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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. 👊

A few amusing finds in my editing today.

A few amusing finds in my editing today.







Mercedes was enraged. She was having a bad day, mental breakdown, and now she was expected to be civilized. She wanted to punch someone... again.







"If this isn't hell, get me a bus ticket."







#amediting #amwriting

Just edited two more chapters tonight. That takes me to the half way mark. Half way through draft two. Gonna plan to...

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Just edited two more chapters tonight. That takes me to the half way mark. Half way through draft two. Gonna plan to get back on task and finish up this draft by May 31. Crunch time.







What about you, lovelies? How's your writing coming these days?







#amediting #amwriting

Mortal Kombat!

https://youtu.be/EAwWPadFsOA

No bathroom breaks for spies.

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No bathroom breaks for spies.



Was playing Perfect Dark a while back, because it's an epic game, and this poor woman in training desperately needed a break it seems.







#N64

Stayin' Alive (cover) by Capital Cities.

Stayin' Alive (cover) by Capital Cities.



I have always loved the Bee Gees' song Stayin' Alive. And also the rap cover that came later. But I stumbled on this very 80-ish cover last week and it's everything. Prepare for glory!







#music





https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=Z5CRW7twBqo&u=/watch?v%3DDBu8QVsAFw0%26feature%3Dshare

In the banner words of President George W. Bush, "Mission Accomplished."

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In the banner words of President George W. Bush, "Mission Accomplished."

A gentleman to all people.

A gentleman to all people.



When I was a kid, my dad was huge on making me hold doors for people. If we were entering a restaurant or something, he'd tell me to wait and hold the door for people behind us. Many interesting things happend in those times. Some people appreciate it, and thank you. Some people love it so much, that they thank you and assume your position for the next people. Some hate it and will push the door while you're holding it, as if to say, "I could have done that." Others just don't pay attention and don't even notice you.







Sometimes the line of people coming for the door was so long, I often found myself questioning whether I should pass it off to someone else at a point. Or questioning if it was too long to wait for so many people. Sometimes there would be a large gap and I could see someone out in the parking lot coming and wonder, "Should I wait?" And then I realized that it was absurd to even question. An extra 20, 30, or eve…

Mercedes has a new home, and she's wrapped in Cellophane

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I told you I had a big update on Mercedes coming, and it's huge. Big. Bigger. Enormous. Gigantuous. Okay, that's enough of that. It's just some really cool news. But I'm also wrapping this big update in Cellophane, which will make sense later down the read.
She has a new home.
What do I mean by this? Well, she's moved over to Emerald Dragon Tales. Why? Because after some hard consideration, I've decided to publish her through my publishing brand Emerald Dragon. Emerald Dragon is the same brand we used to publish the collaborative novel Fatal Flaws, and will be using to publish the second String-Along GUN soon.

What does this mean for Mercedes? It means you'll be finding a lot more about Mercedes over at the Emerald Dragon Tales website. So head over there and snatch the blog RSS feed for your Feedly or however you follow blogs. Also, sign up for the email newsletter to stay up-to-date. And check out her own page. There you'll find a list of future working …

Rapper's Delight by Sugarhill Gang.

Rapper's Delight by Sugarhill Gang.



Man, I forgot how amazing this song is... it had been too long since I listened to it. So set aside about fifteen minutes and prepare for glory. Original rap glory. And with a touch of disco.







You should probably put on some dancing shoes or kick off the ones ya got, because it's about to go down in your Google+ stream.







#music





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBMuGCw8hJY

Doom.

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Doom.



That's right. A while back, they made a Doom movie. That's right, the old Doom game got the "movie" treatment. I put movie in quotes, because it's terrible. It's horrible. It's cliche.







And yet...







In recent times, I've found myself enjoying its crappiness.







It stars The Rock, Karl Urban, and Rosamund Pike. If that sounds like a good cast to you, but you aren't familiar with the movie, you might be wondering what happened.







I'll admit I'm a sucker for Karl Urban and am starting to become one for Rosamund Pike, despite that I always feel she's kinda awkward. Like a deer in a headlight awkward.







But back to the movie. It's crap. I know. A horrible blend of Resident Evil movies type horror and action. But worse. But it manages to tickle my fancy in the "I kinda like crappy movies" department.







I have the extended/unrated cut and enjoy the extra amount of cheese they've afforded me with it.







If you haven't seen it, I reco…

This is a nice feature. The info pane was always cool, but lackluster. I'm game for this.

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This is a nice feature. The info pane was always cool, but lackluster. I'm game for this.







Originally shared by G Suite







ICYMI: The Google Drive preview pane is now a place of collaboration. Comment, assign tasks or mention coworkers on Office files, PDFs and images. goo.gl/7HqBrp

Was almost at my destination when Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen came on the radio. And I was like, "Great. Now I can't...

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Was almost at my destination when Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen came on the radio. And I was like, "Great. Now I can't get out of my car."

This blog is 11 years old

Last month, February 7th to be precise, my blog reached a tremendous milestone. Eleven years. I started the Tales from Babylon blog on February 7, 2007. That kind of boggles the mind.

Looking back, some of the earliest memories I have of working on this blog were of sitting in a McDonald's getting in some work just before going to actual work.

While the blog has been around all that time, it's changed a lot. And even moved around. In the beginning, I was hosting it on Google's Blogger platform. At some point I moved to Office 365 for a year, using SharePoint for the front end. That was interesting and fun. The past few years though, I've been resting on WordPress of the dot and com variety. I used to hate it, but changes over the years have made it a nice place to hang your coat. Arguments could be made about all platforms. And I've tried about all of them, but I believe the ones I've ever felt comfortable moving to were Blogger, Office 365, and WordPress.com. Th…