Thursday, April 27, 2017

W is for William Shakespeare #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl #shakespeare

   "To be, or not to be-that is the question:Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles," William Shakespeare

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

V is for Voices #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl @boardingforties

Voices come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most sought after voices come from vloggers on Youtube who intrigue us with their candor online.
Kathleen Valdes is with me today and she is a booktuber who shouts her love for books on her Youtube channel.
And onto the interview...

Kathleen, was it hard getting your booktube channel started? What was some of the planning?
I had been watching You Tube videos for several years before I discovered Book Tube quite accidentally.  As I recall I went looking for an author interview and ended up finding a Book Tube channel.  From there I found many others and I was ADDICTED.

I watched Book Tube for about 6 months before I started thinking to myself that I would like to start a channel.  I had no concept of how to get started (how to film, upload, anything) but one Saturday afternoon I just sat down and started recording.
I found an APP called Capture that was pretty much idiot proof, hence how I was able to use it, and I was off and running.  I really did no planning at all, I just jumped in and kind of figured it out as I went along.  I guess in some ways I am still doing that.  

Which writers inspire you?
There are so many writers who inspire me that it is hard to think of just a few.  I don't want to ignore the question so I would say that as a child I was inspired by writers like E.B White, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Roald Dahl.  They wrote about places and characters that I wanted to know more about.
I remember reading Wilder's, "Little House on the Prairie" collection. That and Pippi Longstocking along with Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  

As I got a little older and started studying for a History degree I went through a phase where I read authors like Danielle Steel, Sidney Sheldon, and Jackie Collins.

Sidney Sheldon is actually a new author to me, I'm embarrassed to admit. Looks like he's sold over 300 million books and won a Tony Award for Broadway's "Redhead" and an Academy Award for The Bachelor. Note*The Bachelor is not the American reality TV show on AbC. This is a 1947 American comedy.

Okay, let's continue...You were talking about reading fiction narratives...

Yes, I think I was looking for a total escape from the non-fiction reading I was doing so much of so I gravitated toward books that were fantasy and fun.

Now I am old and can read whatever I want and am inspired by authors like:

  •  Cormac McCarthy, 
  • John Steinbeck 
  • Toni Morrison and many others
John Steinbeck is one of my favorites too. We read Steinbeck's, "Of Mice and Men" in high school. My brother shared the same English class and I remember him imitating Lennie and the whole killing the mouse scene.

*** A clip from "Of Mice and Men" 

On the Fiction side, I am inspired by any author who succeeds in touching me on an emotional level and makes me root for their characters and become completely engrossed.  When it comes to Non-Fiction I prefer to read things that make me think about the world in a different way.

Where do you get the ideas for your various videos on Youtube?
 I get ideas from other Book Tubers primarily.  I'm actually not that creative with my channel. I tend to do book commentaries, reviews and hauls.  I have a goal to get more creative but not sure when it will happen...maybe when I don't have a full time day job. ;)

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?  
When I am home I much prefer printed books.  When I travel I rely on eBooks.  It is much easier to load up my iPAD with tons of books than to try and take them all in my suitcase.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I have spent my professional career working in Marketing so for me the cover plays an important part.  I certainly wouldn't buy a book only for the cover but have definitely chosen to pick up a book to consider buying it based on the cover.  I try to buy editions of books that have covers I love.  I don't always succeed but I have that goal when I am procuring books.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
The most obvious advantage of self-publishing is that you can choose to be published and get your work out there for people to enjoy.  Going the traditional publishing route means entering a system where you are chosen or not.  

You also can control and oversee all aspects of putting your book together when you self publish so the cover art, font, type of paper used, etc are all in your control.  I think there used to be a stigma about self-published books. I don't think that exists anymore or it certainly doesn't for me.  There are such a limited number of books that are published in the world in any given year and so much great content being written.  We need self publishing to insure that we are seeing more great work and not counting on publishing houses to curate for us.

Last question, what inspires you to get out of bed each day?
At my age I consider every single day to be a gift.  Anticipating what I might discover or learn or experience on any given day inspires me to get out of bed.
Thanks for joining me today, Kathleen.
It's been a pleasure.
Kathleen Ann has been a voracious reader since Kindergarten.  Collecting, reading, and talking about books is an obsession.  Kathleen enjoys traveling new places which inevitably means discovering new book stores and spending time with family and friends.  When Kathleen isn't "playing" she works as a Marketing Manager at a high tech company.
Readers, that's all the time we have today. You can get in touch with Kathleen on Goodreads , Twitter or her Youtube channel.

