Do the Weight Loss Thing!


On today’s pod, I’ll tell you a little about the wonders of unlimited coffee in a Cuban resort (and how I learned to love smaller portions of food.) Then I discuss entitlement and how I combat it. I’m working on me. Please join me as I manage stress, pain, time and energy.

You’ll find lots more ideas to manage your time, stress, pain and energy in my book, Do the Thing! The Last Stress Management Book You’ll Ever Need.

Available here:

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

If you dig the plethora of tools, tips and tricks in Do the Thing!, please review it. 

Find all books by this author at AllThatChazz.com.

Hey! Don’t take health advice from a podcaster. If you are in pain or otherwise in need, please consult a healthcare professional, of course! 

Silence and Unselfconscious Behavior


As the Trump inauguration looms, stress  rises on all sides as the arguments continue. Time for a break! On today’s podcast I talk about the value of taking a break. So you prefer a news fast or a news diet? Then a word about feeling better through unselfconscious behavior as well as a podcast recommendation.

If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a happy review on iTunes (or wherever you picked me up!) 

Links: Spalding Gray Live Performances

You’ll find lots more ideas to manage your time, stress, pain and energy in my book, Do the Thing! The Last Stress Management Book You’ll Ever Need.

Available here:

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

If you dig the plethora of tools, tips and tricks in Do the Thing!, please review it. 

Find all books by this author at AllThatChazz.com.

Hey! Don’t take health advice from a podcaster. If you are in pain or otherwise in need, please consult a healthcare professional, of course! 

Do the Pattern Break Thing!


I recently got back vacationing in Cuba.  The experience reminded me how important pattern breaks are. In this episode, I’ll explain why we should all have pattern breaks. Even if you can’t get away for a week in the tropics, there are still plenty of ways to step back from what you’re doing, measure effectiveness and come back to work refreshed with fresh ideas. Enjoy the podcast.

If you dig what I’m doing, you’ll get plenty more tools, tips and tricks out of Do the Thing! The book has tons of ideas on how to manage stress, pain and time. Boost your energy, too!

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GET THE BOOK AND DO THE THING.

Please remember that this podcast cannot take the place of a proper medical consultation. Don’t take medical advice from a podcast. Get regular medical checkups and see a doctor if you have pain, experience changes you can’t explain or if any pain persists. That should cover it. 🙂

Music credit:

“Dreams Become Real” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

Do the Stress Relief Thing!

(If the media player above does not work in your browser, click here for the direct download link from my host, Libsyn.)

In this relaunch of the All That Chazz Podcast, we’re focusing on what’s most useful to you: stress management, pain relief, boosting energy and controlling your time. This podcast is a complement to my book, Do the Thing! 

Most folks know me as a sci-fi and horror author. However, I’ve worked in injury rehabilitation and stress management as a Registered Massage Therapist for about 24 years now. You’ll find lots of tips and tricks about the connection between posture and pain, stretching, simple exercise and general life management in Do the Thing! (available at Amazon as an ebook and paperback.) I try to make all my suggestions cheap or free and always easy.

In this first episode of the podcast revamp, I’m focussing on visualization. If you need to relax, to sleep or to ease your pain, check out this episode.

Please remember that this podcast cannot take the place of a proper medical consultation. Don’t take medical advice from a podcast. Get regular medical checkups and see a doctor if you have pain, experience changes you can’t explain or if any pain persists. That should cover it. 🙂

Music credit:

“Dreams Become Real” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Your Guide for Stressful Times

I’ve plugged away at researching and writing this stress management guide for a couple of years (and drawing on my training and a 24-year career to inform it.) I really thought I’d publish it last January. However, I wasn’t happy enough with it. There was more to say and more to tweak. After consulting with numerous colleagues, experts and friends, it’s finally ready! Do the Thing! Read the thing!

I cover dozens and dozens of tricks, tools and tips to help readers manage stress, time, pain and energy. It’s easy, breezy, thoughtful and fun. If you’ve got stress (and who doesn’t?) I hope Do the Thing! makes your ride smoother.

