Month: November 2014

An Interview With Spiritual Consultant And Author Cher Slater Barlevi

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Cher Slater Barlevi is a spiritual consultant and the author of the book DOG of GOD: The Novel, here is a link to her website:

http://www.amazon.com/DOG-GOD-MA-Cher-Slater-Barlevi/dp/1452553483

 

Q: What does a spiritual consultant do?

 

A: As we step into the new paradigm it can be a bumpy road because every thing that we knew before doesn’t seem to work or bring us satisfaction any longer. This paradigm is referred to the Age of Aquarius, where we are the stepping from the 3rd and 4th dimensions into the 5th. I am a Way Shower; as a clairvoyant, I am able to see through that curtain that separates us from the Otherside and share what I see. An enormous amount of souls are awakening now;  they are confused and  thirsty for the knowledge and guidance, and that is where a spiritual consultant comes in

 

 

Q: What qualifies one for the job?

 

A: I have been preparing for this consciousness movement for more than 40 years, culminating my learning with a Masters in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. With my peers and fellow students, we are gathering a community of awakened souls to carry and share a new way of learning, teaching, healing, and being.

 

Dog of God: the Novel transports the reader into the 5th dimension or (the Otherside) through the eyes of a dog wanting to know what and how to heal people; all the while healing his confused understanding of human life. His guide is the all knowing: THE VOICE…the inner voice, that we all have. The path to healing and enlightenment is to learn how to trust this Voice within implicitly. And to discern when you are listening to the Voice (your God-self) and not your ego-self.

 

Excerpt from the book:

 

THE VOICE

THE INNER SPACES OF ZEEEP’S SOUL

 

CHAPTER 9

 

In the space where there are no words – I am.

Although I understand every language ever created.

 

I dwell here also without ‘time’ to lead me astray.

I know no ‘space’ to make me large or small.

 

I only know what is… Is.

Is-ness exists only in my knowing, yet I can know

All at one time. Because that is all there is.

 

I love intensely.

I only know love.

I am love.

 

I look for humor everywhere

and look upon humor is the greatest healer.

But what is healing?

Healing is returning to our innate perfection.

Healing is the perfect teacher of Souls.

I am the caretaker of Souls.

They are the caretakers of Me.

 

We are one.

 

I speak softly most often.

Sometimes I need to yell.

I am the voice.

 

 

Q: What are soul paintings?

 

A: Since I was a child I was able to see the soul of the person upon meeting them for the first time. When I paint with the person in mind, magical things appear on my canvas, unexplained things having to do with the mission and direction that Divine Being has come here to learn and do in the human experience. Information comes in symbols sometimes, or it comes in what looks like a story in a painting  It always surprises me to see images, guides, and family members who magically appear in the paintings with information that they want to convey. I am able to create paintings for clients which have messages to do with the mission of their particular soul.

 

Q: How do you go about creating one?

 

A: Usually I am commissioned by someone with a strong intention to know about their mission they’ve come to employ here on this Earth. Then I set a strong intention and go into a meditative state, asking the Ascended Masters to lead me in my painting. I paint a representation of the images that I see during the meditation.

 

Q: Who is John of God?

 

A: Joao De Dues, (Medium John of God) is a world-renowned Brazilian psychic surgeon who has been healing millions of people from all over the world, for over 45 years. To him, I owe my life the quality I have now. I was walking two canes after a car accident and looking at a life of being a cripple and in pain for the rest of my life. John of God was able to help me construct the life that I truly wanted to live — being able to hike, to bike, to dance. And all of it, without any pain whatsoever. The things that I experienced and learned through this journey made it possible to write my 1st novel:

DoG of GoD: the novel

a wild romp through magical worlds

 

Q: How did you come to meet and work with him?

 

A: I run in an informed crowd. Anything new and unusual in the healing modalities, are at my fingertips and hearing shot, at all times. When I was told that I would have to live my life as a cripple, in immense pain for the rest of my life;  I chose to look into to the unconventional ways of healing. Shortly after, a friend of mine happened to call and tell me that she had just heard about John God; she had 11 surgeries due to an infection in her jaw.  She’d been told the 12th surgery was going to be very close to her brain and she opted to go work with John God…She invited me to go with her and one of God’s angels was introduced into my life to help me heal. I listened, and acted. I came to him walking on 2 canes and after 2 weeks left without any.  Likewise my friend was spared the 12th operation.

