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Weekly Wrap Up (Feb 10 - Feb 16)

What's up, buttercup?   So did you get to use that expression on Valentines Day? I know I'm late and maybe should have presented this last week, but oh well . So I remember when I was in elementary school, getting a box of Valentines Cards and filling out for everyone in my class, boys and girls. I was thinking to doing that this year at work but when I mentioned it to someone, they thought I might be setting myself up for a visit with H.R. So, did you do anything to spread your love this year, and if so, how? Or do you hate Valentine's Day all together?   Now a request to everyone! If you look at the GA Classic at the bottom, it is empty We have been using a list and we have now run out! So if you know of a story you think we should feature in the weekly update, make sure to drop me a PM @wildone. This can mean any finished story. I shall compile a list and then Renee and I will start providing a link and the blub for the stories that you suggest! Even if it has been featured in the past and you think it should be featured again, let me know! For series, let's try to feature up to completed books. This should be your place to feature a favourite story of yours .   Now, shall we visit what the GA Blog brought us this week?   On Monday, Renee introduced us to a new Featured Story by @Thorn Wilde   On Wednesday it was another round of Q & A! Lots of Authors contributed to this!   Then we had an Anthology Thursday this week! Great responses from different people all working to get their ideas going.   Finally Friday arrived and the all Renee week ended with a couple more prompts from @comicfan   Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Apple of Her Eye by Ronyx   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 3 by Bill W   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Headstall's Reflections by Headstall   Kabal; Book 3 of King's Mate by aditus   Lonely Pride by Cynus   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Zero to Hero, a Guide by AC Benus   Promising Updates:   Changes, Again by Mikiesboy   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***     Nothing here!!! Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!    

wildone

wildone

 

Q & A: Round 4

Well, it's time for another Q & A session with our site authors, poets, editors, and readers!  As you can see, these features have a little something for everyone. If you have ideas for questions for one of these groups, feel free to PM me!  And while you're at it, why not answer one of the Round 5 questions!  Now, let's see what we have for you this round!      Authors: Do you base characters off of real life people? Are they completely fictional? Or some of both? And how does it affect your writing of said characters?   @Mikiesboy Some of my characters are completely fictional.  Some are from my own life, people i've seen or met. No matter where they come from, i still bend and shape them into the character i want. The most recent character i am writing is Aiden. He is based on a young boy i saw when we were out for dinner at a local restaurant. I've changed him slightly now, but he's the reason for my character.   I think it's important to know your characters, even if you never share all their back story. Know who they are, so they will have natural and in-character reactions to the world you put them in.   @Timothy M. My characters are mostly fictional, but they often carry something of me, and occasionally of people I know.   @Dabeagle I do and I don't. That is to say, I don't copy a person, but I will copy come mannerisms or appearances for the sake of inspiration. When I do, I don't use their names or anything like that. I think it would be very difficult and constraining to try to stick to a real person because you have to decide how they would react in a given situation and, somehow, work that into the story framework you have. Generally characters that I 'borrow' from real people are because I like or was amused by them, so it's fun to have them appear. For instance in Ouroboros, Inc. I actually used a few people in minor roles. The characters of Cait and Bennett were based on real life siblings; the girl has made my coffee a time or two at our local Dunkin' Donuts. The family actually has four kids, all of whom seem to be lovely people. The boy Bennett was based on did many of the small things in real life that the fictional version of him did. Sometimes I only borrow a name because it strikes me as unique or interesting - like Drake from You Don't Know Me. Outside of the name, though, he was original. I don't think anyone would recognize themselves in my work unless I used something they'd personally remember. Many real life people provide fun character parts to play with and assemble into my own creature.   @Thorn Wilde Often a bit of both. My characters are oftentimes inspired by people I've seen or people I know, but very fictionalised. In a way, though, I don't really think there's any such thing as a completely original character. Even if you're not aware of it, there's probably someone you've seen or talked to that lets you invent that character. I don't think it really affects my writing any differently. Even if a character I write is originally partially based on a real person, they will usually grow and change until they're not much like them anymore and become their own people.   @BHopper2 Both actually. There's a little bit of realness to most of my characters, but for some, they are taken directly from my real life friends. Three of the characters in my Tampa Chronicles series are based off real people. Brayon, Chandon, and Jeremy fully embody the people they are patterned off of. Other's are fictional, like Adam from the same series, is the Dad I wish I had, and Robert is the brother.   When writing about my friends, I will often ask them if they are okay with me doing so. If they are not, then I go the fictional route. Some of my fictional ones are based off old RPG characters, and they are easy for me to write more than some I totally make up.   @Valkyrie Some of both.  My characters are fictional, but I incorporate mannerisms, physical characteristics, quirks, and sayings from people I’ve either met or observed in real life.  I think it lends them authenticity and also makes it easier to write them.     Editors: How hard do you find it to edit a story that you can't get into? Have you ever had to refuse to continue on with a story? If so, why?   @Timothy M. I avoid stories which don't appeal to me as a reader, so I'd say it would be very difficult. I've rarely refused to keep editing, and it only happened because the author didn't implement my edits and sometimes posted the chapters before I received them for editing. That was frustrating.   @Valkyrie It depends on the author and the circumstances.  If I can’t get into a story, I try to figure out why and convey my reasons to the author, because something isn’t working.   I’m happy to discuss it, as long as the author is willing and not defensive about it.  If it’s a question of the author’s ‘style’ being one I’m not a fan of, then I keep my mouth shut and do more of a proofread or light edit vs a full edit, which includes beta comments.  I’ll complete the edit if it’s a one-off or short story, but longer works I will gracefully bow out.  Thankfully, I haven’t had to do this often.  I find it much easier to proofread a story I can’t get into vs editing one.  When I proofread, I turn off the ‘beta reader’ portion of my editing brain and refrain from making such comments, unless there is a glaring continuity error.    Sometimes it’s a matter of time constraints too.  I tend to take on too much, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for my own writing when authors send me stories/chapters all at the same time.  In that case, I’m sure to communicate clearly to the authors I’m working with where they are in the queue and how long I think it will take to get back them.      Readers: What is the main thing that entices you to read a story?   @mollyhousemouse This is a good question! i don't know if there is just one thing that makes a story more enticing.   i suppose the first thing i look at is the author. Have i read something by them before?  Is this an author who finishes stories, or posts chapters regularly?   i'll also look at the reviews.  Reviews are SO important! if you read something and liked it, write one! it's so easy and it helps turn other readers on to a story you liked!   The third thing i look at is recommendations from friends here.  If i see that someone i follow, another author i like, has read a story then i'm more likely to read it.   @Timothy M. If it's written by an author I already know and whose stories I like, I almost always try it out. A good story description will often entice me to try a story, especially with adult characters.   @Thorn Wilde The title is what catches my eye. I judge a book by its cover.  If the title doesn't seem interesting to me, I often scroll past the description, because there's only so many stories I can read anyway. After the title I read the description, and if that looks interesting, I read the story.     Poets: Many know of the poetry teachings of @AC Benus, what is your favorite type of poem to write from those teaching?    @Mikiesboy AC's poetry prompts are wonderful...and he is just posting new revised prompts. Learning how to write various forms can only make you a better poet. I enjoy writing many of them. Using specific forms forces you to think, forces you to use your poetic tools and challenge is good. While i write this, i'm thinking that i really enjoy writing the Rubaiyat.  But there are so many forms i enjoy. I hope to see some more people take on these prompts. Join us in Live Poets ... lots of support for all poets and fans of poetry are welcome !   @aditus I did them all, but I fell in love with the ghazal. One thing I have in common with Goethe, beside our first language of course.     BONUS QUESTION: Do you have a favorite Valentine's memory that you'd be willing to share with us?   @Valkyrie My best Valentine’s Day memory would have to be from my college days.  The guy I was dating at the time brought me flowers and made me dinner.  He also wrote me a poem and hand-wrote it on a heart he had cut out of card stock.  I still have that poem somewhere.   @Mikiesboy My mother's birthday was February 14, so it's a bittersweet day for me. Michael is aware of course and we usually spend the day together quietly.     Well, there you have it!  Round four of the Q & A!  Who's ready for Round 5?  You can check out the Round 5 questions in the forum thread, and then just follow the directions to PM me your answers!  I love seeing all the answers, and feel free to encourage your fellow authors, poets, readers, and editors to join in on the fun and send me their answers too!    

