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9/25/12

Poet Anthony Trendl to Appear at Fresh Poems Nite


Anthony Trendl, author of the popular Bluster County short story series published on Wheaton’s Patch, will among the poets performing at “Fresh Poems Nite.” Hosted by the Burning Bush Gallery in Wheaton, IL, Fresh Poems presents an evening of artistic collaborations, poetry, musicians, and artists.
Mr. Trendl will be performing three poems that grab the imagination, heart and soul. His intense, dramatic delivery will keep audiences enraptured as he draws them into his world. This is new work for an adult audience (rated PG), unrelated to his children's work.
All creative people are welcome. Open Mic will be facilitated by Chicago Street Poet Mehret Asgedom, DJ 505 will keep the music vibe live.
Come on out. There will be plenty of offee, snacks and music. Bring a friend and support the local art scene.
"Fresh Poems presents evening of artistic collaborations, poetry, musicians, artists. All creatives welcome. Open Mic will be facilitated by Chicago Street Poet Mehret Asgedom, DJ 505 will keep the music vibe live."
Where224 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187
Next on
Time7:00 pm–10:00 pm
Who to bringEveryone
Websitehttp://­www.­garychurch.­org
Phone(630) 668-3100
Price$0
Visual arts is of the utmost importance in spiritual education and development as it attempts to illustrate and convey emerging epiphanies of Christianity in tangible form--Inspiring theological reflection & compassionate acts.
We work with themes of spiritual, theological, sociological, anthropological, psychological, and ecclesiastical significance that ignite artists and guests alike to reflect, participate, challenge, and act.
We feature art shows that are open (call for artists) and closed (working with specific artist or group). We also host spirituality of movement classes (also known as Yoga) frequently. We occasionally have drum circles, artist lectures and presentations, music circles. We also have hosted a storytelling conference, a poetry open mic, and an evening of original voices. We are continuing to explore and expand our vision to other creativity and ministerial arenas beyond 2D or 3D "art."
In our three and a half years here, we have hosted over 30 shows working with such organizations as Peoples' Resource Center, NAMI/Awakenings Project, JUSTDuPage, Wheaton College Photography, Morton Arboretum Artists' Guild, College of DuPage Print Makers, Franklin Middle School, Jericho Road, to name a few.
We are a ministry of Gary Church and maintain our existence by dedicated volunteers and donations.
For more about Anthony Trendl, please see TreeFortBooks.com or join him on Facebook.

9/24/12

Ten Things About Bluster County

Ten Things About Bluster County

What is Bluster County? Is it real? What will I find there? Angry elephants, living creatures in libraries, giant blue goldfish, talking butterflies, massive baseball players?

Find out here. Please share, like and Tweet. And comment. Love comments.

Editor's note: Do you know which much more famous book cover I ripped off?

Catch me on Twitter. http://twitter.com/anthonytrendl
Follow my writing on my Facebook official page (lots of fun posts/discussion/pictures/video)

9/20/12

Free Kindle Children's Tale: Mr. Smith and His Delicious Ice Cream: A Bluster County Tale



Mr. Smith and His Delicious Ice Cream: A Bluster County Tale is free on Kindle for a limited time. Plenty of fun, calorie-free.

Read aloud this silly children's tale about a boy's tongue-twisting name and his strange ice cream recipe.

Born with a complicated name, this strange boy has an odd taste for food. Well, just ice cream with the most unusual recipe.

A quick read, fully packed with nonsense and even a ridiculous, tongue-twisting rhyme.

Would you eat ice cream the way Triplebippleabbledabblekadupledop Smith does?

Imagine Dr. Seuss writing while on a bad acid trip. -J. Chambers, in a review on Amazon.com 
About Bluster County

Bluster County, USA. That's anywhere the biggest fish never get away, yet somehow aren't as expected. The mountains are built from elephants, champion coin droppers are around every corner, and the spring wind blows harder than a tornado but never leaves a mark. It is where I live, and it might be where you live too.

These are the days in Bluster County which cause me to smile, and I would live nowhere else. The sun rises an inch higher here than anywhere else in the world, making every day brighter.

Imagine a world in which everything goes completely right, and completely wrong all at once. This is the story of an extraordinary everyman's life, but filled with color, excitement, and plenty of bluster.

In Bluster County, you will hear old men tell old American Tall-Tales -- except these are completely true, more or less. Filled with half-truths, bald-faced lies, and the occasional fact, expect not to learn much of anything that's important.

About TREE FORT BOOKS

Reading books with the joy of a child is what we are all about.

