Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

12/30/11

2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market review: Already Working For Me: Submitted a Tale the Next Day

I bought my copy of the "2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market," and within a day, I sent out my first short story manuscript. I won't know how that turns out for a few months, but I am pleased.

I have used other Writer's Digest writer's markets before, but this is my first active use of this one specific to short stories.

For me, the general categories are enough. It is laid-out and typeset cleanly enough that I can quickly scan entries to see how my work might fit in. After a few scan-throughs, I have began to be familiar with the publishers in my genre. I can see how a finer-tuned category index might help, but I personal do not feel hindered by the lack of it.

The articles will be the most help to newer writers. However, I bought it entirely for the publisher listings. They each read plainly:

Who they are, what they publish, what a good submission looks like, and how much they will pay (or not). Readers learn how long to expect for a response, and often, a tip or two for breaking into publications like theirs.

I fully recommend "2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market." Here's to hoping I find a publisher for my short story collection.
Anthony Trendl

HTC Sensation 4G Android Phone (T-Mobile) review: Great Tool: Phone, Camera, Internet (and More)

So far, several months into using the HTC Sensation 4G Android Phone (T-Mobile), I'm pleased. As this is my first smartphone, I was concerned about how fast 4G really is as it relates to different apps. Faster is always better, but this is a fantastic start.

It is difficult to separate the device from the apps. I have been careful only to download name brand apps, avoiding the nastiness that happens when downloading some unknown company's tool.

I have a couple Gmail accounts coming through with ease. Internet use has been trouble free, and especially good when sites are mobile-ready. Netflix works well, though their updates can be dodgy, but that's a Netflix problem. LinkedIn, Peep, YouTube, Google Doc, Google Translate, TuneIn Radio, Spotify are all good here. Kindle is slow to load, but it gets the job done. How good is Angry Birds? I don't want to talk about it. I'm addicted.

The camera shots and video have all been impressive, though the sound pick-up with the video is sometimes slightly off. I use the camera daily.

Things are fast, clean, and only occasional freezes. I'm a happy customer, looking forward to the next generation. I fully recommend the HTC Sensation 4G Android Phone.

Anthony Trendl

"Skippyjon Jones" by Judy Schachner review: Borrows Too Much from Culture and Other Books

"Skippyjon Jones" by Judy Schachner won awards I would not have given it. Is it delightful to read aloud? Absolutely. Fun? Completely. Great drawings? Very good, yes.

So what's my beef?

It feels retread. My boy won't know this, or care. He might, as many other little boys and girls have, love every syllable. I hope so, but I cannot honestly review this merely based on his enjoyment.

He won't remember the Frito Bandito or Speedy Gonzales, both voiced by Mel Blanc. He won't hum "Ay, ay, ay, ay! I am dee Frito Bandito. I like Frito's Corn Chips. I love them, I do. I want Frito's corn chips. I'll take them, from you." However, the infectious corn chip character, ultimately removed because of pressure from Mexican defamation groups, was only around from when I was 1 years old to when I was 5 years old. Over 40 years later, I still know the song.

The Bumblebee Man from TV's "The Simpsons" won't come to mind when he sees the bean eating bumblebee.

When he reads, "A cat, not a bird, not a mouse, or a grouse," he might recognize a similar cadence and repetition in the much more classic and deserving "Green Eggs and Ham," by Dr. Seuss.

Hanna-Barbera characters, dog swordsman Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey, come to mind I read, "Yip, Yippee, Yippito!" "Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey" was not only the original dogs' names, but their rally call.

The exaggerated Mexican accent stereotyping makes me uncomfortable, and not a message I want my boy to learn. Including Spanish phrases is great, and integrated otherwise well.

Intentionally similar? I won't go that far, but with such common features found elsewhere, I cannot consider this book any better than average.

Anthony Trendl

12/29/11

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

I mentioned this on my author page: http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyTrendl
We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks
THE POOL PLAYERS.
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.


Wikipedia on the poem:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Real_Cool
"We Real Cool" is a poem written in 1959 by poet Gwendolyn Brooks and published in her 1960 book The Bean Eaters, her third collection of poetry.

It consists of four verses of two rhyming lines each. The last word in most lines is "we". The next line describes something that "we" do, such as play pool or drop out of school. Brooks has said that the "we"'s are meant to be said softly, as though the protagonists in the poem are questioning the validity of their existence.[1] The poem has been featured on broadsides, and is widely studied in literature classes and re-printed in literature textbooks. It also contains references to the Seven Deadly Sins.

