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New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

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 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 even 60 seconds of waiting on someone was not going to disrupt your day. It was worth it to wait.

My dad never taught me to hold the door for "ladies" or any particular group. I believe that's because he wanted me to be a gentleman to all people. So that's what I did. No matter who was coming to the door, I would wait and let them in first. I still follow this ritual to this day. And I think we all should do the same. My dad was right -- we should be gentlemen or gentle-ladies to all people.


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