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Alice Zero is NOW

Book Cover, Alice Zero
Her last hope has a cheshire grin.

Not to much new to say. My book Alice Zero – my greek mythology story and Alice in Wonderland mashup is live. You can purchase it here on Amazon.

Quite a few thank yous to mention here. Colleen Anderson, first and foremost. She made me write this, and to my surprise I loved the concept I came up with. Without you I never would have tried writing something like this, let alone, let myself walk through the doors I did with it. So thank you.

Kenzie Carr, you made me better. Much like the majority of the collaborators I choose, I’m lucky to have them and they make me better. Kenzie is one of the most enthusiastic people I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with and I can’t wait to do it again.

Vanessa Farkas-Brahmakshatriya for giving me some great ideas on the greek mythology mashup of this. It gave me thoughts not just for this book but the next one as well.

Miranda Krogstad for that workshop this year. She made me realize there was another character that needed to be in the story. I get better writing when I attend her stuff, and I appreciate it greatly that she helped.

Finally, I want to thank Heather Ans, who this book is dedicated to. If I hadn’t met the girl with the gorgon tattoo in real life, I never would have come up with the Gorgon Knight or the Greek Mythology angle at all.

Price Point Matters

So one of the big questions freelancers must ask themselves is what exactly are our services worth? The answer is whatever you can get. Now the whole figuring out exactly what you are worth aspect is an article in of itself, but what I’m more interested in doing today is the cautionary tale of what to charge. Finding the sweet spot is a bit of trial and error. This post is about why we shouldn’t aim low on our price point.

What may shock a person reading this is that the reason for a higher price point is not because of trying to make as much money as possible…mostly. In truth, your price point is more about protecting you than it is about the living you make. Nothing should make a writer scarier than a minimum wage job.

We Do Not Respect Those Who Serve

fast food counter
An honest job few respect

If you’ve ever had a fast food job, you know how difficult that job really is. You have to be quick, customers are demanding, middle management even more so. It’s a constant grind. Then it’s over. Those people who handle the food and serve thousands are paid pennies.

Do you respect them?

If the answer is no, it’s because of only one thing. The pay check. Before I continue, I would like to say, you definitely should. They work hard. A job is a job after all.

The pay check in this world is about respect. It’s not the purchasing power, rather it’s what you have access to as a result of what you do. When you freelance, it too is about respect. People that pay you very little, respects little. People that pay the world, have much higher respect for the people they pay for.

The difference? Respect and Understanding. I had a client that wanted me to work on advertising their Kickstarter. I agreed, because it seemed like a heck of a challenge. I had ideas, and all I was waiting for was the full list of active creatives on the project, and a date when the Kickstarter was going to be launched. I never got anything concrete with either of those things, which made my job impossible to do. Kickstarter campaigns work best when there are weeks of advertisement mentioned. Without key information, I couldn’t advertise the Kickstarter as much as I wanted to, and I couldn’t help build a stretch goal outline I wanted because I didn’t have a complete list of people involved.

After I fired that individual (I was unable to do my job, so why keep it?) I asked myself why did the job go south. I certainly wasn’t completely innocent. But from the things that weren’t in my control, it boiled down to price point. It was too low. My client did not respect my time, and my energy the way it needed to be in order for me to do the job the way I needed to. I didn’t have a have enough price to make my client take this seriously.

It’s because of this client that I will not under any circumstances do anything for a percentage. Unless the principals involved have a very impressive track record of being very large dividends at the end of the job, you should not take it under most other circumstances. A good lesson.

Price point equals respect. Remember the minimum wage job and how you treat that worker at the restaurant, because that’s how you will be treated too.

No Resentment

If I was to paint a reason why people resented their jobs, it’s because people feel underpaid and undervalued. Unless you throw so much time into some of these jobs that you cannot enjoy life, they tend to suck you dry. I mention fast food, but I could indict the whole labor force. Almost to a man and woman people are not being paid what they are worth.

In fact, we damned ourselves even further. We made our minimum wage jobs essential in this time. Instead of a permanently increased wage scale, instead we praise them like heroes. Talk about even further devaluing our workforce. We now expect them to work for the same money during a pandemic as we did when there wasn’t. Teachers in particular I feel for in this time. Based on how I described above, do you feel in the long run any of these jobs will be respected?

As a culture, Western civilization does not know how to treat heroes. Look at policemen. They were heroes at 9/11. Look at veterans. Many people that serve are not rewarded like they should. It’s one of the greatest injustices of the world.

I’ll be damned if I let that happen with my creative endeavors. I got out of the workforce because it was unbearable. I have no desire to go back and deal with these kinds of environments. I’m worth more than that and I love what I do.

Why would I risk that love becoming resentment by settling? Fuck that. If I know the person I’m dealing with doesn’t appreciate me, I’m charging more. I’m not going to resent any job I do. Ever.

Believe in Yourself

The one consequence to being a freelancer is that now there are some things I will not do for free at all anymore, or at the very least not as often. Many people I know come to me for podcast advice. I have no problem giving a little bit, but now I measure my time. If someone really wants to pick my brain on how that works, they can pay for it.

I have to believe that my expertise is worth something. I have to believe that I’m going to do well at this. I have to believe I’m worth it. That might be the hardest thing about being a freelancer. The biggest mental battle we have as people is recognizing our own worth. We have to protect it, and ourselves.