Do you remember those days as a young boy or girl reading, hidden away in a secret place — a tree fort, your bedroom, or a special corner of the house? Do you long for those blissful hours of reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes or Robinson Crusoe or Mark Twain? Or was it Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables or the Little House on the Prairie series? Good days!

Author Anthony Trendl fondly remembers those innocent days, and has written a series of tales full of wonder and amazement. Enjoy these extraordinary stories with your family in your tree fort.

See http://TreeFortBooks.com for more.

Tom Baker as the Current Doctor Who: Could he thrive?

How would Tom Baker do in the milieu of today's Dr. Who -- that is, if he were the current Doctor. We have better scripts, directing, production values, with a stronger array of secondary characters. Could he thrive?

Yes.

All three of the modern Doctors have received a more complex raison d'être than the early rendition of the show. Before the reincarnation of the show, we knew little about the personalities, plots felt like stiff radio episodes, the companions were more prop-like than characters, and the sets had a bad off-Broadway theater look to them.

I love Dr. Who. Enthusiastic friends pulled me into the BBC classic my sophomore year of high school, during the Tom Baker era. Baker was done with the role, but we watched reruns on PBS (Channel 11 in Chicago). Daleks, K9, Romana, Leela, Harry Sullivan and so on. And the scarf. I have one of those scarves. Bought it then. Still have it.

Back to the Doctors.

I think Christopher Eccleston could have been fantastic if given more time. He captivated a kind of rage not seen in any Doctor before of after. There was a tension that could snap at any time of it weren't for the incredible Rose Tyler (Billie Piper).

David Tennant is a brilliantly textured actor, and he and the writers had time to figure his Doctor out. More on him below.

Matt Smith seems too young for the role. Karen Gillan's Amy Pond is a much stronger personality and it shows. It feels too much like he is acting, as opposed to his three modern predecessors who "were" Dr. Who. They owned the role. Smith is passable, but still too green to get it.

[Speaking of Matt Smith, my children's tale Mr. Smith and His Delicious Ice Cream: A Bluster County Tale is free on Kindle for a limited time. A different Mr. Smith. Plenty of fun, calorie-free.]

Tom Baker had plenty of time to develop the Doctor Who persona, but the writers and producers never gave him a chance. Even episodes written by the late, great Douglas Adams felt wooden and thinly layered.

Part of it was the times. Technology limited the BBC's options. So did budget. But, so did talent. The sum of who works on today's Dr. Who trumps the, say, 1978 version tenfold. Consider how popular the Fourth Doctor remains, despite all of the drawbacks the 1970s Dr. Who offered. Survey after survey finds him at or near the top. Baker is the singular reason.

Baker played the Fourth Doctor from 1974-1981. Quite possibly the most eccentric of all the Doctors. Tennant could be vary his personality a thousand ways, showing great emotional depth. Always, however, Tennant's Doctor had a Shakespearean dimension, and with that, a kind of predictability. Baker, in turn, was often so playful and goofy. Tennant's theater training makes him among the strongest of the lot while, at the same time, limiting him.

In the long run, Tennant's acting career will be richer, with more interesting roles than Baker could imagine. Already, his resume is vastly impressive. But, if Tom Baker were to be the 13th Doctor, though in his prime in his 40s, I think he'd nail it. He was born to be the Doctor.

What do you think?

The video below looks at some of Tom Baker's sillier bits. (Justice Carmon, comic/fantasy blogger, will enjoy the first scene.)



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9/18/12

Fresh Off the Press: My New Newsletter

Fresh off the press (it is still hot-hot-hot!), sent to thousands of my closest, dearest friends, and now you too, my favorite blog reader is my brand-spanking, fancy-schmancy newsletter.

I get into how we can connect, something about what I do professionally, and a free children's book (Kindle). There's even an invitation for coffee.

Take a look. You'll see the link for the free book somewhere near the middle.

http://t.co/MvYD2qbj

What do you think?

9/10/12

My Biggest Game: A Baseball Story: A Bluster County Tale


My Biggest Game: A Baseball Story: A Bluster County Tale - on Kindle today for just $0.99 (FREE for Amazon Prime members to borrow)
Bowing low, he gave a last confident nod toward home plate, the kind that said, 'You know kid, I'm Danny Dragoon. I pitch fire, and you can't hit fire. No one can.'

A scrawny fourth grader goes to bat against Danny Dragoon, the best pitcher in all of Bluster County. No one expects him to get a hit, but by accident, he does. Suddenly, the attention is on him, not Danny. A tale of sportsmanship.

