Monday, December 17, 2012


You've had a TASTE of Kate Evangelista's world. Now it's time to SAVOR it.
Okay, that was me being cheesy. It's too early in the morning for me to try and be clever. I am extremely thrilled for Kate, and I love this beautiful cover. I haven't read but a snippet of SAVOR, and I'm dying to get my official copy.
I shall forever and always be Team Luka.
Which makes me very happy and I'll share why. Fellow team members, if you haven't heard about FERVOR, you're in for a special treat. I'll let Kate tell you all about it so click on the book title for the full deets.
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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she two published Young Adult novels TASTE and REAPING ME SOFTLY.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


This television series began airing in November 2012, on Mondays and Tuesdays on SBS. Also available on Dramafever, HULU, and with subtitles.


So, you know how much I love South Korean dramas, well, I found the one which now ranks as my favorite.

Why? Well, let’s start with an awesome lead actor, Kim Myung-min who plays Anthony Kim, a shrewd, commanding, businessman who turns every drama he touches into a #1 rated series. Anthony’s all about the dollars and he won’t let anything or anyone stand in his way. When a tragic accident takes the life of one of his employees, he is cast down from his throne. Unfortunately, he destroys the career of an idealistic, rookie writer, Lee Go-eun, played by Jung Ryeo-won, in the process.

Fast forward a few years … we find Anthony struggling to survive. He wants to regain the pride he lost. To prove he is the King of Dramas to those who cast him. To do so, he must gain the help of the writer he burned, Lee Go-eun, by convincing her to trust him with her screenplay Kyungsung Morning.

It's an unholy alliance. The angel and the devil join forces. What results is a hilarious dramedy that leaves me breathless on the edge of my seat every freaking episode. Like Monday nights episode, oh, my gosh, I almost died. Died! The writers have the ability raise the conflict level to nerve-wracking heights. And as soon as one critical situation is resolved, they bring in another.

Also stars, Choi Siwon as Kang Hyun-min, who plays a self-absorbed lead actor in Kyungung Morning. His expressions and mannerisms are so hilarious. Oh Ji-eun plays Sung Min-ah, the lead actress in Kyungung Morning, who shares a romantic past with Anthony Kim. Added into the mix are evil villains in the form of gangsters and CEO's.
This is a delightful show. I highly recommend it.


Monday, December 10, 2012


My vacation from NaNo lasted a day. A single day in which I didn't write, but instead read through the manuscript. Even after the brain numbing exhaustion of writing 50k in a month, I couldn't break away.

I'm pretty happy the story is flowing well. However, upon reading FIXED from the beginning, I saw all the areas that need to be fixed. I want to get those dangling plot threads and foreshadowing events, fleshed out before heading into the climax of the story. 

I mentioned in the last post that I had a date with a wizard, well, before that I stumbled upon his creator, Jim Butcher's Livejournal via my friend/critique partner, jallen327.  

According to Mr. Butcher, "I'm mostly going to use this livejournal to share what I know about writing with any interested partiesMy approach to writing fiction is grounded in the notion that a methodical, structured use of learned story craft skills gives a writer an excellent basis on which to approach writing fiction."

His journal rocked my world. Literally.

Rather than read Mr. Butcher's book, COLD DAYS, I spent the night reading about the mechanics of crafting a story. He breaks it down in easily digestible chunks for the aspiring author to understand. I had a blast.

Then, I read his book (which is awesome) where I saw how he used the techniques he wrote about. I admit to being inspired. *insert fangirl squeal*

With this in mind, I outlined my story so far. I broke the chapters into scenes, then highlighted certain plot elements within my story arcs with colored font: romance, mystery, supernatural. This is the result.

Fixed- novel outline, by Angie Sandro

I've never been an outliner, but this worked well. With it minimized, I can see where I'm lacking in certain plot elements, like Chapter 6 and 7 are almost all geared toward the mystery. Now, I can seed in elements which are lacking to make the story more balanced. Notes are put in the comment boxes for each scene or highlighted.

Ex: Note to self, switch around Chapter 2 and 3 for better flow.

I've even added chapters and scenes that are unwritten. I know exactly where the plot is going as I wade through what Mr. Butcher calls the "Great Swampy Middle" of the story and dive into the climax.

All the preceding elements should come together in an explosion of mayhem (with a firm resolution at the end, promise :-) It's gonna be huge. Not everyone is going to make it out alive.


P.S. I'd like to get Sharing Our Voices going again, so if you're interested in sharing what inspires your creativity, please leave me contact information so I can schedule your very own guest post.


Angie Sandro
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