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    Friday
    Jul212017

    Some of the People I Admired at the 2017 Vent ConVENTion

    Mary Ann and I go back a long ways. She has been one of the premier puppet makers for ventriloquists and puppeteers for, I think, three decades. I remember taking a puppet-making class in NJ given by Verna Finly. Mary Ann took the class along with Taylor Mason, Al Getler, Jeff Dunham, and others. That was an historical event for ventriloquism, because Mary Ann launched her business soon afterwards.

     

     

     

    Kenny Byrd, has remarkable talent. I saw his act on the Saturday night show. He is genius at creating two personalities on stage. It's double-acting, how he reacts to his pal in a most believable way! Loved that!

     

    Here is the America's Got Talent contestant, ventriloquist and singer, Darci Lynne, with her coach, Gary Owen. (He was also one of my coaches back when I was ramping up my act.) What talent she has! Especially projecting her voice while singing ventriloquially. It's absolutely astonishing! Wishing her all the best as she goes forward.

     

    Ikuko and Atsuko, two lovely vent friends from Tokyo, surprised me – I didn't expect to see them at the conVENTion – but thoroughly enjoyed spending a quiet lunch with them at Joan's, a nearby Japanese restaurant.

     

    Sammy King, a well-known Vegas ventriloquist, who I was privileged to share a stage with in Tokyo. What an honor! I've seen his act on video, very smooth, very polished.

    Dan Horn is totally entertaining. Brilliant! He uses action, emotions, rod arms, (or not) to bring puppets to life and he adds a big wow factor to his performances. He has privately coached many vents, including me. A valuable teacher, performer and artist, he is one of the all-time best vents I've seen.

     

    Margaret Davis, was one main reason I attended this year's conVENTion. Her puppet figure's played well on stage, and I loved how she laughed at her character, Pastor Crankster – I think that was his name – Also, she did NOT have her characters flirt with someone in the audience – a tiresome bit, older than dirt.

    Kudos to you, Margaret!

     

    Thursday
    Jun222017

    Intrigue

     

    Deep afternoon shadows and spring temperatures surround this weathered cabin in the Smoky Mountains.

    Could this be the setting for:

    • The Three Bears,”

    • “Little House on The Prairie,”

    • “The Shack?”

    If you were to write a story with this setting, what would be your story-in-a-nutshell?

    What is happening inside this house?

    Is it as pretty and serene inside as it is outside?

    Would you prefer a modern-day story or one set in the 1800s?

    Please let me know your thoughts.

    I'm curious to know what kinds of stories intrigue you.

    Make it a great week,

    Judy

     

     

     

    Tuesday
    May162017

    Book Review

     

    Cutting for Stone was a fascinating read. Set in Addis Abba, Ethiopia; New York City, and again in Addis Ababa, the story is about twin boys who are orphaned. When their mother, a Catholic nun, dies in childbirth, their father, a surgeon, disappears.

    However, it was hard for me to get into the book. After the first part of the story leading up to the twin's birth, and heartbreaking consequences, I put the book down for a couple of weeks. The author had ended the life of a character I liked.

    Caution. This 667 page book loaded with medical terms, procedures, and culture does not make a quick read at the beach.

    Maybe I was being too judgmental. With four and a half stars on Amazon, I picked it back up.

    Glad I did!

    The twin boys, Marion and Shiva Stone, have a preternatural connection that I found fascinating. Their lives are peppered with challenges and setbacks. There are tensions from life and death situations around them, and a complex childhood love interest. The twins are exposed to unusual medical conditions that eventually determine their careers as doctors. And political unrest with the changing regimes in Ethiopia heighten the drama.

    The key overriding message in the book, is that even if we don't have a wonderful blood-relational family, another human, a group or a village of people can become that missing piece in our lives to support us, validate us and love us.

    And we can do the same for others.

    Enjoy the read, and do let me know what you think about it after you finish the novel.

    Make it a great day,

    Judy

     

    Monday
    Apr032017

    Taught My Dogs To "Roll Over"

     

    It's easier to teach my dogs to roll over than it is to ask people to buy my book. Honestly, it is.

    Now that they've learned that trick, maybe I can teach them to pick up their toys and drop them in the toy basket. Wouldn't that be nice?

    Meantime, if you'd like a good mystery, download The Killer Show, a Simone Biaz ventriloquist mystery, and after you read it, feel free to recommend it to others. Thanks.

    Make it a great week.

    Judy

     

    Saturday
    Mar182017

    Love a Good Mystery? 

     

    The Killer Show

    Judy Buch, ventriloquist and mystery writer in performance

    Take a break from stress and fall into a great adventure with The Killer Show. It's a unique read with a ventriloquist, amateur detective.

    If you want to keep the murder details off-stage, but like tension and suspense with a surprise ending, The Killer Show is your book.

    And by the way, the price of the book is less than a caramel latte.

    Oh. One more thing. After you finish reading it, please leave a review on Amazon. Thanks.