Monday, February 18, 2019

Jonas Salzgeber @NJlifehacks #amreading #amjoy

Jonas Salzgeber is with me today to discuss his new book. Jonas is the author of The Little Book of Stoicism and blogs for a small army of remarkable people at njlifehacks.com. He’s an expert in Stoic philosophy and passionate about self-made dark chocolate and buttered coffee with collagen.





Jonas, what makes your work special?
I’ll tell you something about the four luminaries whose works build the foundation of Stoicism: Seneca, Musonius Rufus, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. It’s said that over a thousand books had been written on Stoic philosophy but only a handful survived—mainly the ones from these four Roman Stoics.
Luckily, these brilliant (but also flawed) men did not live in caves somewhere in the mountains, but all of them were fully engaged in society and worked hard to make the world a better place. In the book, you’ll meet an incredible wealthy playwright and equivalent of the modern-day entrepreneur, an early feminist, and a crippled slave who should become teacher and the main influence of the Stoic Roman Emperor and mightiest person in the world.
If you could drop in on a book you read as a kid which book is it?
I didn’t read many books as a child. I only discovered reading as a young adult. I do remember enjoying the novel The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. The Maori girl Kahu communicates with dolphins and whales – would be great to drop in there.



via GIPHY



What was the hardest thing about writing your current book?
My inner resistance monster holding me back. It took perseverance and strength accepting this daily fight with my inner resistance.
What were you like in high school?
Good grades came easy. So I had a lot of time to spend with sports and friends. We had an amazing class and I was grateful being able to enjoy quality time with classmates. I wasn’t eccentric and was on good terms with everybody. I tried to support the mobbed, helped the struggling getting better grades, and was always in for leisure time events.
Do you find feedback from writers’ critiques helpful?


Absolutely. I want to improve my writing, so honest feedback is always helpful.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sunday Post And Stacking the Shelves #amreading #amjoy @kimbacaffeinate

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 FEBRUARY


Happy late GALentine’s day! Today I'm doing the first combined blog hop, Stacking the Shelves and Sunday post and info. can be found above.

I had my Young adult play,Oh Brother, read at the Playwright center by actors. There's a little snippet from the playwright below. It was nice hearing different voices behind my work and I got a lot of feedback.   I wasn’t able to get out a lot because of the snow which was a bummer. I started reading this book called “A Window Opens” by Elisabeth Egan.  It’s about about this woman, whose husband is a lawyer and lost his job, and the wife has to become the bread winner.  She’s stalked on Twitter by a bookseller who wants her to sell ebooks instead of hard cover or paperbacks. So she goes back and forth about her morals and selling out to the big ebook traders.   I like this book, it doesn’t have the soulful, literary feel of other books I’ve read recently. Books like Touch, Neon in the Daylight, and The Answers, but it does have intrigue and I like  characters who are lawyers because their work seems so intense and continuous. I’m also reading a thriller called “An Anonymous Girl’ which has great potential.

I’m also in a race against time, with Google, to get all of my documents in a safe place before Google removes things ,Google plus (which I've already lost every single comment that I've received on my blog). I learned how to download my photos from the Take Out option, and then I saved them to a flash drive. I thought I could save a lot of the photos to Flikr, but no such luck.  I don’t have a lot of free space left on there, and will only be able to save 700 more photos on there. I’ve been syncing my photos from my android phone to google photos since 2008 when I got my first smart phone so I’ve got a lot of photos to save. If you guys have any idea or know anything that I don't know, shoot me a comment below.
I hope you guys have a great week and read some good books if you have time.
Tell me about the books you read in the comments below.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey, A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, An Anonymous Girl By Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Listening:




Watching:The Masked Singer 


ON THE BLOG

Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Interview with Writer
snippet from my playwright
Zion:Where were you?  You're late!
(Amelia shuffles behind Zion to the clubhouse. She holds up her hand in oath style before reaching a fence.)
AMELIA:I shall not let any of the words I hear today pass outside of our weekly meetings.
(Zion nods and opens a gate.  Amelia goes up the porch stairs and Zion follows. )
(Trish is seated at a table, her hands together in prayer fashion, her mouth twisted in a clownish grin)
(Amelia takes a seat and Melanie sits next to her)
Zion:(pounds his hand on the table to get everyone’s attention).  I call this meeting to order to address a new member of the Radtke home.
(Everyone nods)
TRISH:And who is this newest person?

(Trish looks at Zion.)

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Book Fair New York #amreading #amjoy

Hop on over to Kotobee's blog,( https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2019/?fbclid=IwAR3WfaivKhUhqbwW-GcN_0FQ6RKNeWVzi_7xBzbCDT-wPzElcerlh1eFXtwto learn about the International book fairs that will be happening in 2019.  I listed the details for the one in New York below:


From March 7-10, 2019 book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more.

This book fair is officially sanctioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. This means that the consumer can rely upon the experience and professionalism of participating dealers and the authenticity of the items available for purchase. Simply stated, all books, manuscripts and related material have been carefully examined for completeness and bibliographic accuracy.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Sunday Post #amreading #amjoy

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 FEBRUARY

My brother(above) with the snow blower.
This week it snowed all over again.  When you live in Minnesota, every snow is your first, even though you’ve been through so many winters.  Every year seems to have a different impact. One year, I remember my car had to be jumped, three times. Another year the snow reached higher than my head 😄and I had to get to an appointment but I got stuck in the alley and there were dozens of my neighbors trying to help shovel out the snow because they knew the plows wouldn’t get out there fast enough.  




