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I’m reaching out to all my friends

I’m reaching out to all my friends, colleagues, compatriots, and co-workers in the L.A. area.
While I am currently working on a few freelance writing and game design projects, my “day job” (freelance copywriting for a company that manages rental properties) is just not delivering the monies we so desperately need right now.
Over the past few weeks, I have applied for copywriting, writing/producing, production coordination, and copy editing gigs around town and while several of those have been PERFECT fits for me (amazing when you read job descriptions like that), so far I’m batting a big, fat “0.”
If anyone has any leads for possible work (even short-term), I’d love to hear from you!
And not only am I a published and produced (and award-winning) writer/producer and copywriter, I’ve also proofread DOZENS of published products, designed games, worked as a voice actor, produced audio content, and worked in the practical special FX industry as a mechanic and puppeteer!
Thank you! Now back to the kitten pics. :)

It’s launch day

It’s launch day!
Brand new Horror anthology from Crystal Lake Publishing – out today at a special $2.99 launch price (first 100 Kindle sales only). Also available in paperback.
“You’ll find re-imaginings of “The Snow Queen,” “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “The Little Mermaid,” and several other well-known tales herein, all of them dropped without warning or apology into Lovecraft’s cold and merciless universe.” – Gary A. Braunbeck
Come and get it:
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Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths

Good morning

Good morning! While some of you might be relaxing today, I’m starting a #100day Mastermind with some amazing entrepreneurs, guided by the wise and super-positive Billie Allen, that’s joining forces for us to focus on one goal only and working on it everyday. There are some powerful actions we need to accomplish, we’re are having accountability for that, paired with fun stuff like visualizations and all the things I love doing, and we’re using the #FreedomJournal as support. I’m excited and eager to see who I’m going to become after these days come to a close, which will be with a big celebration with all of us jumping on a sky dive! Let the adventure begin!!! #Day1 #EnjoyingTheRideEveryday #EntrepreneuLife #Allin

“Whenever things got really bad

“Whenever things got really bad, and they were questioning the value of their lives, I would remind them that each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. I told them that if someone tells a lie, that person is not just a liar. If you take something that doesn’t belong to you, you are not just a thief. Even if you kill someone, you’re not just a killer. I told myself that evening what I had been telling my clients for years. I am more than broken. In fact, there is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can’t otherwise see; you hear things you can’t otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us. All of sudden, I felt stronger. I began thinking about what would happen if we all just acknowledged our brokenness, if we owned up to our weaknesses, our deficits, our biases, our fears. Maybe if we did, we wouldn’t want to kill the broken among us who have killed others. Maybe we would look harder for solutions to caring for the disabled, the abused, the neglected, and the traumatized. I had a notion that if we acknowledged our brokenness, we could no longer take pride in mass incarceration, in executing people, in our deliberate indifference to the most vulnerable.”
Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

“Between 1990 and 2005

“Between 1990 and 2005, a new prison opened in the United States every ten days. Prison growth and the resulting “prison-industrial complex”—the business interests that capitalize on prison construction—made imprisonment so profitable that millions of dollars were spent lobbying state legislators to keep expanding the use of incarceration to respond to just about any problem. Incarceration became the answer to everything—health care problems like drug addiction, poverty that had led someone to write a bad check, child behavioral disorders, managing the mentally disabled poor, even immigration issues generated responses from legislators that involved sending people to prison. Never before had so much lobbying money been spent to expand America’s prison population, block sentencing reforms, create new crime categories, and sustain the fear and anger that fuel mass incarceration than during the last twenty-five years in the United States.”
Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (p. 260).

I hear some CRABS IN A BUCKET are carrying on via FACEBOOK regarding Cynthia Bailey receiving the key to the city

I hear some CRABS IN A BUCKET are carrying on via FACEBOOK regarding Cynthia Bailey receiving the key to the city. Not even realizing they are hurting the city more than helping, they decide to be the coons they truly are and exemplify further why people like MYSELF who succeed decide to wash our hands with our city. BUT HERE’S THE THING! It won’t stop! We will continue to inspire kids there who otherwise can’t afford to get to events that allow them to reach their goals. Y’all picked the right one! Next event is September 24!
STAY MAD AND STAY STUCK! And this is my LAST MESSAGE addressing you lowlifes who aren’t doing anything yet complain about everything. You make me ITCH!

This story answers many of the questions I have had over the years about liberal intolerance

This story answers many of the questions I have had over the years about liberal intolerance. It’s a real thing and I don’t think we can achieve the type of change we wish to see if we don’t recognize it in ourselves. In another article, they talk about empathy as the antidote – deeply listening and sharing our stories with those we perceive to be on “the other side”.
“Regardless of who has the more toxic intolerance, the fact remains that people have trouble getting along. What to do? “One of the most consistent ways to increase tolerance is contact with the other side and sharing the experience of working toward a goal”

Kindle Countdown

Kindle Countdown! For a limited time only – 99c!
Something isn’t quite right in the Val.
“Behold the Blackwater Val, a riverside hamlet of healing and of retribution, a setting filled with dark secrets, mysticism, ghosts, and malevolent terrors. Behold Blackwater Val, William Gorman’s debut novel that captures all this valley’s chills and wonders in a wide-sweeping arc, which is as vast as the depth of ill-ease it plumbs.”—Eric J. Guignard, winner of the Bram Stoker Award and finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award
This Supernatural Suspense Thriller / Horror / Coming of Age novel is available in paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.
So come on down to the Val. They’re waiting for you.
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I must say that a writing retreat is an amazing place to deepen the practice of non

I must say that a writing retreat is an amazing place to deepen the practice of non-judgement (toward self and others). I spent a lot of time in quiet contemplation sifting through everything that was offered. The landscape of the Methow encouraged a gentle moving meditation that helped me stay connected to a deeper knowing.
“Wisdom grows from the “one step removed” kind of awareness cultivated by this practice. Indeed, simply naming a thing (“judgment”) is a powerful first step toward defusing it. Sometimes our thoughts and feelings create reactive judgments simply because we refuse to acknowledge or feel them.”