The best way to do it is faith. You have to believe in yourself and be willing to fight for it. Sometimes that means walking away. Sometimes it’s going to hurt in the moment. But this is a battle to turn what you love into something to make a living. You have to be willing to take a stand. If you do, you can find the money out there. It really is real.

Is there a time to do something for free? Yes. Maybe the first job. If you want to establish some credibility and credentials, go do that. After, you never do it for free again. Instead, figure out what it will cost for you to respect yourself, and not resent doing the job yourself.

Thanks for reading. If you have a second, check out the premier of Season 2 of Suzy Vadori’s inspired writing. Give her a like and subscribe while you’re there. Suzy gives great advice on the craft of writing. Check out her work below.

I produced this bad boy. It rocks!

If you like that, and want me to do more, check out my Podcast Services page.

Next week, a cool cover. Until then, remember, you’re worth it. Go out there and get it.

Episode 595: Just Joshing Episode 595: Quinn Teechma Just Joshing

#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  2. Episode 594: Just Joshing Episode 594: Lola Grant
  3. Episode 593: Just Joshing Episode 593: Leland Bjerg
  4. Episode 592: Just Joshing Episode 592: J.E. Taylor
  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

The Dream

My Unexpected Week

I didn’t expect to be back freelancing at this time. I was intending to save money while working a day job to get ready for what is next. And then, right before I began I was laid off.

So, I went back to freelancing. This week was like a culmination of me wondering what was next. So I figured I’d write as I had a week to kill. Right off the bat, I got a writing gig with a magazine. That article comes out next week. Then, I get a podcast gig from someone I enjoy working with very much. I start working on that this weekend. Then, my pitch at Writer’s Weekly got accepted, so I wrote that. Suddenly I had a living wage freelancing.

I’ve never done that before. Something a lot of writers tend to talk about is that there is no money in writing. That’s not exactly true. The decision that needs to be made is what direction you are going into and what you are writing. More on that below.

Finally, the podcast is doing well on Twitch. I’m approaching my first one hundred followers on Twitch and very close to the affiliate status. I tend to stream monday through friday at 7pm EST here. Join me and watch the interviews. Did two interviews this week I was especially proud of. You can watch past episodes on my Youtube, or listen to them on the player below or any app you choose.

That’s a pretty amazing week. Not to mention that I got my cover for Alice Won? From Kenzie Carr. (Wow. Next week. I promise.) Then this week, I got another phone call Thursday that the lay off is going to last another few weeks. I thought about it. Why look anywhere else? This is what I want to do. Which leads to a question, why did I stop to begin with?

Poverty is Trauma

Pirate Zombie
You never forget your brush with death

There will always be a part of me in Snowflake and Show Low Arizona. There I met a piece of my end, and no matter how far I come there’s a piece of me back there. I don’t fear much, but one of the things I still fear is poverty. I never want to be back in that place. I never want to wonder where that next meal is coming in and I never ever will grow hungry again.

If you’ve never experienced this, this feeling is so visceral, so primal, it unlocks something savage and ruthless inside you. If you have, nothing more needs to be said. If you haven’t, there is nothing I can say to give you that feeling.

But it never leaves you. There’s a little fear, because you know how close you stand to the edge when you’re in that state. The best and worst things can come out of you in that moment.

But you never forget.

I need to forget.

That fear is what brought me back to the day job. It’s not completely irrational. That desire to not lose pushes you, but you can’t be afraid to get back in that position. No matter what, it will not be as bad as the first time. I’ve been there before. I can survive anything.

I Believe In Me

More importantly, I have to believe I won’t go back. I have to believe that I will get better and do more spectacular things. And I already have. Next week you’ll see my first freelance article.

Unlike last time, I know what I’m going to do. Freelancing is about focus. My dad if he read this would know exactly what I’m saying there. So that leaves the question, what do I offer?

Podcasting – Whether you want me to produce, post, make content or consult with building a show, I’m your guy.

Writing – I write articles and do so all over the web. I specialize in interviews, reviews, and profiles of people. You can see where I’ve gone, and where I’m going.

Comics – I edit comic books as well. If you need proofreading, story consultation, I’m your guy. You can hire me.

Any way you look at it I’m ready to go and I know what I offer. The question is who? You. If you want a feature piece on a person or company. You, if you want to create a podcast. Or you, if you want to create the best comic possible. I’m your guy.

The Dream

It may take a while but I will fly.

I’m not expecting the week I had this week, but I’ve already picked up more work, and I will be hunting for more. I’m crafting pitches and building up to what I need to. I have two books I want to release before the year is up and dang it I’m doing it. Hell or high water.

By this time next year I’m on the road, interviewing incredible people about their stories. I’m releasing great books and I’m traveling the world. I’m walking my path and chasing my dreams, because I believe in me.

I think I’m truly ready. Let’s do this.

Episode 595: Just Joshing Episode 595: Quinn Teechma Just Joshing

#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  2. Episode 594: Just Joshing Episode 594: Lola Grant
  3. Episode 593: Just Joshing Episode 593: Leland Bjerg
  4. Episode 592: Just Joshing Episode 592: J.E. Taylor
  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

How My Apocalypse Prepared Me For This Time

(Originally Published on Coffee over Suicide Blog)

So, we’re here. How we got here for the moment doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that there’s a pandemic, and we’re all being forced to stay away from each other for the time being. For all of us, this is almost apocalyptic. It’s change on a large scale for sure.

