Fall actual play report – Season 2 ep 1 “Frenemies part 1”

It’s been a few weeks, there have been a bunch of weird thunder storms hitting Fall River. It’s been quiet, lots of the bad stuff and monsters left town when Evil Megan got powerful.

A black pick up truck pulls into town, carrying Ash, Yuki and Megan. Outside the Young household is Jim Locke’s van.
Ash: is that your Mom’s man?
Megan: Yeah.
Megan goes inside, asking Yuki and Ash to wait while she sees what’s up inside.
Inside Megan’s mother and Jim are on the couch, she has surprised them, they have just sprung apart from a clinch and her mother looks embarrassed.
Megan: I got a ride back with…some friends…and they don’t have anywhere to stay. Is it OK if they stay over?

Ash and Yuki talk about how oblivious Megan is. And then she invites them in.
Yuki: I can’t go in there! I’ve been wearing this same thing the whole day. I haven’t had one change of clothes.
Ash: She’s not going to know.
Yuki: She might.

Megan brings them both inside. Ash shakes Mrs Young’s hand.
Mrs Young: You must be very cold. Would you like anything to drink?
Ash: No, I’m fine.
Yuki: do you have any Pepsi? In fact, do you have any lime?
Mrs Young: Is Coke alright?
Y: She asked.

Ash turns down the offer of a room for the night, saying that they already have somewhere to stay. Megan’s mother says how nice it is to meet some of Megan’s friends.
Mrs Young: Megan hasn’t been getting out enough, lately.

Ash goes into the kitchen to meet Jim Locke.
Jim: I understand that you’re a friend of Megan’s.
Ash: I understand that you’re a friend of Megan’s mom. So you fix locks huh?
Jim: Yeah, I replace them. There’s a lot of crime in this town, you wouldn’t think, I mean, it’s a nice place don’t get me wrong but there is more stuff going on than you’d think.

Ash tells Megan he wants to see her room, so she takes him up. Yuki tries to go up there with them but Ash is firm, it will only be him and Megan together.
Ash: why don’t you stay and talk to Megan’s mom?
Yuki: I don’t like her! She’s wearing moccasins. Who does that?
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Things I Love Thursday

Very excited indeed about Fall tonight. It’s the first episode of the second season and we have two guest stars: Ash and Yuki. There’s been a lot of build up on facebook and emails and in the mail yesterday I received a postcard addressed to Calvin and signed Megan and Ash. Excellent.

This college humour video about what would happen if the Ninja Turtles actually used their weapons as you know, weapons.

Having new art up in my house makes me really happy still. I am easily pleased.

Good books. I’m currently reading Monsters of Men which is the third in the exceedingly good Chaos Walking trilogy. I can’t wait to find out what happens. Also Giffy is enjoying The Hunger Games, which I love. It’s good to share awesome books.

I finished the re-edit of Rain on the weekend and since then I have reworked a ghost story to a better state and I’m feeling very good about both of them. I am anxious to hear back from the readers I sent Rain too but they’ve only had it a few days so I know I must be patient.

Lee’s play opened last night and I’m going to see it tomorrow. You should too. Supporting community theatre is important.

Honourable Mentions: Glee, music from Glee, singing music from Glee while in the bath, meeting new people, watching old movies, cadbury’s white bubbly chocolate, those cookies I made the other day, hugs and love.

Please share with the whole class what you are thankful for this week by commenting below…

Delicious cookies

So I followed a link in Gala Darling’s blog to a new recipe blog and then I became overwhelmed with a need to make these cookies. They’re called, rather inelegantly, garbage cookies. I think because you can chuck in whatever you like, but I gotta say they rock.

The amazing recipe for Garbage cookies, from I Am Baker.

I bought a packet of pebbles to add into them when we went food shopping. When Lee was at rehearsal I made them up and chucked in the pebbles and a big handful of chocolate buttons. The recipe was easy and quick. It calls for you to use a 1/4 cup to measure the cookies out, I used a dessert spoon so that the cookies weren’t too huge, and they’re plenty big.

Straight out of the oven these were amazing. The chocolate all melty and delish, the oats give them a bit of a nutty flavour. I think I’ll try adding in some peanut butter next time, like she suggests, because I think that would put them into orbit.

Things I Love Thursday

The other day I tweeted this: some things I never think now about but figured largely in my childhood: moss, saladas, skinned knees and ways to bug my siblings. People replied with things that they hadn’t thought about in years and it was nice to reminisce. I also thought of lolly scrambles, building cities in the garden out of flowers, sharpening pencils and getting all my picture books and reading through the whole stack.

Home made pizza…I am addicted to this base. I’ve been making it pretty much every week with salami, capsicum, mushrooms, lots of garlic and proper mozzarella. It’s noms.

High tea at the James Cook with a couple of old friends on Saturday morning was awesome. We had teeny sandwiches and cakey things and delicious light scones. I had rosehip and hibiscus tea and it was a delightful shade of pink and v tasty.

So we had the final ep of Fall last week and that was awesome, and Sophie and I wrote a deleted scene from the last ep and that was awesome and next week we’re playing the start of the second season and we have guest stars. So much awesome from one game. Love it.

