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  1. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck 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 There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum, but take a look at this entry from last year! Two Lives Author: @Wombat Bill Theme: Bridges Self observations of a closeted married man. Reader Comments: Headstall: I love to see poetry in the anthology. I related to this... to the expectations... wildone: I thought it was a brilliant insight on how one goes to from expectations when younger, to how the cycle of life can start over, when older. Valkyrie: It's always nice to have poetry included in the anthology, and this is a wonderful piece.
  2. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck 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 There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum, but take a look at this entry from last year! Moon Dogs Author: @CarlHoliday Theme: Full Moon Bob has a fear of mean dogs from his childhood when he was attacked by a male Dobermann. Tonight he dreads having to walk home under a bright full moon down streets that have unrestrained pit bulls and other such dogs that have tried to attack him before. He has pepper spray and a book bag for defense, but sometimes he’s come close to being bit, again. Reader Comments: Headstall: Nice slice of life of a man and his family. There was a sweetness to it. Thanks, Carl. Carlos Hazday: That ending was worthy of Norman Rockwell and the amount of detail add to the impression of one of his illustrations. I enjoyed it. Defiance19: An engaging and pleasant read. I enjoyed it. Thank you.
  3. Sorry all, running late today, so let's get right to today's story review! Days Like This by Drew Payne Reviewer: Timothy M Status: Complete Word Count: 98,599 Some authors on GA attract attention from many readers the moment they start publishing a story. Others sneak up on us, quietly putting out a short story here and a longer tale there, until one of them gets noticed, often acquiring a small group of dedicated fans who like the author’s style. It’s always rewarding to be a reader who happens to stumble across one of those unassuming writers and subsequently watch them blossom due to the feedback and praise from their audience. I know many people agree this is one of the huge strengths of the site. Drew Payne joined GA a little over ten years ago and uploaded his first story almost exactly three years ago. I came across his first multi-chapter story about six months later, and I was soon caught up in his writing. His stories depict the struggles of everyday life, and while they can contain sadness and anguish, they always have a kernel of hope or redemption. The main characters may face adversity, but they try to stay true to themselves and what they feel is right. Days Like This is the story of Simon who is sixteen and knows he is gay, but isn’t quite sure how to deal with this. Especially when faced with the unthinking bigotry of his surroundings, mainly his father and other students at his college. At the start of the story he has no one to ask for advice or share his interests with, and he tends to worry about how other people see him. But he is also sensible and resists the pressure from his surroundings, if his gut feelings do not agree. I particularly like his refusal to accept the stereotyping of gay people, and his mother’s moody behavior and pessimism. The story follows Simon over four weeks as he, in Drew’s words, “navigates the difficult journey of his coming out.” He meets several new people, who have important roles to play, and my favorite is Nicky. When you have read the story, please tell me who you like best. Category: Fiction Genres: Drama Tags: teen, gay, coming of age, college Rating: Mature
  4. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck 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 There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum, but take a look at this entry from last year! The Keys to the Far Castle Author: @CarlHoliday Theme: Bridges The Moresby Collective Association controls life for Terrans living on Moresby’s Planet in the Andromeda galaxy. Twenty-one teens are running away from Village 31K2.6 because of unspoken horrors afflicting young people. There goal is the land on the other side of the Great Western Sea where legend says they will live free for the rest of their lives. Chasing them are thirty-one adults who will kill every teen, except for their leader Edgar Christiansson. He will be returned to the village to be executed in a way only humans can imagine. Reader Comments: Valkyrie: An interesting tale of a harsh world and the people who want to escape it. The danger is quite real and I found the ending unexpected.
  5. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck 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 There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum, but take a look at this entry from last year! Mother Moon's Message in Troubled Times Author: @Headstall Theme: Full Moon Two poems about one of life's constants. The first one was written on Mother's Day Eve. Reader Comments: Parker Owens: I love these. The first is wonderful, elegaic, and brings images of brightness and laughter to me. The second surrounds me in silver light, in quiet and reflection. Defiance19: These are beautiful, Gary. It’s nice to have poetry in the anthology, and as always your words convey such wonderful imagery.
  6. Hey all, A little delayed today, but unfortunately we don't have a story review to share today. So I thought, maybe the readers here at GA could share your favorite GA Stories! So, in the comments, share: Your favorite GA story A Link And a short paragraph on what you love about the story! Ready....Set.....Go!
