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By Seth Singleton
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The Wednesday Wrap Up - Comics, Video Games, and Mid-Week Musings
The Wednesday Wrap Up What this is? An honest attempt to tell you about the week that's passed and the week ahead The goal is to do this every Wednesday or maybe Thursday.  My schedule is beginning to take on some interesting patterns and I think this format will fit in nicely.  So, who am I? Perhaps this is where I should offer a brief, if not proper introduction.  I’m Seth Singleton. My name is on this podcast  I’m a writer, an editor, more importantly a storyteller.  I’m a writer who just finished the final, I hope chapter of my first novel. I have written a short story called This is a Language of Fists that is available on Amazon.  It’s also a an audio short story that will also be available on Amazon and will soon be a whisper synced to the original short story.  My second This is a Boxing Story is making the submission rounds, but it might become part of a collection  I also write for different publications like DC Comics News and I will sometimes mention recent articles that I enjoyed writing or working on.  Editor for the video game Planet Rise from Blue Alchemy Studio I work with an amazing group of talented writers. We will be appearing at GDC 2019 in March and anyone interested can check out the game. Our blog and sign up for the beta version 40 free cards.  If you are going to be at GDC send me a message or stop by and say hi. My job as editor also means that some of the things I am looking at and listening to come from the world of video games.  Things I’m still looking back at East Bay Comic Con was February 10th  I'm still recovering from meeting John Wesley Shipp I have a write up from his Q&A which was very inspirational  What originally brought me there? I was with Jack Katz who was signing original art and copies of The First Kingdom  Marvel’s Netflix. I’t’s just sad, but I don’t have the time to go deeper. GTA Cheaters A court has ordered Florida resident Jhonny Perez to pay $150,000 in damages (and $66,869 in attorney fees) for creating and sharing Elusive, a paid cheating tool for GTA Online. OUCH! What I am looking ahead to  Podcast with the gang at DC Comics News this Sunday.  Great team of Editors Writers and Reviewers with a Round Table feel  NEws throughout the week Spinner rack top five community and a few honorable mentions GDC 2019 in March  GDC is what started my podcast
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February 21, 2019
The 3 Shocks, Manufactured Gods, The Last of the Golden Age Artists, Stealing Yoda and Avatar, and Pulling Out the Brains of Jack Katz Because There is No Time
This is Part 3 in a series of conversations with Jack Katz.  To hear Part 1 Click Here To hear Part 2 Click Here Jack's Biography As an artist, Jack has spent his whole life dedicated to drawing, writing and getting his thoughts out to the universe. His working life as an artist has spanned a number of waves of comic book development and his paintings reach down into the present from their original roots back in the early years of 20th century American illustration and art. His most enduring accomplishment has been the production of the original 24-issue graphic novel known as "The First Kingdom". Many have said it was the very first independently published graphic novel and it began to be re-issued as a four-volume set in the spring of 2005. Aside from his drawing and painting, Jack has written extensively through the years on his ideas exploring the place humans have taken in the universe and the directions in which they may or may not take in the future. Today he teaches anatomy for figurative art students and continues to work on his comic book projects. Currently in the works as well are a number of publications and videos presenting his distinctive ideas of teaching figure drawing. Recent publication included the first volume of a collection of sketches Jack has done over the past decades that illustrate for the advanced figurative art student the many different ways in which the dynamic human form can be expressed. With over one-hundred-fifty pages, the book is entitled Anatomy by Jack Katz, Vol. 1. About the voice behind Storytelling with Seth Seth  Singleton is a storyteller.  He is the writing team editor at Blue Alchemy Studios and its upcoming release, Planet Rise and a free-agent writer who works by project and contract.  Seth believes that stories are a common thread that connects us all and that everyone has a story to tell.  You can visit his website at sethsingletonstoryteller.com.  To contact him about a writing or podcast project email him at sethsingleton@gmail.com  #JackKatz #ComicBooks #Art #Creativity #GoldenAge #Artists #StorytellingwithSeth #ContractwithGod #ProofofGod #Yoda #Avatar #TheFirstKingdom
1:32:35
February 16, 2019
Dave Campbell, The Calling, And Why a Mission from God Does Not Always Look The Way You Think
THE VALUE OF A GREAT CONVERSATION I know that I am having a good conversation with someone when I can share a genuine laugh. I don’t know how many times Dave Campbell and I laughed during our talk, but I do know that each time felt like an authentic connection with a committed artist.  FINDING A FAITH-BASED WRITING PARTNER Dave spoke honestly about pursuing his dream of drawing a comic that was faith-based. There were false starts and interruptions. But things changed when he met writer Jeff Williams at a men’s bible study. That was the beginning of a commitment to start and finish a graphic novel they would eventually title The Calling. MAKING A COMMITMENT Through it all Dave and Jeff knew that everyone from that men’s group remembered their conversation. Dave knew that every night when he came home from work that his children were watching him sit down to draw. He knew that they would be watching if he stopped.  SHARING THE CALLING Dave matched that commitment with a website where he promised that every Monday he and Jeff would publish a new page from The Calling. Week after week, page after page, their comic grew into a published graphic novel. Single issues followed, and later a trailer. YOUR NEXT MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT But, the mission wasn’t over. By now, Dave’s daughter was a self-published author currently enrolled at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She approached her dad about developing a comic together. She writes and he draws. The result is Groovy U.  