Eight Things I did I’m Proud Of

I did so much in 2020. The things I’m proud of could be a list three times as long as Eight. I tried to be who I wanted to be. And I did some incredible things. So here are the Eight things I’m most proud of.

Ready?

My First Audiobook Release

Duatero By Brad Anderson

Even though I don’t love audiobooks, I’m so happy I got the chance to do this. Duatero was an artistic challenge, but a rewarding experience. I learned so much about audio and I love this book. Brad is a world class writer, and I was honored to do this. I enjoy narration and still do so on the podcast, so hopefully I’ll get other opportunities. This was a great learning experience.

Just Joshing Episode 341

This happened right after the Pandemic started. I knew that I wanted to do something, anything to feel normal. The world had gone crazy – still kind of crazy to be honest – and I wanted to do something that meant that life went on.

I thought of CS Lewis. Cs Lewis read while London was being bombed on the BBC radio a book that would become Mere Christianity. CS Lewis I am not, but I really loved this experience. I’ve had the pleasure of reading and watching many other authors read their story in the darkness. What a powerful message that really is. Life goes on. It always does.

This might be one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Released The Cloud Diver

The Cloud Diver cover by Lance Buan
My first novel. I did it.

I made a promise to myself that I would chase every single dream I had. I wasn’t going to let 2020 stop me. And I didn’t I released two books this year and other things as well. The first book here was my first science fiction novel. I love dime novels and I love japanese light novels. I got to fulfill those itches with this book and I’m proud of it.

My first novel is out and I’m so stoked. I want to thank Lance Buan for being an amazing human being and being a part of the vision for this project. So many lessons in this book. I learned how to deal with criticism. I learned how to deal with the fact that many of my contemporaries have pushed me to be better. I’m curious what they will think about my next book, because my next novel release is much better for this and I’m curious what people will think of my next releases as time goes on.

If you like a homage to video games that’s a fun adventure and pure joy on a page, may I recommend buying the book here?

Released Alice Zero

Alice Zero cover by Kenzie Carr
Alice was a joy to write

My other book release. Colleen Anderson asked me to write an epic poem in the vein of The Watcher and so I obliged, reimagining Alice as Pandora and coming up with a very fun series. Alice has been the most fun for me to discover. I had no idea I had an Alice in Wonderland story inside me and it was a pleasure to discover and tell it.

Kenzie Carr was an absolute pleasure to work for and I hope to continue to work with her in the future. Thanks Kenzie. And if you want to read a poem about Alice opening Pandora’s Box, why not buy that book right here?

The Podcast is a Broadcast

So my podcast has evolved. I always dreamed that the podcast would be a talk show on television or the radio. In the process of becoming a freelance writer, I sought to find my niche. The key to freelancing is finding the things you are good at. What took me six months to figure out is that I already have my niche.

Ever hear of the Just Joshing Podcast?

The fact I missed this for so long made me kick myself so hard. But here it was. Eventually, I realized that I was waiting for someone else to give me permission to do this.

Why wait? Why not just do it? So I have. I’m on Twitch and I stream regularly. I’ve had a month of the new show under my belt and I’m proud of how the show has evolved. A lot of the core things are the same. It’s casual conversations with creatives about life, the universe and everything. But now I’m more engaged with not only my guest, but the crowd.

It’s growing. I’m halfway to being an affiliate on Twitch and am hoping to turn a profit on my own as my audiences continue to grow. This is what I’m supposed to do. And I’m doing it.

Sold My First Illustration Piece

My first illustrated piece I sold
I never thought I’d do this

The caption says it all. This is probably the thing I’m most proud of with improving myself. I told myself for years that I wasn’t a good artist. In fact, I have two stories that make fun of this in my head. I’m writing one of them next year (more on that in the next blog entry), but this has been a blast. With the podcast becoming visual I knew I wanted to have more illustrators on the show.

But I also know that talking isn’t necessarily their first language. Drawing is. This decision forced me to come out my comfort zone. Each friday I draw with someone, and sometimes on wednesdays too. It’s always fun.

But after a few drawings showing up on my social feeds Mog Park told me I was out of excuses. Mog had invited me to the Final Fantasy Draw and Bid, but I was transforming the podcast into a talk show. I was out. After I showed my grinch drawing she told me I had no choice. So this month I submitted my first piece. I can’t pretend I was in the same league with some of my contemporaries.

That said, I sold my first art piece. For five dollars in a bid.

Someone bought my art. I never ever thought I’d say that. This lesson more than most taught me more and more that I can be anyone I want to be. I just got to give myself permission.

I need to thank two people in particular. Anh Vu, you are an amazing talent and I appreciate the first lesson you gave me. It’s allowed me to draw with abandon.

Rich Perotta, I love the zeal you have with your work. You’re so passionate about what you do that I have no choice but to be infected with that wonder. I appreciate you more than you know and model my whole approach with the pencil after you.

Freelance Writer

I’ve had freelance articles published. How My Apocalypse… on Coffee Over Suicide was shared by dozens of people and it’s an article I’m especially proud of. Coffee Over Suicide seems to have vanished, so I’ll re-release the article at some point.

But I’m also stoked I got published at Anime Herald. I talked about what media can learn from Japan, and I encourage you all to give this article a read. I’m proud of this. The Talk Show has forced me to focus on that more than expected, but I’ve already started pitching. I’ll be freelancing a lot more next year. Bank on it.

I Appreciate You

I have been quietly going to people this year and giving them words of positivity. It might be the most rewarding thing I have done.

The most humbling thing I’ve heard over and over again is that I inspire others. I really don’t know how. I’m just me you know? The world needs sunshine right now and it’s so easy to give a little. And looking at you all, how can I not be inspired by you? Mark Leslie and his skits. The many authors that released books in this time. The people I’ve met that have been so successful. I never know what to quite think of the fact that I’ve made the impact I’ve made.

I can only say thank you.

I hope you all are doing things that are fulfilling you. I feel incredibly blessed and I have no fear of what’s in store for 2021. I’ll be doing the same things. Going for my dreams and making them real. I hope you are seeking your own happiness and joy, and I’ll see you all in the new year talking about my goals.

Stay shining in the darkness.

