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  1. So many things I'd like to say, but I'll just say this. The last few months, even years, have been a roller-coaster for you and it's been rough, but you've persevered through all the trials. Take the time you need for you, figure out who you are and where you want to go from here, but don't worry about doing it all at once. You are so much stronger than you've ever given yourself credit for. Those around you have seen it, even when you doubt it. Take care of yourself right now, and just know that you have friends that will be there for you when you need them. Sending you lots of hugs and healing wishes.
  2. Sorry y'all! While I do have some blog entries that I could really get put up, school has been absolutely INSANE!!!! My instructor (I have the same one for all 3 classes this semester) is using a new program and since I do fairly good with it, somehow I keep getting asked to troubleshoot and see if things are working like they're supposed to. A little extra credit for this would be nice, but... oh well. Anyway, that hasn't been leaving me a lot of time for other stuff lately. With that being said, I thought today might be a good day to see how everyone is doing on their anthology entries! Feel free to share a little bit about your anthology in the comments. No spoilers, but maybe you can give us a peek at your main character, or if you already know what your story description will be, share that! How far along are you? What do you think your final word count will look like? Yeah, I know, lots of questions, but hey, the masses wanna know... Well, I want to know, lol. Let's see, what else can I share about the anthologies. We have a new incentive for the anthology. @Valkyrie has offered to edit (post-anthology) up to a 25K story for a new anthology author! That's right. If you've never participated in an anthology before, this is a great opportunity to not only get your work a little more attention, but to win an edit from the head of our proof team herself. If you do enter, make sure to tell Valkyrie that you're a first time anthology author when you send your story to the proof team. And remember, stories MUST be edited prior to be submitted for final proofing. If it is clear that it hasn't been edited, it will be declined until editing has been done. So, with all of that being said, share your progress below! Themes: Shadows and/or Bridges Due Date: November 15th, 2020 Word Count: 25,000 words MAX Poetry: Up to 5 poems posted as a collection You can get the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum! Happy Writing!!!!
  3. The eye doc thinks little man is nearsighted and needs glasses.... 

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    2. Kitt

      Kitt

      Now the trick...Keeping glasses on a two year old!

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @wildone @Kitt honestly, we're going to try and get him to wear them, but aren't going to stress it too much. Neither me or D liked how this eye doc was with him and were on the verge of walking out. Next year, we'll wait for our regular eye doc, and if he agrees, then we'll put more effort in keeping them on him.

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Well, the eye doctor who actually owns the practice heard about our visit today and has offered to redo little mans eye test and hopefully give him a better experience. Im the first to admit little man was being a stinker, but it was extremely clear the one today was frustrated and losing patience with him. He's frickin 2 and it was his first time there. What did the guy expect!?

  4. Car shopping tomorrow! We found exactly what we want, now just have to go test drive it. Hopefully it drives as good as we hope, cause I'm currently carless....

    1. wildone

      wildone

      Get a s***plow on the front of it :gikkle: 

    2. Mann Ramblings

      Mann Ramblings

      I'll be waiting to hear how it goes!

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Long day, but car hunt complete. We now have a 2014 Ford Explorer.

  5. Renee could handle the s***, it was the hurricane level winds that came with it that was the problem. That heavy, wet, s*** weighted down the trees and combined with the winds that toppled tree after tree!
  6. Thanks, but I just post them. @spikey582 is the one responsible for the great review!
  7. Yes, it is 4 am and yes, I am wide awake...

    For all those other migraine sufferers out there, I have a question for you!  When you get a migraine, even when you get it under control, do you have a bit of a headache all the rest of the day? What about the following day? I ask because...

    I had a migraine "attempt" to hit on Saturday. Meds and a 2 hour nap and I managed to keep it at bay, but had a bit of a headache the rest of the day. Move on to Sunday, a bit of a headache hanging around, mainly noticeable when I'd sneeze, or cough, or things like that. A little sensitive to light. Plus, just that feeling of it waiting in the background, just waiting to try to grab hold of me. Ended up taking a 3 1/2 hour nap.

    Now, here it is, Monday, 4 am, and thanks to the naps, I'm wide awake, PLUS the headache is completely gone now and I feel as good as I ever do. Is it just me who migraines affect this way??? (Though I may be taking a nap with my little man again today, lol.)

