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  1. Heath's plane landed at the Chicago’s O'Hare airport at 9:30am as scheduled. He gripped the arms of the seat tightly as the wheels touched the ground. He hated the landings. Taking off was cool, but to Heath the pilots just never seemed to get the landing smooth enough for him. The six hour time difference and stressful situation Simon put him in with Mrs. Thomas, was starting to take its toll on him and all he wanted to do was sleep in his own bed. He yawned taking a sip of black coffee as
    6 points
  2. I hope that this post stays up a while longer as I am really enjoying the differing opinions about Author Reviews, and the reviewing process in general. I think that all reviews critical or not should be public, there seems to be no reason to pm an author unless you wish to troll / complain / yell at them. If a review isn't critical or offer an opinion it by it's very definition is not a review. REVIEW: a critical article or report, as in a periodical, on a book, play, recital, or the like; critique; evaluation. When you are a beginning writer, you are going to make mistakes and before you review someone's work please take that into consideration on how critical you are going to be. But I do not think it's fair to me or to any other author that we might have glaring errors or idiosyncrasies in our stories and they are being ignored to spare our feelings. I am in no way shape or form a great writer, but even I believe that people should be able to be honest and direct about their reviews. Critical reviews are good ones, and I would not have made as much progress as I have without those critical reviews. If the purpose if the review option is to flower the author in meaningless flattery then we might as well get rid of it, because if offering a actual REVIEW could be considered harassment or even get you banned... well I hope you see my point. Be kind your brothers and sisters and use a little freaking empathy when reviewing, but don't hold back when there is room for knowledge. ~Cailen
    4 points
  3. You want annoying? Old people who discover email and know your email address. Now- THAT'S ANNOYING! I am the computer consultant to the old folks at my Mom's church. I advise them on what to get, set it up for them and show them where to go to get free training. I make a little money by fixing things they botch up and keeping them running. Once they discover how to use email, I get recipes, cute grand baby pictures, forwarded jokes and all sorts of geezerspam I don't want. And I've got to look at all of it because in the mounds of crap are occasional requests for services. Upside: I'll soon be publishing a collection of ten-thousand casserole recipes. Downside: I hate ALL of them.
    3 points
  4. "La petite morte. Suffer the ravages daily!" Owen smirks as he reads my luggage sticker. Our first kiss, even one that amazing, had to end sometime. I am still snuggled in his arms though, the place I've wanted to be for a long time now. I grin. "Well they say to put something distinctive on your luggage so you know it’s yours." "That'll do it." His laugh turns into a yawn. It is past late, almost early morning. "Sorry. You must be exhausted, mate, and you have to work in a few hours." His t
    3 points
  5. When I wake up, the only thing I feel is warmth. Not the kind of warmth that makes you mewl like a kitten and sigh in contentment. No, this kind of warmth is bulky, strong, and familiar... I peel my eyes open and observe the colorful world around me in a happy blissfulness. I am lying on a sleeping mat, surrounded by miles of golden-lit forest. The sunshine streams through and hits me in the face, waking up my every sense until I tingle with the need to get up and move. Then I feel breath on t
    3 points
  6. The last thing I claim to be is an author. The last place I probably should be posting is on this topic, since I have no claim to fame. At this late hour, when God knows I need more sleep and rest for whatever lays ahead, here I am thinking I am so glad there is a place like GA that offers a place for me to offer my soul to other people in a small, clumsy, uncultured, and perhaps boorish attempt to leave something behind when I'm gone. I have no problems with anyone leaving a review that is friendly and helpful. I really don't mind someone disliking my work, or attempt at work. When I find a story I don't like, and there are many, I stop reading and move on. When I find a story that is good, but has problems, I usually suggests the author find a good editor and/or beta depending on the problem I think I see, especially with a new author learning as I am to write "QUALITY" work. Besides, as it has been pointed out, very few, if any of us, make a dime on anything we post here. My opinion is, if you don't like the damn story, stop reading it and move on. Jeepers, creepers, who here makes a living writing reviews for any of the major newspapers in this country? We all make mistakes and none of us have an army of editors to make sure there are NO mistakes. I've only had one review that ticked me off and they were trying to demand which way the plot should go. I felt like if they wanted the story go in a particular direction, they should be writing their own story. But that's me. I have gladly and without reservation written reviews to encourage the author to continue their work, and I will continue to do so in the future. I have also written reviews and clicked "Liked It" on several quality stories found on GA. In fact, I think GA has the most quality stories of ANY site found on the internet, paid sites or otherwise. Therefore, I find myself asking, why can't GA be both a community where both good quality authors can be found AND be a community where new, young or old, and uncouth writers can be nurtured and respectfully given the time and experience to become another good quality author to add to the community? I think both can and have been flourishing here in the limited time I've been here. I've said more than I should, and I apologize to anyone I've offended. I'm just really glad I found GA and I can't expressed enough what it has meant to me. With the system as it is now, anyone can review however they want to, and I can live with that. However, I see no reason to write a review that discourages a first time author. Just saying.
