That burnt out feeling

Been swamped a lot lately. Trying to do too many things in a limited amount of time and burning myself out. It’s a miserable feeling. Need to give myself a little relaxing time to breathe and rejuvenate.

Side note… I have been working on a new story. A freebie, and horror. Been working on it with fellow author Trent Becker. We should have it done soon. Fingers crossed and all that. Below is a visual sneak peek. In the meantime, I’ll be breathing.

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#blogging, #writing

My wife and I have been watching True Blood. We had never seen it before. But we’ve been binging through the series….

My wife and I have been watching True Blood. We had never seen it before. But we’ve been binging through the series. And as we get closer and closer to the end of the series, it becomes a little bittersweet, because we lost Nelsan Ellis recently. He played Lafayette. He’s been one of my favorite characters. And as a performer what he could accomplish with a look or flick of a finger is profound. He’s been such a delight to watch.

Check out these gifs I found of Nelsan as Lafayette. Enjoy them. And Nelsan, rest in peace.

Tip yo waitress.

My 1/20.

My 1/20.

This is a fun project, ya’ll. Rules below…

A fun project to help us learn about each other.

20 films that had an impact on you, for the next 20 days.

Only post a pic. No film title or comment. Number them and use the hashtags below.

1/20

#20MovieChallenge #movies #film

Google+ shutting down in 10 months.

Google+ shutting down in 10 months.

So here are some ways to connect with me off G+. I’ll be hanging out for a while, probably until the end of days, just to make sure I can export my data and keep as many connections as possible. I’ll be around. But for new content and insured contact, it’s better if you find me at other places. I’m always at my website, too: https://talesfrombabylon.com.

NETWORKS

Pluspora. A lot of us Plussers are congregating at a Diaspora pod called Pluspora. Ironically, a couple of plussers created this space about a month ago — not even realizing this day was coming. I’m a moderator here, doing my best to help. I highly recommend we all congregate here, because the more of us that already know and enjoy each others’ company join, the better the community we will have. You can find me here: https://pluspora.com/people/9db22fa09dbc01364590005056268def

Twitter. I’m here: https://twitter.com/babylontales.

Instagram. I’m here: https://instagram.com/babylontales.

MESSENGERS

Telegram: https://t.me/weavern

GroupMe: https://groupme.com/contact/18995702/BXFMw5ge

Skype: https://join.skype.com/invite/Loj9btwjEecj

There ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.

https://youtu.be/tIdIqbv7SPo

#Deepthoughts | What if we’re the aliens? 👽

#Deepthoughts | What if we’re the aliens? 👽

My son is watching Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, and I’m like, “Yeah, but it ain’t no Seaquest.”

My son is watching Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, and I’m like, “Yeah, but it ain’t no Seaquest.”

The Experiment (revisited)

In the fall of 2011, a pretty amazing thing happened for me. I had a short story of mine published in The Derby Telegraph over in Derbyshire—you guessed it, in England. I had a short story being read by the people of Derbyshire, and in print no less. It was a fuzzy feeling of warmth. Knowing that somewhere, across the pond, people were picking up their local newspaper and reading a story by me. I’ll never forget that fuzzy feeling.

Soon after the story made it to their website and I linked to it form this blog.

Well, recently I clicked on that Derby Telegraph link and found it no longer existed. Saddened by its removal from their website, but kind of understanding because it did sit on their site for many years, I’ve decided to republish the story here. And as is my new custom, I’ve converted it into 3 readable formats (epub, mobi, PDF). And also as is my custom, they are all free for download to read at your leisure on whatever device you carry or keep locked to the desk.

BUT FIRST, some art!

Hitchcock’s artwork and headline as they originally appeared in The Derby Telegraph.

The above amazing artwork was made by David Hitchcock to accompany my short story when it ran in The Derby Telegraph. This artwork is fantastic, and really captures the feel I had in my head at the time I wrote the story. I wanted to make sure that I shared his work, because it was incredible and if you know him, let him know how amazing his artwork is and that I love it.

If you are tired of waiting, here is the link to the files: Download link for eBook files (epub, mobi, PDF).

About the story.

But before I go, how about a little history on the story? A little behind the scenes? When I wrote this story it was just under 2,000 words in length, but The Derby Telegraph was accepting stories under 1,500. I had to trim a good 500 words out of this already short story. The result? In my opinion, it turned out to be a much better story, after I trimmed and trimmed and trimmed. It really felt like I let a lot of excess go.

Side note – do you think I might have more to this story? WELLLLLLL…. I did develop some more to it at some point. But still have not written any of that down. If you’d be interested in an extended Experiment someday, let me know in the comments.

#ebook, #science-fiction, #scifi, #short-story