Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

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.