So Where’s The Cure?

Good day, everyone. I’ve been extremely busy over the past few weeks as I’m still getting adjusted to a few new things but I wanted to take a few minutes today to share something with everyone that I’ve been working on for quite a while and am extremely excited to announce that it’s finally ready to go.

A few months back, I was approached by my aunt, Cinda Thompson, to help out with a book that she’d been wanting to put out for quite some time. If you’re unaware of who she is, she’s a very talented writer whose poetry, short stories and memoirs have been featured in numerous publications over the years, including in a national best-selling anthology, When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. I’ve done some work for her in the past, finally getting some of her work out there on a digital platform. She’d been wanting to get her work online but just didn’t know how to go about it which is where I came in. About a year ago at this time, we launched Living The Revolution, which houses the majority of the work she’s ever done, including the poetry from her poetry book, At The Core, which was released many years ago.

I also created a focused blog for her, Diabetes: A Life Sentence?, where she writes posts from time to time about her more than 50-year battle with Type 1 Diabetes, which is also the focus of her latest and biggest project to date, So Where’s The Cure?, a new book with nine incredible stories about her battle with this terrible disease. Using the subtitle “Memories Of A Life With Type 1 Diabetes”, So Where’s The Cure looks at Cinda’s original diagnosis at just 11 years old and is filled with amazing tales of life, love, loss and heartache while also discussing the diets, medicines and costs associated with T1D, bringing a fantastic mix of everything you need to know about what she’s had to deal on a day-to-day basis for more than five decades. ol

And as far as my involvement goes, I was extremely honored to be a part of this project as the publisher. After being given all of the source material, it was my job to design and format the entire book to get it ready to go to print, which is actually a little more work than you might think. We had to take into account the audience that we were looking at, which we decided would need a bigger font size which changes a lot of different things as it pertains to margins and such when you’re putting a book together. There’s how much space you want after a paragraph, what kind of spacing you need within each paragraph, how the pictures that we wanted to use would fit and where they needed to be. We ran through a few different fonts for appearance and there’s spacing issues when transitioning from each format that have to be dealt with, which results in having to look at each and every page over and over and over to make sure that we’ve got everything done just right before going to the printer and after having seen the finished product, I’m happy to say that I think we got it just right.

Now, I’ve been doing the online thing for a while now and while it’s great to have hundreds upon hundreds of articles with my name attached to it, there’s just a little something extra to seeing your name in print, especially on that back cover that I designed, which is something I haven’t seen since those poetry books I was in more than 10 years ago.

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While it was great to work on the project and receive a little bit of recognition for it, the credit here really does belong to Cinda. While the formatting and design and all of that is important, it’s the content here that really matters and it truly is exceptional. If you’re someone that suffers from diabetes or know anyone that suffers from diabetes, I highly recommend that you give this book a read. To order a copy, at the bargain price of $12.00 in print, you can contact Cinda on her websites or you can order one through me right here. I bet I can even get her to sign it for you as I made her do it for me. In addition, I also formatted So Where’s The Cure? as an e-book and you can order a digital copy of it for Amazon Kindle using this link for just $9.99.

I want to thank Cinda for the opportunity to work on this project with her. It truly was a great experience for me and I certainly learned a lot in the process about publishing, both in the print and digital world and even more importantly, I learned a little bit more about how this disease can have such an impact on a life.

Do yourself a favor. Check out So Where’s The Cure? and help support a great cause as the majority of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The JDRF Walk here in Peoria, IL just took place over the weekend and was actually the location in which this book debuted. The JDRF is determined to turn Type One into Type None and this is a great way to help. And don’t forget that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and this would make a great gift for someone you might know that could relate to the types of things that Cinda has had to deal with. Congratulations to Cinda on a job well done.

My Latest Podcast: Review of Creed, Kobe Bryant Retirement, and More

bingesportscastMy latest podcast is ready to go at Binge Media and for this week’s episode of the Binge SportsCast, I’m joined by Binge Movie Aftertaste host, Garrett Collins. Garrett doesn’t pretend to be the biggest sports guy in the world, but after our three-episode series on the Rocky franchise (you can get the links by going to the Podcasts page), I decided to have him on my show to finish up our talk as we give a full review of the latest installment in the series, Creed. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS SHOW!!! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I urge you not to listen until you do. We start talking about it around the 34:00 mark, so consider yourself warned.

However, before we get to the flick, I do actually talk some sports, seeing as it’s a sports show and all, by talking about the story that hit me the most this week, that being the announcement that Kobe Bryant is retiring. I’ve got a lot to say on that, but I also hit on the remarkable 19-0 start by the Golden State Warriors. Just before getting to the review, I also comment on the Fury-Klitschko fight that took place over the weekend and give some quick thoughts on the heavyweight division and what needs to happen. This was a fun show and I certainly hope you get the chance to get around to it. Enjoy.