ENJOY THIS BRIEF BIO FOR MORE ABOUT DAVE CAMPBELL  Raised in Ecorse, Michigan (Detroit area), Dave Campbell started drawing at an early age. Soon after, he gained an affinity for comics and further developed his drawing skills by using them as reference material. After high school, Dave went to the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design, where he earned a BFA degree in graphic design. In his adult life, Dave has worked at design firms, managed in-house art departments, pursued a career in music, and even started a team uniform company which he operated for 5 years. Through all of this, Dave never lost his love for the comics, which led to co-creating The Calling with writing partner Jeff Williams.  He is currently working on issue #2 of Groovy U, a new series written by his daughter Shelby Campbell. By day Dave works as an associate director of content management for a company that provides insight and analysis for various industries. He resides with his wife and three children in California’s bay area. STAY IN TOUCH Visit Parade Comics and Heed The Calling Hear more episodes of Storytelling with Seth  ON SOCIAL MEDIA INSTAGRAM  Parade Comics FACEBOOK HeedtheCalling CONTACT THE HOST Contact Seth  #Comics #DaveCampbell #TheCalling #StorytellingwithSeth #Dream #Marvel #Draw #Artist #Mission<
1:27:42
January 28, 2019
4 Types of Nonsense You Can Avoid to Cultivate Awareness About the Dangers of Self Help
On a Road to Self Acceptance with Tara Massan and Seth Singleton We start out with the weather. The Butte and Camp Fires have made the air quality in Oakland very dangerous.  I share a few personal examples including the joys and discomforts of wearing an air mask on a daily basis. Tara is enjoying a snowstorm that she describes as normal for where she lives in Minnesota. Tara welcomes the snow because it coats the bleak winter landscape when it is dry. When Self-Help Goes Bad 2 main sections Tara wants to address: The Dangers of Self-Help and Nonsense we have all heard.  Self help can reinforce feelings of shame and guilt and being less than Self help can enable avoidance and procrastination Self help creates more analysis by paralysis Self help is a diminishing return It creates the urge to say I want to fix this… That’s great, if you want to live to your potential But diving in can mean I can’t fix a problem until I fix what is wrong with me Self Help is a business that sells information Not a product that is tangible  To keep you hooked you have to keep fixing what is wrong with you You don’t have to be or think a certain way to be worthy It gets you hooked on the idea that you are not enough. What’s wrong with you? You should be doing this? Needing help Find a coach Guilt is not help You’ll Never Be Good Enough Until You Do This There’s Something Wrong You Self Help is a product of searching and discovery Specific examples and results Self-Help as a band-aid  A form of avoidance Meaningful action Build a door to enter a room I kind of cut her off here Embracing the suck  Rumi quote 4 Types of Nonsense  1. You learn to be successful by listening to successful people How many people have followed this advice and failed? How many did not follow and succeeded? Do you they have a hidden variable like luck or money? 2. Positive Psychology  Good to ask what is the positive here? This has led to “Avoid Negative Thinking” Negative thinking can address deep confliction Negative reveals discovery about self Negative attitudes reveal unreal expectations It’s ignoring that you are sick You will experience both Sometimes its a bad mood and you don’t have to sit in it But to ignore it is to make yourself sick 3. Procrastination Leonardo da Vinci proved procrastination can birth a new idea It doesn’t make you a bad person 4. Follow your Passion Does not mean, "Screw your job." Or that you are Entitled to live your life only by your terms Your passion may not be your income It may not lead to greatness Beware Misrepresentation  Passion requires work Invest in your passion  You still have to do something about it 5. Developing an Awareness  Think Critically Cultivating your Awareness Be comfortable seeing things that might not feel comfortable. This podcast is Part 3 of a series.  For Part 1 click here Click here for Part 2
1:41:41
December 29, 2018
What do you do when it doesn't feel like Christmas? A few thoughts about perspective
Christmas is so much more than a day on the calendar.  It is a time of magic and wonder in the eyes of many children and adults.  But, Christmas is also a state of mind. It's as much a day on the calendar as it is a day of presents and games and celebration. Today is Christmas Eve. It's also my father's birthday. This morning he is waking up in a hospital bed waiting for a scheduled date when he will be wheeled into the operating room for open heart surgery. I don't think it feels like much of a birthday and it probably doesn't feel like any Christmas that he remembers or imagined. But, he also taught me that Christmas like everything else is about perspective.  Sometimes seeing past the challenges and complications is about changing the way you are looking. There are other times when the real trick is learning to change where you are setting your sights when you look.  Christmas may not look like we remember and it may not feel like we expect it should, but it still has the ability to remind us that we can rise above the challenges when we remember that the holiday we celebrate is a reflection of the investment we make to experience it. About the Guy hosting this podcast: Seth Singleton is a storyteller. He is the writing team editor at Blue Alchemy Studios and its upcoming release, Planet Rise and a free-agent writer who works by project and contract. Seth believes that stories are a common thread that connects us all and that everyone has a story to tell. You can visit his website at sethsingletonstoryteller.com. To send questions and comments or to contact Seth about a writing or podcast project email him at sethsingleton@gmail.com #Christmas #ChristmasEve #Holiday #Perspective #Writing #Podcast #Family #Story 
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December 24, 2018
The Jack Katz Podcast Conversation Part 2: The Replication of our Downfall and Our Steps into Wonder