  8. Happy Monday, y'all! I'm running behind and really should be sleeping, so I'll make this quick! Its time for a new review, if you haven't already read this story, check out spikey's review and then go check out the story! Do You Remember ObicanDecko Reviewer: spikey582 Status: Complete Word Count: 56,780 Perhaps I’m a bit of a romantic at heart, but sometime I just really need to sit back and enjoy a more lighthearted story, something that has me smiling as I read. Life has been rather stressful for me of late, and so when I do take the time to read something, I really do prefer something that is a bit of an escape from my daily stresses. Do You Remember by ObicanDecko, was just that kind of story for me. This story follows two young men, Alex and Jeremy, who meet at a summer camp in their early teens, and become fast friends. The camp ends, and they go their separate ways, with promises to keep in touch, but of course life gets in the way. They are reunited by coincidence ten years later, and begin to rekindle their connection. All that being said, this tale isn’t without its conflicts. Alex has had to move back home and drop out of university, seemingly a failure with serious financial problems. Jeremy, though realizing his dream of opening his own bakery, and doing what he loves, is also living a bit of a double life, hiding who he really is from his family. Then of course there is Brandon, the wealthy, attractive, eligible bachelor who has his sights set on Alex. Seeing how all these characters interact, how they navigate the challenges set before them makes for a delightful read. There’s some definite bumps along the way for these men, but joining them through their journey, had me constantly smiling throughout, and there may be been a single manly tear or two as well. If you are looking for a bit of fun drama and romance, this is highly recommended. Check it out. Category: Fiction Genres: Drama, Romance Tags: teen, young adult, gay, coming of age, coming out, love, friendship Rating: Mature
  9. I'll state this again later on, but during theme selection next year, the number of pot luck themes may be dependent on exactly how many get used this coming year.
  10. In the scheme of things, it's not really a big deal, but I really wish I could figure out what triggers my migraines...lost 2 hours of my day today when one hit out of nowhere, and despite getting it under control with meds and a two hour nap, my head is still a bit achy. 

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    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @CassieQ I'm thinking that it may be partly because of our crazy weather... 

    3. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Weather pressure changes can trigger migraines for some people. Did your barometer drop ?

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @Timothy M. Monday through Tuesday we had what they called Wyocane. Category 2 hurricane force winds (the radar of it even looked like a hurricane) and wet heavy snow. Our temperature went from mid 80's to 30⁰ overnight. It was crazy. Wednesday and Thursday were cool and were back to shorts and tanktops now!

  11. Well, that's it for this years voting! The voting was for the top 4 themes to use in the first two themes of the year 2021. The remaining themes have been put through the list randomizer at random.org and will be split up for the potluck for those same themes. Since there were 43 themes left over after the top themes were chosen, one anthology will have 21 themes in the potluck, and the other will have 22 themes. The third and final theme for the year will be a Pre-2021 Anthology Themes and won't have additional themes, so here we go! Anthology #1 Top Theme #1: On the Road Top Theme #2: Forbidden Potluck Themes: But Wait; There’s More Through a Glass Darkly Of Gods and Monsters It Takes All Kinds Darkness Falls Boys of the Hills You Wouldn’t Understand On the Beach Great Balls of Fire Laughter, the Best Medicine Ozark Rumors The Tracks National Park The Warmest Color A Visitation New Moon Turn Back Time Chiaroscuro Jump Ship King of Eighteen Up! Anthology #2 Top Theme #1: A Winding Path Top Theme #2: An Unconventional Gift Potluck Themes: Pick Your Poison Lockdown Left Behind Dire Monotony Mutation is Progress Blood Moon Birthday Presents Falling for Fall Elves or Elvis? Life’s Past The Woods Rings of Fire Plateau Wolves Rock Men and Women A Legend Retold Echoes The Last Sentinel Tomorrow A Label Surpassing Twilight Falling Anthology #3 All Pre-2021 Themes More info regarding next years anthologies will be announced after the Fall Anthology.
  12. as i've heard that the storm that hit here has garnered international coverage (it apparently made the news in France) just thought i would let my friends in here know that other than a single tree that was sacrificed with no damage to anything else,, me, Hubby, and the little guy came through relatively unscathed (it got a bit chilly) and have power back.
  13. i dont know if this storm is set to hit you, Sir, but if it does, i hope you are able to stay safe and warm.

