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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Author Sue Ann Jaffarian reacts with a smile to while chatting with writers after a workshop at the Buena Vista libarary in Burbank September 17, 2011

A Look back: A writer’s workshop on how to get an agent

Multi-talented author and Media City Groove guest blogger, Sue Ann Jaffarian, conducted a very informative writer’s workshop called, “Turning Agent Woes Into Agent Wows,” at the Buena Vista library here in Burbank last month. Forty-to-fifty writers showed up for the September 17 workshop. Many spent most of the time scribbling notes as Sue Ann covered the agent search from manuscript preparation to how to write the kind of e-mail query that will catch an agent’s attention. Also, Sue Ann shared some tips on where to find agents on the Internet and what to ask... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Goose Dads

It seems that some of my customers really like geese. I noticed that some of them like goose designs on their shirts or pants. Today I would like to share with you a story about geese. In Korea, there is a title called ‘goose dad.’ This isn’t talking about the leader in a flock of geese flying in V formation. It’s a title given to dads who send their children and wives to the United States or Canada so the children can learn English. The goose dads stays back in... Read More →

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Jean Youn on autumn and the joys of letter writing

The day time is a little shorter now than it was a week or two ago. This past Friday, the day time and night time were of equal lengths. In Korea, this is called chu-boon, while in America it is the autumnal equinox. It is now officially the fall season. This reminds me of a Korean song that talks about writing letters during the fall. In the age of email, Facebook, and smart phones, not as many people actually hand write letters anymore. It’s even been in the media that... Read More →

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Jean Youn’s Tips and Insight: The changing seasons

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago when the flowers were blooming and now the leaves are about to get ready to fall. All the seasons have their own colors. Winter is white, spring is pink, summer is blue, and autumn is brown, and each of the colors of the seasons is beautiful. People are all different colors, too. It is these colors that make up the world, and it is beautiful. In the Korean language, there is a word pronounced like “math” and another word pronounced like “muht”.... Read More →

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Jean Youn’s Tips and Insight: Giving thanks

 Tomorrow is a big holiday in Korea. It is called Chu-Seok , and it is the Korean equivalent of America’s Thanksgiving. In Korea, it is a five day long celebration. During Chu-Seok, the first harvests of grains and fruits are prepared and it is day where Koreans give thanks to their ancestors. The seasons in Korea are similar to how it is in the Northeastern United States. So in terms of the weather and seasons, it’s a little hard to prepare the first harvests. Why do they do it so early?... Read More →

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Garden Guru: Invasion of moles and gophers in Burbank and Glendale

There was a time in the garden business that I couldn’t give away mole ( gopher) repellents.  As of the last two years, I can’t keep it in stock! My theory is because of the limited rainfall, we have been inundated with moles and gophers. They are coming down from the hills. Here’s the deal. With gophers, you will have the holes open and exposed in your lawn and garden beds. With moles you will notice mounds of “fine”-powdery soil covering the holes. There is this product called “Molemax” that will... Read More →

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Photo: Cover fof new short story, "Where's Your Daddy?" by Sue Ann Jaffarian

A Writer’s View: Short stories a hot writer’s market

Since I was a kid, I have loved short stories.  Amongst my favorites were “The Ransom of Red Chief” and “The Gift of the Magi,” both by O. Henry, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and “The Telltale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. They packed fun, poignancy and terror in just a few short pages, providing word for word a powerful punch. Short fiction has always been with us, but in the past few years it has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  When print magazines and online e-zines, always a... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Labor Day weekend

It is now September and it is Labor Day weekend. It’s just about the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Labor Day was meant for people who work. It is a way for people to be grateful for and find joy in their work by having a well deserved break from work. You hear about a lot of people who are without and can’t find work these days. You also hear about self-employed people and/or small business owners like myself who get little to no business for periods... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The weather, life, and happy days

There’s a proverb that says that having clear and sunny days all the time creates deserts. Of course everybody wishes to have bright and happy days all the time, but if every single day was like that, we could forget what happiness is. It is natural for there to be rain, snow, wind, thunder, and lightning on some days and for other days to be clear and sunny. It is the human condition to be happy sometimes and sad other times. There are times we laugh and there also times... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Garden Guru on fall planting

 Yep, it’s getting about that time to start thinking about where to plant your fall bulbs(tulips, hyacinths,  freesias, daffodills—-etc). Don’t do it now. Wait until next month and shop early. Planting bulbs in late September is easy. You just have to remember that tulips, hyacinths and crocus have to be cooled in your refridgerator for a month in a paper bag before you plant them. Unless you live like I did in Moultonboro, NH like I did for a bit where the soil temp is real cold, unlike here in... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Garden Guru on summer care of citrus trees part two

