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    I have deviants to see and a novel to finish.
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    Avid gamer and voracious reader. A VW junkie and Padres fan. Repair/restore Telechron clocks

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  1. Dabeagle

    Chapter 14

    Don't forget that not everything can be posted here to GA, so you're not missing out by hitting my site.
  2. Dabeagle

    Chapter 14

    Friday felt different. When I woke up at seven-thirty I had no thought for going back to sleep. Instead I felt like the sun was shining right on my brain and every synapse was awake. I got up and hit the bathroom before going downstairs to get some breakfast. I ran into my parents, who were just finishing their own breakfast. There was sausage and eggs leftover, and I sat down to eat before they got cold. “Tonight's the big date, right?” my mom asked. I nodded and looked up at he
  3. We got Chance the day after my Great Dane/German Shepherd died. I wasn't sure I was ready to move on, but Dante was crying at being left alone. A local company was paying the adoption fees that weekend and we brought Chance home for the princely sum of $1.00. He had fleas. We named him Chance because he was on his third chance - he'd been found as a stray, and then someone had returned him because he wasn't housebroken. He spent a lot of time getting out of the yard to chase a scent - his record for being missing was 18 hours. In his later years as his eyes clouded over and his heart began to weaken, his lungs betrayed him with a persistent bronchial infection. We spent thousands on his medications - even an inhaler - to keep him comfortable and with us. Last night his breathing was more labored and short and I thought I was losing him - and this morning he passed away. My heart is broken.

    1. Valkyrie


      I'm so sorry for your loss  :hug: 

    2. chris191070


      Sorry for your loss :hug:

    3. Headstall


      I'm sure he was a bargain at any price. So sorry for your loss. :hug: 

  4. Dabeagle

    Chapter 13

    Thank you for the wonderful comments from you who stuck around with me through this story. I did briefly consider letting him grab Bruce's butt, but...I think this was more in character and consistent with him becoming who he is. The 'butt-shelf' lady was an experience that actually happened to me as a store manager. She never came back. One more chapter.
  5. Dabeagle

    Chapter 13

    At work Monday I had to make up something about laryngitis to explain why I was a bit hoarse – no way I was going to tell them I pitched a fit. Anita went outside to smoke and Kari was with Nicole behind the counter as I brought up a stack of clothes that had to be repriced and rehung as they'd just gone on clearance. A large woman came into the store by herself – and I say that not to shame the lady, but because it describes her appearance. She had her hair pulled back severely and had
  6. Dabeagle

    Chapter 12

    Hardly. I mean I do have one, but I'm never sure if a story will resonate with people. I fret when I see fewer comments/numbers and frequently use that to judge if the story was a success or not. When someone does ask a question I sometimes feel as though I may come across as defensive in my explanation. So no, no real danger of that!
  7. Dabeagle

    Chapter 12

    “Oh, no! He's awake!” Andy said, throwing my door open with a bang and waking me up. “Andy, I will burn your truck,” I snarled from under the covers. “Um. I think that's against the law.” Caleb. And I wasn't showered or moisturized, and my hair was probably the way his looks before I run a comb through it. “Sleeping. Come back in twenty-four hours.” I heard the hollow bottom of a paper coffee cup land on my night stand. “It's a new flavor. Chocolate carame
  8. Dabeagle

    Chapter 11

    “Here,” he said as he handed me a tee-shirt and a cup of coffee, just how I liked it. The coffee I mean. “What's this?” I grumbled, holding up the shirt. “Montgomery Farms Landscaping. People have to know you're supposed to be there.” I sighed. “I'll look so 'rough trade' it won't be funny,” I said and swapped it for the older shirt I'd worn to work in. The job that day was mowing a large expanse, planting some box shrubs along a walk and mulching them. Caleb had loaded t
  9. Dabeagle

    Born Again

    What a neat twist for a story. The idea of past lives is very interesting, and on some levels appealing. I'm not at all sure I believe in it, but sometimes you just have to wonder.
  10. Dabeagle

    Jus Sanguinis

    This was really intriguing and so nicely drawn! I'm left wondering if Rowan will be able to switch between his 'Ent' form and his human form, if The Green Man's history is etched in the forest like rings on a tree, how Ent/Human sex works because hey, The Green Man did it so it must work somehow (Ouch) and of course I wonder if the Hansen's are all fire faeries of a sort and will come for vengeance? Seems unlikely since he was adopted. Really imaginative and entertaining!
  11. Dabeagle

    Mom Hugs

    Cathy reminds me of a movie synopsis for something I didn't watch. Bobby's Story or something with Sigourny Weaver? It has to be a weight every day to know what a person inflicted on their child, the amount of pain caused for something that was no fault of the child's. She may be offering a helping hand to atone for a stain that can never be washed clean, and that's applaudable, but saying he has a Mom now is really, really presumptuous. Nice short, Val, made me think and feel 🙂
  12. Dabeagle

    Chapter 10

    Instead of seeing Caleb for a treasure hunt through thrift shops that Sunday, my dad announced that the roof needed reshingling and he needed help. My sister and I spent the next two weeks, outside of my own work schedule and her successfully getting a job with the town road crew for the internship she'd been hoping for, on the roof. It wouldn't have taken that long except dad found a part of the roof that had rotted, and it explained a certain stain on the bathroom ceiling which then required r
  13. Dabeagle

