Sunday, February 26, 2012

Seven Moments in Time: The Cast List

I'd like to introduce the entire cast of Seven Moments in Time. Each character is important and I know that readers will connect with every moment in the book in a different way. Flash fiction doesn't leave a lot of room for character development, but I think you'll enjoy getting to know these characters - even if it's only for a moment.

The Father and The Son: A mass media consumer realizes that the most important business of the day takes place early in the morning in his own living room.

Julia and Evan: They're both six years old, enjoy spinning on the merry-go-round, and know more about random acts of kindness than many adults.

Aaron Klein: On the day of his Bar Mitzvah, Aaron begins to understand that becoming a man is less about age than it is about personal responsibility.

Jay and Kenny: Suburban high school boys can't wait to get away. Sometimes getting across town is good enough.

The Devoted Wife, Sean, and their son Clay: Every family going through hard times has a story. This family is transitioning from one chapter to another.

Ellen: Alcohol and a lifetime on the sidelines of politics has made her weary. Confronting her reality will allow Ellen a new chance.

Neil and Krystal: Love and familiarity can carry a partnership through the good and the bad and sometimes even through dreaded social obligations.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

For the Love of Food

I was invited to be one of author Terri Giuliano Long's guests during her "For the Love of Love" event and, fortunately for me, the topic I was asked to write about was food. Followers of this blog know how I feel about food and my contribution to Terri's event allowed me to get a little more specific. Bon Appetit.

For the Love of Food
by Todd R. Tystad

Most people agree that it was Socrates who first said, “One should eat to live, not live to eat.” Far be it from me to disagree with one of the world’s greatest thinkers, but I just have to wonder if we really can have it both ways. I propose, “Live to eat and share food with those you love.”

Love of food for me isn’t simply about the food itself. It’s about enjoying a multi-sensory experience with the people you share it with. We all need nourishment to survive, but sharing food with the people we love allows us to thrive.

When I think back to all of the food I’ve enjoyed with family and friends over a lifetime, it takes me back to the moments and experiences that make up the very fabric of who I am. I remember corn on the cob in my grandmother’s kitchen, scallops wrapped in bacon at a friend’s wedding, roasted red bell pepper soup with colleagues in the mountains, grilled steak served outside a livestock auction, wedding cake, PB&J, Thanksgiving turkey… the list goes on.

I come from a family where love is expressed through the food that is served and, sometimes unfortunately, through the quantity of food on the plate. The events that are anticipated and planned most meticulously are the shared meals that give us a moment away from the world outside and allow us to break bread with the people who we will hold in our hearts forever.

For me, the effort put into creating a meal and serving it to the people I care about is the best way to say, “I love you.”

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Organizing the E. S. Classroom (Free E-Book)

Organizing the Elementary School Classroom is now available in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. To celebrate, I'm making it available as a free download on Amazon today and tomorrow (February 18 and 19). Here's what readers had to say about the book:

"A MUST read for all elementary educators."
"A must-read for new teachers and a great reflection tool for veteran teachers."

Enjoy the free download, share the news with your friends in education, and consider posting a brief review on Amazon. Reviews are powerful and I'd sure appreciate it.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Nebraska Writing Project Youth Writing Festivals

The Nebraska Writing Project, a network of professional educators and writers, is sponsoring its first-ever NeWP Youth Writing Festivals. The two festivals are designed for high school students and educators and will allow participants to learn more about writing, share written work, and interact with other students, educators, and writers.

Omaha - Elkhorn South High School: March 3
University of Nebraska - Kearney: April 28 

I am honored to have been asked to participate in both festivals. I'll be presenting sessions on screenwriting and also participating in panel discussions on writing and publishing.

Both festivals are sure to be outstanding events. I encourage you to forward this information to any Nebraska student or educator you think might be interested. The early registration cut-off for the Omaha festival is February 15, so spread the word as soon as possible.

For more information, click on either of the links above. Thanks in advance for sharing the news.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Seven Moments in Time (Free E-Book)

Seven Moments in Time, my short fiction collection, is now available in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. To celebrate, I'm making it available as a free download on Amazon tomorrow (February 5) as part of my "Instead of Football" promotion.

Whether your team didn't make it to the playoffs, you hate football, or you're not even aware that there's a game tomorrow, forward this post to your friends and everyone can get something for free from Amazon for a change.
Seven Moments in Time
by Todd R. Tystad 
"This collection of seven short stories examines human relationships and the complicated journey from childhood to adulthood. From a moment in a sandbox to a moment in a synagogue to a moment spent outside a Christmas party, these are the moments that reveal who we are and how we're weathering the journey."
Remember, tomorrow's the day to step away from the hot wings, find a quiet place, and get a free download. Enjoy some moments that don't include football and remind yourself that it could always be worse - it could be March Madness.