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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. 👊

Death Spa.

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Death Spa.



Watched this flick the other night. Had me laughing good. 80s, gym workout stuff, and people randomly getting killed in ridiculous ways--what's not to love?

Google+ is favorite social network among users.

Google+ is favorite social network among users.



Makes sense to me. Google+ users, even when dissatisfied, are passionate about the network. You can hear it in how they speak about the network. And a lot of that has to do with respect Google employees have shown its users through the years. Let's hope that respect continues to be shown and ears always remain open.







Listening to your users is super important. Ignoring them and doing whatever makes the most money, or appeases shareholders, does not.







Originally shared by Derek Ross







Google+ is the most loved social network. Can confirm. I LOVE Google+​ more than any other.





https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-switch/wp/2017/07/25/google-just-beat-twitter-facebook-and-every-other-social-network-in-customer-satisfaction-survey/

Just completed first draft of Mercedes Masterson book 1.

Just completed first draft of Mercedes Masterson book 1.



Rejoice! Rejoice! I have just completed the first draft of book 1 in my detective novella series. Super excited about this. I can feel it isn't perfect, but a complete story. There were things I wanted to include, but didn't for some reason or another that will need further consideration. Also, there were things I felt might need to be included along the way. And there were things I hinted at that never really fully developed, so I'll need to make choices on those and develop or chop as necessary.







And then, of course, there's the actual editing stuff--like making it sound good. But I'm super excited that book 1 is officially on its way.







And to celebrate, here's a song from my Mercedes Masterson playlist.







#amwriting #MercedesMasterson





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ByxuVIec7E

Arya Stark has a new motto apparently: "A girl don't take sh*t from no one. Not even a room full of men." #GoTS7

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Arya Stark has a new motto apparently: "A girl don't take sh*t from no one. Not even a room full of men." #GoTS7

Playing Star Wars Battlefront while listening to the soundtrack to Underworld. Still an awesome soundtrack.

Playing Star Wars Battlefront while listening to the soundtrack to Underworld. Still an awesome soundtrack.





https://youtu.be/UGoIpdZQkI0

Belittling your employees.

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Belittling your employees.



Something I've been thinking about lately... you can't belittle your employees as a leader or manager. And there's two ways that can happen, both are equally damaging.







1) Privately. Belittling employees to their face and when you are alone with them.







2) Publicly. Belittling your employees in front of other employees. Whether it's behind their back to other employees or in front of other employees, the result is similar. Employees will begin to take sides and the victimized employee will be shamed, humiliated and drug through the dirt.







The thing that always comes to my mind when I witness this behavior: you're the boss. If you are dissatisfied with an employee's performance, do something about it. You are literally in a position to actually do something about it. Coworkers with said employee are not. There is no excuse or reason to engage in building up an army against YOUR employee. It makes zero sense. Are you in charge or not? If so, …