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Weekly Wrap Up (Nov. 11 - Nov. 17)

I know most of the members here are from the US of A, and this week is their time to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you want to take a moment and let us know what you are thankful for this year, and you don't have to be American, add in a comment . Then on TV, US shows are having their fall finales, so in that light, I'm dedicating today's blog as the GA Fall Weekly Blog Finale!!     Now on to what wrapped up our fall season , stay tuned for the all new Winter lineup starting tomorrow!!   Monday, Renee gave us a Featured Story that will get everyone into the Christmas spirit early:   Wednesday, Renee was back at it for a first I think, an info dump  Make sure you check it out for all that it contains   Friday, the nearly all Renee week closed with a couple for new prompts from comicfan.   Saturday, Comicality shared some good advice on how to attract your readers with a good blurb: Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin. Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Questions & Answers: Open to all GA authors, readers, and editors. Visit the thread and PM @Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   Thanksgiving Dinner by Altimexis   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Headstall's Reflections by Headstall   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   The Strange Life of Jonas Marks by comicfan   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   The Search for Pandora  Graeme    Iswirl and Herk are searching for Herk's sister and they are down to their last lead.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Renee's Info Dump!

Well, hello there. Nice of you to come see exactly what a blog info dump entails!  Hopefully you'll find it quite informative. I've got a few things to cover, so let's get right into it!   First off, thank you to everyone who voted in the anthology poll. There were a total of 42 votes, and spacing out the anthology stories was the clear winner with half the total votes (21). The other half was divided between posting all at once (6), and didn't care either way (15). We'll be giving this way of posting a shot with this upcoming anthology. Now, when am I going to start posting all these stories you ask? Well, you'll just have to wait and see!    Speaking of the anthology, don't forget that the deadline is tomorrow!!! Yep, that's right, it's here and you only have another day to get your stories sent to @Valkyrie for her to pair you up with a member of the proof team. Once you receive your stories back, you'll need to fix anything that needs fixing and get it uploaded to GA stories pronto!  From what I'm seeing, we're going to have a great group of stories.   Next up on today's agenda, blog features!  Yep, that's right!  Have you checked out the new features that I'm offering in the GA Blog? First up, we have the Guess the Author feature. I've already got some great content from our site authors, and this feature will start at the beginning of the year. New year, new feature, great idea, huh?  If you're an author that wants to participate, just PM me and I'll send you all the info! If you've already done that, then you just need to get those answers in to me (if you haven't already done so) and then sit back and wait for your turn to come up. Won't it be fun to sit and watch people trying to guess that it's you, and guess wrong?   Another new feature, is the Q & A feature!  We have three different ones. One each for Authors, Editors, and Readers!  No matter what category you fall into, there's something for you. The first Q & A questions are expired for new responses, but there's a new one. Go check it out and get those next answers to me by December 5th!   Let's see, anything else I need to cover? I think that's about it, but I'll also drop this little tid-bit, in case you missed it.  @Cia has a new newsletter game planned for all y'all, which she'll unveil sometime after the anthology deadline is past. I know what it is, and I won't spoil the surprise, but I will tell you this much....It's a doozy of a challenge and I can't wait to see who undertakes it!   Well, that's it for today!  Have a great day and don't forget to join in on all the various opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you!

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Weekly Wrap Up Nov 4 - Nov 10

Lest we forget   In case you are wondering what this is, it is something that is done in countries around the world, but my exposure has always been in Canada. Today is November 11th and Remembrance Day. It is a day to reflect on those that have served and still serving for their countries. It doesn't matter what side they were on, they were willing to put their own lives on the line to defend what they believed in. This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of Armistice, the end of the 1st World War. Different countries have different names, but it is all for the same reason.   Please share a Canadian Tradition; On the 11th hour on the 11th day, or the 11th month, take a personal 2 minutes of silence to honour all of those whom stood up for all of us and those that continue to do so. ' Apologies to those around the globe that the day has mainly past   So, shall we now take a look at the week in review?   Monday, Cia introduce us to November's Can't Stop Reading feature:   Wednesday, Carlos started a 2nd year of Ask a Author with a ton of questions and answers for our Authors.   Friday was our weekly check in to see what comicfan had to get the juices flowing. Creative juices that is . Also a reminder about the fall anthology due Thursday.   Saturday, Comsie presented us with another GA Article, something that happened a lot back in the day, and still occasional does.   Lastly another mention for below, that the Fall Anthology's are due to @Valkyrie by Thursday, November 15th!   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin. Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Questions & Answers: Open to all GA authors, readers, and editors. Visit the thread and PM @Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Thanksgiving Dinner by Altimexis   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate   Canes by CarlHoliday   Cozy Contemplations by Headstall   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Savage Moon 06 - The New Breed by Comicality; Book 6 of Savage Moon   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Promising Updates:   Birds by Parker Owens   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Who Am I?    Menzoberranzen   2011 Poem   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Oct 28 - Nov 3)