    3 points
  7. The first word I see on this site after Gay Authors is Quality. A teenager having an emotional breakdown because of what a person said about their story on the internet... OH MY! I understand the desire to have a nurturing enviroment, I really do. But there is a fine line, a balance between this hand holding, kum-bi-ah singing, tree hugging, liberal cesspool you seem to be aiming for and actual literary work. A review process is a critical one, if someone cannot handle having their work reviewed perhaps it'd be a smarter idea to allow new authors to 'shut off' reviews and allow themselves to stick their head in the proverbial sand and not be able to learn and grow. Thus providing them a caring safe enviroment in which to post Quality gay fiction... Seriously love this topic... ~Cailen
    3 points
  8. I can't help wondering if this is not some absurd surrealist provocation post! Who on earth, I mean, just who on earth objects to getting personal mail to the point where they actually write to the sender to complain? Does this person have nothing better to do than complain about people being overly nice? Here's an idea. Save up all the money you would have spent on mail - materials and postage - to this person, and at Christmas send them an envelope containing a short explanation along with the a note of the amount of money, and a self addressed postcard on which they can nominate a charity for you to donate it to. Tell them you have so much pleasance just bursting out of you that you have to have an outlet for it, lest it sits in a corner of your heart, and goes off and gets bitter. And thank them ever so much for allowing you to direct your human warmth to a place where it is appreciated. Honestly. Some people have so little to do, and so little intelligence to do it with, they deserve themselves.
    3 points
  9. Feedback varies from reader to reader. Authors also take criticism in different manners. Giving honest reviews that help authors hinges on how they are given and received. That has always been a cornerstone of the debate on how to review and/or critique here at GA. There will never been an agreement between the various platforms, imo. The interesting dynamic on GA that often is not found on other sites is that direct connection in this community style. I've posted and participated as both an author and a reader on other sites and this one is definitely unique. Sometimes that is a beneficial relationship, other times there is friction based on the manner of the interactions occuring beyond the reading and then reviewing of a story. Since we, as authors, cannot keep those readers who choose to be abrasive silent before they leave at least one review, we can choose how we react to them. Not everyone will be doing it deliberately, so it is important to be able to read reviews with the reminder that this is someone's reaction to your story, for good or bad. While it can be difficult to be objective when someone is insulting your hard work, it is important to remember that is just their opinion. Especially on GA, it should be kept in mind that the reader's judgement can, and likely is, highly subjective because of the close contact between readers and authors. When push comes to shove, if you disagree because you feel the reviewer is being a troll, or just don't feel their review is worth your time to respond to it, don't. Put it from your mind and move on. If it really bothers you and it is occuring here on GA, simply ask that member not to review your work any longer as you view it as harassment. Save the pm/review/forum posts where you do so.Then, if they don't comply, contact a staff member.
