I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie.
I put up a lot of articles about jobs, entertainment (TV, movies, books), news, and my opinions on it. I also write about my daily life. I have another blog promoting my TV project at www.thevertexfighter.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Litfest/ Eli Roth/ fun business books
Oct. 20 Litfest: I
went out to pick up my paycheck and deposit it. I passed by the
Stanley A. Milner library and see a big sign that
the Litfest was there. I went downstairs, and a woman was sitting at a
table. She says there's a film being shown right now, and it just
started. It costs $5. She told me it was a
documentary about writers talking.
I checked out the books she was selling from the authors there like Noah Richler.
AB magazines: There were lots of AB magazines laid out like Template. It was
the same 2006 issue that I still have back when I was in college.
There's an ad in the Lit Fest brochure for this design company in
Edmonton called Get Vrse. They designed for the festival, and they won
for designing a calender. Here it is. It has pics and inspirational
Editorial Freelancers Association: I had written this down so I could look it up later. It's based in New York City.
Oct. 23 Writing tips:
I found this through Freelance Writers. This is a slide show of tips
like "Summarize your idea into 3 or 4 sentences" and "Create an
outline." It also said to allow yourself to change the story if you
have other ideas.
It was pretty simple, but it's really to help you
Oct. 24 Eli Roth: Last Sat. I saw the scary movie Cabin Fever.
It's about a group of college friends who go to a cabin for a week.
They then get infected with this disease and have to survive it. It was
written and directed by Eli Roth. I thought the name sounded really
familiar. It turns out I had cut something out of him in the newspaper.
thought he kind of looked like this guy at my work and I showed the
picture I printed of him out to him. He didn't he looked like ER. I
showed it to some other people and one said the eyes did, and the other
said his smile
did. ER is also an actor and you can see him in Inglourious Basterds.
newspaper clipping I have of him says: "The building next door was
under construction, and ripping up the ground dug up all the rats that
came with it. Suddenly they were everywhere. I'll never forget the day
we spend wearing breathing masks and rubber gloves, scrubbing out
apartment from head to toe, tossing the rotting carcasses into a trash
bag. At one point I looked at my brother and said, 'I'm 25. I have
$300 in a bank account...I'm cleaning up dead mice in a sweltering
walk-up on 25th Street.'"
He didn't give up, and 6 months later he had moved to California and raised enough money to shoot his first film called Cabin Fever.
Oct. 25 Movie reviews: Today
I wrote a movie review for an online magazine. I submitted it. It
took me an hr to write it. I also wrote it differently. When I
write movie reviews for my blog, it contains spoilers, synopsis, my
personal comments. This time, I wrote it like I am submitting it for an
online magazine. I am more professional about it. We'll see if it
gets published, and I can later put it up on my blog.
Today was my day off and I submitted another movie review for the same
online magazine. It was kind of a struggle to write it. For example,
what should I put in the review without spoiling it? I should focus on
the characters and what the story is about. Don't write about specific
On Spec: I picked up this ad at the Lit Fest for the Canadian magazine On Spec. They publish short stories, poems, and art. They're not accepting any submissions right now. It's located in Edmonton. They sell their own merchandise like bags, hats, and
http://www.onspec.ca/ Uppercase: I also picked up an ad for Uppercase
magazine that's from Calgary. It publishes books and magazines for
artists. The submissions are asking for blog submissions like an
event. It also asks for pictures.
Writer-in-exile: I picked this brochure up from the library. "....Edmonton organizations to understand better the needs of "exiled"
immigrant writers living in Canada, and to create opportunities for them
to pursue a professional career.
Fun business books:
Alissa Alvarez sent me this article "The 25 Best Business Novels to Dig
into this Summer." I would have put this in my "job" email, but it was
more fun. Most of these books are fictional like The Godfather. It's about family business.
There is a lot of non-fiction like #11 The Greatest Salesman in the World: "...find inspiration to become a good salesperson, find inspiration, and believe in yourself." #14 is How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Daniel Radcliffe is on the cover. #16 is Microserfs about working
#23 is The Goal. It's analyzing the "theory of
constraints." Wikipedia says: "...adopts the common idiom "A chain is
no stronger than its weakest link"
as a new management paradigm. This means that processes, organizations,
etc., are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always
damage or break them or at least adversely affect the outcome."
it looks like my thought of bringing down Wal-Mart is not that
ludicrous. The plan is to get a job there and give bad customer
service. It's so minor, but then I would be the weakest link.
Oct. 31 Publishing: I've
been reading this in the newspaper that Random House and Penguin are
going to merge together to create this big publishing giant.
Scotiabank Giller Prize: This
was on last night. It was an hr long on CBC, with Canadian stars
introducing the Canadian authors. The finalists are Will Ferguson, Kim
Thuy, Victoria Glendinning, Alix Ohlin, and Russel Wangersky.
The winner is Will
Ferguson. He gave a funny speech and a toast to the written word.
Nov. 4 Post Secret: I found this on it today:
"My TV shows have become my salvation."
I can relate. It's about the writing, story, characters in it. Escaping into a different world when watching it.