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.

Links to Sebastiano's novel, That Which Must Happen:


Reach Sebastiano

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sunday Post @hauntedbasement #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


I had a lot of fun at this place called the Thehauntedbasement . Although it does take place in a basement; it’s really what leads down to it that is so scary. In the center is a glass art studio where there are kilns and students holding torches to make glassblowing art. And as you're walking around, students are hanging onto these torches and all you can think of is I hope this is not part of the haunted house experience.

Funniest thing about the whole ordeal was a man holding a spectator's head between a cash register and a bakery glass window and acting as though he was going to cut the guy's head off. One of the paying guest was going around and letting people out of their cells. Unfortunately, she never got to me and I was locked in there for five minutes.

Everyone in line was talking about their expectations of the haunted house, including a woman who decided to wear nursing clogs even though your not supposed to wear heels of any sort. Her defense, I can walk in these pretty well . No cell phones were allowed and no help for getting through the haunted house even though the goblins from hell were allowed to flash small red lights in your eye. A small flashlight would have been nice because I got separated from a friend during the course of the night and so I found myself trying to sidle up next to other couples who didn’t get separated and although that was fun making new friends and I all, I would have liked to have been with my own friend.

I get really giggly whenever I go through haunted houses, I don’t know if it’s a coping mechanism or what, but I end up bracing myself for each new room and say something like, Is anyone in here? Or I’m coming in. Although, I don't really know what kind of coping mechanism that is because if anything it’s just letting the monster know that there’s fresh meat like a zombie smelling fresh blood. Usually the actor just drops everything their doing to come and find me and I’m fine with that- I’m practically begging for attention. I actually lost my voice the night I was there.

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, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, by Ruth Gilligan, Knots by Gunnhild 0yehuag, By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

Listening:Lost for Words by St. Aubyn, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, The Emperor of Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, 



Watching: Japanese Movies

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's entry

"In what scenario would Tracey have had that could lead her to having that many ID’s?" Zion asked.
"I don’t know, maybe her mom used to work at a Drivers license station."
"Yeah, that’s it, " said Zion.  It said in Tracey’s journal that her mom had several odd jobs. Even it said she worked at the YMCA, you know how people are always handing over their ID’s and then forgetting them. She had probably collected a dozen or so of them from the lost and found."
I thought about my own dad taking us to the Civic center and taking out his ID. The attendant looking down on us from his place at the counter and saying to me, And where’s your ID missy?

This 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 prizes in a box in your dresser?

Readers, please comment below.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sunday Post #amwriting #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 Thursday I had a great time at Nautilus Theater.  There was a Halloween Performance and the actors were sneaking behind the audience and marching and making loud noises.  The performance was basically about a giant who snatches humans and attaches them to his back to make them servants-FOREVER!
How scary! And the sounds effects, along with busting balloons and flying benches was quite frightening.  In fact, I've been to many theaters across Minnesota- but this is the first time I've been scared.  It's a rare treat because I don't know if I'll make it to a haunted house this year on account that October is nearly over and a family member has to have ACL surgery.
Readers, if you want to comment-do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading: One Small Thing by Erin Watt, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty,

Listening:Lost for Words by St. Aubyn, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, The Emperor of Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, 


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."


Previous entry

After reading what I had.  I came to the decision that Zion and I would just have to explore Tracey's purse, the one we received from the owner of Shinder's hobby store who said Tracey left it at the mall by mistake.
I went to get the purse where I hid it in my backpack and flipped the purse over.  I didn’t regret it. Out poured about twenty ID’s, all with faces of strangers looking back at me as if to say, 'yes, you found us, now what?'
Later in the evening, Zion and I had to do some mission work at the church.  I picked up a rake and raked as fast I could while talking to Zion. "Look, those Id’s could have came from anywhere. They may have just been a sort of collection."

This week's entry

"In what scenario would Tracey have had that could lead her to having that many ID’s?" Zion asked.
"I don’t know, maybe her mom used to work at a Drivers license station."
"Yeah, that’s it, " said Zion.  It said in Tracey’s journal that her mom had several odd jobs. Even it said she worked at the YMCA, you know how people are always handing over their ID’s and then forgetting them. She had probably collected a dozen or so of them from the lost and found."
I thought about my own dad taking us to the Civic center and taking out his ID. The attendant looking down on us from his place at the counter and saying to me, 'And where’s your ID missy?'

Friday, October 19, 2018

Come see Impossible Salt's Heartless @NautilusMT




















Impossible Salt's Heartless

Public
 · Hosted by Impossible Salt

Details
Nautilus Music-Theater
308 Prince St, Ste 190, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101 
Tickets
app.arts-people.com

Oct 20,26,27 8pm-9pm

What could cause a creature as fearsome as a giant to remove his own heart from his body?
What becomes of him without his heart? And what becomes of his heart without him?

These questions inspire Impossible Salt’s beautiful and haunting exploration of this ancient tale, known as “The Troll With No Heart in His Body” in Norway, “Koschei the Immortal” in Russia, “Punchkin the Magician” in India, and by still other names in Scotland, Hungary, and elsewhere. Even (or perhaps especially) in the United States in 2018, the specter of a monster made invulnerable by his own unthinkable actions continues to captivate us, and demands our attention.

Revived for the Halloween season, HEARTLESS is Impossible Salt’s 

The Sunday Post



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

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.

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