Episode 70 – Successfully Freaky with Charles McFall

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Episode 70 of The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Special Guest: Charles McFall


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An email from one of Charles’ listeners:


Up until recently I have never considered writing as a hobby, as my strength has always been speaking. Even in school I had a difficult time putting my spastic, cluttered thoughts on paper in a properly organized manner. That was until i was inspired by my friend who has started a wonderful digital magazine all about my lovely city and the people in it. It is a huge collaborative of artists, poets, and of course writers. He gave me a topic I was able to connect with, and I surprised myself with how much more easily writing came to me with just a little encouragement. Charles and Success Freaks has been a huge part of my personal success with this and other parts of my life using their positive message and no nonsense style. Every time I tune in, his cohost R. Mordant Mahon and he always seem to say exactly what I need to hear to push me forward, even if it’s not always the easy answer. I owe many of my recent achievements to their advice, and hear their voices in my head whenever I start to doubt myself. It is because of them, that I held onto the drive that got me to sit down and focus on this new adventure of writing, and I’m glad I did. I submitted my first article, and will be published in the “Internet” issue released Feb 19 at MPLSzine.com. The sense of accomplishment from just submitting is gratifying, but being accepted has been another kick in the pants to keep moving forward. That, and a little kick from Charles once in awhile doesn’t hurt either.

From Charles:

I do not have a book or really an outline. What I do have is a monthly newsletter I make myself write, and an autobiography I have started and stopped more than a few times over so I have some very rough material to discuss and get tips from you both. You can see copies of the newsletter articles on http://www.successfreaks.com/newsletters without having to sign up, but of course you are welcome to if you like.

Officially we just changed the name of what we do right before NMX so if you would list me as Charles McFall From Success Freaks that would be great.

Charles is part of the team that podcasts Success Freaks.
Success Freaks:

Success Freaks has lived up to its own hype as the “#1 late-night comedic motivational show.”
A 2011 & 2012 Podcast Awards nominee, Success Freaks entertains & edifies with its charismatic co-hosts, captivating sense of humor and positive and thought-provoking content. With the show’s theme of “chasing & catching your dreams,” topics cover everything from social media in your life to dealing with death to surviving bullies and anti-gay sentiments.
Here’s the copy for one of their latest podcast:
In this day & age of 10ish% Unemployment, who can afford to “do what you love”?  I say, in this day & age of depression, who can afford not to do what you love!?  But…what do “voodoo” and “doing what you love” have in common?  Nothing really…It’s a play on words.  A catchy title.     But, there is a little bit of magic that comes along with “doing what you love”…        not only magic, it even requires at least a mustard seed’s worth of faith.

In this episode of Success Freaks, yourVoodoo-Hoodoo Comedic Motivational show hosts, Mordant & McFall, tell us what it took for them to get out there and do what they love.  By doing what you love, you are living yourlife.  By doing what you love, you are loving yourself enough to do what makes you happy.  Do what you love and you’ll put some of that magic you had as a kid back in your life.  That magical feeling you had when you could be anything you wanted.  Back when life was fun and full of possibility…and…it’s going to take a lot of Faith to do it.
Your steps to Voodoo What You Love
1.   Realize that you are responsible for your own happiness.
2.   Choose your destiny – or at least a destination.
3.    Create a Roadmap
4.    Layout actionable steps
5.    Carpe Vida – Seize your life
“Now go do that voodoo that you do…so well!”  ~Harvey Korman as “Hedly Lamarr” in “Blazing Saddles”~

Damien’s rant about his birthday. My mother’s attempt at killing me.


How would you react if your partner had been away for a couple of days and arrived home dumping a bag of money on the kitchen table.
Would you ask questions? Ask where she got the bag?
What does this exchange say about the relationship?

Word of the Week:

The Magic of Words

with Anu Garg

Do you see people in black and white? They are either good or bad. Saints or sinners.
We should leave that Manichean view to the fairytales where one is either an innocent princess or a wicked witch. In reality, there are many shades of gray in between. And humans are rather colorful. This week’s A.Word.A.Day will give us five words to describe them.

adjective: Marked by impulsiveness or impatience.

From Latin impetus (assault, impetus), from impetere (to attack), from in- (in) + petere (to go to). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pet- (to rush or fly), which also gave us feather, petition, compete, perpetual, pterodactyl, helicopter, propitious, pinnate, and lepidopterology (study of butterflies and moths). Earliest documented use: 1398.

“Fools rush in … Taylor Swift often acts, well, like an impetuous teen straight out of one of her songs.”
Eric Andersson; Why Taylor Can’t Find Love; Us Weekly (New York); Nov 19, 2012.

Explore “impetuous” in the Visual Thesaurus.
Habit with him was all the test of truth, / It must be right: I’ve done it from my youth. -George Crabbe, poet and naturalist (1754-1832)

Note from Google+:

Anthony Camber
4 Feb 2013  –
–  Writer’s Discussion Group (Business/Marketing)
I wonder if any other KDP user sees this?

Each book I’ve published on KDP has seen an almost immediate sale in the US, followed a few days later by a US refund. I have no data other than the limited summaries Amazon gives me, but I bet it’s the immediate sale being refunded. I suspect someone’s harvesting every book published and chucking it on the net.

It doesn’t surprise me or in fact bother me that much: there’s nothing I can do about it. The internet’s a machine for communicating culture, after all. And if I get more readers from it, that’s fine.

But I’m surprised Amazon doesn’t check for such things. I suppose it’s more sophisticated than it looks from the numbers we’re allowed to see.

Shout Outs:

Success Freaks: www.successfreaks.com
Charles McFall: @Bearcrawling
Damien: @newbiewriters
Catharine: facebook.com/NewbieWritersGroup and www.yourbookstartshere.com

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