To hear Part 1 Click Here: https://anchor.fm/seth-the-storyteller/episodes/Jack-Katz-On-Creativity--Synchronicity--Fear--and-Romantic-Beauty-and-Human-Tragedy-e2hs83 When we left off with Jack, a time traveler had arrived from the future, only to find he was not far enough in the past. The computers had taken over.  Things sounded grim.  Replication  A recurring theme in The First Kingdom is the rise and fall of civilizations and the events that eventually bring about their destruction. A desire for immortality is among the motivations that are often driving the creators and innovators.  One solution created is a memory serum that retains the entire scope of a culture's knowledge. The serum can be used to share this knowledge with the replicants called Humanoids. The Humanoids were made by a man who had a near-death experience as a child and wanted to stave off death for everyone. At one point, he takes the memory serum to prevent his own inevitable death.  The Fiction We Know is Replicated   Tarzan is not an original story. According to Jack, there are no original stories. Jack in the Jungle and Jack the Lion Tamer were both written by PT Barnum and are the basis for the Tarzan stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Gladiator written by Philip Wylie which Jack believes was the inspiration for Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel's seminal Superman. Jack even shares a personal story about these two co-creators in the first part of our first podcast.  People are Steeped in Ambivalence   Jack is exacerbated by people steeped in the same ambivalence. He believes people are terrified and need to hold on to something. Jack has found the god of Einstein and it has allowed him to focus on completing the Beyond the Beyond.  When Jack met Charles Clarence C.C. Beck, who was the first artist assigned to draw the character of Captain Marvel, originally dubbed Captain Thunder by writer Bill Parker, "He knew I was supposed to do Captain Marvel Jr."  "He already knew about me from Bulletman and Bulletdog." Jack remembers Beck enjoyed designing swords and hilts, and that he was a "Wonderful little gentleman."  Maybe it has to do with his belief that Captain Marvel was better than Superman. When Jack wrote his own story of a character with immense power he named it The Last Immortal. He then introduced a girl who was dying of cancer and asked, "What can superpowers do against cancer?" Read more at sethsingletonstoryteller.com  Jack's Biography  As an artist, Jack has spent his whole life dedicated to drawing, writing and getting his thoughts out to the universe. His working life as an artist has spanned a number of waves of comic book development and his paintings reach down into the present from their original roots back in the early years of 20th century American illustration and art. His most enduring accomplishment has been the production of the original 24-issue graphic novel known as "The First Kingdom".  Many have said it was the very first independently published graphic novel and it began to be re-issued as a four-volume set in the spring of 2005. Aside from his drawing and painting, Jack has written extensively through the years on his ideas exploring the place humans have taken in the universe and the directions in which they may or may not take in the future.  Today he teaches anatomy for figurative art students and continues to work on his comic book projects. Currently in the works as well are a number of publications and videos presenting his distinctive ideas of teaching figure drawing. His recent publications included the first volume of a collection of sketches Jack has done over the past decades that illustrate for the advanced figurative art student the many different ways in which the dynamic human form can be
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December 17, 2018
Where to Find the Courage to Challenge Your Beliefs by Asking what Serves You - with Tara Massan
This is Part Two in a series on Self Acceptance with Tara Massan. Want to listen to Part 1 First? Click here: https://anchor.fm/seth-the-storyteller/episodes/On-a-Road-to-Self-Acceptance-with-Tara-Massan-e2hbk2 Today's Conversation... Rough Starts can still make for a great conversation.  I don’t feel good. Stomach trouble.  Tara hurt her back when she tried a new workout routine called HIIT. I forget to ask her to explain what this is and means.  My best understanding is that it is High-Intensity Interval Training. My stomach, her back, means we are off to a rough start. But, we both know the remedy.  Rest enough and we will regain our health. The body heals itself.  Oh, and I still have a lingering cough, so you hear me opening a cough drop and crinkling a wrapper.  Today we are focusing on change.  Tara came up with this topic and I thought it was important that we did it right, which is why I asked her to take the lead.  If I was going to contribute to this idea, I needed to get out of the way enough to see what we were talking about.  When I did, Tara's purpose and direction led to an amazing discussion. As we get older our life experience compounds and beliefs will be challenged.  It takes courage to change your beliefs We all have permission to change our minds anytime we want. We are often afraid to admit our mind has changed.  Let's start with an example like nutrition.  White Hot Truth - Danielle LaPorte http://www.daniellelaporte.com/whitehottruth/  "Many people including ourselves are afraid to change their minds and behaviors because we identify with them. This is when an inner conflict will arise."  There are other examples: Career change, quitting a habit, finding a new significant other, and something as simple as trying something new or giving up something harmful like drinking diet soda, alcohol.  One thing that can help is something Tara created called Permission Slips.  We are allowed to be a walking contradiction: What does that mean? It means to challenge your beliefs and ask questions all the time.  Where do we start?  Ask the question, Does this Serve Me?  We can also remember that it is okay to disagree.  We don't have to surrender to our beliefs.  About Tara Massan:  Tara Massan is a Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, and Lifestyle Coach.  She helps chronically stressed out adults create healthier lifestyles by addressing their obstacles through her 4 Pillars of Health: Mindset-Movement-Nutrition-Rest.  She is also the creator of Be Moved and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, US Weekly and the Huffington Post.  She has also contributed to over 20 publications with one purpose: To help others live a healthier life.  You can connect with Tara by visiting her website www.taramassan.com or emailing her at tara@taramassan.com  About the voice behind Storytelling with Seth Seth Singleton is a storyteller.  He is the writing team editor at Blue Alchemy Studios and its upcoming release, Planet Rise and a free-agent writer who works by project and contract.  Seth believes that stories are a common thread that connects us all and that everyone has a story to tell.  You can visit his website at sethsingletonstoryteller.com.  To contact him about a writing or podcast project email him at sethsingleton@gmail.com  #SelfAcceptance #Courage #Change #PermissionSlips #HowDoesThisServeMe #Challenge
