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Meet Janina and Kate, Participants in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED

Janina Edwards

Janina is very excited to part of Nevertheless We Persisted as both an author and an actor. Regarding the piece she wrote, she says:

This is a public domain image that Janina feels captures the spirit she tries to evoke with her storytelling.

This is a public domain image that Janina feels captures the spirit she tries to evoke with her storytelling.

“I am a writer, but my writing is primarily technical—grant proposal writing for arts non-profits. The piece I wrote was totally spur of the moment. I wrote it when I was on vacation in August, just as I described. Atypically, I wrote a poem/prose piece. I never do that. Then I shared it on FaceBook. I NEVER do that. Call me old school, but I just don’t think people are interested in my every thought, or pictures of what I ate. Lol. Voicing my own work was a lot of fun. Since it’s short, I played with the piece several ways. The version I shared with the public is not the most extreme presentation, but I was able to go further than in a typical audiobook. 

Voicing Kass Hillard’s piece (the poem WOMAN RISE UP) was a lot of fun and fulfills a personal mission. I’m not a political person. I don’t typically march in the streets, but I have a strong sense of ethics. I’m a humanist, and a practicing yogi. As a voice actor, part of my mission is to literally give a voice to stories, messages, and people that reflect humanist and vedic (i.e. yogic) principles. Through my work, I can give voice to the change I want to see in the world (to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi).”

Kate Rudd

Kate Rudd, Actor. (Photo credit: Scott Sherratt)

Kate Rudd, Actor. (Photo credit: Scott Sherratt)

Kate Rudd performs the essay by Jerrianne Hayslett called ESCAPING REVOLUTION: THE CHILDREN ARE SAFE. 

She says of this project: 

"Stories like the ones found in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED remind me that we will never run out of new things to learn; we'll always have within books a safe place to hide when we crave a break from busy lives. And when I read I remember, maybe most importantly, that I am not alone. None of us are."

Follow her on Facebook: Kate Rudd

Meet Jerrianne, Kass, and Bailey...participants in Nevertheless We Persisted

Jerrianne Hayslett

Jerrianne's essay is called ESCAPING REVOLUTION: THE CHILDREN ARE SAFE and is narrated by Kate Rudd. She says of the piece:

Jerrianne Hayslett, Author              Photo Credit: Teri B Photography

Jerrianne Hayslett, Author              Photo Credit: Teri B Photography

"Except for marrying my husband, living in Iran during the run-up to and being evacuated at the outbreak of the Islamic Revolution was my most life-altering experience ever. That led to my careers in journalism and as a court-media liaison and consultant, and the publication of my book Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson.  After serving as a U.S. State Department court-media consultant in half-a-dozen countries in Europe and Asia, my writing consists primarily of blog posts and working on children’s book manuscripts."

You visit her websites here:  www.jerriannehayslett.com and www.anatomyofatrial.com "    

                                                                                                         

Kass Hillard 

Kass has written a powerful poem called WOMAN RISE UP and it will be performed by Janina Edwards. Kiss says: 

"It seemed as if the race for the 2017 presidency was steeped in nastiness, and was fueled on racism and bigotry, and outright hatred for women, persons of color, folks who identify other than heterosexual, and disabled persons.   Still, I believed goodness would prevail.  The election results left me stunned and in a state of disbelief, followed by being  frozen with fear.  Hearing all of the deep concerns, disbelief, spiraling depression, lack of hopelessness, and yes, feelings of terror from my “sisters”, I knew I needed to take that energy and try to transmute it into something positive.  At the age of 62,  I knew we as a collective didn’t need to sit quietly and just “take it”, and I found my voice.  This piece was Divinely inspired.

I am proud to say I am a member of  Women Rising Up and SW Michigan Rising Up, two grassroot groups where we are finding our voices."

Find her online at: www.womenrisingup.net

                                                                                                                                    

Bailey Carr

Bailey Carr will be narrating the piece GIRL, 25 by Lily Schmidt. Carr says of the experience: 

Bailey Carr, Actor

Bailey Carr, Actor

"GIRL, 25 by Lily Schmidt is a story that speaks candidly and from the heart about a range of predicaments facing a twentysomething today. I am so grateful to be a part of this collection of inspiring stories of endurance, bravery, and determination." 

Visit her online here: http://www.baileycarrvoice.com

Meet Kim Hindman, Artist and Cover Designer for NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED

Kim Hindman

Kim Hindman, Artist and Owner of  10 Digit Press

Kim Hindman, Artist and Owner of 10 Digit Press

Kim Hindman is an artist and the owner of 10 Digit Press. She previously worked with Tanya Eby, editor of NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED, on the cover for IN THE GARDEN ROOM. Her work is delicate, beautiful and haunting--sometimes all at once. She frequently draws inspiration from nature for her designs.

