Monday, February 28, 2011


Here's an idea for a scene in Summer of Second Chances where the four guys (Adam, Neil, Tripp, and Dash) are trying to come up with boy band names for the boy band concert. Grace and Jenny are also part of this conversation. Neil suggests they use their initials for the name, but they fail to come up with any good ones.

Tripp: “What about BAND with the periods after each letter?”
Adam: “Where does the B come from?”
Tripp: “It’s the first letter of my name.”
Neil: “I know you’re dumb, but not that dumb. Tripp starts with T.”
Tripp: “My first name is actually Bartholomew.”
Adam: “Seriously? How do we not know this?”
Jenny: “I kissed a Bart?”
Tripp: “Don’t have a cow, man.”
Jenny: “At least you’re not yellow or have eight fingers.”

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tweedledee and Tweedledum

I love my characters' interaction, especially the one between best friends Neil and Tripp. Here's a bit from Summer of Second Chances:

Grace: "Last summer, I was shark bait. No big deal."
Jenny: "No big deal? You ran away from us, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum
           had to catch you and carry you into the water."
Tripp: "Which one am I?"
Neil: "Dumb."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Even Cows Want to Party

I plan to incorporate this dialogue somewhere in Summer of Second Chances:

Neil: "Why can't we impersonate the boy bands who actually play instruments?"
Adam: "Because they're not cheesy."
Neil: "What about the brothers with the blond hair? Aren't they cheesy?"
Adam: "Neither one of you play an instrument."
Tripp: "You're wrong. I play a mean tambourine and an even meaner triangle."
Neil: "Don't forget the cowbell."
Tripp: "Yes, I rock so hard on the cowbell, even the cows come to party."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Friends Who Benefit

LFO's "Every Other Time" is totally my two side characters' song. Jenny and Tripp from Summer of Firsts have an up and down relationship. They are friends who have some side benefits ;). I can totally imagine Tripp singing this song to Jenny, and even though Jenny tries to play it cool, she gets all fangirly. Maybe I should do that for Summer of Second Chances. It would be fun for Tripp to embrace this boy band thing!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dash, Trip, and Kneel

In Summer of Firsts, two of my boy characters are named Tripp and Neil. When I came up with their names, I didn't realize until later that they sound like verbs. Tripp = trip, Neil = kneel. (I came up with Tripp because he's the "third" of the group of guys. And Neil because it sounds like a smart name.)

For Summer of Second Chances, there's a new guy. Grace's boyfriend. I wanted him to have a verb name, too. There are a bunch of possibilities online. Chuck, Bob, Ryder, Jimmy, Jack, Drew, Skip, Chip, Nick, Pierce, etc. I'm going with a suggestion from Michelle, my current, only follower.

The boyfriend's name is Dash.

Dash, as in run-as-fast-as-you-can Dash. Not, you're-a-dashing-prince Dash. (My Dash is a smart, shy, and very adorkable. Now that sounds a lot like Grace who's also smart, shy, and adorkable. And they both have a blushing thing going on.)

Imagine it. Dash, Tripp, and Neil.

Can you see it? A person dashes across the floor, trips over a shoe, and after he lands on his butt, he kneels as he gets up.

Bam! That's an action scene there!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

You're My Number One

Hello, Michelle, my one follower.

Here's some eye candy while you're on here ;)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Boy Bands

In an upcoming book I want to write this summer called Summer of Second Chances, a sequel to a book I wrote last summer called Summer of Firsts, I plan to incorporate a bunch of boy band references and one-liners from various boy band songs. I'm already giggling, thinking about it.

Why boy bands, you may ask?

Well, in Summer of Firsts, a character named Adam mentions that he has a secret childhood dream of being in a boy band. He tells this to my main character Grace in confidence.

In Summer of Second Chances, Adam's dream will come true in a way because I've decided to put in a boy band contest that he wants to participate in. He drags his two guy friends into the contest. He also wants to win the girl he let go the previous summer--Grace--by singing and dancing cheesy songs for her.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate lyrics into each chapter title. For example, Chapter 1 is "Oh My God, We're Back Again." (If you know which boy band and song it's from, give yourself a cookie.) Another chapter will be called "Baby When the Lights Go Out" but I have no idea what will happen in this chapter yet. Most likely, interesting things will happen in the dark ;)

So far, it's fun to research boy bands from the past, watching music videos on youtube, and looking up lyrics. The hair, the clothes, the facial expressions, the words. Sigh. Oh, days of yore where boy bands used to rule.

Which boy band was my favorite back in the day?

BSB? 'N Sync? 98 Degrees?

It's actually Westlife, a European boy band. I have a bunch of their CDs, and they've been uploaded to my i-tunes!

By the way, once I finish writing Summer of Second Chances, if readers can recognize every boy band reference in the book, then I think they need to get their heads checked.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Hello, world.
This is me.
You may call me "Chen."

By the way, I am awesome ;)