The last lines of the poem, "We / Die soon," indicate the climax, which comes as a surprise to the boasts that have been made previously. It also suggests a moment of self-awareness about the choices that the players have made.

The poem was printed in the booklet of Chicago Metalcore band, The Killing Tree's 2003 EP, We Sing Sin, whose title is a reference to the poem.

This is my story - Ben Breedlove - Austin, Texas - Dying teen leaves touching YouTube video

What do you think?

This is my story - Ben Breedlove - Austin, Texas - Dying teen leaves touching YouTube video

12/20/11

Author Page: Please Follow

My author page: http://facebook.com/AnthonyTrendl.

There I talk about writing, literature, folk tales, humorists, as well as include updates about writing projects. Plenty of discussion regarding my Bluster County tales project.

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Christmas Movies - Your Favorite?

Which is your favorite Christmas movie? Am I missing yours? Why should I see it? Is it on Amazon?
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • A Christmas Carol

12/19/11

Running Blog

For those of you who run, or have a strange fixation on those who do, take a look at my on and again running blog.
Presently, it is a complex story of a guy who decided it was more important to focus on prepping for a newborn than train for a marathon -- complex because he put on 5-8 pounds within a year, and now is starting over with, ahem, baby steps. I took too many months off, and I have the gut to prove it.

In other words, I'm out of shape and struggling. I've been here before and know how crummy the first few months will feel. I also know how good the few months following will feel if I stick with it.
http://runnersdilemma.blogspot.com

12/18/11

Kim Jong Il Has Died

Kim Jong-il, also written as Kim Jong Il, birth name Yuri Irsenovich Kim (According to Soviet records)[1][2][3][4] (16 February 1941 (Soviet records) or 16 February 1942 (North Korean records) – 17 December 2011), was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). He was the Chairman of the National Defence Commission, General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the ruling party since 1948, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, the fourth largest standing army in the world. In April 2009, North Korea's constitution was amended and now implicitly refers to him as the "Supreme Leader".[5] He was also referred to as the "Dear Leader", "our Father", "the General" and "Generalissimo".[6] His son Kim Jong-un was promoted to a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party and is heir apparent.[7] In 2010 he was ranked 31st in Forbes Magazine's List of The World's Most Powerful People.[8] The North Korean government announced his death on December 18, 2011.

12/16/11

Wheaton Public Library - Wheaton, IL

I love my library.
Wheaton Public Library
www.wheatonlibrary.org

225 North Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-1374

Facebook Timeline Cover Dimensions

Looking to make a nice Facebook cover for the new timeline? Try 852x315. It might not be exact, but should be within a pixel or two either way.

Below is mine. Note the space at the bottom for my websites. I pushed it right to allow for the profile photo. It looks less clunky in the context of Facebook.


http://chicagospeechwriter.com
http://anthonytrendl.com
http://twitter.com/anthonytrendl

Is Dead Atheist Christopher Hitchens in Heaven?

There are two parts to every atheist's story: what they say they don't believe, and what they believe.

If we base what we know of Christopher Hitchens on what he said, per Scripture, he is in hell.

If though, despite all of his vitriol to the contrary, he secretly or newly believed in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, then, per Scripture, he is in the warm embrace of the God who loved him always.

That said, Hitchens made it clear he did not believe and that, as he lay dying, he was more certain there is no god. It is true that God will do what He pleases, but it is also true, He will not contradict Scripture. Unless Scripture does not mean what I think it plainly says, then Hitchens does not now enjoy the grace of Jesus Christ.

This is serious stuff. No pithy bumper sticker stuff will change his location for eternity. Wherever he is, he will remain.

To me, the challenge begged is about now. Are we living a life that exemplifies our our saved life, and are we willing to talk about our faith and our Lord even when it is uncomfortable. To Hitchens' credit, he adamantly spoke about atheism to unfriendly crowds, and many were converted.

What if we who are Christians did likewise (instead of the easy Facebook shuffle chatting things up that don't matter amongst those who already agree)? What Hitchens' persuasive ability severely lacked, even the most ignorant among believers in Christ have with us: the Holy Spirit. No amount of brilliant apologetics can argue more effectively than the quiet whisper of the Holy Spirit, matched by the evidential love those who follow Him.

12/15/11

Christopher Hitchens is Dead

Christopher Hitchens has died. While I respect the geniune sadness his family must feel, his antagonistic bitterness against Christians and people of faith in general won't be missed by me.

Christopher Hitchens. 1949-2011. RIP.