    Chapter 9

    I think I used too many 'B' names. Andy is seeing Bruce, Brandon is Kari's step-dad, and Brett screwed up Hunter. What's funny is DQ writes to me and he said Brandon as well. I'm surprised no one noticed the camera being knocked over...I guess I didn't say specifically that Caleb was, um, startled by Hunter's statement. 😄 I'll release at 50 if we get there, or next Sunday - whichever comes first.
  14. Dabeagle

    Chapter 9

    One of the challenges in writing Caleb was his thinking. His condition, to me, is challenging because he filters the world differently. For Caleb, following directions to please Hunter is just that. How he interpreted Hunter's distraction ploy could go a few ways; the fact it wasn't really a distraction attempt doesn't change things much - unless Caleb was hoping Hunter had enjoyed the distraction as more than that.
  15. I find characters fascinating. If the story isn't that great, sometimes a neat character can really lift the whole thing up - or sometimes poor characters can drag down a neat story idea. When I write I can spend weeks thinking of the story and how a character may react in a given circumstance - sometimes coming up with scenes that would be very deep into the story and then having to write all the supporting scenes to get to that point. Character building can be done tons of ways, but I usually start off one of two ways - either an image that I work from or I have no idea and build personality first. If I use an image my approach is normally that they are the love interest and so I will write from that direction - building on the image in the main characters mind because I think most folks start with the packaging - the outside - and then discover the product underneath. That's not to say there aren't other methods - meeting online such as in a virtual environment allows us to meet people by personality and the sound of their voice before we see their outside, as a for instance. If I choose to start writing without a firm idea of appearance it usually begins with an inciting incident - but I find it kind of funny that if I do so, I generally struggle early because I don't even have names for the characters. Over the course of a story or a series my characters will grow from a couple of different potentials: one is outside influences. This mostly happens during story development - I'll read or watch something and imagine how I'd do it differently. One example of that is the Tull Unification. I read a story - actually two by the same authors - and while enjoying the initial concepts, found places where I'd have made hard right turns on the choices the authors made. Will Tull the initial concept was of one of the primary characters dying, which can be a tough story two balance between the reality of death and not being maudlin so as to disengage the reader. The 'gimmick' here was the use of the band songs that ended up tying all the differing viewpoints together, but also because I chose not to extend the character dying very long. We meet Charlie Hampton, and in short order we lose him. By doing this we get an impression for who he is, but not a complete one so the reader is left with the impression, and it gives me a chance to alter that impression down the road. I think character building also includes character development. As a story progresses the character changes - not the basics of their personality, but perhaps they learn new things and adjust accordingly or situations change that make them reconsider or grow on a position or accepted set of behaviors. To me this can be a tricky area because the reader has grown used to the character, perhaps relates at that point and then things change. I read one story, by the unnamed authors above, whereby the reader was brought into a different characters POV and there was a scene that not only didn't seem to advance the story, but was decidedly uncomfortable to read (for me and some others, not to say it's a universal). The thing is reading is a subjective experience so when a character changes or grows, the reader may not approve. I used to not think about this very often, but I admit it affects my decision-making to a point now. One example would be that while writing the story arc in Sanitaria Springs with @Cynus, we developed the characters of Logan, Seth and Grayson. Cynus and I spent a lot - and I mean a ton - of time talking to each other and planning our characters to be consistent with who they are, honoring their motivations and allowing them to be breathing, living characters. The result of that was that, for a time, the three formed a 'thruple', or all three were dating each other at the same time - a form of a poly relationship. I can clearly recall a reader asking us both if this was a poly relationship, and then letting us know they'd no longer be reading. I understand. There are bright lines for every reader of discomfort or personal experience or (insert reason) that they won't read certain things. However as a writer it's a little frustrating because the characters have to grow as they would, not how I think life should be. Through the natural course of their development they tried the three-person relationship and it eventually failed. I think it was a valuable thing to have seen people make an honest effort to have the relationship they think works besot for them, and they continue to learn and grow whether it fails or succeeds. Another example would be a story that, at the time of this blog, is currently posting - Bloom. This story was influenced from many, many directions including a primary character in @Mrsgnomie's story, Three Strikes. The main character was developed over the course of several conversations with a young man who is very active in social media and he explained his motivations with various platforms and how people he knows of his own age group view his efforts. I found it very interesting, though I think many people would find it to be something of a generational or moral gap due to differing opinions and sets of morals. It was one reason I found my main character so interesting to write because his opinions weren't necessarily my own - though I feel more enlightened after having gone on his journey. My characters have allowed forays into the tried-and-true boy-meets-boy, but also boy-meets-boy-meets-boy. I once had couple + couple. One guy - okay more than one - has a thing for legs. One kind of has a thing for feet. Some like blonds while others find cinnamon colored skin attractive; some are dying to have sex and others just want a solid cuddle. Of the hundreds of characters I've written, the challenge sometimes is to make them stand out on their own. Sometimes it's hair color - like Caleb Montgomery's golden-red - or sometimes it's because the relationship isn't standard or because their boyfriend is a Nephilim (angel/human hybrid). Good characters can take us to strange, uncomfortable, scary, fun, sexy, heartfelt places all from the safety of our screens. Through these unique characters we get the chance to look through keyholes into a new experience. Thank you to the readers who are indulging my forays into the different ways people relate and fall in love.
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