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There have been few books produced by professional wrestlers that have captured my attention. Most of them are not well written, or embellish so badly it’s funny. Now, I’m not a professional wrestler. I’m a ghost writer. I’m a writer that has been asked to write for many companies and individuals, so I can spot work that is obviously not the author. That being said, most of the professional wrestling books you read have influence and editing from someone else, including this one. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks keeps getting a lot of attention, and the reviews across many platforms seem legit, but I don’t see the big deal. In fact, I only see a lot of flaws, and the dichotomy of a writer trying to tell their story and a vanishing point where a ghost writer has injected interjections that make no sense, or are sad attempts at humor.

Written Like A Crazy Person

The premise of the book is that A.J. has made it to superstardom even though she’s crazy. She openly admits she has bipolar disorder. It seems that if you can make it anywhere, and you have a diagnosis like that, you’re super. She writes as though she’s forcing that dichotomy a great deal of the time. You’ll get a story but in the midst of it, she’ll turn from first person narration to third person and inject similes and metaphors that make no sense in an autobiography. When you’re writing, you don’t push the narration to become a novel, it’s not a novel. The writing style goes from prose, journal entries, to an all knowing narrative that is out of place. This is grammatically bad. It reads terribly, and yet no reviewer has commented on it. Whomever greenlit this style of writing is insane. But maybe that’s the point? The idea is to convey an accessible element of writing, to people that may not normally read books, right?

Put It Down Several Times

I don’t give up on books. I read a lot. Any given week I’ll be reading two or three books at a time. Last week I finished two, and this week I’m working on 5. I’m a reader, and I don’t have a lot of friends. I focus on reading because it helps me make sense of a lot of boredom. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks is one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. Brooks attempts to create a lavish display of what she has overcome to get to the WWE, and I admit, it’s commendable. She made it in a lot of ways, but so what? So she made it, great. I can’t relate to the person half of the time, and the writing really throws me away from the actual story. Furthermore, Brooks glosses over the most compelling and interesting components. Instead of telling things like they are, she skews it, hides it, or condemns it. From locker room relationships to groping to dealing with harassment, it’s not opened up on, but rather highlights that they are “bad” or that she overcame and was the only one to get out alive.

A Glossy Book For AJ Lee Fans

This is a book for fans. It’s pandering. It’s not like Mick Foley’s first book, which broke the mold of celebrity autobiographies by being too real at times. This is not Bret Hart’s book where he let it all hang out, including skewering individuals by name. “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks is NOT a tell all book, but rather a novel wrapped in the disguise of an autobiography. If you’re a fan of AJ Lee and you don’t want to know the intimate secrets of her life, good, you won’t get it here. If you’re an interested wrestling fan that wants grit, and reality, this also is not for you. This is for star struck fans that LOVE AJ LEE the character, and a little of the person, but NOT the person. She sets up a wall you can’t get past, and that’s her business, way to go. Look, it’s an adequate book for fans, by someone that is interesting to a set of fans that are ok with a glossy story. This is not Malcolm X’s biography, ok? Nor should it be? I don’t know. I maybe too old for this.

Don’t take my word for “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks, click here and buy it, read it for yourself.

Did you read “Crazy Is My Superpower” by A.J. Mendez Brooks? Drop me a comment and let me know how wrong or right I am. Heck, I may have missed the whole point, or maybe I’m right for a change. Let me know in the comments.

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The Stranger She Loved by Shanna Hogan
The Stranger She Loved

There are a couple of points of contention that I have with the true crime genre. The first, is the constant flow of books that are in the genre, and the second, the cost that usually is associated with the writing. Shanna Hogan’s “The Stranger She Loved” can be found for about a dollar or less. Whatever the case may be, “The Stranger She Loved” is a true crime novel that is easy to breeze through. I read it in a couple of days, and was gripped to my chair because I wanted to know everything about what happened.

The Perfect Illusion

“The Stranger She Loved” by Shanna Hogan is about Martin Macneill and the murder of his wife. This true crime narrative starts in Utah, and has the backdrop of a beauty queen, marrying a handsome doctor, who also happens to be part of the LDS church. From there, a web of lies opens up as he has an affair, threatens his wife, and eventually kills her in a smart way, or he thought. Drugged to death, Michele MacNeill’s daughters would not let the official investigation sit without a conviction. They pushed for it, and eventually got it, a conviction of their father.

