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    Gay Dad / Author Promotion Team Lead

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  1. Sorry, as Tim has said, life is keeping me busy. So busy, in fact, that I'm just not getting time to do any writing. I know what I want to write, but I can't find the time to sit down, get my mind into the correct frame, and then start typing. I haven't even been able to finish that short story I promised everyone 😭
  2. Please join myself and the Author Promotion Team in congratulating @northie in becoming GA's newest Promising Author. Northie has been a member at GA for over three years, and in that time has posted over 340,000 words across twenty-three stories including the popular Never Too Late series about an older gentleman coming to terms with his sexuality. You can find all of northie's stories at their author page, so settle back and have fun reading the stories of our newest Promising Author! Congratulations, northie!
  3. He's working on a new novel (I'm one of his beta-readers), but he wants to complete it before it's posted. I don't know how much more he has to write, though, as he doesn't tell me that much...
  4. Please join the Author Promotion Team in congratulating Tim (Mikiesboy) as GA's newest Signature Author! Tim has been a member of GA for almost four years and was first promoted to Promising in May of 2017. Since joining, Tim has been a prolific author and poet, with almost 400,000 words posted, including novels, novella, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction stories about his own life including how Tim met and married his husband, Michael. If you want to check out that story and the rest of Tim's tales and poetry, you can visit his author page. There's something for everyone there! Please join us in congratulating Tim on his well deserved promotion. Oh, and in case you missed it, Levko by Mikiesboy was featured in our Stories blog on Monday. See what one of our reviewers thought of Tim's story, and then go read it for yourself to see if you agree.
  5. Graeme

    Chapter 6

    Jack's confusion and worries came through clearly in this chapter. Even though it was forty years ago, I can still remember the same concerns and worries when I was a teenager. I think Jack is suffering even worse than I did, though, because his thoughts were heading in the direction of depression, and it's not a big step from there to contemplating ending things... However, I think Tracy's change of heart will be enough to keep Jack grounded. He may, as he expects, lose his current three friends, but hopefully he'll gain Tracy and Jeff. We'll just have to wait and see, with the same worries as any gay teen goes through with the coming out process. Who will he lose by coming out? Who will stay by him? And how will his family react...?
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    A Mourning Storm

    This is the story about an emotional journey. Richie has just lost his mother to cancer, only to find that the sperm-donor who left him, his little brother and sister, and his mother, has returned. Richie is so angry, he can only think of his father as a pronoun, not a name, not even "father" or "dad". Richie's journey through the anguish of his loss, the hatred directed at his father, and the rebellion against a world that appears to have turned against him, is not an easy one. His mourning for his mother really is a storm of emotions, not all of them healthy, but eventually the storm abates. What it leaves behind is what the reader needs to discover
  7. Graeme

    Chapter 19

    Thanks, @Ronyx I have really enjoyed reading this story again. Richie still has mental and emotional scars from what's happened, but he's largely healed. For me, one of the best parts of this story is watching that healing process. The transformation from the angry, desolate young man in the first chapter, to the sometimes sad but overall hopeful young man in the last chapter is what this story is about. . We go through that transformation with him, especially through the lows after the funeral and with Wade's death. It was painful, but the ending was wonderful.
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    1. Graeme


      Thank you! That looks absolutely delicious...

  9. Belated Happy Birthday Graeme!   I realize that while it's still May 15th here, that it's already tomorrow in your location.  

    1. Graeme


      Thank you! I had a great day :)

    2. Headstall


      Happy Birthday, Graeme! :D 

  10. Graeme

    Chapter 18

    I found it amusing that the reason for the trip to the park was because Richie didn't want a party, and especially didn't want a small party because it would mean he would have to have dinner with his father. What happens? A major undertaking to the amusement park (including his father and with Earl tagging along), and a small family party on the Friday night that also involves his father... Richie really needs to learn how to say no, or more accurately: NO! 🤣
  11. Graeme