This is why I do my Podcast. People like Richard make the world a better place.

It’s What You Make of It – My 2020

I have a couple of caveats I need to get off my chest before I finish this. The first is that this wasn’t my first apocalypse. I have plenty of experience with dealing with my own armageddons, and 2020…well…but I digress.

The other caveat was that I already had made plans to go through my own judgment. I had reached the decision that it was time for me to leave Calgary and pursue my career. This was the year I was going to be a freelancer. Now what was I going to do with all this freelancing superpowers I had no idea, but I was going to give it a college try. I wanted to get into the film industry. Vancouver I thought would be a great place to expand and go into cool things. I was open to new people and new possibilities. So for me at least, I felt like I had a lot more say in the hand fate dealt me than most.

Unfortunately, this was the hand 2020 dealt all of us pretty much.

this was a shit sandwich of a year.

Turd, thy name is COVID. You stank.

So we all had that to worry about. And no one can be prepared for the insanity that followed. We’re still kind of insane to be honest. I never expected Orwellian concepts to actually happen, but they have, and people seem okay with it…I’ve seen mask fights, civil rights coming full circle and two monsters who don’t know my name fight for the right to tell my neighbors down south what to do for the next four years. All that happened and so much more. So much in fact, that aliens, killer stuff and other strange phenomena were completely ignored.

This is a year no one wants to repeat.

But it was what we had. I had to make some very hard decisions quickly. And I want to talk about all three of them here.

Decision 1: I Wasn’t Going to Abandon Compassion

During the start of the pandemic, I had to take a bus and two trains in vancouver as the world went insane. I will never forget the panic and fear and the emptiness of downtown Vancouver during the day. My whole time there, downtown was filled with people hustling and bustling and doing things. That last week I was there, no one, not even the homeless regulars on the streets were around. It was a ghost town.

Walking through downtown Vancouver station going home I ran into a very dirty, grungy homeless guy trying to go in the opposite direction. He asked me for a pen so he could draw on the train. This was a turning point for me. The virus was here and we were going to lock down. I was debating how long I could stay there before I couldn’t go home. The thought of not seeing my family, it was the only time I cried this whole time. The thought of not being able to see or hug my dad or sister…that brought me to tears.

Is a hug worth dying for? Is human kindness and decency worth dying for? All of that went in my head for thirty seconds as he held out his hand and I dug for a pen. I couldn’t find one. I usually had pens, but that day I didn’t.

“Sorry dude,” I said. “I got none.”

“At least you tried,” he answered and he held out his hand in thanks. For a minute I thought about not taking it. And then I realized how cruel this world had become overnight. I was willing to forego a handshake, a hug, over something that might never happen. Could I live with being cruel to people who mean well because of a possible virus?

I couldn’t. It’s just not my nature.

It was one of my three promises to myself. I wasn’t going to be cruel in this time, no matter what. I took his hand and shook it hard. I wasn’t going to be afraid. Even in this, I was going to be the kind of human being I was going to envision myself to be, even if it killed me.

This may be my downfall, but honest, I rather that than live in fear of dying. I know one day I’m going to die. I’ve made my peace with it a long time ago. I won’t do my philosophy of death here, but I know that without death, life would simply be stillness. That would not be a world I wish to live in. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Next year, I’ll be moving forward with the things I want to go do.

The Freelance Life

My goal was to move forward as a freelancer. And so far, I’ve done it. The first six months of my freelancing life was constant up and down. I made one mistake and I want to mention it here and now. Freelancing is ultimately about finding your niche. Although I pursued my niche, I didn’t realize it was my niche until much later.

I do a podcast. I interview people better than just about anybody. And I’ve done nearly five hundred of them. It took about six months and a lot of trials in different things, including audiobooks. I had some ups and I had some downs. And before I go forward I need to talk about my two biggest failures.

I had the opportunity to do an advertising campaign for someone’s Kickstarter. I won’t name names. I learned a very important lesson doing this. The first was that the people you work for have to believe in themselves and respect you, otherwise you cannot help them. I felt incredibly bad for what I had to do there, but I learned those lessons quickly. I know my own worth, but I wish I had done better communicating my concerns. Maybe there would have been a different result.

The second part of this is the audiobooks. I don’t consider this one a full failure. In fact, I still offer the services on the website. I learned an awful lot about audio editing with this project and it’s made me a better podcaster and producer. This was very important as my circumstances when I came here were less than ideal audio wise. It made the podcast difficult to produce. Going through this process was a great way to learn some stuff.

But I don’t love it. I enjoy the narration part of it. I still do it on the podcast. Reading Alice in Wonderland on the air and The Cloud Diver has been a blast. It has helped me in my writing as well. And whose to say I won’t do it again, but it’s not my love.

I had a great friend come up to me. She told me not to pursue a hollow path, but one filled with love. I love interviewing people. I love stories, creating them and listening to them. So that’s what I’m going to do.

The Podcast Becomes a Broadcast

My goal with the podcast was always to do a talk show either on the radio or television. I truly enjoy this. Once I figured out that I had my niche, I said to myself, why not just go for it now?

Before I got there, I need to mention that at the beginning of this, I wanted to do something. On my Youtube Channel while I still finding my niche I had the chance to do my first ever Zoomcast with Sofia Evangelina.

Sofia Evangelina is an amazing person. She inspires me and ultimately taught me the most important lesson about the year in how she goes about and does things. This conversation has its flaws on the production side of things, I’m proud of this chat. It was my first live conversation in this format, and the thought crossed my mind I’d do it again.

Going all in, I decided to do my thing on Twitch. You can follow me here and hopefully soon I become an affiliate. I feel what I do is worth, and based on the growth of the channel that may be sooner than later. (If you want to support me, hit subscribe on any of the links above. Or, support my Patreon.)

It airs 5 days a week. Monday through Thursday are standard interviews with amazing people, but Friday will feature the Drink and Draws with illustrators.

Unlearning and Learning

Humpty Dumpty
My Humpty Dumpty

Getting out of your comfort zone was the final promise I made to myself. My sister bought me an art book and it took a while. I have to confess I looked at it for months and months and months and didn’t do a thing. If I was honest, it was because I was scared. I was afraid to look foolish. Most of all I was afraid I would look bad.

