Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back

I suppose I  am a born novelist, for the things that I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember.--Ellen Glasgow
2010 was an interesting year for me; it showed me what exactly it is that I needed to do and what path I needed to take...

Ever since I was young, my elementary teachers (my 5th grade teacher most of all) would always tell my parents that they should encourage me to continue on writing. I will admit, I did write interesting stories, but that's because I really didn't think my life was as exciting as the ones my classmates had.

Well, or so I thought.

Yeah, I was rather odd--I still am, but when I was young I was an introvert, and I preferred a good book  that would take me to far off lands or sit down and write on my journals and watch my stories unfold...

Of course I come from an artistic background so everyone was into music and arts, which till this days most of my relatives are, but not me... In fact, I wanted to be noncreative. I really don't know why that was... but in the end, after taking the long path and not enjoying it, I came back to where I was once.

I came back to my writing.

So in a way, my New Year's Resolution might consist of many goals, but the one thing I want to focus on the most is my writing.

Sure I'm not introvert anymore. In fact, I'm not who I was, but who I am now is what will help me on this path I have finally decided to take on. The one path I was avoiding for a few years now actually...

I have so much to learn, but that's okay since I'm actually willing.

So 2011, I guess I've been waiting for you the most.

Wish you all a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Story to Tell

On December 13, a pup of five months was going to get killed because it had been in the shelter for three months already, and that particular shelter tends to be overcrowded since not many people visit it.

But a miracle happened.

On December 11 my parents had this urged to get a dog, and so they started to Google dogs for adoptions. Because they have had dogs before, and because they love dogs, they had decided to adopt a shelter dog, and well, on one of the craigslist ads they stumbled on was this one five month pup that had a very short amount of time to live. This got their attention, why?  I'm not certain, but that's how it went down, and so on the 12, they had decided to go see it. The one thing my siblings and I told them was that if this particular pup was for them, then it would have some of the traits our previous dogs had.

Well so we hoped...

From what my sister told me, when the pup first saw them she was scared, in fact she had pee. That's how afraid of people the pup was. The worker of the shelter that was taking care of the pup, as my parents and sister saw it, said that this pup had such a terrible life before coming to the shelter. I mean, the poor pup didn't even know what wagging a tail was, but my sister, when she got closer to the pup and looked in its eyes, she saw this ball of energy waiting to come out-- waiting for the right individual(s) to open the door to its true persona.

Well, my parents got touched by this pup's story, and so it was adopted, but they weren't able to take the pup home because the pup had to get spay/neuter.

On December 13, the pup had finally come home. When I first saw the pup my heart ached, it was small, scared, skinny, and didn't have that curiosity that most pups have at five months (believe me, I should know!) but I also understood it was because of this pup's previous history.

This pup was broken and needed lots of love and patience.

We all understood that.

Anyways to make this short, almost two weeks later we now have a healthy five month female puppy name Lulu the Terrible a.k.a Jaws. She is half Pitbull and half German Shepherd.

She is a ball of energy that because of teething, bites everyone and everything! And is always running around, wagging her tail nonstop, and crawling around. She acts as if all that terrible things that had happened not so long ago are just a mere thing from the past.

So on behalf of Lulu and my family, I wish you all a Merry Christmas

And this story here is what inspired my mini comic for my Wednesday course. Now I want to speak to my instructor and hope to have the chance of selling this short comic and have all profits send to the shelter... it's a thought for now ^_^

and yes, she is wearing a turtleneck because its just been so chilly this past few days :'D.

Monday, December 20, 2010

What I Went Through This Month

Dear All,

All I can say is that this month has been a wild ride. There was a lot of research, which did get frustrating at one point, and there was also finding an interviewee... boy did that keep me on my toes!

But worst of all...

I was struggling with my story paradigm. The first time I turned it in this month, my instructor said there were a few lose ends, so of course that meant redoing it... worst of all, my pitch and outline were due around the corner... so the pressure was on.

My story paradigm had to match my outline and logline, but you know what the best part was?

 my pitch had to reflect it all!! 

worst part is, it wasn't and so of course I was freaking out! and so I rewrote my story paradigm and I sent it to my instructor and it still wasn't working!

Gah! I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole!!! Tuzki Bunny Emoticon

I was frustrated and started to think that maybe this wasn't for me...
        ... yes, I began to doubt myself, but I kept on going.

Over the weekend, after I read my instructor's additional feedback, I went back to work and worked I did... I didn't come out of my bedroom unless I had to eat... and I had a big mess and I didn't care. In fact I lost my phone somewhere in the chaos...

For the first time I felt like a writer and believe me, I felt like I finally got it... I finally understood their world.  My life this weekend was in peril Tuzki Bunny Emoticon

Maybe I'm overreacting but that's just how I felt it... and then when I had to record my pitch, everything was going wrong... I was close to tears and then my file was large and wouldn't upload... yeah... I was loosing it!!!

But I made it in time... Thank God! but now I wait...

You see, every pitch will be review by the department, and they will determine if your story is accepted or if it will be fixing or worst of all... redoing everything!

Believe me, I'm anxious... very anxious!

It's like when the writer sends their novel out for approval and they are now waiting and all these ideas come and torture them because they begin to doubt their talents...

GAH!!! It's scary Tuzki Bunny Emoticon

But whether I receive good or bad news there is one thing that I must keep remembering... If I love to write then I must not quit but continue...