    3 points
  10. Anyway, while I agree that there needs to be some care taken, I'd like to point out a few things, as I do a fair bit of reviewing. Firstly, and not most importantly, writing a review helps me work out what I think about a story. It means I can give the author's work a second go in my head. However, to the main point. Let's understand that there are four - well, let's call them classes, for the want of a better definition - four classes of authors here. There are the Hosted and Premium authors. The Hosted are all held in high regard. At least, I imagine that's the point. I've yet to see a Hosted with uniformly poor writing. The Premiums are actually professional, like it or not. I don't know if they get paid by the site, but readers certainly have to pay for their work. Seems to me that should set a certain level of quality. Then there are the Promising Authors. It's a weirdness to me, albeit a happy one, that some of the Proms are better than some of the Hosted. But, be that as it may, the Proms must surely have some level of quality to arrive at before they are (what? made, invited?) to take on that status. And the other two categories make up the majority. These have no formal differentiation. I rationalise them as 'more mature' (i.e. they have been writing for longer, or have developed their skills more), and; 'newer' authors. Why is this important? Well, I've not been a member that long, but I have been around for quite a while before that, just reading. I used to get terribly frustrated when a Hosted or a Prom's work was not that good, but I had invested the time. On the other hand, find a 'standard' author with talent and it's like wey hey! When I became a member I finally got the point. I could see the reviews. Some great writing getting no reviews, and some pretty mediocre getting more gush that a fireman's squirty thing! But honestly very little feedback on quality. Conclusion: if the honest stuff us going on indoors, then there's not much honest stuff going on at all. The round point to this is that I hold different authors to different standards in my reviews. Hosteds and Proms can expect a bit of sharp commentary if their stuff is choc full of errors. They should be expected to know, and be able to perform, better. The other authors need a deal of leniency. But on the other hand, I see work that has been edited or beta'd by high status authors, and it's just not been pointed out. How can a Hosted edit a story, then we find that 'past' is spelt 'passed' several times over. It cannot surely be that it's being pointed out by the editors and ignored by the authors. Can it? I'm afraid that if an author wants to take the rep points in huge abundance, they should be willing to take some constructive and it must be constructive criticism. Let me share something. I've given a fair number of reviews since I signed up. Some have pointed out issues. Some authors have pm'd and asked for further information, which I have gladly given. Nobobdy has ever pm'd complaining they've had an unfair review. The only real time that happened was in public and it came from one fan and one admin. And they were both a bit - well, impolite and uninformed. But I don't edit for two Proms because I harshly hack. Now to the last point, and I think this is easily the most important. There are not nearly enough editors on the site. And an even greater lack of good ones. That's not a criticism of the site. It's all voluntary. There are all too many really good authors working without the help of an editor or beta, which would turn their work from interesting and enjoyable into fullscale must read with no interruptions from misplaced words and repetitive bits that have slipped in as a result of a tired scribbler. Why is this pertinent? It is pertinent because making the criticisms in public means that the learning exercise is there for everybody to benefit from. In a scenario where there are too few editors, I think that's vital. That's why I set up the MuckitList. It's available to all, especially those who don't have an editor or beta. It is absolutely true that review criticism should not be unnecesarily harsh, and should try to point out the good as well as the bad. But remember, a review might be the only edit a story gets. I can tell you for a fact that if every reader was to point out the issues in a pm, either it wouldn't happen, or authors would be deluged with negative pms. Furthermore, anybody who would send a pm would be in dire danger of being asked to edit or beta. And most have no wish to get into that. Thus they wouldn't do it. I certainly wouldn't. I hate the thought of turning down a request for help. Look, this is a community site. We learn from the community, because the community is more than the sum of its parts. Making reviews public with honest and fair critique is part of that. Site admin needs to understand that they do no service to the authors when they try to put the brakes on, just the same as the horrible reviewers do no service when they pile the horseshit on. PM reviews are not gonna happen. I'd love to hear from any author who has had a critical review pm. I bet it doesn't amount to many.