I have to stress something. Not much scares me, but this did. Because I had no idea what would happen. The drink and draws on the podcast are not just to advertise the illustrators coming into the show. It forced me to come out of my comfort zone.

You know what? It hasn’t turned out so bad. I should have thought of Sofia. Sofia just goes for it. It’s the best approach, and to watch someone like her who is so talented at what they do make a mark is nothing but inspiring. And it’s not just her either.

I’ve met so many cool people this. I will never ever forget chatting with Christina Z, Mog Park, Anh Vu, William Holland, Kurt Zauer, Michael Oden, and countless others for the first time.

Some of them are drawing with me. It’s incredible. I drew with Rich Perotta (see the bottom, best interview I did this year.) Also I met incredible world class artists who wanted to draw with me. My life is awesome.

If I was to give people advice about what I learned with this it’s this. Unlearn the fact that you suck. Things change. I had to unlearn the part that said I was bad at this. I didn’t really have to believe that perception. I could change, and not worry about perfection. Instead, I decided to have fun.

That’s the approach. Perfection is an overrated concept. It’s a great ideal in art, but the important thing is do it. Let it be something you love and enjoy and see where it takes you.

At the end of the year my first art piece is up for auction. You can bid for my piece here.

In Closing

I haven’t covered the events, the stuff I published, the kind notes. I made 2020 the best year I could. I discovered things about myself and taught myself the importance of letting yourself being whoever you want to be.

Who am I you ask? I’m Joshua Pantalleresco. Author. Illustrator. Producer. Broadcaster. I’m looking forward to seeing where all this growth takes me from here. Stay shining in the darkness. I will see you guys in 2021.

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#JohnnyKahn #Music #Interviews #BooktubeJohnny Kahn is quite a character. We talk Carl Jung, Music, History, the Vaccine Mandates, Being in Control, impressing women and more. It was quite a memorable chat, and I enjoyed it. I hope to do it with Johnny again.Sponsor:Jennifer Lieberman's Year of the What Newsletter- Sign up for the newsletter to enter for giveaways for Year of the What – an audiobook by author/actress Jennifer Lieberman extraordinaireJohnny Kahn:Way of the TigerMy Stuff:Books:Alice ZeroThe Cloud DiverSupport And Subscribe:Buy my MerchNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
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Do What You Love

So today is the day ladies and gentleman. The Just Joshing Talk Show begins. As stated on tonight’s podcast, the new format begins after tonight. Take a listen to episode 450 if you want to hear me talk about all the specifics of the new format, just listen to it.

I wanted to take this moment to thank Kayseas Redsky. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have gotten here quite so quickly. I started the audio business. I’m still available for narration, and would do it again in a heartbeat. But I don’t love it. I love podcasting. I love talking to people and hearing their stories.

That’s what I’m going to do. I take it to the next level starting tonight.

I’ve been streaming on my Youtube for the last two weeks. I’ll be going live on my Twitch tomorrow. My guest is the great Jennifer Gordon. We had a heck of a conversation two weeks ago, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here. My guest list includes Kurt Zauer who did a great chat with me already while I was counting down with 101 Tales. I follow that up with William Holland this thursday (Happy Thanksgiving America!). William is my first new guest. It’s going to be exciting to chat with him. He’s just a dynamic comic creator.

Friday is going to be very special. I’m doing my first ever Drink and draw. Podcasting on video should be more visual and I want to bring on some great illustrators. I’m a comic book guy at heart. I want to see more illustrators appreciated for the work they do. So every friday I will draw (not well I admit) with someone that draws and we’ll chat and learn things art like.

Storytime will not disappear. I will continue to read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass on the weekends. Other authors will read from their wares as well. I’ve had an impressive collection of people read. Swati Chavda is my latest reading. I can’t wait until she debuts next year as a guest. She’s someone I’ve talked to for years.

The readings are going to be the only remnant to the audio only. I’ve enjoyed seeing my inner CS Lewis come to light. I’ve been astounded at watching people tell their stories through my podcast and want that to continue.

Alice In Wonderland
Alice Is Quite Enjoyable to read.

Patreon, Twitch and Youtube

Now the podcast will still have it’s audio translations for the podcast. But there will not be an opening monologue. Instead, we’ll be going right into the interviews. There will be an outro, especially as new projects come out, and I couldn’t stop “Josh, Shush” from being part of the show. But things are changing and for the better. Can’t wait to start today.

Each week I’ll announce the schedule for the shows. Jennifer Gordon, Kurt Zauer and William Holland start at 9pm EST. Anh Vu is 11pm EST. I will try my best not to be jealous of the fact that Anh is in Hawaii.

The Patreon is a work in progress, but I’m thinking Wednesday may be the home to exclusive shows, like making a podcast and teaching Audiobook creation to people. I’ll be making some more exclusives available shortly.

But I do hope you subscribe to me in one form or the the other. The Youtube is nearly at 100 subscribers, and I’m just getting started in other places. Hopefully the strategy will work. But either way, I’ll be doing what I love, and I won’t be so hard on myself no matter what. This is about what I want to do.

Life’s short. I realize that I could spend the rest of my life making other people profit off my time, or maybe that I can try. I hope my love for what I’m doing translates. I’m nervous, scared and not sure what the future holds. But I feel all of us are there right now. In the blackest of nights, it’s important we shine our lights in the sky. We need to be reminded that we’re not alone. That we together can come out of this better.

This is how I shine. I hope to see you there.

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#JohnnyKahn #Music #Interviews #BooktubeJohnny Kahn is quite a character. We talk Carl Jung, Music, History, the Vaccine Mandates, Being in Control, impressing women and more. It was quite a memorable chat, and I enjoyed it. I hope to do it with Johnny again.Sponsor:Jennifer Lieberman's Year of the What Newsletter- Sign up for the newsletter to enter for giveaways for Year of the What – an audiobook by author/actress Jennifer Lieberman extraordinaireJohnny Kahn:Way of the TigerMy Stuff:Books:Alice ZeroThe Cloud DiverSupport And Subscribe:Buy my MerchNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
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101 Tales

It’s been a wild week. Last week I did lots of streams, I got interviewed and I’m slowly winding down the Podcast and evolving it to the next level. First things first, I got interviewed by the great Mark Leslie for his Stark Reflections Podcast . I talk bravery, chocolate chip cookies and more. Check it out.

