James Marie Parker III Scary Flash Fiction On Patreon

  • May 3, 2018
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I’m a huge fan of horror movies and ghost stories so when I heard about this Patreon I knew I had to share it with my audience. James Marie Parker III is creating scary flash fiction and needs your support on Patreon.

If you don’t know what flash fiction is, it’s extremely brief, typically only a few hundred words or fewer in its entirety. James Marie Parker the Third is creating this kind of fiction at 500 words and has built quite the audience. In order to continue building his audience ever further, he needs your support on his Patreon today.

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https://www.patreon.com/JamesMarieParkerTheThird

James Marie Parker III Patreon

For a long time James Marie Parker III has had the desire to write, but has only half way committed. Now James has decided to go all in wanting to finally make a career out of flash fiction writing.

Scary Stories

What makes James Marie Parker III writing unique is he specialized in the scary story niche. What makes his writing even more of a golden unicorn is his scary stories incorporate humor and heartwarming elements. I think the problem with some scary movies and scary fiction is it can be exasperating and grating when too dark. I think one reason why Steven King is so popular is precisely because he incorporates human elements into his fiction. The fiction isn’t just one droning note of horror.

Where Can I Find These Scary Stories

– Reddit, Short Scary Stories sub-Reddit

– Published works, Book of No Sleep, 1 and 2

Search for these works: Suspension of Outbound Traffic, The Empty, Once More, From The Top, and Auntie Creep’s great rendition of The Recognition He Deserved.

What Can I Expect?

From James Marie Parker III you can expect at least one story a week. They will usually be between 450 to 500 words. Anyone who pays at least 1 dollar will get to read the written story a week early before it goes onto Reddit. As he is part of the No Sleep Writer’s Guild, certain stories will be put up there for narrators to get first crack on. In addition, from time to time, he may put up various things on his Patreon. Rewards start at just $1 per month so there isn’t any excuse not to contribute.

 

Conclusion

Parker concludes his Patreon by saying “Remember, wanderer. If you ever need a quick moment of excitement and scares, my humble abode will always accept you. And as long as you can find me or my stories, then you are never truly lost.” Consider giving to James Marie Parker III Patreon today.

Bottleneck Breakthrough By Joshua Long

  • August 16, 2017
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Just stated reading Bottleneck Breakthrough How To Find And Fix Your #1 Business Challenge To Unlock Sustainable Growth, Fast by Joshua Long and I’m loving it! Anyone looking to grow their own business should pick up this book.

Bottleneck Breakthrough hasn’t been released yet, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a brand shinny new pre release copy. You can apply the bottleneck breakthrough method to achieve predictable growth plateaus in every business, and every stage of revenue, whether you’re at $100K or $100M. Best of all his technique builds on what you already do in your business so you don’t have to completely overhaul your operation.

Purchase the book: http://bottleneckbreakthrough.com/book

Bottleneck Breakthrough Book

What’s a Bottleneck?

A bottleneck according to the author is “any point of friction in your business that prevents you from generating more revenue or generating the same revenue more easily.” If your company is just starting out the most common bottleneck is the owner can no longer keep everything running smoothly.

If your business does have a bottleneck this book will show you how to breakthrough step-by-step, complete with action items. Each chapter ends with a complete set of action items for you to follow. I found it interesting that Joshua Long places such importance on good management, especially in small business. I feel management has kind of become a dirty word, Josh feels it’s undervalued in small business and possibly overvalued in fortune 500 companies. Interesting perspective. “Small business owners equate the topic of management with bureaucracy, creating unnecessary oversight and slowing down the implementation process.” Joshua also recommends another “dirty word” in the book, a meeting. Yes, the dreaded meeting word, but not just any meeting a weekly implementation meeting. He guarantees that you at least will get back 3 hours for every one hour you invest in these meetings.

Why Should I Even Listen To Author Joshua Long?

Joshua Long is “a consultant who focuses on helping B2B companies in the $10 million to $100 million range break through their current revenue plateaus and unlock rapid growth. Through his experience as an entrepreneur, marketing director for BBI (The company owned by Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins), and consultant, he has developed Bottleneck Breakthrough Method. It has proven most reliable for unlocking rapid growth for his clients, while reducing the risk of waster capital in the process.”

The book breaks down it’s 6 sections by levels of growth. “The 6 levels of growth include: Mindset, vision, systems, management, strategy, and marketing.” First the forward details the bottleneck, then book goes into the big idea, optimization. Next, in marketing it go into your funnel, traffic pillars, and closing. In management book delves into basics, weekly implementation meeting, and confrontation. Systems is up next with creating one, delegation, documentation, and automation. Then book goes into vision asking readers to explain their goals, and creating a bottleneck breakthrough plan. Finally the book ends with mindset and getting free.