Readers-Do you watch Youtube videos? Which ones catch your fancy? Let me know in the comments below.

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U is for Unleashing Travel Books #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl #Tuesdaythoughts @eatpraylove

As part of my #AtoZchallenge and posting anything Writer(ly) I wanted to unveil a list of the best in travel books. It's important as a writer to read books that interest you.

Book:Eat Pray Love
Author:Elizabeth Gilbert
Note:This is my favorite travel book because it's like a manual on making life changes.

Sharks Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A sweet-sour memoir of Eating in China
Author: Fuchsia Dunlop

Paris I love you but your Bringing me Down

Author:Rosecrans Baldwin

Paris my Sweet
Author: Amy Thomas

Mastering art of french eating
Author:Ann Mah

The Best in American travel writing
Editor: Anthony Bourdaine
25 pieces in this collection including a piece written by
David Sedaris
Note:I absolutely love Anthony Bourdaine his eccentric personality is an indicator that you don't have to serious all the time to be a great writer, food critic, etc.

The Latehomecomer
Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Turtle Feet
Author: Nikolai Grozni

Under the Tuscan Sun
Author: Frances Mayes

Sisterhood of Traveling Pants
Author:Ann Brashares

The photographer:Into Worn-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
Author:Emmanuel Guibert
Note:I liked reading this book because my own orthopedic doctor had worked with Doctors Without Borders. If you can be a doctor in Afghanistan you can be a doctor anywhere.

Serve the People:A stir-Fried Journey through China
By Jen Lin-Liu

Readers, if you have any travel book recommendations that you think I should add to my lists, let me know in the comments below.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Turkey Comes to Trin Carl's Blog

Here is another expat blog, 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 .

Here is another Blog from Turkey called Post Cards from Istanbul.  But the actual site can be found at 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.

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T is for Terrific Actress #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl

Chloe Bell with Benjamin Lohrberg
Today I'm interviewing Chloe Bell for my#AtoZchallenge (26 blog posts in one month's time).  
Chloe Bell is an actress in the University's BFA actor training program. Chloe can be contacted on instagram.

And onto the interview...

Chloe, you performed in “Servant to Two Masters," how much of this performance was Improv? 
Or came from ideas that were inserted?
This version was adapted by Lee Hall, an English writer, so there were a bunch of English references and jokes made throughout the text that a lot of the cast and director, Jon Ferguson, either didn’t understand or didn’t feel suited the show we wanted to put on.

A main goal of ours was to “bridge the experiential gap”. Jon really brought this to our attention within the first couple of rehearsals. By “bridging the experiential gap” we meant we wanted the audience to be experiencing this show together, to not be divided by lack of understanding or connection to something we said or a joke that we made.
Chloe Bell pictured (above)
It can certainly be a little polarizing if a reference is made that only a portion of the audience can react to and truly understand. We didn’t want that at all, so when we made suggestions or presented ideas during runs, we made sure they would keep everyone engaged. By no means, did we expect every single joke to be a total success but we wanted to bring the audience together as much as possible.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

S is for Steinbeck #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl #books

"I wonder how many people I looked at all my life and never seen."  
-John Steinbeck (Author of Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, In Dubious Battle, East of Eden, Travels with Charley)
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Friday, April 21, 2017

P is for Plays #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl

My theme for the #AtoZchallenge this year is anything Writer(ly).  It's important as a writer to see arts and performances.  Therefore, these are plays that I've been to in the past ten years that have been adapted from books.  Readers, I included the sites of these performances in case you're ever in Minnesota and are inclined to see a play.

Beauty and the Beast youth performance 
Where? Sabes, JCC in St Louis Park, MN
Memory:A teenage actress played the role of Gaston and she was so incredibly funny with her fake beard and the way she flexed her muscles.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Interview with Tunisian Youtuber

With us today is Ahlem Bahroun, a Tunisian book lover who shouts her love for books on Youtube in France. Her thought provoking words can be found on twitter,goodreads or facebook.

And onto the interview...

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Q is for Quindlen #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl #thursdaythroughts,#fbloggers, #amwriting, #quotes

"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all."  Ann Quindlen, author of Still with Bread Crumbs
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

O is for Oates, Joyce Carol Oates #AtoZchallenge via @trincarl

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." Joyce Carol Oates

Readers, if you want to mention any works by Joyce Carol Oates or just Women contemporaries in general please do so in the comments below.

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