Here is what she says creating the cover for NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED

"Yanked, mowed, trampled, and pulled only to be left with as little as a bit of root or wafting seed, the lowly dandelion makes its way back stronger, to once again feed the bees and give life to side walk cracks. What could be more under appreciated and yet, ever so persistent."

Here is how the piece developed, originally sized for the future ebook cover and then cropped for audio. First, the editor sent Kim the script for inspiration.

She then came up with the concept of the dandelion to represent persistence.

Notice how she captured every stage in the life cycle of a dandelion: 

Above is the rough sketch of the book, sent for approval.  She then began to add more detail and color:

Above is the rough sketch of the book, sent for approval.

She then began to add more detail and color:

Next she added shadow and depth to complete the drawing:

Next she added shadow and depth to complete the drawing:

Finally, lettering was added and the piece was cropped to create the final cover for the audiobook:

Finally, lettering was added and the piece was cropped to create the final cover for the audiobook:

Nevertheless We Persisted AUDIOBOOK Cover

Blunder Woman Productions is so grateful for Kim's art and understanding of the audiobook collection as a whole. Please visit her online at 10 Digit Press to see more of her work. 

Meet Rodney and James...participants in Nevertheless We Persisted

Rodney Vaccaro 

Rodney Vaccaro, Writer

Rodney Vaccaro, Writer

Rodney's piece, SOCKS, is an interlude that transforms an everyday object into something with emotional weight, and is performed by James Patrick Cronin.

Rodney says:

"I have been a working screenwriter and proud WGA member for the last 30 years. I sort of fell into writing after a life of just screwing around. I have always written poetry, and I consider these small pieces to be poems. I do them if I'm stuck or bored, or if I need to work out a thought in my head. What I love about both screenwriting poetry is the economy of words... the precision. I am haunted by words."

 

James Patrick Cronin

James Patrick Cronin, Actor

James Patrick Cronin, Actor

James is a narrator and actor based in LA. He says of participating in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED:

"I gravitated toward the Socks monologue because I loved the metaphor. Humans are so alike in so many ways, but we feel connected to specific people for unique reasons. Finding and sharing life with partners is such a relatable human struggle and I thought it was beautifully articulated in this piece."

You can follow James on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesPatrickCronin/

Meet Sue and Erin, Participants in Nevertheless We Persisted

Sue Pitkin

Sue Pitkin, Author & Actor

Sue Pitkin, Author & Actor

Sue's piece is called HERO HOARDER and is a lovely note to her nieces in which she offers them advice and encourages them to collect heroes, and not things. 

She says:

"I am taking part in this project because I want to live in a world in which people remember how incredibly rare an occurrence organic life is in the universe and act accordingly; we are all of us valuable (well, that and chocolate. we are the only planet which has chocolate.)"

You can find her online here: www.suepitkin.com

Erin Mallon

Erin Mallon, Actor

Erin Mallon, Actor

Erin is performing a piece called EPIPHANY by Sandy Logan. She says:

"As a narrator and a playwright, I am always thrilled to participate in telling women's stories with all their complexities and humor and passion. The compilation of stories in Nevertheless We Persisted feels especially important and timely. Epiphany tells the story of a woman who has unknowingly shut off a part of herself for 44 years, until she suddenly and unexpectedly comes face to face with her true self. It's messy, painful, but ultimately triumphant."

Find her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ErinMuffyNarration/ 

Meet Gracie and Jackie...participants in Nevertheless We Persisted!

Gracie Greenbaum

Gracie Greenbaum, Author & Actor

Gracie Greenbaum, Author & Actor

Gracie Greenbaum is a writer and performer currently living in Los Angeles. Until recently she produced live-action greeting cards, but now occupies herself writing dark stories, working at a yoga studio, and waitressing for fun.     

Gracie's piece is called YOU ARE, a story about a chance encounter that leads the protagonist to analyze herself. She is also performing the piece. 

Find her on Instagram here: gracegraceinyoface

 

Jackie Pick

 

Jackie Pick, Author

Jackie Pick, Author

Jackie Pick is a former teacher and current writer living in the Chicago area with her husband, three children, and a very fuzzy dog. She is a contributing author to Multiples Illuminated; So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real about Motherhood, Here in the Middle; and the literary magazine Selfish. Her essays have been featured on various online sites. Jackie is co-writer and executive producer of the upcoming short film Fixed Up, and president of Melted Butter Productions. She is a proud member of the 2017 Chicago cast of Listen To Your Mother. You can follow Jackie on twitter (@jackiepick) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/jackiepickauthor), where she mostly just apologizes for not updating her blog (jackiepickauthor.com).

