“The Many Faces of Ito” is . . . delightful.

The Japanese TV Drama, “The Many Faces of Ito” has it all and then some.

The Many Faces of Ito_Netflix

I binge-watched it when it debuted on Netflix and may mostly re-watch it. Why?

Unrequited love. Misunderstandings. Best Friends Forever Betrayal.

Oh. My. Goodies!

The series is mostly about Rio Yazaki, a jaded rom-com screenwriter who is struggling to make a comeback and a pretentious, self-centered, and obnoxious student who upstages her. Whoever could he be?

Fortunately, Rio isn’t necessarily an innocent by-stander or angel. That would be boring. And Japanese TV Dramas are rarely boring. Rio digs into the lives of four “love-sick” women, pretending to help them, but she’s really “mining” for the golden bits to aid her in writing.

Be Careful of What You SAy
Lol.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

I clearly loved watching this movie. If you’re a writer, a reader, a lover, a fighter, a naughty and challenging student, or even a mix of some, or all of the above, you might enjoy watching this series.

 

 

 

Views from (Almost) All Around the World!

Wordpress 2020_Views from Around the World

Hello there. How are you? I’m great! Thank you so much for asking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For a growing blog like mine, I think it’s an incredibly big and sweet deal when you see visitors from countries other than your own stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

Heck, even an audience of one is better than one, yes?

So, this is a quick post to say “hello” in your official languages!

Hallo – German

Hello/Bonjour – English/French

Merhaba – Turkish

Hello – English

Moi/Hej- Finnish

ะ’ั–ั‚ะฐัŽ – Ukrainian

ะŸั€ะธะฒะตั‚ – Russian

Hej – Danish

Sawubona/Molo/Hallo/Hello -Zulu/Xhosa/Afrikaan/English

According to sites like Expatica, the World Atlas, and South Africa Tours and Travel, there are eleven official languages in the country, which makes it the second-largest number of constitutionally recognized languages (second to Bolivia and India)! Wow! Whoa! I didn’t know that. So cool!

Pssst. If Google or Bing steered me wrong, please let me know in the comments!ย 

 

 

Temporary Blog Hiatus – Coming Soon. Why? So I can Work Harder and Smarter!

Hello fellow bloggers and Happy Monday to you!

In order to finish up The Novel I’ve been dropping hints about, I need to prioritize and reschedule a few things.

  1. I won’t be posting new content on here much — if at all.
  2. I will most likely reblog your posts. I’m a reblogging superstar! ๐Ÿ™‚

sharing is caring

And last, but not least, I plan on adding new content by late May.

Just this morning, I finished submitting an application for an artist grant. I hope to share more information about that at a later date.

One of my goals is to continue researching agents, publishers, and small press magazine markets in order to publish more and more of my work.

Being a mommy, wifey, and full-time teacher doesn’t leave me with enough quality time to write as much as I’d like.

Last week, I was able to write 1,073 words total. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That’s all. For the whole bleeping week.

And that’s just not enough words.

Regarding submissions, I was able to submit three stories this month to a couple of markets. A lot of them don’t accept simultaneous submissions and that’s fine. It’s just that the turnaround time is tight.

Starting today, I want to write at least 1500 words a day (of The Novel) and find a home for at least two of my short stories. I’ve been reading 5000 Words Per Hour in little chunksย and I may have to settle for 5000 words per day instead.

By April, I want to double that amount and finally finish the first draft of The Novel. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, ta ta for now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Never-Good-Bye-Its-See-You-Later
It’s See you Later”. Lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

100+ Followers! Yay, yay! Hip Hop Hooray!

Thank you to all my followers for helping to inspire me to keep writing every day.

I wasnโ€™t expecting to gain many readers and I like to think I would keep writing anyway. However, having readers to interact with definitely gives me that little extra oomph — so thank you all for that.

Here are links to my most recent followers.

https://tamaradrazic.com/

https://wordscantfathom.wordpress.com/

https://johngrecoauthor.com/

In the future, I’ve been considering posting “Shout Outs” to my most interactive followers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone deserves some extrinsic motivation! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Friday everyone!

 

Dear WordPress Followers, Thank YOU!

When I first started this blog I didn’t really know what I was getting into. My intention was to encourage myself to write more, connect with other writers and readers, and build a platform for my “brand”.

Gaining followers that not only shared interactions with me, but also inspired me with their own writing, which is just icing on the cake!

Thank you one and all!

 

10 Simple Rules for Writing That You MUST Follow!

A couple of days ago, I shared that exercise is one of the most important things one can do to stay healthy and if you’re a writer this is especially true! This “rule” or “tip” is one of ten that I learned from a fellow writer.

10 Rules for Writing

  1. Exercise daily!

  2. Mix with people of all ages and ethnicities. It’s good to be social AND making these new connections strengthens your ability to create and develop characters!

  3. TRAVEL! It’s fun to see people from all walks of life and while you visit new places you gain more ideas for fantastic stories.

  4. Enter writing contests! Why? Because you have the opportunity to expose your work to large groups of new readers and perhaps even obtain valuable feedback on your work.

  5. Subscribe to a newsletter that gives tips and advice on writer’s craft.

  6. NEVER throw away abandoned manuscripts that aren’t working. Why? You can always return to it and work them into a different kind of story. Romance? A series of short stories? Literary fiction? Why not? The possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

  7. Write Every Day! Oh yes. Every day!

  8. Subscribe to specialty newsletters and/or articles on genres that you’re not used to writing. For example, I do write speculative fiction, and I’ve considered writing romance (although I perceive the genre to be one of my weaknesses) so the more I learn, the better I can improve and use what the new knowledge I obtain to strengthen romantic scenes in the genre I already know). Wow — that was one heck of a run-on sentence, but it still makes logical sense, so . . . moving on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Join a writer’s group or some kind of critique group that suits your needs!

  10. BELIEVE in yourself! Ignore the nay-saying negative haters!

 

The Priceless Importance of Leaving a Book Review!

I have a lot of New Year’s resolutions for 2018 and I plan on sharing them in upcoming posts!

One of goals is to write more often on this blog, even if it’s really brief. Another goal I have is to write more book reviews. It’s important to support other authors. Books are important and I’m going to make sure my actions speak this truth.

After all, I had mentioned that I would be doing reviews for books (for example, Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older) I recently read. Unfortunately, I was also in the process of republishing my first book that was orphaned after my publisher went out of business. And then when I tried to be an Indie publisher (mind you, with a full-time job, and three sons) I got disheartened with how poorly I felt I was doing compared to other authors like this guy. My husband ADORES Chris Fox. Chris has a lot of good advice, but he’s no longer in the trenches like little old me so . . .

Anyway, if you write reviews, you’re awesome sauce.

If you’re an avid reader and aren’t putting in that extra effort, please consider it! Writers NEED YOU!

review or pie

I’d prefer the review any day, hands down, because then I can reward myself with a slice of pie.