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York Campbell is the host of the Poetic Earthlings Podcast, he’s a published author with over 25 years experience, in science fiction, poetry and short stories. His writing has been showcased in articles, radio stations and TV. He was also one of the pioneers in the underground hip hop movement in Toronto. Poetic Earthlings-Stories to alter your perception, is available on your favourite Podcast Player, Including Spotify, Tunein and iHeartRadio.

Life Application

My beloved Government finally responded to my Life Application, is  this the end of your favorite podcaster? (Bonus Show) 

Season 4, Episode 7, micro episode

Dear Mr Campbell we reviewed your application to remain a sentient human. We review many life applications so our channel was backlogged.

Thank you for your patience. I see you filled out the 30 point questionnaire along with the 5000 word essay double spaced with your address in the top left. You even took the time to answer the bonus questions and elaborated on your privilege to live. How commendable.

I’m glad you said it’s a privilege and not a right the state should keep you alive. Most applicants complicate the matter by demanding we do them a favour. These are the narcissist, the arrogant, the mouth breathers of the planet.

The government’s responsibility is to safeguards the longevity of its citizens. We live in the age of rations, of measurements and efficiencies. Allowing every earthling to consume valuable resources will be detrimental to the planet that’s why we fashioned the Life Application.

Our records reveal you watch 5 hours of Netflix, 3 hours of stupid cat videos, and 7 hours of perpetual garbage. You possess mediocre social skills with zero return on your investment since you invested small change on relationships.

You had time to change and develop a spiritual consciousness rather than feeding on the nonsense of the underdeveloped and spending your days subservient to the hand of chaos. I guess we all make our choices.

I see on your application you posted your degrees as if education equals being a good human. Applicants often brag about their credentials and all of their stock investments.

Your ability to generate money and live comfortably is not what we’re looking for. You’re mistaking us for your previous government whose only concern was to turn a profit.

For the aforementioned reasons we have to terminate your life application. Please don’t take it personal.

Mr Campbell, do you notice the red dot on your chest, yes that red dot on your chest. We’re going to pull the trigger now, best regards: the Canadian government.

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Pegasus Dilemma

Something went terribly wrong in this interview. I thought about scrapping it because it’s just too weird, even my guest was ticked off and stormed out. However, there’s a lesson in the cobwebs.

Season 4, Episode 6

These days almost everything is controversial from your favorite ice-cream brand to a Disney cartoon. One word taken the wrong way could seal your fate. 

No wonder people hold their opinions to themselves, because the mob is crazy they’ll come after you with torches and pitchforks to drive you out of the village.

In my days we had thicker skin. We could tolerate or even engage opposing views. No one wanted your head on a stick.

Earthlings have become a little more sophisticated. We built tiny social bubbles with strict talking points and secret access codes. To maintain your group membership you have to render your opinions to the collective. Failure to comply will resort to  ostracization.

This story is about a mythical creature that lands in the middle of downtown. What started off as magical and almost spiritual turned into something divisive and ugly. How could this be?

Stranger things have happened. One petty incident could convert into an international scandal. Unfortunately this fictional tale is not far from the truth.

Special thanks to The Storyteller Graffiti Bleu who played the guest, Alex from Time For Your Hobby podcast who played the anchorman, and Shawntay who played the junior reporter.

If you find this episode worthy to share please do so on Twitter and tag @poeticearthling 

Credits are read by Shawntay from CTAmarketing.biz 

Poetic Earthlings Studio is open to edit and produce your podcast, DM @Poeticearthlings on Twitter or visit Poeticearthlings.com

While you’re there you can sign up for the Earthlings Report, this is our free newsletter to help writers overcome imposter syndrome and writer’s block.

If you like this show continue to show your support and buy us a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/poeticearthlings.

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This Person Does Not Exist

This episode may be fake. Every news segment and tweet is probably the same The person in this story created his fantasy, or so it seems.

Season 4, episode 5

The line between fact and fantasy is becoming more opaque. Facts are seen as oppressive and hateful. For example, the words “pregnant women” are falling out of fashion and replaced by “pregnant people.”

