Follow Fest

As hosted by Melissa Maygrove.

FollowFest

I apologize for not knowing more about how to add followers to this site. I’m still learning, though I think there’s a way to subscribe . . . ? [ETA: Melissa was kind enough to point out the RSS icon next to the search box at the top of the page, which will give readers RSS options for subscribing. Thanks, Melissa!]

Name: M Pepper Langlinais

Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction mostly

What genres do you write? Whatever comes into my head, really. Mystery/espionage, magical realism (that is, fantasy without “high” fantastic elements, or magic inserted into the real world), light and sweet romance, the occasional historical fiction piece. I write character more than genre.

Are you published? Yes. I’ve had some work published in journals and have published some myself. I’m also a produced playwright and screenwriter; my first film is currently in post-production.

Do you do anything in addition to writing? No. I used to work in publishing as an editor and project manager, but I dropped that to focus on my own work. I do still beta read and critique others’ writing from time to time. And I’ve been known to accept outside screenwriting projects. (Well, and I’m a mother of three. So I do that, too.)

Where can people connect with you?
PepperWords (official site)
spooklights (reviews site)
@sh8kspeare (Twitter)
Amazon

Is there anything else you’d like us to know? I’m a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. And I used to be in a Shakespeare troupe, and then also taught Shakespeare at a summer camp (hence the Twitter handle).

My First Podcast

I just participated in a workshopping of a 10-minute play as part of the Ten Minute Play Workshop, and the workshop was audio recorded for podcast. I’ve never been part of a podcast before. (Yes, I realize for many of you it is a routine way of life, but not for me.) As someone who can’t stand to hear or see recording of herself, I doubt I could make myself listen to it, but for friends interested in (a) playwriting, (b) theatre in general, and/or (c) what I sound like here is the link. (There is also a blog write-up if you don’t want to listen.)

W4WS (Writers for Writers) & The Letter “M”

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I’m honored to be one of the featured authors for W4WS. If you’re here to grab some Tweets or Facebook statuses to share, there is a selection of them below. Some are for my contemporary fantasy novel The K-Pro and some are for my novella St. Peter in Chains (which has been my A–Z theme for April). Thank you so much, fellow authors, for your support!

TWEETS FOR K-PRO

What can the girl who makes dreams come true give the man who has everything? THE K-PRO paperback & ebook: http://tinyurl.com/cdlnrgv #W4WS

Should Andra let sleeping gods lie? Or take a chance on setting one free? THE K-PRO #fantasy paperback & ebook http://tinyurl.com/cdlnrgv #W4WS

What David doesn’t know can hurt him . . . And others. THE K-PRO #fantasy ebook only 99 cents this week! http://tinyurl.com/cdlnrgv #W4WS

TWEETS FOR ST. PETER IN CHAINS

Intelligence agent Peter Stoller falls in love and faces the consequences. ST PETER IN CHAINS ebook http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw #W4WS

It’s “Mad Men” meets John le Carre: ST PETER IN CHAINS ebook http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw #W4WS

The screenplay won an award. Now read the novella: ST PETER IN CHAINS http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw And look for the sequel in June! #W4WS

FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATES FOR THE K-PRO

Greek and Roman gods in human form infiltrate a modern-day movie set in this twist on the traditional fairy godmother/genie story. Beta readers likened it to “Neil Gaiman for girls.” THE K-PRO by M Pepper Langlinais. Read the first chapter free at http://thekpro.com – @Writers4Writers

Praise for THE K-PRO by M Pepper Langlinais: “A charming, well-written, well-plotted book” & “the characters are easy to fall in love with.” Visit M’s site at http://pepperwords.com for more! @Writers4Writers

FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATES FOR ST. PETER IN CHAINS

No one has ever made an impact on Peter’s heart the way Charles does. But what will be the ultimate cost? As an Intelligence agent, Peter’s work is sensitive—and secret. So when Charles is accused of espionage, Peter must decide whether to let his heart or head lead him. Read the novella from which the award-winning screenplay was adapted: ST PETER IN CHAINS by M Pepper Langlinais: http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw And look for the sequel coming in June! @Writers4Writers

You’ve been reading their A–Z travel adventures on PepperWords.com. Now see how they met and fell in love. Just 99 cents on Amazon this week! ST PETER IN CHAINS by M Pepper Langlinais: http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw And then be ready for the sequel in June! @Writers4Writers

Grab ’em and go! And thanks again!

Oh, and THE E-BOOK VERSION OF K-PRO & ST. PETER IN CHAINS ARE 99 CENTS ON AMAZON THROUGH FRIDAY!

Sherlock’s Daughter

If I ever write an autobiography, I think that’s what I’ll call it. My dad is brilliant (in a literal, high-IQ kind of way), but then again he’s worked for the government and he’s not all that ambitious so maybe he’s more of a Mycroft. But my dad is also the one who instilled a love of Holmes in me from a young age, so I associate him more with Sherlock Holmes than anything else. And I’m a daddy’s girl, an only child, but he only wanted one, and he wanted a daughter. It’s nice to grow up knowing you’re wanted.