1:23:45
November 25, 2018
Far I Shields & Green Team Comics: Spiritual Freedom, The Scope of Time & Leaving a Legacy of Change
The story of your company, your brand, your vision is the story of you. The story of how you turned a dream into something real and tangible. I met Far I Shields at AfroComiCon. That's when I first heard about Green Team Comics I was lucky enough to sit down for a conversation with Far I to talk about how this all began, where his characters come from, and how an idea became his life's mission. To learn more about Green Team Comics visit https://www.bgreen4life.com/greenteamcomics.html This is an excerpt from Far I's website. Biography - Far I Shields is a musician, artist, and author for global transformation. His latest Book Release is the Birth of Sun Ray Comic Book available now for purchase @greenteamcomics.com Far I Shields is a singer who has been providing musical performances since the age of 7. Now it is time for the creative works of Far I to be shared with the world. The journey begins. Raising the consciousness of human beings on the planet is the number one goal of Far I. Each song, painting, and book can be used as a vehicle for the viewer and listener to enter and transport to their higher selves or a higher state of consciousness. We will change the world by changing ourselves. The key to each individual having a life-changing moment is to activate our dreams. Messages can be received moment by moment when we tune into the divine broadcast. This is the discovery of the beautiful world within. All aboard! Visit https://www.farishields.com to learn more. About the Guy hosting this podcast: Seth Singleton is a storyteller. He is the writing team editor at Blue Alchemy Studios and its upcoming release, Planet Rise and a free-agent writer who works by project and contract. Seth believes that stories are a common thread that connects us all and that everyone has a story to tell. You can visit his website at sethsingletonstoryteller.com. To contact him about a writing or podcast project email him at sethsingleton@gmail.com #FarI #GreenTeamComics #ComicBooks #Conversation #Story #Spiritual #Freedom
1:42:58
November 15, 2018
Jack Katz: On Creativity, Synchronicity, Fear, and Romantic Beauty and Human Tragedy
Discovery is an original experience. I first experienced Jack Katz through his art. I saw a drawing that was hanging in the restroom at Sam’s Old Log Cabin in Albany, Ca. My wife and I had stopped in for breakfast. After we ordered our meal I used the restroom and saw the drawing of a mythic figure on the wall. The title The First Kingdom was written at the top. He stood holding a longsword in his right hand, long hair trailing behind him to the cape billowing to his knees. The name Tundran was written at his feet. At the bottom was the inscription To the Log Cabin, the best place to eat in California. All the best, Jack Katz. When we finished our meals I used the restroom again and took a photo of the drawing. Back at our table, I asked one of the servers named Eric how the restaurant came by the drawing. Eric told me Jack lived nearby and came in for breakfast. I gave him my card and asked him to let Jack know that I was interested in a conversation. Eric later emailed me with the contact information for Jack and his associate Brian Miller. We arranged the date for breakfast and sat down in the back of the Log Cabin for a conversation about Creativity, Synchronicity, Fear, and Romantic Beauty and Human Tragedy. Jack's Biography As an artist, Jack has spent his whole life dedicated to drawing, writing and getting his thoughts out to the universe. His working life as an artist has spanned a number of waves of comic book development and his paintings reach down into the present from their original roots back in the early years of 20th century American illustration and art. His most enduring accomplishment has been the production of the original 24-issue graphic novel known as "The First Kingdom". Many have said it was the very first independently published graphic novel and it began to be re-issued as a four-volume set in the spring of 2005. Aside from his drawing and painting, Jack has written extensively through the years on his ideas exploring the place humans have taken in the universe and the directions in which they may or may not take in the future. Today he teaches anatomy for figurative art students and continues to work on his comic book projects. Currently in the works as well are a number of publications and videos presenting his distinctive ideas of teaching figure drawing. Recent publication included the first volume of a collection of sketches Jack has done over the past decades that illustrate for the advanced figurative art student the many different ways in which the dynamic human form can be expressed. With over one-hundred-fifty pages, the book is entitled Anatomy by Jack Katz, Vol. 1. http://www.jackatz.com/bio.html #JackKatz #ComicBooks #Art #Creativity #Synchronicity #
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November 11, 2018
On a Road to Self Acceptance with Tara Massan
It's not easy to talk about a subject like Self Acceptance. That's why it can help when you have a guide. I was lucky enough to meet Tara Massan. Her mission is to help others lead a healthier life. She was willing to share her experience and understanding with me and invite me to join her in a series of conversations about what Self Acceptance means and what it can mean for each of us. Listen to the story of how our first conversation was supposed to be the first podcast, and how starting with Self Acceptance, was something that I had to take to heart when our first recording was lost. Join us today On a Road to Self Acceptance. Here is a little bit of information about Tara Massan and links to her website and email. Bio: Tara Massan is a Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, and Lifestyle Coach. She helps chronically stressed out adults create healthier lifestyles by addressing their obstacles through her 4 Pillars of Health: Mindset-Movement-Nutrition-Rest. She is also the creator of Be Moved and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, US Weekly and the Huffington Post. She has also contributed to over 20 publications with one purpose: To help others live a healthier life. You can connect with Tara by visiting her website www.taramassan.com or emailing her at tara@taramassan.com Seth Singleton is a storyteller. He is the writing team editor at Blue Alchemy Studios and its upcoming release, Planet Rise and a free-agent writer who works by project and contract. Seth believes that stories are a common thread that connects us all and that everyone has a story to tell. You can visit his website at sethsingletonstoryteller.com. To contact him about a writing or podcast project email him at sethsingleton@gmail.com #Podcast #OnARoadToSelfAcceptance #Conversation #guide #LifeCoach #PersonalTrainer #YogaTeacher #Writer
