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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman November 3, 2017 - 5:56am

I've seen it happen once. Sort of. 

Right now I've got a work in progress that would definitely cause me some work trouble. It's about my work, specifically. Nothing illegal or threatening, but it's not kind to the workplace.

Anyone out there done something like this?

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel November 3, 2017 - 9:02pm

Every day. I tell stories about people that I run into every day, and that means I don't paint them in the best light. If they wanted better lighting, they should have acted better. Or at least realized someone with poor lighting was near.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal November 5, 2017 - 12:20pm

These days? Shit, did you hear about that guy at google? You can't even quote well established science anymore.

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Max from Texas is reading goosebumps November 12, 2017 - 7:52am
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Christopher M Rigby from Auckland, New Zealand is reading On Writing, by Stephen King November 12, 2017 - 4:38pm

Yes.  Every other day on facebook.  That's why I don't have my employer listed on my (facebook) profile.

I have some major concerns around the current climate of "purity politics" and "call out culture".  Where you could say/write something either well intended or in jest, and because it doesn't meet someone elses particular moral world view, you wind up being the victim of an online witch burning.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal November 13, 2017 - 9:37pm

It's more than online these days. Thus the firings.

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B.B.Blondie from California is reading I read to my kids right now. November 15, 2017 - 8:12pm

Yes I have broken rules at a job I had.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman November 17, 2017 - 11:21am

Anyone experienced the consequences? What were they?

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Christopher M Rigby from Auckland, New Zealand is reading On Writing, by Stephen King November 18, 2017 - 4:52am

For me I was pulled into a meeting and asked to remove my employers name from my facebook profile.  Fortunitely I have a good employer, who didn't want to stop me from expressing free speech.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman November 18, 2017 - 7:55pm

That is fortunate. And sad. Fortunate it worked out that way, sad that it's definitely "fortunate" that we live in a world where it's fortunate that an employer is cool with you expressing yourself on your own time.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel November 20, 2017 - 11:20am

Luckily no one from my old military unit has read my work so I've not had to deal with them. 

But, as an old saying goes, if you wanted me to write better of you, you should have acted better.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated November 28, 2017 - 4:22pm

I think for me it was showing people how I did the rough draft on the back of corporate forms at a job I used to have a few years ago, not my current gig. They were old ones that needed to be thrown out anyway but I'd seen people fired out for way less.

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Sheri Attani Ro... from San Jose, CA is reading The Blindfold by Siri Hustvedt November 28, 2017 - 9:46am

Definitely. But I haven't put much up where they could see it, certainly not any current work and I've limited who can view it.

On Facebook I've lost a few "friends" from a former job (comic books) because of a couple of things I've said there. Not to mention the image (vocalist from Pussy Riot giving the finger) I used at the top of my page. I think I have some former employers names on the account but the not my current one.

As for publishing my fiction, I've decided to use a pen name.

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Kedzie from the SF Bay Area by way of Chicago is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien November 28, 2017 - 6:13pm

"If you think of yourself as part of normal society you'll never write anything worth reading a second time."

Nelson Algren

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal December 7, 2017 - 7:52pm

Shit, in 2017, if you think of yourself as a part of normal society, writing at all is as foreign as eating nutritious food, turning the boob-tube off, and reading something besides social media.