Welcome to another Monday! Once again, the review team has a new story review to hopefully whet your appetite. If you do read, don't forget to leave a review!
Reviewer: Parker Owens
Word Count: 9,305
Life is hard enough being different. It’s harder still when that difference is accentuated, made stark in bold relief, by the church in which a boy is raised to become a man. Although this story is set in the U.K., it describes a kind of abu
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In my continued effort to place a little something here daily, I've got some notes I've been working on. I have a truly huge "To Do" List. Many of the items on it are currently related to either writing or this site. I hope to get to 1) Creating an introduction/help page for Gay Authors2) Creating a guide for adding stories to the story archive.3) creating a guide for ending up listed in the correct group. (Identifying new members and joining the right groups. Authors, editors, etc.) I migh
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I decided to pick up the new blogging software. This will be my forum to post things, such as my thoughts on politics.I'm working on a plan right now to host others as well. (Hosted Authors can create their own blogs here now)
I'm a great believer in open-ended stories - it's what most of mine end up being. It is enough to give readers a sense of where things might go next. That's even more the case with a series of vignettes, I think. A 'slice of life' is just that.
MichaelS is my husband.
I too was raised a Catholic, however, my views differ from Michael's and likely yours for a number of reasons. However, I'm not here to try and change your mind about God or religion. People will choose their own way.
Even though i no longer believe, I'll have a look at this story.
I don't believe all stories should be happy or end happily. I'm after the story, whatever it is, it is the story that matters.
i'll let you know what i think.. thanks, Drew.
But we don't disagree. Hope is what I wanted at the end of this story. I didn't want a suddenly tacked on happy ending but I did want to show that there is a way out of this awful situation, but it isn't any easy route.
This isn't a happy read because of the journey the narrator has to take in it, he has to face some awful things and face up to being a victim (which is not a good place to be). I intended it to be like this because I wanted to write about the damage caused.
It may deal with difficult topics, and that may make reading it difficult, especially for any reader who may currently be experiencing similar difficulties, or have done so in the past. But I myself would not say it's an unhappy story. True, the ending isn't one of those Happy Ever After ones that some readers might want or expect, but it does end with a hope that things are getting better for Chris, the protagonist.
Oh dear! Have I just told an author that I disagree with the way he views
it does me good to hear stories like yours, people who reject religious homophobia before it harms them. It also does me good to hear about people who balance their religion and sexuality without any guilt or shame.
I met my husband 21 years ago and it was wonderful, he changed my life and he encourages me to write.
I would say I hope you enjoy His Story but it's not a happy story.
I haven't read your story, but I likely will.
I was raised a Catholic. I knew I was Gay. And I didn't care who else knew it either.
I left the Church after the Priest told me what an abomination loving another man is, and that I could not be both Gay and Catholic. I do not regret my choice to leave. I live right. I do not need religion, my beliefs are in my heart. If there is Judgement, then I shall be judged on those.
I have always had the support and love of my family ... i
@Parker Owens and @northie, thank you doesn't seem enough for giving this me this wonderful honour, opportunity and review.
I wrote this story originally in the early 1990s. The media had seemed to just realised the horrors of the ex-gay movement. But so many people's response was, "this is terrible but once you leave it behind and come out then everything will be all right." I knew this wasn't true. So I wrote this story to show how the damage does not end just because we have escaped the
One of the things that made this story so meaningful to me was the fact that the author admitted he was writing about something that was deeply personal to himself. That cannot have been easy, so extra kudos must be given for the excellent way the story was told.