Self Portrait in Color Pencils - Trent P. McDonald

Self Portrait in Color Pencils – Trent P. McDonald

Hello and Welcome to Trent’s World Blog!  Now what’s this blog all about?  Play the music below and I’ll explain:

I use this as my ring tone.  It’s not the greatest piece I’ve written.  Some of the music I’ve created is technically much better and some is much more original.  I’ve delved deeper into meaning.

So why this particular piece?

This little ditty, the Scherzo to my Piano Sonata in C# minor, perhaps best tells the story of my art.  It’s intricate yet doesn’t take itself too seriously; dark yet not scary;  beyond the every day (I hope) yet not pretentious.  I think it’s fun!

That’s what my blog is about.  On occasion I might try to teach myself a lesson and hope you’ll also learn something.  I try to move beyond the ordinary to inspire creativity but don’t take myself too seriously.

You’ll find short stories, poems, reviews and just ramblings about life.

As an example of what you might find here, this is the most popular short fiction I’ve posted to date (early January 2014):

 First Day Out

I think you can describe this story in much the same way as you can the scherzo to my Piano Sonata in C# minor.  What do you think?

If you want to see more about my goals for my blog this year, please read:

Yes, Another “What I Want from My Blog in 2014” Post

Above all, have fun.

About Trent

Visit my Web Page, or my Author’s Web Page.


© All music, words and images copyright Trent P. McDonald unless otherwise noted.

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  2. h2hsc2020

    Hi Trent! I was guided to your WeeklySmile Challenge by a fellow Blogger just today. When I was looking around your Blog page, on the ‘About’ section, and listened to your “Sonata in c# minor 3rd Mvmnt”….very nice. Loved it! Love the Jazz feel it has. Yes, I hear the dark tones too. But love it…thank you for sharing it.
    The first thing that caught my eye though on your page, is your drawing with the camera, piano keys, pencil, and music notes. As a violinist myself, I loved that drawing and thought ‘very creative’ this man is…then I heard your piano playing! WOW…
    Being a paper crafter myself and violinist – the creativity is in my bones…thank you again!
    Definitely glad to be a part of the #WeeklySmiles Challenge. I’m off to write my first one.
    Until next time…
    Nancy/Heart to Heart Soul Creations (h2hsc2020)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Nancy. That drawing pretty much sums up what I try to do on the blog, though these days I concentrate more on writing. I also haven’t been composing “classical” music in a while and just play around with electronics, though I may put out my piano music some time. Look forward to seeing you around here and on the Weekly Smile :)

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          1. Nobbinmaug

            There’s one thing I didn’t know right there.

            I know the people who start these things have good intentions, but they are kind of a nuisance. I don’t mind answering the questions. I had fun with it. Passing it on makes me feel kind of dirty, like a telemarketer or Jehova’s Witness.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I hope you enjoyed it to the end! Although I put up this page years ago, that part is still true – I still use the music as my ring tone on my phone.

      Thanks for stopping by and following. :)


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do need to update my about… I’m working on a final draft of a book, The Fireborn, and hope to get it out this summer (self-published. I have also been doing a serialized novel in almost real time on the blog, The Old Mill. I hope to keep the momentum going on that one and get a first/rough draft written and posted without too many pauses. Those are the main two goals for the year, at least as far as writing and blogging go.

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      1. idiotwriter

        I would miss that wouldn’t I? Know what they call me sometimes around here Trent? ;) You could just add this into the post you already did and hey presto – its done! No sweat – you KNOW that! ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi nonsmokingladybug! This weekend I’m going to try to start looking at the people on M-R’s community page, I’ve just been too busy lately. I’m sure I’ll stop by for a visit soon. In the mean time, snoop away!

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  14. Gene'O

    Hey Trent. I love the Sonata. it’s just the right length, and provides the perfect atmosphere for “First Day Out.” I opened that link in new window and read while I listened.

    I’m blogrolling you on my writing blog so I can keep up. I’ve seen you liking my stuff for awhile, and when you left me that comment today, I thought it was time to spend a few minutes really looking at what you’re doing. I don’t have time to much original blogging on writing at the moment, so I do a lot of reblogs over there. I’m always looking for good writing-related posts to share.

    I love that you publish your goals. I do that, too, and I’m always interested to know what other bloggers are hoping to get from the blogging experience. I tend to plan the blogs by the quarter rather than the year, but I plan my writing goals by the year.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Gene. I do try to keep up with your blog. Or I guess i should say “blogs”. I’ve begun to get a little better about the blog etiquette of liking and/or commenting on posts so I’m sure my name has popped up more often.

      Of course I’d feel honored if you shared my work. I know I’ve started following several blogs after seeing them on your site.

      I need to revisit my goals for the year and see how I’m doing – it’s been almost four months since I wrote it. Doing it by quarter makes a lot of sense.

      Thanks again for stopping by and for your comments.

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      1. Gene'O

        You’re very welcome, and if I do share your work, you can be certain I liked it. Just wanted you to know I’m paying attention to you, and willing to have conversations.

        Rock on!

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  15. Dina

    Ver nice work, Trent! Thank you so much for following The World according to Dina, it’s much appreciated. I like your music. Do you need a special plug in to upload MP3 to WP? I recently wanted to upload an interview and couldn’t do it.
    Warm greetings from the North

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi Dina. I loved the pictures on your blog – Norway must be so beautiful. I did have to purchase a special media package through Word Press to post mp3s. It was like $10US for a year. It also increases the amount of storage space you’re allowed. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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  16. trentpmcd Post author

    Hi Sonya. I didn’t do anything different for this page than a post. I had an empty line at the top of the page and then added the media as normal. I click on the picture then on the little picture “Edit Your Media” icon then choose “center”.



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