Monthly Archives: June 2013

Procrastination

Procrastination

      I am a world-class procrastinator.
      Yeah, I know, *GASP*
      But honestly, between Facebook and DVR and Netflix… I’m so easily distracted by it all. Write for a few minutes – notice flashing “Soandso messaged you…” in the Chrome tab. Alt-Tab back to browser. Chat with Soandso for a few minutes. Back to writing. Oh wait – its too quiet in here. Turn on the new episode of Chopped (or what have you) as background noise. End up watching most of it. *sigh*
      But the shinies are not the only things that distract me, no. My attention also gets captured by intangibles. Lately, all this waiting for news on “Inferno” has me beside myself with anxiety. I want to both FINISH “Inferno” immediately, just in case, or not touch it in case they have notes for it. I am also stressed about money and school and an up-coming summer move (which requires a lot of money at a time when we have none) and so all I can think about is all the potentially immediately lucrative smut I should be publishing just to pay the bills.
      And so I end up in a tizzy, vacillating back and forth, and don’t end up writing much of anything at all.
      Which brings me to today. I have such beautiful intentions of writing today, but already I’m distracted by Facebook (which I closed!) and DVR (Longmire, which is almost over!) and Jack (with whom I’m collaborating).
      I think I need to really start zeroing out everything that’s not conducive to writing. Imposing a 15-minute limit on my Facebook adventures. Imposing a “TV-only-during work hours” rule. And forcing myself to waste less time every day.
      Its hard.
      Its necessary.
      I’ve got a billion stories to write and only a finite time on this Earth.
      Damn it, Penelope! As Nike used to say, JUST DO IT!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno

      At last, weeks of procrastination have finally come to an end.
      I’m officially back to work on “Inferno”. For better or worse, I’m going to finish this modern-day mageborn story and move on to something else. I cannot keep splitting my focus like this – I end up getting nothing done (unless you count many hours wasted on Facebook, playing Draw Something! on my phone, or watching entire seasons of TV shows on Netflix in binge sessions… which I do not).
      I did not update the word count in the right-hand column because I have removed more than I’ve added in the past few hours, but still – progress!
      I’ve run into a few continuity problems – nothing major, but it is slightly annoying that I did not catch them in the first draft.

((ARGH! The remaining 500 words of this post was lost in a connection issue – my host is experiencing all sorts of trouble today. Darn it… I’m not rewriting it, but suffice it to say: Jack is starting a new project we’re excited about, Camp NaNo in July is going to be fun, and Inferno is well on its way.))

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Review: Her Demonic Majesty, by Cassidy Frazee

Review: Her Demonic Majesty, by Cassidy Frazee

      Ah, my first book review on PP.net.
      This isn’t because I don’t read – I just rarely manage to put my thoughts about that which I do read together in a cohesive manner. Yeah, okay, I admit it – I’m just lazy. But I’m also hyper-critical and unless I love, love, love a book, I tend to pick it apart in my mind.
      Good for construction of my own stories, bad for … everything and everyone else.
      I’m pleased to say that Her Demonic Majesty, by Cassidy Frazee is a book that I really enjoyed, that I totally recommend, and that I hope you click on any of the links above to purchase (Note: Not affiliate links!).
      Here’s the review, as posted on Amazon.com. I will elaborate below:

      I picked up “Her Demonic Majesty” by Cassidy Frazee, absolutely sure that it was not for me and that I would probably not enjoy it.

      I am thrilled to have been proven wrong, wrong wrong.

      From the first chapter through to the coda, Ms. Frazee’s characters come to vivid life on the page in a really brilliantly re-imagined alternative Chicago. Jeanette is more than a fish-out-of-water – she’s a fish-in-a-TARDIS, thrust into a totally alien (but kick-ass!) new situation. The story thrums with action, but the pace is such that it allows for character development, sufficient backstory, and like I said, great world-building.

      I don’t know if she has any further novels planned with Jeannette and the other ladies, but if she does, I’ll be right here waiting. Its a modern-day, urban, fantastical romp complete with magic and mayhem, a demoness, a vampire, political red-tape and a slew of memorable moments.

