Sunday, July 15, 2018

@caffeinatedbookreviewer #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


Had lots of fun this week. I went to see The Twins (baseball). And went to the Raspberry festival in Hopkins and saw DJ Tom Barnard from KQRS running with the Bulls-if you have no idea what that means-basically runners have to get to the finish line as fast as possible, but have to avoid getting the red flags hanging on their backs taken by one of the fast and relentless official bull runners and roller derby bulls. 
I also went kayaking on the St. Croix yesterday in Hudson, Wisconsin.  In the past I'd just call large vessels on the water either boats, pantoons or yahts, but I guess you also got your: 
  • Fishing Boats.
  • Bass Boats
  • Bowrider Boats
  • Catamaran Boats
  • Cuddy Cabins Boats
  • Centre Console Boats
  • Dinghy Boats
  • Houseboats
  • etc


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CURRENTLY

Reading:  The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe, The Dinner by Herman Koch, 

Roomies by Christian Lauren, The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry,Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Listening: My Not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella, The Graves's Fine and Private Life and Alan Bradley, Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes

Watching:  The Mountain Between Us (with Kate Winslet)



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Saturday:Weekend Warriors post

Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post


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Sunday, July 8, 2018

@caffeinatedbookreviewer #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 APRIL




I've went to see the River Rats on the Mississippi River after Independence day. It was a beautiful day to see people being pulled by a rope and a boat. 

I absolutely love the name, River Rats (so catchy) and I learned so much about water-skiing that I didn't know before- like there's barefoot skiing which is skiers who skim across the surface of the water on nothing but the bare soles of their feet at 35 mph while also making pyramids. I guess I didn't know there were so many types of skis including trick skis, jump skis, wake boards ski's that you can just sit on. There is something called swivel skiing which is somewhat similar to women's figuring skating but on water.

I've really been into water sports lately. I've also been following Thai Cave rescue in the Times.  I've been really feeling emotional for the 12 young boys that are trapper underneath.  It's hard to focus when people are suffering.

Thanks for stopping by, please be sure to check out what I'm reading and maybe even leave a comment.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  

Listening: Armada by Ernest Cline (author of Ready Player One), Car Sick by John Waters

Watching:  Siren (Mermaid series),The NBA tournament, The Comet (a movie)

ON THE BLOG

What Happened:


This past Friday: Interviewed actress  audio narrator Nancy Wu (narrator of the novel War Cross by Marie Lu) check out post here


Saturday:Weekend Warriors post

Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post






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

Saturday, July 7, 2018

#8Sunday Weekend Writing Warriors #amwriting #amjoy

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
 The doll’s eyes seemed to be plastered open. They peered in every direction.
“Yeah, right,” I said. I took him aside, “You find out anything?” It was hard to look at Zion seriously with the mask on.
“I found out something but it wolfed away,” he said. “Get it? Cause I’m a wolf?”
“Not funny,” I said.
This week
He then took off the mask, "But in all seriousness the owner at Shinders said he saw Tracey at the mall a couple of times with a trench coat on. The owner is an interesting one."
“Why’s that?”
“Oh, he just was selling more than hobby stuff, if you know what I mean.” He made a gulping sound and cupped his hands, pretending to sip something down. "He gave me this," he motioned to large black plastic bag he held in his hand, and inside was a small purse. He said I should give it to Tracey, because he saw her leave it on a bench one day at the mall. I think it’s a clue."
Readers, I'll have to do some serious drafting to keep this story going.  Please be patient with me in the next weeks and please comment below.

Monday, July 2, 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.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sunday post @caffienatedbookreviewer #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 june


This week I've written a first draft, query letter for my first novel, Oh Brother It's my goal this year to publish and I really think it will happen.  I've also been researching Montessori schools for my lil' one.  I really like the philosophy behind Montessori's and this idea of teaching kids through routine and life skills at an early age whether that's though a four-year-old setting the table or scooping ingredients together for lunch prep.
My lil' one and I have been so busy this summer and it's been so much fun.  I got together with a group of women through meetup.com at Treasure Park-there's a picture to the right.  This was a huge playground made of entire wood.  It's supposed to represent a huge pirate ship.  There's  little hiding spots below the structure like the underbelly of a ship make you feel claustrophobic at times.  They'll be tearing down the playground soon-probably to replace wood chip mulch with a rubber matting so I'm glad I got a chance to the park before it happens.
We also went to Good Times park in Eagan and then to a community rec center in Eagan that was sorta similar to McDonald's playground.  
Earlier this month I put my kayaking skills to use as promised on Lake Calhoun (aka Bde Maka Ska-it's new name ) so that was real fun.  I went out with a group of five women-some of which paddle boarded.