Really, though, I had originally considered using Sherlock’s Daughter for the title of my next novel, then discarded the idea because it’s not a Sherlock Holmes story (sorry to fans of my Holmes works, there will be more of that to come, I promise) and I didn’t want to mislead readers. So the novel in question then briefly had the title of The Handler, but that was too generic. I might call it Pretend You Love Me.

But first I must finish these edits to The K-Pro; I’ll be holed up all weekend working on it. Not tonight, though, because I’m off to see Eddie Izzard perform some new material.

And completely unrelated, but: Stage 32 did a little write-up about Table Read My Screenplay. St. Peter in Chains gets its read at Sundance on the 25th, at the Waldorf Astoria.

Twitter Makes You Boring

I’ve come to the conclusion people were far more interesting before Twitter and Facebook allowed me to know every little thing they think and do. Take for example Neil Gaiman. I used to read his online blog/journal each day, always hoping for an update. And then he was on Twitter, so of course I had to follow him. And “like” him on Facebook. And then I quit going to his online site because I really didn’t have any reason to. And I began only skimming his tweets and mostly scrolling past his Facebook posts . . . Because suddenly he was everywhere and yet somehow not all that engaging.

Here is where celebrity breaks down, I think. The more access we have to “personalities” the more they become just people. Which is what most celebrities have said they want. “I’m just a regular guy!” But when we start seeing past them and through them, when they no longer get quite as much focus because the attention becomes diffuse . . .

True, some of them recoil at having to interact with the unwashed masses. (These are the ones who refuse to respond to fans—but then why have social media at all? Except a manager told them they should.) Still others panic and scramble, trying to stay in the spotlight. But the more they stay in our faces, the less we care. The truth is, no one has something interesting and profound to say every minute of every day. Not even the Dalai Lama. This celebrity idea of giving the world more of you (because that’s what the world professes to want, or it’s what the actor/author/singer likes to think the world wants) ends up backfiring. There IS too much of a good thing.

It’s important for anyone, celebrity or not, to cultivate the art of only speaking when one is sure, and when one has something truly useful and interesting to say. People learn to listen more closely when they know at least 90% of what exits your mouth will be relevant, or at the very least entertaining.

So don’t tweet and retweet every little thought that crosses your mind. And don’t post on Facebook something about stubbing your toe. Save all that up for a good blog post or something. Make it compelling in a way everyday life seldom is.

I’ve since quit following Neil on Twitter, and I’ve found this has caused me to begin visiting his online journal again; I check it once or twice a week. Suddenly he’s far more interesting again. Quality versus quantity and all that.

Star Trek via South Park

So earlier today I saw something posted about the second Star Trek movie’s title being Star Trek: Into Darkness. I don’t know if this is true, or official, or whatever. But what I thought at the time was, Isn’t space dark anyway? Mostly? In fact, that’s almost exactly what I posted on Twitter, too, and Scott answered: “Mostly . . .”

If you don’t get it, you probably don’t watch South Park, or at least not the older episodes. My rejoinder was from a different South Park episode, the [in]famous Towlie one about the Okama GameSphere. I added: “If only the Star Trek movie were going to be about THAT!” And Scott pointed out that it might at least make a good ST:TNG Season 8 synopsis. (If you haven’t read these on Twitter, you should absolutely go look up @TNG-S8; they are fucking hilarious.) “Wesley trying to retrieve his gaming console from aliens,” tweeted Scott.

But I decided to go a bit further. Here are some of my Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 8 plot loglines, as filtered through “video gaming” as the device.

Troi attempts to empathize with a group of teenagers devoted to video games; the replicators become jammed while overproducing towels.

Tempers flare when the Enterprise’s gaming network goes down for maintenance; Picard teaches Wesley to parallel park the ship.

Q thrusts the crew into a video game they must win to escape; the Orion asks to borrow some tools then refuses to return them.

Wesley & Barclay go head-to-head in a video game tourney; Geordie can’t find his towel because people keep sitting on it.

And my personal favorite:

Wesley teaches Worf to play Okama GameSphere but creates a monster; Data’s cat Spot gets stuck under the ship’s gas pedal.

Anyone want to chime in?

Pictures (but not here)

I love taking pictures, and not only of myself (though I am a ham). I inherited this particular joy from my father, who is an amateur photographer in his own right.

Anyway, I’ve found that Tumblr is a nice venue for posting pictures, and since I wasn’t sure what I might do with a Tumblr site, this is what I’ve settled on. Every day or so I post a photo from my archives. A lot of them are from the same time and place because I tend to take a lot of pictures when I’m out anywhere interesting. A few of the pictures might be things I’ve stumbled across online and saved because I liked them.

I’ll still post the occasional announcement or thought over there, too. But it will be mostly pictures. For the curious: this is the place.