Preposterous on Every Level

I was absolutely mad at the story. Martin MacNeill was living the dream. He had a beautiful, loving wife, had several kids, adopted children, was a doctor and a lawyer, lived in a lovely house, and was part of a loving church. He had it all, and that wasn’t enough. He had to chase skirt, and became a lothario. I don’t even care that much about the infidelity, had it been quiet, and under the table in general, but here we have a religious person doing it. A religious person that is not supposed to be looking at pornography, not supposed to be having an affair, and stuff like that. It’s bad. It’s absolutely terrible. This thing gets really bad, as Martin plots a scheme to kill off his wife. I’m saddened by the turn of events. From model citizen, to liar, cheater, and killer, Martin’s revolution is sick and sad.

A True Crime Gem

Overall, “The Stranger She Loved” by Shanna Hogan is a pulp style novel. It’s inexpensive, and has a lot of turns to explore. Hogan does really well with the material. I liked it, and couldn’t put it down. This was such a high profile story that it was featured on 20/20 and Dateline. A classic.

Check out “The Stranger She Loved” by Shanna Hogan by clicking here, it’s under a buck used.

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Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Limited Edition
Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Limited Edition Review

Stars Wars fans that are serious about the Force and the movie products that get collaborated on by many brands will love this. Today I got to try on and check out the Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch. This is a killer watch, and it is currently limited to only 200 pieces. That’s right, there are only 200 Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watches in existence, and if you have a couple of thousand dollars, this is the watch that you are going to want to pick up.

Key Elements of The Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch

The elements include mechanical placements, 25 jewel pieces that are hand engraved, and crown placements that are hand put together. The watch is a Swiss Made, mechanical watch with custom engraving, and that Nixon style you know and love. The markers and the ring, alongside the dial, and hands are all custom molded, and are unique to the Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch. You will also find that the case is 51mm, it can go down to 200 meters, and there’s a custom titanium rotating bezel, with a hardened crystal gasket to screw down the crown. There’s also a titanium screw back, pins, and link bracelet that is made of steel. You can adjust it to fit, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

The Upside To The Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch

The upside of the Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch is simple, it’s limited edition, and it’s a tie in with the Star Wars recent movies. Kylo Ren’s character is dark, highlighted in this watch with hand made Swiss quality, and Nixon branding. Again, there are only 200 pieces, and these are hand made with Swiss precision and Nixon’s handling. It’s lightweight, strong, and impressive when on your wrists. I was impressed with it, that’s for sure.

The Final Verdict On The Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch

If you have a couple of thousand dollars, and you’re a mega fan of Star Wars, this is the watch to pick up. If you’re a collector or reseller, you better pick up the Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch right now. It’s only going to go up in price as there are only 200 pieces in existence. I for one couldn’t get it, but the Nixon rep I spoke to was nice enough to let me wear it for a second or two.

You can purchase the Nixon 51-30 Automatic LTD Star Wars Kylo Ren Watch by clicking here.

If you’re a fan of Nixon, your best bet is to buy online through Amazon, and save some cash. This is limited to 200 pieces, mind you. You can view more images and close ups by clicking here.

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Haim Days Are Gone
Haim Days Are Gone

Call me slow, but I didn’t realize that the girls in Haim were from Los Angeles. All that time I spent playing my Nintendo emulator while waiting for Tantric massages at the Temple of Bliss didn’t really help me with the process. Not that it matters about hanging out in Silverlake at all. Haim has been around for some time, but not as the band. They were once a part of a pop act that probably was worse than Tegan and Sara, and why they didn’t make a splash. The girls are talented, and bounced back with a brilliant debut record, one which I was floored by upon hearing it whole. “Days are Gone” by Haim may very well be my #1 Alternative record of 2013. That’s right, it’s that damn good.

The last time I was hyped about this type of recording, I was in Idaho and received Spoon’s “Transference” for my birthday. It was an early birthday gift, one that turned out to be a bit morose, only to fully collapse a year later with a divorce. Now that’s the gift that keeps on giving, right folks? Haim does something special on this record, and it’s not at all what I expected. When I first heard about the band, I immediately wanted to lump them in with some Sleater Kinney or Rainer Maria, but truth be told, they are a bit more friendly to my ears than the previous. Ok, the other girl groups aren’t bad, but this band just seemed to trumpet a bit more eclectic for me. Maybe it’s the way I heard their singles that got me.