1:29:59
November 6, 2018
My Hong Kong Travel Log: Part 2 - The Adventure Continues - From the Peak to Macau and Home
To hear Part 1 of this travel podcast click here: https://anchor.fm/seth-the-storyteller/episodes/A-Return-to-Adventure-with-My-Hong-Kong-Travel-Log-Part-1---SFO-To-Sai-Kung-To-Mon-Kok-e2e9m4 We left the Peak for the comfort of our beds and a chance to sleep in for a few hours later than normal.  Then we packed our bags and drove to the port and boarded a ferry to Macau.  We checked in to our rooms at The Parisian before heading down to Santo Antonio where the street food and the shops were brimming with people spilling onto the streets.  We celebrated some of the most amazing Portuguese cuisines from the exquisite Michelin star restaurant Antonio. https://antoniomacau.com  The next morning we recovered with a buffet and boarded a ferry back to Hong Kong and a drive through Repulse Bay and the homes of the expatriates.  My wife grabbed a nap while Dean and I made a Hawaiian bread recipe that produced two loaves, six nine rolls and one round.  The next day Dean joined us for lunch after a doctor appointment and then we returned to the house for a day of relaxation.  On our last day, my wife joined me on an adventure to see Hong Kong's local comic book shops.  We ventured to Causeway Bay and then finished our evening with a viewing of A Star is Born with Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  The next morning we rode to the airport with Dean and boarded our plane home. I'm not a world traveler, yet, but my love of traveling continues to grow.  Thank you for joining me on another adventure. #HongKong #Travel Also, if you would like to support this podcast look for the support button on the podcast platform you are using to stream our content.  If your service doesn't offer a support button you can always visit me on anchor.fm. If you would like to contact me about support, recording a podcast or just to say hi, you can always reach me at sethsingleton@gmail.com.  #Travel #HongKong #Adventure #SaiKung #MonKok
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November 3, 2018
A Return to Adventure with My Hong Kong Travel Log: Part 1 - SFO To Sai Kung To Mon Kok
Somewhere in my 20's traveling became a frustrating juggling act of responsibility and money. Gone was the excitement of my childhood. But, with a little work and a lot of time spent realigning my perceptions I found my way back to the stories at the heart of every journey. That doesn't mean that it is all roses and glory, or that I don't have a few bumps along the way. It means that the challenges and the rewards are equally important to the value of the journey and the reasons that we share it. This is Part 1 of my travel log, about my journey to Hong Kong and everything I tried to remember along the way. And it all starts with a return to adventure. Also, if you would like to support this podcast look for the support button on the podcast platform you are using to stream our content. If your service doesn't offer a support button you can always visit me on anchor.fm. If you would like to contact me about support, recording a podcast or just to say hi, you can always reach me at sethsingleton@gmail.com. #Travel #HongKong #Adventure #SaiKung #MonKok
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October 20, 2018
Describing & Defining Toxic Masculinity in Life & Literature
I recorded this after I heard a news segment that addressed Toxic Masculinity and Michael Phelps promoting an app called TalkSpace that allowed him to discuss his struggles with mental health. I believe that men should talk. I read: 1. What We Mean When We Say, “Toxic Masculinity” By Colleen Clemens https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/what-we-mean-when-we-say-toxic-masculinity 2. The ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Smear https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/06/masculinity-not-toxic-stop-blaming-men-everything/ 3. Urban Dictionary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Toxic%20Masculinity 4. Is Toxic Masculinity a Valid Concept? https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/homo-consumericus/201803/is-toxic-masculinity-valid-concept 5. The Most Toxic Patriarchs in Literature https://electricliterature.com/the-most-toxic-patriarchs-in-literature-2ef9aea67cb4 to collect a small range of viewpoints regarding this topic. The following is my impression. #toxicmasculinity #literature #talk
1:15:39
September 30, 2018
Poetry is Drowning in the background noise of our...
I went to a poetry reading on August 30th. I went to the reading to see two good friends Jopseh and Donna and to hear from a new poet named Natasha Saje from Salt Lake City. Great to hear a different voice and hear her perspective. A dream come true and a marvelous experience It was held at Moe's in Berkeley. Moe's has a storied history among writers and poets. Natasha is from Salt Lake City, and she made a point of stating that for her this was a powerful experience. It was a lot of fun to hear her take in this place. Which, is understandable if you are just visiting or haven't lived in the Bay Area for very long. Like many bustling places, the pace of our lives makes it easy to walk past gems like Moe's and Pegasus bookstores on the way to work, the grocery store or coming home from anywhere. Moe's has a frenetic energy because of its location. It's right at the corner of Telegraph and well that depends... #Poetry #Drowning #JosephLease #MoesBooks #Berkeley #Telegraph #listen
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September 19, 2018
Comic Book Superheroes, John McCain, Thor...
Comicbook Superheroes John McCain, Thor: Ragnarok, John Donne, and Standing to Face a Challenge It Started on a Saturday morning. I didn't mean to watch the service for Senator John McCain, but when it came on I did not turn away. When I listened to his daughter and President George W. Bush and then President Barak Obama, I was moved in so many different ways. I was heartbroken, I wept many times, I laughed, and I was inspired. So how did that lead to watching Thor: Ragnarok? #Thor #JohnMcCain #ComicBook #Superheroes #Standing #Challenge
44:40
September 8, 2018
Why Record a Series of Podcasts about the World Cup?