  7. Howdy all! Steve asked me to take over this week. I'm still a little rusty at doing the weekly wrap up, but let's see what we had going on this past week. Not going to do a huge intro though, because it's been a big week here with my little man joining many others in starting school this week (yes, he's already 3 years old and starting preschool!). And of course, after finally getting to be around other kids, my little man has caught a cold and wants snuggles with his mama. So let's take a look at what happened this week. This week was the classic feature and Cia joined us for both Monday and Wednesday: Then on Thursday, we took a look back at a previous anthology entry. Don't forget your anthol entries are due by October 31st! Did you miss any of Myr's words of the day this week? If so, check them out below! Anthologies 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 1 - A Winding Path - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 2- An Unconventional Gift - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Pot Luck Themes - October 31st, 2021 Anthology 101 - In the Anthology Forum. Everything you need to know about GA Anthologies Ask an Author Ask an Author 3.0 - Submit a story you like and 3 questions you would like to ask the author about. Send them to @astone2292 or @Renee Stevens **Please submit so Aaron can have a bank of stories and questions** Blog Opportunities Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevensor @wildone to participate Story Review: Send it in to @Renee Stevens or @Timothy M. ** I know we had a volunteer step up for the upcoming week review, but if there is anyone willing to help our Review Team out over the summer, it would be much appreciated!! ** Now, let's look at new stories and chapters posted this week! Premium Updates: On Fire by Cia *Premium* Classic Updates: Bloom by Dabeagle Stuff People Do by Ronyx The Brilliant Boy Billionaire by Altimexis Signature Updates: Ancalagon by Cia Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens GFD: Media Blitz by Comicality Larkspur: A Sidewinder Tale by Headstall Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont On Fire by Cia The Best Year by Krista The Great Mirror of Same-Sex Love - Poetry by AC Benus The Great Mirror of Same-Sex Love - Prose by AC Benus Promising Updates: Tales from the Refuge by Wayne Gray
  8. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31st, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck 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 There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum, but take a look at this entry from last year! Battle for Souls Author: @Cia Theme: Shadows The war with the demons in the Underrealm can exhaust even the strongest soldier. As the war drags on, how can one commander face his duty when each and every battle threatens his heart and soul? Reader Comments: chris191070: Thanks for a wonderful story. A great insight into a reality where demons can exist and pillage. Valkyrie: This is dark fantasy at its finest! wildone: Okay, so you expect me to close my eyes and fall asleep after reading this
  9. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck 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 There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum, but take a look at this entry from last year! Bridges to Friendship Author: @wildone Theme: Bridges Sometimes going to a new school in a new city isn't the break that you were hoping for. Reader Comments: KayDeeMac: What a wonderful story. I am sure it resonates truths in many families where siblings are faced with accepting different sexualities within their family. Headstall: There is a real lesson here about acceptance and respect... and friendship can be found in the weirdest of circumstances. Besides that, this was quite entertaining. Valkyrie: I loved seeing how everything unfolded and how their friendship develops throughout the story. I also liked how this is a different take on the typical teen drama we see here.
  10. Time for another review! This time though, @Timothy M. is going to introduce today's review. Here's what Timothy has to say: In memory of Wayne, aka comicfan, the review team has decided to re-feature @Puppilull's review from 2019. Wayne was not only our Prompt guru, he wrote many short stories, and several multi-chapter tales too. The one reviewed below is among his most popular, together with Accidents Happen. The Strange Life of Jonas Marks comicfan Reviewer: Puppilull Starus: Complete Word Count: 57,189 Some jobs require a bit more of you. Though I bet you’ve never had a job quite like the one Jonas Marks manages to snag for himself: assistant in the hub of an operation that traverses the entire universe and possibly quite a few other realms. Jonas Marks’ quite ordinary life gets overturned when he is tossed out of his home by his father. Why? Oh, he happens to be gay and that is unacceptable to his useless excuse of a father. So, within days of graduating, our hero finds himself on the streets, with no home, no job and no way to support himself. Thankfully, he has a great friend who invites him to stay with her and her family. Job hunting turns out to be difficult, but then he gets the chance he’s been waiting for. The name for his new place of work, the Fantasy Office in the fancy department store Kroger’s, should perhaps set off a few alarm bells. Adding to this, his new boss, Mr. Openseter, is somewhat scaly. However, no one else seems to notice. However, beggars can’t be choosers. Reassured by the fact that the rest of the staff seem to accept Openseter’s unusual appearance, Jonas rolls up his sleeves and gets to work. He gets busy fulfilling other people’s fantasies and desires for rare items as well as unusual partners, one more magical than the next. Many items are things I certainly wished were real. A bowl automatically filling with pudding or a ring that takes you where you want to go? A talking sword…? Or the most coveted by us readers – a fantastic cleaning device. This story can at times come across as an acid dream, but just as you think it’s going too far and your suspension of disbelief is threatening to rip at the seams, comicfan reigns us back in and puts a relatable and quite down to earth spin on events once more. He captures Jonas’ feelings of loneliness and insecurity but also shows us how he is surrounded by people who care for him and love him. Being mistreated by his father has given Jonas the ability to remain open and not judge. Maybe that’s why he can see all people and creatures for who they are and not be misled by appearance or misdirection. A capability that comes in handy when he meets his more exotic clients. Also, something worth thinking about after reading. How prepared are you to look past the exterior of others? Of course, there is a love story snuck into this wonderful weirdness. But I’ll let you all discover that little gem all on your own. I promise you won’t feel blue about it. Or well, when I think about it… Category: Fiction Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi Tags: young adult, aliens, magic, gay, alternate earth, friendship Rating: Everyone
  11. Renee Stevens