I had some neat stuff from Topatoco arrive today. The actually ugly duckling strip from Pictures for Sad Children, a Softer World strip and a T shirt from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal that says “Oh No! I’ve become my mother!” It’s neat. Topatoco gives much of the profits straight to the artists so I know I’m giving something back to three creators of awesome. Even if it is a small something. Plus the delivery was much quicker than they said it would be. I went to Briscoes for frames for the prints and they had 40% off all frames so I got some extras. Nice one.

Old school cutes: slow loris!

Honourable Mentions: Basic chick burger from Burger Fuel, the house after the cleaner’s been, new T shirts, compliments, writing, editing, reading awesome books, buying books, books on the shelves, book memes, um, in a loop. I am also thankful for time alone, time with Lee, time with my lovely friends, watching Big Bang Theory and the end of Supernatural season 5.

And you my darling readers? What are you thankful for this day?

Wet Wednesday Writing

Editing is going very well. I have just 15 pages to go on Rain which I will get done in the next couple of days. Then I will be concentrating on shopping What’s the Worst That Could Happen? around some more, fixing some short stories up and trying to sell them and then who knows? New thing? Maybe not quite yet.

Did I tell you that I have a whole new novel idea? It’s based on a long and detailed dream I had. The dream itself gave me the setting (post apocalyptic), main characters, main conflict and a lot of thematic detail. It’s a bit of a twist on the post-apoc genre in that it’s pretty hopeful in tone and there’s some neat stuff I’m looking forward to explaining. I haven’t written anything for it though, since one thing at a time is the way I work best.

In the past week I have also written a short story with Sophie, basically a deleted scene from the last episode of Fall. It’s a really nice scene between Calvin and Alex in which they talk about the fight and some other things. It was very fun to write and I’m quite happy with the way it came out.


Steve sent me this very encouraging interview with Karen McQuestion. Who has a freaking awesome name. She has had a lot of success selling her books herself on Kindle.

The redoubtable Andrew Jack (buddy of mine on twitter) has come down with pneumonia, and has written a blog post on how to write while sick. He also touched on an interesting point: writing is tough, like, physically. I have a lot of half formed theories on this, must remember to work them out some time.

I must read more of this blog, Got YA, but in the mean time check out this excellent post on redundancy and why you should definitely kill it. I’m terrible/very good at creating redundancy in my writing so it’s nice to see a couple of tips on avoiding it.

Finally, some neat bookshelves that are all architecturally and weird and unhappy hipster-ish. I most want the curtainy one.

Antidotes to Monday

So today is one of those Mondays. It’s rainy and cold and then sunny when I have to go back to work after lunch, and I keep saying the wrong thing. Also, mid-morning I discovered that I put my knickers on inside out. Like I said, one of those days.

If you’re having one of these days too, here’s some links that should hopefully happy you up a bit.

A French couple are backpacking around the world with a kitten. Pictures please, they were featured on cuteoverload 🙂

best packing ever

I’m not sure if I could love Unhappy Hipsters any more than I already do. It’s just so much awesome.

Paul and I are writing a superhero LARP which will be run sometime in September (probably.) Why don’t you check out the characters and sign up?

Just think, no matter how you feel, it can’t be as bad as Dawson’s crying face:

and I really like this tampon ad. Seriously, watch it.

Finally, since True Blood is coming back soon I’m torturing myself by watching Bill singing Hard Hearted Hannah…

15 books meme

Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it, and list 15 books you’ve read that will always stick with you. They should be the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

  1. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  3. Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block
  4. 1984 by Orson Welles
  5. Soon I Will be Invincible by Austin Grossman
  6. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  7. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  8. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  9. Juniper by Gene Kemp
  10. On Writing by Stephen King
  11. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  12. Alias vol 4 by Brian Michael Bendis
  13. The Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L A Meyer
  14. American Girl 2: Ready or not by Meg Cabot
  15. Neuromancer by William Gibson

Lots of books from my childhood there, especially Juniper which is a strange little modern mystery and full of ordinary tragedies. I read it over and over and over as a child trying to work out the meanings of the dream sequences and when the lead character figured out what was going on. I didn’t repeat any authors although Meg Cabot and Neil Gaiman have certainly written more than one book that will always stick with me. I chose Curse of the Blue Tattoo as representative of the whole Bloody Jack saga as that’s my favourite one and scenes from it stick in my head.

1984 is there because of the horror. The weird images and confusion and the beautiful language all culminating in such horror. I’d kind of like to scrub my head clean of that book altogether but no, it will stay with me. I enjoyed Neuromancer a lot more but it’s on this list for much the same reason. I can recall with clarity the image of the cracked open wasp nest and stuff about Molly Millions.

Witch Baby made me feel, well, not accepted so much as understood. Its such a beautiful, lyrical exploration of how it feels to be an awkward teenager. To feel like you don’t belong where you live or with your family, no matter how they try to love you. I cry each and every single time I read it.

I put in Alias vol 4 because that’s the origin story of Jessica Jones combined with the story of why she gave up being a superhero. It’s powerful, dark stuff but absolutely wonderfully told. I love the rest of the series as well but this is the one that really resonated. Plus my copy is signed by the author. Woo.

Anyway, an interesting exercise. If you want to try it out, feel free to use the comments here or link back from your own blog. It’s fascinating as an author to think about the books that have ‘shaped’ you.