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Wayne Gray

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  1. Thanks, all for the well wishes.

    And my fever broke dramatically last night. I woke drenched in sweat. My temp is still 100.3F, but that's a degree lower than it was when I went to bed.

    I'll keep checking it throughout the day. But things are looking pretty good, and most important, I feel pretty good. 🙂

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  2. On 11/19/2021 at 4:18 AM, spyke said:

    Once again @Wayne Gray drops a snippet that teases his readers and leaves them with blue balls........

    Hahaha ... 

    I don't know HOW I missed this! Maybe my notification issues I'd been dealing with (fixed now).

    I'm well into chapter six of this latest one, and it's just ... well. It's this sweet and confusing (for the characters) opportunity for growth. How that looks is different, though. It's not the same for all the characters, just as it's not for us. The Hazards of Love is just such a perfect title. Because yes, there are many hazards on the path to love.

    But ... god. What a payoff.

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  3. 8 minutes ago, kbois said:

    Faking it huh? Somehow I think you know more than you realize. 

    Now.... an averagely intelligent, middle aged, boring, will work til she drops dead, has no clue what she's doing most of the time, wife and mom writing gay romance stories? Now that's faking it!! 😂

    Go write Wayne. 

    Okay ... that's pretty funny.

    FYI - your latest installment of Lucifer and Gabriel was good. Nice work.

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  4. 1 minute ago, Reader1810 said:

    Smart at full speed. 

    I like this! 

    Hehe. Thanks. That's the only way I can explain it. I certainly write characters that are smarter than I could ever be - because they are smart at full speed.

    It's a funny phrase though, isn't it?

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  5. What a lovely thing to see.

    Thanks for featuring my story, and thanks to Chris for the nice review.

    Camp Refuge is a strange little love affair I had with writing - one that's still going. It's really where I decided that characters need to be imperfect, and they need to reflect the real world if I want readers to relate to them.

    I'm glad it worked. I'm happy I got to tell all of these intertwined stories, and that readers saw themselves reflected in the characters.

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  6. 56 minutes ago, Reader1810 said:

    Wayne, I hope this story is all you want it to be and more. 

    Reading your blog, this song graced my thoughts.

    Thank you, Reader!

    I'm used to writing fairly complex plots, and holding a lot of things in my mind at once as I go. But this is a far simpler tale. That also means there's little to distract from the main characters, so the story there needs to be engaging. It's interesting to me ... the change in the writing dynamic.

    Great song. And a perfect fit. 🙂

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  7. 48 minutes ago, kbois said:

    Tuesday Anticipation GIF

    You had to go and dangle that teaser in front us.

    Well.... now go..... go write!

    Stop reading. 

    Just go back to writing. 

    You can't leave us hanging in anticipation now!



    ❤ (soooooo looking forward to this!)

    I have been! I even wrote on my vacation, I'll have you know! 😛

    I hope it appeals. It's the first time I've written a pure romance, with no external stressors. There are the regular trials (work, money, family) but nothing "other" to deal with. I thought it'd be boring at first, but I am having a nice time with my guys, watching them get closer. It's just sweet.

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  8. 5 minutes ago, mollyhousemouse said:

    Phil can take clutter, up to a point. i can take less of that. but the dust and the clumps of dog hair and dirt and leaves from doggie paws.......

    What i seem to be hearing is that "this" is just a part of being male?

    I've known "neat freak" guys, but they were the exceptions. And they were also off the charts in terms of a need for a clean space. Kevin is the most "normal" neat guy I've met.

    Overall? It's just not as important to most guys as it is to most girls. And it absolutely creates strife between sexes.

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  9. My husband is the cleaner in our duo. He sees and is bothered by stuff in the house sooner than I am, so he is often the one to initiate cleaning. Me, I'm the dish washer/yard worker (except for the garden, that's Kevin's), and I usually do the laundry. It works for us.

    But when he needs help, of course I step in and help. I want him happy, and I know a clean house is a part of that.

    Sorry you're frustrated, molly. They do love you, they're just ... well ... they're boys.

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  10. 24 minutes ago, TetRefine said:

    This is one reason I love Fire Island Pines. It's all gay men, and it's the only place I've ever been where I never had to "straighten" myself up.

    There's also a very popular gay campground in Pennsylvania called "The Woods". It's clothing-optional too. ;) 

    I love it. I love that there are safe places like these. I mean, I despise the need for them, but I am thankful they exist. Maybe someday we won't need them, and that'd be amazing. Till then, it's nice to know they exist.

    Thanks for commenting and for the information on "The Woods." 🙂

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  11. 10 minutes ago, kbois said:

    I've heard of Sawmill. I  worked for a couple who were part of the community there (they ended up being not so great business owners, but my coworkers were amazing- the couple owned a travel agency that catered to both seniors and the LGBTQ community)

    I heard from several people that it is a great place. A few others pointed out some faults. (What place doesn't?)

    You would be awesome at running such a place. I really hope you can realize your dream someday. 

    You would excel. 

    Yes, every place has its problems. For one, it requires effort to remain an open and welcoming place to everybody. In the process of specializing, a community can become too insular. I don't know if that is an issue The Sawmill suffers from, but I could see it happening (because I've seen it in other places).

    It'd take work to be inclusive. Even then, it'd not be what everyone needs, and I've no illusion that we could provide that. You can't please everyone all the time, or be what everyone needs. Instead, we'd decide what kind of place we'd have loved to have found ... and make it ourselves. Those who agree with our sensibilities would find us.

    I'd love trying to create something special.

    Thanks, kbois.

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  12. 7 minutes ago, MichaelS36 said:

    Mmm. I agree with tim.  Find your land and live your dream. You can do this Wayne, if it's what you want. 

    Thank you, Mike.

    We've been looking. Prices here are doing crazy things, but it works for us too - since we have a mortgage. All we can really do at the moment is watch and save. So that's what we'll do.

    Patience isn't my strong suit, but I'll make an exception for this particular dream.

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  13. 25 minutes ago, Mikiesboy said:

    We've talked about it. You'd be perfect for running such a place. i hope you can make it real one day.

    We have. And it's such a dream for me - one that I've had for so very long.

    I could make five acres work if it had the right mix of topography, trees, and water. I've been looking for years now, and I know the property is out there. I just have to find it.

    Thanks, tim.

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  14. 1 hour ago, Reader1810 said:

    Wish this wasn’t so, but I do appreciate this place and what it means to those who go there. 

    Thanks, Reader.

    It's almost impossible for many to really understand how much it means to be as free as most are every day. These places, that can happen across the board, and that makes them special.

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  15. 19 minutes ago, Renee Stevens said:

    They will be posted in the next day or two. The due date will be the 19th, Authors will put their own entries into the system and post date them, and there will be a thread to post links in. 

    I am trying to have the post ready for tomorrow.

    Fantastic. Thanks, Renee!

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