Hi, hi, y'all! For those that missed Wednesday's post, I'm back!!!! Not even a week back, and I already almost forgot a blog post, and then just as I was about done, the server was down. Luckily it came back up and I was able to post! I'm out of practice. After today though, @wildone will continue to do the weekly wrap up for a little while longer while I get settled back into the saddle.   Speaking of the server, the size of some threads are negatively impacting the memory on our dedicated server which, in turn, affects the site performance. As such, in the near future we will be archiving certain threads in the Forum Games and Humor and Chat. The threads will still be visible, but they will not be able to be added to or searched. New threads can be created to replace the ones that are being archived, but you won't be able to reply to the old threads. We trust you understand why this technical task is necessary. You can read @Myr's post here!   Before we get into the wrap up for the week, I have a reminder for everyone, as well as a couple of new things. Don't forget that your anthologies are due in to the proof team no later than November 15th!  Regarding the anthologies, we're contemplating a new posting schedule for the anthologies to give the anthology a lot more exposure. I have a poll up, but it's not going to be up very long and will close this Friday. Make sure to get your vote in, by visiting the forum thread. There's also a couple of new blog opportunities, not just for authors, but for editors and readers too!  First off, if you're an author you can join in on Guess the Author!  If you are an author, an editor, or a reader, make sure to check out the other upcoming blog opportunities. We also have our themes for next year, which was announced on Wednesday, but they are:   2019 Spring Anthology
Due: May 15, 2019 In the Stars Snapped   2019 Fall Anthology Due: November 15, 2019 Fall From Grace Raincheck   As you can see, I've been busy coming up with new ideas. If you have an idea for a blog feature, I'd love to hear it. I can't guarantee I can use all of them, but I'm always looking for new content for the blog. Now, on to the wrap up!     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin. Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM @Renee Stevens to participate. Questions & Answers: Open to all GA authors, readers, and editors. Visit the thread and PM @Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Trek or Treat by Altimexis   Signature Updates: A prompt a week by comicfan Adrift by Mann Ramblings Aria Graice by Nephylim Canes by CarlHoliday Denied by Cia Halloween on the Cul-de-Sac by comicfan Irreverent Tales by AC Benus Mojo by AC Benus One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Promising Updates: Delicious by Mikiesboy Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories Only Prompts by Mikiesboy The Church and the Tradesman by Dodger   ***Check out this GA Classic***   I’ No More  by Luc   2006 Winter Anthology Poem   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Happy Halloween!!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!  Hello, Hello!!!!  Long time no talk to!  My little guy is doing well (and sleeping through the night, YAY!) and I thought perhaps it was time I returned to my site duties. A huge thank you to all the admins and other team members for taking care of the blogs and blog content while I tended to Baby J and took care of some health issues. @wildone has agreed to continue helping with the Weekly Wrap Up blogs while I get back into the swing of things. I hope everyone is doing well. Now, let's see what I have in store for you on this spooky holiday!!!         Now that you have some Halloween stories to read, how about some other Halloween fun?  Halloween Sudoku anyone? Maybe a Halloween Crossword? The solutions are hidden in the spoiler!   Halloween Sudoku   Each box, row, and column must contain only one letter of "Halloween". Since there are two "L" and two "E" each will contain one uppercase "L" and "E" and one lowercase "l" and "e".     Halloween Crossword Note: If you click on the picture, the numbers are clearer.     Solutions  

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Oct. 21 - Oct. 27)