Thanks for stopping by, please be sure to check out what I'm reading and maybe even leave a comment.

CURRENTLY

Reading: The Unseen World by Liz Moore, I Let you Go by Clare Mackintosh, Nine Continents by Xiaoulu Guo, Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desau Hidier,

Listening: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

Watching:  Nothing, too busy to watch anything right now.

ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Saturday:Weekend Warriors post


Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post



#8Sunday Weekend Writing Warriors #amwriting

#8sunday Weekend Writing Warriors #amwriting #amjoy

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
 She straightened out a craft and then went over to the tin box, unlatched it and flipped it over. Checking to see if it was empty.
Zion walked out of nearby Shinders hobby store. He had on a rubber wolf mask but I could recognize him anywhere. The wolf’s eyes kept lighting up and I noticed he was holding a lever mechanism in his hand.
“Boo,” he said. “You girls having fun?” He asked, more to me than Tracey.
“No, we were not having fun,” I said, crossing my hands over my chest.
“Why not? You got plenty of dolls to keep you company,” he motioned to a nearby china doll table. 
This week
 The doll’s eyes seemed to be plastered open. They peered in every direction.
“Yeah, right,” I said. I took him aside, “You find out anything?” It was hard to look at Zion seriously with the mask on.
“I found out something but it wolfed away,” he said. “Get it? Cause I’m a wolf?”
“Not funny,” I said.
Readers, please comment below.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

#8sunday Weekend Writing Warriors #amwriting #amjoy

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

I wanted to tell her how weird she was and ask her who the ugly women was who slapped her around before we got here but I didn’t want to blow my cover.
“Look, if you want to reorganize the crafts, let me do it,” Tracey said. She put all the wooden crafts back to where they were; just in time too because Connie came back. Dang, Tracey must have a photographic memory.
“Make any money?” Connie asked, hopeful.
“Umm no,” I said.
Her face dropped.
“No worries,” she said. She turned away from us to pull her shirt over her flat bottom.
This week
 She straightened out a craft and then went over to the tin box, unlatched it and flipped it over. Checking to see if it was empty.
Zion walked out of nearby Shinders hobby store. He had on a rubber wolf mask but I could recognize him anywhere. The wolf’s eyes kept lighting up and I noticed he was holding a lever mechanism in his hand.
“Boo,” he said. “You girls having fun?” He asked, more to me than Tracey.
“No, we were not having fun,” I said, crossing my hands over my chest.
“Why not? You got plenty of dolls to keep you company,” he motioned to a nearby china doll table. 
Readers, please comment below.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

@SouthernTheater ‏@arenadances #Wednesdaythoughts #amjoy

Southern Theater in Minneapolis presented Candy Box Dance Festival in May. Dancers, Julie Marie Muskat and Betsy Schaefer Roob join me today for an interview.





Julie Marie Muskat (pictured above)

Betsy and Julie, what was your preparation for the festival?

We have been developing this material since 2016, and performed the first section of it in 2017. We began expanding the work and creating the work you saw (with two sections added) this past January. Part of the work is in the studio working on choreography, and other parts of our work are spent on working with costumers and composers on the other elements of production.

I think if I were an audience member seeing our show, I would want to know exactly how the ‘collaborative’ choreography was created, since it is a more unusual approach to choreography than single-choreographer work. Betsy and I spent a lot of time in the studio experimenting and trying to find a new common vocabulary and voice together. In the process of creating our work, we ‘played’ a lot of games in order to generate phrases, such as the ‘picnic game,’ in which she would improvise a step, then I would repeat it and improvise the next step out of it, and she would add the next step, and we would continue switching off the creation of every step so that we were always pushed out of our personal movement habits and patterns. We are proud to say our work is truly collaborative!


Is there anything you're working on now?


We are currently applying to festivals for teaching and performing, and are hoping to expand and deepen our work in In Time from here. Otherwise, we are each doing some individual projects outside of faux pas. Betsy dances with Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES. Julie Marie dances with Threads Dance Project, and this summer will be performing her solo work and teaching at Southern Vermont Dance Festival in Brattleboro, VT.


