I know it’s Christmas because everything is on fire!

Hey everybody,

So for all of you not in California and no access to the news everything is currently on fire.

My sister and her family almost had to evacuate but the winds shifted just at the right time allowing the fire department to contain the blaze a bit more so she didn’t have to in the end.

But she’s one of the lucky ones.

A lot of people have lost everything and even more have found themselves searching for places to stay while their homes continue to stand in the evacuation zones.

It’s hot, it’s dry and it feels never ending.

I’ve been fortunate enough so far and doubt I’ll be in danger of anything as my neighborhood is not in such a rural area, but of course that doesn’t mean next time I wont be the one packing up boxes and getting ready to skedaddle.

It’s hard to grasp how big these things are, even when you’re someone who is looking at massive plumes of smoke rising over the mountains.

Like just about everyone else my house was covered in ash for a few days and even when inside my home I could smell the fires.

But again I’m one of the lucky ones.

Rarely do I see a photo that makes me say “COOL!” and “OH FUCK!” at the same time but here are a couple for you.

The first is from the ISS space station showing the fires from yesterday as it zoomed past California.

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And here is one from a European satellite that shot some photos.

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Even with these it’s kind of hard to imagine it, but it’s all just massive and intense.

The weather reports all say it’s going to be a couple of weeks before we get some moisture in the air let alone rain, so that could be tough.

But then again predicting the weather is a lot like reading someone’s future with chicken bones…it’s not as accurate as it seems so perhaps we’ll get lucky.

I’m very much trying to stick to my promise of no politics until after the new year but with things going the way they are I think I should end this here before I break that promise.

To everyone suffering through this far worse than I am, I wish you nothing but the best.

To everyone else may I say happy holidays and all that.

It wouldn’t be a blog post without plugs so here they come.

First, I have never had a Christmas tree before but will have one this year.  You’ll be able to see my first annual lighting of the mother ship Christmas tree on Instagram and youtube when I post that video…so why not subscribe and follow now.

Over on podbean we’re talking about all the sexual harassment and assault allegations going on in Washington and Hollywood.  Angie and I attempt to have a very honest and open discussion about it and I think it went pretty well.

The video of that talk will be on YouTube soon.

Nest weeks podcast will be about a very cool concept being bandied about in the science world. Angie and I talk about the possibility that we are all living in a simulation.  It’s an interesting talk and we both do our best to sound smart.

Angie of course and as usual sounds way smarter than I do.

And hey look it’s all my social media links!

Instagram http://bit.ly/1XgDJfc Stupid pictures I post of me doing stupid life stuff.

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Perilous Podcast http://bit.ly/2och5LE  Current episode is about sexual assault claims.

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Perilous Vlogcast  http://bit.ly/perilpod It’s the video version of the Podcast.

One last note, if you don’t know what to get someone for Christmas, why not give them the gift of assassination, murder, revenge, weird sex and dead hookers by picking up a copy of my pulp novel The Geek available on amazon in paperback.  Also available on iTunes and amazon for ebook.

Goodreads http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k Read my reviews before you buy my novel.

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And hey if you’re in Los Angeles why not head on over to Skylight books in Los Feliz and pick up a paperback copy.  They’re a great indie book store and it’s worth a visit.

All right folks, take care and I’ll see ya all next week.

Let’s talk Meditation! Exciting right!?!?

This is part two of my 3 sobriety posts.

On Wednesday as you know I touched on meditation.  If you don’t know, it’s because you didn’t read that post, so go and read it you lazy fucker.

Okay all caught up?  Good, let’s move on.

This one is going to be shorter than Wednesday…you’re welcome.

Let’s maybe give a back story here.  So, in my early 20s I was quite spiritual.  I was also high as fuck everyday, but I was spiritual.  I was a practicing occultist, meditator and traveler of the mind.

However, as I got into my mid-twenties, I walked away from my spirituality and embraced the material world.

I like to tell people that I’m not into stuff, I have no need to drive the nicest car or live in the biggest house.  I like to live a simple life.