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today, you'd better go in disguise Teddy Bears Picnic - Henry Hall   Don't know why, but I always equated this song with Halloween and scary. But then again, I can only remember those two lines  Well enough of my childhood musings and give you all fair warning, I am tuckered out from Halloween....already . Maybe I won't mention it again in my next weekly wrap up!    Now lets get onto the week in review.   Monday, Cia introduced a new Story review:   Wednesday, Cia was up to no good again. Let me say, some of your ways of thinking is downright scary!! Hint, hint, hint --> 🐧   Friday, things got back to somewhat normal around here, with a couple new prompts from the guru, Comicfan:   Yesterday, Comsie gave us all 8 great tips in his weekly GA Article:   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Scott's Story by Ronyx; Book 2 of Mark's Revenge   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Canes by CarlHoliday   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse   Mojo by AC Benus   Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   The Buckle by Rob Colton   Promising Updates:   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Millennium    by Mark Arbour   Millennium is the tenth story in the CAP Saga. Brad is the narrator, and takes us from 1999 into 2000. Many of the characters in this story were introduced in “Chronicles of an Academic Predator,” “1968,” “The Land Whore,” “Be Rad,” “Man in Motion,” “A Summer Love,” “If It Fits,” “Bloodlines,” and “The Box.” You don't have to read them before this story, but it will give you a deeper insight into those characters and their pasts.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Oct 14 - Oct 20)

Short, sweet and to the point this week   Monday, Cia introduced us to our October Classic Author Feature and a great downloadable banner:   That set us up for an October Classic Author Excerpt:   On Friday, Comicfan channeled Cia to post this weeks Prompts:   Saturday, another great tip was presented to us in a Article from Comicality on Conflict:   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Scott's Story by Ronyx; Book 2 of Mark's Revenge   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Canes by CarlHoliday   Come Over by Comicality   Denied by Cia   Mojo by AC Benus   Our House by CassieQ   Shelter by Comicality; Book 1 of Shelter   The Treasure of Escanaba by Cole Matthews     ***Check out this GA Classic***   The Other Side of Me   by Dom Luka   Stuck in the-middle-of-nowhere Arkansas with his mom and his sister, Frank Seaberg wishes that he could return to his old life. When he meets his neighbors, Oliver and David Martin, he’s just happy to have found some friends. But, when Frank begins to suspect that not all is well in the Martin house and begins to search for answers...   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Oct 7 - Oct 13)

Well we just missed a Friday the 13th by a day  Would have been great to have one in this month. I know that some of our non North American friends don't see the hype over Halloween, but we all here do! A chance to become someone else, to come up with new and better ideas on how to scare someone, or revisit an old one. So if you are not into Halloween, why not join us and let your hair down and take in all the fun that we are having here at GA! Actually, why not comment simply your country, if you wish, and if Halloween is a big thing in your neck of the woods.     As mention last week, check out the two stories being published every Sunday for the next 3 weeks! Check later today for the discussion forums and links to the stories or sign up for the GA Weekly Newsletter.     Let's review what we learned last week   Monday, Cia presented us with a Story Review: The Web   Wednesday Cia had some fun and posted an image and wanted you to give a caption. My favourite was   Friday, Cia tossed the reigns over to Comicfan for some prompt fun!   And then on Friday, Comsie had another great tip in GA Articles:   Anthologies 2019 Anthology Voting - Final Round - Due Oct 19th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Asher by Dabeagle; Book 0 of Sanitaria Springs   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Scott's Story by Ronyx; Book 2 of Mark's Revenge   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate   Canes by CarlHoliday   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse Mojo by AC Benus   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   Promising Updates:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories   Pool Boy by Sasha   Rest in Peace - Songs for the Dead by Mikiesboy   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   ***Check out this GA Classic***   A Chance Encounter Jian Sierra   Due to their personal circumstances, Bill and Nate only had a day together. But as they get to know each other, something more than physical attraction developed. What happens when the day comes to an end?   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!        

