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Wayne Gray

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  1. Thanks, that makes sense. I think I did it. Can someone try and follow this link? It shouldn't work until 1 AM on 19 June (when I set it up to post), I don't think, but I am curious if it does.
  2. Wayne Gray

    Why Pride?

    "I mean, why do gays need Pride anyway? If you want to prove you should be treated like everyone else, why have this thing just to celebrate how different you are?" Jace shot an irritated look at Myles, his very straight, usually cool roommate. "Because straight people aren't attacked or verbally assaulted in the street for holding the hand of the person they love. That's why we need Pride. And it's why I'm going tomorrow." Myles curled his lip, never looking away from the screen. He p
  3. I think you're right. It's just odd the second instruction didn't include the post date bit, so I wondered if it was still necessary. Okay. I think I'm going to go try and set it up, and we'll see how it goes. Wish me luck!
  4. Yeah. Other than that first author, I just don't see anybody else posting ... which makes me wonder.
  5. Okay. Maybe I am just being very dim ... but I'm wondering what the requirements are for submitting our Pride short stories. In one post, we're told we need to post date the stories. In the next, we're told to copy the link into the thread without mention of post-dating. Can someone with access to the Writer's Club look at the threads and tell me which is what Renee intended? I messaged her yesterday, but she hasn't replied. Thanks!
  6. This is going to speak to your first point ... plotting. When I began writing Guarded, I did so with only my "character spreadsheet." It listed ages, description, quirks, relationships to other characters, and some comments about each that didn't fit anywhere else. But as I got into the story, I realized there was no way I could capably track every single plot point. And with Guarded I had to! Writing a suspense/mystery was something I'd never done, and I found it challenging in new ways. So I started "commenting" in Google Docs. IE: "Don't forget, Paul hasn't seen his new driveway, make him react when he does." Even that got to a point where it was too unwieldy to reference, because sometimes my notes were in different chapters (documents). So I started doing small, bulleted outlines of all the scenes I planned for the chapter. I'd put this mini outline at the first of each chapter, and as I wrote the described scenes, I'd delete the bullet point. And these bullets really were short. I didn't have a desire to write the scenes twice; I needed just enough to track what I wanted to happen. Now, I outline most stories before I write. I know this won't work for everyone, but I've found it does for me. Find that happy medium. I now can't write at all without a character tracker of some sort, even for short stories. But I don't always outline everything. It just depends on how much plotting I need to do to get to the desired end. If you're standing at the crossroads of wanting to write a more complex plot (particularly with foreshadowing) and spontaneity, then tinker with things. Broad outlines can work for this. They can keep you pointed in the general direction you want, while allowing freedom within each outline entry. Good luck in your journey. It can be frustrating, but it has potential to be fun too. 🙂
  7. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    Thank you, belisima! I'm so happy you enjoyed this story. Joe deserves to be happy, and so far he has never even gotten a chance to try. But now, maybe he can start on that path. There's more of these little stories to come. Stay tuned!
  8. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    I couldn't agree more. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Kitt.
  9. Wayne Gray

    Chapter 1

    A great story. I could feel Craig daring to dream while under the influence of James's disarming approach to life. Though, like many have said, it does beg for more. Well written. Thank you.
  10. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    You know, I wasn't so sure how this one would go. This chapter. The reason is lots of guys aren't capable of learning a lesson from a man like Pete. Using him for fun? Sure. But hearing and understanding the deeper truth under his approach to life? That's a stretch. But ... even while Joe was getting blindsided by him, he's also internalizing a bit of what makes Pete tick. How he stands up in the face of a wave of disapproval. How he is so unapologetic and just IS. Joe will never be Pete, and he doesn't have to be. But Joe is better for having met and experienced him. Joe still has a great deal to learn. Jake can show him some of the way too. I think, together, they can be great. But time and additional stories will tell. 🙂 Thanks for the nice comment.
  11. Wayne Gray