All the best!

Robert

PS In the second week of January, I’ll be podcasting again! And, you guessed it, we’ll be talking stress relief. We’re going to get through the challenges of 2017, happier together.

The End of an Era! The Last Episode of SPRT!

On this, the final episode of the Self-publishing Roundtable, we reminisced about what has gone before and what’s ahead (including a fresh podcast from me.)

I’ll launch the All That Chazz Stress Relief Podcast in the second week of January, 2017. It will be the companion audio for my new stress management guide, Do the Thing!)

My co-panelists were these fun writers: Erica Conroy, Chrishaun Keller-Hanna, Wade Finnegan, Xavier Granville, Zoe Wall, and Dave Wright.

As one podcast dies, four rise in its place. SPRT’s demise is not great but it’s okay. Thanks to all my co-hosts. It’s been a blast.

News, Views, Podcast Ends and Beginnings

The Self-publishing Roundtable, a podcast that’s been going on for years, is ending. I’ve been a guest and co-panelist on this one and I’m a little sad to see it go away. However, new podcasts will rise in its stead. 

 HAPPY ANNOUNCEMENT:

In addition to my fiction, I’ve written a book about stress management. In the second week of the new year, just as your resolve about your resolutions are waning, I’ll relaunch the All That Chazz podcast as the All That Chazz Stress Relief Podcast. 

The book will be available by January 1st!

Expect the book and podcast to be fun, funny and, most of all, useful. More details soon!

Film at 11. Speakers at 11. Everything at 11.

Writing Music & Workout Music Braingasms

(And by writing music, I mean music to write to.)

I’m on hiatus from one of my jobs and my other work is slow this week. Concentrating on publishing since I have so many manuscripts banked. I’m going to be be doing more book and life updates here, so don’t forget to subscribe, please.

I’m aiming to finish revisions on the next book in the Ghosts & Demons Series (which will all be rebranded The Dimension Wars.) Long story for another post.  What’s much fun is discovering new music for the soundtrack of my life.
I can get a lot done with various versions of Mission Impossible playing constantly. For working out, the soundtrack to Suicide Squad is damn cool even if you didn’t like the movie. (I did.) Try Work This Body by Walk the Moon, too.

For writing, I’ve discovered some songs that are new to me but are a lot of fun. Sweep the Leg from No More Kings is fun, especially if you, like me,  can’t let go of the movie The Karate Kid.  I’m also a new fan of Jim’s Big Ego. The Ballad of Barry Allen is a haunting take on the Flash. Stress is hilarious and true and I love Jonathan Coulton’s Code Monkey. The clever but yearning tone reminds me of Hackensack by Fountains of Wayne.

Check ’em out. I’m sure you’ll find something to tickle your ear bones.

#Chazziness

Music in the video kicks in at 3:01.

What did you do during the war, daddy?

We’ve only got a few months left in 2016. I was about to say that I can’t wait for this year to be over, but 2017 isn’t any more promising. Tragic events, paranoia and hysteria aren’t confined by the calendar. We create those things by the things we think and say and do. Still, 2016 feels like a pivotal year. When we look back, we’re going to say, this was one year that sucked hard. Our kids will ask, what did you do? How did you vote? This is our collective, “What did you do during the war, daddy?” moment.

A bunch of people in the States decided that going to a public bathroom was suddenly a huge risk. The hysteria around who got to go to which bathroom was a bridge too far for me. The fact that slimy Ted Cruz was the closest alternative to Trump was a disgrace. Fear, it seems, is the only policy the Right has to offer. They’re quick to say what they hate but have no positive policy suggestions. They don’t want to govern. They want to obstruct, as we say in Canada, peace, order and good government.

A lot of people talk tough, but it seems that those who talk toughest are the most fearful. Shit your pants isn’t a foreign policy. You can’t defeat ISIS by denying immigration to victims of ISIS. A plethora of problems went from simmer to boil this year and, at the root of it all, is a lack of compassion. We’re too eager to make enemies and we undervalue our friends. (Like friends in NATO, for instance.)

