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  1. Especially given the rumors circulating about him.
  2. BigBen

    Chapter 1

    It's a sweet, poignant story, and one I like to come back to, from time to time.
  3. I'm of two minds on this. I enjoy a well-written, imaginative sex scene. But, on the other hand, the fact that there are only so many ways to insert Tab A into Slot B means it is all too easy for explicit descriptions of the sex act to become repetitive and conventional. As someone who has had abundant experience with tabs and slots, how much explicit description do I really need? Writing about sex without getting explicit can be as much of a challenge as expressing anger without resorting to profanity. As a high-school English teacher once explained, the reason we don't use profanity in polite conversation is not so much that it's offensive, but that it's boring and mindless. Using it is too easy. It's when we can't use profanity that we really start to think about what we mean and how best to put it into words. I wonder if the same isn't true when writing about sex. On the other hand, I have to admit that Verlaine's collection of poems, Femmes/Hombres, demonstrates that graphic language doesn't always have to be boring and mindless.
  4. Audette finished The Good Doctor? Cool! Last time I checked, Eric was driving a car he had just bought and (of course) arguing with Rose, and they seemed nowhere near a conclusion. A real fun story. I'll be sure to check out The Doctor Gets a Visitor. I'm sure it's worth a read, whether or not it's the story I'm looking for. I've liked others of his stories. Thanks for the recommendation.
  5. All good stories, and all worth a periodic re-read, too, which is my diagnostic of a really good story. And speaking of sequels, I am hoping against hope that Me, Too will someday be continued. Not to mention Irish Summer, (sigh).
  6. Thanks for the suggestion. Riding Lessons and its sequels are great stories and are always fun to re-read from time to time. But not the one I'm looking for, alas! Guess I'll just have to hope to run across it by accident someday.
  7. BigBen

    The Syndicate

    Something about this story caught my eye, so I broke my rule about avoiding unfinished stories. And sure enough, by the time I managed to read through to the latest available chapter, it had been marked as on hold. And the beginning is so promising, too. I really like Ronnie and Taran. I keep coming back, hoping against hope for a new chapter. Oh, well. . . .
  8. BigBen

    GW

    I don't normally read works in progress, as too many of them end up on long-term hold, but these stories are so cute I can't resist. Mrs. Travers seems to be the fly in the ointment here, but Mr. Travers is clearly on to her and I have every confidence he will stand up for his boy. It is a blessing to have at least one parent in one's corner. And "Would I Lie to You?" is a great show. I'm a big fan of David Mitchell's.
  9. If you are not wedded to having an element of horror, there are a number of Hollywood movies that could easily be adapted to gay themes, though they are all romances or comedies. I am thinking of, for example, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Topper, plus a few others that refuse to come to mind at the moment. Even in Ghost, the supernatural element is romantic, not horrifying; the bad guy is Tony Goldwyn's character, who is alive. Ghostbusters could also easily be made gay, though the horror is counteracted by comedy. But perhaps starting with the premise of one of these movies, making it gay, and then adjusting the horror level to taste might work. Hmmmm . . . .
  10. That's great! Of course genres and tags have to be set by the authors, no argument there. But as long as the facility exists, that's good. Some days you feel like reading a certain type of story, other days, you don't. Having the option of screening is very handy.
  11. Would it be possible to incorporate something to indicate the ages of the main characters? Would that be a sub-category sort of deal? I ask because I have a limited appetite for stories of thirteen-year-olds who achieve great wealth and find their life-long true loves before reaching high school. So I go through frequent phases of wanting to limit my reading to stories about grown-ups who achieve great wealth and find their life-long true loves, instead. So it would be nice to have the facility to search for stories about grown-ups while excluding stories about kids. And I'll bet that the facility to search for stories about kids while excluding stories about adults will appeal to a lot of readers, as well.
  12. A great little story about a closeted university student on a winter holiday in the Lake District. He becomes involved with a rescue team sent up Helvellyn to assist a couple of climbers in trouble. In the course of events, the main character becomes thoroughly acquainted with the team leader. The complication is that the student is still in the closet, whereas the rescue team leader is "the openly gay villager." The story is good-humoured, and the drama is low-key. The two main characters handle their developing relationship calmly and pragmatically, with the kind of matter-of-factness that is the British outlook at its best. There's no great conflict here, merely a charmingly-drawn slice of life. Any reader who finds the story at all congenial is likely to be drawn back periodically to read it again. It's a great little story.
  13. Well, I still haven't turned up the story about the gay doctor who adopts his godson, and since some of the details I posted earlier in this thread no longer ring a bell, it seems the story is gone for good. Let the Music Play, however, gives a lot of pleasure on every re-reading, so thanks to Valkyrie for pointing me to it. Rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd simply append a new query to the existing thread: There is a collection of stories about some gay couples (at least three that I can recall) who meet in or move to Key West—and one of the guys ends up working at the Key West public library. The story I'd really like to re-read was about two young orphaned brothers who make it to the island, travelling and living in their mother's old van (the elder brother is big enough to drive, though not old enough to hold a license). To support themselves, they offer to care for the lawns and garden of the house of one of the couples, and they end up protecting and preserving said house through a hurricane, after the owners are called off-island by a family emergency. At the end of the story, if memory serves, one of the couples involved in the collection (the homeowners? the librarian and his husband?) becomes their foster dads. Searches on "Key West" yield plenty of hits on GA and Nifty, but none of them are any of these stories, while a search on AwesomeDude/Codey's World fails to turn up anything at all. They don't appear to be on any of the other sites I frequent, either. " 'Tis a puzzlement!"
  14. BigBen

    Winter Holiday

    Just re-read this on AwesomeDude. I didn't know it was posted here, as well. It's a great story. Makes me want to visit the Lake District!
  15. We've been fortunate. My niece and nephew both contracted the virus, but we have been able to keep my ninety-year-old father safe, so far. He has repeatedly tested negative, as have my sister and I. A dear friend of mine, who is a nurse-practitioner, came down with the virus a few weeks after her second shot, and she credits the vaccine with her survival (she is in her seventies, still working, and still going strong). I am hoping that, should Dad become infected, he will be equally fortunate and also have a mild case.
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