 

John of God brings hope to the hopeless. John of God brings a connection to the possibilities extended to us from other dimensions. And John of God’s loyalty to this mission is beyond all measure. When I was there, I met a little dog (Xico) that was a little dog renowned the village in Brazil where I went to work with John of God for healing. The experience with Xico inspired me to write my novel, and use my ability to “see” dimensions of Spirit, to help explain and bring alive the profound healing that John of God facilitates.

 

Q: How much of your Dog of God: The Novel, is real and how much is fictionalized?

 

A: DOG OF GOD is based on true facts. I just was asked by John of God to change the names and places. The book appears as fiction because it’s written in a non-conventional way. Like most works of Fiction, there is a large river of truth that feeds the characters and situations.

 

Q: You say you wrote it in an unconventional style; how so?

 

A: Well, I have written most of the book in dialogue and I have coined new words in the creative language of the dolphins .It is written in a very experiential way, so that the reader feels like they are in a film. I take readers way out of the box and into spiritual dimensions beyond the physical plain and refer to it as the real Reality. The storyteller speaks…with incomplete sentences, run on sentences, and no punctuation except periods, question marks, commas, and double dashes—and maybe an explanation mark here and there

 

The book is referred to as unconventional…or just plain weird…or a heck of a lot of fun!   I love breaking rules, like most of us ‘Boomers’ do.

 

Q: What other kinds of jobs have you had and how did they effect your ability to pursue your current career?

 

A: Right now iI am traveling all over the world promoting my book. That rocks! Before novel writing I was a screenwriter for 12 years in Hollywood. Screenwriting has always been my passion–I love telling stories that are reality based. The up and down grind of show biz became something that was holding me back as an artist; which caused me to look at writing the novel. I’m just doing the same thing only in a different form; and with a much larger venue. The space of a novel is vast, you can go anywhere with it. I love that freedom.

 

I would like to return to writing screenplays, and fortunately a couple of opportunities are knocking at my door. I have passion for writing, I love what I do and I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my life; it fills me with an appreciation for being alive.

 

 

Q: What are some of the children’s books you have written?

 

A: I illustrated the award winning SPOOKY HAND MYSTERY with Children’s press.

I illustrated THE MERRY GO ROUND (Children’s press) and teen text books…one being, an ALGEBRA TEXT book that had a sense of humor.

I worked with Toddy Fields and Jeremy Tarcher on her humorous coffee table book.

And… I have a number of unpublished books that I’ve written, but sit in my art studio because I’m the illustrator…on tour…all over the world. So much awaits me. I will NEVER be bored!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With The Perfect Prescription Author Reigh Simuzoshya

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Reigh Simuzoshya, PhD is the author of the book The Perfect Prescription; here is a link to her website:

 

www.reighsimuzoshya.com

 

Q:  What is The Perfect Prescription about?

 

A: The rising cost of health care is of critical concern for everyone, insured and uninsured alike. This is the reason why public health, with its emphasis on disease prevention, is an important aspect of health care delivery anywhere in the world.  The book, The Perfect Prescription, highlights the similarities between the preventive health care guidelines articulated in The Bible, particularly in the Old Testament and those espoused by modern public health professionals. This book attempts to establish that, in Bible times, preventive health care, one of the most cost-effective approaches to individual and community health promotion, was as relevant as it is today. This book does not proselytize. It merely advocates preventive health care principles that can benefit any one regardless of their religious affiliation. Pathogens know no religious boundaries. The book compares modern public health guidelines with preventive health guidelines articulated in Bible times, millennia ago.

Q:  What qualifies you to write a book on the subject of wellness?

 

A: As a public health professional and an epidemiologist, I have come to understand the significant impact disease prevention can play in optimizing people’s health by fending off onset of certain diseases. As I studied the Bible I discovered some amazing teachings that are consistent with the teachings of my profession and I decided to share what I had discovered with whoever might be interested. I have personally experienced some of the benefits of adopting preventive health guidelines advocated by the Bible and by modern public health professionals.

 

Q:  What are some examples of how The Bible can be a guide to health?

