Saturday, July 31, 2010

LOST Wins At TCA Awards

The Television Critics Association honoured LOST with the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award at the 26th Annual TCA Awards tonight, Televisionary reports.


LOST was tied with Breaking Bad for the award, while Modern Family took the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy honour. The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, who could win the Emmy Best Actress - Drama in a month, won the Individual Achievement in Drama award, while Glee's Jane Lynch, a shoo-in for the Best Supporting Actress - Comedy Emmy, won the Individual Achievement in Comedy honour. The Pacific also won the Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials award.

So happy for Julianna Margulies and Jane Lynch! Modern Family too!

The big winner, though, is Glee, which won both the Program of the Year (the award show's highest honour) and the Outstanding New Program awards. I'm surprised that it didn't win the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy award. Hehehe...

Anyway, LOST was nominated for two other awards, Program of the Year and Heritage Award. The latter was given to M*A*S*H for its cultural and social impact on society.

Not too shabby for a recently departed show, though.

Congrats to all the winners, the full list of which can be found here.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Three Stories. Yeah.

I did it: I submitted three stories for the 2010 FMC Fiction Prize.

Thank God.

I decided to add another story to the mix, because submitting three stories is a little bit cheaper than submitting just one. Well, USD $2 is still two bucks. So, in addition to Before I Let You Go and Frogs & Princes, I quickly edited Under The Autumn Rain, a story I wrote seven years ago. Then I went on the Flatmancrooked website and paid USD $40 for the three stories via PayPal. Then I copied and pasted the three stories on the submission form under my pen name. I was so relieved to see the "Success!" message after I hit send.

Again, thank You, Lord!

If you've read Before I Let You Go on my profile - coughgotomyprofilecough - you'd know what it's about. Frogs & Princes is about a Christian girl torn between a Christian guy with whom she's in love and a non-Christian guy who's into her. It's semi-autobiographical. 'Nuff said. Anyway, Under The Autumn Rain is about a new Canadian immigrant who's had a bad day and who wants to give up.


Even if I don't win anything, at least I got to write a new story. And I was able to write and edit with a deadline. See? It's a win-win situation.

But I do hope I win something. It'd be cool to win even a runner-up prize or consolation prize on the first fiction-writing contest I entered. That'd be really cool.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Editing is finally done. DONE. D-O-N-E.


And, yes, I changed the title to Frogs & Princes. I think it's a better title than Maybe This Time. Guess who's the frog and who's the prince? Hehehehe...

Thank You, Lord!

OK, so I'm gonna rest tonight. When I come home tomorrow, I will submit Before I Let You Go and Frogs & Princes to Flatmancrooked's 2010 FMC Fiction Prize.

Ciao for now!

Frogs & Princes

What do you think of Natasha Bedingfield's song, Frogs & Princes, as official title for Maybe This Time?

Here are the lyrics, copied from Natasha's website (and proofread, hehe):

The in & out of datin's got me all confused
I build up expectation, end up feelin' used
Seems everybody's into fast food, everybody's into quick
I want someone to take the time, fine dine me not rush it

Now it's nearly 7.30 I'm slippin' on a dress
I keep my fingers crossed you're not like all the rest
So when you come to pick me up come right to my door
Don't stay in ur car and beep beep the horn

Maybe I'm a hopeless romantic
You'll pick the sounds for the background to our drive into town
Baby don't be one of the traffic
Had too many nights with the wrong guys comin' up redlights

Tell me how many frogs do I have to kiss
Before I find my Prince
Before I find my Prince
All you girls that are goin' thru this
Tell 'em how it is
Tell 'em how it is

We pull up to our premiere, red carpet good
You check my coat, get my chair like I hoped u would
You're funny and your flirtin's really workin' 4 me
But where it goes from here gotta wait and see

Maybe I'm a hopeless romantic
And you'll pick the view that we kiss to make me go Ooh Ooh
But maybe it'll all turn out tragic
And u'll push 4 more back at my front door more than I'm ready for

You gotta..Tip the waiter, that's how it works
You can't skip the starter, go straight to desert
U gotta.. pop the cork..Before u taste the wine
Don't make a mad dash for the finish...
Line up in a row cos the dating game is (wooh)
We get hooked up but the real shame is
Too much connection followed by rejection
S'gonna hurt a girl till she learns her lesson

What do you guys think?
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Say A Little Prayer For Me

I need to ask you guys for a little favour: please pray that my job interview tomorrow will be a success.

I'm going on my first interview in almost two years and I have less than 15 hours to prepare since I had to work late today. At 10 AM tomorrow, I'm meeting a recruiting specialist regarding a brand-spankin'-new job opening. And I need to nail that interview. (If you personally knew me or if you've seen my tweets, you might have an idea why I need to nail this one.)

So I'm asking all of you to pray for me as I do the same. I pray that God guides my words and actions before, during, and after the interview according to His will.

Thanks in advance.

By the way, it means editing Maybe This Time was pushed back to tomorrow night. I hope to finish it all by Sunday night.

Ciao for now!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ciao, LOST Episode Countdown

Because it's been almost two months since the LOST series finale aired, I'm taking another step in moving on from my obsession.

I just deleted the Countdown to Next LOST Episode widget from the blog.

What's next? I don't know. I just started my LOST Rewatch. Ask me again after I get the LOST Season 6 Blu-Ray set.

I really miss LOST. *Sigh*
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Lessons Learned***

Yesterday, I finished the story analysis for Maybe This Time. I based my analysis (as with all other analyses) on the five-step story structure that Elizabeth Lyon described in her book A Writer’s Guide to Fiction.

