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Office Bullying

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Office Bullying



Currently working on an article about office bullying. Or as I like to call it: workplace harassment. I'm maybe halfway through it, and wondering about how many folks out there have had horrible workplace experiences with bullying and harassment.







Have you ever worked with a bully? Or had a boss who was a bully? Have you ever been the bully yourself? What do you think causes a person in the workplace to become a bully? What do you think is the best outcome for a person with these traits?







Also, I haven't yet decided where I want to initially publish the article online, so if you're reading this and have or know of the perfect place for an article like this to debut, let me know in the comments.

Take me to the River by Al Green

Take me to the River by Al Green



I love the song Take me to the River, no matter who's performing it. It's been covered many a time. But, in case you've never heard Al Green's masterful version, well... here it is.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmn2KDiW-kE

Batman vs. Superman (no spoilers)

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Batman vs. Superman (no spoilers)



This was not a bad movie. In fact, I enjoyed it. That being said, let me explains a few things about me. I really liked Man of Steel, which surprised me. I've never been a huge Superman fan, but Man of Steel was a really well put together and thought version of Superman. And I loved it.







When they announced the sequel would be a duel movie between him and Batman, I felt like that was lame. Not because I don't like Batman, I love Batman, but because it felt like a huge distraction from what Snyder was building with Man of Steel. Add to that the announcement of Ben Affleck, who I'm not a huge fan of, and I pretty much lost all enthusiasm for the film.







Then, Mark Zuckerberg was cast as Lex Luther, another "actor" I'm not a huge fan of. And then, I saw the trailer and Zuckerberg was all laughy and twitchy and weird, and I became less excited about this sequel.







And then, news came out that Snyder was chopping the long film up short for…

Pussy Wag*n by Taylor Christine

Pussy Wag*n by Taylor Christine



You are in luck today, because I am sharing stories! This one is not written by me, but rather Taylor Christine and is the second installment I've posted to the blog in the Josephine the Dragon stories.







These stories are nothing like my typical dark stuff. No, Josephine the Dragon stories tend to be a little heartfelt, a little humorous. A lot of good.







Enjoy. You can let Taylor know what you think of Josephine by shouting out to her with @TaylorKolky on Twitter:https://twitter.com/taylorkolky







http://talesfrombabylon.com/2016/03/16/pussy-wagon-by-taylor-christine/





http://talesfrombabylon.com/2016/03/16/pussy-wagon-by-taylor-christine/

Danny Draper and the Aliens, Chapters 1-3

Danny Draper and the Aliens, Chapters 1-3



I've had this in my drafts for some time on my blog, shame on me. It's the first three chapters to a short novella I've been working on, off and on, for several years.







The story revolves around a timid fellow, named Danny Draper, who does alien and UFO research in his spare time. In this little story, he makes his first excursion to Roswell, New Mexico. Once there, it doesn't take him long to find himself tangled in a bit of mystery.







Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments here, or at the blog link. And what do you think? Do you believe in extraterrestrial life?







#amwriting #novella #scifi #sciencefiction #shortstory







http://talesfrombabylon.com/2015/09/18/danny-draper-and-the-aliens-chapters-1-3/





http://talesfrombabylon.com/2015/09/18/danny-draper-and-the-aliens-chapters-1-3/

Tea for Two

Tea for Two



NAILED IT. This guy absolutely nails Tea for Two. Holy cow. Great performance. Stick through to the end, he goes off the keys. ;)







I was looking this ditty up, because I'm about to post the first 3 chapters in a short novella about a timid fellow, who is an alien researcher in his spare time. This song plays in the background of Chapter 3.







https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtHHC_sHj18





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtHHC_sHj18

Pussy Wag*n by Taylor Christine

Today, I'm bringing out a second installment in the Josephine the Dragon saga (which is a really lame way to describe it). These stories tend to be a little heartwarming, a little humorous, a little awesome. Maybe a lot awesome? Maybe. Yeah. Probably.

These stories are written by Taylor Christine, and are a lot of fun. I first heard these stories at an open mic, and am happy to bring them to the blog in written form. Enjoy.

You can follow Taylor on Twitter with @becky_ketchup.



Pussy Wag*n
When Josephine the Dragon was in high school, she didn’t participate in extracurricular activities. She hated the dull hum of the fluorescent lights. She hated the monotonous scheduling that woke her up at 6:30 every morning to the unchanging, unforgiving curriculum which put her to sleep. Josephine had imagination. She had humor. But most importantly, she had answers. The thing about high school is that it never asked her the right questions. Until one morning.

Danny Draper and the Aliens, Chapters 1-3

AUTHOR'S NOTE. This is a story I'm very fond of that explores some things that always interest me in both the fiction and non-fiction realm. Yes, I'm talking about aliens. I'm talking about UFOs. I blame it mostly on shows like Unsolved Mysteries and The X-Files from my childhood, not to mention The Twilight Zone. So, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to my timid UFO researcher, Danny Draper.

The X-Files new season ended

The X-Files new season ended



And that was a thing. Gotta admit, as a die hard X-Files fan who hated how the series ended, I was disappointed in this new season.







On the one hand, it had a couple of solid episodes, on the other it just felt so off. Off, like in how the series ended and the newer movie they made (I Want to Believe).







A lot of what brought me to the X-Files and what made me love it as a kid was the film noir quality. That film noir quality is so lost on most of the episodes, and the feel they go for in general.







I also hate the way it feels like the characters are so easily swayed to believe the most preposterous stuff. Now, I'll admit that happened in the old days through the course of an episode, but we're talking about characters who spent ten years together unveiling layers of conspiracies. It didn't happen over night. And then, in the new series, it's like overnight Mulder is convinced that ten years of work and investigation is out the window because som…

Writers using Google Docs rejoice. You can now export to eBook.

Writers using Google Docs rejoice. You can now export to eBook.







Tell me this isn't sexy? Can't wait to try it out and see how well it actually formats. If you do, let me know your experiences in the comments.







I currently use CloudConvert.com for making eBooks, because it connects to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and so on and can pick from one and create somewhere else in the cloud. But if Google Docs works well, that's a good thing too. Plus, I create in both eBook standards. Wonder if Google Docs will do the same, or only the one they prefer. Hmm... time to get testing.







Originally shared by John Blossom







Dang, I wish that I had had this when I was writing Content Nation​ - would have made collaboration so much easier...





http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/08/google-docs-now-lets-you-export-files-in-epub-ebook-format/

Deep Thought #7

Deep Thought #7



What if the world really is flat? And it's just someone's kitchen table, scattered with the Legos we call life?

I just submitted a manuscript to a publisher.

I just submitted a manuscript to a publisher.



And now I sit back and wait for the inevitable undisclosed amount of time. Fingers crossed like a bowtie on crack with special brownies. Like an octopus playing Twister with other octopuses and former president John Carter. Like a figure skater caught in a love triangle with her partner and Ronald McDonald.







Like a thing that tangles and crosses. Like pretzels. Like pretzels.







These pretzels are making me thirsty.







#ampublishingmaybe