 

A: The Bible is not a public health text book per se. But it has much to say about public health that is of great benefit to mankind. For example, the Bible spoke about quarantining individuals with infectious diseases such as leprosy millennia ago (Leviticus 13: 1-3, 45, 46). Whenever it was confirmed that an individual had leprosy, that person was immediately sent to live away from the community in an isolated place. If they ever ventured to approach uninfected people they were required to cover their mouth and shout “unclean, unclean” as a warning to those who did not have the disease to distance themselves from them. By putting a covering over their mouth they were preventing saliva droplets from spreading through the air.  This preventive principle was established long before the Germ Theory.

 

Furthermore, researchers have written about the severity of infectious diseases such as the Black Plague, which ravaged Europe in the 14th century and how efforts to contain it seemed futile until “the city leaders of Venice decided to adopt the 40-day segregation practices employed by the Jewish ghettos at the time,” according to J.R. Gwilt in his article, Public Health in the Bible, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Health, 1987. This is just one example. There are many more elaborated in the book.

 

Q:  Are there any other similar principals about health in the writings of other religions?

A: I do not claim to be an expert in the writings of other religions about health. As such, I will refrain from speaking for them. I am sure they can speak for themselves. If they teach about health promotion, all the better. The goal is to promote the well-being of the general public by making them aware of practices that are deleterious to their health and those that are of benefit.

 

Q:  Some of the Jewish dietary laws suggest not eating pork or seafood. Both port and seafood have been shown to be bad for people. Why do Christians not follow these laws?

 

A: I know some Christians who have voluntarily chosen to abstain from consuming pork and other foods that are forbidden in the Bible in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. I also know of other individuals who are neither Jewish not Christian who are practicing the same. Remember that I am writing from a health perspective; as a public health professional and not as a theologian. As such, I would like to add that some scholars who were fascinated by these biblical dietary guidelines conducted experimental research to compare the toxicity levels of the foods that were designated unclean by the Bible with those classified as clean. One such scholar was Dr. David I. Macht who was a pharmacologist, doctor of Hebrew literature, Johns Hopkins medical researcher, and experimental biologist. Macht conducted an experiment in which he compared toxicity in muscle juices and skeletal extracts of species of clean and unclean animals, birds and fish according to Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 4. He added these juices and extracts to the soil solutions of two sets of seedlings of Lupines albus (a legume that is traditionally grown around the Mediterranean). In one soil solution he added juices from unclean species and in the other he added the specimen from clean species. The third set of seedling had no animal specimen added to the soil solution-a control set. The findings of the study indicated that the soil solutions that had muscle juices and skeletal extracts from clean species were neither toxic nor did they hinder the normal growth of the seedlings. Conversely, the extracts from species classified as unclean were found to be significantly toxic for seedling growth when added to soil solutions, and the growth of the seedlings’ roots was significantly hindered. This experiment was replicated later with similar results.

I have spoken to a few Christians who eat the foods classified as unclean. Some of them have based their decision to eat on their interpretation of the Apostle Peter’s vision found in Acts chapter 10. I would also like to add that it is not given to me to judge anyone. I am sure each side of the argument has valid reasons to justify their positions.

Q:  What would you recommend to someone if they followed The Bible and they still get sick?

 

A: We live in a world that is replete with pathogens and cataclysmic occurrences that can easily impact our health, negatively. The new earth has not been created yet. I think it is for this reason that it was necessary to have the biblical guidelines for health. If our world was pristine there would be no need for health guidelines because it would be devoid of health threats. Illness and suffering are not always a consequence of the sin or wrong-doing of the afflicted individual or else the Book of Job would be meaningless. In the Gospel of John chapter 9 we read that upon seeing a man who was blind from birth the disciples asked Jesus who had sinned, the man or his parents because they assumed that the condition of the man was due to retributive judgment. In answer Jesus said that the man’s blindness was for the glory of God to be made manifest. As such, we can conclude that people fall ill for various reasons. There are also times when people might have congenital health conditions probably due to epigenetics (alterations in gene expression that can impact the health of future generations). Other times people who might have adhered to biblical guidelines might become inadvertent victims of some traumatic event, which triggers a health condition.

 

I would not discourage anyone from observing health guidelines just because they have fallen ill.  Rather, I would encourage them to adhere to them because that could help mitigate the progression of their health condition. The guidelines could also help them manage their condition well.