I faced my own personal apocalypse twelve years ago. It’s nowhere near the same scope of this, but I have been to the bottom of the barrel. I have seen the shadow of death. While there are a lot of uncertainties going forward, there are some things I know we’re all going to learn, and there are some things I know will help.

The World is Bigger Than You

There is a grieving process going on. Everyone is in their five stages of grief in some form or another. The five stages being denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance. I came to acceptance really quick. The world has changed and is changing, and I’m along for the ride. It’s easy for me to surrender to this wave of change. The reason why it’s so easy is because I’ve done it before.

I lost everything over the course of a year. I had an opportunity that did not go very well. My anger and refusal to ask for help on things led me to go down a very dark path. There was a point in this path that I lost everything. I lost my job. I couldn’t qualify for welfare under my circumstances, and I had to figure out how to pay for rent. Food was running out. And it forced me to do a lot of things that were hard to survive. But through all that I was grieving over what I lost.

Until I hit rock bottom. I acknowledge what I’m writing about next may only be in my head. This was my experience and so take this tale as simply that.

So one day I was walking to my trailer in Show Low Arizona when I looked out into the distance, and I saw a shadow. It was in the distance, but it wasn’t that far in the distance. It was at the edge of the corner of my eye, but I knew that this was coming for me. And if I let it catch me, I wasn’t going to be here anymore.

This was death. Or rather, it’s shadow. Like I said, this may all be in my head, but at that moment I understood something very profound. One day I was going to die. Maybe that day. The fact that I’m writing here says I came through, but there was a great epiphany.

I had to learn that the world was much bigger than I was, and that one day I was going to die. Life is fragile, and everyone today is much more aware of that right now than ever. This virus is bigger than anything everyone has ever known. Governments, businesses, our very way of life is changing. Part of this process right now is coming to grips with those two truths.

The world is bigger than we are. That’s a good thing, but it’s a very uncomfortable truth. Our goals, our dreams, they can change on a whim. Much like how we can’t stop the rain, we can’t stop this either. Coming to grips with this does make grieving for what’s going on easier.

Fear, Anger, and Surrender

This is the hardest phase(s), and where most of us are at right now. If this takes a while, I get it. I went through this twelve years ago.

There are billions of different interpretations of what is going on right now. If you are in the denial stage, you are probably going to do one of two things. You either are going to panic about what’s going on, or you’re going to be angry about it.

If you’re afraid, it’s perfectly natural to be scared. Everything is just stopping. There is nothing normal about the world right now. There is a lot of shock and fear about how things are going to go and last going forward. Anxiety, pain, and maybe even a little guilt might be in the psyche. Let yourself feel those things. It’s okay to be worried or anxious.

I’ll confess that my biggest fear in this crisis is that I couldn’t go home to see my family. Walking away from my job to go from Vancouver to Windsor made me nervous, because everyday I was wondering how long I had before lockdown. I made it home fortunately, so my anxieties were eased.

I understand how people in that are working right now feel as a result, as I had to take a bus and two trains to go to work each day. The potential of catching something from someone amplifies these fears.

Perhaps the most important thing right now for those that are working is that you need a moment to acknowledge the risk to yourself. My travel combined with my work environment increased the likelihood I’d catch something. I accepted that everyday I went out the door. It was my risk to take and I owned it. If you’re out there right now, you have to do the same. Accept the possibility and do what you have to. That’s super hard, and I get it. But if you are out there, there is no other healthy choice. Accept what is, and move on.

To everyone else, don’t let those worries and fears rule you. If you are anxious, afraid, and feeling overwhelmed, disconnect from news, social media and let yourself cope. You need to unwind from this crazy. We all do. When you can adjust for it, don’t worry, there are plenty of things to read about this from the newspapers every day. They’ll be there when you come back.

The worst parts of ourselves come out when we’re scared. We hoard toilet paper, we are cruel to the people who have to be out there, we lash out, and so many other things. Again, it’s okay to be afraid. Acknowledge your fears, but we can’t become inhumane and unkind. What’s important to remember right now is that you’re not alone and that we’re all in this together.

If you’re angry right now, I sympathize. I was angry when I realized I was going to lose everything, and that there wasn’t anything I could do about it. Things I was counting on weren’t going to be there any longer. If you’re a small business, you have no idea what’s going to happen to you. Rents and mortgages aren’t being frozen in North America. I really feel for restaurants, bars and places that use their dining halls. In Vancouver, I remember going by this Jugo Juice. A father and two daughters are running this franchise, and rents are unforgiving. I would be surprised if that ever reopens.

I understand that anger, but it’s really good to let go. I would have been so much farther ahead in Arizona if I hadn’t been so angry. I was so determined to try and do things on my own, I missed so many opportunities to connect and possibly turn my situation into something else. Or even leaving altogether when I should. I probably would have more real teeth in my mouth right now if I had let go of my anger. I didn’t.

Things only changed when I realized the situation I was in. And that didn’t even happen then. It happened when I got a package from my sister. I couldn’t even get the energy to go get a job interview with Safeway in Show Low Arizona. I just was done. I was broken and burned out on my anger with this whole mess my life became. And then, I got pictures from my sister. Pictures I hadn’t seen in twenty years. They were me and her, and my mom and dad when they married, and it was so wondrous to see.

Was I so tiny? And I laughed because I remembered some things. I remembered what mattered most to me. Once I did that, I did the only thing I could. I accepted what happened to me and surrendered to what came next. I gave up the illusion of my control. Once I did that, my eyes opened to other possibilities.

