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Why You Need to Collaborate With Your Speechwriter

New on LinkedIn:
Why You Need to Collaborate With Your Speechwriter

A speaker giving a commencement address at a southwestern university called me last night to apologize. Essentially, he said, "I thought I was getting this monkey off my back [the writing of the speech]. As I'm going through your draft, I see that it is a collaboration. It is inspiring ideas and reactions. I'm working hard on a certain part as a result. This is going to be good. That's as it should be."


President Trump's Speech to the Joint Session of Congress: A Speechwriter's Analysis

I'm remiss is maintaining this blog, but also, in particular, in linking a recent article I wrote for LinkedIn. It is a brief analysis of President Trump's recent speech to Congress.

President Trump's Speech to the Joint Session of Congress: A Speechwriter's Analysis

The response has been strong albeit occasionally inappropriate. I'm a speechwriter and so a non-partisan look at a presidential speech is of professional interest to me. As you read the comments you will see some comments are not, in fact, professional. Some lean on racism, hatred toward the President, or are merely nonsensical.

Messages directly to me accuse me of bias. What's odd is both sides (pro/anti-Trump) think I am biased against their view. That's the result of people genuinely uncomfortable with their view or those who support their view from critical inquiry.

Some people had opinions based entirely on quotes they heard on their favorite talk radio show without actually reading or watching the speech. Yeah, I know -- intellectually irresponsible. Not to worry. I include links to both in my article.

I wrote what I wrote. Take a look and decide for yourself.


Joie de vivre

Joie de vivre. I don't know French, but I just learned this phrase. It translates to "the joy of living."

We're alive. I am. You are.

Why no joy? Well, I have joy. Especially joy. I Thessalonians 5, for those of you who read and try to live out the Bible says, "Be joyful always."

Mr. Trump. Mrs. Clinton. Lots of strife in the world. There's ISIS out there trying to scare people into whatever nonsense they believe. It goes on and on.

Joy transcends strife. It is something we decide.

There's a Wikipedia page dedicated to it. Learn more there.


Leap Into The Unknown

I saw the phrase "leap into the unknown" in a CBS interview involving the #brexit Britain EU question. While I've no qualified opinion on that difficult question, I like the phrase itself.

That's what any writer does -- any creative of any sort. Not just creatives, I'm sure, but that's my world.

I've decided to use a website with that domain to publish various thoughts on bold creativity. It'll reach into related topics, but that's the gist.

Take a look:


Please share, like, an otherwise get the word out.


David Bowie: A Sort of Eulogy & Blackstar Review

Anyone awake now knows David Bowie is dead. I learned when Kevin Max, a musician around my age, posted a quick note around 1 a.m. Chicago-time. Max only showed a picture and a quick “RIP” and a word or two. No names. No links to Bowie’s official page or some story in the New York Times. What else could he say? It was more than I wanted to know. I wanted to believe he was caught up in one of those horrid hoaxes. I wanted to believe that Ziggy Stardust would never die...

Here's the full piece: https://www.facebook.com/notes/anthony-trendl-writer/david-bowie-a-sort-of-eulogy/1008427625904986

My review of Blackstar on Amazon. "Haunting, Mysterious, Beautiful, Heartbreaking" http://amzn.to/1TPN75Q


Be a Great Human: Be Fearless: Beyond ISIS

My newest article on LinkedIn. Please share.

Be a Great Human: Be Fearless

Usually, I post something about public speaking or speech writing. Not today. I’m sitting in a cafe listening to jazz, drinking freshly roasted coffee before I begin my workday.

Behind me, a few people have met to discuss a business deal, and a couple others are laughing about something they did yesterday. A man and a woman smile and embrace as she enters the cafe. For me, it could be any day. But it isn't.

read more here


It Isn't My Birthday

My birthday was yesterday. I'm 49.

Now what?

Always ask that.

What now?


Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) Died - Mini Obituary

Admit it. You had a crush on her. Tough, feminine, and she rode a motorcycle as TV's Batgirl on the 1966 series Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward. Her alter ego was librarian Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon's daughter.

Of course you had a crush on her.

Find her stuff on Amazon (posters and pics, books, videos) Yvonne Craig on Amazon

She famously had a guest role on Star Trek as the alien with green skin, Marta.

Selected TV
Death Valley Days
Family Feud
It Takes a Thief
Kentucky Jones
Kojak and Emergency!
Love, American Style
McHale's Navy
My Three Sons
Perry Mason
The Barbara Stanwyck Show
The Big Valley
The Dating Game.
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Mod Squad
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Wild Wild West

Selected Movies
Eighteen and Anxious (1957)
The Young Land (1959)
Gidget (1959)
The Gene Krupa Story (1959)
High Time (1960)
By Love Possessed (1961)
Seven Women from Hell (1961)
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
Ski Party (1965)
Mars Needs Women (1966)
One Spy Too Many (1966)
One of Our Spies is Missing (1966)
In Like Flint (1967)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
Diggin' Up Business (1990)

Read more on Wikipedia


Over 1,000 Amazon Reviews Later, Other Reviewers Disappoint Me

Take a look at my frustrated commentary regarding Amazon reviewers last week.

After 1,100+ reviews and 17+ years reviewing on Amazon, I grow disillusioned at the superficiality of many reviewers:...
Posted by Anthony Trendl, Writer on Friday, August 14, 2015


Hungarian Bookstore: Got Gulyás? T-Shirt, Mugs, Hats (NEW)

New page on the Hungarian Bookstore, my labor of love: Got Gulyás? T-Shirt, Mugs, Hats

In other words, go to my site, click on every product, buy most of them, and helped me pay for my server space. Or, buy lots of stuff and help me develop products of interest of Hungarian Americans.