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Feb. 3 - Feb. 9)

Monday Cia brought us the February CSR Feature:   Wednesday Carlos was back with another great edition of AAA 2.0!!   Friday, Renee gave us another couple of great prompts from comicfan:   Saturday was Comsie's turn to bring us an article on plot holes   Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Apple of Her Eye by Ronyx   Candy & Kisses by Dabeagle   Dancing on a Star by Ronyx   The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 3 by Bill W   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Cozy Contemplations by Headstall   Denied by Cia   Kabal by aditus   My Only Escape by Comicality   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Promising Updates:   Changes, Again by Mikiesboy   Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger     ***Check out this GA Classic*** Man in Motion by Mark Arbour  "Man in Motion," follows Be Rad and begins in 1985. To most Americans, 1985 was about the second Reagan term and the economic boom that was following the stagnant 70's. The culture was wrapped up in materialism, so it's no wonder that Madonna's "Material Girl" was popular then. Then there is this parallel culture, the gay culture, reeling from the onslaught of AIDS.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Jan. 27 - Feb.2)

Well one down, 11 to go  So the topic around North America this week has been the weather. I won't go into temps as there is both Celsius and Fahrenheit used here. The interesting thing is that as both approach -40, they meet. So pretty everywhere in North America above Mexico, it was darn cold. But I don't want to just talk about North America, so what about your neck of the woods. I imagine Australia is basking in their summer. Is Europe freezing cold too, or just a normal winter?    Let's jump into the week in review, and I mean at the GA Blog and not the weather   Monday, we hit the end of the month so it was our CSR Discussion Day:   Then on Tuesday, or was it Wednesday (I'm so confused  ) it was another addition of Improve & Encourage:   Flying into Friday, we had another couple of prompts from Comicfan this week:     Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Apple of Her Eye by Ronyx   Candy & Kisses by Dabeagle   Dancing on a Star by Ronyx   Ouroboros, Inc. by Dabeagle   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 3 by Bill W   The Right One by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus; Book 13 of Verse   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Zero to Hero, a Guide by AC Benus   Promising Updates:   Changes, Again by Mikiesboy   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   tim's poetry workbook by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic*** In The Fishbowl by Dom Luka  Sequel to The Long Way   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Update (Jan.20 - Jan.26)

