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  2. Author, are you a wordsmith? If not, beware...


    The Word Police


    I thought this linked article from the Boston Globe an interesting read worth sharing.

    1. Daddydavek


      A "badass" article!

  3. Years ago one of my cousins got banged up in a farm accident when a tractor turned over.
    My cousin was a big, dumb farm boy who probably hurt the tractor more than it hurt him. They took him to the hospital to check him out. 

    The doctor returned from his exam and told auntie that cousin looked OK but he wanted to run some tests.

    Auntie broke into tears and the doctor was stunned.

    He's OK. It just a preventive test.

    Auntie said, "He's dumb as a rock and never studies. He's doomed."





  4. I love the crazy reactions, comments, and messages concerning my story, Guarded.


    We're getting to the beating heart of the mystery surrounding my protagonist.  The posting venue on GA means feedback from readers is possible and encouraged directly on each chapter as they're posted.  So, as the story rolls on, and as tension mounts, there's this reinforcement to continue thanks to all of the comments and such.


    This is definitely one of those tales where I sit back and look at what I've done and wonder, "How the hell did I write this?"  Yeah, it's mechanically flawed.  But the plot?  The plot is tight.  Not perfect, but pretty close.  I kept eleven-point font, single-spaced notes on everything.  Little stuff that warranted tracking.  It ended up at twelve pages of notes.


    I just posted chapter nineteen.  And it's a whopper.


    Two more to go.  🙂

    1. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      I had a similar thought while going through comments on my latest chapters. It amazes me the things readers focus on when they comment. Sometimes I have a ready answer, sometimes I need to figure out why I wrote something. GA is definitely special.


      I think the technical part will improve in future stories. You're open to learning and that's the first step. Get yourself someone to help, and that will accelerate the process. But you're right, your plotting in Guarded is awesome.

    2. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @Carlos Hazdayit's wild.  There's a difference, technically, from the first to the last chapters.  I can see a progression in that in the same story.  So I believe what you're saying is true, certainly.  I also have @Thorn Wilde assisting with my newest works, and he has been incredibly helpful.  I'm going to turn out polished work whenever he's involved.  Plus, I'm learning as I watch him correct things in our shared Google Doc.


      Thanks for the comments on the plot.  I don't know how I did it.  I don't know if I could do it again either.  But, I'll take what I've done, and be happy with it.  It doesn't surprise me that you feel the same about your work.  There seems to be a point where experience collides with a good idea, and, suddenly you're an instrument writing for the universe an idea whose time had come.

    3. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      My story's a tad longer so I've had more time to improve. Reading early chapters often makes me cringe.

  5. I don't understand how, if I only gave my new phone number to five trusted family members, my sister's creepy ex-husband still managed to get a hold of it. 


    I haven't updated anything online with my new number except maybe my bank, and even then I don't think I even remembered to do even that much. 


    How the hell did he get my number? 


    Brand new phone. Had it for seven days tops. 



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    2. Thirdly


      Had to have been through illegal means. Not even Private Investigators are allowed to get access to a person's phone contacts. 

    3. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Report him to the police as a dangerous hacker

    4. Thirdly


      So, after some more back and forth with my siblings, my sister let us know that her ex used to be a Private Investigator and he could be abusing his authority through other means. Now that that mystery is finally solved, I'm convincing her to report all of this.

  6. Happy Birthday!

  7. Last week
  8. Sorry I'm late. I had a friend staying with me. We had a blast but oh goodness I'm tired :D

  9. The edited version of chapter 36 through 40 of Running with the Pack are now posted.

  10. I was looking through my old folder of news clippings, and found something interesting. Back in June of '93, before DADT was invented as a "compromise," Clinton told the Pentagon to end discrimination against LGBT folks, period. Instead, Congress blocked it and held TV debates saying how evil we are. A former Republican nominee for Present wasn't buying it. He told congressional GOPs, in his usual forceful style, to do the right thing and end the ban entirely as Clinton had ordered. 


    "End the ban because it is wrong. 

    You don't need to be 'straight'

    to fight and die for your country.

    You just need to shoot straight." 

    Barry Goldwater



  11. Fussy baby got taken for a walk in his stroller.

    1. clochette


      So that grandpa can take a nap? ;)

    2. ancientrichard


      Before you realise what's happening, the baby will be grown up and taking you for a walk in your stroller :-)

    3. Daddydavek


      @clochetteI could of used a nap but they were only gone 15 minutes.  

      @ancientrichard if the next 16-18 years go faster than the last 20, I will be 90 before I know it.

  12. I LOVE binge readers!

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    2. northie


      Yeah, my jaw dropped a couple of weeks ago when I logged in to 130 or so notifications from Eric. :lol:

    3. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      I love revisiting chapters I haven't read in a long time. Only issue is I feel compelled to tinker and clean. 

    4. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      I know how you feel.

  13. Anyone wanting what promises to be a good read should check out albertnothlit's Keep Quiet. It's an interesting blend of thriller, horror, mystery, psychological study, and promise of romance.



