Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Feeling Peevish




1. Pet Peeve #1.....

I have the most incredible news in the world!!! OH MY GOD! 

(Too bad I can't tell you right now. Maybe later.)

OH MY GOD!


Maybe you should tell me later.

*Penny sharpens her katana with an evil glint in her eye*


2. Pet Peeve #2.....

If one more author/agent/publisher/blogger/reviewer/reader tells the rest of us how to read/write/review/talk/post/rate/grade I will swing my steely katana through the air like a muther f*ckin' ninja on crack and kick some idiotic ass!


3. Pet Peeve #3....

When my dachshund plays with her dinosaur chew toy. The squeaking! The squeaking! Make it stop!

*Penny fantasizes about decapitating dinosaur with large, sharpened sword*



4. Pet Peeve #4......

Hey....let's make a lot of money by encouraging folks to eat super-unhealthy diets and develop diabetes! Great idea!

Here's the thing. Eating deep-fried food isn't good for you. Ever. It's gonna kill you. So, saying "I'll eat deep fried food in moderation" is the equivalent of saying "I'll smoke 7 ciggies a day instead of 14." One way or another, it's still gonna kill ya. Shame on you, Paula Deen.


5. Pet Peeve #5.....

Captains who save their own sorry asses while their luxury cruise liner sinks and innocent people die. I guess the George Clooney-style honorable captains who go down with the ship (A Perfect Storm) are only found in Hollywood? Jay-sus.


6. Pet Peeve #6......

Getting folks addicted to paranormal series with a crack-like intensity, then charging exorbitant amounts of money for the Kindle version. So. Very. Un. Cool.


Still feeling peevish,
Penelope

29 comments:

KMont said...

*claps and stomps floor*

I agree with all your peeves. I wasn't aware of the full ramifications of Paula Deen's "deal" with that drug company until this morning. I'm appalled at her so-called logic.

I'm constantly peeved at the price of ebooks, any one I'm wanting to buy that has a hardback cousin being MORE expensive than said hardback.

Some publishers are arseholes.

The reviewing brouhaha lately - astounding at the level of hypocrisy going around. I'm severely over all the telling folks how to do it, too.

I might never go on a cruise again.

Brie said...

Re. peeve 1: I hate that so much! Why are you telling us about something you can’t actually tell us about? Are you a James Bond villain? Go pet your evil cat and leave us alone.

Re. peeve 2: I’m still laughing at the “tiny thesis on your opinion” and at the “unbiased opinion” parts of the rant. I called my adviser and told him that I was throwing away all my data and just writing my opinion, he wasn’t amused and my dreams of finishing my thesis last night were crushed.

Re. peeve 3: I have the same problem with a toy rat and my evil cat (but I’m not a James Bond villain so don’t worry).

Re. peeve 4: It’s Paula Deen, and this is the country that invented deep-fried butter
and deep-fried Kool-Aid . What else could you expect? I’m just amazed we’re not catching diabetes just by breathing.

Re. peeve 5: WTF!? I did not know that!?! Going down with your boat/ship/etc. is part of your job description! OMG!

Re. peeve 6: I hate that too. Don’t know what’s going on with eBook prices. My favorite book last year was $12.99 and it was awesome but I couldn’t recommend it without feeling bad because it was way too expensive and a new author, so it was a gamble for everyone.

Now I’m feeling peevish,

Brie.

Penelope said...

Hi KMont! (I'm going to check out your bagel post in a sec....I'm super impressed!)

Too much ruckus going on lately! It makes me want to become a farmer and talk to my veggies all day long.

I will NEVER go on a cruise. First, I get sea-sick really easily, 2nd, I'm worried about norovirus and all that stuff, and now I have to worry about a Titanic-style demise. No thanks!

Penelope said...

Hi Brie! Sorry I made you peevish, too!! hee hee....

You're right...only 007 should be allowed to with-hold vital information...

How about deep-fried mac and cheese? I saw that on a menu in Florida, and was amazed. My kids got it. Hunks of mac and cheese thrown in the deep fryer. Ugh!

My whole feeling about book prices....paperbacks are about $7. That's what Kindle books should be, too. Or less. There is no reason to charge hardcover prices for ebooks. Period. I know, they are all trying to make money....for the agents, authors, publishers, booksellers. But charging $12-$15 for a digital file is crap. Unless the book is 10,000 pages long or something.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

2. Pet Peeve #2: Tell me more! Who is the latest culprit?

3. Pet Peeve #3: Feel ya gf! My lab does that. Grrrrr

4. Pet Peeve #4: I disagree. I think once in awhile is fine. Just not every day.

5. Pet Peeve #5: Amen sister! That audio tape kills me.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Side note: Mr. Whimsy and I were totally considering that cruise line before the accident.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju!

#2) http://maggiestiefvater.blogspot.com/2012/01/only-thing-i-am-going-to-say-about.html#idc-container

Oy vey!

#4) You're right....eating "naughty" foods every once in a while (not daily) is probably OK for most folks. But someone diagnosed w/ diabetes/heart disease should be more careful. And finding ways to make delicious recipes (like mac and cheese, for example!) without using 50 pounds of butter might be a good idea. :^) I eat a little bit of dark chocolate every day...it's sort of naughty, but also heart-healthy, and I'm very careful about portion size.

#5) Fascinating tape....I love how the Coast Guard is appalled, and giving the captain crap about what he's doing. At least someone knew the right thing to do. I think I would pick a different cruise line if I were you!

Amber Skyze said...

Oh Peeve #1 drives me nuts!

Peeve #3 - my dogs shred any toys so we can't buy them. lol

4 and 5 - Shame on them.

Who is 6???? ;)

Barbara W. said...