    1. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      Thank you, renee. We did get hit in CO, but I'm currently on the California coast, so I'm in sand rather than snow, which I'll happily take. Hope you and the family have fared well through it.

    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Happy to hear that, Sir. We did okay. No power most of yesterday but had generators and a gas stove so was able to stay fed and mostly warm. Plus we had the fifth-wheel as a backup option.

  14. Here it isn't just gusts, and some of the gusts are hitting higher than 60. Its super ugly... thank God for pellet stoves, generators, and keurig! (Cause I gotta have my coffee)
  15. This storm is probably the worst I have ever seen! Power has been out for 5 hours, we have one tree down, one of the neighbors massive pines came down and according to Hubby, it hit the side of their house.... andnits a world of swirling white....

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    2. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      Hope the storm is past now, Renee. 

      :hug: 

    3. clochette

      clochette

      It made the news here on France.  Shocking drop in temperatures! Hope you a d your family stay safe and warm :hug:

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      We're safe. There is A LOT of damage around town, and the power was out for 19 hours (we got it back at 7 tonight, but some are still without power). Hurricane force winds and snow do not make a good combo. We only lost the one tree, and it was one we needed to get rid of anyway, and it didn't do any damage, so we are much luckier than most. At least 3 homes in our block had large trees fall on them and cause significant damage. 

      It went from Mid-80's yesterday to 30 today with a feels like of 12.

  16. Was in the mid 80's today and is forecasted for mid 30's tomorrow due to a winter storm front moving in. I believe it too! Hubby said it dropped 35⁰ in an hour!

    1. wildone

      wildone

      We had off and on flurries all day. 

    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Well, the storm has hit. We are currently without power and in the last hour we've heard no less than six transformers in the area blow... this is gonna be a long and probably chilly night.

  17. 😭

    My husband's cousins son just passed away. He died due to severe damage caused by multiple massive strokes. There wasn't anything else they could do for him and he ended up blind and unable to speak or get out of bed. He came home from the hospital only 3 days ago, on hospice care.

    He was only 26 years old.

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    2. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      That’s so sad. I’m so sorry for your loss. :hug: 

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Thanks all. The hubby is over there now, doing what he can to help. Me and little man are waiting for him here at home.

    4. chris191070

      chris191070

      Sorry for your loss :hug:

  18. Had a bit of good news today... 

    First off, my physical therapist is one that really cares about his patients. I hit the max allowed visits today and they're trying to get more approved. It could take a week, but rather than have me take a break, I'm supposed to do my appointments like normal next week, and if more visits aren't approved, he said he's just going to write those two off.

    Then on top of that, now that my financial aid appeal was approved, I became eligible for some of the Covid relief financial aid, and ended up getting a pretty decent grant for the fall semester.

    Then had a fabulousl lunch, and even though I had to stand in line for quite a while, my back didn't act up to the point I couldn't even walk. YAY!

    1. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      Three for three, Renee. 

      Way to go! :D 

       

    2. chris191070

      chris191070

      Three lots of good news, sounds like you had  a fantastic day :hug:

  19. Finally used the new kitchenaid mixer I got for my birthday! Little man helped make peanut butter fingers!

    1. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      I bet he helped eat them, too. :D 

    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @Reader1810 they just came out of the oven and need to cool a bit so we can spread more peanut butter on them and chocolate frosting

    3. Ron

      Ron

      If you put the chocolate frosting on first and then add more peanut butter you'd have an inside out Stevens' Peanut Butter Finger, possibly the nations first.;)

  20. Well.... I'm feeling a bit like an idiot. Little man had his evaluation at the Child Development Center a couple weeks ago. While he scored as average, apparently that's because his physical score was so high. They're concerned about his lack of speech so want to do a more in depth eval to see if he qualifies for some help. This evaluation could take place at the CDC or here at the house. In my infinite wisdom, I told them we'd do it here at the house where he'd be more comfortable and more likely to be himself. It's set for tomorrow morning.

