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Way back in Season One, I decided Chapel should play squash, not because I play it, but because it stresses the same attributes Chapel places importance on herself. Squash places a huge emphasis on tactical strategy and the ability to think on your feet, so much so that it’s described as “turbo-powered chess.” We know from Chapel’s board game battles with Fred that Chapel is good at strategizing and quick thinking which makes squash the perfect sport for her. I also wanted to show that someone like Chapel (who’s not very athletic) can enjoy and be good at her sport of choice - at least when she repeats her Gaga mantra to help her focus!

When I need an extra jolt of motivation, my song mantra is “Shut Up and Explode” by the Boom Boom Satellites. My mom’s song mantra is “Gonna Fly Now” from the movie Rocky and I’ve named this strip for her. While I never get tired of my song, my mom saves her song for very special occasions (like LSATs and bar exams) so it doesn’t lose its “running up the steps to the Art Museum” effect.
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The picture from the third panel is featured at the end of the Chapel Chronicles book. Also, the rest of the strip is cool. I've never played squash. Can anyone answer this: is it fun? (Emma probably can.)
ilovepie81 2/27/13
You must have bought the book recently to see that panel...I'm glad you recognize it! Yes, squash is very fun. I'm not naturally a sporty person, but I look forward to my squash practices every week!
 Emma  3/8/13
 
Amesome and funny:)
Demyx315 12/18/12
Thank you!
 Emma  3/8/13
 
Sigh... It takes a LOT more than inspiration to get me going on a 5 - paragraph essay than a song mantra. More like mandatory deadlines with consequences if you miss it ;)
Ginny Weasley fan 11/13/12
Well, deadlines exist for a reason...
 Emma  3/8/13
 
it's so funny because i never knew anything about squash before chapel and now one of my twitter friends plays it...? weird ;)
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/8/12
Wow, I guess that proves the idea of "you learn something new and then you hear it 5 times the next day!"
 Emma  11/8/12
this: xkcd [dot] com/1053/
blaidd gwael 11/10/12
OMG.
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Your name means Bad Wolf.
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You are SO COOL.
Clockwork Wombat 11/29/12
 
So I finally looked up squash on YouTube... I understand what it is much better now. It's very strange to watch. A friend who watched it over my shoulder described it as, "handball with tennis racquets".
Ceylan 11/7/12
It IS quite strange to watch, especially if you're not familiar with the rules! It's a very fun game to play, though -- I'm not a super sporty person and I still really look forward to playing it every week.
 Emma  11/8/12
 
well, tomarrow is election day. it's going to be a big day to me. most of you chapel's faithful are probably to young to vote. for those who can vote, DO IT! The fate of this nation and the world it self will be determined tomarrow. I have already made my choice. I have no regrets.

as for music and motivation, i think heavy and powerful music works well. the best i can think of is "The Gael" from "the best of Celtic Music" album. It's the full and extented version of the famious music from the movie "Last of the Mohicans" (the 1992 version). crank up the bass and it is sure to make you become UNSTOPABLE!
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/6/12
Sorry to tell you this, but for a change, I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. Further, as a newcomer to the state of NM, I am insufficiently knowledgeable about local issues to make an educated decision about local propositions. I will be sitting this one out. Maybe next year, when I know more, or when I feel like I have a real choice.

Awww, now I feel all cynical. =(
Miles 11/6/12
I understand where you're coming from -- I still think it may be better to vote rather than not! While third-party votes may not make a huge impact on the bipartisan results that dominate our election, they still might be better because you could make your voice heard.

