Select Page

Lola in Los Angeles

Lola in Los Angeles | www.loladodge.com

It’s still Monday (in my timezone) and I’m sneaking in a blog before I turn into a pumpkin. Today, I’m coming at you from the rolling hills of Los Angeles, where I’ll be hanging up my passport for a year or so.

1. Los Angeles

I’m so excited I get to stay in LA! The food is crazy delicious, I can get involved in any class/activity imaginable, and I have so many new cafes to explore. It’s such a cool city, I have zero worries about getting bored… But I am kind of apprehensive about this whole parallel parking thing. I remember the last time I parallel parked (Five-ish years ago in Pittsburgh?) and gave my passengers a solid twenty minutes of laughter. But that was before I had a back-up camera, so maybe now it will be okay??? (crossing fingers)

I'm Single Nobody Loves Me

2. Wait But Hi

I ventured out into society over the weekend (THE SHOCK) because I got chosen to join one of the Wait But Why meetups taking place in LA. Unfortunately, Tim Urban did not show up in person (so I couldn’t propose marriage yet), but I met 15 super interesting people and we shared a lot of wine and great conversation. Writers, directors, film editors, divers, MBAs, actors, musicians–such an awesome and eclectic group!

Wait But Why

3. Tessa Dare

Melissa at LilyElement got me started on Tessa Dare, and Tessa is yet another reason I’m excited about LA–she’s giving a talk at the local RWA chapter next weekend. How lucky am I?? Her Spindle Cove novella Beauty and the Blacksmith is free for a few more days, so check it out if you’ve never read her before. Her stories are always cute and hilarious with satisfying HEAs. They make me feel so cozy and happy!

Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

4. No Man’s Sky

These are the times I’m bummed to be a Mac owner. The reviews are coming out for No Man’s Sky and people are saying it has a boring resource gathering aspect, but I’m sitting over here like I LOVE BORING RESOURCE MANAGEMENT GAMES AND I WANT TO NAME PLANTS. Since I can’t just pop out and buy a gaming PC, I’m killing time until the Mac port release by watching playthroughs on YouTube. I highly recommend Shirley Curry’s gaming channel. She’s a grandma who her subscribers as “grandkids.” It’s TOO CUTE. “Oh no!” Shirely gasps. “That’s too far away. Oh no! I can’t go there. How far away is the planet?”

5. Book Finished!

Maybe I should’ve led with this, but QUANTA RESET IS FINISHED!!!

The file is on its way to be converted for Netgalley. YESSSSS!

Bubbles_ponyjoy
I’m so excited to be done. It kind of came down to the wire with this deadline (it always seems to…) but I’m happy to share the story with you all and I hope you love it!

The Quanta Reset Blog Tour runs September 20th-27th, 2016, hosted by YA Bound

Happy Monday!

<3 Lola

Monday Updates : )

Summer Monday Banner

It’s summer!!! Kind of. Right?

June in Thailand means it’s finally cooling down and we’re into the rainy season–so 95 degrees instead of 100+ every day, and lots of regular showers to keep the air clean. I’ve been bouncing around, I’m so happy. THE SKY IS BLUE AND LIFE IS WONDERFUL!

Other than the weather, here’s what’s up:

1. Revisions

Now that I can breathe, I’m back to work and revising a couple projects–one for me, and one for Ink Monster ; ) Quanta Reset is really coming along and our new team editor is amazing, so expect good things in September!

Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge | A Shadow Ravens Novel (Available September 2016)

2. America bound!

I’ll be back in America before Reset releases. I’ve loved my time in Thailand, but I’m looking forward to being on home soil for a while. I’ve been in Asia for most of the time since January 2012, when I first moved to Taiwan. I totally wasn’t planning to be abroad so long. So many bagels to eat to make up for lost time!

America

3. Reunion

My ten-year college reunion was this weekend and I missed it. But I didn’t really miss anything. I’m still close with my four closest friends from the good old class of 2006, and as much as it would be fun to see what everyone else has been up to, I’m okay with losing touch with acquaintances. Being abroad has definitely taught me that the important people make time for you, and you have to do the same. Otherwise, it’s okay to grow apart–there just isn’t time to stay friends with everyone. Plus, reunions are weird.

Best of the class of 2006! They couldn't get rid of me if they tried.

Best of the class of 2006! They couldn’t get rid of me if they tried.

4. Niche

I backed Niche on Kickstarter and have been playing the alpha game–it is so cute and it’s exactly the kind of repetitive fun I like as a break from writing. I’ll let you all know when the final version goes live on Steam. Until then, I’ll be busy trying to breed purple tiger-striped antler babies.

Niche Tutorial Video from Philomena Schwab on Vimeo.

5. Critical K-Pop

As always, the most important news comes last. EXO’s new album is coming out SOON. Can. Not. Wait. Must buy. Must dance. Must learn more Korean so I can sing along.

Happy Monday wherever you are!

<3 Lola

Wasting Time and Killing Productivity

So many posts out there will tell you how to use your time efficiently and get more work done. Sure, it’s important to do stuff and accomplish whatever, but sometimes you just gotta play around and do something mind-numbing. That’s why I’m here. If you’re sitting there bored with nothing to do, let me give you a few places to get started on your time-wasting voyage.

1. Eat something.

Eating is your go-to time waster. It doesn’t matter what, just get some snacks in your belly.

Eat something
 

2. Watch a movie

Click. Drag. Get a snack. Watch.

Movie poster roulette
3. Play Cookie Clicker

You will love and despise this addictive game. Click the cookie. You know you want to.

Lola's Bakery
4. Play Mamonosweeper

Like minesweeper, but with monsters. Don’t be a baby–play in HUGE mode.

Gameplay of Mamonosweeper
5. Find cat gifs.

Never fails. Thank you, Internet.

Cat in a box