Saturday, December 15, 2018

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate





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LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY



I had a great week. I got to sit in for an open play through the Twin Cities, Playwright center.  I was the one on the big screen, Google Hangouts, reading the script, while everyone else was sitting at a table in a meeting room.  I'll be adapting my novel to a script so that I'll have my own play read by actors. It's a lot easier to format aplay when you've already got it written down. 
On another note, a lot of people seemed really interested in my work at Grubhub so I thought I'd expand on that.  Like most jobs it's a lot easier after you get through the anxiety of applying and following through with the training.  

My job training specialist was open to all questions I had about the job.  Some of the things he talked about included the driving boundaries.  There are four central cities in Minnesota that Grubhub caters to. There are a lot of restaurants and fast food joints that Grub hub are connected with, hence the reason why there are four cities.  Not a lot of cities are yet connected with the app. (That will change) One of them is in St. Paul.  Since I live near St. Paul, my blocks are assigned strictly to that area. 

 I was given two fancy delivery bags and a hat and a couple of shirts.  Luckily these were free.  The GPS app is connected with the Grubhub app so that makes it easy for driving to customers' homes.  One of the pitfalls is that a few customers' addresses can not be located on the map.  For example one time I got sent to a home- only to find out it was on the other side of the highway. And so a quick call to the customer is all it took to help me locate them.  


Because I absolutely love  discussion, I included a Reddit discussion page of Grubhub.  It includes a lot of unpopular opinion ,and the 'insides' of the job.  Here's the link: https://www.reddit.com/r/couriersofreddit/comments/7ska2o/grubhub_things_you_should_know_that_they_dont/

Overall, I've been having a great experience and hope that continues.




CURRENTLY

Reading:  Before I Find You by Ali Knight, 





The Likeness by Tana French, The Moonlit Garden b Corina Bomann, Attraction by Penny Reid, Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner


Listening:Foul Play by Janet Evanovich

Watching: My Brilliant Friend


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Interview with Minnsky Performer

Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
 Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.




Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate #sunday post, , #minnskytheater






The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY


I had a great week. I started juicing.  I guess I indulged too much in October, around my birthday, and wanted to lose a few pounds so I started on fruit juices. Any kind really; orange, pineapple, apples even star kiss fruit.  

I also started driving for Grub Hub and that's pretty much all I did yesterday.  It's actually quite addicting.  Much like Uber, you pick up food for one customer and then the next customer and then the next and all the while you're calculating your pay and tips and shooting for goals, and then the night is over.  Yesterday, was a high demand day so I got an extra $2.75 per customer. Needless to say, it was fun.

I also went to see a cabaret at Minnsky theater. (The picture above is from all the cast members) It was a Star Wars themed. So it had droids and space ships, dancing and a wide variety of costumes. I'm hoping to interview a member of the cabaret later this week so stay tuned.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Jane Doe, by Victoria Helen Stone, (thriller) Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (YA)


Listening:Clockwork Century (Sci-fi) by Cherie Priest 

Watching: My Brilliant Friend


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.





Picture from my Grub Hub trip

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate @MNChildMuseum #amreading




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LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY

This week has been a slow one because of the snow we got in Minnesota. I took my little one to the Children's Museum.  And that was a lot of fun.  They have a car wash and several exhibits that have to do with My World.  My lil' one is two and so I've got several people that come to our house and work with him on his development, including one nurse, a therapist and a head start teacher.  It's quite fun to work with so many people.  I like to envision myself like the mom in the Nanny Diaries.  Which if you haven't read the novel, you might like film starring Scarlett Johansson  It's basically about a nanny who comes to work for a very affluent family and their spoiled offspring.  She has to bring the kids to places like Central Park, and Museum of Natural History. 
Although, I'm not nearly as affluent or rude as Mrs. X, I like the concept of organizing your kid's life and exposing them to as much as possible.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum


Listening: The Paris Review Podcast,(has tons of great short stories and poetry and readings by Levar Burton and David Sedaris)Legends by Marie Lu,Clockwork Century (Sci-fi) by Cherie Priest 

Watching: The Fall (a British Thriller) 


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Turkey Comes to Trin Carl's Blog

Here is another expat blog, aysulove.com This woman is writing from Turkey. She has a montage of beautiful city pictures of Turkey in her cover page and she has a post called Ex-Pats the TV show.  I like how she describes herself in her blog A married girl married and living in Turkey for 3 years, sadness to happiness. Here you will hear about the struggles and high points of living in another culture, learning the new ways to cook, speak, make friends along with many more.  Now I really thought I heard it all when it comes to reality shows but here we go folks another show to add to your list.  She posts a link of where you can find the show on her page aysulove.com/2014/01/19/ex-pats-the-tv-show-2/ .