    My house isn't trashed, but we do need to do some cleaning. Spent yesterday cleaning the carpet (not a good plan with my back like it is) and overdid it. Between overdoing it and the scents of cleaners, I woke with a migraine and still have to do a deep clean on the kitchen, clean the dining area, and finish up the bathroom. 

    So, in summary, I have people from the developmental center coming to my house tomorrow at 9, and still have cleaning to do while hoping my migraine doesn't completely reawaken. Its gonna be a lovely day....

    In other news, my financial aid appeal was approved and I'm once again eligible for my financial aid package for the year. 

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    2. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      Based on what you said he does at home, I wouldn't worry about his intelligence...and frankly I wouldn't worry too much about his speech just yet.  Remember he has devoted parents who cater to his every whim, so he hasn't any real incentive to become more verbal when you both can tell by his body language what he wants most of the time. 

      Our Jackson is also shy around strangers and his speech is not where we want it, but my sister who did special education with primary school kids said not to be too concerned at just age two.  If no real progress by age four, then some intensive therapy would be indicated.  At two, strangers can provoke not just shyness, but an unwillingness to even try things, much less repeat words...

      So, Congrats on the financial aid...and don't stress over the visit and what doesn't get cleaned will still be there later!

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @Daddydavek I'm concerned about the speech, but not overly so. We just figure it won't really hurt and we know him better than anyone and he is a smart little boy.  If they can help with the speech, great, if not, well... we'll just keep working with him. 

      I did get most everything cleaned I wanted to. Just need to tidy up the bathroom and sweep the entryway. 

       

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Oh, and an FYI... im terrified of spiders, and everyone always tells me how they are more afraid of me than I am of them... i call bs, lol. If they were more afraid of me, I wouldn't have what seems to be a spider bite on my wrist (not even sure where it managed to get me!)

  21. Oh good lord.... its the end of August, the Temps have been in the 90's and they're forecasting possible SNOW on sunday!

    1. wildone

      wildone

      Sounds like you are living in Canada south 😜

    2. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      send some my way...

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      well, they were wrong on the snow, but sounds like it might just be delayed (we're supposed to get into the 20's and 30's either tonight or tomorrow night 

  22. Well... more test results back. Not sure what to think at this point.

    No rheumatoid arthritis
    No elevated inflammation markers to indicate serious disease
    Overall cholesterol is a little high, with good cholesterol being a little low and bad cholesterol being a little high, but not enough to account for everything going on.

    Doctor doesn't know what else to test for, so what I know at this point is:

    Slightly high cholesterol (Not enough to cause the current issues)
    No arthritis
    No diabetes
    CT Scans clear
    No blood clotting disorders
    Bulging discs (shouldn't cause the other issues)
    Echocardiogram was good
    Slight edema with no cause found (possible from being unable to be active)
    Possible stroke in March, with no cause found
    MRI's showed the bulging discs and the possible stroke, but no damage to the arteries in the neck
    Vitamin D is pretty much where it needs to be

    There might be more, but I also don't know what all the other tests were actually for, there's been so many, but other than what I've said up above, they've all come back normal. I just don't know what the next step is or even what other tests they can do.

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    2. CassieQ

      CassieQ

      Have they checked for autoimmune diseases?

    3. wildone

      wildone

      I was thinking the same thing , Cassie. Some of those are downright hard to detect. 
       

       

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @CassieQ & @wildone I'm not sure what all the tests were actually for. There were so many tests, and I'm sure some of those were for checking for symptoms of different diseases, but I'm not sure what. At this point, none of the tests have even pointed to something else to check, except for the protein C which led to me being sent to the rheumatologist, who has determined the cholesterol issue. They do want me to see another neurologist (since mine isn't traveling down here anytime soon) to see if he can find exactly where the sensory issues stem from.