I don't know about you, but I have been waiting for weeks now to find out who our first 'Author Guess Who' was that Renee had everyone guessing all over the place   Did you guess wrong? Did you guess right? Was it someone that you totally didn't expect       Author Guess Who #1 Reveal   The author for our first Author Guess Who was..... Mikiesboy   You can check out his questionnaire answers here.   And check out these two stories!     Congrats to all those who guessed correctly!   Wow, I got it wrong     Now onto the GA Blog for this week...   Cia was here on Monday to introduce us to the January Classic Author Feature:   And not to break tradition, Wednesday was the January Classic Author Excerpt, from same Author   Friday we got back to some good ole fashioned writing prompts for everyone to tackle, Not 1, not 2, but 4 for you to select from!   Saturday was Comsie's turn to bring us another well written GA Article. A bit on the morbid side, but what the heck   Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Candy & Kisses by Dabeagle   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 3 by Bill W   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Bliss by CassieQ   Borrowing a Flower Stall by AC Benus   Cozy Contemplations by Headstall   Denied by Cia   Headstall's Reflections by Headstall   Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality   Kabal by aditus; Book 3 of The King's Mate   Left Without Words by Comicality   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Changes, Again by Mikiesboy   Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic*** Second Shot by Quonus10  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 (Jan 13. - Jan 19.)

So have you started to regret the holiday season? Did you maybe spend a penny or two more that you expected this year? I was thinking how lucky we all are in that we can come to GA and read and read and read and not put out a penny if we want! And this community is the reason why! I don't know why, but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that contributes to the site, Authors, Poets, Editors, Betas, Members, Review Team, Author Promotion Team, Anthology Proof Team, Site Moderation Team, and Admins. You all make this site the greatest!   Now I remember why I wanted to say that   Monday, Renee shared with us some great reviews of said great stories. If you ever have 'nothing to read', maybe bookmark this one:   On Wednesday, Renee introduced us to a new Blog feature, Author Guess Who. No, this isn't an Author of a 60's-70's Rock Band   We had a short week and jumped to Comsie's GA Article on taking your writing to another level with publishing.     Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Afterglow by Dabeagle   Candy & Kisses by Dabeagle   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 3 by Bill W     Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Fanfic by Comicality; Book 0 of Fanfic   Headstall's Reflections by Headstall   Holiday Rush by Comicality   Kabal by aditus; Book 3 of The King's Mate   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Zero to Hero, a Guide by AC Benus   Promising Updates:   Birds by Parker Owens   Changes, Again by Mikiesboy   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   tim's poetry workbook by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic*** The Price of Honor by Cia  One man wakes to find himself alone...and not where he expected to be. Who is the strange man that appears..and why is he...blue? Follow the story of Cale and Bel'loc as they find out where their honor will take them, and what they will pay to keep it.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Jan. 6 - Jan. 12)

Oops, sorry for the lateness, I totally forgot what day it was yesterday I think it is time to take me out to the back 40   Monday, Cia brought us the January CSR feature. Did you go  when you read the title too?   Wednesday, Renee shared the third installment of the new blog feature, Q&A Session. 10 different contributors!!   Thursday, Renee brought us some timely information on the Spring Anthology,   Friday was back to our normal broadcasting schedule with a new set of prompts from comicfan:   Comsie joined us in the weekly blog with another edition of GA Articles on Saturday:   Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Afterglow by Dabeagle   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Changes, Again by Mikiesboy   Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic*** In Due Time by J_Ross   Jake Taylor is definitely not gay...

...Except, he might be.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Q & A: Round 3