So about a month ago JD Estrada introduced me to Mog Park. Mog in turn invited me to attend her convention 101 Tales.

I said yes.

This is a damn cool graphic. Joshua Pantalleresco, writer, podcaster and illustrator. Wow.
I feel so self conscious about illustrator…but it is happening…soon. Gulp…

Anh Vu is amazing. She did that above. Incredible talent. I will be reading four stories on my evening. In one hour I’ll be reading from my two current releases, Alice Zero and The Cloud Diver. With Alice Zero I’ll be reading from the first three chapters. I’m excited about that.

Two special previews follow after. I read about an eyeball from my current novel in progress. And finally, I read my comic script dialogue for the first ten pages. I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to do this with so many great creatives. Mog Park, Anh Vu, JD Estrada, GO Turner, Kurt Zauer. Joshua Pantalleresco.

Wow. People know who I am.

Cool.

I can’t wait to read in front of you.

The Interviews

I’ve had a lot of cool interviews to promote the event and I’ll continue to promote them. I had an incredible conversation with Elsa Garagarza about her dream animation job. I got to talk AVATAR with her.

I got to talk Avatar and Green Lantern. Seriously, what’s not to love’?

I’ve been doing interviews on my youtube channel to work out the bugs for my show and interview great guests. GO Turner is coming up on the channel this Thursday. It’s my final stream while at 101 Tales and before I go into my strategy for Twitch and Youtube.

Michael Oden is my final two parter for the audio only edition of the podcast. Part 1 is up and Part 2 is going up soon. I have had some delays but you will see a lot of audio in the next week as I go to 450. An audio version of 101 tales is my FINAL episode of the audio only era. It’s going to be fun and amazing.

You can subscribe to my Youtube and Patreon for more info.

More Writing Soon

I’ve been lax on the writing stuff getting ready for the talk show edit. That will change very soon. I’m still sending pitches and I’m working on other things as we speak. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, check out 101 tales. You’ll have a blast. There are some incredible creatives out there. Including some bum from Canada.

Stay inspired.

Just Joshing – The Show Begins

So a lot has happened since I wrote Under Your Nose…

I still can’t believe I talked to Chuck Pineau about Canadian towns and metal for about an hour. Unreal conversation, but so much fun.

I’ve done other videos as well, but the whole thing is getting this new formula down. Transferring the podcast to this has been a process. But I think I got it all down. So then, my readers and listeners, what is the master plan going forward.

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Four Interviews A Week…with a twist on Fridays.

The interviews will not stop as you can see above, but now there will be more of them. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are going to be interviews like the ones above here. I might talk about heavy metal. I might talk about chocolate. I may talk about glitter. I don’t know – that will be completely dependent on the guest and where they go. This has always been the way it’s done that works, and I won’t change. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday will be my usual interviews.

Friday is going to be interesting though.

Drink and Draw

I want to feature more illustrators and comic book creators. My show is moving into the visual realm and the visual should be highlighted somewhere. Every friday I will feature an comic book creator or visual artist to come on the show and do their stuff. It’s still going to be a bit of an interview, but I’m moving to a visual format. I want there to be a visual format.

I’ll be looking at some things on twitch, but I’m hoping to do some good things in the future with friday’s show. I have some big ideas for it. As is, my first two guests are incredible.

Weekend Readings Will Continue

There will be an audio only podcast on weekends. I’m going to continue reading Alice in Wonderland, Alice Zero, and my next release soon enough. That will be just a weekend only thing and I’m hoping that authors continue to come out and read. That will still be an audio only experience each weekend.

I Need Your Help

So I got my Patreon Page up and running, and hope some of you will help me there. I also got my Youtube Channel to start up. Click the subscribe and tell people about it. I’ll be contacting more people and already am getting more interviews than I ever had before. I want this to be a listener supported podcast, and I’m hoping you guys who root for me are willing to help.

I’ll also be launching a twitch channel. What will you get? To dictate my Panel shows which will air on Wednesdays when I do them. (They won’t be every week, but I do some ideas.)

This is what I want to do with my life. I love telling stories but nothing inspires me like hearing people talk to me about the things that matter to them. Shooting the shit and just loving life with the people I have had the chance to chat with is incredible. I don’t want to do anything else.

I’m moving towards the life I want and it is amazing. No matter what happens, this has been an incredible ride. I want to keep going wherever it takes me.

That’s the short version of the plan. What do you think? Anything you’d like me to do? Feel free to let me know.

Episode 633: Just Joshing Episode 633: Johnny Kahn Just Joshing

#JohnnyKahn #Music #Interviews #BooktubeJohnny Kahn is quite a character. We talk Carl Jung, Music, History, the Vaccine Mandates, Being in Control, impressing women and more. It was quite a memorable chat, and I enjoyed it. I hope to do it with Johnny again.Sponsor:Jennifer Lieberman's Year of the What Newsletter- Sign up for the newsletter to enter for giveaways for Year of the What – an audiobook by author/actress Jennifer Lieberman extraordinaireJohnny Kahn:Way of the TigerMy Stuff:Books:Alice ZeroThe Cloud DiverSupport And Subscribe:Buy my MerchNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
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  5. Episode 629: Just Joshing Episode 629: Kate Seger

Under My Nose

Freelancing is all about your niche. You have to make the decision to find a path. If you scatter yourself to write about every little thing you will not grow. Being a jack of all trades doesn’t really serve you. That doesn’t mean you can’t writer/produce anything, but a specific place is a great way to start getting noticed. My advice has always been to find what you love. Nothing else is going to work the same way.

Of course, It’d help if I did that now wouldn’t it?

My Big Dreams

Sample set for talk show
I love sets like these

I’ve been a big fan of Larry King for a long, long time in terms of how he did interviews. Other people I’ve admired are Joe Rogan, Tom Snyder and Jian Giammeshi (before the scandals). I like intimate conversations with people because to be honest, that’s the best stuff. Sure we’re selling stuff when we’re talking on the air, but really it’s the conversations we remember that get sense of who the person is. Sales ultimately is about relationships. We support who we know, or endorse who we know.

