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  1. ---Ryder--- As I bowed my head once more I couldn’t help but be amazed at the support Teddy was showing me. He stood their quietly and let me pray as much and as long as I needed. All these years, well, I’ve kept it so hidden for a reason. When I was a child I just wanted to avoid the question ‘How could you still be religious?’. But once I became a musician it wasn’t about the question anymore. It was about the appearance. Kids didn’t want a metal singer to pray, they didn’t want to hear that he believed in a God. Maybe I should’ve made a stand and shown that side of me anyway, but at th
    24 points
  2. Family Struggles Home: A month had passed since the kids came to live with Kyle and Blu, it has been a roller coaster of emotions for the entire family. Arabella was adjusting the best to her new home, the boys were making some strides but Levi was still keeping his defensive wall up. Tuesday during their lunch break Kyle and Blu were summoned to the Principal Quimby’s office. Kyle met up with Blu in the hallway just before they reached the office, “Any idea what’s going on?” Blu shook his head, “Not unless it has something to do with Hiscock, maybe they fired him.”
    18 points
  3. Once the families were settled, they came back outside to join the rest of the crowd. Shortly after everyone relaxed, the sound of a plane approaching could be heard, “Excuse me,” I murmured and strode over to the office. “Pondana this is RFDS, requesting permission to land over” I heard on the radio just as I was approaching the office door, grabbing the radio, I walked back outside before replying. “RFDS this is Pondana, permission is granted, please use North South runway as there is currently a 25-knot wind from the North-North West over” I replied, “Pondana, please be a
    17 points
  4. ---Teddy--- As I sat there next to him I felt his hand reach out and hold mine. It felt good to act like a couple again, it felt right. I looked down at him as he stared at the T.V. and couldn’t help but be swarmed by a million thoughts. Am I doing the right thing? Is he going to lose his mind and hurt me all over again? What are my friends going to think? What is my family going to think? This is so much worse than it was the first time around! “Did I do something?” He gulped noticing my stare. “No sorry.” I quickly shook my head. “Just, thinking.” Ryder turned off the T.V. an
    15 points
  5. So, you've done it! You put in the time and the energy and the effort, you've drained yourself creatively, and you've put together a story that you can be proud of. One that can touch and inspire as well as excite and arouse. Awesome! Now, all you have to do is put it out where people can read it so they can be thrilled by your genius. Just find a place to post your work...and wait. And wait... And wait some more... Ok, so what's going on here? Where's the praise? Where are the great reviews? You poured your heart and soul into a story that you think is really impressive and wel
    13 points
  6. As soon as lunch was over Robert set off at a cracking pace, arriving at the units forty minutes early. Suddenly shy, he scouted around and discovered the security door to the courtyards. It was ajar, so he slipped through, pulled it shut behind him, bounded up the three flights of stairs and, having by now decided he didn’t care if it was childish to arrive so early, knocked on the kitchen door. An elderly head poked from the opposite entrance, demanding his name, what he wanted, and how he had got there. ‘Hi. I’m Robert. I’m visiting my cousin, Bart, and stupidly locked myself out.’