Well, it's time for another Q & A session with our site authors, poets, editors, and readers!  As you can see, these features have a little something for everyone. If you have ideas for questions for one of these groups, feel free to PM me!  And while you're at it, why not answer one of the Round 4 questions!  Now, let's see what we have for you this month!  This month, we're going to turn it around a bit and start with our editors first!         Editors: What is the most common error you see? How can authors avoid it?   @Kitt - I have a lot, but the worst are misused homonyms hear/here and your/you're.   The first you can remember by the fact that you hEAR with your EAR,  but you are either here or There   The latter try replacing the words "you are" for the your/you're in question.  If you are works, you need the apostrophe!   @Timothy M. - I'm sure someone else will have mentioned homonyms like bare/bear and break/brake, and using apostrophes (') where they're not needed.   So I'll go with shift in verb tense. Experienced authors rarely make this mistake if the whole story runs in the same tense. But since a deliberate change of verb tense from past to present, or back, can set the pace nicely, the wrong verb tense may occur even to the best among us/you.   I'm not sure how to avoid it, other than putting the story away for a day or two, and return to read the sections with different verb tenses separately.   @Valkyrie - I would say comma usage tends to be the most common error I encounter when editing.  It's something I struggled with when I first started writing, so I understand it can be difficult to get a handle on.  If an author is unsure if a comma should be used or not, they should ask themselves if there is a complete sentence following the conjunction.  If there is, then add the comma.  If not, then don't.  Commas are also necessary after introductory phrases.  For example:  After I woke up, I got a cup of coffee.  I realize there is a lot more to comma usage, but the two instances I outlined are the most common omissions I see.           Readers: What is your favorite genre? What is your least favorite? Why are they your favorite and least favorite?   @Disjecta Membra - My favorite genre (to read and write) is fantasy.  I love fantasy because to me, reading and writing is about getting lost in a different world.  There is so much that can be done in fantasy worlds that cannot be done in other kinds of writing.  I find it also allows for a great deal of invention, with creatures, magic, places, etc.  I always find it wonderful to see what the unique minds of other writers can come up with.  There are really no rights or wrongs in fantasy either; a reasonable answer can always be provided for something even if it wouldn't make sense in the real world.   That being said, I do still enjoy other genres.  Fiction is fiction, and it always has the ability to take the reader somewhere else.  However, I have never been a fan of historical fiction.  I don't know that I have a super justifiable answer as to why not, except that I've just never been able to get into it.   @Thorn Wilde - Interestingly, the answer to both of these is Fantasy. IRL I practically only read sci-fi and fantasy. Good SFF is interesting and engaging and plain fun, it lets you escape from your own life, your problems, everything that hurts, even when it's serious stuff. But then you get to the tropes. Oh God, the tired old tropes! If it's not absolutely excellently written fantasy, they cannot be overlooked. You've got your high fantasy with Tolkien inspired elves and other creatures, your vampire stories that all seem to draw on Anne Rice in one way or another (and don't even get me started on Twilight, ugh), so many dragons, crappy world-building where everyone is white (because for some reason all fantasy has to be based on medieval Europe, apparently; you can have elves and gnomes, but you can't have people of colour? Give me a break!) , and the list goes on. Mix magic into your sci-fi, and it all becomes crappy Star Wars rip-offs. I swear, a lot of fantasy novels could just as well be fan fiction of better works. If they were, I think they'd be better.   @mollyhousemouse - i really enjoy reading stories about second chances, and slice of life stories with adult characters.  i'm not too fond of teen romances, might be that i'm so far removed from that time of life; also, not too fond of shifter stories.  well i did enjoy those by @JohnAR , but they weren't what you would normally think of when you say "shifter stories"    i like the second chance stories because we all like to believe in second chances, don't we? and the slice of life ones well it's nice to peek into the neighbors house to see what's going on.         Poets: What inspires you to write poetry?   @aditus - When I feel the need to bring order to things it’s good to sort by meter.   @Mikiesboy - The world, people, feeling, colours, nature. What i see and feel everyday. Poetry let's me express my joy, pain and love.   @Valkyrie - I tend to draw inspiration from my life and surroundings.  Sometimes I'm inspired by current events or an article I read.  I also enjoy the challenge of National Poetry Writing Month and seeing what I can create based on daily poetry prompts.         Authors: What was the hardest story for you to write? Why?   @Thorn Wilde - I think it's a tie in my case, between the Craig short in Hubris, and Nobody's Valentine.   With Craig, it was simply the subject matter. It was a hard story to write because it was so painful and heartbreaking. It was also difficult to give a character who did such awful things a backstory and a soul. A reason, even if it wasn't an excuse.   As for Nobody's Valentine, I wrote it a few months after my ex dumped me and it was more than a little bit based on what I was going through at the time. It drew on my own recently lived experience of heartbreak, and that hurt a lot. Even when I reread it now, three years after the break-up, I relive the pain of it and I kind of want to cry. It's hard to admit, but I still miss him, even though I've otherwise moved on.   @CassieQ - It is usually whatever story I am working on when the question is asked, but that’s a cop-out.  Some stories are easier to write than others, but the one I struggled with a bit was Save Tonight.  It is about grief and loss, and those are very hard things to experience and write about.  I was pleased with the final result, and I’ve gotten great feedback on it, but there were definitely some moments when I had trouble getting the words down.   @aditus - Noli Me Tangere. This story doesn’t have a HEA ending, only hope. I knew the readers wouldn’t like it.   @Mikiesboy - That's a tough one. Changes because it took a lot of research and it was quite emotional. But i think it would have to be After The Past. I had to make some tough choices with respect to what happened with the characters. I had to make sure i wrote it well enough so readers would accept the choices i'd made.   @Superpride - The hardest story for me to write was Hero Wanted.  The first reason was because it was hard for me to find an exact premise of how the characters got their superhuman abilities.  This story is actually the third iteration before I officially published the first chapter in this site.  It took me a lot of research to find how my characters got their abilities that would make sense in my head.  After going through nanotechnology and ether, I finally settled with the manipulation of light as the premise.    Another reason is the balancing of world-building and the romance between the two main characters.  I really wanted to write how the world of Hero Wanted works, but I also wanted to go deep into the developing romance between Ryan and Chris.  I wanted both elements of my story to be just as captivating, and I didn't want to focus too much on just one of the two.  I don't know if I was successful with that endeavor, but I hope to continue that mission as I make this story into a series.   The last reason is the tons of research I did to connect this story to the various world mythologies, specifically Filipino mythology and connect those mythologies together, like the diwata of Filipino mythology named Maria Makiling who could transform ginger into gold and connect her to the origins of the three sacred treasures of Japanese mythology.  It was a lot of time I spent with my eyes on my computer screen, but it was really worth it since I learned a lot about different mythologies, and I got to learn about my own Filipino culture as well.   @Valkyrie - I found my anthology story for the fall 2016 anthology--"Lost and Found"--quite difficult to write.  When I wrote it, I was struggling with a bout of writer's block, so I  had to to push myself for every word.  The subject matter didn't help, as it was a difficult topic and not easy to write about in the best of times.         Well, that's it for this session of Q & A. Don't forget to check out the thread for the Round 4 questions!  