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Sept 30 - Oct 6)

Now that October is well on its way, let's get excited for the 31st, which is All Hallow's Eve. Now if you really want to be scared, picture yourself waking up on a Sunday morning to find me in your bedroom watching you sleep .   If that is too much to handle, maybe check out the two stories being published every Sunday for the next 4 weeks! Check later today for the discussion forums and links to the stories or sign up for the GA Weekly Newsletter.     So shall we review what we learned this week in the GA Blogs?   Monday, Cia lead off the week with this month's CSR feature:   Wednesday was a celebration of the reboot of Ask an Author 2.0 from Carlos. It was as always, very popular!   Thursday, Graeme informed all the authors and poets on site about the next and final round of voting for the 2019 Anthology Themes:   Friday we woke up to another set of writing prompts from Comicfan. Do you think you can put a Halloween Twist on these?   Saturday, not usually a day to go to school, but Comsie added another great Article to educate us on his practices to get success:   Anthologies 2019 Anthology Voting - Final Round - Due Oct 19th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   City of the Dead by Bill W   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Scott's Story by Ronyx; Book 2 of Mark's Revenge   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Canes by CarlHoliday   Denied by Cia   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Mojo by AC Benus   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   It Was A Monday Lugh   Puck was living the life of a normal teenager. It was a typical Monday morning, the day things get started, and boy did they.

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Sept 23 - Sept 29)

Wow, September is gone. How may days to Christmas? Maybe I will write a Christmas Tale to get everyone into the season     Please, if you are an author, read and reread Cia's Wednesday Blog Post as it has some really, really, really valuable information on how to protect your works on the internets!   To start of the week, Cia hosted the CSR Day for September:   Wednesday was the important day to learn about protecting your works on the internets:   Then it was a hop, skip and jump onto Friday for Wayne's Writing Prompt's for the week:   Finally we had Comicality bring us another great GA Article for us all to learn from:   Anthologiesh 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Fantasy Flash Collection by Myr   Scott's Story by Ronyx; Book 2 of Mark's Revenge   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Denied by Cia   Kiss Of An Angel by Comicality   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse   Mojo by AC Benus   Spirit of Fire by Stellar   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Promising Updates:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Pool Boy by Sasha Distan   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Street Life Graeme   Craig is a street kid. Kicked out of home at a young age, he does what he has to if he wants to survive, but when another street kid is beaten up, Craig wonders if it's all too much.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Sept 16 - Sept 22)

So we had a bit lighter week here at the blog. It was a relief for me, I didn't have to get up at 3:30 AM EVERY morning to feature the blog of the day EVERY day     Actually Cia was up at 2 AM to write up the September Classic Author. When does she sleep?   Skip to Wednesday Cia slept in to 2:03 to give us the September Classic Author Excerpt   Friday, Cia brought us all this weeks Comicfan's Prompts of the Week:   Friday Comsie wrapped up the week with another great article:     Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selections - Vote by Sept 29th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Fantasy Flash Collection by Myr   Scott's Story by Ronyx; Book 2 of Mark's Revenge   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Mojo by AC Benus   One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   We're Not Telling by Comicality; Book 0 of We're Not Telling   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories   Only Prompts by Mikiesboy   Pool Boy by Sasha Distan   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Category 5 CJames   2007 Fall Anthology ':The Rainy Day"   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!      

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Sept 9 - Sept 15)

Well I'm currently freezing to death with close to 0 C or 32 F weather in mid September . But that is nothing to what our members in the Carolina's and Georgia as well as our many members in the Philippines are going through. Here's hoping you are all safe and secure through these trying times   Shall we take a look at what happened over the past week?   Monday, Cia brought us a Story Review. i even heard that the author, K.C. is lurking around the site again   Tuesday was big, as in a very detailed update from Myr on Tech Tuesday about Series and the new option; Worlds:   Wednesday we had a Birthday Party 🎂! Who's you ask? GA is 16 years old I shall apply for a drivers license for GA this week.   Thursday, Graeme brought us the next step in voting for next years Anthology Themes. If you are an Poet or Author, make sure you get your vote in today!   Friday, Cia launched another round of Writing Prompts from Comicfan:   Saturday we had another great Gay Author Article from Comicality. This one has left me feeling... tense     Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selections - Vote by Sept 29th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Mark's Revenge by Ronyx Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates: Adrift by Mann Ramblings Aria Graice by Nephylim Denied by Cia Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus Musings of a Mongoose by Cynus So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   Promising Updates: Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories Pool Boy by Sasha Distan   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Sorry Mom by Duncan Ryder   When you find your future, you shouldn’t have to give up your past.     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

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wildone

 

Has it been 16 Years? Yup.

