Ive received requests for another community blog. I’m hoping for some interaction from this very large community!
I asked for some ideas that would interest you into participation. This idea comes from similar suggestions by @Kitt and @Cia
What brought you to Gay Authors? Why do you stay?
The first question is kind of a fluke for me. I was following a story by an author on another site, where I lost track of story. I know you’re dying to know author. It was @Comicality. When I did a Google search, story popped up. I clicked on without paying attention. The site was completely different. TaDa! I found GA. I read here for a few years, before I became a member.
Why do I stay? This question is multi-layered. I’m a typical male, sure I like porn. I however am not big into porn stories. Of course I read them. However; I’m more cerebral. I like stories with substance. Not (Yeah...Give it to me) without a plot.
The majority of stories are higher quality. The authors here strive for more. .
Finally, I enjoy the engagement. The site is brimming with interesting dialogue and topics. I’ve met wonderful people. Made good friends. GA allows me to interact with my favorite authors. They know I’m reading and support them.
GA offers me stories with characters like me. There are some differences with straight and gay couples. It’s nice to be able to identify completely with a story. I appreciate that GA is inclusive to all though. A diverse community.
Take the challenge! Share your reasoning with the GA community.
With today being the U.S. Thanksgiving, and Canada’s last month... Holiday season is upon us. With so many traditions, the food is my favorite. Some are seasonal, some are traditions, some are ridiculously decadent. What are some of your favorite foods?
I have three absolute favorites. The first is stuffing... Yes, this boy is a carbaholic. I could easily do a meal of just stuffing, or dressing to some. The second is my nana’s homemade fudge. While I love chocolate, this fudge is just *orgasmic*. The last would be the assortment of homemade Italian cookies my nana made. Made with love. These cookies were time-consuming. Yet my nana made them religiously for over 60 children and grandchildren. Yes, 60 is correct. We’re italian, say no more!
Tell GA your favorite foods and traditions... This blog is meant for the season, name Thanksgiving and Christmas faves.
With the Halloween season upon us, I felt this entry appropriate. Hope you all participate.
What is your favorite Horror film? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite happens to be The Exorcist. The topic is disturbing. Whether you believe in it, or not. The horror factor stands some 40 years later. The effects and makeup were superb for that period.
There is a backstory on this movie. At 45 years old, I will not watch alone. My mother was on a business trip when I was 14. It was a dark stormy night and I was watching The Exorcist. I was alone when a tree branch crashed through living room window. That was all she wrote, I’ve never been able to separate that experience from movie.
Please share your movies and experiences for the season.
Ok Guys... The time has come. New entry time. What's in an Avatar?
This is an important entry for me. With my blindness, I have no clue about your avatars. Unless, it was described to me.
Theirs three things I'd like to know! What is the avatar? Why did you choose it? How does it connect to your personality?
Obviously, mine is a rainbow heart. The rainbow represents my pride in my being Gay. At my age, I don't give an F if people accept, or not. I've happily acclaimed that part of me. Just a piece of my many puzzle pieces. The heart is because I live with an open heart, express my love, and with 12 year diagnosis of HIV. My heart gratefully and courageously still beats. With the breakthroughs in medicines. Hopefully many more years to go..... So, What's in an avatar?
PS: I told @Cia what I wanted in my avatar. This beautiful woman provided what you see.
Hello GA family,
I'm bringing this to you, in hopes for your contribution.
Since my last blog, I've been asked multiple times when next is... Well one coming shortly. I'm not going to ruin the surprise.
I'm asking for assistance on future blog entries. I want my blog to be community participation. Whether I spend time talking to you. You all matter to me. I'm volunteering to be the big ole GA gay ambassador of love and community.
Any ideas on topics you'd like to participate in.... I've got spirit, How about You?
A couple of months ago I posted a blog entry Who Are You? It was something to learn about people on GA. It did very well. I'm grateful for that.
After that I had many people tell me they enjoyed it. People like Dodger. A presence and character I enjoy seeing. Some of you may know, he is selective about what he visits. So if he pops up I think I did good. Its the selective ones that make me nervous. Am I liked enough for people to visit. This doesn't refer to Dodger. He has always showed friendship and concern when I was about to leave GA.