That’s my philosophy when I interview people. When Morgan Shamy and I do a psychological session about how her discipline made her the ass kicking author she is today, or if I am talking about how K. Lynn Smith is going to take my lunch money, you get a real sense of the person I’m talking to. I’m great at that.

I want to turn the podcast into a talk show. Everything I’ve done this year has been to set this up.

Then last week it hit me. Why wasn’t I just doing this all along? To be honest, I don’t have a good answer to this.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Sometimes we just miss the obvious. I’ve been so set in doing it the way I’ve been doing it for so long, it never occurred to me to make the next leap myself, until I realized this IS my niche. Without being too hyperbolic, I do interviews better than just about anybody. I’ve talked to literally all walks of life about anything and everything. So why not turn it into a show.

Larry King. If you want to be the best you got to model yourself.
Why can’t I seek what he sought?

So why not do it myself now? It’s not like I don’t know people that won’t do this?

The biggest mistake we make is that sometimes we seek approval before we take the leap of faith. We never should wait for what we know will work in our hearts. I felt like I created a breakthrough barely trying.

Because I have always done this. And that’s the key. This will be seemless.

Test, Test, Test

This is just a test for the future. I want to thank Annas for being awesome. We had that great intimate discussion about who she is, and you know what? She’s amazing. Single mom, comic writer, juggling a career to boot. She is the definition of amazing and I was thrilled to have her.

When I get going I’m buying this. Honest, her comic is amazing and I think you should definitely take a look at supporting it here.

Eyva is amazing.
This is Pretty Badass

This is a glimpse of the future. And I need to address the present.

What Happens Next

I interview people every day. I air episodes on Twitch at a somewhat regular basis, and do highlights on Youtube. Everyday I will have a guest as great as Annas (I admit that is a tall task. Annas is incredible.) and have conversations like these. I’m building an amazing line up to start and we’ll see where it goes.

The podcast will still have an audio component to it. Audio episodes of the show will air nightly. It’s going to expand and I’m going all in. This is what I’m supposed to do. So I’m doing it. And I think it’s going to succeed.

For those wondering, the audio show will continue as well, but be much more regular. There will be a reading only podcast on weekends. The rest of the week will be interviews, and great ones.

What If…?

What if it fails? I’ll go back to school and take broadcasting. It’s what I’m supposed to do and I will continue to do it. It doesn’t matter if it works out completely different than I envision.

But a better what if to ask is this…what if I succeed? Here’s why I feel this is going to work in case you are wondering. No butterflies. I feel like this is going to work, it can work, and will work.

Stay tuned. Announcements are forthcoming.

How you can help me.

I have a patreon page. Click and support is the easiest way. Subscribing to my stuff like my Youtube Channel would be a big help too. Spread the word. Don’t worry; more books are coming too. But anything you do you here, would be appreciated. I promise you a great show and great people worth believing in. You will hear their story.

Promise.

Episode 633: Just Joshing Episode 633: Johnny Kahn Just Joshing

#JohnnyKahn #Music #Interviews #BooktubeJohnny Kahn is quite a character. We talk Carl Jung, Music, History, the Vaccine Mandates, Being in Control, impressing women and more. It was quite a memorable chat, and I enjoyed it. I hope to do it with Johnny again.Sponsor:Jennifer Lieberman's Year of the What Newsletter- Sign up for the newsletter to enter for giveaways for Year of the What – an audiobook by author/actress Jennifer Lieberman extraordinaireJohnny Kahn:Way of the TigerMy Stuff:Books:Alice ZeroThe Cloud DiverSupport And Subscribe:Buy my MerchNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
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The Fox Spirit who draws magic: My interview with Kitsune Windsor.

Foxy and Wolfy Lovely weather

Kitsune Windsor found me on facebook and she has been nothing but a band of merry mischief. You may know her as the amazing comic creator Foxy and Wolfy. I know her as the merry prankster that makes awesome burgers, who accuses me of reading hentai (I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.)

She’s such a wonderful, amazing human being that I asked her to go on the podcast. Her unique circumstances make that impossible. However, I still wanted to interview her. So for the first time in years here is a written interview. I hope you guys dig it, as I did. Oh, and did I make pirate noises or did I actually sound like a baby seal? You decide.

Roxy says goodbye as she takes on the world today.

Joshua Pantalleresco: So my first question is always this. If you have anything incriminating you’d like to say, make it good.

Kitsune Windsor: I eat tons of cheese and pass out

JP: That’s an impressive superpower.

KW: Very.

JP: Did your superpower come naturally or with practice?

KW: I also sleep 5 hours and I was 190 lbs at 10 years old. 55 lbs at 16

JP: Hormonal, diet or stress? That’s very extreme.

KW: Got sick. had multiple surgeries and cardiac arrest

JP: You’ve overcome a lot! Was there a root cause? Or one thing on top of the other?

KW: muscular dystrophy and injuries and some hits. I had great misfortune as a kid

JP: I see that. Sounds like you were forged in fire.

KW: and burgers!

JP: I hope it has become easier. What kind of burgers?

KW: No , but more fun. Bacon, cheese and egg burger.

JP: Yum *looks around to see if said burgers are nearby. When did you start to draw and tell stories? You’re very good at it. *glances around for burger some more

KW: lol.. I role played since 10 and watched tons of adult cartoons and kids shows. no classes ever

JP: So self trained. You have a great sense of design.So what was the show that made you believe you can do this?

KW: 3 shows.

JP: Which three?

KW: All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2 and others

JP: So talk about your comic. You went from reading them to doing them. What made you make the leap?

KW: I was always in to anime and role play, I would doodle and write random stories my entire life. I started making Foxy and Wolfy after my entire adopted family died off. To make something that would make the world brighter . Also to portray disabled characters as very normal people equal to non disabled.

JP: Are they a tribute to them?

KW: not exactly , but to just bring some joy like they did

JP: Ah. So who came first?

KW: Characters?

JP: Yeah. Who did you see? Usually one character comes to me when I write.

KW: Well, Misaki is based on my more innocent years where I suffered from being too trusting and suffered abuses from . Misaki is strong and fierce but occasionally says dumb things.

