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Trebs last won the day on September 12 2012

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    Passed away on August 7, 2014. May he Rest in Peace.

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  1. R.I.P Buddy. :*(

  2. Futuristic Sci/Fi still can cover so much, from near future to galactic empires 10,000 years in the future. One great series for the far-flung future is Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. If you're looking for online Sci/Fi, Dreams of Humanity by dkstories here is (to me) a great Sci/Fi and militaristic story. If neither of these are what you're looking for, give us a bit more of an idea of what you'd like.
  3. One of the great aspects of GayAuthors is the variety of ways that members can improve their writing, from various writing tips to the availability of editors and beta readers, to these - writing prompts that encourage authors to take a chance and see where a prompt may lead them. Based on the responses we've had in the past, these prompts have a tendency to take on a life of their own and really capture the imagination of both our fledgling as well as veteran authors. This week, we've got two new prompts courtesy of PromptGuru comicfan - try one (or both) out and see what you may make of it, especially if you've never tried one before. But to get the full experience, share what you do create with the rest of the community by posting in the Writing Prompts forum or in Stories. Prompt 340 – Creative Tag – First Line “There is no way I am going in there!” Prompt 341 – Creative Tag – Rings With the passing of your last relative, a collection of rings has been handed down to you. At first you look at the old rings and figure you might be able to sell them. As you begin going through them you notice there is something different about them. What is it? Last week, one of the prompts (#338), asked to write using the following words/phrases: "pregnant woman, hammer, blue jock strap, yellow flowers, and an apple". And oh my, will Wonders Never Cease... If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know it doesn't just end there So check out the rest of this great prompt response from Joann414!
  4. Ya, but living together would have just been too weird... I personally like how it ended up (so far)...
  5. Not sure if there are other Broadway/Showtune aficionados out there, but I have been listening over and over to the new soundtrack out for If/Then and stars Idina Menzel (Rent/Wicked/Glee/Frozen) with supporting cast of Anthony Rapp (who was in Rent with her), LaChanze and James Snyder. Thumbnail description: Elizabeth (Idina) comes back to NYC after a broken 12 year marriage (to Oren who doesn't show up in the play at all). She's about to turn 39. Two friends give her a choice - go with her bisexual friend from college Lucas (Rapp), or go with her new lesbian friend Kate (LaChanze). Lucas calls her Beth while Kate calls her Liz. Key thing to realize - the story splits here but both paths are shown concurrently. For example at her birthday party she's told "there's 39 candles Liz, I know how you like candles" which is immediately followed by the other path's line of "one candle Beth, I know how you hate waste". Some songs are exclusively one path or the other, but some do both. So it takes a few hearings to get it all clear, though the names help. Elizabeth isn't the only one to face changes - Liz meets an Josh (Snyder), an army surgeon who has a doctor best friend David, who starts dating Lucas. In the Beth path, Beth hooks up with Lucas at one point. As Liz, she ignores a phone call but as Beth, Lucas insists she answer and it's a dream job offer (city planner). Two outstanding songs (both sung by Idina) are You Learn to Live Without and Always Starting Over. Once I got it, with a few reads of the booklet, I started loving it more and more and listen in the car, work computer and at home. I've always loved Broadway and this does not disappoint!
  6. REALLY enjoy being back - does feel a little strange, especially when dealing with new people (I was out for 15 months). We also just moved into a beautiful new office building, and so there is a little bit of adjustment to that, but that is also true of everyone else in the office. Biggest adjustment is actually my yellow lab - now, when I get up and immediately jump into the shower, she puts her head down and gets depressed. She's like this when she sees luggage come out - she now is associating an early shower to me leaving for most of the day. I do have a second dog, a beagle, so they keep each other company. But after so long of getting me almost 24/7, it's an adjustment for all three of us.
  7. The plan is that all of Do Over will be reposted here - sorry that it is being a slow process
  8. Trebs

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  9. While not an author, I have beta'd for some, and one thing that comes to mind is timing. One author had a woman saying she was six weeks pregnant, and then having the baby 11 months later. They also had baseball Spring Training starting in April. So, a little tweaking of the story before things went too far, and a more plausible timeline was created. One other tip and this is something the author came up with - when writing, have an excel document open in the background to create a "Character bible". When you create a character, or write a description, add them to the bible, with such details as name, relationship to primary characters and brief description. That way 6 chapters later, you won't accidentally start calling a character's mom Susan, when her name was originally Sarah.
  10. Promising Author no more - please join us in congratulating our newest Signature Author, Andy78! Between his 34 different published stories, tons of reviews written about others stories as well as responding to over 93% of the reviews of his own stories, and all of his forum posts and works as a site moderator, you wonder if he's somehow manipulating time to be able to do it all Andy78 has a few longer stories, but it is his wonderful short stories that truly capture the imagination and make you smile. Fantasy, thrillers, westerns - something for everyone. Check out Andy78's stories here, then please join me in welcoming Andy78 to the Signature Author group!
  11. Waiting for the Sign is a great story - and the other two stories (Rising Star and Hard Knocks), while not traditional sequels, do show a bit more of Cal, the Pistols and others... One random bit of trivia - like Jake, I'm half-Japanese, and when Dan needed a last name, I gave him "Iwai" to use as it is my Aunt's married last name. The maiden name for my mom and aunt is Ito - which appears in Dreams of Humanity.
  12. Thanks Jack - while I'm still dealing with a few issues, I just this week went back to work full time after being on disability for the past 15 months :-)
  13. Grammar nerds make great editors <cough hint LowFlyer hint>
  14. So in addition to a very hearty Happy Birthday to Cole, we'd also like to Congratulate Cole Matthews on joining the ranks of Promising Authors for GA! Cole Matthews is new to fiction writing. He likes to compose stories about gay and bisexual men who face great personal adversities after coming of age. Cole hopes to create a body of work that blends philosophy, psychology, and history to discover how these disciplines can speak to our lives. His characters tend to be ordinary people hoping to find happiness and love. While his writing usually centers on romantic encounters, he hopes to explore other genres of writing as well. So before you head off to check out his great stories, please join us in wishing him a very sincerely and well disserved:
  15. Pics from the June 2008 Dallas Get-Together
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