It’s not just a book about generalities it’s a book with specific tactics and tips such as using Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Hotjar tracking tool, Xero the less clunky Quickbooks, and just good old fashioned spreadsheets. I’m just using these examples as proof this isn’t just a book with a birds eye view of the business world, it’s both macro and micro. The best of both worlds.

My Favorite Sections

I especially like the section about reducing fires. I can totally relate to the phenomenon of business owners becoming full time “firemen.” Not firemen in the traditional sense of putting out actual fires, but putting out fires throughout their business. In other words you are completely reactive ALL DAY and end up getting nothing productive done. The solution according to this book is to document and delegate. I also enjoyed the section where Long explains the Dunning-Kruger Effect where when you first start out with 0 experience you have the most confidence, but as you move forward and gain more skin your confidence dips and only rises until you reach the expert phase of your career. One of the hardest things for me to do in my business is to delegate and for reasons Long talks about in the book. “It takes more effort to tell someone else how to do this, so I’ll just do it myself.” I see daily tasks as branches on a tree, I decide to one thing and that thing has unintended consequences that branch off into other obligations. So the thought of delegation also leads me to that fear of for every action there’s a reaction and delegating this task will end up being more work than me doing it myself. Joshua suggests shifting the stating to something more positive, “How easily can I give this to someone who would love doing it and do a great job at it?”

Conclusion

I actually loathe most business books, specially because many authors tend to write about clique generalities or base writing solely off case studies. I do, however, like business books written by authors with first hand, in the trenches, experience. As far as I’m concerned there is no substitute for experience especially in business. That’s why I recommend this book, Bottleneck Breakthrough because it’s an step-by-step, actionable guide to business born out of real world experience. Thanks Joshua Long for writing such a comprehensive business book!

 

Supporting Science Fiction Stories And Novels By JD Maverick

  • March 2, 2017
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JD Maverick is creating science fiction stories and novels and needs your support on Patreon and Kickstarter. The Kickstarter campaign is specifically for a web novel named ‘Cross Roads.” Cross Roads is set to be a slice of life/science fiction web novel with the unique theme of “magical girls.” Visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2045434624/cross-roads-web-novel for more details. The more broadly focused second campaign can be found on Patreon where the first $500 will go towards the internet story and novel Maverick. Please consider donating to JD’s Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/JDMav

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Right now both campaigns have zero backers. JD Maverick needs your help! Please consider supporter the author and make the next novel come into existence.

Kickstarter Campaign Breakdown

“This campaign will help me cover the costs of publishing the novel independently, like the cover and formatting, as well as the cost of setting up an author website. If I exceed my goal of $2,000, I will use the extra money to pay for advertising and possibly some other marketing activities.”

Kickstarter Campaign Risks?

“Unless a meteor falls from the sky and obliterates me before I can hit “send,” there is not much risk involved with this project. The book is already written, and is already formatted for both the e-book and print book versions. The only issue I can foresee would be that if my day job gets too busy, it might delay me in sending rewards out to everyone as quickly as planned.”

Any Kickstarter Rewards?

Yes, there are rewards! $1+ gets your full name added to the book, $5+ gets you ebook and full name, $20+ gets you previous reward and paperback copy of book, $30+ gets your name and hardcover copy, and finally $50+ gets you paperbook, hardcover, and name. As you can see reward levels are very reasonable. $1+ gets you name, that’s one of best offers I’ve seen.

Support the Kickstarter campaign here: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2045434624/cross-roads-web-novel

Patreon Campaign Information

Patreon if you don’t know already is a place mostly for artists and creators that want to earn steady monthly incomes from their work. Patreon is a great place for JD Maverick to crowd fund the novel.

“For the past 15 years, I’ve created the world that was built on a dream, which hopefully will become a reality. I work a full-time day job that quite frankly takes a lot of my time. I have bills to pay and I work at least three jobs.” Patreon will JD transfer from the working world to publishing full time. This campaign is for my internet story and my novel I want to publish. First $500 are reserved for the internet stories. Instead of releasing a chapter every two weeks on a Thursday, I will be releasing a chapter every week when I reach my second goal. Which you can read all the previous and future chapters at Wattpad.com. Patrons pledged to at least the 5$ Tier will get full access to my internet stories in the form of a fully colored Hi-res PDF Files every month.”

Why Patreon? 