    Chapter 17

    Coming in late, unfortunately, but I wanted to note that when Richie was asked to dress up so they could go out to dinner, he didn't resist. If he had still been angry, I would've expected jeans and a T-shirt, but he did what he was asked and put on a suit. I have to wonder how much of that is due to the on-going healing process, and how much was driven by the support his father showed at the school earlier that day... It's probably a bit of both, with the school meeting pushing Richie over the edge into being cooperative.
  12. Graeme

    Chapter 16

    One of the things I noticed early in the chapter is that Richie's narration has slowly shifted from using "he" and "him" to "my father". His father is becoming less and less a pronoun and more a parent. Compare that to the opening chapter where the only terms used were "he" and "him", with a lot of implicit bitterness as flavouring. Now, the flavouring is bland, and we get the occasional "father" thrown in. We'll see how that development progresses at the start of the next chapter. Does Richie shake off his father's hands on his shoulders, or does he accept the contact? Under the circumstances, he may accept the contact, but regardless of the reason, doing so will be another step in Richie's healing process. Another point that I saw was the reaction by the students to Mrs. Livingstone's comment. At lunch, Gabe is naturally angry at her, but the other guys at the table nodded to Richie when he joined them. That's a soft, implicit sign of support. Another soft sign of support is the lack of direct comment by other students as Richie walked through the school afterwards. The lack of anyone repeating Mrs. Livingstone's comment shows that the other students also recognise the gravity of the situation and are, at worst, staying overtly neutral. Whether that lasts remains to be seen.
  13. Graeme

    Chapter 15

    A feelgood chapter after a lot of chapters filled with pain and angst I'm glad that Freddy and Richie are getting closer. I'm even more impressed that Richie recognises and tells Freddy, that he's not ready for a relationship. Richie is healing, and while there's still a good chance of a setback, overall his mental state is improving steadily. From what Freddy has said, Richie may need to adjust his thinking about his father. Of course, there's a difference between someone else's kid being gay and your own kid being gay, but there's a chance that Richie's father isn't upset at Richie being gay. It's other things that have had the two of them at each other's throats in previous chapters. Richie's mother is the obvious one, and that still hasn't been resolved. We'll see in the next chapter if Richie's anger at his father's betrayal of his mother has subsided, or if it's still at category 5...
  14. Graeme

    Chapter 14

    It's interesting that even though Ron didn't write anything explicit, Richie's sadness at being abandoned by Gabe and Freddy again came through clearly. After they left him physically at the park, they again left him spiritually when the two of them started to chat with the girls about their shared experiences at the park. Experiences that Richie wasn't involved in. At least the two guys realised what they'd done, and Gabe had enough awareness to send Freddy out to see Richie instead of going himself. He had clearly picked up that it was Richie who had challenged Freddy to stay the night with them. I'm glad that Gabe recognised that moment, because he's been pretty dense about recognising other things to do with Richie... What Freddy told Richie about his life now and in the recent past was a revelation. It's always interesting to get a different perspective on a situation, because none of us are capable of seeing the complete picture when we're in the picture ourselves. Freddy's observations on Richie's father were particularly interesting, as was the fact that Freddy had been fighting with his mother on the same topic. I think Richie has placed Freddy firmly into the "not my enemy" category, and I can only see that as a good thing. Richie still has a long way to go to heal, but he's made good progress in this chapter, and that's all due to Freddy.
  15. Graeme

    Chapter 5

    I found it interesting that Jack accepts that he's gay, he just doesn't want to accept the possible consequences of that acknowledgement. Now, I'm sure many people will say that if his friends leave him when he comes out, they're not real friends in the first place, but for a teenager, social isolation is a real fear. I know, I went through the same fear as a teenager. So, Jack is thinking carefully about what to do. He's worried, legitimately, but he hasn't caved in. He's ashamed of his action at school, but that's because he didn't stand up for Tracy. He didn't go the other way and join in on the abuse, and at the end he stood up against three of his friends. Passive support for Tracy is all he appears capable of doing at the moment, but he's doing that and I'm proud of him. Not everyone has the strength to provide active support, even if that's what many people will want.
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