ESpeak: Excellent Text-to-Speech Tool: Useful for Writers

As I write, I like to know how it sounds. There is a aural aspect to my style, and to know if I am doing it well, hearing it read back helps tremendously. It also helps point out if I have skipped words, missed commas, or have spelling errors.

I just downloaded eSpeak. It is free, and has remarkably useful features. While the voice options are by no means the same as a true storyteller and occasionally pronounce words differently than intended (wind is pronounced with a long 'i', when, in the case of what I wrote, I required a short 'i'.), they get the basic job done.
I'm pasting below what their website says:
eSpeak is a compact open source software speech synthesizer for English and other languages, for Linux and Windows. http://espeak.sourceforge.net
eSpeak uses a "formant synthesis" method. This allows many languages to be provided in a small size. The speech is clear, and can be used at high speeds, but is not as natural or smooth as larger synthesizers which are based on human speech recordings.
eSpeak is available as:
•A command line program (Linux and Windows) to speak text from a file or from stdin.
•A shared library version for use by other programs. (On Windows this is a DLL).
•A SAPI5 version for Windows, so it can be used with screen-readers and other programs that support the Windows SAPI5 interface.
•eSpeak has been ported to other platforms, including Solaris and Mac OSX.
Features. •Includes different Voices, whose characteristics can be altered.
•Can produce speech output as a WAV file.
•SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language) is supported (not complete), and also HTML.
•Compact size. The program and its data, including many languages, totals about 1.4 Mbytes.
•Can be used as a front-end to MBROLA diphone voices, see mbrola.html. eSpeak converts text to phonemes with pitch and length information.
•Can translate text into phoneme codes, so it could be adapted as a front end for another speech synthesis engine.
•Potential for other languages. Several are included in varying stages of progress. Help from native speakers for these or other languages is welcome.
•Development tools are available for producing and tuning phoneme data.
•Written in C.

12/12/11

Area Code 310

Many of you are wondering about Area Code 310. Where is it? What state, what city and so forth. 

Doing my part to clear this up, before you can say "Charlie Sheen", I am including more than you want to known about this famous area code. Dial up and play safe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_codes_310_and_424

Area codes 310 and 424

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Map of California area codes in blue (and border states) with 310/424 in red
North American telephone area codes 310 and 424 are the California telephone area codes which are roughly coterminous with the West Los Angeles and South Bay areas of Los Angeles County, including Santa Catalina Island (located 26 mi. south of the mainland portion of Los Angeles County). It also includes a small portion of Ventura County.[1] Area code 310 was split from Area code 213 on November 2, 1991; the 424 area code overlay of 310 became effective on July 26, 2006. Area code 213, which at its inception covered all of Southern California, is now reserved exclusively for a small area of central Downtown Los Angeles, having been diminished in size by the addition of the Area code 323.
Area code 424 is the first non-mobile area code overlay in Southern California. Because of this, dialers in the 310 area code are no longer able to dial a 7-digit number even if they are dialing another phone number in the same area code. Until the overlay of area codes 657 and 714 became active in 2008, the 310-424 complex was the only area code overlay in the entire state of California, despite California having more area codes than any other state.
310 was one of the first area codes to use the form N-1-0.[2] At the time, all area codes were still required to have either 0 (zero) or 1 (one) for their middle digit, but by 1991 there were only five unassigned area codes remaining that followed this pattern. Area codes ending in 1-0 were not possible, but this changed in the early 1990s after it became a requirement to dial a "1" before the area code to signal a long distance call. This change allowed an additional seven new area codes to become available for assignment: 210, 310, 410, 510, 610, 810, and 910 (710 was reserved for the U.S. Government.) Without these, all remaining area codes would have been assigned by 1992, but the inclusion of the seven N-1-0 numbers allowed NANPA to continue assigning new area codes with 0 or 1 in the middle digit through 1994 (when the last N-1-0 area code, 610, was assigned to parts of southeastern Pennsylvania). Area codes assigned the following year (1995) were the first to have middle digits other than 0 or 1 (area codes 334 in Alabama and 360 in Washington).



List of cities and neighborhoods in the 310 and 424 area codes


Los Angeles County


12/7/11

My (Funny) Thoughts on Rod Blagojevich

I write a blog about Blago: Rod Blagojevich: Senate Seats for Sale

Harry Morgan from M*A*S*H Dies

Harry Morgan (April 10, 1915 – December 7, 2011)[1] was an American actor known for his roles as Colonel Sherman T. Potter in M*A*S*H (1975–1983), Pete Porter in both Pete and Gladys (1960–1962) and December Bride (1954–1959), Detective Bill Gannon on Dragnet (1967–1970), and Amos Coogan on Hec Ramsey (1972–1974). He appeared in more than 100 films.