This is a mostly true story. Really. I played on the Crestwood, IL Twins. Mostly, I played outfield, and occasionally took over at second or third base. I even pitched once or twice. My arm, despite my small stature, threw a mean fastball. My trouble was that I was nowhere near the plate. I was terrible, but I had a great time.

Follow me on Facebook. Twice as much free fun (way more fun than George Takei)

Bluster County, USA. That's anywhere the biggest fish never get away, yet somehow aren't as expected. The mountains are built from elephants, champion coin droppers are around every corner, and the spring wind blows harder than a tornado but never leaves a mark. It is where I live, and it might be where you live too.

These are the days in Bluster County which cause me to smile, and I would live nowhere else. The sun rises an inch higher here than anywhere else in the world, making every day brighter.

Imagine a world in which everything goes completely right, and completely wrong all at once. This is the story of an extraordinary everyman's life, but filled with color, excitement, and plenty of bluster.

In Bluster County, you will hear old men tell old American Tall-Tales -- except these are completely true, more or less. Filled with half-truths, bald-faced lies, and the occasional fact, expect not to learn much of anything that's important.


About TREE FORT BOOKS
Reading books with the joy of a child is what we are all about.

Do you remember those days as a young boy or girl reading, hidden away in a secret place — a tree fort, your bedroom, or a special corner of the house? Do you long for those blissful hours of reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Robinson Crusoe or Mark Twain? Or was it Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables or the Little House on the Prairie series? Good days!

Author Anthony Trendl fondly remembers those innocent days, and has written a series of tales full of wonder and amazement. Enjoy these extraordinary stories with your family in your tree fort. From Tree Fort Books

9/6/12

Drew Peterson is Guilty of First Degree Murder of Kathleen Savio

Drew Peterson is guilty of first degree murder. Kathleen Savio was murdered by Drew Peterson.

Now you know. The circus is over: pushed by ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, at the very least. There was little respect throughout the entire case for the dead. Ad dollars were at stake. I turned off the TV, or changed the station, every time this came on.

You've sneered at the murderer. You have shaken your fist. He taunted you, and you bit.

The world is not better because he was found guilty. We are not safer.

He will be sentenced for a long time. Maybe 60 years. Looks like justice to some. The more vengeful type would prefer he were strapped to a gurney by men with masks on, and shot full of chemicals. You know, like an abortion, only killing a guy in his late 50s instead of in the womb.

Don't get me wrong. He should be in prison for a long time. He not only killed his wife, but he is not even close to remorseful. He's a two-bit thug. Never let go, I hope, from the way things look now.

I live not far from where things happened (west of Chicago), and more than a few people I know say they knew a guy who knew a guy whose best friend's old girlfriend was once hit on by Peterson in a bar. I welcome when this is over completely.

You aren't smarter to have followed the trial. You are not morally cleaner. Unless you wrote a book about it all, you aren't richer. In fact, I'd suggest the opposite, but you can work out the details about all of that.

Meanwhile, other killers are out there. Only, they haven't killed yet. No, your job is not to become a paranoid neighborhood watchman packing a gun, ready to shoot any suspicious looking white man in your neighborhood. Your job is to love your neighbor. 

Maybe Drew Peterson's kind can't be helped. He never seemed like a good man. But there are other scared, lonely men and women who just need a friend.

Go now, turn the circus off. Drew Peterson and the media have manipulated you into watching long enough. Move on. Log off. Call your neighbor, or that awkward person. Watch a movie, have coffee. Invite them for dinner. Twice. Be a friend. Listen.

You won't change the world, but watching what the media networks have presented as reality TV doesn't even change you.

Off you go. Count up your pennies, and pick up the tab. Your neighbor needs you.

9/4/12

"How Is the Critic Free?" My response to the Paris Review

Today's Paris Review article, How Is the Critic Free? by Caleb Crain asks,"A non-question has recently preoccupied the literary corners of the Internet: How rude should a book critic be?"

Rudeness for its own sake is arrogance.

There have been times I have been without mercy as I review (800+ reviews on Amazon and elsewhere), but never rude. Rudeness, albeit the MO of the Snark Generation, and however cute, funny, witty (think Dorothy Parker), is using the gift of writing as a tool of hate. It doesn't look like hate, and isn't shaped like hate, but the ad hominem denigration by a reviewer toward the author is not love. There is more than enough for the intelligent negative critique without spewing rudeness from whatever cave or rock we reviewers hide under. A review, ultimately, is opinion.

Caleb Crain, the article's author asserts: "It’s impossible to find a universal rule that licenses rudeness." Sure there is: "Love your neighbor." Or, if quoting Jesus Christ leaves a sour taste, a secular version says, "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself."

What do you think?