Friday, June 22, 2012

WILD ROMANCE 난폭한 로맨스 / Nanpokhan Romance


It has been a while. I've been so busy with edits that I haven't spent much time watching TV. I watched WILD ROMANCE a few months ago. It still ranks as one of the most enjoyable romantic comedies that I've seen. Any show that makes me LOL is a winner in my book.

Here is the synposis:

Everything starts on the birthday of Eun Jae's dad. Eun Jae (Lee Si Young) ran into Park Muyeol (Lee Dong Wook), who is the 2nd baseman of 'Green Dreamers', when she is drunk. Eun Jae who is a fan of 'Blue Seagulls', starts a fight with Muyeol who led the 'Green Dreamers' to victory.

The next day, internet is on fire with the video called 'Humiliated Park Muyeol'. Because of this video, career of both Muyeol and Eun Jae, who recently got a job as a bodyguard, are in danger. In the end, they decide to put on a show against the public! They lie that Eun Jae is Muyeol's private bodyguard and the video was recorded when Eun Jae was giving a self-defence demonstration to Muyeol. Like this, Eun Jae becomes real bodyguard of Muyeol. It seemed like everything worked out just fine, but the problem is that they can't stand each other's existence... HanCinema

I think the reason I enjoyed this series so much was due to the main actors, Lee Dong Wook and Lee Si Young. I’ve watched a few series featuring both actors and they’re really good. However, Lee Si Young shines for me in every series I’ve seen her in (Boys Over Flowers, Playful Kiss, and My Girl). She steals every scene she’s in. She has that sort of persona on screen, so watching a series with her as the lead was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I received my awesome edits for QUEST from Kate Evangelista. I'm so excited. I can't wait to get started. In a previous post I introduced my protagonist Malik, and his friends, Books and Raphael, but boys aren't the only ones who can go on an adventure. It’s actually my girls, Nevan and Dominique, who rescue the boys whenever they jump into something feet first without waiting to see if it’s quicksand.

When I started the story, I knew going in that at times the group would split up. I wanted a way to show the entire story, not just what Malik sees. My goal was to have Nevan have a unique voice that is so different from Malik that you know you're in her narrative point of view without having to look at the chapter title. I also wanted a character who would round out Malik, who got pretty obsessive in his desire to save his mother. There were times when he put this goal above his friends wellbeing.

Nevan models by example. She’s not flashy like Dominique. Or bold like Raphael. She’s not as intelligent as Books, but not many people are. But, she has common sense. She's also fierce and passionate underneath her shyness. She would die for her friends, but she’s smart enough to figure out a way to survive against crazy odds.

I’d like to introduce you to my second narrator, Nevan Callahan. The excerpt begins in Nevan's chapter after the kids come up with a plan to find the golden apple.

by Kiwi Sandro

Plans swirl around me like hair in a drain. It’s kind of cool to be included. And it felt nice to have them listen to me earlier since that doesn’t happen a lot. Most kids ignore me. The curse of being so gosh darn shy means I’m invisible. Grandma calls me a dandelion hidden in a patch of daisies. I think she only says it to make me feel special so I’ll stop crying over getting teased at school. She loves me. She couldn’t know that with my hair, being compared to a fluffy dandelion kind of hurts.

My head dips and white-gold bangs hide my eyes. I pretend to study the ants marching two by two across the floor, but really, I’m spying on my friends. Dominique’s doing that creepy, mind talk thingy with Books, and Malik’s watching her like she’s a bouquet of roses—beautiful, sweet smelling—the total opposite of a dandelion. The glow on his face makes my tummy burn. It’s so not fair. Why do I have to be a snot-making weed, waiting to be yanked out by the roots and thrown in the compost pile? Why can’t he see me as a flower?

Raphael stretches upright and bounces up and down on his toes. His cat-like green eyes flash. He’s up to something, and I don’t want any part of it. He’ll get us busted, because his plans always flop. He never thinks them all the way through. Like when he tried to rescue the stray dogs in the neighborhood. He totally should’ve realized the Brute would try to bite his face off.  I mean, duh!

He gives us a grin so full of wickedness that if he’s not careful, horns will sprout out of his forehead. “Eduardo saw me come in here. He’ll be waiting for us to bounce.”

“Seeing you this happy about Eduardo makes my spidey sense tingle. Have you given into the dark side of the force?” Malik asks, eyes narrowing as he rubs his hand across his forehead, smearing a streak of dirt across his cheek.

I dig into my pocket, pull out a bacterial hand wipe, and pass it to him. He stares at the little square for a minute like it’ll bite him then awkwardly takes it.