Performing a couple of their tracks on SNL, these girls made me a believer, even though at first I wanted to hate on their sound. I’m not always keen on lumping praise on records that are in the mainstream, and I don’t like admitting that I’m not all metal, punk, and hardcore, but this record definitely broke my senses to the point where I’m throwing my support behind them. Haim brings out incredible influences, and drives the point home that the modern alternative record can’t be defined as such. Influences from Joni Mitchell, Genesis, and even The Pretenders are felt here. On tracks like “Forever”, “The Wire”, “Don’t Save Me”, and my personal favorite “If I Could Change Your Mind”, Haim flows through lyrical stability, fresh sounds, and beautiful vocals. At times I’m in love with the melody, the drumming, and the bass lines that are simple to play, hard to master and flow through a canal that I’ve created in my brain for them to reverberate.

All in all, Haim’s “Days Are Gone” is a tightly wound, expertly produced, major label debut that surprised the hell out of me. I absolutely missed them while they were floating around the L.A. music scene, but that’s probably because I don’t have any friends that still listen to good music and tell me about it. Or perhaps I shouldn’t have been hanging around a studio loft waiting for another overpriced massage. Whatever the case is, Haim’s record is worth checking out, it’s eclectic, it’s simple, and it’s good music.

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Chariots of the GOds
Chariots of the Gods Paperback

I have been listening to Coast To Coast AM off and on for decades. I have an affinity for all things esoteric, and have been meaning to read “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken for some time. I wasn’t always able to get to it, but this week I finally finished the book. This is an interesting book that speaks to a lot of mysteries of the universe, mainly our planet. Now, some of it has been debunked or focused on in another area, but overall, there’s a lot of great questions posed in this book.

Aliens and Astronauts

The interesting premise about “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken is that the author discusses the notion of astronauts. He questions whether or not beings from other planets visited the Earth at various stages in history, based on the epic writings that are found across various religions and texts. He uses firsthand writings, the Bible and much more to back up his claims. These claims are interesting, and make sense to me, but may not make sense to others that aren’t familiar with ancient historical texts and the likes. The focus shifts from aliens at one point and discusses the notion of ancient technologies from civilizations like the Mayans and the Incas.

A Weird World

It is 2017, and this book came out in 1968. It’s still one of the most unique books to consider as it discusses the world around us and how weird it truly is. He talks about the pyramids in Egypt, the skin cells and DNA of pharaohs, the civilizations that just vanished, and much more. If you’re a fan of Coast to Coast Radio or even Ancient Aliens, then you’re going to love the discussion that this book comes through with. It’s really interesting, and dives into the notion of aliens, with an archeological and philosophical backdrop.

Is “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken Worth Reading?

I think that the books is great. I love the scientific approach that is printed in “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken. Daniken doesn’t write like an amateur or a conspiracy theorist. He writes like you would expect a professor to write, and even backs up a lot of his claims with research, books, and full citations. It’s a 270 page book that has a lot of upside. I loved it and recommend it to anyone that likes esoteric reads.

You can buy “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Daniken by clicking here.

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Mad Season "Above"
Mad Season “Above”

From the opening notes of the only Mad Season release to the final instance, there is a well of joy, despair, and comfort in each individual track that the super group put out. From the simplicity of the chord progression, to the drumming, you get a layer of musical competency that is not always reflected with rock music today. It’s the balance that makes this so compelling, including the boosts of energy that come through with the choruses and fountains of musical integrity lapping back and forth into a train of sounds, clashing, chords strumming, and bass guitar melodies that epitomizes the Seattle-esque sound.

There are solos, these solos carry own tunes in such a unique manner, not unlike metal in the 1980s or punk rock standards from time to time, but they lead to something so impressive, and that’s Layne Staley’s vocals and harmonies that carry above the music better than some of the tracks Alice in Chains put out. That’s not to say that this band is better or anything, as they have their strengths and weaknesses, but the poetry and simplicity at times really shines through and carries me to another place.

