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In Honor of my First Agented Audition!

Okay, sometimes I get a little self-serving here. But I'm very excited that finally I got an audition through Milwaukee Talent Network. It's a nationwide commercial, but sadly, I probably won't get it. The requirement was that I film it on my phone in a fairly uncluttered area, and I didn't have a phone attachment for my tripod. Yeah, I ordered one today. (Not like I can run out to Best Buy, after all.) They will be filming whoever they choose in their home location, so having that right backdrop, I'm sure, will figure into their choice.  


Anyway, I decided to share some of my Youtube video links here on the links page. They're for the copper documentary I'm filming because I finally figured out how I want to open the video. This I'll be filming shortly. Hey, we're home-stuck so might as well make it productive!


It amazes me that I got that audition only shortly after being laid off at work. So here's hoping. I think I did well. But they're looking at more than that in this one.

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Does My Website Remind you of The Black Forest?

Well, maybe that's a deliberate subliminal choice. I didn't think of it when I chose the style, but definitely afterward. My business is Grimms, Etc., because when I was about 6 I found out I'm a Grimm and decided I was going to have my own fairy tale collection someday. Still working on it! But Germany is also next on my travel list. I was there once before but not on my terms. The Black Forest is on my list.  Here's what I found out about it:


Located in a large mountain range in Southwest Germany, Black Forest or Schwarzwald in German, is home to the cuckoo clock, the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales and world-renowned thermal spas. Black Forest Germany is a popular vacation spot for locals and tourists alike. With the Rhine valley to the west and south, the Black Forest of Germany is known for its hills, valleys, rivers and forests. If you're planning a trip to Germany, you'll want to spend at least a couple of days in the Black Forest, the most beautiful region in the country.


It should be unsurprising that forestry is one of the biggest industries in the region. Logs cut from Germany's Black Forest have built ships in the Netherlands and buildings in Japan. Before industrialization, many farmers used the wood to build cuckoo clocks to supplement their income during the winter months. To this day,  Black Forest cuckoo clockmakers preserve the rich history of the region, using the same means as their forbearers to produce hand carved cuckoo clocks famous for their quality and craftsmanship.


Today, the spa town of Baden-Baden, the national park surrounding the 12 thermal springs, and the small towns that dot the landscape attract visitors from all over the world to Germany's lush Black Forest.


That pretty much settles that! My great-uncle was from Baden-Wurtemberg, too! I also have to go to Zurich, so I think I'll start there and make my way to the Fairy Tale trail via the Black Forest.

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First Bike Ride - Hopefully not Last!

We have a nice little party/floral shop down the road that also handles UPS/USPS packages, and I had to return the Kindle I bought. So I hoped a bike ride would give me some needed steps I'm losing out on because of not working with the public anymore. (I did make $95 - ask me how!)


It was a little chilly and the sun went under some clouds but I rode on. We have a pretty decent bike path from here to there, about a mile and a half. I had called first to make sure they're open. (They created this gorgeous arrangement my boss gave me last week, flowers are still opening on it.)


Afterward, chatted with some folks about the bike ride. As I mounted my bag with the water bottle on my back must have shiffted because as I mounted, down I went! You know that feeling when you know you're going to fall and there's nothing you can do to stop it? I think that's my first fall in five years or more. Wait - I don't think I've fallen since I was 15!


Anyway, I leaped back up before anyone could see me and rode off, had to turn around and go back for the water bottle. (Did you know you should drink water after every personal encounter?)


But right now, wow, right hip is sore. Which is odd, because I fell on my left side -- I can tell because my left coat elbow is dirty, and I'd just washed the coat, too. I made it home, that's the important thing. And didn't get near the steps on my Fitbit, either. It generally does count my bike rides.


So, bummer. But I'm still glad I went by bike. More of those to come, if I can still move tomorrow.



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When was the Umbrella Invented?

I'm determined to write something daily here, whether it's a historical tidbit or an observance or a meditation. Anytime you feel compelled to comment, I'd love to hear from you.


The umbrella was invented in China in 11th century B.C., where first silk and waterproof umbrellas started being used by nobility and royalty.


Can you imagine that? China invented this 4000 years ago! You have to admit, good things have come from China. But if it's true that the virus got started because someone in China ate a bat, then you know what you have to do? Yeah, stop eating that which aren't meant to be eaten, and that includes octopus!



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Marked Down!

Yes, my entire stock at Amazon! I figure in today's dwindling readership market, better to get a few more readers and make less than not make anything at all. A must read for my coming vampire series is better in Kindle version but I still recommend Civil War & Bloody Peace be bought as a print copy. You'll also find new mark downs on my authorized Bonanza novels, and my co-authored African historical, Dancing with Cannibals, which I guarantee wil take you by surprise.  So check them out at

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