10 Things To Do While Windows 10 is Updating

10 Things To Do While Windows 10 is Updating 

  1. Nap. You need it. You are overworked as it is. 
  2. Read. Read something on your to-be-read list. No, not something work-related. Something fun. 
  3. Meet a friend. Yes, get offline and get a life.
  4. Pray. Most of the world says they believe in God. Talk with Him. If you are an atheist, meditate.
  5. Exercise. You are probably fat and blew off your New Year's Resolutions in early January. 
  6. Clean. Clean your house. Or, if at work, tidy up your files. 
  7. Visit. Go see your mom.
  8. Open the windows. No, not the Microsoft kind. Get some fresh air.
  9. Cook. It will feel great to make and eat a full meal. Invite a friend.
  10. Write. Not, not an email. Remember you are updating the operating system. Go get some paper and a pen. Write someone a letter at least five paragraphs long.
Full Disclosure: I've already updated Windows 10. 


Amazon Prime Day Revisited

I posted early this morning that I was unimpressed with Amazon Prime Day. Nothing I wanted. That's sort of still true, but the options are far greater than I gave credit to.

Lots of grills. None that I want. There's mostly low-end stuff and I'm intending on upgrading.

I do wish they offered everything all at once instead of piecemealing it.

There's even a sauna.

Prime Day Disappointment

It is around 3:00 am. I awoke for no good reason and thought I'd use this time to scout Amazon Prime Day deals. I'm a Prime member and figured I'd jump on the bandwagon. After all, it is touted as being bigger than Black Friday.

Black Friday must've stunk because Prime Day is a goose egg as far as I'm concerned.

Maybe you've found good deals. First off, I'm finding sorting things frustrating. Secondly, there doesn't seem to be anything but toss-away products.
  • No grilling supplies or grills.
  • No Android tablets (unless you want a Kindle). The Kindle is nice but I can't do some primary Google tasks on it, like Google Docs. Well, there is a pink one.
  • No coffee machines. I'd like a good espresso maker.


Archie Bunker's Eulogy - Stretch Cunningham - All in the Family

Archie Bunker's Eulogy - Stretch Cunningham - All in the Family

How to write a eulogy: http://americanspeechwriter.com

Archie Bunker's friend, Stretch Cunningham, died unexpectedly, and he is asked to give a eulogy. Feeling he is over his head, he enlists the Meathead to help him write the eulogy. Mike himself is an atheist, but Archie convinces him to include mentions of Jesus Christ, trying to be sensitive towards Stretch's faith. What Archie does not know is that Stretch was Jewish.

When Archie approaches the podium, he realizes his written eulogy is inappropriate and does his best to adjust. What he really came to say comes through, and that is that Stretch was a good friend and that he'll miss him. Edith is deeply touched, knowing that beneath Archie's awkwardness, he did the best he could.

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Complete All in the Family series: http://amzn.to/1fyNuUA


Review: The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published


The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published

There are a few books writers need. Writer's Digest publishes a few. There's a good dictionary and thesaurus, of course. And if they intend to publish in a Christian market, they need this one, "The Christian Writer's Market Guide 2015-2016: Everything You Need to Get Published."

I've long been a customer, going back to when Sally Stuart was publishing it. Now, under the direction of Jerry B. Jenkins, it is better than ever.

Jenkins' authority in the matter far extends his massively popular "Left Behind" series. In fact, it precludes it. By then, he had established a bit of a name for himself, and publishing was a little easier. (Note, not "easy," as good writing never is, nor is getting it published, ever.) He had written numerous articles, as-told-tos, and even penned a sports themed comic strip. His bio says 186 books, 21 of which have been NYT bestsellers. He's seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all, and that experience informs this book. In other words, be glad that Jenkins is on the job. He's poured his career into writing for and about Christians, and now, he's giving back to the next generation.

So, the book? What's it all about?

The reason I bought it is the huge directory of places to publish. I love short literary fiction and am looking to sell my stuff. Where? I don't know yet, but in this book are 930 listings. This includes book publishers, agents, and periodicals. There's more, but you get the idea.

With each periodical entry, for example, you'll learn where to send what, how much they pay, and other helpful details. You'll see similar entries for book publishers, subsidy publishers, and so on. It is all neatly organized and cross-referenced. Topical listings will help you sort through the 488 pages of gold.

There's a large collection of articles like, "Do You Need a Literary Agent," by Dennis E. Hensley. Some appeal to newer writers, and some to more seasoned folks. There's even a glossary to catch you up on the myriad of industry terms. And when you've decided to learn more, there's a thorough bibliography. Whew!

The short of it is you need this book. It has no peer. It is all here in one place.

My copy is still hot off the press, and I'm already thumbing through it, hoping to find a publisher interested in some Flannery O'Connor meets Twilight Zone fiction.

Anthony Trendl


I Have Been to the Mountaintop - Martin Luther King Full Speech

Full text and video (audio with a photo) of I Have Been to the Mountaintop - Martin Luther King Full Speech. Among the greatest speeches ever, this gem by Martin Luther King, Jr. stands, for the most part, the test of time. It is worth pointing out he was murdered the next day. As we listen and consider Dr. King's magnificent speech, note his use of repetition, progression, and allusion. He draws in biblical allusion, of course, as he is coming at this from as much or more his views as a Christian as he as a social rights leader. But he pulls in from early Greeks, Romans and beyond. The speech is at once simple and complex, a rare, if not nearly impossible balance. And he does this while retaining the music of his speech. It reads well, to be sure, but he takes it further. It delivers marvelously.