Of all the dancing you've done the past, what has been your favorite performance?


Julie Marie: What a hard question! I’ve had a lot of crazy and fun performances…I think some of my favorite performances would be the ones I did as a dancer in Israel. I had the chance to work with some incredible choreographers, and the repertoire was exhilarating, challenging, and very fulfilling. Honestly, though, my favorite performance would be this performance of In Time that Betsy and I just did! It was our first show that we were in charge of hosting as well as performing in, and even if it was an informal showing, it was a big test of vulnerability and bravery in terms of putting new work on stage that I am very passionate about.


Betsy: I agree, this is a tough one! I have loved many performances for very different reasons. In recent history, ARENA DANCES’ 20th Anniversary performance stands out to me; we reset Matador and Not So Good At Standing Still, which were both extremely fulfilling to perform. I loved getting to dance a range from powerful, explosive movement to easeful, released movement in the course of the same show. However I also have to agree with Julie that this performance of In Time was entirely unique, and I feel incredibly proud to have created and performed this duet together. We took risks and it was magical to experience all the elements coming together.


Last question, if you could give advice to a younger dancer, what would it be?

Julie Marie: Soak in everything you can get your hands on. Your classes in school will inspire your dance education, and your dance classes will teach you valuable life skills that will translate to anything you do in life. But question everything. Question your idols, question the information you are given, do your own research, and be ready to upend the institutions you are raised in if needed. Never stop searching.


Betsy: Bring your entire self to your dancing and work hard while also being open to moments of joy, curiosity, and surprise. Find ways of moving that feel like home to you, and challenge yourself to regularly step outside your comfort zone and try on new ideas. Pay attention and learn from all you can- your teachers, fellow students, and your own instincts. You will likely have times of great inspiration and times of burnout/doubt. Befriend your fellow dancers and lean on your community.

Thanks for joining me.

Thanks for having us.









Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Sunday Post @CaffeinatedBookReviewer #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 APRIL


This week has been pretty eventful, I watched Ready Player One in theater. It was exciting seeing a dystopian futuristic world created by such a fantastic novelist, Ernest Cline  Ever since watching it I've been wanting to read some more fantasy books that revolve around gaming so if you have any recommendations feel free to link them below. 
 I was able to go back to my home of homes, the city of Crystal where most of my writing and fantasizing for many years has taken place. Crystal has this fantastic little library with  isolated rooms patrons can go to and write or do whatever.
There's was also Cinco De Mayo festive that I went to yesterday.  I posted the schedule of events to let people know what I saw.
9:00am            Festival Opens
10:00am          Parade Begins
11:00am          Margarita & Beer Gardens Open
11:30pm          Live Music Begins   |   Caliente Stage
12:00pm          La Costa Taco Contest   |   Demonstration Stage
                          Live Music Begins   |   Family Stage, Fiesta Stage & Viva Stage
                          
Kids Fitness  |   Sports Zone
12:30pm          Lucha Libre Live   |   Sports Zone 

                                 Guerra de los Hermanos: Hijo de Black Boy and Black Boy jr vs Air Wolf and Angel Dorado,
                                 and Super Lover vs El Tigre

12:30pm          Car, Truck & Bike Show Begins
1:00pm            Boca Chica Demo   |   Demonstration Stage
                          
Zumba  |   Sports Zone
1:30pm            Jalapeño Eating Contest   |   Fiesta Stage
1:30pm            Lucha Libre Live   |   Sports Zone 

                                Black Boy vs Turbo and Hijo de Black Boy vs Valentine Bravo
2:00pm            Bachata Performance   |   Demonstration Stage                          Latin Hip Hop  |   Sports Zone
2:30pm            Lucha Libre Traditional Trios   |   Sports Zone
2:45pm            
Hamburguesas El Gordo (Hot Dog Contest)   |   Demonstration Stage
3:00pm            
Freestylers  |   Sports Zone
3:30pm            Jalapeño Eating Contest   |   Fiesta Stage
3:30pm            Lucha Libre Live   |   Sports Zone
                               
Valentine Bravo vs Angel Dorado and Officer Rob Justice vs James Tapia
3:45pm            Las Palmas Popusas Demo   |   Demonstration Stage4:00pm            Zumba  |   Sports Zone
4:45pm            El Burrito Mercado Elotes Eating Contest   

Thanks for stopping by, please be sure to check out what I'm reading and maybe even leave a comment.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Paris Letters  (memoir) by Janice MacLeod,The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulhurst (fantasy). 

Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love, and Recipes by Kristen Beddard.

(I will be interviewing Kristen about her memoir later this month.)

Listening: Armada by Ernest Cline (author of Ready Player One), Car Sick by John Waters

Watching:  Siren (Mermaid series),The NBA tournament, The Comet (a movie)

ON THE BLOG

What Happened:


This past Friday: Interviewed actress  audio narrator Nancy Wu (narrator of the novel War Cross by Marie Lu) check out post here


Saturday:Weekend Warriors post

Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post




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


Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday #amwriting #amjoy

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
“Never mind.” I began reorganizing the crafts on the table in a way that seemed to make more sense. Boy wooden dolls went other with boy wooden dolls, girls went with girls. Figures that said, ‘Home sweet home’ didn’t need to go with other ones that resembled homes, so I put them instead next to Halloween cats and scarecrows. The Christmas Santas really had no place next to the candy canes so I put them with the the vegetables, including orange squash and tomatoes. “Eat your heart out,” I said patting Santa’s belly.
“You’re weird, you know that?” said Tracey.
“Am not.”


“Are too.”

This week

I wanted to tell her how weird she was and ask her who the ugly women was who slapped her around before we got here but I didn’t want to blow my cover.
“Look, if you want to reorganize the crafts, let me do it,” Tracey said. She put all the wooden crafts back to where they were; just in time too because Connie came back. Dang, Tracey must have a photographic memory.
“Make any money?” Connie asked, hopeful.
“Umm no,” I said.
Her face dropped.
“No worries,” she said. She turned away from us to pull her shirt over her flat bottom.

Readers, please comment below.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Valarsard Chronicles Virtual Tour #amreading #amjoy #Saturdaymood


 Author, , is here with me to discuss the Valarsard Chronicles.  Erin is a New Zealand author.  She took up writing seriously two years ago and has now published 3 books, each one very different in style and content.
She's been a teacher all her working life, working in mainstream as well as in Special Needs, specifically with deaf children. She's worked all over New Zealand as well as in Africa.



Erin, what is your writing process, i.e. brainstorming, getting ideas, etc.
  I find ideas can just come out of left field, or else those ideas have been percolating away in my head for some time. Ravening Heart of the Wolf grew out of a dream I had years ago, and just held on to. The sequel, The Wolf in Winter, flowered on the page. I just let the story evolve to see if I could do it. Days of Insult was a kind of mission, because I’m an avid historian and I wanted to pay tribute to the horrific sacrifice made by ordinary Russians in WW2. There are just no fiction books on the topic. I have a huge list of ideas for further books, including some autobiographical stories.



What is the MC of your newest novel like?
   In my most recently published book, The Wolf in Winter, I guess I’d have to say I focused on Conor, who didn’t actually play a major role in the first book in the series, where I focused on Manon. The main character in both books is really Abigail, the mysterious little shapeshifter. She wields the magic, in a good way. Her other manifestations are the wolf and the eagle, which are powerful totems to the Valarsar.

Who are your favorite authors?
   I love all the classics: Austen, the Brontes, Dickens. The Russians: Tolstoy, Turgenev, Solzhenitsyn. Big fan of American authors: Melville, Steinbeck, Hemingway. I enjoy Diana Gabaldon’s writing. I admire Irish writers like Wilde, Joyce, CS Lewis, Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain. I’m part Irish and that’s where my love of writing comes from, I believe. I enjoy history: Antony Beevor, Max Hastings. My favourite writer of all time is Primo Levi.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday?
   The cat needs feeding, and if I don’t oblige, I get a right hook to the jaw from a hairy paw that bristles with lethal weaponry. No, seriously, the only thing making me linger in bed is the book I’m currently engrossed in. I get straight into writing as soon as I’m up. I’m very driven.
What do your fans mean to you?
    Well, I hope I have some fans. To those who enjoy my books and give me lovely reviews, I say thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
What are your favorite works of fiction?
  So many, but here are a few: Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick, If This is a Man, The Grapes of Wrath, The Old Man and the Sea.

Find out more about Erin Eldridge and her works at the links below:

https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Eldridge/e/B00MSKP12M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1527947228&sr=1-1

http://ravenswoodpublishing.com/bookpages/TheWolfInWinter.html

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