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 This platform isn’t perfect, and sometimes I’m frustrated with their lack of support for certain things. But it’s still good. Good enough to leave again? I don’t know. I’ll probably do a reassessment of my hosting platform again in the near future. But alas, BORING! You didn’t come here for that.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I give you the first post on the blog: NOIR, Chapter 1. The first chapter of a novella I was working on at the time.

For those of you who have been with me or partially with me since the beginning, I thank you. And have a good read on the house. 😉

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Dear writers, what are you currently working on?

Take to the comments and let me know what your WIP (work-in-progress) is at the moment. Tell us what it’s about, share links if you got ’em. Can’t wait to hear what everyone is working on.

🙂✏ 📖

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Sweet Sixteen Killer – Prologue

I’m  super proud to unveil an early version of the prologue of my novella Sweet Sixteen Killer. The first in my Masterson series. Here is the link to the prologue at Emerald Dragon Tales’ website. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to drop a comment over there for me.

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Joining the dark side: Instagram

I’ve joined the dark side and am now using Instagram. You can follow me there at the usual handle @babylontales.

Here is a taste of the magic I produce there.

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Rejection can go both ways in publishing

I wanted to share some thoughts I learned about publishing over the past two years. What happened over the past two years, you ask? I was shopping our collaborative novel GUN around to publishers off and on in those years. It wasn’t an always on experience, and sometimes I felt bad about that. And sometimes I’d research a publisher, and then decide not to submit the manuscript to them, and feel bad that I hadn’t submitted, because each time the manuscript got rejected or didn’t get submitted it just drug the whole ordeal out more. Continue reading


I’m feeling pretty good about my writing WRITE NOW

Ever since last Fall, I took on a couple of writing projects. The first was publishing the Josephine the Dragon stories by Taylor Christine on the blog. The second was writing the next installment in the I Will Kill You for $5 project.

But, alas, it felt like I had really fallen behind on the blog and writing in general. Life has been crazy, to my credit. However, as is the case a lot, I dump on myself a lot about writing.

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About a story and updates

I’ve been awfully quiet on the eastern front lately. Lots of other things have been engulfing my time as of late. But when I can, since October, I’ve been working on a short story for my good friend Jessica Wright. It was part of my I Will Kill You for $5 project, but I was giving it away as a thank you for her and her boyfriend helping out with recording my first ever comedy gig. Well, what should have been a quick short story, has been getting longer and longer, and more complex as I go. Continue reading

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