    13 points
  7. Family Struggles Don’t Give Up On Me: Kyle was up early Saturday morning, the snow had been coming down since before the family went to sleep. He managed to make homemade Blueberry Pancakes which were quite tasty in his opinion but left the kitchen looking like a bomb exploded. Kyle placed breakfast in the oven to stay hot. Once he had set the table he went upstairs to wake everybody. Kyle’s first stop was to wake Blu. Kyle sat on the edge of the bed beside Blu he ran his finger across Blu’s chest drawing hearts with it tickling him, “Morning Babe, breakfast is ready.” The blank
    12 points
  8. When the sun rose, Michael and I had to convince a reluctant Liam to head out to work. My brother accompanied me to a domestic violence restraining order clinic, and we began the application for a temporary restraining order. We were then assigned to a court and handed the paperwork over to the Bailiff. In the days that followed, everything felt like a whirlwind to me. I had to explain my situation at work, with family, and with friends. The paperwork was processed, and Kris was served. We attended a court hearing that Locklear never showed up to, which actually made it easier for the res
    11 points
  9. In relation to GA: My advice to new authors here is always reply to comments on chapters and stories. You don't have to do it immediately, but always reply. I'm an author but I'm also an avid reader leaving comments on most stories. However, if I can see the author never replies, I won't bother. The only exception is if the author gets so many comments I realize he and she could never reply to them all and still have time to write. But they could make a reply-to-all comment at some point, and perhaps leave a like on each comment. One of the things making GA the best site is the possibili
    10 points
  10. Breathing was becoming more difficult with each inhalation, and Styx found it impossible to focus on anything other than gulping for air. The searing pain from his arms and the wetness he felt spreading across his chest told him that he was also losing blood quickly, but that no longer seemed important. He was going to suffocate, and that would be his end. He shut his eyes and prepared to meet his fate. He felt strong hands lifting him from the ground and his eyes flashed open to see two men picking him up from his shoulders and his feet, carrying him over to a table that had been set on t
    10 points
  11. After the tense visit with his grandmother, Chet was not very talkative. Sullen was the only word I could think of as he wasn’t depressed, but he was…thinking about something. Mike was driving us back. He looked in the rearview mirror at his son. “Chet,” Mike said patiently. “What are you thinking about?” “Nothing,” Chet said automatically. “Really?” Mike frowned. “You’re face says otherwise.” He shook his head. “I told you before. I can’t know if you don’t talk to me. There is a problem I can see you working out in your mind. How can I help if you won’t tell me?” He sighed. “Yo
    10 points
  12. When Chet came home from school…without his usual explosion he came over to me and looked very puzzled. He looked like he’d had a rough day. The school blazer was still on, but the shirt was half in and half out. His tie was loose and that orange-red hair not neatly combed now. He was a boy! “Hi, Champ!” Mike greeted his son. “Hi,” Chet said quietly without looking at anyone. “Hi, everybody.” He came closer. “I heard that song.” He told me when he came in where Mark, Mike, Della were talking about plans and different concerts coming up. Sitting between Mike and me again without askin
    8 points
  13. Working a double shift tomorrow from 8 am to 9 pm, a collegue got sick.. wish me luck
    8 points
  14. Thanks for this. If you don't realise how lucky you are writing for this wonderful site, then try what I'm doing and venture out into the general blogging world like WordPress. There, the audience is potentially much larger, but it is also much, much more diffuse, and it has a heck of a lot more distractions to draw them away. It needs a lot more of my time to try and make connections, and also to write flash / prompt pieces in response to promoted challenges. Again to draw people to the site. That at least is working, but trying to turn those people into ongoing readers is prov
    8 points
  15. tim is indeed a remarkable person, but Michael Sir, so are You that You recognized this in him and celebrate it i'm quite sure that others would not and there are many that care for You and him we are all so lucky to have You and him in our lives
    8 points
  16. Snow Swirling in the air Like so much fairy dust The ground calling for its protector. Wanting to be wrapped in glistening paleness Like so much laughter it swishes this way and that Until so many snowflakes join in It can’t help but fall. Covering the landscape in Blankets of pristine whiteness.
    8 points
  17. The history assignment was to choose a person of the past who was not famous, but had made a significant difference to the lives of the people around that person, also a minimum of 2000 words. Finally, the mathematics assignment was 4 pages of mathematical puzzles. Each one had to have the correct answer, plus the method of how I came to that answer. The maths was the hardest of all the assignments, so I decided to tackle that one first and got to work on it right away. After an hour, I had completed about a third of the assignment, so I went to the kitchen for some morning tea an
    8 points
  18. “Owen! Over here!” Spencer Liston strolled towards his brother and the two others with him. “Mate, it’s good to see ya.” “Wow! Your brother’s almost as big as Tank, Ozzie.” Ritchie stared at the blonde, blue-eyed man’s oversized biceps contracting when he hugged first Owen and then CJ. “You too, CJ. It’s been a while.” Spencer held his brother’s boyfriend by the shoulders and gave him a slight shake. “Looking good, mate. I’m glad neither one of you has gotten fat now that you’re an old married couple.” “You’re still an asshole, Spencer. And we ain’t married! Hell, I’m not even s
    8 points
  19. Congrats to 17-year-old Red Gerard from Silverthorne, CO, who's won the first Olympic gold medal for the US in slope-style snowboarding. Awesome run.
