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  1. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 1

    What a delightful opening chapter, ripe with so many possibilities. Looking forward to your telling of this story.
  2. donaldbirwin

    9 Houses Down

    I am a fan of your writing and this story did not disappoint. Brian's inner dialogue was wonderfully written. I also liked the pace of the plot development, The bracelet was a clever device and the ending was superb. Yes, I LIKED your story!!!
  3. I am sad that we have come to this point in Greg and Nate's story. Like in all stories where I become invested in the characters, I want your story to continue for a long time. Yet, you chose a meaningful point to find closure. This story was challenging to me, parts were difficult to read, and the romantic in me kept saying, "No, no, no!" Thank you for writing such a compelling story with such complex characters. The poetry reference was exquisite, both in your choice and in your execution of its use in the title and across the story. I will be watching for your next story!
  4. The length is of no consequence for me. However, I'm dying a slow death of sadness. I'm so invested in these two characters that my heart is breaking for them. As a writer, you have done your job well! Is that last word, "Noah", a glimmer of hope for the next installment of their lives?
  5. donaldbirwin

    Part 5

    Selfless love is a thing of beauty, as is your endearing story! Thanks for the great read. I'm not like any of your characters, yet I identified with each of them. Thank you!
  6. donaldbirwin

    Part 1

    Well. I'm thoroughly hooked after just one chapter! But, I was primed from reading other stories of yours. I enjoy your writing and your ability to bring your characters to life. I hit "follow" before I started reading the chapter.
  7. Just as they had receded into memory you brought these wonderful characters back to life. Thank you! Thank you! What a delightful early Christmas present.
  8. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 31

    Thank you for a wonderful story! I am so not ready to be done with this cast of characters. So, I am glad to hear that you are not either. I look forward to the future with anticipation!
  9. donaldbirwin

    Chapter Twelve

    I have been enjoying your development of this story and these characters. It's been a good read. This chapter, however, was a great read! I don't care to imagine what ended up on the editing floor as you rewrote because the end result is wonderful. You nailed it with Jordan. The chapter, for me, is all about Jordan and he leaps off the page as real, vulnerable, and believable. Thank you for your extra effort; it was worth it. I'm looking forward to following their developing relationship.
  10. donaldbirwin

    A Bug's Life

    I agree with Obican--beautifully executed. I read the intro blurb and thought, "Well maybe yes, maybe no, we'll see." I'm hooked--intriguing, memorable characters, including the staff.
  11. I have so thoroughly enjoyed your story and the character that you developed in Drake. I have been so exasperated with Drake throughout much of the story, but I think that was your intention and it worked. That exasperation made the ending so much more delicious. It is always sad when a story that I like reading comes to an end but that sadness is balanced with an ending that leaves me happy and content with where the characters are with their lives. Thank you for sharing your talent for story-telling with us your readers!
  12. donaldbirwin

    Dream On

    Thank you! I was seriously going through withdrawal--checking frequently to see if a new chapter was posted. Thanks to you, I'm fully invested in these characters and their lives.
  13. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 11

    I love it when an author draws me in and I become invested in the characters. Thanks for a great read! I look forward to reading more of your writing.
  14. donaldbirwin

    Health Crisis

    Caregiving is a demanding and tiring experience, both physically and mentally. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of your mother. You may find that taking time to write, even for a short time each day, will help you deal with the stress of your situation. Know in your heart that you have the support of your readers as you work through this difficult time.
  15. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 25

    Thank you so much for this story. I have greatly enjoyed these characters. I believe that it is a mark of a successful writer that even when the reader doesn't identify with a character, the reader still develops real empathy for the person portrayed. You certainly achieved that outcome for me with the characters in Paper Walls. I will miss them but I will eagerly await your next story!
  16. donaldbirwin

    The Finale

    What a delightful story--well-conceived, well paced, well written. Thank you for giving the joy of reading your story!
  17. donaldbirwin


    I am very content with "happily ever after," especially for these two delightful characters! I eagerly looked forward to each new chapter/adventure in part simply because there was so little angst. Thanks for a wonderful story. I will look forward to your next endeavor.
  18. donaldbirwin


    I'm adding my kudos for a wonderful ending. I previously had fell in love with each of these characters and their engaging stories. This story was a great way to have them meet and interact. However, the part I liked best is this closing where you captured that moment that so many have experienced where one becomes aware that you are at a transition point where you can't and won't be able to go "home" again and where the pathway to the future that you have been so eagerly pursuing seems less alluring than the safety of what you have in that moment. Your words portrayed that bittersweet moment so well. Thank you!
  19. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 17

    I wasn't prepared for the jolt that I felt when I read your note that the next chapter is the final chapter. You have developed two wonderful characters in Jayden and Troy. I feel that they have so much story left to tell. Perhaps you are considering a sequel??? A romantic can hope, can't he?
  20. Will there be a continuation of this wonderful series featuring Elliot and Ian. Just asking for a hopeful friend!!!
  21. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 13

    Your words and pacing in this chapter were wonderful! Life is messy and I love the way you have captured that idea with these two delightful characters and their love story. I'm sure my eyes must light up (I know my insides do) when I see that you've posted another chapter.
  22. donaldbirwin


    I am greatly enjoying your story. My friends would say that I was never lacking in self-confidence, but I certainly recognize the inner dialogue going on in Geoff's mind. I think that you have his inner voice down perfectly. And, wouldn't we all like to be Tony!
  23. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 16

    Thank you! I greatly enjoyed your story. I will miss my Reggie fix. I admire your wonderful grasp of dialogue within the context of journaling. It was a delightful read!
  24. donaldbirwin


    My simple Thank You expresses heartfelt gratitude for this lovely story and it's engaging characters. I am an older man who did not come out of the closet until 2008. I sometime think that I am still in my late adolescence. Your story had great appeal to me. Thank you!
  25. donaldbirwin


    I try hard not to judge those who decide to let their life end. It is not easy for us who remain to deal with such a self-centered decision. We so want to be a part of the decision, to have our say in the matter. I do know this that grief is a fickle companion. Sometimes, like the fog, it creeps in on little cat paws and can be almost comforting. At other times, it is like a hard punch to the gut, sucking the wind right out of you and knocking you to your knees. I know this too, it wouldn't hurt so much if we didn't care so much for the ones we love. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
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