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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. 👊

Because a #writingspace should have inspiration......behind the door. Something to keep me going. #dragontattoo

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Because a #writingspace should have inspiration......behind the door. Something to keep me going. #dragontattoo

When I was 14, true story

When I was 14, true story



Reliving some song-emories tonight. When I was 14 the album Prolonging the Magic by Cake got a lot of spins. In particular, this song Let Me Go was my favorite song at that time. It is still one of my favorites. And the entire album is still incredible to listen to. It doesn't feel like it's aged a bit.







Side note: I sang Mexico off the album in karaoke style at the end of that school year in choir. Not that I'm bragging, because I was 14 and the body was still figuring itself out.





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If you use Google Docs and Google Keep, this is good news. You can now convert Keep notes to Docs. Rock on. Thanks...

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If you use Google Docs and Google Keep, this is good news. You can now convert Keep notes to Docs. Rock on. Thanks to Patricia Pinto for sharing it.







Originally shared by Google Docs







Whether you're jotting down a shopping list or putting ideas together for your next novel, Google Keep helps you capture your thoughts in the form of notes. Starting today, when you visit http://keep.google.com, you can export notes to Docs to expand, edit, and polish your ideas.

Episode 166 - Killing Me Softly on Newbie Writers Podcast

Episode 166 - Killing Me Softly on Newbie Writers Podcast



Here is the interview I did on Newbie Writers with Damien Boath and Dionne Lister. Had a whale of a good time talking about #writing , especially related to the I Will Kill you for $5 project I'm doing. We also covered #standupcomedy , since I'm two months into trying that out, spam emails, and we even had some #squawking . Yes, there was squawking. Much squawking.







We also did a short reading of Damien's short story of death that I wrote. I butchered an Aussie accent, and then eventually gave up and stuck with British. It was safer there.







Highly recommend listening, because I'm awesome and I'm not biased, and also because it's a fun podcast.





http://ow.ly/KKJJ8

I'll be the special guest on The Newbie Writers today

I'll be the special guest on The Newbie Writers today



In less than hour, 5pm CST, I will be joining Damien Boath and The Newbie Writers podcast. It will be streamed live via Google+ and published postmortem to iTunes in a higher quality audio. 







He tells me the interviews are usually 45 minutes in length, so I'll have to make sure I come with the crazy. :)







Originally shared by Damien Boath







Nathan Weaver is an author who likes to kill people... for $5 no less and Damien was privileged enough to be "offed" in one of Nathan's stories. We will explore this, his website: http://talesfrombabylon.com and much, much more!





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Google+ is a ghost town, get with the program (warning: satire)

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Google+ is a ghost town, get with the program (warning: satire)



There are a lot of people across the interwebs who agree with me that #googleplus  is a ghost town. They've agreed with me that it's a ghost town the moment it was born. Which is like proclaiming after the miracle of birth to its mother, "Congratulations! It's a ghost. Nobody loves you or your baby. If you refuse to stop loving this baby, which is very clearly a ghost, we will continue to call it a ghost and make fun of you every chance we get for having so much love for something so futile."







I don't see anything



If you want proof that Google+ is a ghost town, join it for the first time with a new account. Don't add anyone to your circles, and just sit there and look at all the nothingness and pointlessness. If you're not sure how you would go about doing that, it would be akin to joining Facebook with a new account, not telling anyone about it and not adding any friends. It would be pretty…

The Haunting of Weasley Manor, Chapter 1

I've had this idea for sometime to write a series of books about a pair of sleuths, an investigative journalist and his adopted teenage daughter. The idea came about many years ago, and has gone through many iterations without much words being written. I don't do this often with stories, I normally get an idea and jump into the deep end of the pool and start writing. I tried that with these stories at first, and the deep end swallowed me whole. My first outing was very much churning up garbage, so I discarded that and went back to the drawing board. It needed way more development before I could start writing it seriously.

Self-torture is not an act of attention

I suppose it's been said a thousand times, but some folks feel like self-torture or self-mutilation (such as cutting) is an act of attention. But as someone who is bipolar and knows several folks who are also bipolar, let me take a few minutes to talk about self-torture.

If you're wondering how a post like this would have anything to do with writing (since this is my blog for my writing), think about this: we write characters. And characters, if you play your cards right, should be like real people. Fictional, but realistic. Well, for the most part, sometimes we're just writing comedy or pulpy stuff and being real doesn't necessarily have to count for the popcorn style of stories.
Self-torture starts within and can stay there, too
In the image for the post, I gave the Oxford definition of self-torture, because from my perspective I think it really gets to the heart of the matter of self-torture. It states that self-torture is "the act of inflicting pain, especially m…

The Haunting of Weasley Manor, Chapter 1

The Haunting of Weasley Manor, Chapter 1



I can't believe I hadn't posted this to my blog already and shared it with all of you. But here it is....