Pregnant women are an undeniable biological fact. My wife was pregnant and my mom was pregnant with me. Only women can bear children, this should be a noncontroversial fact. It wasn’t too long ago when this statement was without question. 

In recent times the science of female biology has been discarded to make room for people’s feelings. Science is under attack while certain pundits warn us to “trust the science”.

They even want us to trust “credible news sources.” Those sources paint a tailor made reality with the goal of adopting their worldview. Because of earthlings natural acceptance of authority figures such as the major news networks and social media, the spell is difficult to break.

What makes it more difficult is the rise of deep fake videos, images and voices. You can’t trust what your little eyes see. Technology is almost at the point that it’s nearly impossible to  distinguish the real from the fake.

It’s vital to question the dominant opinion, it’s different than some jerk who questions everything just to be a contrarian. You should question out of sincerity and not grandstanding. Asking meaningful questions will further your knowledge and help everyone to think more effectively. 

If you find this episode worthy to share please do so on Twitter and tag @poeticearthling. Credits are read by Shawntay from CTAmarketing.biz Special appearances by Patrice Roston from the Connoisseur Panda and Brent Stark from Most Precious Commodity

Poetic Earthlings Studio is open to edit and produce your podcast, DM @Poeticearthlings on Twitter or visit Poeticearthlings.com

While you’re there you can sign up for the Earthlings Report, this is our free newsletter to help writers overcome imposter syndrome and writer’s block.

If you like this show continue to show your support and buy us a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/poeticearthlings.

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Netflix Hangover (**Bonus Show)

If you want to destroy your writing career then pour yourself a tall glass of soda, a large bowl of cheetos, turn  your remote to Netflix and binge on your favorite show.

S4 Episode 4, Mirco Episode

I’m sure Netflix doesn’t mind you abandoning your manuscript, your potential bestseller in exchange for movie stars. 

Go ahead and donate your $12 per month to add to these celebrities bank account  I’m sure they’re grateful for your sacrifice. Your potential bestseller can wait but the new season of Stranger Things can’t wait. 

So enjoy yourself, curl up in your warm blanket and throw away the clock. Maybe tomorrow you can dust off your manuscript and jog your memory of where you left off.

You may have to deal with the  guilt of  over indulging on your Netflix fling, but you made your choices no need crying about it. No one forced you to stay up to four in the morning. That was your decision.

Netflix was more important than your manuscript, go on admit it. This is a safe place like a confessional booth so you can speak the truth, no sense living a lie. 

If you want to rid yourself of the Netflix hangover then decide which one is better, writing your novel or binging on Netflix.

Thank you to Tiffany C Lewis, her new podcast, Beta Reader Bits is out out.

Poetic Earthlings Studio is open to edit and produce your podcast, DM @Poeticearthlings on Twitter or visit Poeticearthlings.com

While you’re there you can sign up for the Earthlings Report, this is our free newsletter to help writers overcome imposter syndrome and writer’s block.

If you like this show continue to show your support and buy us a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/poeticearthlings.

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Better Stronger Faster

What if your dreams became a trilogy?

Season 4, Episode 3 (Earthling Spotlight Interview)

Aliya survived a horrific car crash. She was rescued and remade by an alien race, given supernatural abilities and recruited into the Protective Forces to fight against a threat to the galaxy. This plot sounds like the next Marvel movie and I’m sure if Marvel buys the rights they would make a killing.

My guest for the Earthling Spotlight is Danielle Novotny and the above synopsis is from her book Remade. Danielle is one of my favorite authors and it was an honour to have her on my show. Please check out the Remade series and follow her on Twitter.

If you find this episode worthy to share please do so on Twitter and tag @poeticearthling Credits are read by Shawntay from CTAmarketing.biz 

Poetic Earthlings Studio is open to edit and produce your podcast, DM @Poeticearthling on Twitter or visit Poeticearthlings.com

While you’re there you can sign up for the Earthlings Report, this is our free newsletter to help writers overcome imposter syndrome and writer’s block. If you like this show continue to show your support and buy us a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/poeticearthlings.

