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Ask an Author 2.0 - #6
And we’re back. Sometimes I wish a few of my favorite GA authors were still around. I have questions about what inspired them to write a particular story, how they decided on locations, or even how they settled on a character’s name. Unfortunately, those I’d most be interested in asking aren’t around these days.
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Anthology Flashback: Spring 2010 - I'd Never Do That
This week's Anthology flashback brings back to Spring 2010 - I'd Never Do That!
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Promoting Your Work
For this article, I want all of you reading this to take your loving, sweethearted, humble, nature...all of your shyness and all of your shame...crumple it up and toss it over your shoulder! Because, for the next few minutes, we need to be a full blown 'ego machine'! Period!
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Foreshadowing
I believe that one of the biggest tricks you can ever hope to pull off in writing a story is the art of foreshadowing, which is a LOT more challenging than you might think it is. This is due to the fact that you have to be able to set up a series of major events in advance...without letting your readers know what those events are ahead of time. In fact, you don't even want your audience to know that you're doing it at all until you get the pleasure of landing that 'zing' moment upon them later on. It's one of literature's most impressive magic tricks! And hopefully, this little piece will help you to effectively pull it off without a hitch.
 
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Author Promo: northie
Wow, it's been a while since we've done an author promo. This month we're taking a look at northie. Northie was asked to pick three stories and answer the three questions: What gave you the idea for this story? What was your favorite thing about writing this story? & Please tell us something about this story that is not already in the description. If you would like to do an author promo for the blog, please check out the blog feature opportunities thread. Now, let's take a look at what northie has for us.
in the cell who opens up his heart and mind over the course of one night.
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Featured Story: Predator Prey
Well, we're at the start of another week and this week we are going to look at a story written by Parker Owens called "Predator Prey". If you like what spikey has to say in the review, why not go check out the story and leave the author a review! Also, if you've read a story you've enjoyed lately, and would like to see it featured in the GA News Blog, simply shoot me a PM and send me a review. I'm always looking for reviews.
 
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Love Rivals
What would an involving and engaging story be without some sort of conflict written into it? And what could possibly be a bigger conflict in a romantic/erotic story than a direct rival for the love and affections of the boy of your protagonist's dreams, right? Here he is, making all the right moves, saying all the right things...and here comes some drop-dead gorgeous stranger to throw a monkey wrench in the whole works and screw it up for everybody involved! Arrrgh!!! How upsetting is that?
 
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Getting Motivated
Sometimes...the hardest, most unbelievably difficult, part of any story...is the first five paragraphs!
Find out more in this week's writing tip from Comicality!
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It's time for another Anthology Flashback!  This time, we are going back 10 years to Spring 2008.
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Losing Work And Starting Over
It is, quite possibly, the WORST feeling in the world to have poured your heart and soul into a project...ALL of your emotion...ALL of your creative energy...only to have some kind of crazy computer glitch just 'zap' it right out of existence forever. Gone. Never to be seen again. The experience is heartbreaking!
Check it out!
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Recently, site staff has been reviewing stories on GA, and we’ve come across a few things that we need your help to fix!
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This week's Anthology Flashback brings back to the Summer of 2007 and for Endings and Beginnings.

As always, we thank all these authors once again for participating so long ago.  If it is not too much trouble, would you be willing to write a review for these authors?  Even if some of them are no longer around, I'm sure other readers will appreciate the effort.  The authors that are still with us surely will.
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Writing Clubs - Places to Make Yourself a Better Writer
I just wanted to remind everyone that if you are an author or Poet here on the site, we have a club for you!   Authors are encouraged to join up and participate with your fellow authors.  We have been having some ongoing discussions about writing and how we each do our thing.  You should definitely join up if you are writing and want to chat about the technicalities of writing with your fellow authors.
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Anthology Flashback: Spring 2006 - Day of Silence
Check out the Spring 2006 Anthology!
Be sure to read and review!
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Show, Don't Tell
It's been said many times before. It's practically one of the first basics that every writer learns, that every mentor teaches, and that every critic jumps on. That is the idea of 'show, don't tell'. And yet, while many people may hear that, to some it's a bit unclear as to what that really means, or how to achieve that particular goal. Hopefully, this would give you a slightly better perspective on what appears to be a very simple task on the surface, but actually takes a little practice and finesse to pull off correctly.
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Anthology Flashback: Spring 2007 - Fairy Tales
 
Take some time to check out our Fairy Tales Anthology from Spring 2007
In no particular order:
 
Would you mind taking a few minutes to leave a review for our hardworking authors?
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Anthology Flashback: Winter 2007 - Worth Fighting For
This week we are promoting our Winter 2007 Anthology: Worth Fighting For.
In no particular order:
 
Be sure to read and review!
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There seems to be an unwritten rule out there for websites and publications everywhere that the last week of the year is the time to do a year in review wrap-up sort of post.  This is the one for Gay Authors.
2017.  What a year!  This was the year we jumped 50 versions of software to finally break free of the 3.4 version of the forum software and break into the world of 4.1 and then 4.2 versions of the software.  We've had hundreds of Stories archive software updates in the same timeframe as we've worked through all the bugs from going through a complete software rewrite and carrying a ton of existing data along.  The good news?  The biggest part is behind us for now.  It took considerably longer than we wanted to get where we are, but the system is mostly working as intended.  There are some outstanding notification bugs and quirky language that will be the target of a patch sometime soon.   The important thing here is that we made it!  We had a much smoother transition this time around.
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Merry Christmas!
 
Everyone here at Gay Authors wishes all of you and your families the best on this day. 
Merry Christmas!
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Merry Christmas Eve everyone!  I hope you have all had a great week!  Just a reminder that you still have another month to read Christmas stories to participate in next months CSR Discussion day. You can read more about the December and January CSR here. Now, since I'm running late with the wrap up, let's get to it!
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As we head into the final days before Christmas 2017, it might be a great time to take a break from the hectic holiday season and reread some of our anthologies from Christmases Past.
Our 2004 Christmas Anthology:
https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/7-2004-anthology-christmas/
 
Our 2006 Winter Anthology Blizzard Theme:
https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/11-winter-blizzard/
 
Our 2015 Secret Santa Short Story Contest:
https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/80-2015-secret-santa-short-story/
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Tech Tuesday - Chapter Text Controls
One of the most important aspects to our Stories software is allowing members to make the reading window fit their need for reading.  Whether that is to adjust the text size, the contrast, the indents or the width of the text window. 
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Have you read and reviewed all these stories yet?

 
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Weekly Wrap Up (Dec 3 - Dec 9)
I hope everyone has had a great week. It's been a very busy week here on Gay Authors, so it's time to take a look back. Unsure if you missed any of this week's blogs? Or did you miss any of the updates from our site's promoted authors? Now's your chance to find out!!!
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Welcome, everyone!  Starting early in 2018, we will be posting weekly articles by Comicality and other authors every Saturday morning.  I wanted to get this kicked off so between now and then we'll be posting links to previous Writing Tips, which can currently be found in our Stories Archive in the Non-Fiction -> Writing Tips category.
Please be sure to check them out.  Read and review! 
 
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