 

Q:  What kind of professional background do you have?

A: I am a public health professional and an author. I manage ResourcefulResearchPro, an organization focused on conducting academic research, and teaching research methods to college and university students, online.

 

Q:  What kind of research did you do for your book?

 

A: Extensive research was conducted from the books and journal articles of public health professionals, biomedical scholars, researchers, theologians and other published authors in related fields. A list of these valuable sources to whom I am deeply indebted is found in the reference section of the book. A lot of time was also spent combing the Scriptures for information included in the book.

 

Q:  What was the most surprising thing you learned during the course of your research?

 

A: Probably the most astounding thing for me was the similarity of biblical health guidelines written millennia ago to modern day health guidelines. This underscored the relevance of biblical teachings to life in general for me.

 

Q:   What are some things you have done to promote your book?

 

A:  I have websites: www.reighsimuzoshya.com

www.resourcefulResearchPro.com

I also have a Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/PerfectPrescription?ref=bookmarks

I have a tumbler, twitter and LinkedIn accounts.  I also have a blog: www.theperfectprescription2014.wordpress.com

I have a book trailer from my publishers, Tate Publishing and Enterprises, Inc. http://youtu.be/9TOcHIb8N5k

I also have a YouTube video: http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w

The book is also available at Amazon.com www.wmturls.com/pp

It is also found at Barnes and Noble

I try to use these tools to promote this work. Sometimes I organize book-signing events. I have also contracted with some social media companies to help me build a platform.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Lets Fly Academy Founder Matthew Martino

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Matthew Martino is the founder of Lets Fly Academy he is also the founder of Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund or MMBF which provides sponsorships and grants to aspiring pilots and young film-makers worldwide; here is a link to his website:

http://www.letsflyacademy.com/

Q: What is Lets Fly Academy?

 
A: Lets Fly Academy is an aviation consultancy and training firm I set up in 2012, its based in London but we serve aspiring pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide, we provide information on pilot courses and also provide assistance for pilots seeking funding as well as working with pilot training organisations to arrange training courses and open days. Our goal is to get everyone flying.

 
Q: What made you want to be a pilot?

 
A: It was just being able to explore something different, from when I was in Africa I often looked up and saw planes flying past and this always intrigued me and since my first flight in a Cessna 152 I just enjoyed the freedom being in the air brought, it’s amazing! Although I’m not a commercial pilot right now I enjoy being able to go up and fly every now and again it’s a good hobby.

 
Q: What inspired you to start the MMBF Trust?

 
A: I think my biggest inspiration was seeing how far I’ve come and thinking of all the assistance and support I received in my early years I thought its high time I give back. Im not where I want to be yet buy I’ve been brought up and taught to share hence why I’ve decided to form something charitable and give back to the future generation who I’m sure with the right support will go far.

Q: How does one go about starting a charity?

A: Starting a charity is mostly about first having a mission of what your charity wants to achieve, getting help in terms of Trustees onboard and then you will need to register with the appropriate bodies if you want to fundraise or earn public funding but for private funded charities such as MMBF its then down to making sure that you use the funds to work towards the objectives that you have set. When running a charity its also important to realise that its not a business so profit isn’t the object but impact is.

 
Q: How did your charity become involved with the Colchester Film Festival?

 
A: I can’t claim all the glory for the Colchester Film Festival award we introduced that was spearheaded by Sharon from my HQ. We teamed up with them to introduce a Rising Star Award at their festival this year and the award is there to empower a young filmmaker or actor who has shown potential and I personally hope the award gives them confidence and a reward for all their hard work.

 
Q: What made you connect flying with filmmaking?

 
A: Well it was quite a hard connection but I made it work, flying was my first love and when I first bean working on films and then producing it did at times make me feel like I was abandoning my flying. What I am now able to do is incorporate my flying when I make films I often try and make sure there is some aerial shots and I always try and sneak in a cheeky helicopter shot as well.

 
Q: How can people overcome their fear of flying?

 
A: Fear of flying is mostly a mental condition, if you channel your thoughts towards the positives of flying you will be fine. I used to be scared of flying as I would think ‘what if’ this and ‘what it’ that and as soon as I stopped thinking that way my confidence grew.