I battle depression.

It’s that depression that has cornered me many times, and the only thing left to do is fight back, and that’s how Mad Season’s record feels like. It feels like there are moments when the lyrics and the music battle to get away from the demons that are chasing them, but alas, it seems to be faltering.

As we all do, we try to think about the music in such a more in depth way, and the reality of things is that they hang over our heads. Mad Season does this so well for me, it helps and it hurts all in the same. It’s as though the lyrics of their single “River of Deceit” comes alive often, as the pain that I feel in my life, particularly in my mind is self chosen, and that’s perhaps the foremost reason that I love this record to death. It’s sad that we lost Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley in my lifetime, it’s just sad. I don’t want to be a victim, which is why I seek therapy through writing and music, it helps. It helps more than anything else, which is definitely a positive thing.

For those that perhaps haven’t picked up the Mad Season record, go for it. If you purchase the deluxe edition, it comes with their live performance from the Moore Theater in Seattle. It’s a throwback to a time where music seemed to have a certain rainy day feeling. I love it, a great deal, and perhaps one day it will help me lift away from depression for good.

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This is a rejected piece. I was only going to get $1 for it, so I decided to just post it here, since the client thought it wasn’t worth the $1 they offered. It’s the reality that I have to deal with often as a ghost writer. Low wages, lackluster results, and constant rejection. 

There is a lot of buzz coming out of the automotive industry. The major push forward is coming from BMW. In the next 18 months, there are going to be 40 new BMW models. That’s right, there will be 40 more coming through, and it’s coming across their updated brands. That includes new BMW models, new MINI, and new Rolls-Royce options as well. The carmaker is trying to upheave other luxury brands, such as Mercedes. They seem poised to do it, as well as the models are sleek, well designed, and are getting a lot of buzz in the automotive world.

A press conference recently confirmed the rumors related to the new BMW models. Herald Kruger, the Chief Executive at BMW discussed the previous year’s sales, and the upcoming goals that are in place. The number one goal, he stated, is to increase profits, release new BMW models, and get more focus on the luxury branding that has made the company a solid brand for so many years.

The company is not just putting out sedans, mind you. The company is focusing on luxury SUV models. Amidst the new BMW models, you’re going to find new options such as the X2 SUV, X3, and X7. These 3 options are going to change the way people see BMW in the coming years.

Amidst the news, a great deal of focus for the company is in regards to going green. A lot of focus will be given to the world of electrified solutions. The goal for the BMW group is to compete with Tesla. Tesla is getting a lot of attention, and BMW has noticed, which is why they are going to be putting out some electric, and even autonomous solutions as well. It may be time to get excited about the new BMW models coming through, as there will be 40 new solutions coming through in the coming months.

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Lowthorp Richards in Oxnard, California is a law firm that is using black hat SEO tactics. They are paying writers like myself less than fair wages to write content for them. They tried to get free content, and therefore I am posting this here instead. This is not good enough, and that’s fine. A waste of my time. If you run into Lowthorp Richards in Oxnard, California at all, know that they are trying to short change writers like myself, and are doing so to others. Do not trust them. 

No one wishes to be hurt. No one thinks that they are going to deal with the issue, but it happens. Many people get involved with a slip and fall, or a car accident and it causes a series of medical problems. For some, hiring personal injury lawyers is the immediate action. For others, life seems senseless, and they don’t know what to do. It’s imperative that you are not left without help, which is why you should know about the reality of personal injury, and why a legal professional will help you get peace of mind.

There are several reasons why you should look into personal injury lawyers. EDITED is here to help you. There are a number of reasons why you may need help, even if you think it’s your fault. There are a number of things to consider before calling, but the important thing becomes to simply call.

The following are just some of the reasons why it’s important to call for help when you or someone you know is injured.

Medical Bills Are Expensive

The first thing that you are going to denote when you’re injured is the cost of medical treatment. Even if you have good insurance, you’ll end up with a huge bill. You may be able to handle this, but what if someone else is hurt? You may have to pay for their bills if they sue and win. In fact, you may face off against the insurance company, as they may not be quick to pay your bills for a number of reasons.