Binge SportsCast: Kobe Bryant Retirement, Warriors 19-0 Start, & A Full Creed Review w/ Garrett Collins (SPOILERS!!!)

 

The Rocky Retrospective Podcast Series-Part 2

In case you missed it last week, I’ve been taking part in a new podcast series at Binge Media, where I join Garrett Collins on his show, the Binge Movie Aftertaste, and we simply talk all things Rocky. If you’re not aware, this is my favorite movie franchise of all-time, so Garrett certainly made the right call by contacting me for this. In Part 1, which you can get HERE if you didn’t listen to it yet, we discussed Rocky and Rocky II, and it was everything I thought it could be. The original is my favorite film, so I certainly had plenty to say on that, and the sequel was certainly a great movie as well, so before getting to the second part in the series, make sure to go back and check out part one.

For part two, we get into what could be considered the “popcorn movies” of the franchise, Rocky III and Rocky IV. Here’s how Garrett broke down this podcast.

 

  • Why does Paulie waste a good bottle of liquor by throwing it into a cool Rocky pinball machine?
  • Why is Sly so damn handsome?
  • What the hell does Rocky say when Mickey dies?
  • Just what did Paulie do with that robot?
  • Why didn’t Rocky turn around and run after Drago says ‘I must break you?’
  • What Rocky IV moment actually got me to get up and cheer like an asshole in the theater?
  • How much of Rocky IV‘s budget was spent on the James Brown production?
  • Why was Hogan FIRED for doing Rocky III?
  • How the hell did Sly include Christ metaphors in the ultra montage heavy Rocky IV?
  • Why isn’t Rocky’s eye a concern anymore?
  • How did Dolph Lundgren scare home invaders away, without even being there?
  • Why haven’t we christened Rocky for ending Communism?

If that doesn’t draw you in, I’m not sure what will. We’re leading up to the release of Creed in a couple of weeks, so join us as we continue this awesome series. I’ve got to say that I’m having a great time with these podcasts, and we hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we did recording them. Click the link below to check out part 2.

Binge Movie Aftertaste: Rocky Retrospective w/Luke Norris Part 2

 

The New Rocky Retrospective Podcast Series

If you really know me, then you probably know that I’m a HUGE fan of the Rocky movies. With the release of Creed, the spinoff starring Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, only a few weeks away, my Binge Media brother, Garrett Collins, decided he wanted to do a new podcast series chronicling the entire set of films, and who better to bring in than…..well, me.

If you’re not familiar with Garrett, he’s been with Binge Media for a little over a year now, and he’s one of the most knowledgeable people in the film industry, and I honestly don’t say that just because we work together on the site. For one, he’s actually in the business, but that’s not even the real point. The way he breaks down films is extraordinary, and he’s seriously one of the only reviewers that I read these days, simply because he’s one of the few out there that can write a review without giving things away. Not only does he write reviews, but he’s also the host of one of the best shows on the network, The Binge Movie Aftertaste, and he’s had some great guests on his show before; hell, he interviewed the writer of Jaws for God’s sake, so yeah, it’s not just some random show.

So when he asked me to do this series a few months ago, I immediately agreed to do it, and we’ve both been chomping at the bit to start this thing, and it’s finally here. When we were first talking about the format, he had broken it up into two shows. For part one, we would talk about the first three movies and then do the next three for part two. Simple enough, right? Well, when we started recording last week, we got through talking about the first movie before taking a break and realized that two shows wouldn’t be enough. We got into so much detail that we’ve decided to make this a three-part series, and we’ll break down two movies at a time, with this first one covering Rocky (my favorite movie of all-time) and Rocky II.

On a quick note before I give you the link to the first show, I must say how much I enjoyed doing this. Hell, I felt bad because I thought that I was talking too much and wrecking Garrett’s show, but it’s just what talking about this franchise does to me. It means so much to me on a personal level, which you’ll hear in the show, so I can’t thank Garrett enough for letting me come on and talk about this amazing franchise, and as soon as I can get past this damn flu, I can’t wait to get started on part two. But I’ll shut up now. The link below will take you to the show. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Binge Movie Aftertaste: Rocky Retrospective w/Luke Norris Part 1 

This show has also been added to my podcast page here on the site, which also houses the rest of the podcasts I’ve done for Binge Media. For all the latest updates, don’t forget to “like” the LukeNorris.net Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @THElukenorris. Until next time, enjoy the experience.

