Birthday presents for the future

Greetings Penguin Lovers!

Richard here with you for this edition of the Penguin Fiances on what is here at Mt. Hope, the day after Fall season audition day! While I find it more than a little exciting as I’m always into showing what I can do, Kristen is more than a little stressed out about it. “I HATE monologues! And singing!!” Yet somehow she managed to get through it and do some great work inside the room, and while I waited for my turn outside, even had one of our friends here comment “Wow, I didn’t know she could sing like that!” Yet she never believes these things from me… Hmmm…

This talk of auditions and shows brings up something we have been chatting for a long time about between the two of us. We kinda like each other and would like to work with each other when possible. Just like with much of the arts industry there are, at an extreme, two main routes. The indie, self publishing/promoting road that can be a little rougher, but more control over when and how often you work. And there’s the larger more corporate path with larger productions that may pay a little more and be a little easier to simply step into, but work can be a lot more spread out this way. Personally I recognize the benefits of both, being able to work on individual skills, on Penglap projects, and then transferring them to the larger entertainment industry as a whole in order to make a larger impact as an artist. Kristen on the other hand leans MUCH more onto the indie side of things and would love nothing more than to own a RV and travel around doing…. something! We have some good ideas and working here at the Ren Faire is great inspiration, but it is definitely a difficult and work intensive path.

Bringing us… back to the title! Prior to Kristen’s birthday she had been mentioning that she would like to learn guitar for a couple weeks. So come round on her birthday there was a guitar waiting for her on the bed! Which unfortunately needed some minor repairs and new strings, but is now back to functioning for Kristen to learn on! On my end I have a cello, and we both can sing reasonably well so there’s some musical possibilities. We also recently ordered ourselves our first rapiers.Rapiers
YAY! We’re both pretty excited to get them in and start practicing up with them and building our fight skills even further. I really want to add a dagger to that pretty quick, but Kristen keeps saying something about a Honeymoon and saving and blah blah… So I guess that will have to wait a little while since even the cheapest stage combat daggers are triple figures.
Big Sword
On the much lower cost side of things though we have a friend here at the faire who has offered to help us make our own 6′ long bull whips! Something exciting and dangerous for sure! Needless to say between the two of us we have all kinds of fun toys to start playing with and trying to figure out all kinds of things to do with them.

Quite a bit for today, but that just about wraps it up for today Penguin Lovers! If you have any thoughts about crazy/fun for weapons or anything along those lines let us know below!

I’ll leave you with some pictures from our post audition/datenight reward to ourselves.


Bowling Score

Yes… She beat me at bowling… but hey, what can I say? I’m marrying an awesome woman!

Slide back again soon!
Richard F


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