Plus, for the propositions, I find it's quite easy to become informed! Even though I cannot vote, I simply read through the entire General Election Information Guide for my state in order to feel up-to-date with the current propositions. I can't make the decision for you but I would urge you to vote on behalf of those of us who cannot!
 Emma  11/6/12
For those of you in california (like Emma and I), one source of information and opinions that tend to be explained more level headedly than usual is pete rates [dot] com. I think it is at least worth taking a look at because, even if you don't agree with the guy it is one more piece of input to use in forming your own opinions.
blaidd gwael 11/7/12
I actually have a fair amount of knowledge of local California politics... it is just that I am not living in California right now, so I cannot vote there. Here in Grant County, measures are so complicated, like if you vote for more money for police, then it takes money away from teachers, things like that. So seriously, how, in good conscience, can I make ANY informed decision?
Miles 11/8/12
You can get informed to your best ability and then vote! It's better to make your voice heard than not, in my opinion.
 Emma  11/8/12
He isn't in California, but that's a very good resource! I find the propositions especially difficult to form opinions on sometimes, because all the arguments are worded in very calculated ways. It's good to do research!
 Emma  11/8/12
that is a shame Miles, but again, you have the right to do that. on the other hand, you can still vote for the Libertarian chanidate if Romney and Obama don't make you happy. For those who know me might figure out my leanings as to who i voted for.

One last thing i'll tell you Miles, this time, you really DO have a real choice between Romney and Obama. The choice in the end, is yours to make. to me, those who don't vote, has no right to complain about who wins or loses. (with the exception of those who can't vote, but that is neither here nor there)
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/6/12
There's also the Green Party and various other third-party candidates. I think voting for anyone is better than abstaining! Taxil, I agree, if you are able to make your choice and don't, then you can't complain later....
 Emma  11/6/12
I really wish I could vote! I have been studying politics and the machinations of the American election system for a while now, and it makes me upset that in such a key election I won't get to vote. Still, that's the way life goes -- so everyone who reads the comic and can vote, please do so! You are deciding the political future for those of us still too young to make our voices heard.
 Emma  11/6/12
Ugh, politics! So dull... and annoying...
Ceylan 11/7/12
Yea.. you keep thinking that Ceylan. It's Dull... dull like a battle ground just before the shooting start and annoying.... annoying like those nessasry things in life like eating, breathing, and paying ever growing higher taxes.

politics effect our lives in more ways than you think. it's better to know what is happening and be prepared, than wonder what just happened to you.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/7/12
I agree that it's good to stay informed Taxil! Politics inform the way a lot of people can live their lives, so it's good to understand the process in my opinion.
 Emma  11/8/12
Hmm...I know it can seem dull sometimes, but once you study it a little closer, I find it's pretty interesting! That's what happened to me, at least. Politics are pretty fascinating once you start to understand how they work...
 Emma  11/8/12
I like Celtic music. . . . Anyway, I voted for the first time today.
blaidd gwael 11/7/12
congrats!
Miss L.S.P 11/7/12
YAY!!! Good for you!
 Emma  11/8/12
I'm addicted to Celtic Woman's music... SO GOOD!
Ceylan 11/7/12
I LOVE Celtic Woman! They're amazing!
Emily14 11/7/12
Celtic Woman is what i think is a new fan starter Celtic music. They are ok and all. I Lissen to the real deal Celtic music. it's a shame it's not as wide spread as it should be.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/7/12
What do you think of the Wicked Tinkers?
blaidd gwael 11/7/12
i can't say that i recall them off hand. The Dubliners are more on top of my list however.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/9/12
I've heard a little bit of Celtic music, but not nearly enough! Any suggestions for your favorites, Taxil?
 Emma  11/8/12
I haven't listened to them...I'll definitely have to!
 Emma  11/8/12
 
I love the fourth panel. I think it perfectly captures that feeling of exhausted success and fulfillment you get from winning a difficult game. Once again this comic has far more motion and dynamic to it than it ever has before.
blaidd gwael 11/5/12
Thank you so much! I'm glad you caught that, it was exactly the feeling I wanted to capture with that fourth panel -- so I'm really glad you think I succeeded! Thank you for your kind words!!!
 Emma  11/6/12
 