    My Dad

    I'm so sorry Steve. I agree with drpaladin, words seem so inadequate. I knew things were looking grim, but had hoped maybe he rallied, which is why I'm just now seeing this. You know where I am if you need me.
  12. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck 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 There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines in the anthology forum, but take a look at this entry from last year! The Apostles Author: @Cole Matthews Theme: Shadows Jason Whitlock has a job to do. He needs to serve some papers, so he's traveling to a small island on Lake Superior to accomplish this task. Things pop up that make him start thinking about his life, who he really is, and what it means. Reader Comments: northie: What a fascinating character study contained within a story which drip-fed information only as and when the author wanted it to be known. chris191070: Thanks for a great story. It had plenty of twists to it Valkyrie: I found this story riveting. I love the slow reveal of information
  13. Nope, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, you've got me to finish out the week, and the month. I'm not as good as Steve with the intro's, so let's just get right into it. We only had a couple of blogs this week, so since this will be a quick wrap up, I'll just do a quick reminder to start it out. If you're interested in writing for the next anthology, you have 3 months left to get your story written and to the proof team. The deadline for the fall anthology is October 31st and you have lots of themes to choose from. You can find the list of themes at the bottom of this blog post. For our first blog post of the week, Cia joined us with July's CSR Discussion. For our second and last post of the week, Steve reposted a couple of Comicfan's old prompts. Don't forget to let us know what your favorite Comicfan prompt was so that we can re-feature it in the future! Now, what were Myr's words of the day for this week! And which one did you find most interesting? lackluster puerile nemesis palpable waif vaticination reminisce Anthologies 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 1 - A Winding Path - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 2- An Unconventional Gift - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Pot Luck Themes - October 31st, 2021 Anthology 101 - In the Anthology Forum. Everything you need to know about GA Anthologies Ask an Author Ask an Author 3.0 - Submit a story you like and 3 questions you would like to ask the author about. Send them to @astone2292 or @Renee Stevens **Please submit so Aaron can have a bank of stories and questions** Blog Opportunities Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevensor @wildone to participate Story Review: Send it in to @Renee Stevens or @Timothy M. ** I know we had a volunteer step up for the upcoming week review, but if there is anyone willing to help our Review Team out over the summer, it would be much appreciated!! ** Premium Updates: On Fire by Cia *Premium* Classic Updates: Bloom by Dabeagle Panic2: Draw Me by Dabeagle Stuff People Do by Ronyx The Brilliant Boy Billionaire by Altimexis Signature Updates: Ancalagon by Cia Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens GFD: Children Of Sunset by Comicality; Book 0 of GFD: Children Of Sunset Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont On Fire by Cia Prickly Prompts by Aditus Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse Promising Updates: The Reluctant Consort by lilansui
  14. Did Wayne call anyone else kiddo? He called me kiddo all the time! I even remember telling him "Wayne, I'm not a kid." He was like "I know that, you're a kiddo."
  15. R.I.P. @comicfan You were an amazing friend to me over the years and I will miss you dearly. I truly hope you are at peace.

    😭

    1. wildone

      wildone

      Every time I read this, it is just unbelievable :( I too hope that he is looking down and feeling all the love that we can give :hug: 

