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Travelin’ at the speed of “Say What?!”


Who can it be now?

Don’t have long…but I have just enough time to tell you this: early this morning, while watching a popular weekly TV show (now also in syndication), I saw a very successful actor in a guest role and thought, “I wonder if he’d give me an interview?”

Then I set out for the hunt.

After jumping through hoops, I was able to find his management team. They instructed me to email ‘so-and-so’ at ‘such-a-place’ – and in less than two hours, I had a hearty YES!

Say what?!

Seriously, I wanted to say, “Uh, does he realize it’s just ME? Juice?” Then I thought I’d play the ‘cool card’ and was like: “Okay, that’ll be great. Let’s talk and come up with an appropriate date for us to do that.”

This is big, folks. So watch for my upcoming announcement next week on my main blog, following scheduling negotiations.

I think you’ll be impressed…I know I am.

Have a great weekend!

JBlair Brown / aka “Juice”
Life = Not always manageable, but it sure ain’t boring!

 

Rebranding Juice


In case you’re wondering…I’ve been ‘away’. Kinda.

I’ve actually been rebranding “Juice.” (That’s me.) You see, I’ve not completely given up on this particular blog, but like in all businesses, there comes a time when you need a change. You need to refocus, to go back to the drawing board.

And that’s what I did. I’m restructuring, re-branding, re-focusing my energies toward my latest goal: radio host. Turns out I’m quite good at it. (You can listen to my show by following this link.)

My BlogTalkRadio show, Livin’ the Dream! with JBlair Brown, is an entertaining, informative talk show that features writers, authors, musicians, filmmakers – basically anyone in the entertainment and writing industries. So you can see how I might have re-directed my focus – for now.

At any rate, I’ll still continue to share my “rants” from time to time, but for now join me at BrandingJuice. Thanks for keeping up.

All the best,

JBlair Brown / my friends call me “Juice”
Still ranting after all these years.

Birth of ‘the baby’


Ahhhh.

That’s the sound of relief from the ‘birthing’ my new ebook, “YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days,” which was loaded onto Smashwords’ website just yesterday.

It was a grueling task but, like any birth, well worth it.

I’m thrilled with my ebook! I know there are several other books and ebooks on the topic but none of them have my particular story, my wit, my past – and that makes mine unique. It’s one of the things I talk about in the ebook: We all have our own story to tell, our own way of telling it – so in essence that qualified us to become writers in our own right.

I’ve had people ask me how I did it, how I broke through and became a writer (as if it’s some magic bullet). And I tell them the same thing I’m going to tell you: I made up my mind to write. I don’t mean to minimize it, but that’s pretty much how it began.

Sure, there are other things I had to implement: a structured plan, tenacity, determination¬† and (I think this is the most important part) humility to realize that I didn’t have all the answers (or none at all quite frankly).

To put it simply: it took some doing..but not much more of ‘a doing’ than working for someone else and making their dreams and goals a reality.

So there you have it: how I became a freelance writer – and it took FAR longer than 60 days – and that’s why I was determined to write this ebook…so that others (like you) can dodge the missteps that I took and propel to writing success much quicker than it took me.

If you’d like a glimpse of what my ebook has to offer, just download it here and read how YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days and start making your life over.

I did…and it was well worth it.

All the best,

JBlair Brown / Freelance Writer, PR/Marketing Consultant
Author, “YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days

Join us for our LIVE broadcast w/internet marketer Paul Godines Tue, 12/14, 7pm EST


Livin’ the Dream! with internet marketer Paul Godines.

Livin’ the Dream! with 2010 Award-winning Storyteller Eric James Wolf


Livin’ the Dream! with 2010 Award-winning Storyteller Eric James Wolf.

We’re switching gears for this one. This segment will focus on the art of communication – and what better method of communicating than through the lost art of storytelling? Eric James Wolf is a MASTER storyteller. He received the Oracle Award for Distinguished Service to the National Storytelling Community in 2010 – the highest award given to any member of the storytelling community. Learn how this master teller of tales battled dyslexia and today is Livin’ the Dream!

Thankful every day


Originally written in Nov 2009.

As I open various social networks, I come across a plethora of “Happy Thanksgiving!” messages. I understand that many people celebrate this day as something special (most just want a really heavy meal, but I’m not here to judge).

But then I wonder, “What will everyone do tomorrow?”

To be truly thankful, we must give thanks daily, continuously.

I woke up this morning and greeted my son (who’s visiting from Pittsburgh). He was already up and at his PSP.

“Did you thank God this morning?” I asked him.

“No, not this morning. But I said my prayer before I went to sleep last night,” which I guess was his own way of patting himself on the back.

“So you didn’t thank Him for allowing you to wake up this morning?”

“Uh…” he muttered.

I replied, “When you said your prayer last night it should have been to thank Him for getting you through the day. This morning is another matter. You woke up.

“How would you feel if you gave someone something special all day long and they only said ‘thanks’ once?”

His response: “Okay, I see your point.”

I don’t know if he followed that statement with an actual ‘thanks to God,’ but it makes me think about all the Thanksgiving salutations.

Certainly, giving thanks is always a good idea. But whether you’re thankful for life in general, grandchildren, family, adequate transportation, food or the air we breathe – the true meaning of “thanksgiving” should not be limited to one day a year that’s posted on a calendar.

Every day should be a day of thanksgiving.

Be thankful every day

Be thankful every day

Tweet On / Tweet Off


…so here’s the thing…

I read a post where the writer was ranting about ‘someone’ (who was not me) had un-followed him. He was quite vocal about it…almost as if his lifeblood was pouring out as the un-follow was solidified. He was truly upset that he wasn’t ‘notified’ by the person that he was no longer in their ‘line’ (my word, not his).

So I got to thinking, What if I DID un-follow him? What’s it to him? Would he win/lose a distinct amount of brownie points for the un-follow? Is there some kind of tweeting contest that I am not privy to (and there just might be)? But, seriously…is it really that serious? What?! Are we breaking tweet laws by un-following? And quite honestly, why on earth would anyone notify you that they’re un-following you? Wouldn’t that be counterproductive? The very antithesis of the un-follow? Just plain ol’ stupid?

…and when I finished thinking it through, I realized that the jerk who wrote the piece and I had absolutely nothing in common. He wasn’t a vested interest of some kind (as I was not of his)…so I un-followed him.

…and no, I didn’t tell him before I did it.

Tweet on / Tweet off.