Here is another Blog from Turkey called Post Cards from Istanbul.  But the actual site can be found at pointwhitedrive.wordpress.com and she has a cloud a list of words related to Turkey.  One phrase  caught my mind Night Life in Istanbul.  Okay readers, what do we think we'll find here? Yes, of course clubs and more clubs  One of the clubs called Quick China looks very modern and romantic, dark and cavernous.

The Sunday Post



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LOOKING Forward to July

July has been a busy month for me. I started packing because we're moving to a bigger place.  I made countless trips to the thrift store to drop off unwanted items. That included trying to slip in items they just wouldn't take: like baby items.  Which I don't know why they wouldn't take em', there so precious and far too nice to throw away.  
People have been so giving lately. I've also accumulated my fair share of canned baby formula which I'll have to give away on account my baby doesn't have gird, hives or eczema and isn't gagging or gulping.  I found out the hard way that craigslist doesn't want the formula so I'll have to donate it to the food shelf.  Thank God for resourcefulness. 

 I also found out that a nearby spanish-speaking radio station will advertise my used household items but only on Sunday and only at 12. Now this is quite amazing; my neighbor got free furniture a while back by applying for a voucher from an organization called The Clothing Closet.  
She in turn made a profit by reselling the furniture on the the radio and plans to go back to and get  more household items so she can resell them again.  What a scam!!!


Currently

Reading:  Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker


Listening: The Opposite of Everything by Joshilyn Jackson, Purity by Jonathan Franzen, Troublemaker by Leah Remini, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Not That kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

Watching:  New Girl on Netflix.  I know I'm late.  I finally got through the fifth season and by getting through I mean sitting down and watching and in some cases re-watching.  That's how funny the show is.

  


On The Blog

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Friday: Authors  De de Cavalho and Melion interviewed


Sunday: Weekend Warriors post

Up Coming:
Wednesday:Wordless Wednesday
Thursday:#ThursThreads
Sunday:Weekend Warriors 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate #amreading #amjoy





The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY


Thanksgiving was so-so.  Highlights include:
Playing Perfection with family members
-Eating vegan chicken (yes that's a thing) vegan stuffing, potatoes and gravy-Thanks to my nephew's girlfriend who is all Vegan.
-Driving on quiet, non-traffic streets
-Working on Thanksgiving
-Seeing my kiddo running away from my sister's pet-rescued dog and saying "oh Nooo"
-playing the word game Taboo and totally winning (wink wink, nudge nudge)

CURRENTLY

Reading:  All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


Listening: Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (classic) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Noel Adams, Fiesta (short story)by Junot Diaz, Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

Watching:  Noel (ACTORS)(Susan Sarandon),(Penélope Cruz) and Daniel Sunjata (He is a stud muffin.  I remember seeing him in One for the Money, a Janet Evanovich movie.)



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Sunday post @kimbacaffeinate @StrikeTheater ‏@SandboxTheatre




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LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY


November has been a busy WRITING month for me. Even though I decided not to participate in Nanowrimo,  I've been average 4,000 words a week.  I also joined a meetup where I had a chance to a write monologue for an actor at Sandbox Theater.  This was so much fun! You wouldn't believe it!
  To see an actor bring your words to life is something every writer should experience.  It's like writing skits for Saturday Night Live.  The adrenaline of having to write a five minute monologue within twenty minutes of time-is intense.  It also felt like a big renunion because I was able to see at least twelve different people from four different writers groups that I had been a part of in the last five years.  I was overjoyed to catch up with them about their writing and just what they've been up to.  I also saw one of them in a different light as they performed as an actor that night.
I'll have a chance later this month to read playwrights with other writers through google hangouts.  The Twin Cities is brimming with theaters.  Wherever you go there's a theater tucked away in some warehouse or storefront and it adds charm to Minnesota.
Strike Theater held a fundraising show on Thursday for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims on Thursday which I thought I'd mention because it was for a good cause.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (I've been really loving this British author lately, I've read all three of her books and bonus! Her new book mentions the Minnesota Wild Team. 

