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    Music (almost any kind, especially folk and classical), linguistics, religions

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  1. Rigel

    Chapter 16

    I love the idea of a mass pee-in (or is it a piss-off?)! They can call the action "Void Where Prohibited." --Rigel
  2. Rigel

    A To Z

    Parker-- Thank you for sharing this story. The test to me of a good story is one I go back to re-read, a year from now or five or ten years from now. Part of the story is so memorable that certain characters or events in their tale work their way into my brain, and I have to go back and re-read that piece, and then get caught up in the entire story again. A to Z is going to be one of those stories for me. --Rigel
  3. Rigel

    Chapter 52 Anxiety

    Wonderful chapter! I'm curious--Zander's bus coming home being delayed by snow echoes this past weekend's news of the Duquesne University basketball team and Temple University gymnastic team being stranded by snow on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for almost 24 hours. Is this just happenstance, or did the news have anything to do with the way the chapter was written? It almost seems like current events barging their way into the fictional story! I loved Nonna. She reminds me a little of the character played by Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck--an old woman worrying so sympathetically about the love life of her children and grandchildren, with spot-on advice from the ages. And it seemed like Andy was such a cautious driver that Monica might, for the first time, be at ease with a teen-age vehicle operator. Looking forward to the next chapter... --Rigel
  4. Rigel

    Chapter 29 The Bus Stop

    Some of the most wonderful double entendres! Loved this chapter! Thank you for writing it. --RIgel
  5. Rigel

    Chapter 40 Into the New Year

    At last, Andy seems to be running toward instead of running from: A major development, in both Andy's mind and the story plot. I can second Oxala's comments below (or above?) about the skill of the writing of this chapter, successfully conveying perfectly both the behavior and thoughts of a socially-awkward first-time partygoer and pool-player, and the gentle symbolism of stopping at the state line and turning of the year as a place and time for Andy's turn-around. Looking forward to next installment!
  6. Rigel

    A To Z

    You given me enough info to think of Blackburn as being a small town in a south-central Pennsylvania valley. It's a place where there are parallel ridges that run North-South and Amish farmers in the valleys, and in chapter 23, you slip in a reference to the Pirates as the nearby sports team. I'm loving the story--at first the "Perils of Pauline" series of misadventures to Stefan/Eric/Andy was offputting, but I came in late enough that I could read my way to a point where he had met Eustace Whitley, and there was hope for a story that would develop the main character with at least a semi-stable supporting cast. As I write this, you've just posted the Christmas Eve chapters, and I'm hopeful that Andy's lies will get found out, in a good kind of way. I should probably post my next thoughts in the reviews section to avoid giving away any spoilers, but before I do, I need to know--have you written the story all the way through, or are posts liable to switch the future plot? If the latter, I might need to be careful with plot development speculations. Is it correct that you try to post each Tuesday and Friday, or am I making that up in my own addled brain. --Rigel
  7. I finished reading this story a couple of weeks ago, but the subsequent statements of the LDS church on gays have brought my mind back to it. The new rules ostracizing the children of Mormon parents in a same-sex relationship until they (1) reach the age of majority and then (2) denounce their parents' relationship put me in mind of Chris's situation in your story. Almost all the reading of the news articles I did was filtered by memories of your story. Congratulations on telling a tale that's not only a good story, but very timely. See, for example, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/us/gay-mormons-distressed-by-new-rules-on-same-sex-relationships.html --Rigel
  8. Rigel

    Chapter 12

    I finished reading this story a few weeks ago, but the subsequent statements of the LDS church on gays have brought my mind back to it. The new rules ostracizing the children of Mormon parents in a same-sex relationship until they (1) reach the age of majority and then (2) denounce their parents' relationship put me in mind of Chris's situation in your story. Almost all the reading of the news articles I did was filtered by memories of your story. Congratulations on telling a tale that's not only a good story, but very timely. --Rigel
  9. Rigel

    Chapter 17

    It's long overdue for an update of the story of Jay and Scott and the "Pastel Warrior." Just a modest kick from an eager reader impatiently awaiting further chapters. (After all, you did promise that you would finish the story this time.) Hoping all is well in your non-writing world of real life. --Rigel
  10. Rigel

    Rip: Trebs

    I remember Trebs organizing a GA gathering when he and Dan came to DC for the first inauguration of Barack Obama back in January of 2009. Trebs was a great organizer of things, and put together a dinner at a restaurant in Union Station. It was unusually cold that weekend, and the cold leaked into the atrium of the station where the cafe was located, but the warmth of the gathered crowd (assisted by a few sweaters and vests) defeated the cold of the weather. He and DK were very much in love at the time, and as a local resident who knew the town, I remember showing them around the shops of the station, where they purchased amethyst bling for each other. Happy memories of someone who only got to meet him in person that once... Hard to believe someone so young, vital, and important is gone. --Rigel
  11. I just saw Richard LInklater's new film "Boyhood"--and it has a lot in common with your story "Button." The film has a series of 10-15 minute vignettes (shot over a week or two each year for 13 years) that follow a boy Mason as he grows from first grade to college freshman. It's a cinematic treatment very similar to what you've done in your story. --Rigel
  12. Rigel

    Confrontations

    Nice story! I just discovered it this weekend. Your English is very good--I'm surprised to learn that it isn't your regular language, and even more so that you've never been to the United States or any other English-speaking country. I'm the kind of person who catches geographical inconsistencies, and your presentation of Albany, N.Y. hasn't presented any really serious incongruities with the real Albany. The only odd note for me is that the level of Mr. Adams's anti-gay rhetoric seems a little extreme for someone in politics in Albany. I go to a gathering every June in Albany (actually, one of its suburbs), and two years ago, the crowd cheered loudly on Friday night when news came that the New York state legislature had just passed same-sex marriage. Most New York Republicans I know aren't quite as socially conservative as Republicans in other parts of the U.S. Don't let that bother you for the purposes of telling your story, though. Maybe the Republicans I know temper their speech when they're in the presence of Democrats and other liberals. And Mr. Adams may well be venting his personal homophobia in the privacy of his home rather than letting it be known among his constituents. I particularly like that both Jacob and Joshua, in the process of having to fake being the other, come to work on their weaknesses--Joshua's problems deriving from his introverted personality, and Jacob's problems from not wanting to pay attention in class. I wonder whether it's Josh or Jacob who will goof in their behavior and lead to discovery of the switch. Even more than that, I wonder how the set of twins was broken up for adoption--were the Adamses responsible for adopting only one of the two twins? The Bakers don't strike me as the sort of folks who would have broken up a pair and adopted only one twin. Or is there another explanation? It's one of the revelations I eagerly await in a future chapter. Looking forward to the next chapter(s)...
  13. I think you're looking for Coy Boy by Mickey S. It can be found at Nifty at: http://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/adult-friends/coy-boy/ --Rigel
  14. Rigel

    Do you use a cell phone exclusively?

    I have landlines at home and work. I DO have a cell-phone, with really cheap service--about 10 cents a minute, pay as you go, no monthly or other charges. I spend maybe $60 or $70 a year. When I travel, I have the cell phone with me, but the power is usually turned off except when I'm making a call or expecting one. When I'm neither at home or work, I'm usually in a place were I don't want to be interrupted--a concert, a meeting, driving through urban traffic, or just in a reverie--not having interruptions allows me good non-linear contemplation time. --Rigel
  15. Rigel

    I'm SINGING in the ..... Shower!

    I sing anything and everything--often songs I'm trying to learn, or reviewing to make sure I still know them, or just something that goes through my head. All kinds of languages and genres. --Rigel
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