Not long after this blog entry I was approached by William King. He wanted me to do a blog on screen names. William was curious about the roots of my name. It was something I've considered about many names as well. William said he was busy with many things. He couldn't do it. Told me to consider doing it. I was the right person to do it with the success of first blog. This turned into What's in a Screen Name?
This started the pressure for me. Not William's fault. I've had self issues for years. Doubt, hate, the list goes on. I have very good friends on GA, but still feel somewhat isolated. When I'm not comfortable I shutdown. I also have a hard time starting conversations. This is due to me being introverted and a submissive personality.
I started posting poetry on GA. Something I've done for myself for years. Along with my journal. Recently many have been about lifestyle and things I've been dealing with. Topics which make some people uncomfortable. That's ok... However, for me I've felt an outsider on GA and Poetry Society. Nothing intentional.. Also just part of my doubt and sensitive nature.
Anyways... My blog entry Whats in a screen name? was successful. The community involvement I wanted. I thank you for that.
For the one always feeling on the outside... I'm happy you enjoyed and participated. I would love to do more to involve the community. However, the fear of rejection often appears. I've been given ideas for more. To those people, I really am considering them. I just have to build myself up again.
Right now I have some personal issues that require my time and attention. The year has continued to keep me off-center. Leaving me unsettled, without focus or control.
These entries and community interactions are what I would like to create more of.
Much Love, jp
I ask this mostly out of curiosity. With many unique and individualized names... Why did you choose your GA name?
I was asked this very question by @William King. We discussed me doing this blog a couple months ago. I carry the same interest with names like @Lux Apollo or @SolarMaxx.
As for my name Mr. King. The name @BlindAmbition is a mantra.
It signifies power to me. Many already know I'm blind. While this disability doesn't define me. It gave me strength, courage, and will to adapt. Ambition reminds me to reach for the stars, don't stagnate in life. Pursue my dreams, no matter how great my challenge.
so I ask again... What's in a screen name? Take the challenge and answer. Inquiring minds want to know!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Cook time 6-7 hours on high setting.
3.5 to 4.5lbs Boneless Pork Shoulder
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3 tbsp. Cider vinegar
2 tbsp. Molasses
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons chili powder
Salt and pepper
In medium bowl, mix all ingredients except salt and pepper.
Place pork shoulder in slow cooker. Cover with sauce. Cover, and cook until done. It is usually 6-7 hours. Take out shoulder and shred with forks
Transfer sauce to a saucepan. Bring to boil... About 15 minutes. Add the pork and salt and pepper to season. I prefer kosher salt.
Green Bean Salad
1-1.5lbs. Trimmed thin green beans
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 small garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
In saucepan, warm onion and garlic with salt and pepper. Remove and mix with lemon zest, juice and olive oil
Bring green beans to a boil in a pot with lightly salted water. About 3 minutes. Remove beans and add to ice water bath. Drain and pat beans dry and add to dressing.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
1 small can creamed corn
1 small can diced jalapeños or green chiles
1/2 cup sour cream light or regular. You also can substitute with 2/3 cup of milk
2 boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix
First mix all wet ingredients with cheese, before adding boxed mix. Don't over mix. It should be a little lumpy.
Preheat oven to 375F. Spray 9x13 pan, you don't want to stick. Add batter to pan, important to level. Cook 30-35 minutes. Until toothpick clean.
Hey Everyone!... I'm a little to philosophical right now to find my creative center. This doesn't mean I can't put my mind to good use.
The question is: what does Pride mean to you? June is a month of celebration... However; what emotion does it evoke in you?
To me; Pride means celebrating and loving myself. I can say I am happy being Gay! This wasn't always the case.
Pride reminds me to thank the thousands who came before me. The ones who didn't experience the freedoms I'm allowed.
With recent events... I've learned that people you know can still be strangers.
This is my experiment to get to know my chat friends better. Please share something about yourself... Remember this is Public!