 
Q: What do filmmakers miss when making movies about flying?

 
A: I think most filmmakers miss the technicality of flying and also keeping it realistic. A few flying or aviation based films I’ve watched even recently will often have their crew saying the wrong thing at take-off or their pilots will be dressed up in the wrong format – for a film its fine as most people don’t know what happens in the cockpit but when I watch these films I want to scream.

 
Q: Do you think life is better or worse for the average citizen in Zimbabwe since gaining its independence from Britain?

 
A: From what my parents and relatives have told me life is a little worse now, of course before independence there was arguments that Zimbabweans didn’t get the good jobs or hierarchy as jobs were snapped up by the British but now just getting a job in Zimbabwe can prove tough let alone a good job.

 
Q: The Great Waldo Pepper or Top Gun?

 
A: It’s always going to be Top Gun all the way, Tom Cruise carries that role and I like how the story not only involved his passion for aviation but his passion for his instructor, it’s a good old aviation romance film.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Spoken Director Stacy Lightner

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Stacy Lightner is the writer/director and producer of the film Spoken who has appeared on the web-series Stupid Hype; here is a link to her IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5837440/

Q: What is Spoken about?

A: Spoken is a film about a group of individuals who are struggling to find balance in their rocky relationships. The lead character Mya struggles with whether or not to walk away from a relationship with an unfaithful partner while her best friend tries to mend her marriage after suffering a tremendous loss.

Q: What life experiences did you draw from when creating it?

A: Spoken is definitely based on a number of experiences I’ve dealt with in life. All of my projects have pieces of me in them. The feelings these group of characters have and the situations they face, I too have dealt with. I’ve been in a relationship where my partner was not committed and I had to decide whether or not to stay in a relationship because I’d invested so much time in it and because I was committed to making it work or to walk away and start anew. I’ve also suffered the same loss that the married couple in this film is dealing with. (I don’t want to give too much of the film away) When I create I draw from all of my life experiences, the good as well as the situations and experiences that may be hard to deal with or talk about.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in producing it?

A: I honestly cannot say I faced many challenges making this film. Spoken is a passion project, I financed it out of pocket and I’m extremely proud of it. If I had to name a challenge while producing this film it has to be the challenge of balancing a 9-5 and devoting enough time to the project. Spoken was shot on the weekends and once on set it was an amazing experience. I was blessed to work with an extremely talented group of actors who love what they do as well as an extremely talented crew that taught me a lot. The challenge occurred after the film had wrapped. That challenge was wanting and needing to be in the studio on the weekdays working on post production. At the time I was working about 60-65 hours a week and working with my editor on post production only on the weekends. I believe this was a small challenge and I was blessed not to be faced with many challenges.

Q: How did you obtain funding for it?

A: Spoken was financed out of pocket. As I mentioned I was working about 60-65 hours a week while shooting the film and although it was my desire to be in a position to devote all day every day to the making of the film I’m grateful for my day job because without it I would not have had the finances to produce this project.

Q: What is Stupid Hype about?

A: Stupid Hype is a web series created by Hart of Dixie’s actor Wilson Bethel. Wilson Bethel stars in this comedy which is set in the 90’s. He plays the character Hype (which later becomes Stupid Hype) It’s about an ex break dancer who decides to become a rapper. The series follows his life as he battles the hottest rapper currently on the scene while trying to win the heart of the woman he loves.

Q: What role do you play?

A: In the series there’s a battle night where Hype must prove himself as a rapper. I was present during the battle first as someone who laughed and booed Hype but later cheered for him as he rose to the occasion and proved himself as a rapper.

Q: What is the oddest thing you have seen someone do to promote themselves?

A: I have to say the oddest thing I’ve seen someone do to promote themselves would be going on a reality show that presents them in an unflattering way. Doing a reality show may not seem odd and it certainly doesn’t have to be however I find it odd when up and coming artists whose work is unknown go on certain types of shows to promote themselves as serious artists but act in a manner that might hurt their chances of actually finding work.

Q: What sort of day job do you have and how does it affect your filmmaking?

A: I am the building operations specialist for a bank. I usually work from 7am – 4pm, however I sometimes work much longer hours. My day job affects my filmmaking because most of my time is committed to my day job, but it also helps me finance my filmmaking.

