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Walking Through Dark Places short story is now live

I was inspired to write this through my prompt, someone who live their life in complete denial of themselves. It's a very interesting portrait of a man who is trapped in a world of his own creation, probably filled with regrets, compromises, and desires. It's a psychological story about accepting mortality and accepting reality even if it's bleak. Additionally, readers will probably figure out that the young man in my story was murdered. I took inspiration on this from a certain gay serial

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 10 is now live!

Chapter 10 It took a bit longer than usual to publish a new chapter of this story, but sometimes, good things come to those who wait   I know I am opening up a lot of knowledge in this chapter about the ancient world, the nature of cultural differences, urban organization, and some respective observations about both Chinese and Roman/Western Civilization. They're both looking at the world through different lenses, but there's also some fallacies that each side holds in regard to themse

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 9 is Live- Author's Thoughts

Chapter 9 Friends, Romans, Countryman... 😛 Yes, I am introducing a Roman Christian missionary in my historical fantasy story involving Chinese gods, Buddhist deities, and a whole lot of references to Journey to the West. To be fair, I never quite understand why Chinese writers avoid talking about Christians as they came around this period as Missionaries in China, establishing the Church of the East. The same goes with historical fantasy western writers, who avoid talking about Chinese phil

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A Flash of Brilliance-Short Series thoughts from Author

A Flash of Brilliance Land Power created Nations Sea Power created Empires Air Power created Collective Blocs Space Power will create a Human Civilization -If I write a full series, I would use that as my tag line -------------- Have you ever had moments where you wish things were different? After reading about discrimination, hate, atrocities, and death, how can all that stuff change? What type of person could do that? What are their motivations and ideals?

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 8 is Live

Chapter 8 Oh heavenly politics   Some interesting things to think about in this chapter, historically Chinese civilization did begin to hybridize Buddhism and Taoism around this point in history. The blending was partly due to the invasion of barbarian tribes from the steppes with a need to unify various systems together to act as a counterweight. They incorporated mixed belief systems similar to how Romans adopted Egyptian gods or Persian deities in the Middle East, while still worshi

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 7 is Live- Author's thoughts

Chapter 7 Can you believe that I have written 7 chapters into this fanfic prequel series!   Anyway, this chapter opens a few concepts, including some uglier aspects to Ancient Chinese history, i.e. the concept of the Nine Familial Exterminations, which are historically a form of ancient Chinese genocide against certain clans or peoples viewed as dangers to the empire. It was one of the practices that started during the Shang Dynasty, which contributed to its overthrow. Within my story,

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 6 is Live- Author's Thoughts

Chapter 6 I am doing a fair bit of world-building in this chapter. Taking pieces from various Chinese myths and concepts on Taoism and Buddhism to create a coherent concept. It's fair to say that the White Snake demon boy, Xu Xiwang, in my story is similar in some ways to Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto if you guys are trying to draw some parallels. In Chinese and Japanese stories, it's not uncommon to have characters like that with an all-consuming lust for vengeance. Can you really blame h

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 5 is live-Author's Thoughts

Chapter 5 I wanted to show off a skilled military operation that wins an entire battle without costing any lives. Some people will say, is that even possible?  Technically, it required a lot of precision, timing, and extremely good luck, which are all attributes that Hua Cheng possesses in excess. Hua Cheng was asked by Xie Lian to keep the army of Huan family alive, but simply to remove their threat. Putting them all to sleep through the use of grounded herbs and powders being sprinkl

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 4 is Live- Author's Thoughts

Chapter 4 Thank you guys for being such great readers and keeping up with this passion project story. To show my gratitude, I'm publishing an extra chapter this week. I'll go back to 1 chapter a week next week unless the readership grows further, at which point, I might have to do a bit more long-term planning for this story. As for the story, I wanted to show a very important fact to readers: Homophobia isn't unique to only Western societies with Judeo-Christian backgrounds. Any relig

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 3- Author's Thoughts

Chapter 3 is Live I just opened up several can of worms in this chapter. Ancient Chinese and Asian mythologies are seldom explored for their LGBT potential in storytelling, probably due to the main source interpretations being orthodox Confucian intellectuals or moralist leaders, who judge things through a narrow hierarchal structure. However, if you think about it, the ancient myths of Asia were notorious for gods shape-shifting and masquerading as human beings. Sometimes it's males b

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Short Story: "Melody of Rain" Thoughts from the author

Melody of Rain Since folks wanted me to continue a little more with the story, I did with a set of prompts that seemed perfect for it. Again, thank you @Aditus Playing with the music theme, I wanted to flesh out Brad's character a bit more. Brad is an independent non-identifying queer blind male pianist, which I think fits him more than anything else. A free spirit yearning for human connection. Most people with full abilities can have connections easily, while disabled people have to

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Raising a Rebel Chapter 2 is Live- Author's thoughts

Chapter 2 is here I wanted to thank the readers, again, for joining me in this story. I honestly didn't think many people would be interested in this kind of story. GA is not AO3, there's fan-fictions and historical fantasy, but they are localized to select topics and genres. I have yet to see any East Asian Fantasy story, nor fan fictions from popular non-western stories on GA. I hope I am opening people's minds and eyes to the vast cultural landscape of gay fiction from a different corner

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Writing Raising a Rebel- Why?