One year, there were icecles on every tree branch and every surface it seemed. One year, my car got stuck on the 169 bridge and it started slipping downward. and if it had slipped anymore it would have been greeted by a hundred cars that were all backed up-waiting to go over the bridge.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra, The Adults by Caroline Hulse, The Answers by Catherine Lacey,The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick,The Only Story by Julian Barnes, The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, Touch by Courtney Maum, Sunburn by Laura Lippman



Listening: Listening Haunted nights by Ellen Datlow, All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones, The Heart goes Last by Margaret Atwood



Watching:Nothing this week 


ON THE BLOG

Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Interview with Writer

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Brittni Chenille #amreading #amjoy

Britti Chenille is with me this morning to talk about herself and her new book.


5 FUN FACTS ABOUT BRITTNI CHENELLE 

 1. She lives in South Korea. It's true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture. 
 2. She's a Type 1 Diabetic. She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as "Beetie" which is what inspired her children's book "Life with Beetie". When she wants something from her parents she tells them, "My Beetie hurts." It's a trick that has never failed her. 
 3. She doesn't really BELIEVE in fiction. Despite all the; Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel "Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree", Brittni INSISTS that it's a true story. 
 4. She's OBSESSED with dark chocolate. She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.
5. Sorry guys, she's married. If you ask her, she'll tell you her husband saved her life but every time someone asks "how?" she gives a different reason. I've overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.

What makes your main character special?
 She has no idea who she is or what she is capable of. Her sense of self is earned throughout the trials she faces. Her first impressions of every character she encounters is wrong and that goes for her impression of herself. 


If you could drop in on a book you read as a kid which book is it?

 Harry Potter. They could use a bit of diversity at Hogwarts. 


What is the hardest thing about writing your current book?

 Crippling self-doubt. 


What were you like in high school?
In high school, I was a barrel of contradictions. I was the captain of the varsity basketball team but hung out with the "goth" kids. I admired the theater kids most of all. I never felt like I really belonged anywhere as most kids feel at that age. 

via GIPHY


Do you find feedback from writers’ critiques helpful?
ABSOLUTELY. Critiques are amazingly helpful. I definitely learn and grow from criticism. It's one of the reason editing is my favorite step in the process, HOWEVER, that doesn't mean I don't cry myself to sleep whenever I get a bad review. ;) 



Book trailer (above) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4MVpsLZEt4


Links to reach Brittni:



Goodreads



Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sunday Post

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 February

This week has been incredibly cold. ⛸🍨❄⛄🏔 Schools were closed throughout Minnesota.  In Princeton, they were sending their residents to hotels with the promise of a space heater. There was an increase in Uber rides and I picked up a good dozen people this week.  And saw a few on the side of the road in a need of a jump. I remember driving one person from Minneapolis to Maplewood and I got the campus sized tour of 3M.
 It’s crazy how the cold brings people together.  In our building, talks of the weather was the norm as residents gazed outside with weary faces.  
I managed to get out one night and stay at the Holidayinn, (Eagan) and soaked in the hot tub where the only sounds from the outdoors was wind and planes taking off every ten or so minutes.
Lastly, I went to an art exhibit last night with a group of friends and we got all dolled up and it had feminist art at place called Artbox .



Readers, if you enjoyed the holidays or got an interesting gift, let me know in the comments below.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  The Pisces by Melissa Broder, Red Clocks by Leni Zumas


Listening


Watching: The Crown (on Netflix)


ON THE BLOG

Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Interview with Writer

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

Interview with Eliza Gordon

 Eliza wrote Dear Dwayne with Love , a romance.  The main character is Dani who has had a major crush on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson since she was young . She writes The Rock in unsent letters and later, as she grew older, in a private blog.  Dani must get into great physical shape for a charity event sponsored by her crush. The winner of the event will get a walk-on part in his next movie. So she joins a gym where she is to work with super-hot trainer Marco.

Eliza writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After; Jennifer Sommersby, her other self, writes young adult fiction. Both personalities are represented by Daniel Lazar at Writers House.



And onto the interview...




Eliza, what are your ambitions for your writing career?



Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sunday Post #amreading #amjoy

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 JANUARY

So I went to the Saint Paul winter carnival and I got to see some of the behind the scenes of the ice sculpture process.  I also had a friend who made a snow sculpture and got first Prize in the competition.





I'm also still driving for Uber. I got this idea from a writer to put a notepad in the passenger seat compartment of my car for my Uber clients to fill out.  I don’t know if you ever filled out a slam book when you were in high school but the concept sort of reminds me of that.  It’s basically a book that asks readers random questions to keep them engaged and talking throughout their ride. Like, what is your favorite pet?  Or what comes to mind when you think of the name:Trump? (of course with a question like this you’ve got to be careful because discussions can get very political I found out.  But this helps with maintaining a positive atmosphere and maybe ensure a tip.

I also submitted an application for Minnesota's Fringe Festival. There's a lottery system for any playwrights to get chosen. I hope my name is drawn.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  The Buyside by Turney Duff, The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman


Watching: Nothing, too busy

On the Blog

This week: Hoping to interview a few authors

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