My, how time flies.  16 years!  The site started on September 13, 2002.  The story on that can be found on our 15th Anniversary page here: https://www.gayauthors.org/anniversary/   This year, I just want to say:   THANK YOU! We are here today because all of you are still here posting stories, reading stories and sharing in our community.  So, in the spirit of our great community, how about you share with us what Gay Authors means to you?

Myr

Myr

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Sept 2 - Sept 8)

What to say this week?   Oh, I thought I would like to pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to our LBO, aka Slytherin, who has some exciting changes coming up in her life and has stepped aside from the Site Moderation Team. Her participation and help with the behind the scenes work on the site has been a great contribution over the years! So, on behalf of the Site Staff and hopefully the membership, thanks LBO.   BTW, LBO stands for Little Blue One, not to be confused with the Liquor Board of Ontario   So we had a busier week last week now that the dog days of summer has passed us up North. Cia started off the week with our next CSR author and story:   Tuesday we had the start up of Tech Tuesday again by Myr:   Wednesday was Carlos turn again to step onto the dance floor and bring another addition of Ask An Author 2.0:   Thursday, Myr let us know that the Anthology Thursdays are back up and running:   Friday, Cia brought us another couple of prompts from Comicfan to get the creative juices flowing AND Cia somehow dissed an entire nation as well   Saturday saw the return of GA Articles by Comsie:     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Mojo by AC Benus   Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus; Book 13 of Verse   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   Promising Updates:   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Days of Silence  by Viv   2006 Anthology. Sometimes what isn't said is more powerful than any words that could be said.     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 26 - Sept 1)

Well, it has come The semi official end of Summer in my little area of the world. Today we had rain, we had hail, an hour west of me they had the S word flying though the air . Hoping everyone else is having less seasonal weather than me! I do realize that the southern hemisphere is ramping up for Summer, and other places don't really have a winter, but seasons are a changing!   Your next weather forecast live at 11 PM!   Let's get down to business and look at what the GA Blog brought you over the past week.   Monday, Cia kicked off the work week with our August Can't Stop Reading Discussion Day:     Wednesday, Cia brought us 2 great Writing Tips from our beloved friend Trebs on plotting:   Friday, was a day for some new prompts from our Prompt Guru, Comicfan. Even though Cia lied to me about more warmth   Saturday, Myr hung up his speedos and washed off his suntan lotion and sand, left the beach after a summer of fun, and brought us some information on the upcoming Anthology Theme Selection and Fall Themes for the Anthologies:   Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selection is here  - Due Sept 7th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Sci-Fi Flash Collection by Myr   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Mojo by AC Benus   Oil and Water by Headstall   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Only Prompts by Mikiesboy   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Second Shot by Quonus 10   What do you do when you are deep in the closet but you meet the man of your dreams? Do you take the chance and risk the consequences?     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!      

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 19 - Aug 25)

Hey all, time for our weekly look back at what happened over the past week!   Monday, Cia introduced us to this month's Classic Author Feature:   Wednesday, Cia followed up with the Excerpt for our Classic Author:   Finally it was Friday! What better way to wrap up the week with @comicfan giving us some new prompts:   Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selection is here  - Due Sept 7th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Erebi Seeking by Lugh   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Sci-Fi Flash Collection by Myr   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   I Wasn't Asleep Yet by Comicality   Intergalactic Radio Station by CarlHoliday   Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality   Mojo by AC Benus   Shojoji - a fairytale poem by AC Benus; Book 12 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   It Started With Brian  Dan Kinkaid, co-authored by Adam Phillips   Sam searches for love and acceptance as he deals with the pressures of student life, a troubled family and his emerging confusion over his sexuality as he finds himself falling in love with his best friend.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!      

