I enjoy writing and creating stories, but I think the problem is that I’m not the greatest writer. I didn’t take any classes, I just always enjoyed creating stories. I just finished officially my first story, and I released each chapter for people to read but I never got any feedback. I would get tons of people supporting the post where I mentioned a new chapter, but as far as commenting on the story, it was non existent. I know that writing should first and foremost be something that I enjoy and it is. Realistically though, any author is going to say that they like knowing that people are reading. Duh. Now, my story is based on non-original things and can be easily changed with a major “find and replace” but if it’s not going to be a story that people will want to read why even bother?
I’m currently working on the second book wondering if there’s even a point. I guess you would have to know the background and why I’m writing the story.
I started out writing a story that was based on someone I actually met. It was geared around — I don’t want to say quite yet, because if I could find a willing editor and even beta reader I may try to release my stories, but again I wasn’t getting the feedback that I wanted. Does that make me a bad writer? People tell me that I write okay, so maybe it’s the content. Most of my stories involve the gay lifestyle and situations that some people may not want to read.
My current story is actually posted on my personal site—I won’t list it here, because I don’t think I’m allowed. The first, actually written story, is a fantasy, superhero story based on a planet (which is what I would have to change if I publish) that most would recognize from another story. It’s based on an alien that comes to earth to save earth but finds love in someone.
Thats it for now. More later if people respond.
What am I looking for? Advice on what to do with completed story? Interested in beta reading telling me how bad it is?
By Wayne Gray
Tell us your favorite recipes! Ones that have surprised you with their simplicity, or deliciousness, or even strange ones that turned out well.
I'll go first. In true fashion, I'll start with a strange one.
Chocolate Balsamic Salad Dressing
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1-1/2 teaspoons honey 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Whisk in the vinegar, oil, honey, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over salads. If you like spice, add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne, or red pepper flake for a kick. Nobody will ever accuse your salad of being boring! I've done this one. It's definitely good. Probably not a good idea to use with a cheesy salad, but just about anything else would go. Mine was used with strawberry, walnut, spinach salad, and it went perfectly.
Hopefully someone can tell me the name of this story. I only have bits and pieces but I would really like to read it again.
High school setting. The school loser is paired with one of the “In” guys for a project on learning about each other. The outcast gets upset with the teacher and refuses to do it. The jock chases him home and convinces him to take part so he doesn’t fail.
Any clues as to the title and/or author?
Update 1: The “loser” is bi racial, mom is white and the dad is black. Dad is in the military and doesn’t make an appearance in the story. Mom works at a diner where her co-workers hate her. I think the cause was she got pregnant young. The antagonist has two friends that treat the loser like shit and are factors in his attempt at suicide. The parents of the jock and his friends own a restaurant together, King something.
I don’t know guys. I may be confusing two stories or not. And it really reminds me of an @Ronyx story but I couldn’t find it on his website.
Im so in the mood to read this story again.
Last Update: I found the story I was looking for!!! It’s called The Bully and The Brain. It’s not on here but on Nifty. Which is why my searches came up nada. If you’re interested in reading it here’s the link: https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/highschool/the-bully-and-the-brain/
Thanks to @Timothy M., @droughtquake, @Dabeagle & @ReaderPaul!
In my search for this book I found a lot of other good reads that I forgot about, The Peace Within, A Light in the Dark Places, The Foundling, just to name a few.
Well I'm off to devour these stories as I await updates to the ones I follow on GA.
Hi all gamers.
I recently got an xbox 360 from a friend that was moving back to Europe. I was more of a PC player, rpgs and strategy, but got all Dragon Age for my birthday. As I finished these ones now, I am looking for suggestions of a game to buy. I am not a heavy gamer (don't play everyday) so will probably just buy one or two. Anything good? I was thinking of looking to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, but I want opinions or other suggestions. IF there is a good one for xbox 360, a final fantasy is also an option. I am more of fantasy guy (I am always a mage), but also liked KOTOR and Starcraft games back when I played on the PC. What should buy?
By Thorn Wilde
My own twist on the classic English tea time treat.
400ml whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
A handful of almonds, chopped or crushed
1. Set oven to 225*C.
2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Divide the butter into little pieces with your fingers and add to the flour mix until you have a loose mass.
3. Add the almonds and the milk, kneading with your hands until everything's mixed together, but take care that you don't make the dough too dense or smooth. It's better if it's a little bit rough.
4. Divide the dough into two flat-ish round patties that you place on a baking tray. With a knife, make a cross in each patty, without cutting all the way through, and prick them a few times with a fork.
5. Place the baking tray in the middle of the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the scones are nice and golden on top.
6. Leave them to rest in room temperature for a few minutes before quartering and serving with butter, preserves or whatever you want, and don't forget a nice pot of tea!
For plain scones, just skip the almonds. Other tasty variations on this recipe include adding other types of nuts, dried cranberries or blueberries, raisins or other dried fruits. The sky's the limit, so go wild!