Oh. My. Gosh. There's actually a song called "Shut Up and Explode"? The world is even randomer than I thought!!! (large, childlike grin)
Clockwork Wombat 11/4/12
Yeah! I'm not particularly sure why it's called that, but it's a REALLY good song. Give it a listen!
 Emma  11/4/12
I think of this comic every time I hear it now, mostly because of that video that was on your old about me page.
blaidd gwael 11/7/12
Wow, I'm so happy you think of Chapel when you hear that song now! That's so cool!
 Emma  11/8/12
I saw that video you posted and I was like Oh that's that song. You're right, great song!
Clockwork Wombat 11/30/12
 
Are you going to be doing another livestream anytime soon? I really enjoy those!
Emily14 11/3/12
I know! I've been thinking about that lately....
Miss L.S.P 11/3/12
I'm so glad you guys like the livestreams though -- that means a lot to me!
 Emma  11/4/12
I keep meaning to do it! However, I normally draw and color my comics either VERY late on Wednesday evenings or on Thursdays when everyone else is in school -- so that makes it tricky to stream them. If I can shift my schedule to doing the comics on Saturdays again, then livestreams should be a possibility! I'll see what I can do!
 Emma  11/4/12
 
BAHAHA HI GUYS I HAVE RETURNED
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/3/12
Yay we missed you!!
Ginny Weasley fan 11/5/12
WELCOME BACK!
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/3/12
Great show don't watch it on acid you know what don't even take acid or mushrooms for that matter drugs are bad m'kay
Yarin 11/6/12
OMG!!! I missed you so much!
Miss L.S.P 11/3/12
I know! Me too!
 Emma  11/3/12
YOU TOO OMG
AND I STARTED WATCHING ADVENTURE TIME SO WE MUST TALK ABOUT THAT
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/4/12
yes!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE adventure time...
Miss L.S.P 11/4/12
TOTAL GIRL CRUSH ON THE LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS OMG
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/4/12
I know right! I mean, like, you can't NOT love her right?
Miss L.S.P 11/5/12
HPPWNSALL!!! YOU'RE BACK!!! We missed you so much, oh my goodness! Don't disappear again, please -- the Chapel community isn't the same without you!
 Emma  11/3/12
aw aw aw i won't leave again emma i missed you all too much <3
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/4/12
YAY! We're so happy you're back!
 Emma  11/4/12
<3333333
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/4/12
Oh also I won't leave again either!!
Ginny Weasley fan 11/5/12
good. both of you left for quite a while
Miss L.S.P 11/5/12
ahfscwfugghjscqjhgSORRY
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/8/12
It's okay! We still love you!
Miss L.S.P 11/8/12
Sorry Sorry Sorry!!!!
Ginny Weasley fan 11/11/12
Welcome back! We've missed you!
Emily14 11/3/12
AW AW AW SO MUCH LOVE I MISSED YOU ALL ILY TOO <3333
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 11/4/12
 
I like the differing perspectives yet again. Great job, Emma.
The first song that came to mind as Power Up! music was Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe. I am quite certain it is not the only one, or even the most played, but it still came first to my mind.
Sometimes I feel old... like when it is more age appropriate for me to date my professors than most fellow students. My Bio professor complimented my Nikki SIxx shirt... she is a fan of the Crüe as well, while fellow students looked blank.
Miles 11/3/12
Thank you! I'm glad you have that song that can get you in the zone for getting work done...that's a shame about the age gap with your classmates though. It's always difficult to not have shared cultural knowledge with your peers.
 Emma  11/3/12
 
Yep. gotta have that pop music! :)
Miss L.S.P 11/3/12
Totally!
 Emma  11/3/12
 
That's so cool! Good for Chapel!
Cj 11/3/12
I know, right? I like how the last panel turned out especially, since I wanted to capture that feeling of being tired but happy after winning a sports game. :)
 Emma  11/3/12
 