  23. Hello Hello!!!! So, I guess I should probably announce the fall anthology and it's themes. I posted previously about some of the changes for future anthologies. Some of those changes will be implemented with the fall anthology, but the majority won't happen until the 2021 anthologies. If you want a refresher on what is changing, you can check out the previous blog entry. Now, out of those changes, these are the ones that will be implemented for the 2020 Fall Anthology (though I made a couple adjustments to next years plans for this year): Anthology Release: Anthologies will be due the 15th of November. Each week, one theme will be released in full with a wrap up the final week. The order of listing in the release blog will be randomized using a site like Random.org This means that stories will have to be posted in their entirety, with no delayed posting option. Incentives: A drawing will be held for all participants where they will have a chance to win premium subscriptions (and there area lot of great stories in the premium section!). ~2020 Fall Anthology: Shadows and/or Bridges~ Now, let's take a look at the themes and guidelines for the final anthology of 2020! The themes of the 2020 Spring Anthology are: Shadows and/or Bridges Feel free to interpret these themes in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem or play, and submit it. Please read these submission guidelines carefully. You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be as creative as you want to be with the themes. However, please note that this anthology is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial. Who may participate Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, submission to GA Stories requires that you be a member here at GA so you can be assigned as the author. If you have author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums), you can submit stories. Submission Guidelines Submission Date: November 15th, 2020 Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader, if you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact Renee Stevens via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology. Non-Poetry No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines and only one story can be under 1,000 words. Each story posted as its own submission Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000 Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000 Poetry Up to five poems Posted as a single submission (a collection) Each poem posted as its own chapter Submission Procedure *Please read carefully* Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps: Contact @Valkyrie via PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: The Anthology Proof Team is not meant to take the place of an author’s normal editing team so all entries MUST be edited prior to contacting Valkyrie* Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into GA Stories, for help, please read How do I upload my anthology entry into GA Stories? Make sure the story is unpublished by clicking BOTH the publish sliders, one for the chapter and one for the story itself Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved to the correct category by the anthology team. Mark your story as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live. Copy the URL for your story and provide Renee Stevens with the URL via the announcement thread so that your submission may be checked to ensure it has been submitted correctly and meets submission guidelines. This also ensures that it will get moved to the anthology category. Please give the URL to the STORY page, not the chapter page. *NEW* Each theme will have it's own category and forum thread. When providing the URL for your story please choose the link thread for the correct theme. Renee will not be responsible for posting it in the wrong category if it was not posted in the correct thread. [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it uploaded correctly. If it did not, contact Renee Stevens. IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT do ANYTHING with your story once it has been submitted to the anthology. We lock edits to anthologies, but we can only lock so much and trying to make ANY changes can cause issues with the system. If there is something with your story that absolutely needs fixed, added, etc, PLEASE contact Renee Stevens or another Admin prior to attempting anything. Thank you! Extensions Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, PM Renee Stevens, before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. Please contact Renee only if you need an extension; requests will only be considered when requested by the author personally. However, if the same author is consistently asking for extra time, extensions may no longer be granted for that particular author. Deadlines exist for a reason. The Anthology Team needs time to prep the anthology to go live and extensions, while occasionally warranted due to unforeseeable circumstances, add to the already hectic workload. If you have NOT made arrangements with Renee prior to the deadline, your Anthology will not be included. Please do not send a message the day an anthology is due requesting an extension, these will not be granted. You are welcome to post your story on your own and include a story note stating that it was originally meant to be part of the anthology. Story Titles Please do not use the anthology themes or your GA Username as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed. Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors), are overly graphic, or which are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. If you still have questions, ask. Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content. Examples of sensitive content: abuse, especially graphic/extreme abuse or child abuse, in-scene graphic violence, suicide attempts/themes, allowable incest, etc... if you're unsure that your story falls within this type of content please alert Valkyrie when you send the PM requesting the final proof. Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies. Editing All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. There are editors who prefer to edit only one shots, such as anthologies. Please make sure to state that your story is for the upcoming anthology. Also, please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor. If your story is clearly NOT edited, your story will be returned and the proof team is under no obligation to provide a proof read until it has been edited. Copyright As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2020 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission. However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks. If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2020 Gay Authors Fall Anthology: Shadows and/or Bridges, and include a link back to GA if possible. If you have any questions, please contact Renee Stevens via PM or via the Anthology Blog or Forum.
  24. Well, it's time to see who our mystery author was for this month. Do you think you got it right? Well, let's take a look shall we? This month's mystery author was..... northie Did you get it right? Check out these stories from northie!
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