It's a fan-fiction story and a passion project. I usually don't write fan-fiction or historical fantasy for that matter, but the idea came to my mind rather quickly after I was able to read through Heaven Official's Blessing by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. The idea of a powerful gay martial (warrior) god from the Chinese Taoist immortal pantheon caught my attention. Later the same day, I was in a conversation with my father discussing classic Chinese literature, and he pointed out that Sun Wukong's (Son G

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Musings on the concepts of romance in gay fiction

After watching my most recent gay Anime binge, Heaven Official's Blessing, and starting on the books in the same series, I've begun to get a bit more philosophical about gay romance, when confronted with such a slow burn gay romance that allows me to deconstruct what gay romance is. My forays into various stories and books revolving around gay relationships from mundane high school boyfriends to intergalactic soap opera power couples has given me some food for thought,  I've also compared

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Thinking about my last short story- That is Where You will Find Me

My latest short story That's Where You'll Find Me plays with the concepts of identity, reality, and memory. As many readers know, I am a fan of science fiction and these themes were made famous by authors like Philip K. Dick among others. Yet, I wanted to bring my love of science fiction into contemporary gay fiction. For me, I wanted to create a short story based on the concept of framed false memory from the perspective of an LGBTQ victim, who was traumatized and brutalized into forgettin

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Why is it so hard to find love?

One of the sad truths about being gay and single, it's hard to have a relationship with a decent guy. Sex is a few clicks away, but someone who wants to talk, make dinner together, or walk around the streets is harder to come by. Then, when you do find those kinds of guys, there's a fatal flaw with them: they enjoy sneaking kisses in back alleys (Uh, it's dark and the dumpster reeks), they blow out your tastebuds with some kind of pepper since you told them you enjoy spice (I like spicy, but God

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True As It Can Be Epilogue is Now Live- Author Notes

The Epilogue is now live, here are some notes: Thanks again for all the readers -Not everything is perfect in the world, good people have to continually struggle, but I wanted to leave a sense of progression -We met Mr. and Mrs. Brooks for the first time, they are very down-to-earth people with personal touches. I wanted them to act as foils to Gaston family -Gary Gaston isn't the only member of his family with a cruel streak, remember the sister I mentioned from Chapter 9, I

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True As It Can Be Chapter 20 is Now Live- Author Notes

Chapter 20 is now live, here are some author's notes -I left a bunch of Easter eggs throughout the story, the lack of cameras at handicapped entrances, the trip to New Hampshire, and so on. Well, it all pays off in the chapter -Some readers will be asking, "Cats? Why are they torturing cats?", there was a few news articles about college kid torturing cats and I saw the Netflix documentary "Don't Mess with Cats", so I went there. Also, it is quite true that cats are killed by pounds, es

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True As It Can Be Chapter 19 is Now Live- Author Notes

Chapter 19 is now live, here are some author's notes -Well, Sammy turned out to be very helpful. In addition to being an upperclassman, barista, and bartender at night, he's got an unique background. -I got the inspiration for this scene at Keller Hall from a combination of real-world events. A concept from the "January 6th" insurrection/riot in Washington DC was logistically how I organized the mob and invasion force within Chapter 19. The most violent groups relied on non-aligned gro

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First Anthology Entry in Years: Spirited Holiday Engagement

So like my current novel-length story True As It Can Be, I want to share some thoughts about the story I submitted for the Fall 2021 Anthology: -I had a wild idea of trying an unusual combination of story elements: a. A western holiday story with a gay wedding  b. A funerary rites exploration with commentary on little known details involved in Taoist funeral practices. c. I also wanted to write a ghost story that starts off heavy with melancholy, but ends lighter with potent

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True As It Can Be Chapter 18 is Now Live- Author Notes

Chapter 18 is now live, here's some thoughts -Brad's freak out about his insomnia and growing sexual arousal are side effects of Methadone withdrawal. He's not crazy or unstable, Brad is trying to be responsible and protect Beau even if it means being distant from him. Beau understands that -A tasteful sausage making joke Freud would be proud -We get to see a Thanksgiving celebration -Morris' dilemma is something a lot of heterosexual black males face. Having an unplanned ba

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True As It Can Be Chapter 17 is Now Live- Author Notes

Chapter 17 is now live, Here are some notes: -Yes, Brad and Beau needed a very good scene of exploring each other's bodies, then a bit of exploring pleasure -I know there are gay/bi guys, and probably a few ladies on here, who know what I am describing through Brad's actions of breathing hot air down Beau's spine. It's not something seen or written about often, but it's a kind of sexual foreplay and stimulation itself. Not sure if there's a proper name for it, yet. -Brad's desires

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True As It Can Be Chapter 16 is Now Live- Author Notes

Chapter 16 is now live, Here's some author's notes: -Thanksgiving is coming up, there's lots of planning going into the meal and other things coming to head For those, who follow American Football, Thanksgiving day is well known for being a day of football games. Wonder how that will affect the plot? 😛 -The two foods I noted are both street foods of Japan and South Africa, both are deep fried items and would fit in the theme of comfort food, including Fried Cajun Turducken.

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True As It Can Be Chapter 15 is Now Live- Author Notes

Chapter 15 is now live, here's some author's notes -Finally, a direct confrontation between Brad and Gary -Gary's recent moves weren't just random pieces of malice, they were all calculated plays after discovering Brad's presence on Campus, most likely Thursday night -Brad through Cook called in his lawyer, Peter Brownlow, to assist in the legal issues -Dean William Sikes is the husband of Melinda, older sister of Gary Gaston, and petty power broker seeking to become Presiden

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True As It Can Be Chapter 14 is Now Live- Author Notes

Chapter 14 is now live, here's some author's notes -Morris and Beau are still close friends, even if they're no longer roommates. Morris also recommends the same thing Brad did, Beau should attempt to hide from Gary Gaston. -Yes, I am a fan of Squid Game and its social commentary on the moral relativism and money -As for the library scenes, I've worked in a library before, when I attended university, so I know a few things about some oddities that are kept. VHS tapes probably stil

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