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[edit] Biography


[edit] Early life and career


Morgan was born Harry Bratsberg[2] in Detroit, Michigan, of Norwegian and Swedish heritage.[2] He was raised in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1933, where he achieved distinction as a statewide debating champion.[3] He originally aspired to a law degree, but began acting while a junior at the University of Chicago in 1935.

Morgan began acting on stage under his birth name, joining the Group Theatre in New York City in 1937, and appearing in the original production of the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy, followed by a host of successful Broadway roles alongside such other Group members as Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan, Sanford Meisner, and Karl Malden.

Morgan did summer stock at the Pine Brook Country Club located in the countryside of Nichols, Connecticut, with the Group Theatre (New York) formed by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg in the 1930s and early 1940s.[4][5]

[edit] Screen debut


Morgan made his screen debut (originally using the name "Henry Morgan") in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. His screen name later would become "Henry 'Harry' Morgan" and eventually Harry Morgan, to avoid confusion with the popular humorist of the same name.

In the same year, Morgan appeared in the movie "Orchestra Wives" as a young man pushing his way to the front of a ballroom crowd with his date to hear Glenn Miller's band play. Ironically, a few years later, still credited as Henry Morgan, he was cast in the role of pianist Chummy MacGregor in the 1954 biopic The Glenn Miller Story.

[edit] Screen career


Morgan continued to play a number of significant roles on the big screen in such films as The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Wing and a Prayer (1944), Dragonwyck (1946), The Big Clock (1948), High Noon (1952), and several films in the 1950s for director Anthony Mann, including Bend of the River (1952), Thunder Bay (1953), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), The Far Country (1955) and Strategic Air Command (1955); in his later film career he appeared in Inherit the Wind (1960), How the West Was Won (1962), John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965), Frankie and Johnny (1966), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), Support Your Local Gunfighter! (1971), Snowball Express (1972), The Shootist (1976), The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979), and a cameo in the film version of Dragnet (1987) with Dan Ackroyd and Tom Hanks. Besides all of the Anthony Mann films, Morgan was in a number of movies with James Stewart, including Strategic Air Command (film) (1955), The Mountain Road (1960), How the West Was Won (1962), The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and The Shootist (1976), also with John Wayne, with whom Morgan also shared scenes in How the West Was Won, featuring Morgan portraying Ulysses S. Grant to Wayne's William Tecumseh Sherman in the John Ford-directed segment of the Cinerama film.

[edit] 1950s TV roles


Morgan hosted the NBC radio series Mystery in the Air starring Peter Lorre in 1947. On CBS, he played Pete Porter in Pete and Gladys (1960–1962), with Cara Williams as wife Gladys. Pete and Gladys was a spinoff of December Bride (1954–1959), starring Spring Byington, Dean Miller, Frances Rafferty, and Verna Felton. When Miller and Rafferty died within three months of each other in 2004, Morgan became the last surviving member of the December Bride cast.

[edit] 1960s: Dragnet and other roles


Morgan with Jack Webb in Dragnet.

In the 1964–1965 season, Morgan co-starred as Seldom Jackson in the 26-week NBC comedy/drama Kentucky Jones, starring Dennis Weaver.

Morgan is even more widely recognized as Officer Bill Gannon, Joe Friday's partner in the revived version of Dragnet (1967–1970). In two episodes of the revived series in 1967 and 1968, Randy Stuart played officer Gannon's wife, Eileen Gannon.

Morgan had also appeared with Dragnet star Jack Webb in two film noir movies, Dark City (1950) and Appointment with Danger (1951), and was an early regular member of Jack Webb's stock company of actors on the original Dragnet radio show. Morgan later worked on two other shows for Webb, 1971's The D.A. and the 1972–1974 western Hec Ramsey. Morgan also appeared in at least one episode of Gunsmoke.

[edit] M*A*S*H (1975–1983)


Morgan's first appearance on M*A*S*H was in the show's third season (1974–1975), when he played spaced-out Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele ("That's three e's, not all in a row!") in "The General Flipped at Dawn", which originally aired on September 10, 1974. Steele is convinced that the 4077th needs to move closer to the front line, to be near the action.