Adapt

The one advantage of uncertainty is that it creates possibilities. We all have skills, talents, and while they may not seem to be significant with the changes, there are ways to apply them. Let’s say you were a singer that depended on the stage for your income. Right this minute, going on stage in front of a live audience is impossible.

What about a digital one though? The one thing that everyone wants right now is content. A concert that’s put together even halfway professionally with some genuine spunk could help spread your name right now, maybe push some merchandise sales. Maybe you could approach a company for sponsorship for your next project.

Kickstarter and Patreon do still exist. Someone with a novel or comic, or a video game project might shift their revenue to here. Small businesses should move into digital realms a little more. Maybe there’s something new that is going to blindside us all. There are opportunities even now when all seems uncertain coming to the horizon. The smart individual is looking to create those things. The fruit of the work you’re doing right now may not manifest immediately, but the one advantage we all have right now is time.

We can all seek to do something different. We can become someone different. This is a pause that we can take advantage of in a myriad of ways. We can learn something new. Me? I’m starting to draw stuff. I’m taking pictures of things and I’m trying to copy, one thing at a time. Right now, I’m drawing ice cream cones. My end goal? I’ve always wanted to do comic books. I’ve written my fair share of comic scripts in my time. Some of them are pretty good, but the process of hiring and finding people to work on your passion products is quite difficult.

So now I can learn to draw, and release that content someday in some form. I can adapt, because I have the time to do so.

The Little Things Matter

So from the pictures in my last apocalypse, I realized what was important for me. Everyone has to find their own answer for that one. My advice? Chase your happiness.

We can’t go outside and hang out, and hug and greet each other. But we can learn new things, we can appreciate the little moments. Not much in life truly matters. This was the biggest lesson learned when I left stuff behind. I had to let go of everything I had when I left Arizona. Once I accepted that I had to, it was easy. I knew what mattered.

Even now, you can chase joy. Joy in this time is the true path to rebellion. This is a pause. Find that thing that makes you happy and go with it. We can still connect to each other. We can choose to make the best of it. That’s what I’m doing. I take this one day at a time. I don’t worry about when this will end, because I can’t control it. One way or the other I will be taken care of. The important thing is to while I am in this, to keep going and living as best I can. I’m grateful for what I have, and am ready for whatever is next.

Episode 595: Just Joshing Episode 595: Quinn Teechma Just Joshing

#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  2. Episode 594: Just Joshing Episode 594: Lola Grant
  3. Episode 593: Just Joshing Episode 593: Leland Bjerg
  4. Episode 592: Just Joshing Episode 592: J.E. Taylor
  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

Announcing Alice Won?

So it’s official. Alice Zero is nominated for an Elgin Award in the Chapbook Category. Really stoked to see that my writing got noticed. It’s not that I’m not proud of my podcast. I am. But I started doing this to write. And this was a really cool thing to see my poetry respected. I wanted to give a shout out to Colleen Anderson for being an amazing person to have in your corner. She’s awesome.

Click the Alice Zero link if you want to know more.

It’s completely a surprise to get an email finding out your nominated. The first thing I did was let Kenzie know. She did draw the book after all. And the second thing I did was ask her to come back. I mean, I do have a lot more story to tell and I can’t think of anyone better to draw it than her.

So with that squared away. I waited. And waited. And waited.

But with the announcement out, I better crank out a sequel. And that’s what I’m doing. I’m doing the first full length version of my alice. And what better way to start than a game of croquet against Jason of the Argonauts? And Alice wins of course…right?

In truth, Alice in Wonderland is a powerful story. I noticed very early on that the connection between Alice and Pandora is a very strong run. They are both rooted in the same story. Curiosity, bravery and discovery are the heart of Alice in Wonderland and I wanted to bring that together with the sequel.

And that’s what I’ve been doing.

I can talk and talk and talk about this book. Really excited, especially where Alice is now. But the real questions is, When will you see it?

November 1st, 2021. Pre order will be up August 1st, 2021. I’m going to be trying some things out with the book and hopefully you guys will come on board.

Ultimately, I feel a certain sense of validation. People know me more as a podcaster rather than a writer, but it’s nice to know that the work I’ve done has been appreciated. I want to think the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association for the love.

More to come.

But for now…Joshua Pantalleresco. Award winning podcaster. Award nominated poet. Pretty cool.

Episode 595: Just Joshing Episode 595: Quinn Teechma Just Joshing

#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  2. Episode 594: Just Joshing Episode 594: Lola Grant
  3. Episode 593: Just Joshing Episode 593: Leland Bjerg
  4. Episode 592: Just Joshing Episode 592: J.E. Taylor
  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

One Minute of Kindness

We’ve been cruel to each other for a long time now.

It’s easy to understand why. We’re scared. I mean, say what you will about the right thing, the wrong thing in the last year. Masks, no masks, vaccines, no vaccines…I mean, we can talk about that, but if we’re honest with ourselves, that stuff is a distraction. Easier to point the finger at each other and say that we’re in this position and it’s your fault, then maybe look at the world and realize that by and large, this whole situation was beyond our control.

A world in which bad things happen to good people for no good reason is a harder world than the one where there are good guys and bad guys. It’s frightening when you see things happening and have no control over the outcome. Do I think we’d be outside more if people behaved correctly? Not convinced. Do I think we’d be out of this mess if we stood up to our government and said it was okay to buy underwear right now? Probably not.

