I Worked For The Mind Magician And He Mind F%&ked Me Over

Towards the end of 2013, I met a man forever known as 'THE MIND MAGICIAN'. We shared coffee and stories, and his journey and love for magic excited me beyond belief. This wasn't going to be a huge or lucrative project, but boy would it be exciting. I mean, what young lad doesn't dream about becoming a magician? Who wouldn't like to peek into a magical world? Fast forward to now and that excitement is no more. The project has come and gone, and unfortunately it didn't go according to plan. I don't wish to paint myself as a victim in this, because I was at fault too. It takes two to tango as they say, and looking back over the weeks and months, I've learned several lessons. Lessons I'd like … Read More »

Next Time You Feel Average, Read This Post & High Five The God of Awesome

Ever had one of those days where you just feel, meh? Wait, you have them all the time? Me too! Do you think it has something to do with working for yourself, holding your destiny in your own hands, and having no clue as to what the future may hold? Yeah, me too! My name is Turndog and I suffer from self doubt. As someone whose interviewed 100 +fellow entrepreneurs and creatives, I'm assured I'm not alone. In fact, I'm often told how everyone suffers with such stomach churning doubt, and becoming a successful person with fame and fortune doesn't do a great deal to rid it. The start of 2014 has been a tricky time for me, because ideas and launches haven't quite gone according to plan. I … Read More »

PEOPLE ASK ME HOW I MAGIC UP IDEAS. HERE’S THE SECRET BEHIND MY CREATIVE PROCESS (HINT: IT DOESN’T INVOLVE WHISKEY… FOR ONCE)

"How do you come up with your ideas?" asks a friend of mine. "What's your creative process like?" he continues, staring at me with eager eyes, it's as if he expects me to have a secret formula of sorts. The truth is, I don't... I don't think. "They just come to me," I reply, shrugging my shoulders. And his own shoulders deflate, clearly unimpressed by my uninspiring answer. I face this situation often, and when I meet somebody new, and we talk about my fiction, they ask about my creative process. People seem to think writers have a secret super power, but we don't. When I consider how Beyond Parallel, TICK to the TOCK, and my other novels yet to be written came about, it's usually through … Read More »

My Friend is Miserable & Pessimistic, But Even His Story Is Interesting Beyond Words

One of my friends is a good lad, but boy-oh-boy does he see the glass half empty. You know the type: He's the guy who wins the lottery and is down in the dumps because of all the congratulatory (aka: lend me some money) phone calls. He also owns his own company, and I cannot wait for him to win a MASSIVE contract so I can see the 'but' he comes up with. I won't name any names, but if he reads this he'll know who he is. And don't worry, I tell him to his face all the time, but I decided to dedicate a Blog Post to his pessimistic mind because even though he sees the glass half empty, and even though he finds the speck of negativity in a pile of awesome, his story is unique, special, and … Read More »

How To Crash Your Site On Your Biggest Day (TWICE!) And Still Be Crazy Successful

Welcome to TURNDOG TALKS TO: the time of the week I interview people with a story to share. Today is a re-do, because I'm sharing my amazing talk with Jaime Tardy once again. Jaime released her long anticipated book last week, and I cannot wait to share it with you (Check out: The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be An Entrepreneur & Successfully Grow their Startup). Jaime has interviewed some of the world'f finest minds, and this is a book I'm excited to devour. I was lucky to interview her for The Successful Mistake, and it just so happens to be one of the stories I share the most. It's tricking awesome, so read the overview below and be sure to watch the video. It's a good … Read More »

An Honest Insight Into a Self-Published Book Launch: The Cringeworthy Numbers

I recently wrote the hardest email of my life. It was about my latest novel's launch period (TICK to the TOCK - January 08 - January 31), and I included as many stats as possible: The Good, The Bad, The Downright Terrifying. I value transparency and honesty, and I believe the day of the recluse author is no more. Readers desire more from the books they read, because it's not about a single tale, it's about the entire journey, which includes the author, their process, their worries et al. Now, a little mystery is fine and encouraged, but I want to ensure I'm an open book (pun intended). There's being open and OPEN, though. That bloody email was CRAZY-OPEN, because it showcased the less than … Read More »