    3 points
  11. Chapter 136: Complete Success “So, what do you think?” Lisa asked, leaning closer to Joel in the crowded restaurant. Joel glanced across the street, studying the air conditioning repair store. “I haven’t seen anything yet.” “I meant about the food,” Lisa asked, taking a final bite of her johnny cakes; small fritters of seasoned, fried cornbread. Joel, smiling, regarded his now-empty plate, which had contained conch salad and johnny cakes. “Bahamian food is kinda cool – what we’ve had of
    3 points
  12. Okay, I haven't had time to do things like I would like to. Been more of respond to problems then have time to relax and do what you want. My bright spot has been mail, or it was until today. I am one of those people who enjoys getting mail. A postcard, card, or note can do wonders for me. Just knowing someone took the time to think of me makes me smile. However today I got an email asking me not to send so many postcards and cards. Seems I am a disruption instead of making them happy. Basically then this note goes out to those of you here whose address I have. So I'll ask you now, if I am being a pest and you don't want mail from me just let me know. I'd rather think I was doing something to make you smile then piss you off. Thanks, Wayne
    2 points
  13. “C’mon. RiverGlow is starting.” Dee pulled Jamie forward and Blaine recaptured Trisha’s hand. Those two skipped ahead, two pretty gay boys prancing along a the river’s edge. “You’ll see a canopy for us on the left.” Dee called out. Jamie was distracted by the spectacle on the river as they walked along. The bonfires he’d seen were not on the water’s edge as he had thought. They instead were in pyres placed in the center of the river. The fragrant wood filled the night air and the flames
    2 points
  14. One feels one has to point out the irony ... I have three posts above. The first asked for a link, and got a like. The third pointed out that the second seemed to have a lot in common with some of our most respected authors, and got a like. But the second - the substantive one, the one that actually argues for fair and balanced and useful reviews didn't get a like. I don't care about the likes per se. I have had PMs complementing me on the post. But I do find it hugely ironic that when we are talking about only being uber lovely in public, a reasoned, contributory argument does not get a like, but ones which have little or no contributory material do. Another thing that made me laugh was that I posted a balanced, but basically very favourable review recently. It was of a very respected author's anthology piece. That author had actually added me as a friend the day I signed up. The day this very favourable review went live s:he unfriended me. Seems it's not possible to right because one is so fervently engaged in doing wrong. Sounds a bit like akin to the much vaunted review, really. Jussayin
    2 points
  15. I think reviews and feedback can be awesome, unless they get petty. I've used feedback from my readers to make significant changes in the direction of my stories, and they turned out a lot better because of it. I tend to ignore those that aren't well thought out, or are whiny. The ones that conflict me the most are those by readers who declare, with self-appointed authority, that they seemingly know my characters better than I do. On the one hand, I'm flattered that they have gotten so into the character that they feel that way. On the other, it's a little irksome to be told that, considering I created them. :-)
    2 points
  16. I posted my first story, the 24 chapter long Dean Warner Intrigues from May 26, 2012 to June 23, 2012 and am astonished it has to date received over 5900 views. I thank everyone who read it. I really appreciate those that liked it, reviewed it and/or sent me a private message. As a first story it is far from perfect and there were some justified criticisms. I appreciate all the comments I received. In the end, I am gratified by the sheer number of people that bothered to take a look and then proceeded to follow it to the end. I admit, I give some of the more well-established authors on the site more grief than encouragement and Jon, CJ and Mark can bear witness to that. However, I do appreciate the hard work and thought that goes into writing and for a new author I try to accentuate the positive!
    2 points
  17. The vibe I seem to get from the first few comments is sort of leaning towards not having any reviews with any criticisms public at all whatsoever, which I frankly just do not agree with. Were that to be the case, then I'd say even using the term "reviews" for author feedback here would be just plain misleading, since it would be strictly one-sided. Having said that, I do agree that overly critical, harsh reviews could probably be better left privately. But I do think that there are ways to leave a review that has some criticisms in it without coming off like a complete jerk, and certainly there are ways to still be encouraging in the process.