If We Were Villians (YA) by M.L. Rio, and Most of All You by Mia Sheridan, Kulti by Mariana Zapata
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Listening: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Victorian) and Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (this is my second go-through the series so I'm listening to them at random.  I'm familiar with all the characters, so order doesn't seem to matter)

Watching:  The News, Lots of bad things happening lately. The bad will never become THE Norm.



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sunday Post @levarburton @kimbacaffeinate #amreading @amjoy



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme



LOOKING FORWARD TO OCTOBER


This week I came across a podcast by Levar Burton, the actor from Star Trek.  On his podcast, he has picked all his favorite short stories and reads them for his audience.  One short story entitled What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah is basically about people who have developed a mathematical formula to take a person's sorrows away. It was brilliant.
 Levar read the work of Stefani Cox and her short story, Fyrewall, and he analyzed it and made a connection like the one below:


Look- I know there was some kid who watched the original Star Trek and was exposed to those images -week after week of Captain Kirk pulling out his communicator from his secret Velcro place ... and that kid became let's say an engineer, then designed a product that is more prevalent on the planet today than the toaster. We've all seen someone use a flip phone. That is how it works in this realm, that which we can imagine, we can manifest. In science fiction... We literally make up the world as we would have it in our minds first and then we go out and change the world.

I do love these podcasts, but there are two things that happen when I read them. One is that the ads somehow make you believe that you have come to the end of the story, even when you haven't and the other thing is that the short story has to come to an end, as with all short stories and you can’t help thinking why is this story so short? And what can I do to extend this pleasurable reading experience? Then I end up looking to see if there's more to it this piece like if the author has wrote a longer piece or other short stories, etc


Readers, if you have had any great Halloween experiences let me know in the comments below.



CURRENTLY

Reading: A Man Walks into the Room by Nicole Krauss, S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

Listening:Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin, After Dark by Haruki Murakami



Watching: Japanese Movies

Weekend Writing Warriors #8sunday


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.


No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  These are snippets from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."

Last week's entry
I’m too young to have an ID, I had joked with at him at the time and threw him one of my dazzling smiles. “Or, or or..” I said to Zion,"maybe her Mom used to work at a liquor store. Yeah, that’s it, maybe her Mom took the ID’s instead of giving them back."
“Do you think that her mother is really that malicious that she wouldn’t try and return them?”
"Who knows. People have their collections. Don’t you have a collection of Cracker Jack prices in a box in your dresser?

This Week's entry
Zion looked at me with this face that said, And what have you been doing looking in my dresser? As if he had something more incriminating to hide in there. He was thirteen not thirty.
“Sorry,” I said. After the silence between us had been mounting.
“Don’t ever go in my drawers again, Amelia."
I felt for a second that our long lasting sibling friendship may have been coming to a grinding halt, but then he just bent down and picked up a pile of leaves and ran over and dumped them on me. I didn’t even move. I wanted him to have his little revenge if it meant we could still be detectives together. I laughed and pushed him instead.




Readers, please comment below.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Happy Friday! @benfarreylatz ‏@applause_mn

Benjamin Farrey-Latz is with me today to discuss his performance at Applause Community Theater in Minnesota.

Benjamin Farrey-Latz


Ben, of all the roles you played in the past which is your favorite?

That is really difficult to decide. One of the most challenging roles I've done recently was Matt in the first act of Mr. Burns a Post Electric Play, which I performed with Applause Community Theater.

Many of the monologues and dialogue for Matt involve a lot of "stream of thought." There are a lot of incomplete sentences and shifting to different ideas/thoughts within a paragraph. It was really difficult to memorize, but once I had it, I had a lot of fun with the role. The character is a Simpsons "nerd." So, I got to re-enact famous scenes and attempt to imitate several characters. We had a very talented cast and I was honored to be a part of it. I felt similar about The Shadow Box-in that we also had an amazing cast and director. I was really proud to be a part of both productions.


