Sunday, May 22, 2016

Equality Utah Celebration

Straight to Audio Video Director Dorothy Engelman with Adele Park

The Dixie Center in St. George was rocking last night at St. George residents gathered to support diversity during the 2016 Equality Utah Celebration  

Audio Book Voice Actor Garry Peter Morris with Adele Park

I was thrilled to see that many of the voice actors, video actors and support staff from Straight to Audio Productions turned out to show their support for Equality.
Adele Park with Margie Scott and Jessica Park

I am so pleased that working for equality in Utah is a family value.  It's always fun to celebrate with family!

Now that the party is over, the question is this:  What are you going to do to celebrate Equality in Utah?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I have been a longtime fan of Nelson DeMille's novels so I was thrilled when I stumbled across a work I wasn't aware of. I unearthed The Quest in audiobook form at a garage sale. Anticipating another captivating story, I quickly popped this into my cd player. Looking back, I see that I didn't need to rush on this one

Unlike some of DeMille's other stories that moved at lightening speed, The Quest seemed like it was slogging through molassas. Indeed, when looking at the Amazon review for this, I see that DeMille reworked an earlier version of this, doubling the length of the story. I think this was my big problem with The Quest – it's way too long.

The story is about two male reporters and a female photographer who both men are romantically involved with. I have no problem with stories that involve strange relationships with conscenting adults, but this particular scenario made me a little uncomfortable.

The love triangle in this story travels to Ethiopia in search of The Black Monastary and The Holy Grail. Typically, this set up would have fascinated me, but the trip to find The Black Monastary dragged on so long I lost interest. When the group finally found what they were looking for, the story wrapped up so quickly it left me thinking, “why rush the good part?”

DeMille is such a good writer that I won't let this particular work deter me from reading his other books

However, when it comes to The Quest, I am only awarding this project two stars on my Goodreads Page

Friday, May 13, 2016

Center Stage Realty

If you are selling your home or looking to buy a new one, I highly recommend Center Stage Real Estate.  Garry Peter Morris and Kent Harrison Hayes are knowledgeable, friendly Real Estate Agents ready to go to work for you!  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book Review of The Boys in the Boat

If I had to describe The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown in one word it would be “inspired.”

This true life story is about nine working class boys from Washington State whose oar crew competed in the 1936 Olympics headed up by Hitler. Rowing isn't a sport I've ever tried or even been interested in watching. However, due to the deft writing skills of Brown, I found myself cheering for this team from it's humble beginnings to the pinnacle of their success in Berlin.

Taking center stage in this saga is Joe Rantz, a young man who was abandoned by his family. His story is heart-wrenching to read, but all the more enjoyable when Rantz emerges as a victor.

Although I knew the outcome of this story, Brown is so skilled in the way he presented it, I found myself on the edge of my seat at times. This is the mark of a truly great writer.

By the end of the book, it would be hard to think anything other than, “Hooray for The Boys in the Boat!”

I have awarded The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown four out of five stars on my Goodreads Page

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Follow the Sun

The May/June Issue of Etched Magazine is now out
I was happy to contribute this article about the upcoming Summer Solstice

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Audition Notice for Straight to Audio Productions

Straight to Audio Productions LLC, an Audie Award winning production company, is looking to hire the following talent for a commercial video shoot:
  1. Female Actor to play young polygamist wife – should be in their 20s or early 30s.
  2. Female Actor to play Punk Rock D.J. – should be in their 20s or early 30s.
  3. Choreographer who knows how to teach hip hop moves

The job involves half-day video shoots on Tuesday, July 12, Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15. Applicants must be able to work all three days. Compensation is $100.

Video actors will also be required to do a one-hour audio recording session on Thursday, May 19 at 11am. An additional $25 will be offered for the recording session.

Auditions will be done by appointment only on Friday, May 13 from 11am until 1pm.

Please send a short paragraph describing your acting or choreography experience along with a headshot to Cindy Clemens by Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Time for a Spring Fling in Quirky Polygamist Country