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.

Linky:

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.

Things I Love Thursday

Sorry about the lack of blogginess this week, I keep going out and doing things in the evenings and I also have been feeling vaguely ill on and off which makes me want to sit still and watch TV.

Fall’s season one finale was pretty intense, none of us players thought we’d actually survive, but survive we did and my bad boy Calvin was the one who put the whammy on the Big Bad. Without actually facing up to her at all. Brilliant.

I’ve nearly finished my rewatch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I really think Season 7 is my favourite season. There’s so much fun stuff in there like the Chinese slayer, the Anya episode, the Andrew episode where he narrates…plus cool new characters, Spike’s arc of redemption, Xander being awesome, Felicia Day in her awkward stage.

Yesterday I got tough with myself and as soon as I got home from work I changed into PJs and fluffy socks, turned off the internet and edited 20 pages of Rain like bam! It was awesome.

Pictures of hot guys reading books. Your definition of hot may vary but I still love the idea of the list.

Cleolinda’s epiphany about what characters want and how you play with that, simplified right down to the cup of water metaphor.

I really love this song. So much pretty singing and the longing and the sadness.

Also I am super hyped for Scott Pilgrim vs the World and I have been ever since I first read the first comic. And I have to say the trailer fills me with squeeing fangirl happiness…

Honourable Mentions: New eps of Glee, final ep of Season 5 Supernatural (tomorrow!), getting to fire a gun tomorrow, Dairy Milk bubbles chocolate with white centre, people signing up for the superhero LARP, surprise Fraser, brunch with lovely people, writing mojo, compliments on my new glasses, thinking about possible futures, the comedy festival, vivid dreams and my darling husband.

Fall actual play report – “Knock ’em down”

It has started raining. As the gang drives towards The Limit there are a couple of ominous flashes of lightning. It’s moody.

Darius: I’m feeling much better now. (OOC he spends some drama points and feels a lot better.)
Alex meantions that in the The Sky Evil Megan’s room was up the top, so they should try and sneak in one of the sky lights.
Darius: How are we gonna get up there?
Alex: There were fire escapes, we can climb.
D: So, so I’ve got a few…options…if we need any…extra…
Megan: what are you saying Darius?
D: I know Alex isn’t into it, but we are going up against Evil Megan and it might be good to have some magical…like we could use the Paragon spell and stuff.
A: if you want to blow your brain up, I’m not going to stop you.

They talk about what their plan is. They have to get to the mirror, but they have to get through the guards and Evil Megan, blue haired Xavier, etc. They talk a bit about making various people and dogs invisible. They talk about the possibility of a distraction, maybe Alex goes in the front and the others sneak in the back. Calvin suggests grenades as a likely distraction. Smoke grenades is suggested and agreed on as a safer alternative to regular grenades.

They drive to the military supply store and get the guy to open up shop by showing Calvin’s gold card. They pick up smoke grenades, some more body armour for Megan, a bean bag gun for Darius and other random stuff. As they leave several dead bolts are slid home behind them.
Calvin: what a nice guy.
Darius: So trusting.

They recap, Alex will go in the front door and throw smoke grenades, the others will climb up onto the roof and sneak in a sky light, try to locate the mirror while Alex distracts and fights all the minions and guards. Alex walks towards the door, turns, runs back and gives Calvin a big hug.
Calvin says into her hair: Take care.
Darius shouts indignantly: Hey, what about me?
Although she hadn’t been going to, Alex gives Darius and Megan hugs too and then walks over to the door. Darius, Megan, Calvin and Nebby go around the back and locate the fire escape. There’s a problem that they hadn’t anticipated, how to get the dog up the ladder? Darius fashions a sling out of a blanket from Kermit and since Calvin’s the strongest he carries Nebby.
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My sewing machine is back! It’s all fixed and working and I can sew again, wooo! Of course, this is my busiest week in ages and I have no time to sew, but yay!

Getting my short story mojo back. It’s a tentative connection I have with my ability to write short stories and it comes and goes like mad. I have it at the moment though, and I’m loving that. Especially since I’m keen to be involved in the 48 hour magazine project. (Not related to the film competition.)

New books arriving in the mail: Fables 12, Sublime Stitching, Y: The Last Man 10 and a copy of The Boneshaker. Which is a steampunk zombie book. I love collecting books. It’s a complete addiction to me, and completing comic series is definitely important.

My new Evenstar necklace. Is very pretty. Although, rather spiky. Might have to wear it over clothing rather than on bare skin.

I don’t much like it getting colder, but I do like wearing some of my winter clothes. Today I’m all long home-made jeans skirt, non-Ugg boots, hoodie and my new jacket. It’s pretty cosy and I feel good.

I’m really loving myself a couple of song covers at the moment. What is it about covers? Some of them can be really dire, but if the right person covers the right song it’s so much better. Some examples:

and the Chili Peppers doing Higher Ground, which is the version that they use in Centre Stage. Also in the Power Rangers movie.

Honourable Mentions: Ice cream, going to see MacBeth tonight, Fall, naps, people who are polite on the phone, weird dreams, new Blu-Rays such as Dead Snow and Inglourious Basterds, being on the same wavelength and my black zombie Threadless hoodie.

And my darling TiLT regulars, I look forward to seeing your contributions below…