JP: Ah. So Misaki was first.

KW: yep!

JP: So she your favorite character to draw?

KW: Roza by far.

Roxy

JP: She looks fun.

KW: She is what I wanted to be after my darkest days of pain.

JP: I was about to ask. She reminded me of you.

KW: she’s very high intelligence , flirty and loves attention.

JP: That does fit you.

KW: lol!

JP: At the very least, you’re playful.

KW: She is too!

JP: I believe it. So how long have you been doing foxy and wolfy?

KW: About 7 years from first concept.

JP: What have you learned? Also, kudos. Seven years is a long time.

KW: To just make your dreams a reality , no matter how difficult or stressful . be positive and always improving. ty.

JP: I needed to hear that from someone. Thank you. I realize that wasn’t for me. But I just quit everything to chase my dreams. Sometimes I think I am crazy.

KW: Are you happy?

JP: Yes. But you wonder sometimes.

KW: good then.

JP: I have published two books, over 100 podcasts and did my first audiobook for a client

KW: you should be very proud.

JP: I am. As should you.

KW: here is a song you should understand somewhat. And catchy.

JP: I will. Right now I am listening to this:

KW: I know that one!

JP: I really dig the show and that’s an amazing translation. Pumps you up.

KW: That’s amazing.

WIP. Wow.

KW: last book page. wip.

JP: Nice. I start drawing mine next week.

KW: good luck to you

JP: Thank you. So you ready for the last question and then we do the plug?

KW: Never! Okay. yes.

JP: Are you saying that with a pirate accent? Just wondering.

KW: yarrr

JP: Arrrr

KW: yarrrrarrrr

JP: Arrarrarr…arr!

KW: ok ok. ;p

JP: I am keeping that in the conversation. Pirate talking is always a plus. But anyway…

KW: sure. 🙂

JP: What’s next for your dynamic duo. And where can I find them?

KW: We are releasing volume 1 of the updated and semi rebooted Foxy and Wolfy Digitally on Halloween and the 400 pg print version February or March. Sooner if we sell 200 digital.

JP: Link?

KW: https://www.foxyandwolfy.tokyo/

JP: Cool. And how can people find you?

KW: https://www.instagram.com/kitsuneonwheelz/ or
https://www.facebook.com/fwchaos/

JP: Awesome. Thank you.

Just like that, Kitsune was gone, leaving my stomach grumbling. I really, really wanted that burger. She really draws magic doesn’t she? I’ll have to have her back here on a future blog so she can enrapture us with more tales, and just herself.

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#JohnnyKahn #Music #Interviews #BooktubeJohnny Kahn is quite a character. We talk Carl Jung, Music, History, the Vaccine Mandates, Being in Control, impressing women and more. It was quite a memorable chat, and I enjoyed it. I hope to do it with Johnny again.Sponsor:Jennifer Lieberman's Year of the What Newsletter- Sign up for the newsletter to enter for giveaways for Year of the What – an audiobook by author/actress Jennifer Lieberman extraordinaireJohnny Kahn:Way of the TigerMy Stuff:Books:Alice ZeroThe Cloud DiverSupport And Subscribe:Buy my MerchNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
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  5. Episode 629: Just Joshing Episode 629: Kate Seger

Zippy The Dragon

So I was interviewed today, and my interviewer, correctly pointed something out about me. I tend to look at the things that terrify me, and think about how to do them, and I must confess, drawing terrifies me.

Not Good Enough

I have lousy hand co ordination. My chicken scratch of writing made me not too confident when it came to drawing and it showed. My lines are squiggly, (maybe even jiggly) and nothing I did was good.

I let it stay that way for decades. Decades is a long time. You get used to how you perceive yourself in that time very easily. I always joked that my stick figures would revolt if I drew them. (and they did. One day soon though…but I digress.) \

COVID is an interesting blessing for all of us. It is the opportunity to change things and directions in a heartbeat. I decided that I would teach myself to draw.

Only I didn’t. I wasn’t good enough. Moreover, just the thought of picking my pen up created a lead lump in my stomach. I didn’t want to move. I was that terrified, which is very unusual for me.

Scott Mccloud

Understanding Comics is the best book on how to do comics. Period. Scott is amazing, and worth the read.
Yes. THIS Scott McCloud

About five years ago, the last time I took a class was in Lethbridge, Alberta. Scott McCloud is one of the best minds in comics. He understands the medium in ways few people do and I strongly suggest anybody serious about the craft of comics read this book. It’s required. Seriously. Read now.

I was the only writer in the group. I met an amazing lifelong friend in that class, but I remember just how out of depth I was compared to anyone else. Yeah, I’m a writer in a sea of artists but man, that stuff was amazing. What can I do?

To his credit, not only is Scott a great teacher but he encouraged to take what I learned and do something with it. It was the first time Mr. Zippy came to my head.

It’s Now It’s Never

…that word good was up for grabs. Always had been, always would be. Even if the man using it was maybe a thousand years old and could shoot like Buffalo Bill, that word was still up for grabs.” Stephen King, Wizard and Glass.

Why was I so terrified? Because I care. I love comics. I have ever since I picked up my very first issue of Green Lantern. I’ve always wanted to do them. The hardest thing about creating comics is the cost of entry. World class illustrators deserve their money. I’ve worked with several. They are incredible people and have spent years working on their craft. I cannot match that talent overnight.

This seemed so daunting.

Then I remembered Blaine the Mono and Eddie. That quote above hit me about a week ago. Good enough is foolish. What is good? How do you define good? I mean we know what gifted, and talented is. We know when we see something magical. But there is magic in many things. My book may never be pretty, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes the real magic is in the doing, and will it be good? Maybe. Maybe not.

But it will be the best I can do. And isn’t that in itself magic?

Happiness isn’t about comparing yourself to others. It’s about being happy with what you do. Now, I won’t promise to do more than one issue (I am cheating a little too. See below.) But I promise to try, and for two issues I will do my best. After that? We’ll see.

Zippy The Dragon

Zippy the Dragon an art critic baby dragon making fun of its creator for drawing stuff. He both encourages me and is critical of me, in the best ways. I don’t pretend to understand how comics work, or that my drawings will be good. They will start one dimensional, and grow from there. But this comic is about facing my fears. One panel or page a day will appear on my Instagram page. Will I print it? Probably. I’m not one hundred percent sure, but probably.

