Tuesday, March 10, 2015

H.J. Ford (HJFord.com), a Fictional Department Store, and Querest (Querest.com), a Fictional Domain Protection Company


“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

H.J. Ford, a fictional department store, is located in the fictional town of Qahog, a coastal city in the United States.
The identity of the state is not being revealed and may even be fictional – it’s up to the reader to decide, at least for now.
H.J. Ford offers higher-end consumer goods, mainly designer clothing, jewelry, and home goods – a typical department store in the tradition of Macy’s or Kohl’s.
Qeah, wunderkind whizz kid, has created a domain name protection service, and HJFord.com is one of many under her auspices, under her company’s name of Querest.com.
The department store has no idea that they are dealing with a minor.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Peep Central Will be Written Off Line...

...And my NaNo Novel month will occur in January.

For some reason, I'll be very busy in November.

Right now, I'm preparing to publish Memoir Madness, a memoir, on Amazon Kindle.

I will continue posting ideas here for Peep Central.

A Message to Google Blogger (Off Topic)

Dear Google and the Blogger Team,

You guys and gals at Google are clueless. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but my frustration is great, and, quite frankly, this new product is inferior to the old product.

Do you even listen to what users are telling you?

New Blogger stinks.

It crashes my computer and gets hung up; it's too "busy," and it takes too long to get where I want to go.

Time is money.

Do you understand that?

Old Blogger was so beautiful and simple. Building upon that would have been sensible and practical.

Building a blog should be like turning a key in a car and getting going; no one cares how it works.

Forget about the complicated bells and whistles.

"New" is supposed to be better, but New Blogger does nothing but frustrate loyal users.

It's just that simple.

Please reconsider this decision.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Samuel Utt College of Qahog (SUCQ)

Quinelle decides to enroll in the local college, Samuel Utt College of Qahog (known locally and affectionately as Sucq College). She realizes that in order to keep the family facade up and a strict eye on 14-year old Qeah she must remain in Qahog.

Samuel Utt (b. 1830, d. 1911), a prominent businessman and fishing industry mogul, was the founder of both Qahog and the college.

Qeah, who decides she doesn't want to attend SUCQ College, sets up a satire/rogue website: SUCQS.com (Both SUCQ.com and SUCQS.com redirect here, at least for now).

The website becomes popular with SUCQ students.

Again, this may be a very minor detail in the book.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Premise of Peep Central: What If?

What if you came home from school one day, and discovered that your mother has disappeared without a trace?

What’s more, what if it’s your 11th birthday, which also happens to be 9/11, the day terrorists have struck America?

Then about four years later, what if your father also disappears, leaving you and your sister a goodbye note and instructions for living on your own?

What would you do?

How would these important events (among other events) inform your life?

Peep Central will attempt to answer these questions.

Working Summary of Peep Central

Before continuing with the planning of this book, I decided I needed to develop a working summary, which will help me to keep this book on track:
Peep Central, a novel spanning about 11 years, chronicles the lives of two young sisters (four years apart) as they raise themselves, without adult guidance, navigating a post-9/11 world in which they must survive day-to-day and mature into young adulthood while also coping with parental abandonment and typical issues facing contemporary young people.
A good summary ought to be
–Short (under 100 words)

–One sentence

–Descriptive of what the novel is all about.

–General (as opposed to being specific)
As I develop the synopsis, I may continue to tweak this summary.

Also, the basic premise of the novel may shift.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Peep Central as the Name of Quinelle’s Forum and the Wayback Machine...

Quinelle's younger sister Qeah is horrified when Quinelle buys PeepCentral.com and sets up her forum using the name.

Possible conversation between Qeah and Quinelle:
“You should have checked the Wayback Machine before buying PeepCentral.com,” Qeah said.

“What’s a Wayback Machine?”

“The Internet Archive. You can check how a pre-owned domain was used before you buy it.”

“But why should I care?”

“Because if a domain name has a checkered history, it might be blacklisted.”


“Yeah, by Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. The domain name could be dropped from the search engines because of bad behavior.”

“I don’t understand what this has to do with Peep Central.”

“A lot. Peep Central used to be, well, uh, a site with pictures of naked ladies.”

Quinelle slapped her forehead. “Seriously?”

“Yep. But you lucked out. Your shiny new domain name has not been blacklisted.”

“Whew,” Quinelle said.

“But it’s not all good news. You’ll still have to rehab it.”


“Yeah. You have to overcome its history, keep the old men away who come to the forum expecting naked lady pictures.”

“But it’s a forum for my peeps, not dirty old men.”

“Unfortunately, a ‘peep’ is also a yukky old man who likes to spy on naked women without their knowledge.”

“No way!”


“My life sucks...”

“Yeah. It’s a jungle out there...But not to worry. The Great Qeah is here to defend your precious forum from the internet crud.”
Although “The Great Qeah” is four years younger than Quinelle, she's a lot more internet savvy and is forever rescuing Quinelle's site from viruses, spam, and other unsavory malware.