As I walk my Golden Retriever through my neighborhood here in Sun Valley, I’ve noticed a rash of mold and mildew on citrus.  Here’s the deal. With the sudden heat and the colder nights and mornings, mildew spots are appearing on your  citrus. How do you solve the problem? First, do not water the foliage in the evenings and also use an organic spray to get to those aphids — ants will literally farm the aphids to make that “poop” that the ants love and promotes that white and black... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: New vs. old

Do you like the word ‘new’? Usually, when something is new, it is good. Whether it’s a new item or new thought, it often makes people feel good to have new things. A lot of areas in the United States have the word ‘new’ attached to them, like New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and New Orleans. The first settlers of those territories identified those lands as new and good. However, it isn’t just new things that are good. There are old things that are good too. For... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The benefits of a few good laughs

When I turn on the news on television, it seems like there’s a lot more bad news than good news. Whether we’re talking about the debt problem we’re having in the US or the riots in England and other problems in Europe, Asia, and Africa, it seems like there’s a lot more bad things going on than there is good. Even if it’s not big news that makes the headlines, it also seems like in our regular ever day lives, that bad things that happen seem more significant than the... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Our children and the American culture

It is almost time for the kids to go back to school. So today, I want to talk about our children. Immigrants like myself with children who were born or grew up in the United States have particular concerns about their children. No matter how hard I try, I could never be as Americanized as my kids. Nevertheless, we desire our children to be as much a part of the American culture as needed to have happy and successful lives here in this country. So, we... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Watermelon and hot summer days

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn It’s now the end of July and the beginning of August. The hot summer weather causes people to sweat a lot. Sometimes, excessive heat can make people feel weak. In cases like this, it is good to eat a lot of healthy foods. Some of the best foods to eat during the hot summer are fruits. Among these fruits are watermelons. Watermelons have a nutrient called lycopene. It is said that lycopene can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The tomato debate

Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? This was a question that was on a test I took in elementary school. Regardless of its correct label, everyone knows that tomatoes are good for you. Times magazine listed tomatoes as one of the 10 foods that prevent cancer. There are many different ways to prepare tomatoes to eat. I however, simply enjoy cutting up slices of tomatoes to eat raw while dipping them in sugar. I have two different tomato stories to tell you. Tomatoes were first... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: America, success, and Louis Armstrong

Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor … etc. These names bring out different thoughts and feelings depending on the person who’s having these thoughts and feelings. However, for me and probably many other people who were growing up in different countries around the time I was, those names are the names we thought of when we thought of America. Another name that I’ve come to associate with America... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G --- Emilio "Elmo" Telles, Garden Guru at Media City Groove

Guest Blogger: Garden Guru Emilio “Elmo” Telles

Welcome a new guest blogger.  Emilio “Elmo” Telles, the Garden Guru.  He has a vast knowledge of gardening and a passion for growing things like plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs. Elmo works at the Armstrong Garden Center in Glendale, where he frequently teaches free classes.  I’ve covered some of Elmo’s great gardening classes on this blog. Last Saturday, July 9, Elmo conducted a class on “Citrus and Tropical Fruits.”  In his first guest post, Elmo  shares some of the advice he gives about caring for citrus trees. Summer citrus care... Read More →

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Tips and insight from Jean Youn

The first half of the year is already over. How many of those things that you planned to do in the beginning of the year have you accomplished, which are you still working hard to achieve, and on which things have you given up? We often try to measure ourselves and our success by what we accomplish and by all the money, wealth, and pride that we try to fill our lives with. However, according to the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, in order to achieve success and... Read More →

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Rebecca Forster's latest novel, "Beyond Malice," is a digital release only.

A Writer’s View: Am I An Author Idiot?

Am I An Author Idiot?  Working with a freelance editor I face each new project with a combination of angst and self pity, positive I will never write a decent book again much less publish one. After 23 published novels, one indie and two scripts (one in development) you’d think I’d be over all that. I’m not. Enter, my freelance editor Jenny Jensen*. I work with her because she is in my corner and because I sell more often when I do. Still, I have to wonder, why can’t I edit myself?... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Tips and insight from Jean Youn

It’s Father’s Day. Someone once said that the impression that children have of their fathers seems to change as they grow older. According to them, the image of a father changes over time as follows: 4 years old — Dad can do anything. 7 years old —Dad really knows about lots of things. 8 years old — Who is higher, my dad or my teacher? 12 years old — Dad is ignorant of a lot of things. 14 years old — My father? There is a... Read More →

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Something New: Tips and insight from Jean Youn

Welcome guest blogger/local business owner, Jean Youn, who has an interesting perspective of the world and daily living.    A couple was celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary at a very nice restaurant. They ordered a roast chicken. As soon as the chicken was served, the husband broke off a wing and gave it to his wife. At one glance at the chicken wing her husband was holding out to her, the wife became upset and yelled at her husband. “How could you know me so little... Read More →

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