All I really promise is that I’ll try. The first issue will not have a lot of drawings, as I realize that the first issue is about my deepest fears. And I have to start a comfortable place, to get to an uncomfortable one. The first line is two words. I feel all of us will understand it when it comes out.

I hope to learn so much, and I hope you’ll read along with me as I discover what’s underneath my fears.

No matter what, I’m certain it will lead somewhere.

No Dragon Pictures…Yet

This is mostly on purpose. There is fear, but it’s also because it’s not final. The first little bit of this comic is about me finding my voice in pictures. I don’t know for sure what it will look like when it’s over. And no doubt, it’ll keep evolving. But the beauty of this is that I am allowed to explore. The thought excites me.

And is absolutely terrifying.

Down the road, I’ll write about what I learned from this. In the meantime, I ask you…what are you afraid of? Maybe the best way to deal with your fears is to tackle them head on. There are always things to be afraid of. Maybe life is simply about confronting the limitations we believe we have, and seeing what happens when we stretch ourselves beyond our confinements.

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#JohnnyKahn #Music #Interviews #BooktubeJohnny Kahn is quite a character. We talk Carl Jung, Music, History, the Vaccine Mandates, Being in Control, impressing women and more. It was quite a memorable chat, and I enjoyed it. I hope to do it with Johnny again.Sponsor:Jennifer Lieberman's Year of the What Newsletter- Sign up for the newsletter to enter for giveaways for Year of the What – an audiobook by author/actress Jennifer Lieberman extraordinaireJohnny Kahn:Way of the TigerMy Stuff:Books:Alice ZeroThe Cloud DiverSupport And Subscribe:Buy my MerchNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
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  5. Episode 629: Just Joshing Episode 629: Kate Seger

You are good enough. Never forget it.
I remind myself of this right now.

Kindness Is Rebellion

So I’ve been sending out random notes of kindness to random (and not so random) people. People I believe could use it and see it and enjoy it. Here’s a sample of one.

What do you offer that no one else has? You. There is only one and only will ever be one. Your thoughts and feelings and life passes through just once. It makes you invaluable beyond measure. May you be surrounded by people who treat you like you are worth that.

Cool huh? Here’s my favorite.

Believe in your story. I know the world is a scary place right now. We’re not sure where we’re going or if it will all end well. Facebook reminds me that there are so many voices out there. A lot I don’t know or fully understand. You all have incredible stories and are amazing human beings. You can be the biggest bad asses in the world. It’s there. It’s your story. You overcome incredible odds just being here. The world is unfair and bad things happen to all of us all the time. The fact that you’re still here, doing what you’re doing, in the face of all this, is amazing. Never forget how resilient, brave, bold and wonderful you all are. You can do anything and be anyone you want to be.

How It All Started

I was sick of the shit I was seeing on social media. Everybody and their mothers arguing about masks, COVID, how serious it is, politics, who’s going to be president, blah, blah, blah. And the kicker is the formula is the same. People all wound up about how serious or not serious it is, threaten others, get angry, and after awhile burn out. I realized people needed to grieve, and I encourage letting the emotions out, but there was a period of about two months where that was practically all I was seeing. I had enough of it.

So I decided I was still going to build people up. because now seemed like a good time. Neither of those up there took long to write, and I meant every word. I never expected the impact I got with so many people, especially with the second one. I watched people just let stuff out. It’s great to be a part of that.

I can say my opinion but at the end of the day I can’t control what is. What I control is how I react. I can inspire people. I know this because even before all the insanity started, people seemed to like my daily inspirations for the days. I do them everyday and have since I got nominated for the Aurora. It’s a consistent thing for my mindset, and I thought I’d do it to certain people specifically.

I Appreciate You

I appreciate you

I started by doing a 5 person at random I appreciate you thread. I said that I appreciated a person and gave them a personal message why I did. In some instances I used that to put closure with people I hadn’t spoken to for years. Life has often taught me that most of us take each other for granted with the time we have with each other. It’s important to say the things that are important. Even with people who weren’t friends anymore, I got to say some nice things and thank them for a friendship.

I was sorry it was over but happy it happened. That was the first reward. The second was the thank you. I didn’t expect that. Lots of people responded back. Whether it was people I hadn’t met yet or talked to, or someone I hadn’t heard from for years. Some of them were quite surprising. Thank you random number generator for making this possible.

Believe In Your Story

This was the coolest one for me. I got a lot out of this. I got to talk and make great connections with some incredible people, including a friend I hadn’t talked to in fifteen years. I just sent out that note to this person with no real expectations and lo and behold, I discover we’re both in the same city at the same time. Sylvia Maniscalco is a lifelong friend of my family and it was a pleasure to get a chance to catch up. She has become an incredible human being and I got the chance to see the person they became.

Sylvia, if you happen to read this, thanks for making this so rewarding. You were the nicest surprise doing this. As was everything else. I’ve done nothing but connect with people that are eager to talk. In this time I’ve made more connections than I started with. When I started this was around 1300 friends on facebook and 2500 Twitter followers. I’ve met 1400 new people in this.

That didn’t mean I batted a thousand. I ended some friendships and let people go as well, but that’s not a bad thing. Nothing lasts forever in this life. And to those that were silent, it’s not like I did this expecting anything.

Build Each Other Up

Honestly, there are things on both sides of the COVID mask issue in North America that bother the hell out of me. This has been an ugly, terrible mess of bad ideas, one on top of the other no matter how you slice it. I know the virus needs to be taken seriously, but those who are on the side of science seem naive to the money side of this. I will remember 2020 as one of the cruelest years I’ve ever seen. When this is over, I think that more than anything is what I’ll remember about this time.

But I’m not going to change that being angry or bitter or worrying about the things I can’t control. It does me no good. Being afraid does me little good. People have either been that or silent.

In times like this, I’m going to be kind. It puts me in a great mindset. I can dismiss petty politics and just focus on the people I’m talking to as people.

