Friday, December 3, 2021

Author Interview

World of Writing - Author Interview

Today we have  author and business owner Trent A. Romer in for a World of Writing - Author Interview! His book Finding Sustainability details his journey to find sustainability in multiple places.  (Visit for pictures and details about the book.)  Trent has worked hard to shift his plastic bag manufacturing company Clear View Bag Co., Inc ( toward a more sustainable direction through a new vision of Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Company. We've featured a few of his sustainability articles and links on our blog, and of course we've discussed green living many times on this blog so do scroll through those archived posts :)

Trent, let's start by having you introduce yourself to our audience, and tell us something about Finding Sustainability.

A: My name is Trent Romer and I am the 3rd generation co-owner of a family owned and operated plastic bag manufacturing business. I am from a very large family ---- 30 first cousins and 13 aunts & uncles. In 2018, I found myself at a crossroads of preservation and survival spurred by the anti-plastic narrative surrounding our industry. 

My love of the outdoors and long term health of the planet pushed me in a preservation direction while the need to provide for the families our business employs pulled me to the survival path. I wanted to both preserve and survive. 

The crossroads forced me to begin my journey to 8 states, 3 national parks and 3 countries to find sustainability for our company and for me personally.  

Q: When did you get the inspiration to start writing this book? 

A: Throughout the journey, I wrote about the adventures and education I was experiencing at each destination. I had never thought of putting them together to create a book until the lead faculty at my Harvard University experience encouraged me to write.

She said: 

“Regardless of what may or may not be out there,

 it is important to tell your story.” 

She provided the spark and confidence to write. I’ll be forever grateful.   

Q: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? 

A: The places I had visited provided a foundation for the research. I also read countless books, articles, and reports, listened to podcasts and spoke with anyone who would talk to me. It always seems more research can be done as there are always new things to learn. In full, the research took about 2 years to complete and continued right up until I turned in the final manuscript for editing.  

Q: In creating your book, did you find yourself unprepared or surprised by anything?

A: Yes, in fact there were 3 pieces of information that continued to come up in the literature which kept me motivated to write and they served as the foundations of the book.  

First, 8,000,000 tons of plastic waste finds its way to our oceans every year.

Second, packaging is expected to double in the next 20 years.

Third, if the age of the earth was equated to one year in time, humans would show up with only 36 minutes left in the year.   

These three facts repeatedly inspired me about plastics end of life problems, our society reliance on plastics and our human impact on the earth in such a short period of time.  

Q: Do you, as an author, intend to write more books in this genre? Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

A: Great question. In writing Finding Sustainability, I had no intentions of writing another book. I’m not sure I see myself as an author. Maybe that will change. I am passionate about sustainability. I like to find valuable information about sustainability, try to apply it and then relay the information in a story-like format to the reader. I enjoy writing and would like to write another sustainability book. I have an idea which I think would fit a new angle to understanding sustainability. I hope to find the words that pull the story out of my head in the year to come.    


Q:  What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

A:I have been working at my company for 30 years --- the last 20 dominated by emails as a primary means of communication. I write over 50 emails a day. Emails that are written in a clear, concise, descriptive and respectful way have proven to help communicate with, retain more of and attract new clients. I think at least in part, my everyday practice in writing emails has helped me find a writing style --- I did not see that coming.    

Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

A: My first book was just released. I have had some feedback. One question I get a lot is “Who is in the Boat?” referring to the front cover.  People generally think it is me.  My hope is after reading the book they see themselves as the ones in the boat with their own sustainability journey to explore.   My website, twitter feed, IG, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts are all means to interact. I look forward to any feedback to learn and to get better and hopefully be able to help others.   

Q:  How would you express your journey as an author?

A: An uphill climb fraught with mis-steps, dead-ends, re-writes and rejection. Writing is hard for me. However, the challenge of it all and the desire to share information and express myself trumps the struggles.

Q:  What do you love, other than writing?

A: I played basketball through my 4 years in college; it has always been a big part of my life. I love 1980’s music - I can’t seem to get my listening tastes away from my teenage years. 

My family means to world to me. My wife of 20 years and I have three sons (and a beloved dog) who are the center of our lives. We love to travel to the ocean and national parks for vacations.

Q: And last, What advice do you have for writers?

A: Wow. I am not sure I feel qualified to offer advice, but maybe I could offer something that might help someone. 

I am a big fan of thinking of writing as an exercise of selection. A tremendous amount of information is gathered combined with countless stories and ideas in your head. The best writers are able to throw out the information that distracts the reader, edit out ideas that cloud the larger narrative and reduce word “clutter”. The writer is the one who selects - it is up to you. 