    1. Valkyrie


      It's on my list to read.  I love Albert's writing.  :) 

    2. Reader1810


      Like Val, it’s on my list to read. A worthy read it will be, I’m sure. 

  14. Bah, apparently you can't edit and publish a chapter at the same time without messing up, even if the chapter was NOT post-dated. :facepalm:

    There's a new DDD chapter up, but it doesn't appear on the story update list on the main forum page. :no: I hope you find it anyway.

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    2. northie



      Or edit and save, and then publish the chapter afterwards.

      Once you've saved (and not published) the initial posting, you can't then do anything to it until after posting. Or, at least, that's my experience.  :huh:

    3. aditus
    4. Drew Payne

      Drew Payne

      I've been there too, its so bloody annoying. Though if we all post comments here then the word should quickly get out.

  15. My brave beautiful Nannie lost her battle with cancer last night.  :(

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    2. Puppilull


      So sorry for your loss.

    3. ancientrichard
    4. DynoReads


      I am so sorry for your loss. I know this time is painful, but please know I’m thinking of you.

  16. Today is World Down Syndrome Awareness Day.  I wrote this blog post a few years ago in recognition of Down syndrome awareness month, but the information is still relevant.  



  17. Thanks, DQ for the corrections to my comment, you are totally correct, sometimes my fingers don't catch up with my brain too well.

    1. droughtquake


      I figured turnabout was fair play (even if I’m not an author).  ;–)

  18. Tonight will be the Spring Equinox, so in honour of that here is my short story about The First Night of Spring. Read it here:




    Happy reading.

  19. Why, sometimes, we run away from the person we mostly wanted!!!? :(

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    2. Lyssa


      Because we can not see ourself with their eyes. If so, we would notice, that we are quite loveable.

      I hope, you will find your way. 🙂

    3. Ashi


      I resemble that statement.

    4. Emi GS

      Emi GS

      @MacGreg I don't know. I'm not sure anymore. I have had been the point of their jokes and comments for so long. The teasing and the taunting has been there always, on my back. And the affection(as if I can call it that) they are showing now felt like fake. An another joke. A tease. Or a taunt. I don't want to be the joke they laugh at. Not anymore.


      I want to run away and at same time I don't want to. I don't know what to do. What to expect. Giving them no reason to be near me, escaping their taunts and the sweet talks, felt fair to me. 

  20. Happy first day of Spring


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    2. Reader1810


      Took me a bit, but I got it. :D 

    3. Thorn Wilde

      Thorn Wilde

      Lol! Awesome. And same to you!

    4. Y0rite


      Saw my first red breast a little over a week ago, now.  ~chuckle~  Happy Spring Equinox and Super moon to you, as well.  :gikkle:  ~ Ms. V

  21. Maybe I should save this for June, but here is a wonderful poem by out poet Elsa Gidlow :)



    On a Grey Thread


    My life is a grey thread,

    A thin grey stretched out thread,

    And when I trace its course, I moan:

    How dull! How dead!


    But I have gay beads.

    A pale one to begin,

    A blue one for my painted dreams,

    And one for sin,

    Gold with coiled marks,

    Like a snake’s skin.


    For love an odd bead

    With a deep purple glow;

    A green bead for a secret thing

    That few shall know;

    And yellow for my thoughts

    That melt like snow.


    A red bead for my strength;

    And crimson for my hate;

    Silver for the songs I sing 

    When I am desolate;

    And white for my laughter

    That mocks my dull fate.


    My life is a grey thread

    Stretching through Time’s delay;

    But I have slipped gay beads on it

    To hide it away.



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    2. Lyssa


      🙂 🙂 🙂

    3. Thirdly


      I was playing with my necklace while I was reading it and the massive round metal globe on the end of it ended up falling in my shirt right between my blasted cantaloupes and I had to flail about to tug it back out cause it was cold as all hell. So, I'd say that my life thread's nice and warm, but the one massive bead on it is freezing. (did I mention that I shouldn't ever write poetry?)

    4. Mikiesboy


      I love it!  It is brilliant .. i love it!!

  22. I've written chapter two of my new little story, Bluegrass Symphony.  Yeah, I'm recycling a blog post title for my story name, but damn it fits.  I know what I've got in mind, and I'm going for it.


    It's strange.  I have this underlying fear that I won't do the story justice.  I have such high aspirations and hopes, probably because of the emotion I associate with my home.


    That's not going to stop me, though.  If we let fear get in the way of doing something, then we wouldn't do much worthwhile at all.  I'm willing to risk failure if it means I have a chance to stumble face first into greatness.


    I'll eventually post the story to GA, sometime down the line after I finish up Guarded.  Right now it's good to build up a buffer so that I'll be able to stick to a regular posting schedule.


    Now, it's time to start on chapter three.

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    2. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @MacGregI have these moments of brilliance in writing, but they're fleeting and unpredictable.  Yet, I'd never even have those if I didn't try.

    3. Wayne Gray

      Wayne Gray

      @Thorn Wilde, you've been a great help.  I appreciate you, a lot.

    4. Mikiesboy


      Write bravely, i always say.

  23. Happy Birthday!

    1. Jondon


      Thank you Daddy dave.


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