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  2. frosenblum

    Lon Chapter 3

    We've met the cast of characters and now the play has started with a mystery. Good story so far I suspect we'll soon learn all about what an Aussie country farrier and vet does. I enjoy when you teach us about stuff that has become unfamiliar to our "modern" lives.
  3. It's moving, isn't it? Pricked deeply at my soul, too.
  4. giving this a million hearts would not be enough ... you can have some tears instead ... and my own beating heart apologies... thank You, Sir.
  5. Yes, the wedding and birthday celebration will be awesome, and I'm sorry to keep dragging the Hubbard situation out, but it will be resolved soon, so just hang in there.
  6. Read, commented and reviewed. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. It is an example of how many little gems there are on GA.
  7. A great short story that will likely leave you wishing for more. A realistic slice of life, it is well worth taking the time to read.
  8. Great short story that begs for more. This first physical interaction was intense and wonderfully written; it shows how well they knew each other from their online relationship. The connection was definitely there, but the hinted at sadness to come takes this story to another level. Sometimes, we should be careful of what we wish for. Jay might learn that soon enough. Thanks for this... cheers... Gary....
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  10. I've been reading translated poems of Rilke lately, who is recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets. In the early 1900s, Rilke wrote letters to a young German military cadet who sought his guidance on his own poetry. These letters were poetry in their own right, dynamic and inspiring. The following is an excerpt from one such letter, which galvanizes the creative process, not exclusive to poetry or writing in my opinion, but for all forms of artistic self-expression: “Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose... ...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet
  11. It's nice to held the wedding on Joshs birthday, because all can have a great party with him, Pat and Tori. I hope in the next chapter, that Hubbard is going to .... Thank you Bill for another enjoying chapter.
  12. Dabeagle

    Lexus Sketch

    That's adorable!
  13. @Cia actually made the break, when Owen realises how difficult it is to find a job in London. Cia made the right choice and it reads well broken there.
  14. Not having a Premium account, I'm actually intrigued as to exactly where Drew made the break to convert it into 2 chapters. Although I suppose I could check that easily enough simply by looking at the word count for chapter 1....
  15. That is the highest praise to me, you want to know more. I love writing stories and tapping into what stories mean to people, and when that resonates with a reader it is amazing.
  16. Nikko

    Secret Santa

    Great read so far. Ready for the next chapter
  17. Aceinthehole

    The Next Step

    I think the next step is a bit hard to describe, but is a deeper love than Artie has been showing up to this point. In the past couple chapters we've seen Dizzy seem to fall harder than he already has. He's overtly affectionate and almost dependent on Artie. However, Artie's been assuming it's for physical reasons and even Charlotte has to steer him away from that idea. Dizzy has been in numerous relationships, while this is still Artie's first. So I guess what I'm saying is, while Artie has shown a mature sense of love, he still needs to grow into it and learn how to fully understand what it means to be in more than a typical high school relationship. I rambled a bit, but hopefully that helps!
  18. HANDS Having a nice dummy sucking SESSN
  19. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm intrigued enough to want to know more. Great start for Pride month
  20. Aceinthehole

    The Next Step

    It's definitely an odd need for Artie, especially considering all he's gained over the past few months. However with his overthinking mind, I think running into Ezra and being given the business card has thrown him for a loop. Either way, his judgment seems to be clouded.
  21. Will Hawkins

    God Forsaken

    I have changed my mind to a certain extent -- I will continue to read this story, but I will not be making comments. If an author does not desire criticism then they should not have it. I will honor the author's wishes.
  22. Aceinthehole

    The Next Step

    Glad I could bring them back already! Unfortunately, I'll have to leave your second question unanswered, but I think you'll enjoy the upcoming chapters! 😉
  23. Aceinthehole

    The Next Step

    I'm really glad you enjoyed it! More chapters will be out next week. Hope you enjoy them!
  24. Happy Birthday!

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