If you stumble, get up for it just makes you stronger...

Dear writers, 

don't give up no matter how grim your future looks... if you love to write then this little obstacle should only reflect the passion you have for this art...


Monday, December 13, 2010

What a Class

This research course has been a tough one Tuzki Bunny Emoticon.

I know it's not about the grades, but about learning from it, and believe me, I've made so many mistakes that I know I have learn from it! 

I just keep telling myself that I need to work harder...

This is my last week in the class, so we are getting ready to interview and pitch our story. Meaning, I so have to know my story. I've been working on it and I have revised my main character's backstory like three times already (I know to some writers three times is nothing :laughs: ). So far so good. So it's getting there ^_^.

I am also preparing the synopsis for my comic class :D. I have a good idea and I will talk about it another day. Today, I have to go and finish some more work.

For all beginner writers, like me :'), keep working hard and don't give up.  In the end, is all about self satisfaction.

Till next time.

Happy writing,


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Research Reports are no Fun

Nothing exciting has happened recently. It's just been a very, eh, class really... Tuzki Bunny Emoticon

This is the second research report I've done within the past two weeks, and it just keeps on coming. I know I will benefit from research and in fact, I have. For example, one thing that had completely slipped my mind were hobbies. I thought I had quite a few, but I didn't think about whether she likes museums or hiking, you know, basic information. But I have learned that basic information is what would make my story credible. :sighs: it's been an off week for me.

But in Other News

 My comic class is great! Our instructor just went over the storytelling structure, which I already know, so it was just fun to hear his perspective. He does want us to create a synopsis about our short story by next Wednesday, so I have been thinking about what to base my story on.

Now, because writers and artists are taking the class together, the short story limit is different, so since I can't draw (even if my life depended on it!) I need to make a 14 page comic script.

This, my dear readers, will be interesting. Especially since I have to juggle school, work, and now these mini-sessions. But I want to learn, so I can't complain!

Till next time.

Happy Writing,


Sunday, December 5, 2010

What I'll Be Doing Every Wednesday Night

So as I mentioned in my last post, I did something last Wednesday night. And no, it wasn't bad or naughty :laughs:

As many of you know, I want to one day write and hopefully publish a comic :) and I accidentally stumbled upon this one comic store in Hollywood named Meltdown Comics. You should check their site.

Anyways! They have, what they named, Meltdown University, and they offer drawing and writing course for those interested in the comic industry. Yup! They do! So of course I was interested!

Yes, I have to pay a fee every Wednesday, but I think that in the long run, it will be worth it.


Basically, by the end of the mini-session, we should have created a short comic. No, it won't be published, but it will give me a better understanding on comics as a whole, and THAT is worth a lot more. I want to understand the world of comics, and be able to know what exactly it is that I need, to AT LEAST have a chance out there. He will also talk about how to find an illustrator who would be willing to work with us :) so I'm looking forward to that.

But seriously, last Wednesday was hilarious because at first it was two guys and myself. So I know they felt rather awkward :laughs:  I was feeling out of place too, but later on, another lady joined, so that was pretty cool.

 A lot more women should check out comics and video games though...

And! AND!

There was this tall, dark, and handsome man, who is a professional illustrator, and a frequent customer of that store and...


Back to business shall we? Tuzki Bunny Emoticon

We didn't do much last Wednesday, so I don't want to bored my dear readers with nonsense, but the instructor made us purchased a comic that we will be studying for storytelling purposes. Here, have a look:
This here is a French comic by Jacques Tardi
Have you seen so much dialogue before???

So from what he told us, comics in France (or was it Europe in general?) are very different then American comics. Not only are the comics hardcover, but dialogue tends to be lengthier don't you agree?

I'm really looking forward to every Wednesday from now on, and I hope to share it with all of you :).

So till next time,

Happy Writing!


To Become Authority One Must Do Research

First of all, I want to say I'm sorry for not posting anything the entire week. A FULL WEEK! It's just that I was busy with quite a few things that were out of my reach. You know how that is, right? But now, I'm back. :)

So this entire week, all we have been focusing on is research and of course finding an interviewee. Seriously, I thought, finding someone to interview wasn't going to be difficult, but as always... I was wrong!

So I've been trying to get a hold of a few YouTube Gurus (a very important part of my story is base on it), but :sighs: for some reason, I still haven't heard from at least one. I'm not asking for a two-hour interview, just thirty minutes tops. Tuzki Bunny Emoticon

Now this assignment is due tomorrow. Not the interview, just the confirmation of actually having someone to interview. So yeah, I was stressing. Believe me, I tried emailing and even used Twitter :laughs: Now, I understand that they might be busy, or maybe they just don't check their emails frequently. I don't want to assume that they were just ignoring my email because I don't know them in a personal level.

So what did I do?

I emailed my instructor and asked her if I could switch my subject for the interviewing phase. She is very understanding, and I was able to do that. So yay!Tuzki Bunny Emoticon

I'm interviewing a fellow classmate who has worked as a waitress <-----all this is for my story!

I finished typing my research paper that's due in a few hours and all I need is to revise it. Believe me... it needs it!

I'm going to cut this short for tonight, but I will blog tomorrow about something I did this past week. I find it pretty cool :).

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend.

Till next time,


Just because I wasn't able to reach one of them for an interview doesn't mean I will give up though :smirks:
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