Her piece is called THE MYTH OF 15 MINUTES and she humorously captures the idea of how much you can (and can't) accomplish in a short amount of time. Her piece is performed by Lauren Ezzo

Meet Tanya, Amy & Julie...Participants in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED

Tanya Eby

Tanya Eby, Editor & Author

Tanya Eby, Editor & Author

Tanya is a professional narrator with nearly 600 titles to her credit. She's narrating the intro and credits of NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED. She's also the editor of the project and has included two or her written pieces, MY NAME IS NOT LOLITA and I LOVE YOU LESS.

She says:

"Storytelling to me is important. I think it's one of the few ways that we can teach empathy. When you're listening to a story, when you're immersed in someone else's point of view, it helps you imagine a life outside of your own. Hopefully in your real life, when you meet someone who has different experiences than you, this empathy-training can help you connect.

"I wanted to create a project where writers and narrators could come together to share words that make us feel. Maybe they're sad, maybe they're funny, maybe they're uplifting. NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED has exceeded my expectations. It's truly a beautiful collection with voices from across the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and India participating.

"I had narrators read pieces blindly (without author names) and comment on pieces they connected to. Every poem, story, and essay was claimed by a narrator who felt a deep connection; many of the pieces claimed again and again. Then I assigned based on those connections to even out the pieces between the narrators.

"My friends and colleagues have supported this project with their talent and expertise:

Kim Hindman of 10 Digit Press, designed the cover.

Troy Otte of Featured Audio has donated his engineering and post work.

Stuart Poltrock of Sound Post Studio recorded two Michigan writers (Gina Dawe and Nancy Wagner).

Rachel Wisley-Schulz donated her legal services. 

Nick Shillace and Jenny Knaggs added their music.

A dozen people have donated funds. 

And 34 writers and 30 narrators are participating. 

"This project has warmed my heart. I hope it will warm yours too."

Find Tanya on Twitter. She posts random thoughts, audiobook updates, stupid jokes, and sometimes pictures of food she makes. 

 

Amy Landon

Amy Landon, Actor

Amy Landon, Actor

Amy Landon performs the poem PARROTS by Tricia Lowther (highlighted soon) and the short story MY NAME IS NOT LOLITA by Tanya Eby. Both pieces deal with different kinds of loss. She says: 

"we persist because we must as we always have. because the alternative is to lie down silent in the face of evil, ignorance, hatred, greed and pride. and that is no way to live."

Find her here: landonamy.com

 

Julie McKay

Julie has narrated over 200 titles. She says:

Julie McKay, Actor

Julie McKay, Actor

"Storytelling is about community. It allows us to empathize with someone whose experience externally may be totally different from our own, it asks us to see ourselves in a another’s failures and successes, and it gives us permission to put breath or ink to our own experiences. I am so pleased to be involved this project and to take part in that process of connection."

Find her on Twitter @MissJulieMcKay

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Meet Christa and Sahana, Participants in Nevertheless We Persisted

Christa Lewis

Christa is both a writer and a performer. She is performing her own poetry in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED, along with a series of poems by Sahana Kumar. 

Christa says of her poem:

Christa Lewis, Author and Actor

Christa Lewis, Author and Actor

"I began writing The Day your Jekyll ate my Hyde as I was trying to make sense of an incredibly destructive relationship I was in at the time. We were fabulously in love and ferociously incapable of behaving like adults between breakfast and dinner time. I was heartbroken by that and did not know how to change it.

The poem took weeks to write but once it was finished, something beautiful had been created out of the mess I was living.

Time and a few breakups later, and I'm still grateful for this poem. These days I narrate audiobooks for a living, and get to participate in a lot of other people's explorations - for which I am truly thankful."

Find out more about her at christalewisaudiobooks.com

Sahana Kumar

Sahana Kumar, Author

Sahana Kumar, Author

Sahana is including four of her poems in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED. They are lovely words on relationships and self. One quote, in particular, mirrors what happens when you combine good storytelling with an accomplished narrator:

A story is hope. A story is despair.

Only the story will stay. The teller will disappear.

Sahana says of writing:

"I like to write because it's a good creative outlet. I'm the kind of person who likes to be, and needs to be, creative. I may not do something creative every single day (even though I know I should write everyday) but I need creativity in my life. I like to write because it's just something I do for me. It makes me feel productive and important. I don't do it to please anyone else. Truth be told, I'm probably my toughest critic anyway!" 

