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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. 👊

Spam is harsh

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So the spam is getting harsh. I mean I'll be 35 in October, but sending me a Senior Dating site? That's just harsh. Harsh, man.



The cake is a lie.

One of my least favorite feelings in life is when you realize you're coasting. That things are just moving. Work,...

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One of my least favorite feelings in life is when you realize you're coasting. That things are just moving. Work, home life, whatevs. It's all on cruise control. I hate it so hard.







Any time you think of changing it up, you tell yourself you don't have time. You tell yourself not to interrupt the coasting. Don't turn off cruise control and make your own speed, just keep rolling down the highway in the right lane. Don't pass anyone. Don't exit the highway. Don't make any stops. Don't take the scenic route. Don't try that local diner which boasts the best burger in town.







I hate it. So hard.







Time passes, and then you look back with the eyes of regret. You should have stopped. You should have changed lanes. You should have tried that damn burger. But now the road is ending, you're entering a one-way street, and the diner has been closed for years.

A message from God:

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A message from God:



I don't know who he's been talking with, but it wasn't me.







Originally shared by ****







https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1002170943517540352?s=19

Benjamin Little and Bogart's Opera (short story and opportunity).

Benjamin Little and Bogart's Opera (short story and opportunity).



I have two new short stories this month to go into my I Will Kill you for $5 project I run through Fiverr. The project is simple: you pay $5 and I kill you in a short story or flash fiction.







The newest one is a sci-fi and crime blend. And kat Folland this story crosses over with your own, how cool is that?







Check out the link attached to read the story on the web, or use this Dropbox link to download it in PDF, epub or mobi to take it offline with you:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5zjmlyvcua75cc1/AAB1ba8gzwjVcEGMDZF9mfvua?dl=0







Lemme know what you think of this one in the comments and feel free to sign up for your demise as well. You can do so here: https://www.fiverr.com/s2/025ba2fff1





https://talesfrombabylon.com/2018/05/28/benjamin-little-and-bogarts-opera-short-story-and-opportunity/

The summer is here and my son has begun his Pokémon Go journey.

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The summer is here and my son has begun his Pokémon Go journey.

Benjamin Little and Bogart's Opera (short story and opportunity)

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A new order came across my phone's notifications, excited I clicked through to the Fiverr app. Ready to kill a new victim, fictionally of course. To my surprise, the victim was going to be longtime friend (since high school), Benjamin Little.

If you're new to reading one of these short stories, here's a quick rundown. People pay me $5 on Fiverr to kill them in a short story or flash fiction piece. From the moment they place the order, I have 7 days to submit to them the finished product--their demise in fictional form. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.fiverr.com/s2/025ba2fff1

You can download the files (PDF, epub, mobi) to this story at this link. Read it, for free, anywhere and on any device you want. Or keep scrolling and read it below.

[caption id="attachment_1468" align="alignnone" width="2000"] The real Benjamin Little, a photo I took of him during a music video project we did together a few years ago.[/caption]As I would exp…

Polly Scott-Showalter and the Engineer's Method (short story and opportunity)

That's right. I'm back. As always the payment is $5 and the product is the same... your death. In a short story or flash fiction, of course! I'm not some kind of mild mannered person by day and serial killer by night, stalking his victims via Fiverr. No!

Or am I?

The next submission in the I Will Kill You for $5 project is a former colleague of mine, Polly Scott-Showalter. I actually can't recall if I ever worked directly with Polly in all those nine years I was at Missouri University of Science and Technology. But my memory is pretty bad. What I do remember is she was a regular in our online program and well-loved by our staff who did work with her regularly.

For the submission, she poured a lot of info onto me, but the keys I took away had to do with her engineering background, her fashion sense, and the fact she wanted a mystery. Being as I was in the mood for something a little old fashioned, I went with a bit of an Agatha Christie inspired short story. A dinner theat…

In defense of Dolores in West World (after season 2, episode 5).

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In defense of Dolores in West World (after season 2, episode 5).



[There will be spoilers, if you aren't currently watching Westworld season 2, or haven't watched up to episode 5. You have been warned.]



First off, I'd like to admit that I could listen to Bernard and Dolores talk for days. That's a credit to Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright and their killer performances. Tonight, after episode 5, I decided to hop on Twitter and see how people were reacting to the latest installment of Westworld. I hadn't done so this season yet. And to my surprise, there was a lot of crap being thrown at Dolores. Like, WHAT?!







Some words I saw: boring, crazy, boring monologues, etc.







I was even surprised to see people referring to the ending of the episode as a twist between Dolores and Teddy. Really? Have you not been watching? You knew something was coming two episodes ago.







Alright, let me break some stuff down.



The last we saw Dolores and Teddy, she gave a very cold order to him to e…

It's mind-blowing to me the number of Wrong Turn movies have been made. Who watches these movies? Do they make any...

It's mind-blowing to me the number of Wrong Turn movies have been made. Who watches these movies? Do they make any profit at all?

Let me tell you about ICE for a second.

Let me tell you about ICE for a second.