  16. This is not a blog post that I thought I'd ever have to make, and it pains me greatly to write it now, so please bear with me. It is with a saddened heart that I must announce the passing of my dear friend, and fellow author, Wayne, aka @comicfan He's gone by many titles on GA over the years, though most of you may know him as the "prompt guru" who posted prompts every Friday to help get the writing juices flowing. Wayne was definitely one of a kind, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. Whether you'd known him for years, or barely met him, he would always have a kind word to say. Gay Authors will definitely not be the same without him. He was a friend to everyone and he touched many people with his words, whether just in passing or in his stories. He had the biggest heart of anyone I know. If you were having a rough time, he was there, and if you were part of his card list, you might get a postcard or a card in the mail, just letting you know you weren't alone and that he was thinking of you. I truly never met anyone like him, and I will forever miss my friend. For the remainder of the week, all staff blogs will be put on pause as we remember this wonderful person who left the world far to soon. Please feel free to share your memories of Wayne in the comments.
  17. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner! First of all, I want to thank all of the authors who participated in the flash fiction challenge that we held in June! Unfortunately, there could only be 1 winner. And the winner, with the most votes, was.... kbois Congratulations!
  18. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a blast here at my house, celebrating our little mans 3rd birthday! To start you week off, we have this great review for you to check out. Enjoy! Trophy Cub Grumpy Bear Reviwer: Chris191070 Status: Complete Word Count: 78,733 This isn't your normal were-creature story, in fact the first few chapters contain quite disturbing content. If you find scenes of rape, violence and group sex disturbing then this isn't the story for you. But bearing that it mind, if you get past the first 7 or 8 chapters, you'll be OK. This story introduces us to Mike who is hoping to find his Mr Right on Bear Night, but that all goes wrong when he is kidnapped by a sadistic Lycan pack who imprison him and use him as their human sex slave. One night he's taken to a bar where he's used and abused by the lycans. This is where we learn he's Bear Kindred and he finds his Mr Right, only it's not that simple. What follows is a story that introduces us to were-bears, their history and the adventures it takes Gunnar to rescue his Cub. The secondary characters are a delight and add love and humor. As astone2292 says: In terms of the perspective of the were-creature genre, the author does his work to set his universe apart from others. Placing a stress of importance on kindred humans is both refreshing and welcome. This is the first story from this author and the first Book in the Were-bears in America. For those who love were-creature stories that contain a sliver of hope, this a great story. Category: Fiction Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Paranormal Tags: mature adult, were-creatures, adult, north america, anal, oral, rape, violent Rating: Mature
  19. Where does the time go?! I can't believe my little man is 3 now!!! I'm just not sure how that happened, no way does it feel like 3 years since he was born!!

    1. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      I'm right there with you!  My grandson turned three on Tuesday.  Congrats!

  20. Wow, it's been a while since I've done one of these, let's see if I remember how! I'm going to get right to it before little fingers come help me (he's supposed to be sleeping, but that doesn't always happen). So let's get right into it! Before Cia could kick off the Classic Author Week, Myr jumped in on Sunday with a couple of blogs about updates to the site. Then for Monday and Wednesday, Cia brought us the Classic Author Features! Going back a day, on Tuesday I (Renee) shared with you the entries for the Pride Flash Fiction contest. If you haven't already done so, go take a look and then vote for your favorite in the poll on the blog! Then Friday, we had the Anthology Wrap Up. Lots of great stories this go around, so once again, if you haven't already, I'd strongly suggest you check them out. And finally, Myr finished of our week with another blog about changes coming to the site. If three blogs from Myr weren't enough for the week, we also had his "Word of the Day" blogs. What were this weeks words, well, lets see! Sunday - Reconcile Monday - Wifty Tuesday - Illustrious Wednesday - Ergogenic Thursday - Flapdoodle Friday - Distrait Saturday - Falsetto Anthologies 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 1 - A Winding Path - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Top Theme 2- An Unconventional Gift - October 31st, 2021 2021 Anthology #2 Pot Luck Themes - October 31st, 2021 Anthology 101 - In the Anthology Forum. Everything you need to know about GA Anthologies Ask an Author Ask an Author 3.0 - Submit a story you like and 3 questions you would like to ask the author about. Send them to @astone2292 and @Renee Stevens **Please submit so Aaron can have a bank of stories and questions** Blog Opportunities Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevensor @wildone to participate Story Review: Send it in to @Renee Stevens or @Timothy M. Premium Updates: On Fire by Cia *Premium* Classic Updates: Panic2: Draw Me by Dabeagle Stuff People Do by Ronyx The Brilliant Boy Billionaire by Altimexis Signature Updates: Ancalagon by Cia Birds by Parker Owens Lorca's "Ode to Walt Whitman" by AC Benus Lucid Truth by Stellar Musings of a Mongoose by Cynus On Fire by Cia Only Prompts by Mikiesboy Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!! (and Recommend with a share to the forum topic!)
  21. So, has everyone read all the anthologies? If not, here's another chance to check them out! 2021 Spring Anthology Support Team Anthology Coordinator Renee Stevens Tech Support Myr Proof Team Rec Valkyrie Parker Owens Anthology Banner Creation Mann Ramblings
  22. You're welcome! Thank you for participating!
  23. We had a few takers! Check these stories out and then comeback here to the poll and vote for your favorite!
  24. Sorry all, running a bit behind. I have an appointment for little man, but will post the contest blog with the voting poll when I get home!

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