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 12 - Aug 18)

Well hello everyone! Happy Sunday I hope for you all. I was shocked to hear that the schools in some parts of the US are back in already. What about your neck of the woods, what is the school year like? I imagine down under and elsewhere it is probably ramping up for summer holidays soon. I think it is interesting when you read a story from another country than your own, as I actually learn more about that country in a way that is never taught in school.   Oh, I'm here to do the weekly wrap up....sorry   Monday Cia kicked off the week with a Story Review done by @BlindAmbition:     Wednesday, Graeme put out a call to all members to make sure you visit a topic to help decide next years Anthologies:   Friday, Cia introduced us to another round of Prompts from our prompt guru, @comicfan:     Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selection is here  - Due Sept 7th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse   Mojo by AC Benus   One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Spirit of Fire by Stellar   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Everybody’s Wounded by Duncan Ryder   Three young men, all wounded by past relationships. Can they learn to trust and to love again? Are some wounds deep beyond healing?   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 5 - Aug 11)

Well I am finally home after my 7734 km/4805 mile drive! Thank you Cia for helping me out last week.   First off, are you like me and getting lots and lots of notifications? Well even though we didn't have a Tech Tuesday, Myr showed us all how to authorize what we get notified on. Check it out here by clicking 'Read more...' on the big red bar on any page or via the announcement. Or just go check out the actual options to selection what you are getting notifications for, not just how often/how/when that appears UNDER the blue save button on the 'Notifications Settings' box by simply scrolling down a little farther on the page.       Monday, Cia introduced us to our August Can't Stop Reading Feature Story:   Wednesday, Cia  rubbed two sticks together and came up with a new Blog feature for the day   Friday, sorry about not getting the Author Prompts featured until later in the day     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Dawn of Tears by dkstories Mark's Revenge by Ronyx The Kandric Saga by Kyle Aarons Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates: April Musings by Valkyrie Aria Graice by Nephylim Denied by Cia I'm Worthless Because Nobody Likes Me by CarlHoliday; Book 2 of 319 Winesap Lane Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse Mojo by AC Benus Prompts? by CassieQ So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Promising Updates: Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso The Golden City by Aceinthehole   ***Check out this GA Classic***   For The Love by C James   Chris grew up a loner in small-town Arizona, but things began to change for him when he started college. Sometimes for the better, but sometimes for the worse, and often with humor, the changes affect his life, as he sets for on the road of life, and towards finding the love of his life, with a lot of adventure along the way.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 29 - Aug 4)

Wow, July is gone and August has started. In Canada, the first week of September is considered the end of summer. No matter where you are, let's make the most of August! Currently I'm on vacation , so a big thanks to Cia for running the stories Saturday night and putting them in and publishing the wrap up!   Monday, Cia started the close of the month with the CSR Discussion Day:   Wednesday, Carlos brought us another edition of Ask an Author 2.0:   Friday, I was a bit late featuring the Prompts, but CIA had them up nice and early.    Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.     Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Mark's Revenge by Ronyx Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates: Aria Graice by Nephylim Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates: Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso The Cockney Canuck by Dodger tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Escaping the Pain By Cia   When things go wrong what would you do to get away? Dane tries to escape by running but something stops him. Is there a better way?     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 22 - July 28)

We continue on with our summer broadcasting schedule (do you say shedual or skedual?  ) I didn't take over the weeks worth of blogs for Cia, as you really don't want to see that . Instead we split up the week a bit more this week .   Monday Cia brought us a Story Review by @LitLover   Wednesday Graeme took over the blog again for some big news!   Friday, Cia shared prompts from our prompt guru @comicfan   Saturday Myr jumped in with some exciting news about Stories!    Sunday, Steve did the Weekly Update   Question for you all, we have a feature called Improve & Encourage. Essentially people put down their name and then next person to sign up would do a review for the person above them. Here is the last blurb that Renee shared with us:     Authors learn best when they have the chance to engage in active feedback and give and take with other authors. That's why GA is such a great community. So if this feature sounds like it's for you, sign up now!   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Mojo by AC Benus   The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday   The Spring of '90 and other poems by AC Benus; Book 9 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Ripped by craftingmom   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   The Greatest Sadness By Foster   One of a collection of ten short poems.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 15 - July 21)

Well it really must be the beginning of the dog days of summer this week here at GA! We didn't have a full packed week at the GA Cia Blog, but that is not necessarily a bad thing . It does mean that everyone is having some rest and relaxation, which I'm all for!!   So back to the wrap up, on Monday Cia introduced us to the July Classic Author:   Tuesday we took the day off and picked up again on Wednesday with Cia sharing the July Classic Excerpt:   Thursday was another day off and we jumped to the popular Writing Prompts on Friday by guess who? Cia again . I was thinking of getting her to do the wrap up for a perfect week!     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Cozy Contemplations by Headstall   Denied by Cia   GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Mojo by AC Benus   One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Spirit of Fire by Stellar   The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday   The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Dangerous Liaisons By Nephylim   Daniel literally sweeps Josh off his feet. They fall in love. Josh's parents are devout Christians and are not happy about it. The arrange a surprise for Daniel which ends up tearing them all apart.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!    