      So, despite the leanings of “Incandescence” (which is frankly more “rural” than “urban” fantasy, haha!) I’m not really into the whole urban fantasy scene. I’ve dabbled. I’ve liked some pieces and disliked other bits, but as a whole, I’m not a super-fan. This book makes me wonder what else I’m missing in the genre. The re-imagined landscape of Chicago is intriguing and retro-rad. The characters all have so much lurking beneath the surface – I honestly hope we get more books about Jeannette and the rest of her crew so we can delve into backstories and motivations and all that junk.
      I do take a little exception to some of the language (I can cuss like a sailor, believe it or not, so its not that I get my panties in a twist over cursing) just because it seemed, at times, excessive. Maybe people talk like that, maybe it all suits. I just found myself occasionally thinking – does she (the character, not the author) not know any other words besides “shit”?
      There are some adult moments, some implied kink, a succubus with an intimate piercing, and a couple well-placed twists that will really leave you wanting more. I just cannot say more without giving it away. Obviously, if you’re offended by a lesbian kiss or hot chicks in leather kicking ass with magic, this book is not for you.
      But, if you’re into that and you have four bucks and a few hours to spare – pick up “Her Demonic Majesty”. Do it! Penelope Price demands it! MUAHAHA! *cough* No really, you totally should.
Kindle CoverNook/SW Cover
Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

State of the Author

State of the Author

      Welcome to the 1st quad-annual “State of the Author” post.
      Four times a year – quarterly, that is – I’m planning to give an update on the things I’m reading, loving, eating, writing, hating… you know, whatever floats my boat.
      Right now, Summer 2013 is on the horizon and I have SO many things going on; aside from trying to learn to be a runner, finishing Inferno, blogging, training a puppy, and being a working wife – Jack & I are trying to head back to school this summer or fall to increase our non-writing earning potential.
      AH! Stress!
      Onto the real stuff:

Currently, I:

Am Reading: “Incandescence”, by me. For editing purposes. I just finished “Her Demonic Majesty”, by Cassidy Frazee. I quite fantastically loved it – some of the language was over-the-top for my preferences, but the action and the characters and the amazing world-building just sucked me in! Next, I’m thinking about going back and re-reading some of my life-long favorite fantasy books (soon as I retrieve them from storage) this summer. Just for inspiration. I want to get back to traditional fantasy.

Am Watching: …bad horror movies on Netflix. Chopped, when its new. But its summer time and all the full-season sets of the 2012-13 shows will be out soon… so I expect I shall lose many hours catching up on shows I like, but don’t bother to DVR.

Am Listening To: A lot of retro rock. Jack has been choosing the playlist a lot lately and his favorites include AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Journey… and some old school 80s hairbands, bad-ass metal soundtracks for gaming.

Am Eating: Clean, whole foods. Organic chicken sausage (a lot… its easy and quick). Eggs and onions and mushrooms. Coconut oil. Its a primarily paleo world here at PP & Jack’s abode. Even our dog eats grain-free. There is a lot of summer produce out there and I aim to try as much of it as possible this year. I think we’re even going to try CANNING this year – if we get a chance.

Am Drinking: Water. A lot of water. I miss my flavored ‘diet’ teas, but alas… aspartame is the devil. Also, the only soda we are doing is a “fuzzy cola” on gaming Saturday (its frozen cola – like a Slurpee, I guess).

Am Secretly Loving: Ah, the guilty-pleasure. Cheese and sour cream. That has been the hardest thing to cut back on… I looooove me some cheese. And sour cream. And potatoes. But actually, I think the guiltiest pleasure is MAGNUM Gold Bars. Have you tried them? Do you love them? Oh dear LORD… I do.

Love the Color: Tangerine. No surprises here. I am also enjoying (possibly for the first time in my life) eye-searingly neon pinks on my nails and toes. And if the neon isn’t available, I also like Zoya Yana. Yum!

Am Lusting After: Financial aid and opportunity. Ugh.

Am Needing: A big hug from my Mom!

Am Waiting: To hear back from Harper-Voyager! ACK! Its been like nine months!

Am Hating: A lot of the slang doing the rounds on the interwebs/memes… “All the feels!” or “Right in the feels!” bugs me for some reason. Totes and Adorbs and other shortened terms. Basically, I am getting old and crotchety.

      I guess, for now, that’s about it. I am a busy girl with a ton of stuff going on and to be perfectly honest, I don’t want to deal with most of it. I just want to write.
      But since bills gotta be paid… on we go!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.