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




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


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





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