My books are not overtly political. I write suspenseful fiction. I don’t set out to piss anybody off. My stories entertain and occasionally, if it serves the story, I will reference real world events. I wish we had respected writers rising  to lead. I so miss Kurt Vonnegut. I’m sure he’d have a lot to say right now. Likewise comedians like Bill Hicks and George Carlin. I wish Jon Stewart was still helming The Daily Show so we’d have more trenchant commentary that entertained as well as informed. Jon Oliver is doing a good job, at least.

It’s past time I took off my fiction hat on this topic. I was a journalist long before I was a novelist. However, I’m not writing today in either of those capacities. I’m writing as a citizen of the planet. Many writer friends won’t say anything political for fear of offending readers. I respect their choice but, to me, recognizing the threat to the world is more important than a few lost book sales. Maybe my voice adds nothing to the din but staying silent feels wrong.

Trump is a racist. White supremacists love him. I cringe every time he says something about what’s good for, “the Blacks.” A guy who didn’t want African Americans in his apartment buildings isn’t out to serve minority communities. Remember, this is the same guy who said he’d never employ a black accountant because they’re lazy. Stop. Just stop the hateful drivel.

He’s also a dangerous narcissist who knows too little about governing. With his history, he’s a terrible candidate and everybody knows it. (Check out Trumpcast if you need further convincing.) Barring an huge implosion on the Left, he can’t win. He can do a lot of damage on the way out of his publicity stunt and his most devout followers will be sore losers. Hillary is not a great candidate. She has many flaws but she’s far better than the orange alternative. 

The outrage here is that, though Paul Ryan has admitted Trump’s statements (with regard to the Mexican American judge) were racist, the Speaker of the House still supports Trump. Remember when John McCain’s campaign slogan was, “Country first”? The bulk of the Republican establishment is putting party before country. Trump would be a disastrous president. He’s already savaged the Republican brand for years to come.

Perhaps worse, the fifth estate is doing a terrible job. Most media continues to grade Trump on a curve. For better coverage, stay away from Breitbart. You’re better off listening to The Young Turks

People say they like that Trump means what he says. Unless he says something outrageous, racist, Putin-loving, disrespectful or downright dumb. Then he doesn’t mean it. The guy who is famous for, “You’re fired!” is going to employ everybody…somehow. But he’s not the people’s billionaire. If you don’t get a job during the Trump presidency, he’ll blame you and call you a loser.

Plus, he’ll build a wall instead of funding schools or fighting cancer. He claims he would build up a military that’s already the largest and best in the world by far. He’s reckless with NATO and has demonstrated eagerness to use nuclear weapons. He’s convinced some people that Obama is a secret Kenyan and has a terrible record with women and various minorities. He’s petty and thin-skinned. He sues people and is sued constantly. He doesn’t care for freedom of speech, especially when anyone dares to criticize him for anything.

Trump is the Fear Monger in Chief. It would be bad for the United States and the world if he becomes Commander in Chief. I can’t vote against him. I’m in Canada. However, the damage he would do to America and the world would certainly affect me. Few of us would be untouched by his incompetence. I encourage all my American friends: you don’t have to like Hillary Clinton but please vote against Donald J. Trump. He’s a con man and an embarrassment to your great country. 

Trump would not make America great again. Trump is clown shoes. Pure clown shoes. The world is watching and we’re holding our breath.

Note to Hillary Clinton: Give straight answers. Stop sounding so damn cautious and lawyerly. Don’t fuck this up. The social democratic revolution in politics I hoped for was Bernie’s vision but I’ll still be relieved when you’re in and Trump is out.

Then, Madame President, maybe you can start working on repairing the damage Clown Shoes has already done.

~ We now return to our regularly scheduled apolitical nonsense.

Books & Podcasts by suspense writer Robert Chazz Chute