Not sure anything we would have done last year would have made a wit of difference. That’s a far more frightening world than blaming people for being anti maskers, or calling people sheeple. While there are things that bother me at this time, (my government, I look at you.) I really can’t look at other people and claim to know their situation and circumstances. At the end of the day, who am I to judge?

Even the government. This couldn’t be easy on any level.

No hugs. No visitations. Essential being a curse word, even more terrifying we made our workers heroes. We do not do heroes well or right by them, well meaning we may be.

In short, this has been a very cruel year and three months. I keep looking at ways I can make a difference. So I looked at my phone, and decided to send one minute of kindness to each person.

For up to a minute I would begin with “I appreciate you…” and say why I appreciate you. Friends, people I admire, respect, even people I don’t like. A kind word is so easy to do. You just have to look at your neighbour and just find one nice thing to say. You don’t have to of course, but kindness is rarer than toilet paper was at the beginning at this.

One minute.

Internet Hugs for all
hugs for all

I appreciate you.

What an experience. People responded. Sometimes with texts. My personal favorites were the people that recorded their own messages. Some of them were holding back tears. It made me think we desperately needed those moments in this time. No cruelty, no expectations. Just a nice word.

I got two responses of confusion. Some people didn’t respond, of course. But the majority of people was positive. I cannot count the number of times I got a “it made my day.” The smiles, the joy, and even the tears were worth it.

And all it took was one minute.

There’s going to be a lot of debate about what we did in this time in the days, weeks and years to come. The one honest mistake I feel we all made for the longest time is that we chose not to take that one minute. We’re all scared. I think being honest, this is a very unknown time. Going forward, it seems like we’re heading in the other direction and coming back into the world. We could always fall back, but I see it going into that direction.

We spent months fighting each other. Why didn’t we take that minute and just say, “Hey, I appreciate you?” It doesn’t cost anything to be kind. Why in a time like this were we so slow to get there?

I hope we never go through a time like this again. Anything is possible, but this is not something I’d wish on anyone. I do know that crisis will come again. Next time, I hope that we treat each other better. In an absence of good ideas, a kind word goes a long way. That might be the biggest lesson I’ve learned in this whole time.

Stay kind out there.

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#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

Shameless Self Promotion

I got some things I’ve hinted at, but as usual, there comes a point where you want to have more to accomplish. And I thought about writing this because people struggle with the concept of sales, and the perspective of talking about yourself always seems hollow. I’ve talked about this many times on my podcast Just Joshing. I’ve come to some interesting conclusions.

It’s scary talking about yourself in the best light. We can be self deprecating. I made it a point in my conversation with Nikki Nash to be as self deprecating as possible. It’s easy to be humble. It’s easy to keep yourself in perspective when you have nothing.

But, when you sell something, more importantly, sell something that you’ve personally bled, and sacrificed and crafted to put together for an audience, it’s terrifying. What if, it’s terrible? What if, no one wants it? What if, it’s not good? And this last one is what all artists fear.

We all have audacity to believe that what we say matters. If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t take pen to page. I wouldn’t be typing this blog out now for you to read. But I believe in what I’m saying because I’m putting it down for you to read. Simple right? Actions dictate what is important to us all.

If you want to take writing as a career and be serious about it, you must treat it like it’s a business. And the name of the game of business IS sales.

And while I will happily divulge what I believe sales is in another blog. That all said, today I’m taking my audacity to another level. I’m talking about nominating my books for awards.

Now awards are cool. Awards mean that your peers respect what you are doing and are willing to honor you with recognition. It’s not quite the same as getting paid, but it’s a cool feeling to find that your words are respected and loved by your peers. This blog is about me asking you my readers to nominate me today.

Now, I don’t normally push for it. But I have to practice what I preach. If I believe my works are worth it, than I must show beyond a shadow of a doubt that I believe in my own work.

The Auroras features some of Canada’s brightest and most bombastic voices in fiction. Canada has a lot of fantastic writers in science fiction and fantasy and we don’t voice it loud enough. I say it here, we’re some of the best in the world, and we are closing nominations for this prestigous honor today. You can visit the page here and register to vote. There are a lot of great books up there to vote for, and a lot of great voices to push. I recommend people like Suzy Vadori and Swati Chavda and Craig Dilouie if you want to check out some amazing reads.

But for once, I’m going to talk about me. I have three things eligible.

First off, my podcast. Just Joshing has reached the milestone of 550 episodes and counting. I still have a canadian focus to my work but have expanded the podcast to interview streamers and video game developers, and I draw on the show now that it has gone visual.

You can see episodes of my podcast here. Or you can listen to them here.

But beyond my podcast, I have two books eligible.

The first is The Cloud Diver. It’s my first novel. I’m proud of the work Lance Buan and I did with it. Johnny follows a girl with the Gunblade into the digital cloud and gets a file that everyone from zombie mobsters to unicorns that fart rainbows want. You can buy it here, and here’s a picture of Lance’s cover.

This cover always rocks

Lastly, I have a little book of poetry I’m particularly proud of. I mashed up Alice in Wonderland with Greek Mythology. Alice is Pandora and she opened the box and fell down into a rabbit hole, with a certain cheshire companion inside her head. Can she rediscover who she is before it’s too late? Written by yours truly, and illustrated by the incredible Kenzie Carr. (And yes, a sequel is coming out this year for it. More soon.)

You can check out the book here. And here’s Kenzie’s Awesome cover.

