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M. J. “Mike” Brudenell
Peaceful Warrior/Savage Storyteller
Peaceful Warrior/Savage Storyteller


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What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

I ask myself that question all the time these days.

With that I announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign to make Brudenell Creative Studios a reality.

Please donate and share!
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It's that time again. Time for "What Are You Reading Wednesday?"

I always have a few different books I'm reading at any given time. I'll need to finish some for next week though.

Today I'm going to share "AppBLACKation Rejected", by my friend Charles Reneé Johnson.

Charles is a screen-writer in Los Angeles and has worked in Hollywood for 20 years.

Part memoir and part editorial, "AppBLACKation Rejected" is a look at the inner workings of Hollywood from the perspective of a black man. The foreword is by Frank Renzulli, Emmy nominated writer and Golden Globe winner of The Sopranos.

It is truly and education to see this world from his perspective.

Please share what you're reading.


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Ready to knock out the competition.

Social Media Consulting and Copywriting for the personal fitness and martial arts professionals.

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Check out my new post for Social Media Consulting & Copywriting.

Let's work together and make 2016 great!
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*What Are You Reading Wednesday*

Getting back into the swing of things I give you this week's "What Are You Reading Wednesday".

I'm reading Choose Yourself, by James Altucher.

This book is one part inspirational and the other a How To Guide for the independent entrepreneur.

The book comes highly recommended by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David Wright at Sterling & Stone and the Self Publishing Podcast.

I'm really enjoying it so far. I'll have to come back after it's finished and talk about what my take-aways are.

Please comment and tell me what you are reading. This is my self-serving attempt to discover new books. The sharing is just an added bonus. And, remember to share my posts with your social network. The more the merrier.


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Real Talk-Publishing Update

Hey Everybody. Due to unforeseen events I have delayed the release of Rise of the Paladin.

Only a couple of months. Not much really. A short delay to make sure the book I give you, being my first, is the best possibility it can be.

I will make no excuses, but I will try and offer explanation. My life is complicated. In 2010 I did the unthinkable and quit my job.

Since then I've been riding a roller-coaster. To keep doing this thing called life I've been hiring myself out for a slew of different freelance gigs--mobile notary public, carpenter/laborer, writer. These have been to varying degrees of success.

These jobs are all so varied they don't really complement each other. To be able to mentally jump between these and still be in the present is exhausting. I'm not exactly rolling in money, either.

Trust me when I say this has been preferable to the life I led in the corporate world. Yet, in the end my goal has always been to write fiction.

"Rise of the Paladin" is my number one professional priority, but exhaustion and financial need forced me to focus on money today.

Because my goal is to be a fiction writer it's frustrating to not have it ready for you. I'm impatient. However, I must be patient a little while longer. I ask that you be patient with me.

I'm expecting to have it out in February. I am not going to say an exact date at the moment. More on that later.
What I will say is that I plan to be present. I haven't said a word for a little over thirty days. That was the epitome of an ostrich putting it's head in the sand to avoid trouble. I won't do that again.

I will be on my website, Facebook Page, Google+, and Twitter accounts letting you know what's up. I enjoy sharing my love for the martial arts, entertainment, and life. Because I enjoy this I will continue to do it. I hope you find value with what I share.

Thanks for continuing this ride with me. I love you guys!

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Very cool. I'll have to attempt this and sharpen my Photoshop skills.
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*Fiction Friday*

This week's installment is dedicated to one of the first, if not the first, epic fantasy anti-hero.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

Book one of this ambitious story, Lord Foul's Bane, hit the shelves in 1977. I was only five years old. A mere six years later, at the ripe age of 11, I made my first attempt at reading this series. I barely finished book one and it probably left my young mind scarred.

The Unbeliever series was controversial because of it's unlikely and unlikeable protagonist (you know, the hero) Thomas Covenant. The subject matter of these stories was extremely complex and mature.

I would later read the full first and second series' (both trilogies) twice. There are new books recently released--within the last 10 years--however I have not read them.

The original trilogy is a landmark in fantasy and has helped shape stories we read today. It is still up there as one of my top 10 series of all time.

Have you read the series? What did you think of it?

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