So, why record podcasts about your World Cup experiences, or in this case my experiences? I believed I saw a story taking shape in the events leading up to the World Cup. I saw a storyline of drama that ran through daily life and conversation. I thought I saw a way to record that story by relating my personal experiences. I had the chance to talk about Reality and Expectations, Community, and the power of the World Cup, and soccer, to reach across generational, institutional, political, and class divides. I recorded this series because the narrative of our lives exists in the big and the small details that draw the focus of our attention and our perception. Look for an audiobook about this World Cup series on Amazon soon. #WorldCup #Series #Podcast #Narrative #Why
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September 1, 2018
I Guest Podcast! DCN Podcast Ep. 5 – SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON '18
Originally posted at http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/07/27/dcn-podcast-episode-5-san-diego-comic-con-2018/ On the latest episode of the DC Comics News Podcast, DCN Editor-in-Chief Josh Raynor is joined by DCN Reviewer Seth Singleton and DCN News Writer and Reviewer Ari Bard to discuss some of the big news to come out of Comic-Con this year! They break down all the trailers that dropped over the weekend, the DC Universe streaming service, several brand-new comic book series, and much, much more!! They also give a special shout out to the amazing Jon Schnepp, who passed away over the weekend. To read news and reviews by Joshua Raynor visit: http://dccomicsnews.com/author/merctrader22/ To read more news and reviews by Ari Bard check out: http://dccomicsnews.com/author/mmanhunter4/ And to read reviews by Seth Singleton click: http://dccomicsnews.com/author/seththewriter/ #DcComics #Comics #SanDiegoComiCon #DcComicsNews
1:27:48
August 26, 2018
Edit: Clear the Smoke & See the Fire
I decided to record a podcast and write this post about editing for a few reasons. The first is that I am working on a draft of a novel. The next is that I am also editing my first audiobook collection. I am also the editor for the writing team on an upcoming digital strategy card game called Planet Rise - https://www.playplanetrise.com. It's the first game of its kind to offer a complete story. We are currently editing one of our drafts in preparation for the upcoming AfroComiCon in October. I have a story on Amazon called This is a Language of Fists. It started about 18 years ago with a scene. A cold wind moving through a boxing arena in a small setting, and the fighters, and the people there to watch them. Later I added a scene about running on a beach. To continue reading visit: https://wp.me/p9i0EF-eb #Writing #Editing #Podcast #Storytelling #Fire #See
29:51
August 19, 2018
DC Comics - The Immortal Men #3 - DC Comics News Review
Originally published at DC Comics News [Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers] Writer: James T. Tynion IV Artists: Richard Friend, Ryan Benja Summary There is a new threat for The Immortal Men. The Batman Who Laughs is working with The Infinite Woman, and he reveals a dark prediction about the House of Conquest and its future. Caden Park finally meets The Immortal Man and learns more about the Eternal War. Click here to see the original post: http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/06/16/review-the-immortal-men-3/ #TheImmortalMen #JamesTTynionIV #DcComics #DcComicsNews #Comics #ComicBooks #podcast
06:50
August 18, 2018
DC Comics - The Curse of Brimstone #3 - DcComicsNews Review
Originally published on DcComicsNews - June 7, 2018 [Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers] Writers: Justin Jordan Artists: Philip Tan Summary Did you ever get pressured into making a bad deal? Joe Chamberlain is paying for the deal he made. Granted, the Salesman sold him a bill of goods about helping the town of York Hills when he turned poor Joe into Brimstone. Now, Joe’s refusal in the last issue places him and Annie on the run from the Hound, and she’s driving them to the place where the Salesman is holding their father hostage. Will this threat be enough to push Brimstone too far? To read the original review click the link: http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/06/07/review-the-curse-of-brimstone-3/ #CurseofBrimstone #DcComics #podcast Like what you hear? Leave me a message and let me know.
08:11
August 10, 2018
DC Comics - New Challengers #1 - DcComicsNews Review
Originally published on DcComicsNews [Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers] Writers: Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert Artists: Aaron Gillespie and Scott Snyder Summary Four strangers are transported to a subterranean chamber beneath a mountain in Colorado. A trench-coat wearing stranger named Prof. tells them that they have been chosen to follow in the footsteps of the Challengers of the Unknown. Now, are they ready to save the world and the universe by tempting death? To read the original review click the link: http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/05/18/review-new-challengers-1/ #NewChallengers #DcComics #DcComicsNews #Comics #ComicBooks #podcast Like what you hear? Leave me a message and let me know.
08:36
August 7, 2018
Do Curses have anything to do with the World Cup... or You?
Originally published at https://sethsingletonstoryteller.com Curses have been in the headlines of the 2018 Russia World Cup stories this year. Germany suffered the World Cup Champions Curse when it was eliminated by Mexico. England broke it's penalty kicks curse in an elimination game to advance to the quarterfinals. 
Curses are not just limited to soccer. Major League Baseball teams like the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs have been the victims of curses that have stretched over decades. Kevin Durant was said to be under the curse of rapper Lil B while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. When Durant and the Thunder blew a 3-1 lead in the 2016 National Basketball Association Western Conference Finals, social media pointed to the curse. #curse #WorldCup #NBA #KevinDurant #Soccer #podcast
09:51
August 1, 2018
Two weeks later - The World Cup Final: A Perspective
The story of the 2018 Russia World Cup Final between France and Croatia was about more than one game. Two weeks later, we know more than we did. The world is still feeling the impact of the World Cup. * Mbappe was injured. * Awards announced * We know why people ran on to the field. *Nine players from the Super Chinese League made their mark. *Some professional players are still recovering.