But, in all honesty that isn’t the whole truth.  For a while there, I really wanted it all.  I had the fantasies I think a lot of people who start making money have when they’re young.  Mansion, private jet, super car, model banging two at a time.

You know…’Merica!

But, thankfully I’m not that person anymore.  And perhaps I never was, since I rarely attempted to live out those fantasies, but I did have them.

Then, when I was in rehab, the spiritual advisor there named Thomas really helped me get back in touch with my spirituality.  It’s been an absolute game changer and I can’t stress enough the importance of meditation for those living a sober life.

Now I’m going to take a moment to completely contradict what I said in the last sentence of the above paragraph.  I’ve said it before a million times and I’ll say it again; no one can do sobriety the same.  There may be a lot of similarities between two people who are sober in terms of how they live and what they do, however there will be differences and not every tool fits every person’s toolbox.

I was speaking with a friend the other night who has way more years in than I do and quite frankly is far more intelligent as well.  We were talking about our routines and he told me that meditation would probably drive him mad.  That simply put, it is not a tool he would ever use.

That, of course, is completely fair and valid.  So, while I say that meditaiton is important for thsoe leading a sober life, the more accurate way to phrase it would be: Meditation is incredibly important for those leading a sober life.  If, meditation is right for you and you find it helpful.

The only way to know this is to try it.  If you don’t like it, or it doesn’t help then that’s okay.  You’ll find something else that works for you.

But it does work for me and I see the benefits in my life.

I meditate everyday, for anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on my schedule.  On serious days, like the one I had on Tuesday I’ll go for up to two hours and just bliss the fuck out and center myself.

If you’re sober, or hey even if you’re not, meditation can mean the difference between a good day and a bad one.

If you’re curious as to the impact of meditation on an alcoholic, I can clearly state, through practice that it can sometimes mean the difference between relapse and not.  I still get depressed of course and have serious bouts with that, but the meditation really cuts through it as well as my physical routine, which I’ll get into on Monday.

As alcoholics, our minds are constantly trying to trip us up and kill us.  We know this.

But when I meditate regularly my mind goes from a nearly unmanageable 90% shit show of the world going to hell loop to a very manageable, 10% apocalypse loop and 90% Chimpanzee, dressed as a pirate playing the guitar loop.

Which is awesome really.  Hell even if you’re not defective like I am and just want to feel better, I can’t tout the helpfulness that is meditation enough.  I’m going to post a couple of links to the guided meditation mp3s I use the most if you want to check them out.

So if you want to go from this in your head all day:wallpaper-skulls-06

 

 

To this:chimppiratec

Then definitely give meditation a shot.

The meditation links will be after my links.

Speaking of which there’s a new podcast and new video up on podbean, iTunes, and YouTube.  Follow the links (duh)

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Now some totally chill meditation links:

https://www.amazon.com/Beth-Freschi/e/B001UAKGJO/digital/ref=ntt_mp3_rdr?_encoding=UTF8&sn=d

and

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B0098RGG4U?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Aimee%20Rebekah%20Shea&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

There’s also a nearly endless amount of excellent meditation videos on YouTube if you want to go searching around and I highly suggest that as well.

Okay let’s take a breath…

Hey All,

So I think we can all agree it’s been a hell of a week.  I’m not going to get into what the President said or who’s right or who’s wrong here.

However, I do think a general metric in how you live your day to day life can be summed up as followed:

If the former head of the KKK thanks you for something you’ve said, you’ve said something horrible.  Unless you happen to be the current head of the KKK, in which case…well done ya ignorant, racist bastard.

Angie and I are actually going to be preempting our usual podcast this next Friday and will be airing an “emergency episode” of The Perilous Podcast this Wednesday in which we cover the current shit tsunami and dig deep into the conspiracy behind the alt-right, the far left and what really happened in Charlottesville and why you should actually be way more scared than you already are.

However, in the meantime how’s about a nice way to start your weekend.

Over on The Perilous Podcast site I sit down with Bryant Dillon, co-founder of Fanbase press and fellow writer.  We talk about how comic book super heroes are becoming the new pantheon of Gods and it’s far more light hearted and fun than what’s going on now.