You can find her musings, here: https://www.yourquote.in/sahana-kumar-895/quotes/         

Meet Lauren and Karen, Authors & Actors in Nevertheless We Persisted

Lauren Ezzo

Lauren Ezzo (as Author)

Lauren Ezzo (as Author)

Lauren Ezzo's piece is called "Why I Was in a Terrible Mood that Time We Ran Into Each Other at the Grocery Store Last Year" and details a relationship that went to a darker place than she'd expected. She handles it with humor and a tender vulnerability. She performs the piece herself and says: 

"I think my piece speaks for itself, in terms of inspiration. Everything in the piece is factual, and did occur. But I found, while desperately searching for lifelines during that period, very little, or outdated information regarding convicted felons and their families and loved ones. It feels, to me, at least, like a modern scarlet letter. Those who carry it aren't always who you expect, especially given that about 1 in 12 Americans has some kind of felony conviction. The decision to commit a crime is always that, a choice- but for many the convictions and consequences that follow can obliterate any hope of rehabilitation. The first step to solving a problem, is to speak about it, come clean-and that's a small slice of why I wrote my piece."

Lauren also narrates an essay by Jackie Pick...highlighted in a separate post. Just click on her name to read more about her.

Find Lauren online here: 

Twitter: @SingleWithFries 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurenebezzo/

 

Karen White

 

Karen White, Author & Actor

Karen White, Author & Actor

Karen White is sharing her talents as a writer, and also performing her pieces. She has a poem called THE BOX and a short essay on FAITH. She wrote about the process of narrating her own work here.

She says of the process of participating in NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED: 

"My road to writing has been at the speed of a tortoise. Several years ago when I was living in Los Angeles, I joined a writing group founded by writing teacher Risa Okin of KidWritersLA.com. It was a lovely group of women, supportive and casual. Risa would give us a theme each month, we’d write on the topic, read what we’d written at the meeting, and give each other feedback. It was the first time I’d participated in such a group and it planted a seed that’s been growing slowly ever since. I had a food blog (Real Moms Real Food) for some time, where I shared recipes and my efforts to feed an extremely challenging young eater that I’d spawned. When I moved back to North Carolina, I met a magazine publisher when I spoke at a library fundraiser. He said that he could tell I had stories in me, and invited me to write an essay for his regional magazine, Salt. That was my first published piece. Now, seven or eight years since joining Risa’s group, I’ve written two novels and am working toward publishing them.

I am an audiobook narrator by trade – I have 300+ books to my credit and have been recording since 1999. You can find out about that at karenwhiteaudiobooks.com. I met the Blunder Woman herself through the audiobook community (the nicest and smartest community of actors, we like to think) and confessed that I’d been writing. I loved the idea of Nevertheless, We Persisted, and decided to look back at my writing to find something to submit. The two pieces Tanya chose for the collection came from that original writing group. The themes were “The Box” and “Faith”. (I’m guessing you’ll be able to tell which goes with which, as I wasn’t terribly creative with the titles.) Both address concepts I have always struggled with. Writing through my emotional, existential and/or ethical struggles has been therapeutic and enlightening for me. I hope that those who hear them will be likewise provoked."

 

NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED is thrilled to have Lauren & Karen participate not just as narrators, but writers, and appreciate their openness to share.

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Meet Mark, Danielle, & Erin...Participants in Nevertheless We Persisted

Mark Kamish

Mark Kamish, Actor

Mark Kamish, Actor

Mark is performing a poem about love and loving by Jack Arkell. Mark says of participating in Nevertheless We Persisted: 

"Spiritual teachers remind us we are not separate from the whole. We are indeed one with the sun, the earth, the air and with each other. To me, that's what this book is about; I'm delighted to help share it.

Find out more about him at MarkKamish.com

Danielle Dayney

Danielle Dayney, Writer

Danielle Dayney, Writer

Danielle's piece is called SURVIVING TACO NIGHT WITHOUT A DRINK and will be performed by Erin Bennet. She says of writing this:

"This essay was inspired by a weekend of heavy drinking, a night of insomnia, and my desire to be a better person. I knew if I put something on paper about my habit, then maybe it would reinforce that desire. It has. If you like this essay, then check out my blog at www.danielledayney.com."

Erin Bennett

Erin Bennett, Actor

Erin Bennett, Actor

Erin performs SURVIVING TACO NIGHT WITHOUT A DRINK and says of the piece and participating in this project:

"Persistence - there is so much energy packed into that word. Persistence never stops.. it can keep reinventing itself and keep renewing itself.  This word is my new inspiration."

Find out more about her here: https://www.erinbennettvo.com 

 

 

 

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