- Catch up on all my reviews. Carnage (2012), The Descendants (2012), Drive (2012), The Hunger Games (2012), Contraband (2012), Cinder, Unearthly, Blood Awakening and Burden of Blood.
Update/Create a Book Review Policy Sort out the tags on all my posts Update my Reviews Page Update my ‘About Me’ and ‘Contact Me’ Page Create a button
- Sort out my sidebars (
get rid of out-of-date things, add button, other pages’ buttons,etc)
- Introduce my new Blogger Spotlighter!
- Schedule posts (Interviews, guest posts, etc) that I have for the month of April
Meet new Bloggers
- Comment on New Blogs
- Make a ‘Bookmark’ folder for my favourite blogs (forgetting URLs is a common occurance with me.)
Create and Use new Social Media Buttons Use Pinterest for my Blog Learn more about WLW
I participated in the Mr Linky Challenge! And am putting a linky here for you all to add your ‘to-do’ lists! I want to visit and comment on them (:
So today I have a lovely review for you all from Aidy over at Aidy’s Reviews! I posted a book review for him this week of My Soul to Save by Racel Vincent. Go check it out! =D
Hope you like this review!
Daytime Drinking, 2008
Director/writer: Young-Seok Noh
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Daytime Drinking (Najsul) is a film teeming with Korean social courtesies that it isn’t any wonder why Hyuk-jin (Sam-dong Dong) finds himself in the strangest predicaments. Hyuk is in poor spirits after the love of his life broke up with him. A few of his friends decided to take him out to help him relieve his memories of her by a night of drinking—a lot of drinking, mainly Soju, a popular Korean alcoholic beverage (ranges from 25-30% up to 45% proof) and a hot meal. Thereafter, they all agreed to take a trip to the neighboring Provence of Gangweon, where a friend of a friend has a guest house for them to stay and they can spend more time there well, drinking and eating.
Hyuk-jin was reluctant to go in the beginning, but he decided to make the trip went anyway, however, his friends were nowhere to be found. They were hung-over from the previous night and conveniently forgot about their planned excursion. One of his friends insisted that he wait for him at a guest house until he was able to meet him there.
He set out to enjoy the trip on his own.
What follows Hyuk-jin are a series of misadventures and misunderstandings. When he arrived at what he believed to be the residence of the inhospitable host his friend suggested, he meets a beautiful acquaintance–who eventually drugs and robs him; a creepy truck driver who has a problem with “personal boundaries; ” an enthusiastic poet who chokes him while he slept and; one too many bottles of soju.
Daytime Drinking is director, writer Young-Seok Noh’s first film and clever at depicting minimalist drama with freckles of comedic anecdotes that are quite understandably “realistic” and seemingly personable. Who hasn’t at one time or another been “stood-up” by the best friend or for that matter, a group of friends? Or who hasn’t been lured into buying a drink or two for a pretty lady? The movie doesn’t insinuate that Hyuk’s is headed towards any danger at all–just a guy who finds himself in one way or the other in awkward situations.
Being torn apart by his recent breakup, Hyuk-jin, and perhaps like many others who may have found themselves in similar situations, has turned to alcohol and the comfort of a close circle of friends to overcome his grief. Little did he know that the same people who he felt should have his back to rebound from his loss, ended up abandoning him all the same–in a manner of speaking that is? In this film, it seems that Korean drinking etiquette–never refusing the offer of first drink—may have been the culprit.
Never matter the drinking bit of it, being neglected still hurts. Add in some incredibly impressive, cinematic extraordinary, also the original musical score all by Young-Seok Noh. What presents are soliloquies of reflective events for viewers to ponder and perhaps take Hyuk-jin’s hard won lessons to heart.
In the end, just as he was coming to the realization that his drinking was the source of his problems, he found himself yet again in a situation where another pretty face just might be the end of him. Overall, Daytime Drinking is another brilliant Korean comedy that is surprisingly enjoyable to watch.
So today I am introducing you to the lovely and wonderful author Wenona Hulsey. She has kindly agreed to write a guest post for you all today to introduce you to her series, The Blood Burden Series.
So, without further ado, let’s meet her!
So today we have the lovely Blogger Spotlight lass, Brodie, who has written a guest post about the perfect place to read a book and escape into the world of luxury!
