You all will be happy to know that I've officially hit the half-way point of the book, at least plot wise. Also, thanks to all of you, your comments, questions and even your poll votes, I've got such a great handle on these characters now, that writing the second half should be much smoother and thus, much faster!
So here we go!
On the Prequel, Mixed Doubles
My universe has the cutest boys! I'm not shy about that. Oh the Penny and Nate drama...I'm actually writing that section RIGHT NOW. You guys are going to love it.
LauraW said: okay,, I don't have anything to say besides WOEHOE... this is such a sweet couple and I'm totally rooting for them.. it was a really funny lighthearted prequel, loved it!!
Sweet is totally the key word with Penny and Nate. He's a sweet guy and their relationship is adorable. Now, that's the question, will "sweet" be enough? ;-)
Eliza said: I like that Penny told off a bitch, but I am not really invested in this new dream guy. My head was already thinking in a different romantic direction for Penny. Nate's sweetness made him likable, but I'm going to have to wait to develop an interest in Penny/Nate. He just kind of popped out of the woodwork. He had time to get to know Penny, but we haven't gotten to know him. Of course, that's because he was being a stalker...
Penny isn't a wallflower, that's for sure. She's quiet and a bit of a loner, but she's definitely not the type to take Amy's crap. And except for Laura, none of you are sold on Nate! You all have such a "bad boy" streak, it's not even funny. Love it.
Farfallama said: Ahh!!! How could Penny have a boyfriend?! Okay, sorry, I freaked out for a second there. I'm over it now. I like Nate. Unfortunately for him, I didn't instantly love him like I did Alex. I think I could grow to like him, but I'm still a hardcore Alex/Penny (Palex?) shipper. I loved the interaction between Amy and Penny. Penny doesn't seem like the type that would let the mean girls get to her, nor would she let one get away with something just because she is a mean girl. Plus, it gives me more Penny/Teddy interaction, even if it's technically implied, which I love. I get all warm and fuzzy for close knit families, especially twins. Anyway, this was awesome, as per usual. I especially liked the last line. It was really cute!
Haha! I don't even know where to start with this comment. I LOVE that GSM has "hardcore" shippers already! So glad you liked it. And if you all haven't checked out the AWESOME questions, Farfallama gave me for the interview with Indy, you need to go do it right now and let her know how amazing she was! Whoever wins the next character interview contest will have BIG shoes to fill!
On the Prequel, Thank You
Little Zarbo said: Hi, This was the first bit I've read of your original work. I admit I know nothing about tennis but from what Ive read i'll definately stick with it. I like this Alex character. He seems like a pretty stand up guy. I'm a bit confused as to all of this but I'm off to explore this blog and see if I can't figure it out. Hope to hear more about the GSM world in the future. :)
So glad you stopped by and really glad you like Alex. He rocks. Hope to hear from you some more too!
On the Prequel, Another Decision
Kaelyn said: Missy Franklin is incredible. Not only is she an astounding swimmer but to turn down that kind of money? I'm not sure I would have been strong enough to make that same decision. Anyway, on to the actual writing. Very nice. I just love the Harrisons because they're so down to earth and they let their kids make their own decisions. Can they adopt me? ;)
Ha! The Harrisons already have their hands full. Penny and Jack are pretty low maintenance, but Teddy takes up all of their spare time.
Lela said: I didn't read the article, but I loved this prequel! I think it's a smart decision on her part. She can always go back to college later, but if she got injured playing for the NCAA her entire life plan could be ruined. I hope everything works out for her!
*pokes* Shame on you! Go read the article! Penny's a smart cookie. I think she's making the right choice too!