My Gig at Sports Mockery

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Over the past week, I’ve been updating both of my websites, including discussing the website I created for a local award-winning author, which you can read HERE, and adding a new podcast page to this site, which you can read about HERE, but this is a topic I’ve been meaning to get to for a while as well, and since I’m battling the flu and all of the original content I attempted to create today was absolute trash, I figured this is the perfect time to fill you in on one of my latest writing gigs.

Just short of four weeks ago, I accepted a position as a writer for a great website out of Chicago called Sports Mockery. If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook or follow the LukeNorris.net page, you’ve undoubtedly run into the work that I’ve been doing for this site in my first month. If you haven’t seen any of it yet, I invite you to join the 113,022 other people that have read my work over the past four weeks, at least that’s what the number was about an hour ago.

As you can see from the screenshot at the top of this post, Sports Mockery is Chicago-based in nature, focusing in on the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Fire. I’m working with some very talented and creative people here, and what’s great is that we all help one another. Ideas are thrown around a private chat room, we claim what we want as long as we can get it done in a timely manner, or come up with an idea we think would entertain people, and we go to work, and I must say that I’m digging it thus far. The guys that run the site have been nothing but helpful in getting me started and helping me out with the formatting, and I was a fan of the site before I started working there, so I highly recommend that if you’re into Chicago sports that you check them out at www.sportsmockery.com. You can also download their app on iTunes or for your Android devicefollow them on Twitter (@sportsmockery) and “like” the Facebook page. A lot of the articles are funny, some are shocking, and some are done in a journalistic style, which makes for a great mix of Chicago sports news and rumors, which just happens to be their tagline. See how I just slid that right in there. But seriously, I’m having a blast working with these guys so far, and I look forward to getting some more great content out there soon.

If you’re looking for my work at Sports Mockery, you can go to my personal page on the site HERE, and for all the latest updates about what I’m doing, continue to check back with this site, follow me on Twitter (@THElukenorris), “like” my page on Facebook, and check out every single piece of work I’ve ever done at LukeNorris.net. As always, I thank you for your continued support and I’ll be checking back in soon.

 

The Luke Norris Podcast Experience

Perhaps that title is a little misleading, as I’m not doing a specific podcast for The Luke Norris Experience, not yet anyway, but over the last six months, podcasting has become an important part of building my personal brand. About a year after I started writing for Binge Media, I had a conversation with the powers that be about doing my own show, as the Binge Sports brand had gotten a decent following. They were looking to expand their network anyway, so that’s how the Binge SportsCast came to be.

We started with a little test run, just to gauge a response, which turned out very well, and we were off and running. The Binge SportsCast officially premiered on April 22, and since its inception, it’s gotten a nice little following and will only continue to grow. So, I decided it was finally time for you to have a place to access all of the shows that I’ve done. I mean, you can access all of Binge Media’s podcasts on iTunes, but if you’re looking for my shows, I invite you to check out the new “Podcasts” page. Technically, it’s two pages, as one is dedicated to the Binge SportsCast, while the other is dedicated to the guest spots I’ve done on other shows on the network, including the “Up Close and Personal w/ Luke Norris” show that I did back in June, which was an absolutely amazing experience.

If you’re already a listener, then I appreciate it. If you haven’t checked out a show yet, give one a listen and let me know what you think. Click on the links below to give the pages a quick visit. Enjoy.

To visit the Binge SportsCast page, click HERE.

To visit the guest spots podcast page, click HERE.

For all the latest news and updates, check back here regularly, or you can always visit LukeNorris.net and/or follow me on Twitter @THElukenorris. As always, I sincerely thank you for your continued support. I hope you’re enjoying the experience.

 

Jordan Spieth Makes History & Everything You Need for the Final Week of the MLB Season

I had a busy Sunday night, writing articles on two of my favorite sports in the world.

This first article discusses Sunday’s PGA TOUR Championship, as Jordan Spieth became the youngest to ever win this particular tournament. Not only did he take that title, he won the FedExCup, got back to number one in the world rankings, and set some records in the process. Check out the day he had and take a look back at a season for the ages by clicking on the link below.

Jordan Spieth Claims TOUR Championship, Reclaims World Number 1, Wins FedExCup; 2014-15 PGA Tour Season Recap

As soon as I finished that up, I got right back to work to prepare for the final week of the Major League Baseball regular season. There’s only two divisions that have been decided, but even those teams can’t rest as they’re fighting for seeding. The article below contains breakdowns for every division and both wild card races, including magic numbers, schedules for each and every contender, and much more. Have a look.

Everything You Need to Know About the Final Week of the Major League Baseball Regular Season