The project continues. As some of you may know, and others may not, I have been doing a writing project through Fiverr where folks can pay me $5 to write a short story or flash fiction with them in it as the lead character who gets (you guessed it) killed. I publish the story on my blog when it's finished, with download links for free and DRM free eBooks (in both mobi and epub).
My goal is to build up enough for an eBook anthology of these. So far I have 5 stories in the can, and am working on a 6th at the moment (this new one is a science fiction and horror blend).
AND, knowing some of you love to use Wattpad, I am now compiling the stories on Wattpad as a singular book. The link is attached. This will make it easy to follow along, if you want.
You can sign up here: https://www.fiverr.com/s2/e8aadbb4d0
I know a lot of writers who have tried to make Medium a home for sharing fictional tales, but apparently a recently featured fictional story has really irked some.
I was on Facebook and saw this lovely and strange trending list, and rolled my eyes. The things that trend on Facebook often make me roll my eyes. So I decided to take screenshots of Google+, Facebook and Twitter to see what was trending across all three at the same time. I'm not the first one to do this, and won't be the last, but the trending topics to me are always an indicator of how social networks get used.
Facebook topics: Reading gossip?
Twitter: Celebrities and chatting around a hashtag.
Google: News, topics, and other ways to connect around discussions. Plus, the ever lively community things like #FF and #TGIF .
#social #socailmedia #twitter #facebook #googleplus
I hate it when it trends on any social network ever. Why? Because it means there's still a problem. If it wasn't an issue, it wouldn't be trending. It's an issue and that's the sad part.
Why? Because racism lives. Because prejudice lives. Because hate lives. And the worst part of all is that the discussion around the hashtag predominantly revolves around cops. Bad cops. There is such a thing as bad cops, just as much as there is such a thing as good ones. And the sooner we understand that and start addressing the issue of bad cops, and the system that supports bad cops, the sooner we push back against this nonsense. And the sooner we can stop having to see #blacklivesmatter as a trending hashtag.
I know it's easy to hear someone's complaint, and say, "Yeah, I know, but you know what's worse?!" It's almost human nature to want to 1-up everyone with other things that you consider worse or more prevelant. But having ten issues doesn't negate that all ten issues still need to be dealt with, and that that all issues don't always get ironed out in the order you want. Look at the history of African-American rights in America verses women's rights. Women's rights were always behind black male rights. Both were issues, but they didn't get resolved all at the same time. That doesn't mean one was more important than the other, they were both equally important and both equally needed to be dealt with, but it all depends on the current trends of what issues get pushed to the forefront.
Is there black on black crime? Yes. Does that upset me, too? Yes.
Is there black on white crime? Yes. Does that upset me, too? Yes.
As a matter of fact, all violence upsets me. But generally I make a point with the internet of not engaging or posting about politics, religion and other touchy subjects, because it brings out the worst in people behind screens. If you scan my Google+ profile, you'll discover this is literally the first post I've ever made about #BlackLivesMatter period. But sitting back and seeing it time and time again, and knowing what I've seen in my short existence, I felt compelled (if only once), to say something.
At an open mic last week, an older gentleman made the statement that he wished we would try to see the similarities in each other more often instead of always looking for the things that set us apart. And it's true, that would help a lot with the attitudes of some.
But in the end, and I know I sound like a hippy for saying it, but if we'd all just learn to love others beyond our immediate circle and care for their wellbeing a little more, we could see the hurt others go through and care and hope that they find a place someday where the burden could be lifted. This isn't just a political issue, these are real people. And real people are dying. And real people are suffering. I don't care what color your skin is or your religion or politics, nobody deserves to be murdered. Period.
Let us all think more positively.
Get those arms ready, it's time to do some swimming and shake what your mama gave ya. Why your mama gave it to you, I don't know, but that's what they say, which is ridiculous because I can shake my hips waaaay better than my wife can. So, if my son inherits the gift, it'll be, "Shake what your daddy gave ya!"
Dancing awesomeness alert: Those dancers in blue at the end...... holy shin splints, Batman!
This goes out to my writerly-friends who use Wattpad. You may wanna change your password pronto.
An article I wrote for in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and county clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses. The article isn't directly on those issues, but about the discussion of religion and politics in the workplace, as well as discrimination.
Do you know your workplace policies on the discussion of religion and politics at work?
Today, Google+ announced it will be removing the requirement of a Google+ account for various Google products such as YouTube. As we know, Google+ is a ghost town, the Walking Dead, and (I think) that means no one ueses it. We know this, but despite that we already know this, we're going to discuss how this announcement today is the nail in the coffin of a dead horse which Google has been beating for sometime.
Now it's dead. Now it's over. Despite the fact that it was dead on arrival, has been dead for sometime, and dies ever year just for spite.
Not even sure why we would bother posting this on Google+, as it's clearly a dead platform.
Just about any "tech news" site today
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