And you know what? It works. I’ve connected to more people and walks of life than I ever had in the past. I’ve talked to people across the world from Pakistan to Ghana to England to all over North America. I’ve been blessed to meet and interact with people I probably wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for this time.

I’ve taken advantage of my opportunities. I got more to do too. If you are reading this, my challenge to you if you are fighting people over how you believe the world should be, instead try to just talk to people. We don’t need to agree to get along.

build bridges not burn them.
Build bridges, not burn them.

This was an opportunity to reach out, be thankful and rebel against the onslaught of 2020. I was reading about Job from the bible and there was a question of why he was always praying to God and being humble when his world was falling apart around him. It turns out that gratitude is a way to fight despair.

Even now, with nothing to my name, I have a lot to be thankful for. That thankfulness has kept me sane (ish) in this time. I wanted to spread that around.

So to those that responded, thank you. To those that didn’t, thank you. If I made your day, thank you. If I didn’t, that’s cool too. I got plenty of rewards for this. I will continue this for as long as I can.

I will be kind. We’ll see where it goes. Stay kind and true to yourselves out there.

Narrative Debut

This weekend on my podcast I will be debuting myself as a narrator. I narrated and finished the audiobook for Brad C. Anderson and his novel Duatero. I’ll be reading from chapter 9 of the story, and I promise you It’ll be a ride of a lifetime. I’m nervous, but I worked my ass off on telling Brad’s amazing story, and this chapter was incredible to read. It’s one of my favorites in the story. I think it will be yours too after.

I hope you listen and if you are an author searching for someone to tell your story, I’m your guy.

Episode 633: Just Joshing Episode 633: Johnny Kahn Just Joshing

#JohnnyKahn #Music #Interviews #BooktubeJohnny Kahn is quite a character. We talk Carl Jung, Music, History, the Vaccine Mandates, Being in Control, impressing women and more. It was quite a memorable chat, and I enjoyed it. I hope to do it with Johnny again.Sponsor:Jennifer Lieberman's Year of the What Newsletter- Sign up for the newsletter to enter for giveaways for Year of the What – an audiobook by author/actress Jennifer Lieberman extraordinaireJohnny Kahn:Way of the TigerMy Stuff:Books:Alice ZeroThe Cloud DiverSupport And Subscribe:Buy my MerchNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
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  5. Episode 629: Just Joshing Episode 629: Kate Seger

I click a lot, and other things I learned making Audio

I’m not quite done the book yet. It’s really the last listen, editing out the little pieces and making sure I’m clear. a 90000 word novel is a lot to go through. But this process has been an amazing one for me. I got to really look at what I do with audio and get better and I learned some things in the process.

Lesson number one: I need to represent myself better

You bring something to everything you do.

This has been easily the most detail I’ve ever done on an edit. A 90k novel with multiple languages was an interesting challenge. The important thing was to be as clear as possible. Each page was a few different takes. The chapter I worked hardest on was chapter 9. It’s a very emotional part of the book and I wanted to hit on how vulnerable the main character was in this situation. He wasn’t used to the powerlessness, and the strength his mother showed in this scene was emphasized.

It got me thinking about my podcast. I do three episodes a week and I do a lot of what I do automatically. I’ve done hundreds of episodes. It’s easy to get caught in your process, and this assignment forced me to re-evaluate my work for myself.

It’s easy to take yourself for granted. I find we tend to sell ourselves short and I’m not different than anyone else that way. I looked at why I worked so hard at this to make it perfect. Now if I want to be a little bit truthful, but not quite accurate, it’s that I don’t like having my show perfect. Just Joshing is an eclectic show and I don’t want it to feel fully professional. I’ve interviewed people in bars, casinos, coffee shops and I keep those details in on purpose.

That’s my work. Audiobooks are my work, but they’re not about me. It’s about representing the story as best I can for my clients. And that means going deeper and going for as professional sounding quality as possible.

So my goals are different. What are the things in my current assignment that can I incorporate to make my other stuff better?

We can always get better, and this has made me rethink the whole podcast.

Lesson Number Two: I click a lot

I see this little line in the audio file and I know now it’s my tongue clicking with my mouth. I’ve heard it on every page I’ve read. I had no idea it was that much. I’m talking a lot more in the readings than I do on my podcasts, so this happens. I stay more hydrated now. Lesson learned.

Beware the vertical dashes.

Lesson Three: You Bring A Lot to the Story

Mic check

My admiration for voice actors went through the roof doing this. I look at a show like Fairy Tale or Stein’s Gate with a whole new level of respect. The actors and actresses on the show project emotions into the images on the screen. They add life to a character and give them a depth and dimension that wouldn’t otherwise be there.

I had to do the same thing here. I had to take my main character, a knight templar variant, and give him gravity. I found there was a quiet sadness to him. This was a man coming to terms with the fact that he couldn’t solve the problems of his world with his own two hands, and he was reminded of it over and over again. The more he tried to assert himself, the more mistakes he made.

You experience the character’s journey when you read. That’s why books are awesome. We hallucinate about new worlds and empathize with what we read on the page. I brought my own imagination to it. My favorite character was Talia. Talia was trouble and reminded me of many women I’ve loved in life. There was a vibrant quality to her. She was mischievous and very tragically vulnerable. She was the main character’s conscience and I felt her frustration at the end.

My job was to project those feelings I felt, and let the reader feel what I felt. It was my way to contribute to the story. I’m not as good as a voice actor, and won’t pretend otherwise, but I hope my parts add something to the story told.

Lesson Four: My Client is a great writer

I’ll reveal who it is in a week or so. That said, He’s really good. He wrote an old school science fiction and it was amazing to read. I like science fiction stories that force tough choices in my characters, yet also makes flawed, relatable people. I liked who the author wanted me to like, and despised who he wanted me to despise. This is a great book.

To Summarize:

  • I have to do better with my own products. I have to treat mine as if they are someone else’s. I can’t dismiss my work.
  • I know the tongue click whenever I see it
  • My respect for voice actors and other narrators are through the roof
  • I add something to a story with my own voice
  • The author that wrote the book is incredible

This was a great experience. I hope to do it again. And if you want me to be the one to tell your story, click here and let’s talk. I’m looking for my next client. Let me help you tell your story the way it deserves to be heard.