Q: Who are some of your filmmaking influences?

A: I am definitely a lover of films. A few of my influences are Spike Lee, Tyler Perry and Robert Rodriguez.

Q: What would I change about the film industry?

A: I would open more doors for more artists who have a harder time breaking in. I would focus more on assisting and developing up and coming talent. I’d level the playing fields.

 


 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Sports Pick Predictions CEO Josh Mallen

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Josh Mallen is the founder and CEO of Sports Pick Predictions in Las Vegas; here is a link to his website:

http://sportspickpredictions.com/

 

Q: How did your business come into being?

A: Well first and foremost, I’ve been a sports fanatic ever since I can remember.  I would watch and play sports non-stop each and every day.  From that passion, along with going to college in Las Vegas at UNLV and learning about sports handicapping and becoming enthralled in it, it was only natural for me to realize that with my knowledge of sports I could potentially make real money.  Once I began turning a profit, I wanted to help out others make money and advise them, much like a stock broker on Wall Street does, just with a different investment vehicle.

Q: What qualifies you and your employees to be sports handicappers?

A: We all have a passion for sports, a passion for beating the oddsmakers and the ability to analyze match-ups between 2 teams who are playing each other.  At the end of the day, you just have to win over the long term, that’s it. Our success is not measured on a daily or weekly basis, it’s over the long term.  Anybody can get lucky for a week straight, but the ones with the profits over a year’s time are doing something right and we all do that.

Q: What  kind of research do you do ?

A: Anything and everything.  From constantly reading news articles to watching games and seeing how certain teams perform under various different scenarios.  Also, we have a network of people in the know that we communicate with to stay up to speed on information.  Sometimes it is as easy as just watching the games and gathering mental notes.  Other times it’s crunching numbers.  Everybody has their own methods of coming up with their predictions and I would say we are 50% research and 50% gut instincts.

Q: What are some of the things you take into consideration when handicapping a game?

A: There are many factors we take into consideration.  How teams match up against one another on offense and defense would be number one.  Other key factors would be scheduling. If a team has played 3 games in 4 nights, we look at past results on how certain players perform during these situations.  Streaks is another thing we take into strong consideration. If a team is on a winning streak and playing good, 9 times out of 10 they will keep up their same high level of play.  Same can be said for teams that are on massive losing streaks.  Home field advantage is something that also should never be overlooked as it has a magical way of bringing teams performances up a notch.

Q: What kind of packages do you have and how does it work?

A: We have 4 packages.  Weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual.  For monthly and above packages, we offer special webinars and exclusive access to e-books and blog releases that gives our clients a deeper look into what goes into providing top quality winning sports predictions.

Q: What do you think causes gambling addiction?

A: I think the number one problem is chasing losses.  I would estimate that the number one reason people get into holes they can’t get out of is because of horrible money management.  We preach day in and day out to our clients that if they follow our money management system that they won’t ever have these problems.  Losing at times in inevitable, but if you’re constantly increasing your bets to recover previous losses all at once, you’re setting yourself up for big failures.  The good news is that Gambler’s Anonymous is always an option and can help people that have lost control of themselves.

Q: Of the people who try your free trial how many stay as customers?

A: Roughly 70% of our free trials convert to customers.  We are one of the only honest handicapping services out there and we back up our promise of turning anybody into a profitable handicapper.  Some people just want to try us out and either don’t have a desire to have a handicapper or like making decisions by themselves, which we completely understand.

Q: What is FanDuel?

A: It is the largest and most respected one-day fantasy sports site.  Users go on and choose their best 9 man roster for that day’s events for a particular league, and they cover everything.  The catch is that every player is assigned a dollar value and you have to stay under a salary cap, just like real general managers do.  You can either play heads up matches, tournaments, or even play in special leagues set up with just your friends.  It is a welcomed change from traditional fantasy sports, where you typically have to wait until the season is over to determine the winner.  If you know a lot about sports, this can be used as another vehicle to produce profits.

Q: What is your strangest Las Vegas story?