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Dec.30 - Jan.5)

Well have we all recovered from our New Year's Eve festivities? Are we back to work if you took some time off for the Holiday Season? Are the students getting ready to head back to skool on Monday? Are you still writing 2018 down on everything?   Enough of those questions and let's move on to the most pressing question on my mind right now... How do you have a pair of underwear? Like do you say I need to grab a clean pair of underwear? Do you grab two, or one? So how is it a pair?   While you are trying to wrap your mind around that one, let's see what the blog brought us all this week!   New Year's Eve, Cia wrapped up December with the CSR Discussion Day:   Monday and Tuesday, our regular scheduled programming was interrupted by a special announcement by Myr:   Being the first Wednesday of the month, it meant Carlos had another exciting issue of Ask An Author 2.0:   Friday was the return of the ever popular Writing Prompts:   Saturday was the end of the blog week and Comsie was telling us something about having to keep his clothes on     Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Afterglow by Dabeagle   Candy & Kisses by Dabeagle   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Headstall's Reflections by Headstall   Kabal by aditus   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   My Only Escape by Comicality   Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus; Book 13 of Verse   Slocked Affections by AC Benus   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Promising Updates:   Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   My LIfe: In Pieces by Mikiesboy   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***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 (Dec.23 - Dec.29)

So, who is ready to bring in the New Year with a bang? Well let's do something a little different as we all here at GA enjoyed the holidays so let's finish off with you taking over! Why don't we discuss the New Year. I know a few years ago I failed miserably when I said I wanted to be more of a drama queen in the coming year Well, some of you may have thought I'd succeeded. But what the h e double hockey sticks, lets ask you what you are going to make your resolution to be this upcoming year . I will try to get myself to recall it towards the end of 2019 and we can see how we all did   Well lets see what did happen in the blogs this week!   Monday was Christmas Eve and the Review Team Elves were busy working on bringing some Christmas tales to take us into the holiday.   Wednesday, we started to say goodbye to an old friend, the Improve and Encourage Blog feature. There still is a few more but make sure you soak them in while you can.   Friday, Renee was having internet troubles but was able to get us the Fall Anthology Wrap Up.   Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   Afterglow by Dabeagle   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   New Year's Resolutions by Altimexis   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Denied by Cia   GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban   Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality   Kabal by aditus   Promising Updates:   Fractions for fun by Puppilull   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   Special Occasion Stories by Caz Pedroso   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***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 (Dec. 16 - Dec. 22)

Merry Christmas to all!! Yes, I'm a day or two early depending on your timezone, but what the h e double hockey sticks , lets get into the spirit of the message and wish everyone, their friends and their families all the very best over Christmas You may not observe Christmas so as mentioned, in the spirit, we all here at the GA Blog wish you too the very best!!   We did things a little different this week with the blogs posting, so here is a wrap up!   Monday, Cia took things over and gave us the December Classic Author:   On Wednesday, Renee gave us the final installment of the Fall Anthology:   Then on Friday, Cia wrapped it up with the December Classic Except!   Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   A Bad Way to Wake Up WET Part 1 by Myr **Anthology Entry**   A Bad Way to Wake Up WET Part 2 by Myr **Anthology Entry**   Christmas Storms by Altimexis   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Castle Dark by Cole Matthews **Anthology Entry**   Cozy Contemplations by Headstall   Denied by Cia   Fanfic by Comicality; Book 0 of Fanfic   Holiday Rush by Comicality   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Shelter by Comicality; Book 1 of Shelter   Superhero Surprise by Cia **Anthology Entry**   The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie   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   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   Summer's End by Parker Owens   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Curved Balls by Nephylim   When life keeps throwing you those curved balls what can you do but hit them back as hard as you can and hope you score a home run.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!    

