Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017
A new Year-2017: A time to look back and a time to look forward. 

Just taking a moment to wish everyone a happy New Year and share some of my accomplishments related to my writing. Pinterest sent me a notice. I always add the pictures from my on-line writing to Pinterest. Here is how that worked out for me in 2016.

My writing on HubPages as been going along well I sailed past 250,000 views in December and now have a total of around 263,000 views. I have 120 different essays.  Take a look. I'm sure you will find a few you like.


I started writing for another site also--Niume. I only started two weeks ago and I have over 2000 views already. This is a fun site because I can write short posts—I can do one in under an hour sometimes. I think of them as gum drops—short and sweet and a little bit addictive. I've done 14 posts so far. You can see my posts here.
Niume pays for referrals. If you sign up, you and I will both earn a dollar after you do your first post. This is a very easy to use platform. You can write on whatever topic you like and then share it on your social media.  (Maybe you would like to write about and post pictures of your vacation, for instance, and then share it on your facebook page.) Plus you can make a little bit of money. Here is my referral code. Please click on it to register on the site.

And I still do my blogspot blogs. I’ve been doing a lot about politics. I post them onto my blog that I started for reviewing and commenting on the Bill Maher show. Now I just use it for politics.  It’s been getting about 6,000 views a month. I’m up to about 47,000 views.

My Pinterest views have been piling up also. Pinterest told me that in 2016, I had 168,506 views. I don't earn from Pinterest, but if you click and get to the post that used that picture I get my usual fraction of a cent.

So when you come across a social media post for one of my writings, please click and take a look. I earn a fraction of a cent for each view—a tiny amount, but it adds up. Plus, if you see a product advertised, I hope you will click on that also. The amazon ads earn me a small commission if you decide to buy something even if it isn’t the item I advertised.  Again it adds up. 

If you have been reading my posts, thank you. I hope you have enjoyed them.

Happy 2017!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I'm a Star--My Acting Career Takes Off

Star balloon weight
I won this prize for my acting.
It’s been a meandering road. And there’s no end in sight as a reinvent myself as a blogger, poet, public speaker, writer, and now actor-- an actor who is featured in a commercial. 

It’s a only a 15-second spot for Valencia College and it’s only shown locally, but I am featured and it is on TV. It’s such a thrill. I play it over and over.  

This is the first time I am featured. So far, my other acting work has been as an extra. I’ve been an extra in a movie, a TV show, and a few commercials.

Here is a link. I play the grandmother. The scene shows my birthday party. Watch and let me know how you like it.

I should add that I benefit from the current trend in casting--they want "real people."  They are not looking for movie-star good looks, just average nice-looking people. 

Maybe I should have known that I was destined for acting greatness when I won a prize for best audience–participant actor in a dinner-theater murder-mystery production last year. Prior to the show, the real actors choose a few people from the audience and asked them to play one of the roles.

Perhaps I was chosen because I was flamboyant. The show was set in the Roaring Twenties--I wanted to dress the part, but I forgot. When I arrived (it was at the Winter Park library) and saw others in costume, I quickly improvised. I took the scarf I was wearing around my neck and turned it into a headband. I placed it across my forehead, tied it at the back of my head, and let the ends hang down. I probably looked really stupid, but I never let that stop me.   

The actors gave each of us chosen-few a script to read. I studied mine and memorized the main points so I wouldn’t have to read it. When it was my turn to act, I improvised and hammed it up. I was really over the top both with my voice, facial expressions, and body movements. Again, I probably looked stupid, but I never let that stop me.

My prize was the silver balloon holder shown in the above picture. It is now prominently displayed right next to my TV so I can see it every day.

I’m exaggerating when I say “I’m a star,” but nonetheless, I am having so much fun with this. I love going to the auditions my agent sends me to even when I am not picked. And I really love being on set. I wanted to be an actress when I was a little girl and now, in a very small way, I am.