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Wayne Gray

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  1. Thanks for the Birthday wishes, all. πŸ™‚ 47 is a weird number. It's prime, and when you add the numbers together you make another prime (11). Add those together and you get ANOTHER prime (2)! I don't know why, but my brain just does that - hunts for interesting patterns, particularly around numbers. Anyway, enough number geekery. Don't get me started on 36! πŸ˜›
  2. Great job getting vaccinated. Yeah, the variants are infecting folks who've gotten vaccinated, but we're seeing those people have a much easier time of it than those who've not been. Still, take care and allow yourself to recover.
  3. I pushed "like" because I agree with you with all my being.
  4. OMG, I just noticed the screen name of the guy who posted this. LOL ... wow.
  5. I saw that. Pretty amazing
  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Bft. Transitioning in 1952? WOW. Well, that's wild. I can't imagine the kind of hell she got for that. But it goes to prove how important living authentically is. If she was willing to walk that path in 1952, then she didn't really have a choice. I wish more understood that. Thanks for the information. I'll look her up.
  7. Thanks, tesao. Yes, it forces some reflection and that’s the goal. I’m glad it worked! πŸ™‚
  8. Thanks, Tom. And yes, it'd have to be an adjustment for everyone involved. That's what I was going for here - showing that struggle for someone close to our transitioning Dane. I'm glad his attempt to deal constructively appealed. πŸ™‚
  9. Thanks, Zeke. It can be scary to write something not directly within my personal experience. Some stuff I can research and get close, and this was one of those. Still, there are undoubtedly little errors and mistakes in the telling. Where I didn't get something quite right. I did my best. I wrote it because I wanted people to think about the process someone has to go through. The leap someone has to take. The trust they'd have to have in their partner, or their willingness to say goodbye if they absolutely had to, just to live authentically. And I wanted to show some of what their partner would have to go through as well. I like how it turned out. I think Dane and Brandon are going to be fine down the road.
  10. Thanks, Story Reader. πŸ™‚ Ultimately we're all just people. We're all trying to find our own paths to happiness, and maybe someone to share that path too. Dane needed to be himself, even if it cost him Brandon. He didn't want it to, but he'd gotten to the point where he had to finally come out to the man he loves. Then you've got Brandon. He's reeling, but he's willing to try life with Dane instead of Dana. I'm glad it made you think and empathize. That's the goal.
  11. Thanks, Jeffrey! Maybe they will show up again in a few months. I like the format of these little stories, in that it doesn't take a huge commitment of time for me to finish one. I just need an idea, and then a few days later I can have a chapter/story done. I expect you're right. I think they'll be okay. Love allows for a lot, and they've got it. πŸ™‚
  12. I really wanted to show that part - the partner dealing with the transition of the person they love. Brandon's dealing with something he'd never anticipated, and you're right about the shock! He certainly was shocked right out of the gate. I don't mean to present this as "everything is fine and it all will be". However, it can be fine, and it can continue to be with work. A lot of communication from both parties, maybe time in couple's counseling, and just good old fashioned time. Yet, Dane's courage to come out, and Brandon's willingness to try are both critical for them to move forward. Thanks, Clancy! πŸ™‚
  13. Thanks, Chris. I do think they'll make it. Sure, they've got lots of work ahead, but that's okay. Anything worth having is worth working for. I'm glad you liked it!
  14. Thanks for the comments, Tony. Concerning the rapid acceptance ... you're right - it takes time to accept. Brandon is in the earliest part of that process. He's trying, and he knows how important it is for Dane to see he's trying. But again, he isn't finished yet. He has a long way to go, but the message here is that he's willing to start the process. That's what Dane needed, and Brandon is going to do everything he can to give Dane what he needs. As for the labels - I spoke to a few trans friends about this. And turns out, it's pretty important to the three I spoke to. Maybe my sample size isn't big enough, but ... yes. It's important, at least to some. That said, Brandon does love Dane the person. And for him, part of that may include accepting the label that reinforces who Dane is.
  15. Thank you, tim. you're right. It's all about love. There's this moment, where Brandon is struggling to process, and he see how upset Dane is. And his concern wasn't for himself, it was for his partner. I wanted to show his deep need for Dane to be happy, even while in the midst of his own shock. you're also right about what they've built with one another - and neither wants to give up the work they've done, and the progress they've made in building a loving union. Brandon is going to try and be the man Dane needs, and the reverse is just as true. I think it'll be hard, but that they'll be okay.
  16. Thank you, drsawzall. Brandon had to do some fast adjusting, and he still has a lot more ahead. They both do. But as anybody who has experienced it knows, love can do amazing things. πŸ™‚
  17. Thanks for that comment, belisima. I spoke more to this above, but the idea was to show how the partner might feel in this situation. I really think it'd be an intense experience for both involved, and I wanted to show that.
  18. Thanks, Estiveo. I know trans folks go through a lot. Yet, as I thought about it, I had to consider the partner of someone transitioning too. And I'd never seen anything detailing the issues that partner may have. Well, I wanted to fix that here, but avoid doing so in a way that doesn't belittle the struggle of the person transitioning. Hopefully I got that right here.
  19. Thank you, Parker. That line ... it was the first time Brandon called Dane his husband. And I believe it will not be the last. πŸ™‚
  20. Thanks, kbois. There are so many things going on for these guys. Doubts, determination to live authentically, a choice to try and adjust to Dane's revelation instead of cutting and running. It's a lot for them both. And no. No misty, rainy weather this time. Though, it's coming! πŸ˜›
  21. Thanks for reading and commenting, Butcher. Something I tried to avoid is for it to just be "fixed". First, it's not broken, it's just a trial. While the trial isn't over for either of them, the goal was to show that they're both willing to try. For Dane, Brandon's effort is a surprise. He'd convinced himself he'd lose Brandon. I suppose it's a way to defend his heart against the worst case scenario. I think you're right about Brandon and the conversation with Patrick and Orson. They're not there telling him what to do, or how to feel, but rather, what he might expect. And they're giving him a safe place to articulate his feelings. There's more coming for Dane and Brandon, certainly. But the future does look hopeful.
  22. Thank you, molly. It's hard watching good people struggle, and there's no mistaking that they are struggling. But yes - like you, I believe they'll be okay. πŸ™‚
  23. "Uh, no?" Brandon flexed his hands on the steering wheel and replied to the graying, forty-something guy at the entrance. "No, we don't have problems with gay people." "Great. I'm Greg. Welcome to Camp Refuge. If either of you needs anything, let me know." He bent and pointed down the paved loop. "Your rental is the one on the end, but you've got your choice of three cabins, really. If for whatever reason number six doesn't work, just poke your heads in another, and let me know you'd like t
  24. It's not complete, but Dissonance by MacGreg made me see the landscapes his characters saw, feel the way they did, and ultimately inspired me to up my own description game. The rawness of characters, setting, and Mac's descriptive powers hooked me. Damn it.
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