Morgan's memorable Emmy-nominated performance impressed the producers of the show. The following season, Morgan joined the cast of M*A*S*H as Colonel Sherman T. Potter. Morgan replaced McLean Stevenson, who had left the show at the end of the previous season. Col. Potter was a career army officer who was tough, yet good-humored and caring—a father figure to the people under his command. The picture of Col. Potter's wife, on the right side of his desk, is actually that of Eileen Detchon, Morgan's real-life wife at the time. He asked if he could use the picture of his wife, and the producers had no objections.

As Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H with Alan Alda and Mike Farrell

In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy award for his performance on M*A*S*H. After the end of the series, Morgan reprised the Potter role in a short-lived spinoff series, AfterMASH.

[edit] Later years


In 1986, he costarred with Hal Linden in Blacke's Magic, a show about a magician who doubled as a detective solving unusual crimes. The series lasted only one season.

In 1987, Morgan played Mr. DePinna on a TV version of Kaufman and Hart's Pulitzer prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You. He also played the lead role of Martin Vanderhodff in a short lived series based on the same play

In 1987, Morgan reprised his Bill Gannon character, now a captain, for a supporting role in another film version of Dragnet, a parody of the original series written by and starring Dan Aykroyd and co-starring Tom Hanks and Christopher Plummer.

In the 1990s, Morgan played the role of Judge Stoddard Bell in a series of The Incident; Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (TV 1992) and Incident in a Small Town (1994 TV) TV movies starring Walter Matthau. He was on an episode of The Simpsons as Officer Bill Gannon from Dragnet in the 7th season ("Mother Simpson") and had a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun as Professor Suter. Morgan directed episodes for several TV series, including two episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and eight episodes of M*A*S*H. Morgan had a guest role on The Jeff Foxworthy Show as Raymond and a guest role on Grace Under Fire as Jean's pot-smoking boyfriend.

In 2006, Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Morgan died on December 7, 2011.[6] At 96, Morgan was one of the oldest living Hollywood male actors.

[edit] Personal life


Morgan was married twice — first to Eileen Detchon, from 1940 until her death in 1985. During Morgan's tenure on M*A*S*H, a photograph of Detchon regularly appeared on the desk of his character, Sherman T. Potter, to represent Potter's wife, Mildred. Mildred was also the name of Morgan's character's wife in High Noon, as well as the name of his wife in the movie The Apple Dumpling Gang. A drawing of a horse, seen on the wall behind Potter's desk, was drawn by Morgan's grandson, Jeremy Morgan. In addition, Eileen was the name of the wife of Officer Bill Gannon on Dragnet. He had four sons with his first wife: Christopher, Charles, Paul, and Daniel (who died in 1989).

He was married to Barbara Bushman Quine (granddaughter of silent film star Francis X. Bushman) from December 17, 1986 until his death. In July 1997, Morgan was charged with abusing his wife the previous year, after a beating left her with injuries to her eye, foot, and arm.[7] Prosecutors dropped the charges after the 82-year-old actor completed a six-month domestic violence counseling program.[8]

[edit] Filmography



[edit] References


  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/arts/television/harry-morgan-mash-and-dragnet-actor-dies-at-96.html?_r=1
  2. ^ a b Statement by Morgan in interview, Archive of American Television, 20 March 2008. A minute and 28 second into this interview, Morgan states that his mother was born in Sweden and that his father was born in Norway. Morgan gives the Bratsberg rather than Bratsburg spelling of his name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPncDB3PH_c
  3. ^ Muskegon High School Distinguished Graduates[dead link]
  4. ^ "Pinewood Lake website retrieved on 2010-09-10". Pinewoodlake.org. 2009-05-20. http://www.pinewoodlake.org/. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  5. ^ Images of America, Trumbull Historical Society, 1997, p. 123
  6. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/arts/television/harry-morgan-mash-and-dragnet-actor-dies-at-96.html?_r=1
  7. ^ Errico, Marcus (July 11, 1996). Actor Harry Morgan Arrested. E!
  8. ^ Staff report (June 26, 1997). 'MASH' Star's Abuse Case Is Dismissed. [[Los Angeles Times]

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12/5/11

I Could Not Agree With You More

"I could not agree with you more."

That means so little.

Why not just say, "I agree"?

Anything less than absolute agreement requires qualification.

"I agree with you, except for your point XYZ."

12/2/11

Bluster County: How Wind Began: The Story of Pepper Jack

Bluster County: How Wind Began: The Story of Pepper Jack

When an unusual young man, and a very common seed get together, a tornado nearly happens. Click link to read online.

"Glorious Tales That Probably Didn't Happen Quite The Way I Tell It."

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