1. Character with a problem – i.e. the protagonist
2. Complications
3. Crises that reach a climax
4. Resolution of the problem
5. Character learns something about self or life

While working on my story analysis, I had a bit of difficulty listing the lessons that my protagonist learns. So I went back to the book. Without giving a clear definition or description, Ms Lyon gave Little Red Riding Hood (Brothers Grimm’s version, I think) as an example; she said that Little Red Riding Hood learned to listen to her mother (who told her not to stray into the woods at the beginning of the story) and to be careful when talking to strangers. Since her mother warned her about straying into the woods at the beginning, I think it would be safe to assume that her mother had warned her about the dangers of talking to strangers. The problem with Little Red Riding Hood was that she didn’t listen to her mother and didn’t take those warnings to heart (she and all other kids, as well as adults, really). In the end, it’s assumed that she learned from her mistakes. That, I guess, is what Ms Lyon meant in her book.

For my story, I listed two things that my protagonist has always known (i.e. before the story even began) and that she applied to solve the story problem. But should that be the case? The reader may not consider those lessons learned, because my heroine used the knowledge of the lessons to solve her problem. She didn’t learn the lessons per se, just applied them.

Although, I realize now, if I rephrase the lessons, they would work. If I did that, I wouldn’t have to make major changes in the problem resolution section, which I was afraid I might need to do. Phew!

I still need to do a major edit and to find a better title. Although, thanks to Kelly Rowland, I might have one.

Ciao for now.

***Originally posted on Adrienne's Notebook on July 14, 2010, at 13:08.***

Thursday, July 8, 2010

How Would I Decorate My Future Home?


What’s Your Home Décor Style?

My result:
It seems you are drawn to a modern home décor style. Comfort seems to be your main priority, having a room that is stylish yet accessible. A modern home includes plenty of neutral colours, simple furniture, sleek surfaces, and a few fancy accessorizing pieces that stand out. This will turn any space into a warm and inviting one!

What’s Your Home Décor Style?

Take this quiz!

LOST Is Emmy-Nominated... Thirteen Times Over!!!

It was fun to wake up to LOST's 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Yes, thirteen nominations.


Of its thirteen nominations, the most important is the Outstanding Drama Series nomination. Four are in the acting categories. Elizabeth Mitchell is nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category for her work in "LA X" and "The End". Previous winners Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson are both nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. Best of all, Matthew Fox is nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. It's about freaking time!

Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof's writing in the series finale is also recognized in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category. The Emmy voters also saw the error in their ways, because Jack Bender, snubbed last year, is nominated for the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award! Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino's score for the series finale got him a nomination for the Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) award. Stephen Semel, Mark J. Goldman, Christopher Nelson, and Henk Van Eeghan's excellent work in editing the series finale is also recognized as they are nominated for the Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series award. Thomas E. deGorter and his team of sound editors, music editor, and foley artists are also nominated for the Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series award. Bobby Anderson, Ken King, Frank Morrone, and Scott Weber are nominated for the Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) award. Zack Grobler, Matthew Jacobs, and Carol Bayne Kelley are also recognized for their awesome work in "Ab Aeterno" as they are nominated for the Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series award.

Lastly, ABC's web series Mysteries of the Universe - The Dharma Initiative is also nominated for the Outstanding Special Class Programs award.

In other Emmy news, Fringe's team of sound editors, music editor, and foley artists are also nominated in the Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series category as recognition for their work in the "White Tulip" episode. It's a shame John Noble still isn't nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. He'd better be nominated next year! V's visual effects team is nominated in the Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series category as recognition for their work in the pilot episode. Surprisingly, FlashForward - the show that ABC dumped in favour of V (not that I hate that show) - has three nominations: Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), and Outstanding Stunt Direction.

The Good Wife has nine nominations: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Julianna Margulies), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Christina Baranski and Archie Panjabi), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Alan Cumming and Dylan Baker), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Costumes for a Series, and Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. I hope it wins a maximum of five awards (not the drama series and the writing, of course, because they belong to LOST).

Glee has a gazillion nominations - 20, including the Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Fiction! I'm glad that other than the Golden Globe-nominated Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer is nominated because he so deserves it. My other favourite new sitcom Modern Family has 14 nominations, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Ty Burell, Eric Stonestreet, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara. Awesome!

The super-awesome Jim Parsons is nominated again in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. I hope that he'd say "Bazinga!" when he wins. And I seriously hope he wins!!! The Big Bang Theory is also nominated for four other awards, including a nod for Christine Baranski's guest spot as Leonard's mother. My other favourite old sitcom How I Met Your Mother is nominated for four awards, including an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nod for Neil Patrick Harris (who's also nominated for his guest spot on Glee) and an Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics nod for the song "Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit" that the characters performed in the 100th episode.

Even the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is nominated! Despite the giant hydraulics malfunction, it has four nominations: Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special, Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) for a Variety, Music or Comedy Programming, Outstanding Music Direction, and Outstanding Special Class Programs.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

I do hope LOST wins a lot - preferably all of them. But if it doesn't, I'll be mega-happy that it got 13 nominations. That's a lotta love for a recently departed show. Plus, LOST won the Best Network Television Series award last week at the Saturn Awards. That's awesome enough.

I say this, though: I'll throw a party if LOST won the Outstanding Drama Series award. Hehe...
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If you could be on the cover of any magazine, which would you choose?

Writer's Digest or Quill & Quire. There'd be an interview because I'd just published a critically-acclaimed short story collection. Wishful thinking, eh?

Ask me anything

What would your dream job look like?

My dream job? It'd have to be writing and editing from home and for lots of clients. Book editing in a publishing house would be awesome too.

Ask me anything