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What was the most extreme change to personality, hair, body, etc that you have done to prepare for a role?

I've never really had to do any "extreme" changes to my hair or body for roles. I'd say personality-wise, John in the Lion in Winter was very far from my own personality. He really only thinks about himself and the power he wants from his father. That is not how I operate in my life.

Do You have any upcoming performances?


I do not have anything currently in the works. Hoping to go for some auditions later in the winter or spring. I'm sure I will do more with Applause Community Theater in the Future.



How long have you performed for Dreamland Arts Theater?

All of the productions I've been a part of at Dreamland Arts Theater have been with Applause Community Theater, the firs one being "An Inconvenient Squirrel" in spring 2016.



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Last question, if you could give advice to a younger actor/actress what would it be?
My advice to younger actors is don't take rejection personally. I was fortunate enough to be on the casting side for a couple of projects, and that was really eye opening. There are so many times when there really are multiple people who would be great for a role, but the director ultimately has to choose one. Sometimes the final decision has nothing to do with acting, and all to do with other factors. For example, one role that I did get came down to one other actor and myself. I ended up getting cast because I was shorter than the actor who was going to be playing my father in the play. You often don't know why you were or were not cast, so keep going out for auditions.

Thanks for joining me Ben.

It's been a pleasure.

Ben's social Media
Twitter: @benfarreylatz





Thursday, November 1, 2018

#ThursdayThoughts and Interview @SebLanza #amreading #amjoy

Author, Sebastiano Lanza, is with me today to discuss his work and what inspires him.  Sebastiano was born in Italy and is passionate about non-linear storytelling, labyrinthine plots, and mise en abyme (amidst others), which features heavily in his works.

 His latest work, That Which Must Happen is a literary novel about Benjamin, a child able to foresee and forestall events unfolding in his life and that of others. Yet he dreads to reshape them, for these events intertwine each and every existence in a delicate balance. However, when he senses his sole caretaker’s imminent death, he feels he must intervene.

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Sebastiano, what are your ambitions for your writing career?
 Like everything else in life, I tend to take one step at a time. Six years ago I was quite sure I wouldn't ever be able to write a full-length book. Two years ago I was quite certain I wouldn't get past page 1 of That Which Must Happen. Four months ago I wasn't quite sure I would ever publish That Which Must Happen. And today, here we are.

Which writers inspire you?
The key is to keep your head down and put lots and lots of work in what you do. That way, chances are something above average is going to happen sooner or later. It's been an interesting journey so far, I reckon it'll keep being interesting for the foreseeable future.

 I was always fascinated by Luigi Pirandello's works. He has this way of turning psychological analysis into simple writing and concepts. The crisis of the relative self, his thoughts about humor, the contrast between life and form. These are all subjects worth studying in depth, as they're all enlightening. The fact that we're all wearing a mask, a concept upon which he wrote Uno, Nessuno e Centomila, is an actual psychological concept developed by Jung, (the concept is interpreted slightly differently by the two).
Christopher Nolan's works are a great inspiration as well. Yes, he's a brilliant storyteller. His manipulation of time and subjectivity/objectivity is always enjoyable. His films are study-worthy material. 

So, what have you written?
I have written That Which Must Happen. It's a novel about fate, albeit not the one we're all acquainted with, rather, a series of interconnected events all influenced by each other and, ultimately, by our choices. An active fate. In other words, Wyrd.
Wyrd is an old English word which would imply something or someone is able to control fate. In modern times it evolved into "weird". Think about the weird sisters in Shakespeare's Macbeth, they do predict Macbeth's ascent and downfall.

Sebastiano Lanza
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Just as I was saying, Benjamin is a child able to control fate. He is able to foresee, forestall, and alter events happening all around him. But does he do that of his own accord? Surely there must be some sort of set of rules to this. What that set of rules is, well, I'm not going to say.
However his personal attachments do get in the way. He was a very interesting character to develop, as I had to think outside the box. I revel in that. He has this mask through which nothing transpires, but inside it's a whirlwind.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
 Funny question. You should ask me 
"What inspires you to go to bed each night?"
 I'm not much of a sleep person. It's necessary, yes, but think about how much more you could do in those 6-8 hours of sleep. I could really use those surplus hours each day.
However, if I would have to answer your question, I'd say food.

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