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Bonus: Best Selling Author AC Fuller & Gary on The Crime Beat


Amazon Best Selling Thriller Author AC (Adam) Fuller drops back in for a chat. This is an update on the progress on The Crime Beat Thriller Series Adam and Gary are working on. As this episode was recorded, we are finishing up book 5 of the 9 book series.

Adam was a journalist in New York, he now writes fiction at the intersection of media, politics, and technology. Before he began writing full time, he was an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU and an English teacher at Northwest Indian College.

He is also the creator of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, which ran from 2014 to 2016 and was consistently one of the top independent writing podcasts in the country.

In addition to NYU, A.C. has taught writing for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Write in the Harbor Conference, the Royal City Literary Arts Society, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, and many local libraries. He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle.

Topics Discussed with AC Fuller:

  • An update on The Crime Beat book series we are working on
  • A bit about how the inside of big publishing works
  • The good and bad of being self-published
  • Our process during the writing of The Crime Beat
  • The ending we hope no one will see coming
  • The possibility of future projects
  • Getting ready for the 20booksto50k indie writers conference in Vegas

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E12: How to Live the Life You Want by Reclaiming Freedom

E12: How to Live the Life You Want by Reclaiming Freedom

In this episode, I interview Caleb Franz creator of the Reintegration Project. We discuss how to take your freedom back and live the life you want.

Caleb is the Founder and Executive Director of The MilLiberty Initiative. Before founding the organization, Caleb served as the Head Media Producer at OUTSET Network. It was at OUTSET that he started his podcast, MilLiberty, that inspired this organization.

Now, in addition to leading The MilLiberty Initiative, he has moved his show on where he continues to tackle important issues and interview high profile guests within the movement. Caleb also has a history of working with several liberty-minded nonprofits, appearing on and guest hosting radio programs, and providing editorial contributions.

Your Better Life Topics Discussed: 

  • A little about Caleb
  • What is MilLiberty and the Reintegration Project?
  • Why he created the Reintegration Project
  • Helping convicted non-violent offenders get back on their feet
  • The difference between reform and punishment
  • Defining freedom and liberty
  • The broken state of our criminal justice system
  • The detrimental side effects of our consumer-based economy
  • Our ridiculous drug laws
  • The power of big government and big business has on our lives
  • How to take your freedom back and live the life you want

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E11: What Happened When Congressman Thomas Massie Built Off-grid

E11: What Happened When Congressman Thomas Massie Built off Grid

Do you think that living off the grid is just too hard? Did you know we have a U.S. Congressman doing just that?

In this episode, I talk with Congressman Thomas Massie, who not only talks the talk about personal responsibility and self-reliance but also lives it… a rare politician indeed!

U.S. Representative Thomas Massie entered Congress in November 2012 after serving as Lewis County Judge Executive. He represents Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District which stretches across Northern Kentucky and 280 miles of the Ohio River.

U.S. Representative Massie attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During school, he invented a technology that enabled people to interact with computers using their sense of touch, and leveraged that technology to find SensAble Technologies, Inc., which raised over $32 million of venture capital, created 70 jobs, and obtained 29 patents. The hardware and software he developed is now used to design automobiles, jewelry, shoes, dental prosthetics, and even reconstructive implants for wounded soldiers.

In Congress, Thomas serves on two committees: the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure has jurisdiction over roads, bridges, mass transit, railroads, aviation, maritime and waterborne transit. Thomas’s selection to the Oversight and Reform Committee puts him in a position to hold the federal government accountable to taxpayers. 

Thomas lives on a cattle farm in Kentucky with his wife and high school sweetheart, Rhonda, and their four children.

He’s honored to be able to serve the citizens of Kentucky’s 4th District.

Off-grid Topics Discussed with Congressman Thomas Massie:

  • A little about Congressman Massie
  • What values were instilled in you growing up that helped develop your political worldview?
  • What made him interested in living “off the grid”?
  • His do’s and don’ts while trying to live off the grid
  • Some of the mistakes he and I made in the beginning of our off-grid projects
  • Understanding solar power and its limits
  • Why building and living off-grid builds character and keeps things in perspective
  • What led him to run for Congress?
  • Dealing with his life in Congress
  • How are political institutions are failing us
  • What has he learned from your time in Congress and what has surprised him the most?
  • How focusing on your optimal health, financial freedom and life purpose is the key
  • How survives in what we know as the political zoo… U.S. Congress

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E10: How to Secure Your Identity From Thieves and Scoundrels


In this episode, I interview Justin Carroll. Justin is a former Marine, plank-owner in the elite Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), and has worked on a contractual basis with another government agency.

After completing his last overseas deployment, Justin spent five years teaching digital security and identity management to hundreds of soldiers, sailors, and Marines of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He was instrumental in the development of a highly technical surveillance program currently in use abroad by US Special Operations Forces.

Justin resides in Nashville, TN, and is the author of Your Ultimate Security Guide: Windows 7, and Your Ultimate Security Guide: iOS. He co-authored The Complete Privacy & Security Desk Reference and was the co-host of The Complete Privacy & Security Podcast.

Identity and Other Topics Discussed: 

  • A little about Justin
  • What is informational security and what does it mean to you
  • Your data is being mined 24/7
  • What are data points
  • Your credit card is more than an object to buy shiny objects
  • Social media is just a platform to mine your personal information and you let them do it for free
  • Things you can do to minimize your personal information being exposed on the internet
  • How being smart with your personal information increases your freedom and happiness
  • Living the simple life and rediscovering your personal freedom

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E9: How to Free Your Body to Free Your Mind and Spirit

E9: How to Free Your Body to Free Your Mind and Spirit

In this episode, I interview Michael Ostrolenk. Michael is a Master Coach/ Head Instructor at the Unbeatable Mind Academy and host of the Michael Ostrolenk Podcast. 

He is a licensed psychotherapist. Ostrolenk completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and his BA in government at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He did post-graduate training in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies and health psychology through the Health Medicine Forum. Ostrolenk is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets.  He graduated from SEALFIT’s 3 Week Academy and Kokoro Camp 10.”

Your Better Life Topics Discussed: 

  • A little about Michael
  • What is Sealfit
  • A bit about the human mind and how it works
  • Understanding the mind of the sociopath and psychopath
  • Our broken system and how it affects our mind
  • Understanding and using mindfulness
  • Why forced “labeling” is stupid
  • How all humans are not the same
  • Understanding the primal lifestyle
  • Bettering yourself by shutting out the noise

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