Another Awesome Cover

I enjoyed this take with Alice, and I think you will too. Now, that said, it’s all about the Auroras. So take a look at these, and if you have time for a kind word. Nominate them here. It all closes today.

Now that all said, there’s a lot of great stuff there, so check them out. It closes today.

Episode 595: Just Joshing Episode 595: Quinn Teechma Just Joshing

#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  4. Episode 592: Just Joshing Episode 592: J.E. Taylor
  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

Evil

You told me I was evil

There was darkness inside me

And I believed

I hear the voices in my head

The struggle for grief

The endless pain I am in trying to understand

It’s so easy to believe

I am not a good person

That’s how the story goes

Preachers in their pulpit

Congregating in ancient times

Told my mother and father the same thing

There is evil inside you, they said

And because we were afraid

We believed it

This infestation of shadow

The guilt and fear and shame

Swallow us in turmoil

We are all monsters

Try as I might I can’t change this

My soul burns in blackness

Until one day, I stop listening to the story

Start listening to that inner voice

Screaming

There are shadows inside me

But there is so much more too

I stopped listening to your story

And listened to me instead

I don’t need your definitions

I don’t need judgment, or even understanding

I realize that I have always been free to be me

It’s time to take the pen to page

I am just a man

I make mistakes and miracles

I try to be the best man I can

I listen to that inner voice that sings

The only evil out there is you

You who tell me to be afraid

You who tell me I am evil

You who say to be guilty

There is no more guilt or shame

I don’t need you

I never did

And that’s the whole of your secret

I am free to dream

I can simply be

There isn’t evil inside me

There is only possibility

Episode 595: Just Joshing Episode 595: Quinn Teechma Just Joshing

#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

Music I Create To

This was a writing prompt for the second day, and I thought I’d actually go into full detail. It was originally a twitter thread, but I thought I’d expand it here. It’s fun to talk about art you are a fan of for one, and two, I really feel like if you are a fan of people, you should let the world know.

Diane Birch

Diane Birch is someone I stumbled onto years ago with an album called Bible Belt. Her voice is sultry, her storytelling incredible. She has a great energy in her voice and her music and honestly, it’s criminal more people don’t know who she is. I love her albums. My favorite one is Speak a Little Louder, but enjoy all her music. I am currently listening to Nous and some singles. In It For the Race is very fitting for me right now. Just an incredible singer and talent. Her music makes me smile and feel better about life.

Fun Video Too…

Lights

Lights is one of the most incredible creatives, let alone musicians I listen to. I discovered her back in the days of Music World (I’m old, shutup) and picked up this recommended album called The Listening (Note: February Air is still an amazing song to this day) and have been listening to her since. Her music tends to have an etheral quality to it. There’s senses of whimsy and she takes chances. I truly thing she shines in her acoustic albums, as a lot of her songs are reimagined in those formats, but I also love the underlinings of her music when it comes out. There’s soul in there, and it’s wonderful. Dead End is my current listen, but I also really dig the Skin and Earth Acoustic.

Speaking of Skin and Earth, it’s an amazing comic debut. Lights wrote and drew it herself and did an incredible job. For a debut, it still stands up very well and is an achievement I’ve not seen. Lights if she wanted to do comics for a living, would be one of the greats. Also, she’s on the list of people I want to interview for the show. She’s a world class storyteller.

Might be her best song

Sofia Evangelina

I got to admit to a little bias here. Sofia has it more together at 18 than most people I know. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing her a few times now. My first Zoom interview was with Sofia last year.

She’s got a voice, and while a lot of what she has out there is just a lot of classic songs with her album Butterfly, her originals are what really stands out. Butterfly is a beautiful song, and I really dig her singles. Endure is incredible, and I can’t wait for the world to hear it. That said, Smile is pretty dang good too. Have a listen.

Smile!

Jars Of Clay

These guys are still one of the best Christian contemporary bands of all time. Their stuff is soft, soulful and filled with some surprising depth. They kept getting better as they went on. My favorite three albums from them are The Eleventh Hour, which top to bottom is incredible. Who We Are Instead is a sleeper of theirs. I feel it’s not their most famous stuff, but I really love the song Show You Love, and if I had to listen to just one of their songs for all time, honestly it’s Tonight a b side track. Finally, I really love The Long Fall Back To Earth. It’s them at their most polished, mature and still talking about the themes they care about. They made beautiful music. I hope they make more sometime.

Really Dig This Song And Video

This is all generally softer stuff. I find when I write I tend to lean more in this direction than say harder stuff, but every once in a while I go down that well too. So from here it gets a lot louder and a bit darker too. Ready?

Eminem

Eminem in my opinion is the last rock star. He’s secretly a throwback to a lot of musicians of the 60s and 70s. Sure he’s not perfect. He talks about his mom a few too many times in his albums, and he definitely hasn’t outgrown some of his immaturity on some things, but when he has something real to say, people listen.

On top of that, he’s one of the most gifted lyricists I’ve ever seen. His mastery of entendre goes without saying. Everything he writes has a mult layered level to it. He tells great story on the mic, and he’s an artist that makes you think. My three favorite albums of his are The Marshal Mathers LP, Recovery, and Music to be Murdered By. In my opinion, these are the three albums he took the most chances on, and had the most to say. Whatever you may think of him, he’s a genius. Undeniable all time great.