Whether the insurance company drags their feet or you’re sued by another party, legal help can ensure you are not left bankrupt. There’s nothing fun about dealing with a pile of medical bills, which is why injury attorneys are so important. You can ensure that insurance companies aren’t going to take advantage of you, and you can shield yourself against frivolous lawsuits, even if they feel it’s your fault.

Protection Against Lawsuits

Lawsuits can come through a variety of resources. No matter how you look at it, you may have to go into a court room. You have two options. You could call a good personal injury attorney, or you could try to defend yourself. If you choose to defend yourself, you will need to navigate the letter of the law, and follow certain procedures that are nothing short of daunting. Without experience on your side, you may have to argue against a trained lawyer, and they will not ease up on you.

You may not feel that another person or company is going to file suit, but when they do, you’re going to be left without financial recourse. There’s nothing worse than having to pay for medical bills, car repairs, and so much more, for others. You may not be at fault, but without an attorney fighting for you, chances are that you’ll lose a suit.

Peace of Mind Comes With Legal Help

Life is not always easy. It can send you a great deal of turmoil, and you could be left without recourse. Don’t let that happen. If you are injured, whether by accident, at work, or just about anywhere, call for injury assistance. EDITED is here to help. They can take on your case and help you pay bills, counter sue, protect you against insurance companies, and individuals that are looking for money and more.

No matter what life sends your way, don’t let personal injury get you down. There are people that are waiting to fight in your corner, and help you navigate the legal issues that abound with even the simplest of injuries. Don’t go at it alone, there is help to be found. Call and get assistance today.

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Jean Grae
Jean Grae

Released in 2003, I didn’t know who Jean Grae was, and if someone mentioned her name I would only think about the mighty X-Men. As I hear the music of Glee being punched into my brain right now, I’m reminded of this record from my writing that I was doing yesterday. The stand out track right now is definitely the title track, with only 5 minutes in length it is a triumphant antithesis of Jean Grae’s career and hip hop music on the underground as well. “Hater’s Anthem” is probably the best track of lyrical assassination that you’re going to hear anywhere, and the rest of the EP flows through a lot of talent that you may have missed.

I know I did.

“The Bootleg of the Bootleg” seems short on paper, but it’s over an hour of one of the best hip hop that you’ll hear, and if you’re not a fan of females throwing down rhymes, than you will become a true believer with this one. It’s not a man’s game, although it is often times the men that get all the recognition. If you get some time, listen to this record, purchase it here, and marvel at the insane ability that comes through on this record. It’s inspirational to say the least, and Hater’s are on notice….a bit late, but come on, at least I spoke up.Here’s the track that made me pick this one up, listen close, it’s a great vantage point of talent that lives on today.

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Deftones White Pony Cover
Deftones White Pony Cover

When I was a teenager I played bass guitar on the youth group worship band of the church that I frequented. We had leased a building that would become a Walgreens someday, but at the time it was just gutted Great Western Bank. That bank building would be host for a lot of things, including my old band Reject 37, Reject 37 fest that featured Broken Cedars, Downcast, Engraved, Brothers of the Creed, Means to An End, and many others. It was a day long festival of skateboarding and more, and it launched my record label in many ways. Drawn Close was supposed to play, but I don’t think they made it. The reason I mention this is because it was where I first discovered “White Pony” from the Deftones.

The street team that was promoting Maverick records at the time hit our bank building, since there was a lot of teens there, and they slapped stickers all over the men’s room. That meant that there were Deftones stickers everywhere, including the urinals. So every day I would pee on the sticker and poster from the Deftones record that would change the way I thought about heavy music.

“White Pony” would spawn several singles for the band, and some of my personal favorites including, “Teenager”, “Knife Party”, “Back To School”, “Change (In The House of Flies)” and much more. I even purchased both editions of the special record and am now staring at the possibility of getting the vinyl as well. In my collection, this record holds a lot of special times for me, and it’s mainly because of the legacy that Reject 37 failed to spawn. It was in that bank building that I would launch my music career, meet bands, and even print t-shirts. It was also the place where I learned to drop into a skateboarding ramp, and even was the first place where I started to gain a little talent on a skateboard. I miss it. But everytime I listen to Deftones “White Pony”, I’m reminded of those seminal times, when I used to have friends. Now, I’m old, a writer, and have few people to talk to, I wonder if that is how everyone else feels too. Odd how things change.

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