Music is licensed under Epidemic Sound 

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1 800 Life Coach

I hit rock bottom, life was slapping me in the face. I called 1800 life coach and that’s when things turned around, but maybe not for the better. You decide.

Season 4, Episode 2

This story was inspired by my years spent in an unusual church. From the outside it looked like any other  Protestant evangelistic church. 

We sang worship songs, had Bible study groups and Christmas presentations. It was everything you think a typical church should be. Bonus points: it was also multicultural.

But beyond the warm smiles and ethnic meals there was a controlling element.You were forbidden to date or marry outside of the group and your “personal time” was scrutinized. Each member was assigned a personal “coach” to guide them spiritually.

It wasn’t just a good idea to listen to your coach, you had to listen to your coach. Accountability is good It keeps earthlings in line so we don’t do stupid things. This church took accountability to an unhealthy level.

If you have similar experiences I would like to hear from you. For me I’m still in recovery even though I left this group a few years ago.

Special thanks to Emily Inkpen who played the Life Coach executive, please follow the links and check out her books and audio presentations. Thanks again Emily.

If you find this episode worthy to share please do so on Twitter and tag @poeticearthling 

Credits are read by Shawntay from CTAmarketing.biz 

Poetic Earthlings Studio is open to edit and produce your podcast, DM @Poeticearthlings on Twitter or visit Poeticearthlings.com

While you’re there you can sign up for the Earthlings Report, this is our free newsletter to help writers overcome imposter syndrome and writer’s block.

If you like this show continue to show your support and buy us a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/poeticearthlings.

Music is licensed under Epidemic Sound 

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Life Replica

The host of this podcast died in the Season 3 finale, his wife reflects on his history and the desperate attempt to bring him back to life. 

Season 4, Episode 1

People throughout the centuries have tried to find the fountain of youth, the secret to longevity and the answer to immortality. 

Longevity can be attained by avoiding certain foods, Illegal drugs, and risky  professions such as Nascar racing. You can live in an iron bubble without stepping outside. But who wants to do that?

However, Immortality is impossible. We as earthlings have tried and failed miserably. But now there is hope. Thanks to Google, Amazon, Jericho Labs and other high tech cloud services your  consciousness could live on forever. Sounds cool?

Some people are horrified with the possibility that their mind could be uploaded into a computer or Life Replica. They feel the dead should rest in peace and not linger on a digital cloud. Probably they’re right.

You’ve heard the term, “gone too soon.”

Wouldn’t it be incredible to preserve the  consciousness of leading thinkers. Say for instance if Einstein,  Beethoven, MLK, Apostle Paul lived on. We can continue to learn from these great earthlings as their theories, music, science and social causes develop.  Not convinced? I’m not trying to  persuade you. This is merely a thought experiment. 

This episode was narrated by Tiffany C Lewis, she’s an author and business owner of Rebel Lit.

If you find this episode worthy to share please do so on Twitter and tag @poeticearthling. Credits are read by Shawntay from CTAmarketing.biz 

Poetic Earthlings Studio is open to edit and produce your podcast, DM @Poeticearthlings on Twitter or visit Poeticearthlings.com

While you’re there you can sign up for the Earthlings Report, this is our free newsletter to help writers overcome imposter syndrome and writer’s block.

If you like this show continue to show your support and buy us a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/poeticearthlings.

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Murder Within The Colour Wheel (Encore)

A utopian city made out of colours is devastated by a homicide. Is diversity a blessing or a curse?

Season 4 is just around the corner with new original stories you can’t get out of your head.

I’m on a mission to break down barriers and find the connected thread. If you believe the world is divided and tribal then join me. I don’t believe in so called “safe places” these places tend to shield us from other groups.

Poetic Earthlings Studio is open to edit and produce your podcast, DM @Poeticearthlings on Twitter or visit Poeticearthlings.com

While you’re there you can sign up for the Earthlings Report, this is our free newsletter to help writers overcome imposter syndrome and writer’s block.

If you like this show continue to show your support and buy us a coffee at buymeacoffee.com/poeticearthlings.

Music is licensed under Epidemic Sound

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