Still blows my mind

Tarja Turunen

I’m a sucker for European Metal. I like the depth of thought a lot of their music has. There’s classical roots in a lot of their music, and there’s a meta story in the music as well. Tarja is just soft enough that I don’t get lost in the music, but hard enough to punch me in the teeth. A world class musician with a voice that captivates, Tarja manages to get your heart pumping and is just a joy to listen to. I’m currently listening to her new one In The Raw as I really dig it. The Golden Chamber and Tears In Rain in particular is quite unique and a great story told.

By Your Leave

Sometimes, you just want to thrash. Working with Longplay Games led me to meeting this amazing band. They are old school metal in the vein belting out classic 80s style metal with modern sensibilities. I also love the letters I got from them. There’s an elegance to this band and they are just so fun to listen to. Now I have to admit I listen to them a little more for fun than listen to them when I create, but every once in a while you just want to headbang a bit or have a great action scene. Love them when the mood strikes, and they are a great band and one I hope to listen to live.

Pioneer Anomaly

Sometimes, you just hear something and go whoa! That’s the feeling I get when I listen to Pioneer Anomaly. They are space punk. Think about that for just one second. They are fucking space punk. I’m in. You don’t really need anything else do you?

Okay…their lyrics remind me a bit of Rise Against, Incubus and Tool, and the sound is one of a kind. How about that? They write music that encourages critical thinking, and I think that’s a damn cool thing. Listen to this sample below. Division State in particular is appropriate now.

I still can’t believe there’s a space punk

Rivers In the Desert

Video game soundtracks are a lot more sophisticated than I when I played Double Dragon, let me tell you. This song is my anthem. It’s final boss music in the game Persona 5. It’s incredible that the most important battles in this game are fought to this song. It pumps you up, and lets you face the enormous obstacles in front of you.

You can hear the kind of merger of jazz undertones with rock clashing. I love the lyrics. I stole the first two of them for my life philosophy. It’s now, it’s never. Here’s the live version. This way, I won’t spoil the game.

Take that traditional boss music

I know this is a pretty epic playlist above here, but if I was to ask myself what all this has in common, I’d say this. Every single person on this list, no matter where they are at, worked their ass off to produce something beautiful. You can hear that echo of beauty in their performances. It’s easy for me to see a fan because I know what it takes to create something as beautiful as everyone did here.

I wonder what my choices say about me. I hope you guys enjoyed this little writing prompt, as well as a glimpse of what I listen to. Stay inspired out there.

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#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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  5. Episode 591: Just Joshing Episode 591: Doris Jones

What You Do Matters

Most of us don’t believe that title. There are seven billion people on this planet, coming close to eight. We’re a tiny piece to an unfathomable tapestry. What does that one little thing do? What can it in the face of such vastness?

I’m going to flip the coin on this one. There are two ways to look at this point of view. I tend to believe what you do matters. I have my own reasons for stating that, but I’m going to start on the path most believe, which is that they really don’t.

Nothing Matters

The first time I heard this was back in the seventh grade. My friend at the time told me that nothing mattered and that we were going to die anyway. Kind of a sad way to look at the world. I mean it’s kind of true. One day we’re all going to die. That all said, saying it like that kind of puts a “Why bother trying?” on the whole wheel of life. I rather have a point of view that doesn’t include me asking that question.

But let’s assume the rest of it is true. One day barring an act of God, you will die. I mean, most of us know that this ride in life is short. Here’s the positive spin on nothing mattering. You are free to do anything. Nothing we do has lasting consequences. Humanity’s greatest gift is that we forget. No matter how painful the trauma, we forget it, and let it go bit by bit as time passes by. It’s how we heal.

It gives us the freedom to try and do new things and go forward. Failure doesn’t matter, success doesn’t matter. We are free to do whatever we want. Instead of asking why bother to try, instead you are free to try and be whoever you want to be. That’s a pretty cool way of looking at life. If you do think nothing matters it stands to reason that you are free to do whatever you’d like. And that on some levels, you should. Life is about getting experiences and changing and growing, so you might as well do the things you feel compelled to do, especially if they don’t matter in the long run.

Everything Matters

I on the other hand, believe that everything matters. Now this isn’t a perfect philosophy either. The flip side to it is that I really have nothing to support this belief. I don’t understand the universe. I’m a tiny part of it. I really am not sure here. It’s a leap of faith. All I know is that I’m here for a reason, and I’ve never been why to believe in just random chance.

I believe I’m here and that I’m here to do whatever I’m here to do. It matters. It’s part of a bigger picture. Every action I make creates a reaction. Writing words, drawing pictures, doing podcasts. I’m doing everything I can to tell my story and broadcast it for the world to see. I believe that is my purpose. I have things to say and do. They are important, at least to me.

They are things worth doing. Even if I don’t succeed in ways I don’t imagine everything I do will have an impact. Pebbles ripple in the pond, and so do my actions. I remember that when I do things. They matter. I matter. You matter.

Everything matters. Make the world what you will.

You Can Do This

Why try? Why not try? Why speak? Why not speak?

I love Why Not? Most of the time, when I wonder if I do something that is my first question. Why not do it? Usually the only time I don’t do something is because I really don’t want to or feel like in my stomach that it is the right thing.

So why try? Why not try? You might get something out of it. Something precious.

Nothing matters. Everything matters. Whatever you believe, that nothing matters or that everything, you are free to pursue whatever you wish. The world has redundancies. We can mess up to a point and the world will correct us. Sometimes the world does it gently, other times with blunt force trauma, but either way, we end up going where we’re supposed to.

