Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

8/19/15

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
Hennesey
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

8/17/15

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

7/31/15

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.

7/29/15

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. 





7/15/15

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.



7/14/15

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.

Please share.

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

7/13/15

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
anthonytrendl.com

7/9/15

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.

6/21/15

Amazon's New Review Ranking System

I've been reviewing on Amazon since 1998. Long time. It started with seeing a book without any information from even the publisher, let alone reviews. Since then, my adventures have been many. Met reviewers in New York City -- at the Algonquin Hotel. Tangled heavily with a disgruntled author. I help lead a Facebook group discussing reviews (and chastising unethical reviewers). Google me to see one or two.

Most notably, albeit quietly, I was ranked as high has 59. I was even, in some circles, kind of famous for street cred I earned (more Googling for you). Now, I rank near 1,100. Take a look. At some point in 2008, Amazon restructured their ranking system which reduced the impact of my earlier reviews and I slowly lost ground.

Meanwhile, a machine of corruption regarding reviewing has kicked in. If say, you are an unscrupulous reviewing, you might take payola from a desperate self-published author, or you might trade reviews as you publish your book. a little quid pro quo. There are more scams than I have time or inclination to describe.

This week, Amazon announced a new upgrade (hopefully) to their ranking system. Again, the freshness of the review is a factor. What else? How many votes a product gets. Those two factors already exist, but they have adjusted them further, enough so as to make an announcement.

Whatever the actual algorithm is, I don't know. But I hope it reduces fraud in all its forms. It is hard to do since this is all AI stuff, not human mind reading (impossible, but it would help).

I'm hopeful. But realistic.

Here's the letter:

Hello,

We want to thank you for your contributions to Amazon’s customer reviews. The product reviews you provide help customers make more informed purchasing decisions.

Starting today, Amazon is enhancing the customer reviews system, adding a few changes we hope will help make product feedback even more useful to customers. The enhanced system will use a machine-learned model to give more weight to newer, more helpful reviews from Amazoncustomers. The system will continue to learn which reviews are most helpful to customers and improve the experience over time. This change will present itself in two ways:

- Star rating: A product’s overall star rating will now consider factors including the age of a review, helpful votes by customers, and whether reviews are from verified purchasers.
- Review ranking: Similar machine-learned factors will help determine a review’s ranking in the list of reviews.

Our goal is to help customers make even more informed purchasing decisions.

Thank you,
Amazon Customer Reviews Team

4/13/15

Daredevil - First Blush - Review


Daredevil - First Blush - Review The series has just started, I hope, with Season 1 just released on Netflix. I'm...
Posted by Anthony Trendl, Writer on Monday, April 13, 2015

2/27/15

2/13/15

Hungary: Books, Churches, Sports

Rebuilding the HungarianBookstore.com​. We once had 750+ pages before hacked.

Authors
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/authors.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/ady-endre.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/anthony-trendl.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/attila-j-zsef.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/babits-mih-ly.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/ferenc-moln-r.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/imre-kert-sz.html

Cuisine, Recipes
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/food-and-recipes.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/cookbooks.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/cuisine.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/hungarian-goulash.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/m-dartej--floating-island-bird-s-milk-.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/paprik-s-csirke--chicken-paprikash-.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/somloi-galuska--sponge-cake-.html

Business Directory (mostly churches so far)
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/hungarian-directory.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/advertise-with-us.html

Famous Hungarians
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/sports.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/bela-lugosi.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/erno-rubik.html

Baby Names
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/baby-names.html

Bibles
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/hungarian-bibles.html

Important Days
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/christmas.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/name-days.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/1956.html

Magazines
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/magazines.html
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/our-sponsors.html

About Hungary
http://www.hungarianbookstore.com/about-hungary.html

2/1/15

Hungarian Books at the Hungarian Bookstore

Hungarian Bookstore

The Hungarian Bookstore is in relaunch mode! 

I'm still rebuilding it from the ground up, but it is a labor of love I've you all to support. 

It even has a dedicated Facebook and Twitter page. Follow us there for announcements of new content, special deals, and even product we make ourselves (no kidding!).

Finally, it is also mobile optimized. 




12/30/14

Ideas Abound: What I Do

Many writers have more ideas than they have time to execute.

Am I the only one? I don't think so.

I keep a running list of sentences, paragraphs and ideas that I might want to use later. I mean my stuff, not quotes and things.

It is no help that inspiration happens at inconvenient times. You know what I'm saying, right? A good idea is, as you know. a terrible thing to waste.

It is pretty simple. I keep it easily accessible in the cloud, able to be edited from any device (except Kindle, unfortunately). I use Google Docs. It is a basic, numbered list. Some items might have 500 words, and others might have just a few words.

Once I use an item, I delete lest I accidentally use it a second time. How awkward would be if a reader was reading something of mine and thought, "Great line. Where have I read that before?"

There's nothing complicated about Google Docs. It functions much like Microsoft Word. Word is ultimately more sophisticated and has its place in a writer's life, but mostly, I use Docs. It is free, and I can even write with it on my Android.

If you have a Gmail account, you already have a Google account. Take a look at Google Drive. It is somewhere between DropBox and Microsoft Office.

Similarly, when an idea gets big enough, it gets its own file. Nothing may come of it, but it is always there, like Ahab's white whale, beckoning me.

12/25/14

Merry Christmas to the One

Happy birthday to the Lord of Lords, to the King of Kings, to the One we adore, to the Ancient One, to the Ageless One, to the One who was in the beginning and will always be, to the Savior of souls, to the Forgiver of Men and of Women, to the One who knows us and who will never forget us, to the Painter of clouds, to the Composer of wind songs, to the Sculptor of mountains, to the Poet of love, to Him who is coming back soon, to the Child once born of Mary, to Him, Jesus the Christ, the Messiah and Victor, Redeemer and Friend.

12/16/14

My Tales Are Where?

It is an odd thing being a writer. You never know where your work will show up. In this case, being half-Hungarian helped.

Take a look: Modern Tall Tales.