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Dec. 9 - Dec. 14)

What to discuss this week.... hmm, a friend and his family are in  Hawaii and they saw a one legged bird, so they decided to call it Steve 😮   But this is the same friend, to his wife's anger, gives me one sock every year at Christmas.     Shall we move on and into the Weekly Update?   Monday, we had another Featured Story, this one done up by Cole Matthews:   Tuesday was round 2 of what seems to be becoming a popular new blog by Renee.   Then jump to Thursday where Renee released the next set of the staggered Anthology releases. 4 new ones!!!   Saturday, Comicality was here with another GA Article, this one was great advice on how to use your Ensemble Casts.       Anthologies 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th   Blog Opportunities   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:   A Tempest in a Teapot by Myr **Anthology Entry**   Christmas Storms by Altimexis   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Igneous by Valkyrie **Anthology Entry**   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Birds by Parker Owens   Culled by Parker Owens **Anthology Entry**   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Leading the way by Puppilull **Anthology Entry**   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   If No One Notices  by AFriendlyFace   James has finally had enough. He has decided, at long last, to take action, but, yet again, circumstances interfere.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Q & A: Round 2

Who's ready for another Q & A session??? For the second round, I added in a question for Poets. I had A LOT of feedback this go around, so I really hope I didn't miss anyone! Read on to see what Authors, Readers, Editors, and Poets had to say! Enjoy!         Authors: Do you use an outline? Why or why not?   @Thorn Wilde -  I used to be terrible at outlining my stories, but I found that it resulted in a lot of unfinished novels and novellas. I don't do outlines for short stories, because to be honest, I tend to finish the rough draft in one sitting, but for longer stories I'm getting really good at outlining chapter by chapter. It helps that I use Scrivener for writing which makes it really easy to organise and outline your chapters, cork board style (literally). I find that doing keywords per chapter works much better than writing a single long outline for the whole story, as it makes it seem much more manageable and less daunting.   @Valkyrie - Sometimes.  I like to outline longer works and will sometimes outline a chapter or a short story.  It depends on how smoothly the writing process goes.  If I'm struggling, then jotting down my thoughts helps keep me focused and organized.   @Mikiesboy - Yes, my own sort of outline. I've tried several kinds of outlines, none of which did anything for me until i discovered my newest favourite thing. It's Office 365's One Note.  I fell in love with it. I can open a page under the title of the book, for each chapter. It is simple, fluid and i can easily move between the pages to add more details as i think of things. Love it.   @Krista - No, I don't use an outline. I create a character sheet, ages, character quirks, plot dependent things that are, 'set in stone,' going to happen. That's it, short and sweet. If they're in High School and I'm writing in-depth about their high school experience, I make up a class schedule for them so that I don't forget how their school day goes along day-to-day with teacher names, so I don't forget those. Maybe that is a little bit of an outline, for the most part though, I don't outline. I have a base idea in my head of what I want to cover within the story and how I want to end, everything else that happens comes from randomly spawned ideas that pop into my head. I am getting better at keeping the spontaneous more fitted with the general theme of the story, I think. I just know (as I have attempted in the past), that if I do in-depth A leads to B that leads to C outlining that my motivation for the story falters as it already feels to me like I've wrote it.    @CassieQ - Most of the time, I don’t use an outline.  I’m a pantser/discovery writer and I like starting off with an idea and a character and seeing where it takes me.  When I started Touch, I knew I wanted to write about infidelity and a workaholic main character and that was all I had.  The rest of the story came to me as I wrote it.   I actually dislike outlines, even though most writers swear by them.  Part of the fun, for me, is figuring out what my characters are going to do next.   I will sometimes use a vague outline for longer works, just to make sure I get all I want to get across in there.  But I’ve never done a meticulous outline where I outline every single scene.  I tried that, once, and the story is still unwritten if that tells you anything.   @Disjecta Membra - I don’t use an outline in writing my stories, at least not in a traditional sense.  When I’m plotting things out, I generally have another Word document open besides the one I’m writing my story on.  I’ll jot down plot points and ideas I want to incorporate, but I don’t utilize an official template or any standardized planning method.   Personally, I find that I back myself into a corner if I use an actually outline.  I get myself stuck in a rut trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B, and my muse is stubborn and won’t let me move on once I’m stuck like that.  But with my “(Story Name) Ideas” document, I can incorporate preconceived concepts at any point, and oftentimes my story goes in a different direction altogether and many ideas are scrapped.   For me, it allows my story to unfold more naturally and things that are meant to fall into play do so when the time is right.  I know for many authors an outline does just that, but for my personal writing style I like to keep it less organized.   @Superpride - I don't use an outline for two main reasons.  The first reason is I mostly develop the plot of a story as I write it, meaning I don't know the climax of a story until I'm actually typing in my computer for example.  The other reason is what I have planned for a story usually changes, so creating an outline beforehand is useless to me if the direction of my stories changes as I write them.         Poets: What do you find is the most difficult part about writing poetry?   @Valkyrie - For me, it's rhythm and meter.  I can count syllables and match syllable counts and follow those kind of patterns, but I struggle with finding the right rhythm and meter.  I usually need someone help me out with it if I attempt a form where those two elements are important.   @Mikiesboy - Oh to me none of it is difficult. Well, writing is hard altogether, but i love poetry, it was what i cut my writing teeth on. i love the process, the hunt for the right word, bending them into what i want the reader to experience.  as i've grown and learned i've found time is the most important thing, for all writers. The time you leave your work sit, lets it mellow. And let's your brain work on it too, in the background.  So waiting to post it, is hard!   You know, i think the hardest thing about writing poetry is finding people to read it.  Poetry today is not like it used to be. It's not all sonnets by Shakespeare (which are wonderful).  They are in plain English for the most part and can bring much more emotion than prose. There are poems like the Haibun which is part prose and poetry and lets you tell a story.   Poetry saved me i think, because it let me express things i had no other place to. So, yeah, for me not difficult at all.         Readers: What is your favorite trope? What draws you to it?   @CassieQ - I love the enemies to friends trope.  I’m fascinated by seeing how a relationship between two enemies can mellow and eventually turn into friendship.  Something about it is so warm and pleasing to read, especially compared to things like friends turned enemies.  I also like situations where two enemies have to work together towards a common goal.  I also like reading about platonic friendships in general.  I guess I just like friendship!   @Valkyrie - Cia has a name for my favorite trope, and of course I can't remember the whole thing.  It's hurt/heal/something. Or something hurt/heal.  Where the characters meet, one goes through something horrific, then the other helps the hurt character heal and they eventually get their happy ending.          Editors: What is your biggest pet peeve when editing? And why does it bug you so much?   @Kitt -  Simple spelling errors.  Come on guys, turn your spell check on!   @Valkyrie - I have several, but I would say my biggest pet peeve is not being thanked.  Whether it's editing/beta reading/proofreading, a lot of time and effort went into reviewing, commenting, and correcting spelling and grammar.  Whether an author agrees with the comments or suggestion is irrelevant.  Thank your editor/beta reader/proofreader.  I shouldn't have to say this, but you'd be surprised at how many times I haven't been thanked.       As far as the actual editing process, my biggest pet peeve is misused words.  Their/they're/there.  Loose/lose makes me grate my teeth every time.  Ball/bawl.  Another common error I see and hear frequently is "I seen it." It's not correct grammar.  "I saw it."  or "I have seen it."            There you have it! Whew! That was a lot of answers. Let's see how we do for Round 3!  You can find the questions here!