    Harry

    I'm happy to share my writing, and I'm thankful it appeals. I'm happy with this little story. Harry is such a sweet kid, and Gus is too. Then we've got the parents, who just want their boys to be happy - no matter what that might look like. Thanks for the nice note. 🙂
  12. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    Pete is deeper than what many might give him credit for right out of the gate. But yeah! What kind of guy can keep up with him? What kind of guy can make him happy, encourage him, and add to his experience? We'll have to find out. Molly is a good-hearted woman. While Estivo is like this silent witness, Molly is all up in it. LOL. And I love her for it. Joe got pushed to the campground, and he didn't exactly appreciate it. Once there, and once he managed to just get past himself a little, he allowed himself to simply enjoy things (including Pete!). But yeah ... watching all the regular folks helped him more than anything. Jake's a sweet guy. He didn't get much time in the story, but that'll change. 🙂 And thanks, molly! I'm glad to be here too.
  13. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    Thanks, Tony. There's more coming. I have a few ideas already, and I'm trying to decide which to do first. It's a good problem. 🙂
  14. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    That was a rough start, wasn't it? I'll admit, I am pretty proud of how I got that done. Molly's comment triggering a PTSD-style flashback in Joe? Well, I've never done that before! Poor Joe. But ... still. He lived through it. He has a chance, and he's trying. I guess that's all a man can want.
  15. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    Hahaha. Yeah, I have known a few "Petes" myself. And guys like him draw desire, envy, irritation, amusement, and more from those around him. I tended to lean toward desire. 😄 Thanks for the comments, Tom!
  16. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    That's a good way to tie them together. "emerge" is a pretty apt description of what both Harry and Joe did. You're right concerning relationships. It's like trying to make ourselves fit a mold that is snapping and breaking all around us. Then we feel broken and strange for things not working how they "should". Finally, hopefully, we make it to the point where Pete is. Where we say "Okay. I'm doing this my way, and I'm going to find someone who accepts that." Thanks, Quixo. I like this format too! 🙂
  17. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    First: FYI - we're currently in a drought here in Northern California. So, unfortunately this is all too real. Though, weirdly, it's raining right now. Heh. Second: I hear you, and don't worry. Joe and Jake are going to reappear. It may not be in the next story, but they will. Third: Yes. Mr. Pete. He will not go ignored, eh? He's not all about sex; he's about freedom. His dream relationship is one that lets him be free, yet offers stability and safety too. And with Russell they have that in one another. A rare gift. Fourth: I'm 46 and my husband is 52. So I do agree. 🙂 You're welcome. Thank you for reading, kbois!
  18. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    I love the pinball that is Pete. 😄 And I'm glad Joe and Jake resonate so well. That moment with Pete ... where he refused to be Joe's first "real" kiss. Well, Pete showed himself to be special in recognizing that he wasn't who Joe should remember when he thinks back on his first kiss with a man. Pete's a horndog, but he's caring and insightful too. And it's funny when characters do things like this. Sometimes they surprise me, and Pete did. He has earned a spot on the "will likely return" list. Next time, with a certain as yet unseen husband in tow. Joe and Jake too deserve some additional love on the screen. I've suddenly got a lot to do ... Thanks, spyke! 🙂
  19. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    You're absolutely right. Thank god. 🙂
  20. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    I had no idea Pete would be so fun to write. And I could imagine him attempting seduction at every turn. "Uh, thanks, but I have a husband." "Great! Bring him!" LOL. Once he has been turned down, he reacts with grace, but he's gonna give it a shot. 😄 Joe and Jake will get more screen-time. There are not enough stories with guys like Joe, and there need to be. Though, the continuation may venture out of the campground and into their own little spin-off story. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for the read and for the comments!
  21. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    Thanks! Joe has been in hell, largely resulting from his upbringing and the desperate need to conform. It's a sad situation, but it's one he's beginning to figure a way through. It really did take both his interaction with the unstoppable, vibrant Pete, and the rest of the campers to get to this new place in his personal development. He has some work ahead, but ... maybe he can get some help from his buddy Jake.
  22. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    Thanks, Chris! Pete was so fun to write. And yes, he and Russell are happy with their lives together, and that's what matters. I think there are not enough stories out there starring older guys. Joe and men like him are a huge slice of our population, yet we just don't see them portrayed often. His circumstance isn't so uncommon, either. So ... we'll likely come back to him. 🙂
  23. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    Thanks for reading, and for the comment, tim! Haha. Yes. Mr. Pete absolutely makes his own rules in the game of life. Though, Russell knows this, accepts it, and this aspect is a part of who they are as partners. Jake and Joe are going to be fun. They're very different. Joe is further along in years, but Jake is a huge leap ahead of him in terms of acceptance and happiness with himself. It will make for interesting writing when I revisit them. Maybe Jake can teach Joe a few things. We'll just have to see. 🙂
  24. Wayne Gray

    Joe

    "I've always suspected, you know." The words fell from lips that barely moved, spoken as if through tremendous effort. She stood just inside the doorway and drew in a deep drag, the tip of her cigarette glowing red. Smoke flowed from her mouth to gather in a pool on the bedroom ceiling, and she stared up at it. She completely ignored Eric as he scrambled from the room, still pulling on his pants. She'd known. Of course, she'd known. Joe sat up in bed, clutching the sheet covering his l
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