“Thanks, Nevan,” he says with a slight smile.

I ball my fingers into a fist, trying to hold onto the warmth of his fingers brushing against mine, and smile back.

Friday, June 15, 2012



Kiwi Sandro is here with a special guest post. She promised not to totally embarrass me by telling everyone about how I cried in the last episode, but I guess I just did that myself.

Oh well, please welcome her to the blog for her very first guest post. YAY!!


Naruto is a manga created by Masashi Kishimoto in 1999. It was so popular it was turned into an anime. It’s so awesome! My mom thinks so too. When she gets home, we start watching, if she doesn’t have to work on her book first.
So far we are early in the hundreds of the first series. We have switched from English to Japanese (I prefer the latter) and so mom had to get used to the new voices. One part in after the chunin exams ended, Naruto did something AWESOME and we both yelled “BOOYAH!"


This show is awesome. Momma asked me to write who is better, Aang or Naruto. But I couldn’t because they both rock, and so I wrote this instead. You got to see to believe it! (Naruto’s catch phrase, the ‘believe it’.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I spent my weekend at the beach in Half Moon Bay with my hubby and kids. I had a wonderful time thanks to my sister and her boyfriend. They were a pure joy to hang out with. So much love.

Sometimes, I'm so enthralled by the world and characters living in my imagination that forget to enjoy the real one. Thank goodness, I disconnected my brain long enough to appreciate this beautiful view.

Getting very cold

I am now relaxed and motivated to finish the edits for my wip. I'm also editing Kate Evangelista's new project *rubs hands together due to its awesomeness*

I hope everyone remembers to take a breather from the computer screen every so often and enjoy their summer.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Yep, the white box is back.

You probably can't read this post since the box is smack in the middle of the newest post. The last time I had this problem, I used a code by StramaXon. After a few days, the box went away. Hopefully, it vanishes again now that I've put the code in again a few time. We'll see.

If anyone knows how to fix this problem, please leave me a comment.

Friday, June 8, 2012


This week has been super busy with editing and getting ready for our trip to the beach , so I apologize for my lack of motivation in posting. Luckily, Kiwi is full of summer time energy. She has some new pictures on her blog, KIWI'S COMIC CORNER.

She also drew a picture of one of my QUEST characters, Nevan. I'll post it for you at a later date (the picture's too big to upload, so complains Blogger). Seeing one of my creations come alive in the imagination of my child is a wonderful feeling.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Do you ever have days where you just have nothing to say?

That's the way I feel today. Last week, it felt like I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Whenever I heard the saying as a kid, I pictured a headless chicken running around in circles. I'm not even sure if chickens really do that once they've been decapitated.

Anyway, that's where I am with this blog post. I feel like I should say something...anything, and not be a complete chicken about it. Hence, the randomness of my feeling like poultry.

So, on that note, I'll end this farce of a post. I'll be back when I've actually thought of something more interesting to talk about.


Friday, June 1, 2012


 My father and I were talking about television series we’ve been watching: True Blood, Game of Thrones. Our tastes are almost identical, not surprising since I’m his daughter. I asked whether he’d watched season two of The Walking Dead, because I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about how much I love this show.

Surprise! He’d never heard of it. How in the world…Zombies! Never seen… What?
*insert eye rolling and face palm *

Dad, this post is dedicated to you.

THE WALKING DEAD is based on the comic book series of the same name. It tells the story of a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse (start stocking up on survival gear people). The survivors search for a safe haven away from the hordes of the undead.

I like this series because it is character based. Sure there are rotting zombie kills, but I like how the characters are the focal point. The writers of the series take care to write them in a way that we empathize with their struggle. The series wouldn’t be so powerful if the audience didn’t connect with them and care whether they lived or died.

Coming off of the season two finale, I was curious about the ending (no spoilers here, folks). My husband happens to be a huge comic book geek, and he mentioned he had purchased The Walking Dead Comic—95 issues—downloaded into my iPad.


In my opinion, the comic is better than the series in scope of how big they can go with the plot and characters. In comics, you can kill of whomever you choose if it appropriate to the storyline. No actors or contracts, no budget. However, I like the gritty reality of watching the action on the big screen.

The series and the comics are excellent. They’re also far enough removed from each other that if you’ve read the comic the television series still comes off fresh. There are characters in the comic that haven’t made an appearance yet in the series. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Tyreese appearance.

What do you think? Love the show? Hate it? How does it compare to the comic. What characters from the comics are you hoping to see in the series?
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