I started writing this as my nano story for 2014. 







What's it about?



Skeptic and journalist, Tom Bradshaw, and his adopted, teenage partner, Rachael, are employed by wealthy recluse Arthur Weasley to investigate the Weasley Manor regarding a supposed haunting.







It's horror, mystery, and hopefully enjoyable. 







#amwriting  





http://talesfrombabylon.com/2015/03/18/the-haunting-of-weasley-manor-chapter-1/

Murderers should not be allowed to investigate their own crimes, or how ridiculous it is that schools conduct their...

Murderers should not be allowed to investigate their own crimes, or how ridiculous it is that schools conduct their own internal investigations







First things first, this is a response to the idea of colleges and universities investigating the crimes committed on their campuses. You can read more about this idea at the link provided.







My rant/observation/solution



To me, the obvious answer in a lot of this is that schools need to quit trying to investigate themselves. It's backwards. If a crime is reported, it should be handed over to the local authorities. Granted, sometimes that doesn't even work, but that's another debate.







These people are adults. Adults. Which means they can walk into a police station and press charges against another adult, if they want. The problem is that the schools have created a system of "come to us and tell us everything", which is not what an adult should do. They are giving students bad advice from the get-go. Not to mention, the obvious co…

I came here to chew bubble gum and post an update...

I came here to chew bubble gum and post an update...

You know you've goofed up somewhere, when you need a flow chart to figure out the pricing for all the new Apple...

You know you've goofed up somewhere, when you need a flow chart to figure out the pricing for all the new Apple Watches.







#applewatch  

This is why businesses should adopt a cloud solution sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, employees will...

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This is why businesses should adopt a cloud solution sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, employees will move on without your IT.







Originally shared by G Suite







While most of the attention is focused on consumer file storage in the workplace, people are actually trying to work together more easily, not just share files. Learn how to engage users, understand what they’re trying to do and give them great tools that are better than what they could find on their own. http://goo.gl/4dVgvz

WEEEEEEELLLLLLL...... I, D-Claire!

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WEEEEEEELLLLLLL...... I, D-Claire!







#claredanes  

Sortd for Gmail, turning email messages into To Do lists

Sortd for Gmail, turning email messages into To Do lists



To those who live and die by Gmail. Would this be cool, useful or just plain wrong?







#gmail #sortd   #todolist   #email  





http://sortd.com/

The Last Man on Earth (1964) Review

Note to self, I need to watch this film. Started to years ago, and never got to finish. To those who know nothing about it, it's the first adaptation of I Am Legend with Vincent Price. Later, we'd get Omega Man with Charlton Heston. And even later still, we'd get I Am Legend with Will Smith. True story. Well, that those are adaptations of the same story, not that the story is real.

All writers are learning, mind your manners

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MJ Bush won the Internet today.
Go here and read her post about writers who are rude to other writers
It unfortunately does seem commonplace for some writers to be absolutely arrogant when it comes to their and others' works. Their work represents all that is beautiful and perfect with storytelling, and others' represents all that is wrong and ignorant.

Yes, there are rules. But if I learned anything worthwhile from reading Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, aside from all the horrible things, it's that the rules of writing were made to be broken. I have never read a book in first person perspective that sounded so much like dialogue, as if Edward Norton was in the room narrating a story. When you listen to the voiced over parts of the Fight Club film and compare them with the same narrative in the book, it's the same. That was sort of a mind blowing moment for me in my writing, and that was in high school many years ago. Granted it would take many years later before I could …

In case you missed it...

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In case you missed it...







#googleplus   #googlestreams  







Originally shared by Bradley Horowitz







Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true -- I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!  It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.

In my opinion, MJ Bush won the Internet today. Just read this post, +1, comment and log off for the day. Game over.

In my opinion, MJ Bush won the Internet today. Just read this post, +1, comment and log off for the day. Game over.







Follow through to her post to comment.







#writing   #jerks  







Originally shared by MJ Bush







I can't quite believe this needs to be said. Again.



I have SIMPLE GUIDELINES if you want to comment on my posts. (And most of you totally get it.)







No bashing how others are learning to write.







No saying "You're missing the point" ...unless you try to explain it.







ABSOLUTELY no ad hominem attacks.







The basic point is to respect and support others. Most of you are wonderful, and I know you support me when I defend writers of all stripes. It doesn't matter how we learn or how we write.







We are creative creatures, bending the human experience to our will for the sake of imagination and story.







We are able to learn and grow in perpetuity.







We are unique, and no amount of teaching can make us fit into boxes.







WE ARE WRITERS.

Sometimes I be like, "It ain't no thang."

Sometimes I be like, "It ain't no thang."





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