They are America's version of the Gestapo. Plain and simple. They've even been proven to take legal immigrants, falsify information, lie and say they are gangsters, and attempt to deport them. This was proven in a court of law. ICE is literally rounding up Mexicans and falsifying information about them, in an attempt to prove their "badness" and deport them. That's Gestapo crap. And the president constantly going on TV and spewing propaganda and lies in an attempt to get us Americans to hate Mexicans and blame them for things (like stealing jobs, raping women, drugs, whatevs) is Nazi crap. How do I know this? Because it's what Germans did to their own people to convince them Nazis were good, Jews were bad, etc.







And as I say this, I'm reminded of the fact that before there was the Gestapo, there was the United States Army. The US Army rounded up one of my own family members and thousands of her tribe, marched them acr…

If God stubbed his toe on the corner of the couch, would he exclaim, "ME DAMN IT?"

If God stubbed his toe on the corner of the couch, would he exclaim, "ME DAMN IT?"







Are there a lot of couches in hell?







#deepthoughts

I feel like Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence, Zo, and I just had a breakthrough tonight. Feels like we're really...

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I feel like Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence, Zo, and I just had a breakthrough tonight. Feels like we're really connecting.

Follow-up on Michael Cohen confession: The Mistake.

Follow-up on Michael Cohen confession: The Mistake.



So the CEOs of AT&T and Novartis have both admitted that dealing with Michael Cohen was a "mistake." I like this tactic, and I think I'll grab it by the insert locker room talk.







AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: "Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these last few days and our reputation has been damaged... there is no other way to say it – AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake."







Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan: "We made a mistake in entering into this engagement and, as a consequence, are being criticized by a world that expects more from us."







OK, here goes... my turn.







As previously disclosed in my previous post (attached below), I was completely transparent about my going to high school with a guy named Michael Cowan (not Michael Cohen). Well, I would like to take some time today to acknowledge that going to high school with a guy named Mi…

How to dominate the news cycle: A step-by-step guide.

How to dominate the news cycle: A step-by-step guide.







1. Make stupid claim or comment that you can walk back the day after the news cycle has cycled said comment.







2. Walk back said comment from previous news cycle.







3. Spew about fake news after news cycles through walk back of original comment.







4. Wash, rinse, repeat.







Note attached example:







#drainthenewscycle #RudyGiuliani #Trump #politics





https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/rudy-giuliani-walks-back-suggestion-that-trump-intervened-in-time-warner-atandt-merger/ar-AAx9Mch?ocid=spartanntp&ffid=gz

I have a confession to make concerning Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

I have a confession to make concerning Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.



There's been a lot of buzz going around in the news lately. A lot of pretty damning shenanigans about this one and that one. And one thing is for certain, if you've had any association with a lawyer named Michael Cohen, you've probably done something questionable. Especially if money was involved, or even if you just had a casual conversation about the weather.







Well, I wanted to get out in front of any false accusations concerning my associations and questionable behavior. So here goes...







I went to high school with a guy named Michael Cowan. And that may not seem like much, but I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea. The guy was not Michael Cohen, but Michael Cowan. The guy seemed like a nice guy, at the time, but I didn't really associate with him. He ran more with the jock/prep crowd and I typically didn't do much associating with those types -- except where necessary during a school day. But…

Roman Polanski calls for due process like a duck claiming it's unfair he doesn't have feathers.

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Roman Polanski calls for due process like a duck claiming it's unfair he doesn't have feathers.



Like this has to be the most absurd thing I've ever seen. Like, seriously, go eff yourself Roman Polanski. Or, if you like due process so much, come back home to America and face the courts for raping a 13 year old girl. You know, that thing you admitted to and have been a fugitive from since 1977?







#notdeepthoughts #romanpolanski #romanpoopski #iloveducks

White Knuckle Ride by Jamiroquai.

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White Knuckle Ride by Jamiroquai.



Current song. Is. Awesome. How this song has not been used in a chase scene yet is beyond me.







And then I heard Captain Picard say, "Make it so."







#music

Inside the office were a host of police officers in uniform. Some were bent over examining evidence on the rug, and...

Inside the office were a host of police officers in uniform. Some were bent over examining evidence on the rug, and others were in a corner speculating.







“Personal, I say,” one officer argued, “What with all the blood.”







“You always say that,” the other said.







#amwriting

Kiddo is back on a Pokemon kick. Things I managed to avoid when I was younger are coming back to haunt me as a...

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Kiddo is back on a Pokemon kick. Things I managed to avoid when I was younger are coming back to haunt me as a parent. Why? Is there no justice?

Probably one of the biggest mistakes we can make in life...

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Probably one of the biggest mistakes we can make in life is to only listen to a certain subset of voices. And then, assume those voices are always right.

Don't bubble yourself into a corner of thought. Don't put people into a bubble of honesty which can't be popped, even by mistake.

Have you ever laughed so hard your butt cheeks hurt? #deepthoughts

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Have you ever laughed so hard your butt cheeks hurt? #deepthoughts

Current mood.

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Current mood.