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 08 - July 14th)

Hopefully you all are enjoying your summer or winter depending on your locale. No matter what the season, GA will be here with informative articles and activities for you all year long!   Monday Cia brought us the Story Review done by Parker Owens:   Tuesday was more information and examples of how to use the Story Archive Search Filters:   Wednesday, we gave the keys to the GA Blog to Graeme for his first blog as an Admin:   Thursday Myr took us back to the Winter of 2012:   Friday, Cia brought us a couple of writing prompts. Looks @Carlos Hazday, @northie took the bait and shared their results!   Saturday, Myr let us know that the article feature is taking a summer break! I think Comsie wants to go hang out at the rope swing at the swimming hole But don't worry, they will be back, just make sure to follow the Articles Blog.   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Ride The Lightning by CassieQ   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Prompt Rides by Carlos Hazday   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Buy Me A Drink A Friendly Face   Aaron doesn't get involved in drama. Instead he prefers to sit back night after night in the local club and watch OTHER guys become ensnared by life, and the A-gay's, little games. All that unexpectedly changes one night with four simple words, "Buy me a drink?" Now all Aaron can do is hang on and see where this ride takes him.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Author Promotions

I'd like to talk about Author Promotion, what it is and how it works.   As hopefully everyone is aware, here at GA we have a number of authors with either the Promising, Signature or Classic status. These are authors that we have "promoted" after a review by the Author Promotion Team (APT). The APT is a group of members whose job is to evaluation authors that have been nominated to see if they're reached the "next level" of writing.   What do Promising, Signature and Classic mean? Well, that's an interesting question in it's own right. The details are to some extent subjective and each member of the APT has their own guidelines that they use but roughly:   Promising Author: An author who has demonstrated a quality above the norm, that shows promise of the sort of writing that we want to showcase at GA. Because they're prominent, we're also looking for a combination of other factors, such as how they interact with their readers, signs that they want to improve, and a willingness to help make GA the place on the Internet for quality gay fiction. We don't expect a Promising author to do all of these things, but we're looking for indications that a Promising Author is going to help promote GA, predominantly through their writing, but maybe through other means, as well.   Signature Author: An author who has demonstrated a high level of craftmanship with their writing. SIgnature Authors can still have areas that they need to improve, but this status is an acknowledgement that the stories they're producing are amongst the best at GA and indeed the Internet overall.   Classic Author: Essentially, a Signature Author that has either retired, or only infrequently publishes new works. Sometimes a new author can become a Classic Author if they're posting their collection of stories previously posted elsewhere.    So how does an author becoming a Promising, Signature or Classic Author? It all starts with a nomination. For various reasons, we only accept nominations via PM, not public posts. If you wish to nominate an author, or even if you want to nominate yourself, send a PM to the APT Lead (currently myself), providing the details of the author you wish to nominate and maybe a comment or two as to why you think that author deserves promotion.   The APT Lead will then schedule a review for that author. Because the members of the APT have other jobs (and are generally authors themselves), and reviewing an author is something that's needs time and effort to do the job properly, we typically only review one author a month. Thus unfortunately means that it can take some time before an author is reviewed, so please be patient.   Reviewing stories is an important task that the APT takes very seriously. Each member of the APT has their own views on the details of what makes a Promising/Signature/Classic Author, which can mean that we end up with a variety of opinons. Reviewing stories and documenting observations, followed up by discussing the differing opinions to come up with a decision, isn't something to be rushed.   The outcome of the review is then shared with the author. This could be an offer for promotion (cue fireworks!), usually to Promising, but occasionally directly to Signature (cue massive fireworks!!!). If an author is not deemed ready for promotion, the APT team will provide some suggestions on areas in which the author needs to improve. Even if an offer is made, the team will usually comment on areas that we feel the author could focus on for improvement. Our goal is, after all, to encourage the authors nominated, as we'd all love to see more Promising and Signature authors.   Once an author has been promoted to Promising, the process doesn't stop there. The APT will also review our current Promising Authors on a semi-regular basis to see if they're ready for promotion to Signature. With reviewing not only new nominations, but existing Promising Authors, and only being able to review one author a month, you can see why the process can take some time. Just be patient; we'll get to everyone eventually.   What are the benefits of becoming a Promising/Signature/Classic Author? There are several benefits to becoming a Gay Authors Promising/Signature/Classic Author. These are: Each Promising Author gets a banner displayed above their stories. The banner size is 848 pixels wide by121 pixels tall. We can create one for you if you like, or you can supply your own. Your name, bio and banner will be listed on our Authors page under your new Author group. Your story updates will be listed in the weekly wrap-up blog. Story topics can be placed in the Promising Authors Discussion Forums. Upon becoming a Signature Author,  your story topics can be placed in the Signature Author Discussion Forums. In some cases, you can also get your own forum, though that usually requires an active fan-base to keep the forum active. Signature Authors with published works, if posting regularly and above a certain word count, can place off-site buy links to their eBooks available for purchase on other sites, such as Amazon. Signature Authors are eligible for extra promotion through periodic featured blogs during our Signature/Classic week each month. Signature Authors may also use individual story banners for their stories, rather than their author banner, if they wish.   What are the responsibilities of the Promising/Signature Authors? What we ask of GA Promising/Signature Authors in return: Post your stories on GA first or concurrently with other sites. If you post on other sites or a personal blog, link back to Gay Authors. Please do not remove your stories from GA for publication elsewhere. Should you later intend your work for publication, your story can be reviewed for possible inclusion in GA's Premium stories section. Actively participate with your readers by answering reviews and being an active member of the site.     I hope this has been informative. Have a look at our existing Signature, Classic and Promising Authors, and then if you know someone you believe can join their ranks, let me know!