Oh, Penny. I bought #6. Holy hell, was it good. :( If only I had paid less though. I really get crabby and stabby when I only have a Kindle book to show for that kind of $$. At least let me caress the paper, dammit.

Penelope said...

Hi Amber! #6 is Lothaire by Kresley Cole....her latest book.

Hardcover is $25, marked down to $14.70 on Amazon.

Kindle ebook is $12.

I love this series, but not that much. I have a feeling by the time the price comes down (if it does come down), I won't care about reading it anymore.

Penelope said...

Hi Barbara! Lots of folks are raving about that book. I'm sure it's great. The IAD series has been inconsistent for me...some are incredible, some are just okay. But I don't need to read it right this second. I'll wait for the price to drop....I hope that it does. I may have to even buy the paperback if the Kindle price doesn't drop.

Barbara W. said...

I do have to say, I would have never have bought this in hardcover, just because I won't jump from paperback to hardcover in a series unless I've developed a terminal illness and expect to expire before the paperback comes out.

Nora Roberts did this dastardly deed to me with her J.D. Robb series and I practically had to go into therapy for it, I was so upset. If I hadn't been really, really waiting for Lothaire and if I hadn't seen the awesome reviews it had gotten, I wouldn't have paid the $12. Really, paperbacks are costing about that much lately. :( It is an exceptionally long book, as well.

Penelope said...

Hi Barbara! I guess part of my peevishness with this, is that there is a difference with an addictive series and stand-alone book. Even if you love an author, you may still be able to wait patiently for the paperback/price drop for a stand-alone. But a series leaves us hanging. There are cliff-hangers. There are questions that need to be answered. It is essentially hooking a reader with a drug-like substance. This is a great marketing technique. It also means that a lot of readers are chomping at the bit for the next book and can't wait for the paperback. So, the publisher does what any good drug-dealer would do....bumps up the price to take advantage of the drug addicts. I know it's all about money for them. It makes a lot of sense business-wise. However, I feel manipulated and peeved off.

Maybe I'll feel better if I eat some deep-fried mac and cheese. :^) Just kidding. Kidding! Going to eat some wheat germ now.....*grumble*

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...
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Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Oooh, a Penny smackdown! I hear ya!
When I heard about that cruise ship, all I could think about was The Poseidon Adventure! I hear it was every man for himself. Crazy shit.
But I gotta admit, I like squeaky toys. My dog loves squeaky toys, so do my cats. The squeakier the better.
What about deep fried Twinkies? Deep fried pickles? Deep fried Snickers Bars? Geez! Makes you wonder!
Remember, when you fly leave the sword at home. Promise?

Penelope said...

Juju....I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes right before I had my heart attack. My sugars are now normal. I did it by watching my diet and exercising every day...no drugs. Type 2 Diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise....but I don't hear Paula talking about that....she's still cooking w/ a buttload of butter, and taking drugs. Also, she might be eating carrot sticks at home to control her own health, while encouraging families to eat slabs of bacon to put money in her pocket. Bottom line is....I hope this whole story helps to educate folks about diabetes and good health. Having a treat every once in a while is fine, but practicing good health every day is super important.

Penelope said...

Julia...I can only imagine what happened on that cruise ship. I'm sure we'll be hearing some interesting stories in the weeks to come. Unfortunately, there is def. a villain in this tale....the captain looks like a total dick-wad.

I promise to leave my sword at home. If anyone gives me trouble, I will use mind control. :^)

Tom Stronach said...

apparently a delicacy in my home country of Scotland is Deep fried Mars Bar (Snicker without the nuts).

I can honestly say this has never appealed to me

Penelope said...

Hi Tom! The worst stuff is on that show Man Vs. Food! Have you ever seen that one? He eats stuff like a 25 pound deep fried burger with bacon, sausage and lard spread.....hee hee! I get chest pain just watching that show.

Deep fried Mars bars sound sort of weird to me, too.

Linz said...

Rant when you need to rant. I hear you. If I could offer one consolation...as a huge fan of Kresley Cole (or addict?) I loved Lothaire. Totally worth the money. And...he's described as having a perma-stubble. I know you enjoy some man-beard. ;)

Penelope said...

Linz...did you say perma-stubble? *whimper* Since when did vampires grow beards? You are torturing me...ahhhh!

Linz said...

Yup. Blond stubble. Apparently in becoming an immortal he was "frozen" with it. And, in some of the promotional stuff for the book, Paul Marron, the cover model, could also be described as having some cute facial scruff. Please to enjoy.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

True true :) It's that 3 year gap that really gets to folks. Wendy Williams cracked me up on her show. Her main point was she should have taken 6 months but 3 years was wrong. But you're right. The important thing is that it brings attention to diabetes.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...
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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Psst I deleted one of my comments because I realized (after really reading Maggie's piece) that I really didn't agree with her. She's basically saying real reviews are only a certain types/styles of reviews. Ick. I still love her work but I disagree with her on this. Sorry for my late dawning/realization. I blame it on the lack of sleep I get these days due to my new baby and her inexplicable appreciation for the 5 o'clock hour (AM that is).

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! Well, some folks agreed with her. Some didn't. More ruckus, I tell you!

Also, I saw today that the captain of the cruise ship said he accidentally fell off the ship and landed in a safety boat....hee hee.....sure, that could happen. Not!

Good luck with the baby! :^)

Dead Trees and Silver Screens said...

I think reviewers need to remember that authors get their feelings hurt too but authors need to remember that when you put your book out there, people are going to not always love it. Celebrate the good reviews and brush off the bad ones.

Penelope said...

Hi Amanda! The best advice I've had recently is DON'T READ YOUR REVIEWS! It's true. I think authors need to write their books, and then own them. Not everyone will like them, and that's OK.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

LOL I saw that about the captain. I laughed my a$$ off. It's not funny but his defense is so hokey.