On The Perilous Podcast YouTube channel we have the video broadcast of our Black Dahlia podcast from last week, plus other past episodes in video form.  So you may want to give that a watch.

As for me I’m getting ready to do a bit of traveling.  I’ll be in Denver (I think) in late September for a couple days, followed by a trip to Phoenix in late October and then a jaunt down to Palm Springs in early November, so yay me and my hotel points program.

I’m pretty excited about my novella coming out in January and my new novel set for release in spring of 2018 as well as some other stuff in the works I just can’t talk about right now…but it’s all good.

Look everyone, let’s try to stay calm, maybe even distract ourselves a bit (ain’t nothin’ wrong with that) and enjoy our weekend.

I have a lovely weekend planned as I recoup from my latest Jiu Jitsu injury, including a Tchaikovsky concert this evening, a bit of work tomorrow recording some podcasts followed by a night in and then I’m hoping some video games Sunday followed by a movie before going back to training on Monday.

Plus I scored some great plums at Costco this week so that’s good.

Anyhoo, why not follow the links below for all of your distraction needs.  Pick up a copy of my pulp novel The Geek. or maybe just unplug from everything and go for a nice long hike.

But seriously, buy my book first, I don’t see why you wouldn’t.  Links for that are below.  However if you’re in the Los Angeles area or live in Los Angeles and like supporting independent bookstores why not head into Los Feliz and go to Skylight Books to pick up The Geek in paperback.

Skylight is awesome.  They support and promote local and indie authors and it’s a great place to pick up a book and browse.  I love their counterculture stuff and they have a great selection of quirky fiction.

Plus it’s right down the street from Fred 62.  A great diner with awesome milkshakes, so you can stop by there before or after your trip.

No I am not the owner of Fred 62…but I eat there frequently.

Here’s a link to skylight with their address and hours:

http://www.skylightbooks.com/search/site/jonathan%20latt

And one for Fred 62, because it’s tasty:

http://fred62.com/index.php

Have a great weekend everybody.

Best,

Jonathan

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Just another quick update

 

Hey all,

So I know I said I’d be posting more micro-stories but I’ve just been swamped.  I’m hoping to do some this afternoon and post over the next few weeks or so.

In the meantime there’s a brand new episode of The Perilous Podcast.  This week we are discussing Bob Lazar and why I think he isn’t lying about his time at Area 51.

You can also catch up on old podcasts over at the podbean page (link below) or if you’d rather watch them in video form head on over to the new Perilous Podcast YouTube channel…also below with the links and junks.

For some added, free entertainment, my cohost Angie and I shot some promos for the podcast…we weren’t very good so here’s some bloopers for y’all.

I’ve got some fun stuff happening over the weekend like going to an actual party and also I’m heading downtown to the Eddie Bravo Invitational.  I’ve never been to anything like this before so I’m pretty excited.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you all Monday.

Best,

Jonathan

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Goodreads http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k Read my reviews before you buy my novel.

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Amazon http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6 Buy my novel already!  Jeez!

Twitter http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA I say stupid stuff in small snippets.

Perilous Podcast http://bit.ly/2och5LE  Current episode is about the mysterious Bob Lazar.

Facebook http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp Probably pictures of me getting beaten up.

Perilous Vlogcast  http://bit.ly/perilpod It’s the video version of the Podcast.

Water

Water

The window transparent. A glimpse of possibility.

The wand is dipped, the knife anointed.

The ability to cleanse, the power to slowly overwhelm.

The in between state of ether and substance.

She holds her cup high, she drinks, she breathes, she begins.

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Fire

Fire

The small flame at the tip of the candle flickers.

Too small to roar, but just enough to whisper.

Secrets of cleansing, secrets of destruction, secrets of renewal.

Closing her eyes, she let’s the fire grow inside her mind.

The flame, all encompassing, covers her spirit in fire and power.

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Air

Air

Rolling and raging, invisible but not unseen.

The altar shakes, the cup tumbles, verbal commands are shouted and heard.

The engine of change is at her fingertips.

Construction, or destruction, the choices and consequences are hers to decide.

Exploration of the self or the conquest of others, a decision would be made in moments.

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