    7 points
  20. Daily meditation has helped me overcome anxiety and panic attacks. To think I used to joke about a work colleague's daily half hour meditations, behind a closed office door, as his nap time. Meditating has me organize my thoughts and has helped me to become more focused. However, I must admit, when I first started I thought it was stupid.
    7 points
  21. i reply to everyone. I think it's the right thing to do and it can lead to futher discussion which can be very interesting and fun. I have on occasion forgotten, or missed someone's comment they get a reply and an apology.
    7 points
  22. Good advice... but I'd apply to everyone. And thanks @Comicality for another great article We as a site do a lot of this ourselves. That's why I'm constantly posting stuff to Facebook, Twitter, Google+... it's why we do the blogs, the newsletter...
    7 points
  23. The crux of the issue is our perception of gender. A man in love with a woman who curls around them and watches a sappy movie and gets tears in his eyes is a sensitive man (and oh so sexy). A man in love with a man who curls around them and watches a sappy movie and gets tears in his eyes is too feminine, especially if written by a female author. I've said it time and again, but we won't get over this issue until we get over the base assumptions about what constitutes masculine and feminine behavior. Then we can stop attacking authors for writing their characters in those ways. Me
    7 points
  24. Of all the good lines in this saga, and there are many, I think my favorite so far is, “She might be havin’ an annerism thingy.”
    6 points
  25. Strap Nathan down and deliver 20,000 volts. That damn guy truly is the angel of death.
    6 points
  26. I used to work with horses--specifically jumpers. I've faced a lot of situations involving fear and danger, so have learned how to push through the fear to act. There's a saying when jumping... "throw your heart over the fence and follow". I also suffer from anxiety. While a lot of times it makes me withdraw, I've learned to push through the fear to do things I know I'll enjoy once I'm participating in them. I went through a particularly rough patch a few years ago where the foundation of my life completely collapsed. My solution was to deliberately put myself into situations that chal
    6 points
  27. I'm not good at conquering fear. I'm scared of heights, been on three planes still scared. Anxiety attacks suck I've had them still do can't cope good enough.
    6 points
  28. Thank you Def. I appreciate you reading and your comments.
    6 points
  29. I'm sure some others wouldn't put up with tim. I know how tim feels about me. We are both open when it comes to relationships, he needs an emotional connection, while I don't particularly. I know he loves others, but there is room in that heart for a number of people. There are good people on GA, and I'm glad to know them. GA has been good for tim and he can stay until the day that changes.
    6 points
  30. Your heart is in your words. Well expressed, Mike.
    6 points
  31. I've seen negative comments written about women who write m/m fiction, but have never had any directed specifically at me. Like Renee, I don't understand women writers who feel the need to assume a male persona when publishing their stories. And honestly... they're not fooling as many people as they think they are. Writing is a craft that has nothing to do with gender or sexual identity. Establishing a good beta/editing team is essential, and I'm lucky enough to have formed a close relationship with my beta reader, who happens to be a gay man. He doesn't hesitate to tell me "guys don't
    6 points
  32. I've seen this time and time again and it frustrates me to no end. I'm a woman and I've never hidden it. It's sad that some women who write gay male fiction feel the need to write under male pen names (or ambiguous pen names) for this exact reason. The one that annoys me the most is when I see someone saying about a female writer who writes gay male fiction, "You can't write what you've never experienced." If that were truly the case, then there could be no fiction period. All stories would have be some type of non-fiction. We wouldn't have sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or any other number of gen