“I work a full-time day job that quite frankly takes a lot of my time. I have bills to pay and I work at least three jobs. Also do podcasting but not really making anything out of that right now. I also do consulting work– whether graphic design– but that is in flux as well. Even on my days off I still work my projects so I don’t know anything about slacking off or even goofing off. To be honest I was never even raised that way. I was always raised by one simple rule. A role that my parents and teach me but the world has taught me: if you don’t work, you don’t eat. Plain and simple.”

Any Patreon Rewards? 

Yes, like Kickstater there are Patreon rewards to be had. $1 gets you a thank you, $5 gets you story access, $10 gets you the novel “Second Renaissance: Bitter Harvest” and access to stories in hi-res PDF files, and finally $20 gets you “Patreon Versions of earlier and future web novels of Second Renaissance, Generation Me and Cross Roads in physical paperback form. Patreon Version of my new novel “Second Renaissance: Bitter Harvest” in the form of a fully colored Hi-res PDF File. You will get full access to my internet stories in the form of a fully colored Hi-res PDF File in every release.”

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https://www.patreon.com/JDMav

JD Maverick has created two campaigns one on Kickstarter and the other on Patreon. All this author needs it funding. You can help! Please consider contributing to this author today.

Top 10 Books Of 2017 Recommended Reading

  • January 22, 2017
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This is a list of the top 10 books I read in 2016 and recommend them to you in 2017 if you haven’t read them already. Let me know what you think of my list or what other books should be on it.

1) Open: An Autobiography Andre Agassi

Note: If you don’t read any other book this year, read Open by Andre Agassi. It’s that good.

2) So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Jon Ronson

3) Medium Raw Anthony Bourdain

4) TED Talks Chris Anderso

5) Fully Present Susan Smally, Diana Winston

6) The Five Elements of Effective Thinking Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird

7) How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Scott Adams

8) Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain

9) Do No Harm Henry Marsh

10) Talking to Crazy Mark Goulston MD

 

Adult Coloring Book Review

  • October 1, 2015
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Adult Coloring Book Review

Watch the 9malls review of the hottest trend around: Adult Coloring Books. This adult animal coloring book is good for stress relief, mindful calmness, creative expression, and fun. At $10 is this coloring book worth the price? Watch the video to find out.

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Achieve Flow State With Steven Kotler’s “The Rise of Superman”

  • July 16, 2014
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Achieve that Sublime Flow State with Steven Kotler’s “The Rise of Superman”

The misconception that only certain number of individuals is able to reach the pinnacle of success by delivering unbelievably high human performance gets shattered as you go gathering a better understanding of the flow state. Every individual has it in him or her to deliver the best and for that you need to hack that particular flow. When the right hand doesn’t work you automatically substitute with the left. A lot is being talked about this particular state of flow that pushes one towards unimaginable dizzying heights of performance, speeding the process of learning, boosting self-esteem, and moving ahead to the next level in a fluid manner. Steven Kotler, who is a reputed journalist and authored several books, centralizes on the power of flow state, and how to attain that state in his latest launch “The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.”

Hack into the Flow for Superman Status

While exemplifying the rise of superman, a lot of inspiration is taken from research and personal interviews of individuals who have been super achievers and broken records while taking part in activities such as athletic sports, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, rock climbing, conducting solo jazz, and even from individuals who have successfully zeroed into a research breakthrough.  You have to remember that achieving each of these is no mean feat and according to the author the rise of superman happens in the realm of flow. To put it with greater clarity, the message imparted from the book inspires one to tap that state of flow from within as it possesses unlimited strength to unleash and outperform beyond expectations.

The author Steven Kotler further goes to emphasize that it is not just super performances you can expect by being in such a state of flow but that it leads to a sense of achievement, contentment, happiness and harmony. Kotler has done diligent research on the topic of flow in his flow genome project where he was the co-founder of “A Small Fury Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life” published in 2010.

Applicable to Every Sphere

The book has immense implications for normal humans to reach that state of flow in whatever they do. Individuals looking out for a change in scene in their professional front or tinkering over the idea of pursuing a hobby are sure to find the philosophy of being in a state of flow useful. It is not that the flow works only of those related to sports or research. Even those involved in creative arts or marketing or any other field can draw insights. From the book, you learn how to gradually narrow that gap between a normal performance and the above-expectations one and to achieve what is impossible to possible in your day-to-day work and activities. The book makes way for interesting reading particularly for those individuals looking for a change in how they perform. Once you hack in the flow, the world is yours as you are now equipped with that unleashed power to be a superman.

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