I think of writing as being like a sculptor: start with a chunk of rock and keep chipping away what is not needed. What is left, is what you wanted all along. 


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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Recommended Resources

-- Recommended Resources --

Indiana Wildlife Federation - works to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Indiana's (USA) wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Prairie Rivers Network focuses on protecting water, healing the land and inspiring positive environmental change.

Tennessee Wildlife Federation (USA) - one of the largest organizations in the state offering wildlife and natural resources stewardship, involving community and youth engagement.


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Balancing Self-employment with life

The Balancing Act 

Having been self-employed since 1992, I’ve learned a lot about the balancing act that comes with running a business. Entrepreneurs have to make choices as to what is practical and what takes precedence. We have to prioritize and when we choose something, we have to be willing to make the sacrifices to make that new task happen. It doesn’t take long before new entrepreneurs discover that some activities are very time sensitive. Sometimes it feels like the pressure is on and the emotional pain and stress arise when we have to let something go in order to accomplish what has to be done.

We are constantly balancing the business with what we want to accomplish in life-events and home-chores. We also have to train people so they understand that they cannot drop by just because they know you are home. We might have to make signs and post office hours in order to drive the point home.

I’ve learned that just because there are options and opportunities that others have had success with, doesn’t mean that they are the right choice for you at this time. Location, abilities, talents, budget, timing and circle of influence - these all play a major role as to what works for the individual. 

I had to learn how to see opportunities differently. Instead of being stressed about all these things I have to do, I now look at them as future opportunities and write them down in a file. When I return to that file, I celebrate the fact that I have all these great options to follow up on when my schedule opens up. A lot of business owners pay others big bucks to find those opportunities. So instead of feeling regret that you have a list of “to do’s” look at it as a compilation of opportunities waiting for you.

Because we work from home, there is a need to make time for the household duties, the meal making, the yard care, the shopping, and all the other life and family activities. Working from home can often mean we are loading and running various machines while we are working on the blog. We might be prepping meals part of the day, doing cleaning chores, tackling that honey-do list and also returning calls and emails pertaining to business. We have bread baking while answering questions to an interview, or watering the lawn while we write an article. Those of us who are self-employed learn to multitask, that’s for sure. 

At the same time, we need to learn to say “No” when it comes to all the things your family or friends figure you should have time for. With family this often means that we need to learn how to delegate what needs to be done.

Home-based business owners also need to have a ' shut-off ' button. We have to be willing to schedule time to recharge those energy batteries and refill that happiness bucket so that when we come back to that lists of to do’s, we do it efficiently, with energy, enthusiasm and fewer mistakes. 


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Monday, November 29, 2021

Media Appearance

Media Appearance - Interview

Motivation online magazine's passion is very clear:

"To do better, you must know better. Get the ball rolling with stories of success and cautionary tales from those who’ve been there before. Motivation is your best foot forward."

I am so proud to let you know that we have been invited to participate in an interview in this publication !

Check out our interview below:


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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Defining Hope

Why hope?

* Written by Elise Brooke, who tells us that her "passion is creative writing. I’ve been writing for 24 years in fiction and poetry. I have written and published two autobiographies in my book series The New Zealand Dream, by Sheila - my pen name. In between projects, I do freelance writing, content, and article and coaching." Her books can be found on Amazon and she invites our readers to check out her FaceBook page and her Blog

The definition of hope in a spiritual context may mean believing good things will happen with faith in a higher power. Hope may be directed in outward prayer.
For others hope is looking on the bright side, seeing challenges as opportunities, always hoping for the best.

To hope is to want an outcome that makes your life better in some way. It can make a tough present situation more bearable and improve our lives. Envisioning a better future motivates you to take the steps to make it happen. Hope in general means a desire for things to change for the better, and to want that better situation.

Hope is not optimism, an optimist generally is more hopeful than others. Even the most pessimistic person you ever met can still be hopeful. Most people associate hope with a dire situation, people hope to get out of a bad situation. This is often when people find themselves hoping fervently. Hope can also provide the key to making everyday life better. Just envisioning something hopeful, gives a person a moment of happiness. This can make present difficulties much easier to bear.

Having hope links your past and present to the future. You create a vision of what you hope for. Whether it happens or not, just envisioning it can make you feel better. If it is something you can somewhat control then hope can motivate you to take the steps you need.

Having hope is vital to the very act of being human. Hope is a match in a dark tunnel, a lamp unto your feet. Just enough light to reveal the path ahead and ultimately the way out.


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Friday, November 26, 2021

quote of the day

Quote of the Day

" A sensitive plant in a garden grew,

And the young winds fed it with silver dew,

And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,

and closed them beneath the kisses of night."

~ Percy Shelley


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