    6 points
  33. Another great article, and one that can not be stressed enough.
    6 points
  34. Mike, you're a fantastic Poet and a really great guy.
    6 points
  35. Thank you @Myr! Having you promote my blog entry means a lot.
    6 points
  36. Great article Comsi. This can be difficult sometimes. It took encouragement from friends. Fear and anxiety for me. I agree with above comments. Interact with your readers. Answer everything. Be prepared for no response. You have to understand and accept that not everything will be liked. If something bombs, you aren’t a failure. In a way, pimp yourself to be seen. You don’t have to spam people, but highlight your new work once, or twice.
    6 points
  37. Hey Everyone, I’m posing a question to the GA community. Something I know many creative people deal with. What are some ways you work through fear? I have suffered from anxiety for a long time. This exacerbates fear. I’ve learned many coping mechanisms. However; it’s hindered some goals in life. I’m curious how others cope. I know this community is supportive, not condemning. Thanks for ideas.
    5 points
  38. You can take me shopping!!!
    5 points
  39. Yes mason and Jared get it on babies!!!!!! Lincoln I worship you! You slammed the door in Nans face!!!! Destiny and Harmony! I love it!!! Now what about Charlie and liv are they gonna get a baby?
    5 points
  40. I can't wait until Nate gets his due...
    5 points
  41. That little mother ducking son of a biscuit eating futher mucker!!! Lying little piece of discarded animal dung! I hate him more than I have ever hated a character! Saying teddy dated around and crap like that. I guarantee that was laced with something!
    5 points
  42. Some great ideas. Horses also lower blood pressure with calming demeanor.
    5 points
  43. I sing or if there are other people around I may hum instead (since I can't sing in tune). I find by concentrating on the song/tune it takes my mind off the fear. An example: I used to have to go to work as a cleaner at three in the morning. I walked through my town's town center and it was dark and quiet. Humming and singing to myself was the only way I stopped myself jumping at every little noise and shadow I passed. I find it helps in most instances.
    5 points
  44. Update for Family Struggles, you will be getting another two chapters either tonight or tomorrow. We need to do some final editing on them prior to publishing. Not being a Winter Olympic person makes writing even easier because none of the television shows I like are on for the month. lol.
    5 points
  45. I hate telemarketers with a blazing fury. They have to be masochist because all they ever get from me is abuse. Me: hello Caller: hi, I’m Karl with... Me: hi Karl, thanks for calling on my favorite holiday! Caller: It’s a holiday? Me: Yeah, happy go *%$@ yourself day *click*
    5 points
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  47. I have been very lucky so far to not have been subjected to any of the nastiness of people thinking I shouldn't be writing about gay men. I have, however, seen it happen to others. Authors have been forced to shut down their Facebook profiles and reopen under different names to try and get away from the people targetting them. The only backlash I've seen has been in real life, losing friends (who obviously weren't friends and so don't matter) and having to change Churches due to bigots. If we follow the hypothetical premise that men can only write men and women can only writ
    5 points
  48. This is where GA can be a resource to an author. I know how renee plans her work. All authors need research and feedback. Often if a story fails, it relates to other issues. Not the gender of an author. Some of the best stories on GA are by the three ladies commenting on this question.
    5 points
  49. I didn't want to presume and offer advice to authors who have been here longer than me or are more accomplished (or both). And I think most experienced authors here already reply to comments.
    5 points
  50. I began preparation for the shows. Organizing what I was going to need, what I needed to bring. I was going to be gone a month. Chet was adjusting and Mike was relaxing. I was working in the recording studio control room when Mike came to my door. “Sorry. The decorator is here.” I turned with a smile. “Okay.” “Can I ask what you’re doing?” Mike asked. “I’m getting my band together.” Mike looked at the empty room. “What band?” I pointed to the control board. “In here.” I stood up. “One of the reasons Mark loved to handle my concerts. You saw what I did at the
    5 points
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