lamentation of any women. In fact, I suspect you all would rather not read the lamentation of any women. Not even this woman. And so, I shall stop sobbing about the lost material and move on, full of joy, to the next section!
      …
      Yay?
      Okay. Moving on.
      Today, as I mentioned, is Friday and I’ve got a meeting with the boss in a few hours. Hopefully, it is a painless affair and when I get back, the afternoon will be d.e.a.d. so that I can finish Part Two and move on to Part Three. The sooner I get the second draft done, the sooner my beta readers can get their grubby little hands on it.
      Have I ever mentioned that I could really use a volunteer or two as beta readers?      I have two men I trust dearly, but a third and fourth set of eyes would be very welcome.
      If you’re interested, keep your eyes on the blog, because I’ll announce when its ready and officially ask for your help in making Incandescence the best it can be.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.