Been thinking of adding lady gaga to my webcomic turning her into a blue lantern because she inspires hope
Yarin 11/2/12
Ha ha! That's a good idea! I find that music always can motivate you, actually, regardless of what song it is...everyone has different power-up tunes!
 Emma  11/2/12
For some reason audio sensory input has a very direct connection to emotions in individuals more so than any other form of sensory stimuli.
blaidd gwael 11/7/12
Hmm, interesting...I had heard the same about smell, but I'd believe it more for music than for smell, really!
 Emma  11/8/12
well, to be fair, Lady Gaga can't be any worse than Madonna... so far.

as a rule of thumb with me, I RARELY use musicians as role models. they have a poor track record.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/2/12
I think it's okay to have music inspire you, while understanding that the person who created it might not be perfect!
 Emma  11/2/12
You can't pick a role model that doesn't make some mistakes. After all, to err is human. I think you just need to look up to people for certain aspects of their attitude or their actions and ignore or acknowledge the statistical outliers as just that. It should be noted that simply /trying/ to do right even if you fall short consistently is admirable in itself.
blaidd gwael 11/5/12
I agree. Also, it is my philosophy that no one should be really famous or if they do something regrettable, the whole world will make a big stink about it. (Wow, I just reminded myself of one of my favorite books, "I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President" by Josh Lieb.)
Clockwork Wombat 11/4/12
Fame is. . . an interesting thing. I think we make far too big a deal of celebrities mistakes and we really shouldn't.
blaidd gwael 11/5/12
indeed, too many people want to be famous just for fame's sake. i feel dismayed with this recent surge of celebrities who are not skilled, talented, have produced nothing of value, or even being a waste of a life.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/6/12
basing it off the Simpsons episode saw her in
Yarin 11/2/12
Oh, I saw that episode too!
 Emma  11/3/12
she'd be good at inspiring hope
Yarin 11/3/12
 
It's cute to see chapel wearing something without long- sleeves....
Miss L.S.P 11/2/12
Yeah! I think she's worn short sleeved things before, although I'm not sure where I did it. Anyway, I revised her squash outfit a bit from previous strips because it's just not practical to wear long sleeves while playing.
 Emma  11/2/12
 
OK, here is my halloween report.

Halloween night, some aquantiences and myself go to an old house that is still being used. House sits on an old farm that several generations have lived on and worked on. it HAD an old family cemetary plot on it. (don't know if the bones are still there or not, I DON'T want to know)

set up electronic audio recording equipment. turned off all power but the recording equipment, even the heat at the breaker box (we had flashlights). called out the ghosts to talk into the mics to tell us what they want and who they are.

during the event the heater unit kicked on all by it self. I knew first of all of us we had someone from the other side in there with me.

You can't hear what ghost will tell you as you record them. So when we play back the recording later. we ALL heard on the recording "don't let me be cold" in an unknown woman's voice. just after that, the heater turned on on the recording.

Freaking out ensued.

I AM NOT GOING BACK THERE FOR A GOOD LONG WHILE! i have only had one more scarier run in with ghosts before, but that is a story for another time.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/2/12
Wow, Taxil, that's a pretty freaky seance experience! I guess since it was Halloween, though, it's pretty appropriate to have an encounter like that...still, that's creepy.
 Emma  11/2/12
I wholeheartedly concur with creepiness, even if it wasn't trying to be a spooky ghost kind of thing. =\
Then again, the supernatural and paranormal, at least when it comes to things like ghosts, just freak me right the heck out.
Miles 11/3/12
 
Chapel looks adorable in her uniform! And... she's wearing shoes!

Emily14 11/2/12
Yes! She's worn shoes before though, as parts of her Lady Gaga costumes, and also for this squash outfit in previous strips. Actually, in squash, you have to wear special shoes before you're even allowed onto the courts!
 Emma  11/2/12
 
Haha) That's a creative way to use pop experience. But if it works... why not?
Elm 11/2/12
Yeah! Pop music means something to a lot of people, especially young girls, so I wanted to show how Chapel takes the music and turns it into something productive!
 Emma  11/2/12
 
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