14:14
July 29, 2018
DC Comics - New Age of DC Heroes - Review Damage #5
Originally published on DcComicsNews [Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers] Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Trevor Scott, Diogenes Neves Summary This is a great issue about secrets. Colonel Jonas has a secret that she needs to share with the one person she can trust not to talk. But, the readers know a secret too. The Hunters engaged Damage during a surveillance operation, and Jonas thinks they are still waiting for her orders to take him down. To read the original review click the link: http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/07/20/review-damage-7/ Like what you hear? Leave me a message and let me know. #DcComicsNews #Damage
09:44
July 26, 2018
DC Comics - New Age of DC Heroes - Review: The Immortal Men #2
This review originally posted on https://dccomicsnews.com The Immortal Men #2 Writers: James Tynion IV Artists: Ryan Benjamin Summary Caden Park ran out of the horrors of a subway nightmare and onto the streets of a deserted New York City. Why does the cab driver who picks him up call himself the Immortal Man and disappear? Why is there a PI sent by his parents rescuing him? The questions keep coming while a patient Infinite Woman prepares a tactical strike to capture Caden and eliminate the remaining Immortal Men. Is this really “The End of Forever?” To read the full version of this review visit: http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/05/10/review-the-immortal-men-2/
09:40
July 19, 2018
The Eight Days Leading to the World Cup Final
Right now, while we wait for the World Cup Finals to start, it's fun to look back at the games that brought us here. There were plenty of great moments and exciting surprises. Russia and Croatia tried to extend their impossible streaks. Take a few minutes to join me and remember. Photo Credit: Fauzan Saari #WorldCup #Final #podcast #Games
23:40
July 15, 2018
Seth and Jabari Lake Merritt Conversation:
The only way to catch up with the always busy Jabari Alii is to join him for a walk around Lake Merritt. The founder of Blue Alchemy Studio and creator of the digital strategy-card game Planet Rise tells me his thoughts on questions raised at the "Black Representation in Gaming" panel at GDC 2018 like: Why is there a lack of diversity for the lead role in games and movies? Describe your ideal character of color? We then discuss how the answers inform the creation of the heroine Nia Kasai and the importance of a diverse range of characters when creating a strong narrative. To learn more about the game visit https://www.playplanetrise.com
1:41:38
July 14, 2018
July 4 - The Freedom to Reflect on the World Cup
The freedom to relax and reflect on World Cup action from Saturday through Tuesday.
28:00
July 5, 2018
DC Comic Book Review: Scooby-Doo Team Up
Writer: Sholly Fisch Artist: Dario Brizuela Summary Someone opened the wrong time capsule and now evil spirits are on their way to destroy the Washington Monument. How can Scooby-Doo and the Gang stop evil spirits? They have to travel back in time with Dr. Fate to work with the Justice Society of America. Nostalgia meets vintage and old-school for a joyride down a Golden Age memory lane that’ll make Velma say “Jinkies”. If you like classic references and time-honored traditions this is a Scooby Team-Up for your collection. For the Full Text of this Review Click Here http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/06/27/review-scooby-doo-team-up-39/ Like what you hear? Leave a comment or question. Want to read more DC Comic Book Reviews? dccomicsnews.com is your source for news, reviews and more. Read reviews of all your favorite comic book titles written by a dedicated staff of comic book enthusiasts; including yours truly...
10:12
July 3, 2018
DC Comic Book Review: The Silencer #6 (Final Issue)
The Silencer is an assassin on the run and a single mother with a secret. None of that changes in this issue. What does change? Well, let’s start with Talia al Ghul facing the consequences of bringing Leviathan after Silencer. That means the Triple Crown Diner is under fire and now Talia and Silencer must work together to stay alive. Now, just what does Deathstroke want from all of this? Find out more when you press play. For the Full Text of this Review Click Here http://dccomicsnews.com/2018/06/27/review-the-silencer-6-final-issue/ Like what you hear? Leave a comment or question. Want to read more DC Comic Book Reviews? http://dccomicsnews.com is your source for news, reviews and more. Read reviews of all your favorite comic book titles written by a dedicated staff of comic book enthusiasts; including yours truly...
09:18
July 2, 2018
Breakfast with my friend DJ at the Athletic Club in Oakland
I met my friend DJ for breakfast yesterday at the Athletic Club in Oakland. DJ is my old teammate from the pitch. We sat down to watch Uruguay vs. Russian and talked about soccer and community. You can read more about our conversation about the World Cup and Community here https://wp.me/p9i0EF-bX
23:03
June 26, 2018
Sunday - World Cup Russia 2018 - Action and Reflections
England's 6-1 win was more than a victory for the British and contained more than one victory for Panama. Japan and Senegal notch a thrilling draw. Colombia's Falcao achieves a dream by scoring the first for himself, the first of three for his country.
22:25
June 24, 2018
Counting Your Chickens: Expectation vs. Reality 🇷🇺 2018
Expectation and Reality share a fabled history. Like two sides of a coin, each has landed on success and failure. These are a few moments when expectation met reality during: 1. When I overslept or slept in and spent the morning trying to catch up on the game scores and highlights, all while my Frenchie snored in my ear and the microphone. 2. The diverging paths of Ronaldo and Messi. 3. Iran and Serbia have gone from underrated to recognition. 4. Neymar and Brazil found relief and redemption. There's more... Press play now to hear them all.