A: A few years back during the Kentucky Derby, I was at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the prize pool for the main race was much higher than usual because of a very popular horse racing called “Smarty Jones”.  A lady about 90 years old picked 4 horses (randomly) and threw them into a superfecta, where you have to pick the first 4 horses to finish the race in that exact order.  The race was dominated by super underdogs and her $2 dollar ticket paid out roughly $1.2 million dollars.  I never saw that look of amazement/excitedment/shock on someone’s face before.  I also never saw a 90 year old lady jump in the air so high!  Who says luck doesn’t exist?

Q: If the ladies of The View duked it out with the ladies of The Talk who would win?

A: The View, hands down.  Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez could probably hold their own in the UFC ladies division, more less a fight with hosts of another daytime talk show!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Karma The Game Creator Rene Reyes

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Rene Reyes is the creator of the online dating game Karma the Game of Destiny; here is a link to the website:

http://renereyes.wix.com/karmathegame

 

Q: How is Karma different from other dating aps such as like Tinder and Grindr?

 

A: Even though Tinder, Grindr and Badoo all call themselves games, they are just people locators.  It’s distracting and even fun looking through pictures and fantasizing about all these people and maybe meeting someone, but they promote superficial relationships.  The Game gives privacy or control over who sees and most of all it allows Player to play with other players, by sharing music, hiding, doing astrology, playing Truth or Bomb and sharing private pictures through the Safe along with the ability to share and see other social networks with the click of a button with whom you chose.

 

Q:  How do you play the game?

 

 

A: First you have to choose to enter the Game through 1 of 3 doors, Values, Compatibility or Intimate Preferences.  Then you pick an Avatar and Enter the game.  Once in the game, the site is laid out as a playing board interface with easy to use buttons rather than a typical scrolling websites.

 

Q: What is a “truth bomb?”

 

A: A Truth Bomb is a “Risk” card like in a board game.  The idea is to create conversation of different levels regarding relationship, challenges and surprises…

 

Q: What does one do on the “adventures?”

 

A: The adventures of the game are the dates, playing online while courting and the adventures that the Truth Bombs will send people on.

 

Q: How do you prevent someone from making a fake profile?

 

A: There are basically 2 kinds of FAKE profiles.  Operated and Non-Operated (Profiles dating sites use to pretend they have more users to attract more users) Re: Operated There is no “free indefinitely” option which is where most fraud happens.  We only give the first 30 Days free.  We do not allow an IP Address to have more than 10 connections.  Going beyond this in a short time will “Tilt” the game and you won’t be able to operate from the same computer.  And

Here is where the magic lies and why it is called Karma.  People can create fake profiles just like they do on every other dating site.  However, because Players can ZAP other players, the fake profile operators will have to commit a lot of time resource to convincing other player they are real in order not to be ZAPPED.  And it’s a Game not a subscription so if someone knocks you off you have to pay again to play.  At least at the $1.99 level (1 Life for 30 Days).  If you get 6 live for $6.99 the you will lose a life and everyone will both know who ZAPS and who got ZAPPED.

 

Q:  How does one get zapped?

 

A: There are 7 GAME Buttons – HIDE, CHAT, GROUP, OUTING, MUSIC, ZAP and BAIL.  Once you pick an Avatar you can click any of these buttons to open the Popup with instructions and warnings.  If you’re sincere you probably won’t get Zapped, but if yu are rude or inappropriate it is very likely you’ll get Zapped.

 

Q: What kind of research did you do for your game?

 

A: If you know me you’d find that I have been studying relationships and community for most of my life but on the factual side, I started joining dating sites in 2007 after getting a divorce and had especially been pondering how I could build a dating site that was better or different than the majority of sites out there.  It wasn’t until 2013 that I had culminated all of my research into the idea of a Game and began developing the algorithms for the 3 Doors and the logic of the game.  I also quantified all of the knowledge that I had gathered by organizing all of the data on the industry for Dating as well as Games.

 

Q:  How does one become a brand ambassador?

 

A: A Brand Ambassador can make residual income even if just their friends are playing.  And depending on how many friends they have it could be be a substantial monthly return.  Maybe for buying school books or extra movie money or whatever you need a little extra income for.  Becoming a Brand Ambassador is easy.  Just click Ambassadors on the site and register.  Brand Ambassadors will also be able to add “Things to Do” from their private portal to the game.

 

Q:     Why do you think internet dating has become so popular?