    2 points
  18. NNN - here is the link http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/topic/33667-a-note-to-the-critics/page__hl__+note%20+to%20+the%20+critics#entry331904
    2 points
  19. I wake up to the smell of mold and coppery blood. I can feel my heart thumping in my chest like a jackhammer, almost as if it is bursting to be released from under my skin. When my thoughts begin to form properly, I yank each arm, finding myself to be bound I start struggling with the other parts of my body. Damn, both my arms and chest are bound to a concrete floor, which I am currently slumped on. I peel open my eyes and look around. I am in a concrete cell, surrounded by chains which dig int
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  20. From the album: Pictures

    Taken Sunday before daughter daddy time. She's almost a year old if you can believe it. [i almost can't ]
    1 point
  21. Sending you via PM the address to my PO box. Add me to your list in whomever's place.
    1 point
  22. Both her grandmother and grandfather were appalled when, on opening their door to the respectful knock they found a huge bearlike stranger carrying their grandson unconscious and soaked through in his arms. As soon as the lake was mentioned the lectures began. “Haven’t I always told you how dangerous it is there? Why did you think you were forbidden from going there? Now see what you have done…” and these were the milder reprisals. Respectfully Gwyon bore the tirade. First he carried
    1 point
  23. Maybe I need to clarify a bit... I have seen NEW authors pull stories or quit writing because of reviews that are NOT constructive criticism. I'm not saying that all criticism must be sent via PM, but if you're going to only tell an author how awful their story is or nit pick ever little detail in the story, then what is the purpose? In my opinion, these are not reviews and may only succeed in making newer authors second guess even posting here to begin with. Oh, and do let me point out that I have received critical PM's, and know of quite of few other authors on site who have received the same.
    1 point
  24. It was Lent, the season of grieving and repenting and braying sententious monks. Enter here, Claude Severin ambling to the wine shop, grinning like a happy baboon on this feast day of St. Joseph, patron saint of manly losers. The melody of a gavotte sloshed in his heart, its rhythm light in his fingers. Passersby gave no eye to his threadbare tunic or his ragged hose; nor did they stop to admire his hat lined with velvet and a red plume—a gift from an apothecary for times sweaty and jaunty. “Cl
    1 point
  25. Thanks Andy. Funnily, I think it covers a lot of what I said above. Interestingly AQG, one of our Prems, actually made a similar point about the community thing. Great minds think alike .... and I hope nobody is suggesting AQG is a fool because I don't differ!
    1 point
  26. Andy, can you find that original post? I think it might be useful to compare it with what Bill has said in his comments.
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  27. So glad to see this, and I absolutely agree with Bill. Praise and encourage publicly, and if you do feel you can offer help or give pointers, do so privately.
    1 point
  28. Chapter 39 For Alex, the ride to the hospital was torturous. It felt like they were going at a snail’s pace and he seemed to notice every little detail of their journey. In reality it only took them ten minutes as the traffic was so quiet. Alex, Justin and Alan got out of the car when Rick pulled up outside of accident and emergency. As they walked into the hospital it appeared to be utter chaos with people all over the place. “You two sit here and I’ll go and try and find out what I can,”
    1 point
  29. I awoke the next morning alone. That was all right. I hadn't expected him to stay the night no matter how much I thought he wanted to. No matter how much I had wanted him to. Ogre's need for secrecy trumped everything else. It was too soon for that kind of self awareness on his part. Too soon to upheave his life any more than our connection had no doubt done already. I would merely have to sit back and be patient and hope it all played out to our benefit. I was asking a lot, wasn't I? I could s
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  30. ~*~*~*~*~ Confucius says: People wish for the life Of those they love while wishing for the death of those they hate, Once you wish for life, To also wish for death is confusion." ~*~*~*~*~ 2 Min stood up and the ground started coming at him fast. Reaching out to grab on to Shin’s jacket he closed his eyes and opened them again. Thankfully, the ground was right where it was supposed to be. He turned to Shin and grinned. “I think I’m drunk.” “No kidding,” Shin chuckled, glancing aro
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  31. The Journey of Jacob and Kyle Chapter #12: This Cold heart (Cont.) Time line: Monday In the midst of Jacob’s emotional outburst, Amanda stood her ground and hadn’t been offended by his off the cuff, split second responses. In her mind she could easily understand his frustration and believed that if it had been her, she would’ve reacted in the same manner. After Jacob had left her field of vision, she took a moment to think of her next course of action. In the back of her mind, she felt th