28:33
June 23, 2018
My World Cup Saturday: 4 Inspirational Games, 3 Stunning Wins, 2 Shocking Missed Penalty Kicks, and 1 Unexpected Draw all rolled into 10 Hours of Soccer Glory
World Cup Russia 2018 was in full swing starting at 3 a.m. Pacific Time here in California. From France's 2-1 victory over Australia to Messi's missed penalty kick that resulted in a 1-1 tie with Iceland, the stories of heartache and heroism changed with each pass, shot, and goal. Sometime around the first half of Croatia vs. Nigeria, the impact of Peru's 1-0 loss to Denmark centered around a penalty kick missed by Christian Cueva. Nigeria's Super Eagles fought to overcome an early 1-0 deficit to Croatia.
24:24
June 16, 2018
Italy Travel: Have You Had Dinner at Trattoria La Casalinga?
By Seth Singleton This is a series of posts following my wife and me on a tour of Italy. Day 3 continues in Florence.  Following a bout of jet lag and napping, we had the most complete dinner last night at Trattoria Casalinga. To read the full text of this post visit https://sethsingletonstoryteller.com
11:25
June 11, 2018
Buongiorno Giacomo! How do you get to the top of Il Duomo
By Seth Singleton This is a series of posts following my wife and me on a tour of Italy. Day 2 continues our stay in Florence, Italy. Next up, the top of the Il Duomo Italy 2nd day. “One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Friday #Italy #Travel #Tour #StorytellingWithSeth
13:09
June 2, 2018
That guy crushing you with his airline seat is your inspiration to stand and be a hero
It’s not personal. That guy crushing you with his airline seat is your inspiration to stand up and be a hero http://sethsingletonstoryteller.com/2018/05/10/that-guy-crushing-you-with-his-airline-seat-is-your-inspiration-to-stand-up-and-be-a-hero/ Latest episode of Storytelling with Seth #hero #story #comics #superman #airplaneseat #oakland #travel #inspiration
18:09
May 28, 2018
May the Fourth Be with You
A snapshot reflection on a day that was born from the imagination of one story. #StarWars
05:38
May 4, 2018
Part 2 of "Debunking" with Sarah Webb & Colorism Healing
To hear Part 1 of this Discussion with Dr. Sarah Webb Click Here: https://anchor.fm/seth-the-storyteller/episodes/Do-you-know-how-Black-Lightnings-Spectrum-of-Black-Characters-Supports-Diversity--Debunking-Charact-e1com6 Sarah and I continue our discussion regarding the challenges of gender within each culture and the rise of heroines who are changing the landscapes of cinema and television.  Sarah points out the difference between intention vs. assumption when deciding how a character's skin color changes the details of their story. #ColorismHealing #Intention #Assumption #Discussion #Cinema #Television #
1:00:28
May 4, 2018
Echoes from the "Debunking Myths around Black Representation in Gaming" at GDC - A Conversation with
The Echoes from the "Debunking Myths around Black Representation in Gaming" at GDC raised important questions about diversity and representation. I sit down with Fen Smith, a writer for the upcoming game Planet Rise from Blue Alchemy Studio. Together we discuss hardware bias, Black Panther, and the ideal diverse character. #Gaming #BlackPanther #Myths #BlackRepresentation #FenSmyth #Oakland #Richmond #California #Movies #GDC #Panel
1:13:02
April 29, 2018
Do you know how Black Lightning's Spectrum of Black Characters Supports Diversity? Debunking Charact
Our conversation on the topics raised by the "Debunking Myths around Black Representation" steps away from the world of gaming and into a discussion with Colorism Healing founder Sarah Webb. Sarah offers the perspective gained from the submissions to her annual writing contest and daily writing prompts. For more information, contact, and links visit: http://sethsingletonstoryteller.com/ #ColorismHealing #BlackLightning #Spectrum #Characters #Story #Oakland #California #Louisiana #Movies
54:16
April 27, 2018
More GDC 2018 Reflections & Remembrances - Networking While Standing Outside the Creed Rise to Glory
My GDC wanderings continued. I stood in line to try Creed: Rise to Glory, met some cool people and then found out I was in the wrong line. hehe 😂 #GDC #Creed #SanFrancisco #Networking #Oakland #story #Gaming
04:28
April 23, 2018
Do Superheroes Ever Have This Problem?
Finding Your Character’s Motivation Originally published at https://sethsingletonstoryteller.com/2018/04/14/do-superheroes-ever-have-this-problem-finding-your-characters-motivation/ By Seth Singleton Getting up in the morning is hard enough without trying to save the world. Getting up just to save the world does not sound like a good enough reason. How do superheroes do it? Do they struggle? Does Superman? Does Spider-Man? What reasons do your characters have for getting out of bed? Let's bring it closer to home. Why do most of us get up? Why do you get up? https://sethsingletonstoryteller.com
11:42
April 16, 2018
GDC Xperience Networking
The GDC Xperience Networking at HotelVIA presented by LevelUp Entertainment. The Planet Rise team was meeting, greeting and signing people up for the mailing list - which included a beta key 🔑 and free cards. The next day there were crowds of people playing games and sprawled on couches everywhere. #GDC #Xperience #Networking #LevelUp #HotelVIA #SanFrancisco #Oakland #gaming
07:49
April 4, 2018
More GDC - Hey! You Got a Giant (3-D) Map?
More GDC - The Big Names, Independent Titles, and a Giant 3-D GDC Map #GDC #gaming #SanFrancisco #Oakland #Map #3D #story
04:44
April 2, 2018
My First Podcast
My First Podcast got lost! I had it all recorded at GDC. When I went to edit it later — it was gone! What would you do? #GDC #SanFrancisco #podcast #oops #Oakland #story
03:55
March 29, 2018
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