 

A: The internet is a new reality.  A virtual space that we are just learning how to use.  We are social beings and many people feel alone, even in relationships.  The internet provides resources and connections that would have been difficult or impossible to have 20 years ago.  Even less.  Now that we can reach out, we will do so at ever increasing rates.  As comfort grows and people who are afraid to do it become less afraid it will become even more popular.  This market isn’t going away any time soon.

 

Q: What if I don’t have a soul, do I not get to mate?

 

A: I see you like to open all the cans of worms.  Lol.  For the Game a Soulmate is really more of a “like minded” individual based on likes and desires and honesty.  It’s a metaphor for feeling acceptable, as you are, to another human being.  The Soul is not really synonymous with Spirit (or the Energy that transitions from the Body to something else) but a reflection of the totality of who we are in our substantial skin within our cultural and societal group.  What makes us tick.  What turns us on.  What do we like to do.  What are our desires.  The Game will help you find you Soulmates, it’s up to you to determine if from within that group is your Soulmate.  (or your like minded partner.)

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

 

An Interview With Writer Carl Plumer

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Carl Plumer is the author of Zombies Ever After and the owner and technical writer at Plumer Consulting; here is a link to his website:

http://www.carlplumer.com/

 

 

Q: What is Zombies Ever After about?

A: t’s really about love. Love in the face of hard times, disease, and disaster. How does love survive? How does love continue on? It’s a zombie story, yes. But the zombie apocalypse is kind of a metaphor for all that: the human struggle to survive and find love in the every day madness.

Q: What inspired you to write it?

A: I really wasn’t thinking about writing a zombie book at all. I had read this article online about this woman who was mauled beyond recognition by a bear while on a hike on an otherwise ordinary day. And she was married and she and her husband stayed together, their love survived. And I liked that.

Q: Why do you think zombies are so popular?

A: We deal with the knowledge of our death almost from the moment we are born. From the cradle to the grave, like they say. It haunts all of us, every day. I think horror movies, especially zombie movies, are a way for us to process that knowledge. I mean, in a way, zombies are resurrected, aren’t they?

Q: Of all the jobs you have ever had in your life, which one gave you the most material to write about?

A: This is a tough question. You know, I’ve been a gravedigger in my past, and I worked a lot of the “graveyard” shifts, as they’re called. But it’s my corporate jobs that scared me the most, I think. A lot of zombies there. Not everyone, of course. But working nine to five (really, nine to nine) in a small cube. It makes you think about dying and how there has got to be more to life. I started writing at work, in my coffin-cube, I think just to stay alive.

Q: What are the advantages of owning your own business over working in corporate America?

A: There is every advantage. You control your own destiny, for good or bad. You can be much happier, too, in my opinion. Unless you are a dominant alpha dog who likes all the takeovers and hiring and firing and laying people off to see the profits climb, I don’t think many people get much satisfaction in the corporate world. That’s just my opinion, though, based on my observations. Lots of souls lost there.

Q: Who are some of your literary influences?

A: Italo Calvino. Herman Melville. Charles Dickens. Carlos Fuentes. Lots of new writers, too. I read some works by new writers today and I’m like, “damn!” I mostly read nonfiction, believe it or not.

Q: Do you think working in business stifles or inspires creativity?

A: Stifles, without a doubt.

Q: What is the strangest thing you have done to promote your books?

A: Went on television to promote my zombie book during the Christmas shopping season. I have no experience doing anything like that and I am mortified to be on any stage of any kind. So, there I was, yacking it up about my zombie book, between a pie cooking demonstration and easy holiday decoration ideas.

Q: How do you get selected for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest?

A: I have no idea. Funny enough, I “knew” I had not been picked. Every email I got from Amazon I just didn’t open. Why bother, right? Then one day I was working with my email client open and my wife walked in just as an email from Amazon arrived. She said, “What’s that?” And I said, “It’s Amazon telling me I’ve lost.” Well, it was saying the opposite we found out after I opened it. We went back and opened the other emails, too, each want congratulating me on having passed yet another elimination round. There’s a lesson there somewhere.

Q: What would a Zombie like about Dayton?

A: Plenty of other zombies already here! And great food, if they can hold off dying for a few days. And great beer, for the same reason. So, I’d say, if you get bit by a zombie, head to Dayton and spend the last of your money here getting drunk and eating great food.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)