Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Introducing Chelsydale's Silicone Baking Cups, Available on Amazon

Amazon.com provides a marketplace which allows a lot of independent business owners to reach a wide audience of consumers, and you can find some unique products as you click around on the site. For those (like me!) who like baking, one such cool product is Chelsydale's Silicone Baking Cups.

These cupcake liners are made from BPA-free, food-grade silicone, and they come in a set of 12 pieces in bright colors. You also receive a convenient transparent cylindrical container case for storage. The cups make a nice alternative to paper or foil liners as these cupcake liners are reusable. They're also non-stick. You can use them for cupcakes and muffins, of course, and also as dessert molds for gelatin, frozen treats, and so on. They are also used in bento lunch boxes.

The cups are safe to use and won't affect the taste of your foods, nor will they leave any unpleasant smell. They are microwave, oven, dishwasher, and freezer safe. And they are very easy to clean. With their handy size, many customers find the silicone cups to be versatile and capable of being used for other functions aside from baking.

Chelsydale is currently offering these silicone baking cups at a special introductory price. Plus, they have shared a coupon code with the readers of our blog. For a limited time, you can get an additional 10% discount by entering this promo code upon checkout: BRTFKDUC.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet K.O. Giuseppe, Author

K.O. Giuseppe, author of Bonnie and Klyde + 2 Cats, is currently based in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Nigeria and raised in the United States in Queens, NY and Bridgeport, CT. According to KOG, writing is the only art form that transfers the power of imagination to anyone bold enough to read. Visit him online at his website, as well as on Twitter.

1. How did you first become interested in writing?

For a long time, I never felt interested in writing because coming from a different country, Nigeria, proper English was my biggest barrier. Plus. growing up in the inner city, reading was never the cool thing to do, so in order to fit in, I had to despise books. Silly now that I think about it, but that's how it was coming up in the inner city, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. My hatred of the literary craft led me to a stronger math comprehension and visual expression. After I graduated college, quit my good job, and took a journey to California, God guided me towards writing. Natasha and I, plus our two cats, were living in a car, with no electricity, no internet, and no home, but I had a pen and pad. I believe that that was God's way of telling me to write, and that's what I did.

2. What do you see as the pleasures--and the difficulties--of being an artist in today's world?

The pleasures of being an artist are also the difficulties of being an artist in today's world. It is pleasant to think differently from the status quo, but it is extremely difficult to be understood when you think differently. People categorize artists as crazy, simply because they see things differently. So the smart artist learns to fit in, sometimes.

3. If you had to describe your writing to someone who had never read any of your work before, what would you say?

I would say keep an open mind before reading. My books capture moments, so if I was angry at that moment a few years ago, you will feel the anger when you read it; same thing goes for happiness and sheer dumbness--yes, there is a hell of a lot of dumbness.

4. Would you tell us a bit more about your memoir, Bonnie and Klyde + 2 Cats?

Yes. Bonnie and Klyde + 2 Cats: Journey of a Starving Artist is a nonfiction book about my journey from Connecticut to California. I quit my good engineering job in Connecticut, got into my Jeep with my girlfriend plus her two cats, and spontaneously moved to California. We hit hard times, living out of the Jeep and sneaking cats in and out of motels. I would call it a fun survival guide with a DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME warning label.

5. As someone who writes both fiction and nonfiction, what do you find to be the unique challenges of each genre?

The challenge of writing nonfiction is not writer's block, but the underground demon I call procrastination. I love to experience life, then sit and write about my experiences, but that procrastination devil always has a chore for me to do: wash a car, go shopping, clean up, whatever it takes to avoid writing. The challenges of writing fiction are writer's block and realism. Writing fiction is like making Mars believable on Earth. The more outlandish the idea, the harder you have to work to make it believable to the reader.

Thanks, KOG!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Introducing Grandma Likes to Sew, A Sewing Machine Review Site

I've seen a lot of website with product reviews, but grandmalikestosew.com is one of the best I've ever come across. The content on the site is written by a mom and grandma who has enjoyed sewing and sharing her love of sewing with others for over 50 years. The emphasis on the site is on sewing machines, with special tips for beginners who want advice in buying their first sewing machine.

This is a useful site written by a well-informed author. If you want help in making a purchasing decision, you'll find detailed reviews with lots of information about different machines. As an example, check out the Brother CS-6000i review; this model is an inexpensive computerized machine, and the review gives a solid overview of the features and what you're getting for your money.

You can find reviews about machines with special features like embroidery machines, quilting machines, and heavy duty machines. There are also recommendations for helpful sewing books, plus a growing list of sewing resources online. It will be interesting to see how the site grows over time as the author has more time to share reviews and other content to inspire more people to take up (or continue!) with machine sewing. The site has a clean and easy to navigate layout, and I enjoyed the author's friendly and knowledgeable voice.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Meet Robert James, Marketing Manager of The Voice Realm

The Voice Realm is a website which connects voice actors with those wishing to hire a voice. The site lists high-rated freelance voice actors available for casting in radio or TV commercials, telephone on-hold messages, narration, in-store announcers, corporate recordings, and more.

Our interview is with The Voice Realm's marketing manager, Robert James.

1. How has the voice over industry changed in recent years?

It has changed dramatically. We are seeing a shift in clients moving online to save time and money when casting voice actors. Many voice talent now have their own professional home studios, so this can pass on massive savings to clients, by not needing to book expensive studio time.

2. How do clients find and collaborate with voice talent using your site?

They can easily search through our database of talent, or they can have the system send out their script, and voice talent will record a sample audition for them free. Then once they find the voice they like, they simply hire the voice and download the recording.

3. My thought is that online services like yours make it easier for small business owners and individuals to afford voice over services for a variety of projects. What other benefits do you see to making voice over services available online?

Other than the cost, it is the time that is saved. Prior to online websites such as The Voice Realm, there would be the need for casting directors and studio time and the engineer. It was a long, drawn out process that took days and sometimes weeks.

4. Do the voice actors you work with have home studios or other professional recording equipment/resources that they utilize?

All our talent record in their own professional home studios. It is exactly the same sound you would get from a big studio in NYC or London, but at a tiny fraction of the cost.

5. What are some unique uses for voice over work that you've seen (heard?) in your experience in the industry?

We've cast voice talent for toys and dolls, and someone once paid one of our voices to make a dramatic opening, kind of like a movie trailer, to be played at his wedding. That was quite funny and unique.

Thanks, Robert!

The Launch of Mizpah.com

A friend of this blog, Helena Lind, is getting ready to launch a new website for her company, MIZPAH® Jewels. Helena is a creative artist and professional who has taken a great deal of time and care in creating her line of jewels and gifts. The line is named after a word from the Holy Scriptures which is translated to mean "hopeful expectation" and to symbolize peace and wisdom.

The jewels are made in Britain and the European Union from solid, natural metals. The designs are detailed and have been created by artisans to meet Helena's high standards. There are pendants, charms, and other pieces as well. Truly, the project is a labor of love. In Helena's words, ""The mysterious word MIZPAH spoke to me since I was little. To me it was a magical spell of goodness, not knowing then that it would be exactly that for my life one far away day."

Keep up with the launch of this beautiful jewelry line by following Mizpah on Facebook.