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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. 👊

Started work yesterday on a short story called Jessica Wright's Double Vision. It's another to add to the collection...

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Started work yesterday on a short story called Jessica Wright's Double Vision. It's another to add to the collection of victims in my I Will Kill You for $5 project. Jessica Wright is a friend of mine here locally in St. Louis, and I'm excited to be writing a story with her in it, even if I'm killing her off in it. But that being said, it's also given me a unique opportunity to pay tribute to Maria Ouspenskaya, who played the gypsy Maleva, in The Wolf Man movie from 1941.







When I was a kid, The Wolf Man was either the very first horror film I ever watched or in the least one of the first I ever watched. And I remember being totally hooked on it, and especially the gypsy character Maleva. She was my favorite part of the entire film, and yesterday I watched the movie again for the second time ever in my life and I can say she still remains my favorite part of the film. She made those inflicted with the werewolf curse people to be empathized, all while at the same time …

On Writing (Part 5): Have more than one Good Idea per Story

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(originally shared on Ello)

When I was younger, I used to think one solid or good idea was enough to carry a story. With time, I learned that to be very, very false. Having one good idea is not enough to carry a story. For example, Hitchcock's film Saboteurends with a climactic action scene atop the Statue of Liberty. Now, imagine if everything leading up to that was a series of lame ideas leading into that one good idea. Now, you see the point.

A Night of Comedy - The Recording

A Night of Comedy - The Recording



Ask and ye shall receive: an audio recording of my #standup  show last week. Sit back and enjoy, it's just under 2 hours in length.







It was loads of fun to do.







What do you think? Do I have a career in this stuff?





https://soundcloud.com/babylontales/nightofcomedy101515?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=googleplus

https://twitter.com/babylontales/status/656521487029899264

#writingtips When writing lengthy, one good idea isn't enough. Combine multiple good ones. Otherwise, "good premise,...

#writingtips When writing lengthy, one good idea isn't enough. Combine multiple good ones. Otherwise, "good premise, poorly executed".

Standing up for comedy

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Standing up for comedy



So last night was my big night of comedy. My first ever #standup  show/gig. I performed for 2 hours straight. It was a blast.







Some of you asked if I would be making a recording, and I did. There is an audio file in the works. Once I have it, I will upload it to SoundCloud and share.







Thanks to all those on Google+ who are always so encouraging, and who were there in spirit. I highly appreciated all the support I had, even from those who couldn't make it in person.

A Night of Comedy with Me

True story. On October 15, 2015, from 7pm to 9pm at the Stone Spiral in Maplewood, I will be performing my first ever and very own standup comedy show. It's exciting and anxiety-inducing all at the same time.

October 15, 2015 I will do my first standup comedy show

October 15, 2015 I will do my first standup comedy show



I've been sitting on this long enough. Some of you know I have been trying my hand at standup this year, I have posted a little about it along the way. I started at an open mic this January, and have been going to an open mic almost every Wednesday night ever since.







And now, October 15 from 7pm to 9pm, I will be giving a show at Stone Spiral in Maplewood, Missouri (not far fromdowntown St. Louis). It's a lovely little jive with good drinks and food.







- Do I feel ready? No.



- Am I gonna bomb some jokes? Probably.



- Am I gonna be awesome? You betcha.



- Is it 3 days after my birthday? Yes.



- Will it be the best birthday present to myself ever? Yes.



- Will it be the worst birthday present to myself ever? Probably, because I'll beat myself up over all the stuff that didn't go well instead of focusing on the ones that did.



- Am I excited? Yes.







If you are receiving/seeing this message, and think there is a chance you could make it …