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  32. Chapter 7 Tailgate There is a longstanding tradition of tailgating at pretty much any school south of the Mason Dixon line with a football team worth its salt. At Old Dominion, that tradition was somewhat convoluted, simply because our football team sucked… badly. Every home game, the students of Old Dominion woke up no later than nine. The girls donned their latest sun dresses and derby hats while the guys buttoned up their khakis or seersucker
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  33. An English Teen, Circumcised in the USA by Riley Jericho Just a Small Prick Extract from Luke’s notes: One or two who’ve read through these notes—friends who already know my story and know what was to come in the weeks and months ahead with Ry and the others—have asked me why I decided to write it down. Why tell it? Well, for starters, it’s not easy to forget. Even this part! It was now several years ago, but I still remember every minute detail of being in that surgical theatre. Trust m
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  34. I felt empty inside as I sat on that rock ledge, staring at the ruins. Empty, because the world I thought I recognised wasn't there any more. Even if I was asleep for more than a week, which seems to be the case, could everything have changed so much in two or three weeks? Or even a month? The place was still. I couldn't see from this distance if anything was actually moving, but as it looked, there was no way anything was alive down there. At least, nothing human. "Not what you were exp
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  35. Disclaimer: This story includes sexual and romantic situations between consenting individuals. Any allusion to illicit or illegal activity, sexual or otherwise, is used only for enhancement of the story line and not promotion thereof. Remember AIDS, HIV and other STDs are a very real threat, please always practice safe sex. I can prove copyright on this story so please don't copy or remove this story for personal use without my permission. *****************************************************
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  36. I am startled from my troubled slumber when I hear the shrieks and sirens going off in the castle that I am placed in. My neck is killing me from having to sleep half upright with the rope still connecting my wrists to the bedposts. I sit tense and ready while I hear men yelling and mini explosions going off. The castle must be under attack! This is my moment, the one where I can hopefully get free and away from Laurence and his deceitful army. It had been four days since my arrival and being
    1 point
  37. I wake up...again. My body feels exhausted, and my mind burns like a thousand fires are lit within it. Then my mind fills with my memory, of Erebus and the evil man who is a mystery to me. I open my senses up and realize that I am no longer sitting on a dirty cell floor, but instead laying in a bed with silk sheets that slide smooth over my bare skin. I am naked! "Fuck." The word whispers from my mouth, because being in a strange place with no clothing on and a man that obviously wants me to b
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  38. “You will do your duty!” my father thundered. I bowed my head, my fists clenched as tight as my jaw. I stormed from the room, not daring to speak. I’d been meek my whole life. I obeyed without question, accepted the strictures placed on me. That hadn’t done me a bit of good. Neither had blowing up, and finally after many long years, releasing my iron grip on my temper. That had earned me a pair of guards and a day of fasting to purify me to receive Stygianius’ wisdom. It wasn’t right. I’d hop
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  39. At first all he could do was stare blankly back at her, then he turned looking into the shop. ‘What did she just say? She didn’t… no, she couldn’t possibly…’ Because if Addie had known he was gay, why hadn’t she ever brought it up? Maybe during one of the conversations they had growing up talking about who they liked, where Lucca was forced to stumble over answering before awkwardly changing the subject. She might have thought to mention it during a late night study session, or one of their
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  40. Sam squeezed into the small space on the couch between Jeremy’s head and the wall. ‘Why is he here…now?” Sam wondered about the urgency behind his cousin’s arrival; it was after eleven on a school night. Slouching, he rested his head on the back of the futon and splayed his feet out in front of him on the hardwood floor. Sam’s hand absentmindedly combed his cousin’s hair while his mind wandered home to his parents. Even from a thousand miles away their expectations bothered him. ‘Why thro