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Dec. 2 - Dec. 8)

♪♪♪  Wellllll, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightf.............   Okay, who turned off the power so they don't have to listen to me sing?   I can take a hint though!   So first things first, we are now on the second release of the staggered releasing of the Fall Anthology. Now that you have read a few or all of them, we are curious on your opinion. So here goes the first every GA Weekly Update Poll Question! Make sure you answer it to let us know by voting in the poll above as well as leaving a comment if you want!   Now back to the Wrap Up!   Monday, Renee brought us all the December's Can't Stop Reading Feature story and Author!   Wednesday, Herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre's Carl Ask an Author 2.0 #14 was a resounding success, make sure to check it out.     Thursday and Friday were time for Renee to tell us the next 5 Anthologies released this week:   On Saturday, Comsie swooped into the GA Articles Blog and shared some more sage advice:   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:   Christmas Storms by Altimexis   It's Not Easy Being a Tree by Ronyx   Rich Boy: Growing Pains by dkstories   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate   Denied by Cia   Jealousy by CassieQ **Anthology Entry**   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Lifting the Veil by Headstall **Anthology Entry**   Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse   Martin Pop, Fixer by comicfan **Anthology Entry**   The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie   Wounded by Comicality **Anthology Entry**   Promising Updates:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Death, Life and Suicide of Tommy Crouch by Tarek Donohue by Mikiesboy **Anthology Entry**   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Consider Arbitrary by Foster   A life is a song and the past, future and present often sing different lyrics. But, the melody haunts all three.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

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Weekly Wrap Up (Nov. 23 - Dec. 1)

December 1st, WOW   So, if you are counting and partaking in Christmas, that is 23 more sleeps to Christmas Eve, and if Santa shows up this year you'll be opening your pressies in 24 days. Or if you are Jewish, Chanukah starts in 2 days!! Either way, I just want everyone to be forewarned that I will be expecting you all to send me a present this year . If not, then you will have to make a New Year's Resolution in 30 days to make sure you get me one next year   We had a big week here at the blog as we are tying out a new format for the Anthologies!   Monday, Cia brought us the CSR Dissusion Day:   Wednesday brought us an all new feature at the blog, Renee had the 1st round of Q & A:   Then onto Thursday, and Friday as well so to speak, Renee brought us the new format for Anthologies. Set 1 went live!   And if that wasn't enough, Comsie joined us on Saturday to bring us an all new article:   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   Signature Updates:   A Taste of Amnesia by AC Benus  **Fall Anthology Entry**   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate   Denied by Cia   Left Without Words by Comicality   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:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   My journey through pain by albertnothlit   Only Prompts by Mikiesboy   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   Tomorrow by Carlos Hazday  **Fall Anthology Entry**     ***Check out this GA Classic***   What I've Done by L0st Cause (aka Meeko)   2007 Anthology   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Q & A: Round 1

