Hi there. I was going to message you privately on discord when I first started listening to the episode about a couple of things, but when I got to the part where you said you wanted this to be an open conversation, I decided to post here instead :) feel free to delete though lol

Firstly, very nice to learn more about you and your personal outlook on things. I did want to note that there were a lot of mouth sounds, but I figure you don't care, as you said you wanted to get by with minimal editing and you even mentioned that you didn't care about little errors in the book as long as they didn't pull you out of the story. I wasn't pulled away from the podcast due to this,, so, going by this logic, you probably don't care to edit it any more lol XP Just wanted to mention it anyways in case you didn't know, as many people are annoyed by it. I can stand it, though.

On another note, we seem very similar, as I have thousands of stories in my mind and heart. I don't know if I will be able to get all of them out there so I "Just Do Stuff". I post short stories, incomplete thoughts, everything. And I still need to do more. I've been writing songs since I was seven and I've had the idea to start my own podcast for years. Hopefully, these things will come to fruition sooner or later. I am a super busy person. One of the reasons why I often lurk and don't comment as much as others is because I don't have much time to be dragged down rabbitholes. I work two paycheck jobs (7 days a week) and several non-paycheck jobs. I also try to make time for my own endeavors and family...occasionally some things I personally enjoy, but way less often than people think I should (yet, they're ever so eager to throw more things on my plate and then wonder why I'm not "taking better care of myself" XP)

Anywho, I do things myself as well because I want to be myself and I want my work to reflect my faith without hinderance. If you don't like it, don't read it. I don't want to go through a traditional publisher for this reason. They want you to change everything. I love so many stories in all different styles and genres. I have them of my own, but something is different about mine. Just like that comic book in the store. If you want it clean, sometimes, you've got to make your own. That's what I'm trying to do as well. For the young. For the old. For the inbetween. For everyone. For me. And, mostly, for God.

The dating analogy you gave was quite funny. I completely dislike that thing, putting up a fake self. I believe in being honest and upfront with everyone. I suppose that's why I'm still single. Not necessarily because I have a lot of "red flags". People think I'm too different, too weird, too "good". But, alas, that's a story for another time. Thanks for this little podcast. God bless and much success with your refreshed start. I am glad this was a learning experience for you.

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Ahhhhhhhhh, WordGirl......

I always love when you show up. Just know that -- from me to you.

We are much alike, and thank you for sharing why you choose to self-publish. My reasons are very similar. That dating analogy was the best thing i could think of to compare it all to, so I'm glad it went over well =)

As for the mouth sounds, I am afflicted with the blessing of amazing sound equipment. I say this, because I was almost sucking on the mic, in an effort NOT to wake anyone up. Hence, the mouth sounds (I think).

I believe if i just sit back more, you won't hear those, and I apologize -- I have done audiobooks and know the skills...just didn't think of them at 4am.


The best comment you made, where we are identical, is that I want to do this for God.

People may get the wrong impression with that statement, because for me at least, this has nothing to do with preaching to people. My focus is just wanting to put good things into this world, hopefully to match all the bad I see. To give people options and to lift them up, because they matter.

Thank you for commenting. I know you are busy -- so taking this time for me means a lot. =)

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Lol ☺️ I forgot you said it was 4am. Totally understandable. And, YES! Matching all the bad we see. Wonderfully put. Same here. God bless you always. 🙏💛

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