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  41. Frozen, Lucca stared into his face. ‘I had no idea he was so hot up close. His hair is really curly; it looks soft. Wait, no, what was he talking about a second ago?’ Lucca shook away his thoughts; his mind finally registering that Jeremy still waited for an introduction. “Lucca,” he said clasping their hands together. He gave a smile, but was positive it contained only a tenth of the warmth of the one he received. “So, I’ll leave you boys to it then.” Betty went to other matter
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  42. Starring up at the ceiling. Lucca attempted to memorize the fine lines he saw forming there. ‘Last night was a complete disaster. Of all the topics for Addie to choose-why that one?’ The outing Addie planned started pretty well; however, Lucca found their conversation drifting into unexpected and undesirable areas. As soon as the appetizers arrived she began throwing all sorts of relationship-based questions at him. The dinner began with a fairly innocent inquiry about who he was intereste
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  43. ‘Why am I always my own worst enemy?’ Sam slammed his hand down on his alarm clock; if the blinking green numbers were any indication, it was now 6:15 a.m. He had originally set the alarm planning to get an early start on shopping and exploring the town before work, but he hadn’t expected to stay awake so late. ‘Since I’m already awake, I might as well go eat breakfast.’ He stumbled out of bed to head for the kitchen. The cold wood floor surprised him though and he jumped back into be
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  44. The J’ville LGBT Alliance filled the back room of the coffee house. Lucy went from table to table, stuffing blue and yellow packets of chemical sweetener among the brown packs of unrefined sugar, and eavesdropping. There was only one topic of conversation: what would happen to Marty? He had broken the Prime Directive: “If you out somebody, you’re out.” There were two questions in everyone’s mind: Will Marty come to the meeting? Will Larry really call for his expulsion—and ostracism? It all start
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  45. “Stupid, stupid, stupid!” Gary muttered to himself as he rode home from the LGBT Alliance meeting. He peddled faster. The wind whipped his words away, but left his stomach tumbling and his breath smoldering. “He wanted to talk to you. You know you felt something. You know he did, too. But you were too stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” Gary yelled the last two words into the darkness of an autumn night, and pulled into the driveway of his home. “What’s stupid?” The lights mounted on the garage, trigger
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  46. “Coffee, please, and then about ten minutes to get my thoughts together—and to wake up.” Joe looked at the waitress to gauge her reaction. She looked around the diner and then nodded. Her lips were tightly compressed. I know what she’s thinkin’: how long am I going to take up her table? Will I leave a tip? Joe understood the woman’s concern. He’d waited tables at fine restaurants and family restaurants, at diners and at dives. He’d earned big tips and he’d been stiffed. As the failure of the eco
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  47. Samantha stood on a stepladder erasing and re-writing prices. Lucy stood beside the ladder reading the prices. They were all going up. “That’s really high,” Stephen said as Lucy called out the price of a latte. “Still cheaper than Warbucks,” Lucy said. “And ain’t none of their baristas as cute as me.” “None of their baristas are as cute as I am,” Samantha said. “Honestly, Lucy, you’re never going to pass the Comps unless you start thinking in correct English.” “Who’s minding the s
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  48. How the fuck could he be so stupid? Jordan? He outed himself in front of fucking Jordan! Pushing himself as if racing everyone for a ball, he tried to outrun what happened. It made no sense; he couldn’t escape what he said. Right now his emotions controlled him and they told him to run. Down the path, the rapid slap of his shoes on concrete breaking an otherwise calm night. Somewhere up ahead the field house and soccer field marked the end of campus. Jordan was going to tell his mother; th
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  49. Two wounded men meet in Paris during World War I. One is wounded on the outside, both are wounded on the inside. Will their accidental meeting help heal both of them?
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  50. Changing Focus By: Cia Sean plucked his damp t-shirt away from his sweaty back, balancing on the crotch of the tree he had climbed in pursuit of a perfect blossom he had spotted from the ground. The weather was cool, still in the 60s but the afternoon sun beat down on his shoulders and head, making him a bit warmer than he would like. Oh well, he'd be going home tomorrow with the results of his labor, surely a few of the images he had been able to capture would fit in with his projec
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