Graeme

Graeme

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 1 - July 7)

Well a belated Happy Independence Day to our American cousins  Hope you all have recovered from you mid week holiday  Another busy week this week today at the GA blog, so let's jump right into it!   **Special note to everyone on the video that has been posted on the recent Stories Archive Software by Myr**   On Monday, Cia introduced us to this month's CSR Feature for July:   Tuesday, Myr showed us how to follow blogs. Is it narcissistic to say I follow my own blog ?   Wednesday was US Independence Day and Carlos had an entry for everyone to enjoy!   Thursday, Myr looked back at a Anthology all about friendenemies:     Friday, Cia let us know about two new prompts:   Saturday, the week was wrapped up with another article from Comicality:   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Chance Meeting at the Pride Parade by comicfan   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews   GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban   GFD 12: Blood Ties by Comicality; Book 12 of Gone From Daylight   Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie   The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Only Prompts by Mikiesboy   Prompt's for 2018 by Caz Pedroso; Book 5 of Prompts and Shorts   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Roomates Krista   About best friends from college. Brett and Will are totally different, but will they find out that, that is what makes their friendship so special? They definitely have the summer to figure it out, Will is going back home to visit his parents and taking Brett with him.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (June 24 - June 30th)

Greetings all on your Sunday, or maybe even your Monday! We survived another week at GA and I think if you look at what we had featured this week, you will agree it was a great week!   Monday, Cia kind of began bringing June to a close with the CSR Discussion Day:   Tuesday was Myr's time and he gave us an update of upcoming changes with the Story Archive on the site:   Wednesday Cia shared some great tips for Authors new to the site on posting and a good reminder to the all of us:   Thursday in the Anthology News, Myr took us back to 2012:   Friday is was fun with Writing Prompts:   Saturday, Comsie brought us another great article:   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Promising Updates:   Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ   Ripped by craftingmom   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   The Poetry of D/s by Mikiesboy   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Jumping Over My Mountain Tiffany Chin   Life isn't easy or fair. Six friends deal with death, love, and rocky relationships as they try to find happiness.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

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