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New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

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I've been pretty quiet lately on the blog, sorry about that. I've been laying mostly low, though I did recently begin contributing to a new website for writers and readers called Totally Novel. My first contribution for members of the site is a post I titled 3 things that prevented me from writing a novel. To read the post, sign up for a free trial. Take a look around and if you don't wanna stay, don't renew membership. That said, it's a pretty cool effort being put together by a former Google+ member like myself. As a matter of fact there are several members on the site from the old Google+ days. (Side note: there is a free membership option)
I will be contributing to the Totally Novel blog bi-monthly for now. My next addition will be in August. I'm super excited for the site and I hope you can come join us and become a part of the groups, forums, blog, workshops, and more. 
All that said, I haven't given up here. This is still my primary site and blog. 👊

Musical Writing Prompt #1

I'm starting something new. I'll be sharing a weekly writing prompt, which will involve a tune. I hope you enjoy this series. I have a diverse knowledge of music, so I'll try to mix it up quite a bit. And since I'm starting on Wednesday, we'll keep it on Wednesday.

I think being able to listen to all kinds of music for writing purposes is important. Whether it's listening to the sort of music a character would listen to, or if you're writing a period piece listening to music of that period, it's important to familiarize yourself with music that would fit within your story. That might be playing on the jukebox during a bar scene, or playing on a character's iPod. Does anybody really bother with iPods anymore?

I ask that you write your story in a reblog, that way you get to keep your story on your blog and not in my comments. When you reblog, it should show a link in the comments for us to go check out on your blog.
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Everybody Makes Mistakes

I still don't like when people laugh when people make mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes.

- Mr. Rogers

On Writing (Part 1)

A lot of writers blog about the process of writing, but I've just never spent a lot of time writing about it myself. I love writing, I really do. I'm a storyteller at heart, there are always stories and characters building in my head and fighting to make their way out. And I do have some degree of process, or have learned from experiences and others' experiences some degrees of process. And yet, I just never write much about it.

Mystery Box

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Mystery Box."
Journalist Thomas Bradshaw woke up at 10:45am without an alarm, as was his custom. He grimaced at the sunlight forcing its way through the closed shades. He cursed himself for the millionth time for not buying big, thick and black curtains for his window. Though, he figured he'd never get out of bed if he ever did. He pulled his phone from the nightstand without looking and saw he had two text messages.

Perennial Favorites: Unrestricted vs. Controlled Comments

Good conversation about controlled and monitored comments.

Drunk

Deep thoughts in a poem called Drunk.

Community Pool

A superb concept for building a community of feedback on WordPress.

All things new

So, I'm toying with the idea of converting from Blogger (which I've been on for several years, and has been good to me) to WordPress.com. I feel like I'm selling my soul to the devil. But for the first time, it feels like the WordPress.com platform is better than it used to be, something worth using. I've tinkered with WordPress.com in the past, and it just couldn't even come close to Blogger.com. Now, that's WordPress.com not WordPress.org for all you WordPress enthusiasts, so no need to get uptight.