Hey All!!!  Hope everyone is doing well. So, this week we're going to start one of our new features. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten the Author Guess Who, but we'll start that one after the new year (new year, new feature!). This week, we're going to take a look at the Q & A questions I asked. These features are for Authors, Readers, and Editors, so something for everyone!  Let's take a look at the questions and answers.         Authors: Have you experienced writer's block? If so, what helped you get past it?   @Mikiesboy - Yeah I"ve experienced it. What to do? After moaning and whining?  Just try to wait it out. Keep reading, do some editing. Try to write a prompt response. But mostly listen to those who know me best. Who say, you will write again. They have always been right.   @CassieQ - Yes, many times and there are usually three solutions I found that worked for me.   First one, is leave the current project and work on something else, if you can.  If you are a one story at a time type of person, maybe try a prompt or some free writing.  Then come back to where you were stuck.  Usually giving a difficult  to write scene some time and space, then coming back to it helps get unstuck.   Secondly, skip the scene and write something else in the story.  Usually jumping ahead will help.  Sometimes, it will even help me see what needs to happen in the previous scene, which will resolve the block.   Thirdly, try to take a good hard look at what is keeping you from writing.  This is my least favorite, but if I absolutely cannot get past a point and nothing else helps, then I am usually doing something wrong.  If I’m bored with the scene, I need to spice it up.  If I can’t get a character to act a certain way, then it is probably not in his character to act that way, and I’ll have to find a way around it.  My worst writer’s block was somewhere in the NTS series, when I was trying to get one of my characters, Jordan, to act extremely out of character and it just wasn’t working and I couldn’t get past it.  I ended up going back and cutting thousands of words out, which really sucked, but once I did that and let Jordan act like Jordan, the words came again.         Readers: When reading, what is one thing that will make you stop reading a story?   @blake_logan - When something happens in a story that makes it impossible to continue suspending disbelief I stop reading.  For example, one thing I can't get past is zombies.  I don't have a problem reading about vampires, sorcerers, shape-shifters, etc., but as soon as a zombie shuffles into a scene, I find another story.  Inappropriate use of computer jargon is another example of something that can be enough of a disconnect to cause me to stop reading (you can't back-trace an IP address from a damaged SIM card in a burner phone to locate someone).   A close second is when the narrator of a story starts describing themselves in the first couple of paragraphs of a story.  "But first, I should probably tell you about myself..." is the kiss of death.   @Thorn Wilde - A story that is poorly written. I mean grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. The odd typo is fine, it happens, it can get past editors and beta readers. But if I feel like a writer just couldn't be bothered to check their work to create a good product for their readers, then I probably won't bother reading it.   @Timothy M. - Mouthwash. I hate mouthwash because it's a commercial scam based on the hoax of halitosis. I first heard about the latter in the British QI program with Stephen Fry. He said halitosis is a fictional problem invented by Listerine who was the first company to sell mouthwash. Every time anyone writes a story where using mouthwash is promoted as a good hygiene thing, they are buying into this lie and perpetuating it.   from an Australian Dental Journal paper from 2008: "Whilst many of these products [mouthwash] may have been shown to be effective in penetrating oral microbial biofilms in vitro and reducing oral bacterial load, it would be wise to restrict their use to short-term therapeutic situations if needed. ... There may well be a reason for the use of alcohol-containing mouthrinses, but only for a particular situation and for a limited and controlled period of time. ... mouthwash use should be restricted to adults for short durations and specific, clearly defined reasons."   Bad breath is best 'cured' by good dental hygiene, cutting down on food giving you smelly breath, brushing your teeth and tongue. Mints or sugar free chewing gum can help momentarily and certainly taste nicer - or so I'm told by the few people I've talked to since I haven't tried mouthwash.   @mollyhousemouse - my biggest turn offs are grammar, and word usage.   there are just too many opportunities to have an editor, or beta reader give your story the once over.  i understand that we have many fine authors for whom English isn't their first language, and that's OK, great in fact!  what better way to become familiar with the language, it's idioms, and idiosyncrasies than to write short stories.  but please, check your ego, and ask someone to look it over.         Editors: What would be your number one tip that authors should do BEFORE sending their story to their editor?   @Timothy M. - If you have a blind spot for a specific error which your editor has pointed out several times in previous chapters / stories, then you'll probably lessen his or her irritation if you check your text for this before sending it.   @Thorn Wilde - Don't send your first draft. Check your work to the best of your ability, and send it to your editor when you feel you have done everything you can do on your own. This not only makes the job a bit easier for the editor, but it helps you become a better writer as well.         Want to keep this feature going? Check out the Round 2 questions!  I've only received a couple of responses to the questions (mostly the Author question). Make sure to get your answers in before December 5th! I look forward to hearing from you!

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Nov 18 - Nov 24)

Most of the Americans have stuffed their faces and unstuffed their wallets on Black Friday of all their cash for the official kickoff to the Christmas season. So, when does the holidays start for you? I realize that there is many other holidays other than Christmas, so what do you do celebrate and does it involve buying me presents  ?   Let's jump off to the weekly update right away.   Monday, Cia brought us this month's Classic Author Feature:   Then on Wednesday she followed up with the Classic Author Excerpt:   Friday, Renee brought us two new prompts to get you in the mood from comicfan     Saturday, Comsie set the Tone for this weeks GA Article:     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 GFD 12: Blood Ties by Comicality; Book 12 of Gone From Daylight Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Naughty Click by Comicality Shelter by Comicality; Book 1 of Shelter 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 Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso My journey through pain by albertnothlit tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy Until The End by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Black Light  Corvus   #10 of 15 poems in a collection   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

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

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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!!!        

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