So try. You can do it. It may not matter to the universe. I believe it does, but I could be wrong. That said, you can care. You can try. You can do incredible things. It’s all inside you, waiting to be carved out into the world. If everything matters, than you owe it to yourself to go for it. If nothing matters, you might as well go for it.

Either way, go for it. I’ll see you on the mountaintop.

I’ve gotta breathe it, I’ve gotta eat it, I’ve gotta sleep it and until you get there you will never be successful in life. But once you get there I guarantee you, the world is yours. So work hard, and you can have whatever it is that you want.” Eric Thomas.

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#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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Staying Proud In 2021

This took a little longer than I thought to get to writing in the blog again. I want to apologize in advance. The show has been a crazy monster of a ride since it started. If I had one regret about 2020, it’s that I didn’t pick up on this niche faster. In its good time and place though, right? We’re here now. This is not about where I went but about where I’m going.

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2021.

Podcast logo

Become a Twitch and Youtube Affiliate

My podcast is now a full fledged talk show. The first month made this super time consumingMy goal is to monetize it. I have a myriad of ideas to do that and becoming both a twitch and Youtube affiliate is one of them. My recent shows can be seen here on both platforms.

AP was a fun guest. Happy to do it.

I’ve had a hell of a list of guests so far. Mog Park, Hank Phillippa Ryan, Elsa Garagarza, Tony Phillips, Miranda Krogstad, Bill Maus and many more. It’s been a wild fun time, and I need your help. My Twitch is here, and I would love a follow and a support there or my Youtube. This is one of my goals.

But don’t get me wrong, audio episodes are still being produced on a regular basis. You can listen to them on every app known to me, and there’s a place to listen to them here if you want to at the bottom.

More Writing

The other major goal is to release more books. I have a ton of ideas of things to release not just in prose, but in freelancing and in comics as well. (More on the latter goal down the list.) But I’m proud of the various freelancing things I did in writing and want to pursue more creative writing venues and will be looking to do so a lot more starting now. I’m working on a few projects and still have the time to really make it moving.

Beyond that, today I heard back from a pitch from an editor I sent to back in July. It’s a crazy world right now, but I see a lot of possibilities. I’m planning on doing a lot more going forward in the future, including more posts here. Watch my publication history grow.

Illustrations

Illustration of a grinch and his dog
I still can’t believe I sold this one

I never thought I’d sell illustrated pieces, but as of this writing, I’ve sold two. Now, I got a long way to go before I feel I’m good enough to pursue the path I want to with this, but I got to tell you, it fills me with confidence that I got to this point, and I’m making money as an artist with a pencil.

I will never be able to thank Mog Park, Anh Vu, Elsa Garagarza, Xi Xin and others for giving me the opportunity to do this, and I’ll be tacking more difficult stuff in the days and weeks to come. On my Patreon Page starting next week I’ll be drawing Mortal Kombat characters.

My goal is to illustrate my next novel with tiny illustrations and will eventually graduate to a comic. I’m hoping to announce Light’s Out very soon, as I’m trying to finish the draft of it this weekend. And then, I’ll be working on one of many other things I’m working on. But ultimately, the goal is this year to work on a comic.

But in the meantime, baby steps. Hoping to learn how to greyscale and color soon enough. It should be fun.

Patreon

So I got to be honest with you here. I haven’t done a great job with my patreon to this point, and I’m hoping to change that. I reimagined it, but this is my last go with it. I’m incorporating everything above to the page. I’m going to make it a place I experiment and give people a chance to see more of what I can do, and in the process, support me on all my creative endeavors.

From the podcast perspective, it’s where I’m going to read my stories from now on, as well as classics like Through the Looking Glass. My storytime on the podcast led to some interesting shows I’m very proud of. I never expected my plate of interviews to be as vast as it has been the last two months. I haven’t had time to release any more reading episodes. I’m on the hook for two more on the podcast. One of them will be episode 501, but once I get the last one finished, it’s likely to just be interviews here.

The patreon will be home to the readings and narrations I’m working on, as well as some short stories, novel and comic previews, and illustrations. And eventually, my own podcast course. So if you want to support me in what I do, head there and pay for a tier.

Keep Going

I’ve come too far to stop. I’m seeing myself get noticed more and I’m seeing more success. Here’s hoping that this year I climb to even farther heights. This will always be a struggle, but it’s one I relish.

Stay inspired this year. Keep shining in the darkness, and as the lockdown era ends one way or the other this year, I hope you all are good to each other. Keep going, and keep doing.

Episode 595: Just Joshing Episode 595: Quinn Teechma Just Joshing

#QuinnTeechma #Interviews #JustJoshingPodcast #Photograhy #Acting Quinn Teechma is a legitimate Queen. From crying on her floor to making a six figure income, Teechma details her rise to success and in her way serving the world, by helping women see the queens inside them. All the while talking about the journey that got her there. Been a fan of Quinn since her last appearance on my show, and it was great to have this heart to heart.  Have a listen.Quinn Teechma: https://www.Queenstudiosyyc.comMy Stuff:Alice Zero: https://www.amazon.ca/Alice-Zero-Pandemic-Book-ebook/dp/B08GM4Y8DD/The Cloud Diver: https://www.amazon.ca/Cloud-Diver-Level-1-ebook/dp/B0881HR54T/ Merchandise: https://jpantalleresco.redbubble.comNewsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea0a0d561d56/lets-get-dangerous Patreon: https://patreon.com/justjoshingpodcast Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/justjoshingpodcast 
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