Hope that you enjoy it!
And why not tell us, where do you like to read best?
AND. GUYS. She has NOT read the books and absolutely LOVED it and is now GOING to read the books! Yeeeeeee!
There are a few bits I was icky with, a few pouty moments over some of it but overall, it was an extraordinary film that I am sooo glad I went and saw!! =D
**a full review will appear at some point**
So today we have the wonderful Suzanne van Rooyen for you all. She will be talking all about freelancing and how it is best to go about it. A similiar post was written for Krissy Brady’s Blog.
Hope you like it (:
Having had moderate success in fiction writing and slightly better success writing newspaper articles, I decided to expand my writing career and explore the uncharted territory of ‘freelancing.’ Of course, Google would have all the answers. So not knowing where to start, I searched ‘freelance writing jobs,’ expecting a handful of results at best. I wasn’t prepared for over a million!
Wading through the results, I began to make sense of it all and discovered there was a method to the madness. Sign up with a site, bid on a project, get job, work on job, submit, get tons of money. Err, not exactly. Before you sign up and start enthusiastically applying for jobs you think sound interesting, you might want to stop and consider the following:
- What kind of projects and topics can you write about based on previous knowledge and experience? Probably not recommended to sign yourself up for medical writing if your knowledge and experience is in flower arranging.
- What type of writing can you do? Never heard of SEO, article spinning or copyrighting? Probably best not to launch straight into those kind of jobs then.
- What kind of writing would you like to do? If there are bills to pay you might have to start out writing 25 articles on foot fungus, but once you’ve learned the ropes, you will find jobs you actually enjoy doing.
- How much time do you have for writing? Never over commit yourself. It’s unprofessional and only creates stress for you and frustration for the employer.
- How much is your time really worth? Don’t sell yourself short. If you want at least $0.03 per word, don’t settle for less even if it means not working this week. Wait for the jobs that pay decent rates. Bear in mind if you’re just starting out, you might not earn more than $0.01 per word.
- Do you really want to do this? Don’t say yes to a project unless you plan to follow through to the very bitter end of those 25 foot fungus articles. Not delivery work you committed to can damage the employer-writer relationship for the entire site.
Still feeling brave and want to try your hand at freelancing? Try a project board website that allows employers to post jobs and potential employees to bid on the projects. Sites like Freelancer.com make a good starting point. Even the jobs aren’t always well-paying, the benefit of working through a company like this is that payments and disputes are generally handled through the host company and gives both employers and freelancers some added security.
Some sites, like Craigslist, do offer direct contact with the employer, but these jobs require mutual trust between strangers with no way of solving disputes if the employer pays for work not delivered or the writer delivers work without being paid.
Be prepared to have to pass a test before signing up. Some sites, particularly academic writing ones, may require proof of skill. This might involve passing a basic grammar or something more detailed before you’re allowed an active account on the website. If it’s work you really want to do, then grin and bear it, and do as the site commands.
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Clearly, he’d never been a freelance writer. Despite your passion for writing, freelancing is a tough job and you’ll inevitably get jobs you loathe, find boring, or just make you wonder why you’re doing this in the first place.
If you really love the world of writing, then even turning out 25 articles on foot fungus or haemorrhoid treatment is better than the alternative of not writing at all.
Suzanne van Rooyen is a freelance writer by day and a SF writer by night. Her articles have appeared all over the globe on a variety of topics. Her published fiction includes a début cyberpunk novel called Dragon’s Teeth and a few short stories of the post-apocalyptic, dystopian persuasion. When not writing, she’s playing in the snow with her shiba inu pup, Lego or trying to play guitar. You can find and contact her online here: http://suzannevanrooyen.com/ or here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-van-Rooyen/304965232847874 or even here http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5306442.Suzanne_van_Rooyen.
T.J. has always looked out for his little sister, Angela. When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone, he’d lock the door so they’d be safe, keep Angela entertained, and get out the cereal and milk for her. When Momma’s boyfriend got angry at them, he’d try to protect Angela. Later, at their foster homes, T.J. was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods. The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the window.
But now T.J. is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after a fall, will ever wake up. Wondering, too, if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela’s new parents—Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, and Dan, who seems to want a different son.
Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.’s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward