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  1. A couple of weeks ago someone mentioned the s*** word. And then I heard there fell s*** at some places. I think it's safe now to think of the Ch********* word, especially together with a story. A month from today, I will post the first chapter of my new/ old Ch**story Baby, it's Cold Outside. Sneak peek: I was on the subway, the hood of my jacket still drawn over my head against the nasty weather, mentally going through the list for the big dinner I had planned, when I heard Peter's distinctive laughter. I would have recognized it anywhere, these deep rumbling chortles that always made me feel warm inside. Surprised, I looked back over my shoulder and saw him talking animatedly to a woman I didn't know. It was too early for him to be on this train. Then I smiled. He wanted to surprise me and be home early before he had to go on that business trip tomorrow. I gathered the cloth bags filled with groceries from the floor between my feet, ready to join them, when Peter lifted his hand, stroked the woman's hair, and leaned in for a kiss.
  2. Well, it's come already. Can't believe it! How has spring come had flown so fast? We're already approaching May, but not before we chat about this month's featured short series, Clockwise, by Aditus. Did you read the series? Do you have a favorite story out of the four? I wonder if it matches his favorite? Read on to find out!! Do you eat your fruits and vegetables? I’m vegetarian, so, yes I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Chocolate or Vanilla? What’s vanilla without chocolate? Both! What's your favorite room in your house? Do you plot or write there? In winter it’s the living room/office. I sometimes space out and stare at the slowly moving reflections of the rock crystals hanging from the curtain rods, and plot. In summer I love to write in a room part house, part garden. What’s something personal about you people might be surprised to know? I own a book with the title Vegan Food Porn. That’s probably not really surprising, though. Maybe I learn and collect swear words in as many different languages I can find is a better answer to the question. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Reading of course. As we have many great exhibitions here, I also like visiting those, especially photo exhibitions. Then there's gardening, traveling, and slow-walking the dog who is very old by now. What’s the best part of being an author? Having an excuse for having a permanent movie theater in my mind and being able to show the films to others. Clockwise has 4 stories. Which is your favorite? The third story. I looked at so many different houses. In a way, I planned my dream house while I wrote 9:05 PM. Did you start writing the first story intending to do 4 different stories in the series, or did they just evolve that way? I wanted to write four stories for four consecutive anthology themes. I needed a connective element and thought a clockface with its division into four quarters would make sense. The ending… *cries* Did you plan to wrench hearts on purpose from day 1? No! Each story just happened and was inspired by something different. Would you like to share anything about your current or upcoming works with readers? I’m currently writing a story inspired by comicfan’s Bloody Valentine prompt. My editor thought it has the potential to become something longer: a novella or even a novel. I’m also working on a murder mystery story ‘The Puppeteer.’ Don't forget to share your thoughts about the stories below!
  3. April Fools is over so you know this month's feature is no joke... I'm happy to announce you get to read a 4 part series by Aditus, Clockwise! Sweet, sexy, just that bit of spring romance that's starting to float in the air... Clockwise Series by @aditus Length: 12,370 over 4 stories Description: We witness important events that happen to a certain time in Romeo's and Julian's life as we move on clockwise. * A/N: This series features Romeo, a side-character of 'Red Running Shoes'. Each story can be read on its own and you don't have to read the main story. A Reader said: You definitely pulled at my heartstrings with this one, Addy. Excellent antho! ~ Lisa Don't forget to come back ready to share your comments and questions about the series on Monday, April 27th!
  4. It's the Halloween Hunt Short Story Reveal Day on All Hallow's Eve eve! Which story will scare you the most? The rule was for authors to check their comments, then write a story being chased by their story creation. A criminal cyborg, a vengeful spirit... Who did they get? Read the following and find out. Don't forget to share your appreciation via some likes, comments, and reviews!
  5. Well, you get an extra dose of me this week, since it's a US holiday and I had some time to spare to help out with the blog this morning. Speaking of, thank you to any and every veteran who has ever served to protect the freedom and security of their country! And, without further ado... please enjoy Aditus' review of @comicfan's story, A Vampire to the Rescue! A Vampire to the Rescue Comicfan Reviewer: Aditus Status: Complete Word Count: 3,949 Halloween is over, and all the creepy folk are back behind the veil for one year with the help of fireworks and Jack-o’-lanterns. Except for one vampire. Him we still want around because he is a hero. Terry is out to get some food when he overhears a heated conversation between two men in a darkened street. Just when he is about to turn away, he hears something that reminds him of how cruel humanity can be to a child. How cruel it has been to him. This is why there is no way Terry will allow what is about to happen. While he is still considering what to do the argument turns into a fight, and one of the men kills the other. When the survivor pulls a frightened kid out of the trunk of a car, Terry sees his suspicions confirmed. He can’t wait any longer to intervene. An epic fight enfolds, and Terry finds out he’s battling an old enemy. In the end, Terry is still hungry, but the kid has the perfect idea of how they could change that. The story has some nice twists and surprises I really liked. There might be some parts where I want to know even more, but that’s because I’m greedy. And now I have that damn song in my head: Oh..someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah. Category: Fiction Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi Tags: teen, mature adult, were-creatures, vampire, modern Rating: Everyone
  6. Please join the Author Promotion Team in congratulating Aditus as GA's newest Signature Author! Aditus has been a member of GA for five and a half years and was first promoted to Promising in March of 2015. Since joining, Aditus has written a total of 33 stories, including his popular novel, Red Running Shoes. If you want to check out Aditus' other stories, and check out his new banner, you can visit his author page. Please join us in congratulating Aditus on his well deserved promotion.
  7. Book 1 The Holly and the Ivy; Book 2 Caesura Landyn paced around the empty space in front of the gate, compulsively pulling at his short ponytail every few steps. Except for a young Asian couple, Simon, and him, the people waiting for passengers from flight AA1034 were long gone. Impatiently he turned to his mate, who tried to get a glimpse through the tinted glass wall dividing the arrival area from the security section behind. "Do you see him yet?" "No," Simon grumbled. "Maybe he missed the plane. Everyone from that damned plane must have gotten out by now, including the pilot, the copilot, and the very last tardy member of his crew. Where is he?" He shoved his hands in the pockets of his black canvas shorts and walked over to his lover. Landyn stared at the blinking lights appearing next to the flight numbers on the information board. "Are you sure this is the right flight? Did you cross-check the dates? You know how he is with numbers sometimes." Simon rolled his eyes. "Of course. I checked the dates as well as the passenger list." "How did you get your hands on the… Never mind, there he is!" Landyn gestured in the direction of the escalators, relief clearly visible on his face. Together they watched Noël carefully lead a petite older Japanese lady towards the security gate; one of her hands firmly rested in the crook of his left arm. With his other hand, he pulled a huge yellow suitcase with a duffle bag piled on top of it behind them. Seeing he also carried an apparently heavy backpack on his shoulders, Landyn murmured, “It looks like he turned into a shopaholic in Japan.” “It’s probably all the cool stuff he couldn’t stop talking about.” The sliding doors opened and Noël squinted, brows wrinkled in concentration, as he looked around. When his gaze fell on his friends, he smiled briefly but then turned to his charge and talked to her quietly while patting her arm. The couple that had been waiting with them rushed over as soon as the doors swished open. Noël talked briefly to them and then took the old lady's fragile hand, which was still holding on to him, and placed it on the young woman's arm. He then gave the handle of the big suitcase over to the man after he lifted the duffle bag from it. They spoke again quietly and the woman bowed several times before she gave Noël two long, narrow, padded bags, which he immediately slung over his shoulder. This time Noël bowed before he finally turned around and sought out his friends, who had been watching all of this curiously from a polite distance. I hope this makes you curious and looking forward to book three. I plan to post the first chapter in January. Thoughts?
  8. Around four pm, mini-cat became restless. She wandered around the house and followed me everywhere. Then around ten, she had her first contractions. The first kitten, a large black and white, was born at 11:15. Sadly Alpha was dead by the time it was finally born. The second (Bravo) came an hour later. It was barely alive and we quickly cut the umbilical cord and rubbed it dry with a towel. For a short time, we thought we would lose it too, but it got stronger when we fed it with dry milk for kitten. Whew! The third, Charlie, and fourth, Delta, came really quick. We had to cut the umbilical cord and rub it dry because mini-cat was busy with giving birth. After Delta mini-cat and her kitten went to sleep in one of three very cozy cardboard boxes and we slept on the couch beside her. You never know... Around three am I woke up because Nox barked in the next room. He was thirsty. When we looked at mommy and the babies, we found a fifth baby, Echo, lying before the box, crying pitifully. Obviously, mini-cat secretly had another one and left it outside because the others started crying. So, once again, cutting the umbilical cord, rubbing it dry and back to mommy. All is well so far, they are drinking and sleeping and mommy only leaves them to eat and drink. So cute. We hope it stays well and nothing more happens. Fingers crossed. I woke up this morning and Echo was really bad. On the way to the vet, but it doesn't look good.
  9. Aditus, Cole Matthews, and I are proud to announce what has been keeping us so busy over the past couple of months. We have each written eight stories, poems, memories, or personal vignettes--so a total of twenty-four goodies we will share every day starting December first and ending on Christmas Eve. Aditus will post each treat, but the author will be kept secret until the end of each week. We would love to hear our readers' predictions and guesses as to who wrote which story either in a review or in this thread. We will respond to reviews and reveal the correct authors on the Saturday of each week during December. Please feel free to share your own holiday traditions, memories, and experiences here. We would love to have a discussion about any similar experiences our vignettes inspire. We are all very excited to bring you this calendar. We hope it brings as much joy to you as it did to us while we were creating it.
  10. Have you thought about writing your first story, but it seems a little daunting? Don't worry, every new author has been there at one point or another. Thankfully, you're part of a great community that has plenty of authors willing to share their knowledge, and/or what they wished they'd known when they first started. Today we've got both Aditus, who is going to tell how he started out, and Graeme who is going to share a little advice on planning out your story. Hope this helps! Starting Out Aditus I can tell how I did it. I read a lot of stories and comments first, to get a feel of GA. Then I answered a prompt or two. The response was amazing and I felt motivated. Next I tried the anthologies. I think short stories are a good start for a new author, you get to know people and some of them even might offer help. Multi chapter stories need a lot of time, energy and motivation. If the author doesn't finish them, readers get disappointed and might not read another story of the same author. Another beautiful thing about GA is that people are always willing to support you. Find an editor, and/or a beta reader and all will be well. Planning Graeme Every writer is a new author at some point in time, so what do I know now that I wished I'd known when I started? There is a lot more than can fit into one blog entry, so I'll concentrate on one part of writing only, and that's planning. The two best pieces of advice I received in this area are related. They are: Know how you want the story to end. It doesn't have to be in detail, but does the boy get the boy? Does the team win the competition? Does the homophobe turn over a new leaf, or does he remain a villain to the end? Always keep in mind what's going to happen in the next chapter when you're writing the current one. Both of these recommendations have the same purpose: to keep the writing direction focused. All too often a new author writes themselves into a corner. They want something to happen, but what they've written stops that from happening. By keeping in mind what's going to happen in the future (either the short-term future for the next chapter, or the longer-term future for the end of the story), an author is aided to keep the story moving in the direction they want. This doesn't prevent an author from writing themselves into a corner, but it helps reduce the risk. It also helps stop the where-does-the-story-go-now syndrome, where an author writes until they run out of ideas, without finishing what they started. It's okay if you don't follow this advice, because some authors don't. There are many authors who start with a situation, and then write until the ending presents itself. Stephen King, for example, has said that he doesn't know how a story will end when he starts. However, authors that do this are usually experienced, with a full toolbox of options and techniques to allow them to progress a story to a satisfactory conclusion. That's not something that comes easily to most writers, so please at least consider having an ending in mind when you start. It's also okay if you change your mind during the writing. While some authors will write the ending of a story first, and then write towards that ending, others will have a general concept in mind for the ending, or even multiple options with the decision as to which ending they go for not being known until closer to the ending. This happened to me with my Leopards Leap novel. Right up to the last few chapters, I didn't know exactly what was going to happen to one of the main characters. I had a number of options that I had to choose from, each with their pros and cons. That persisted right up until I had no choice but to make a decision and write up one of the options. Another way of looking at this approach is to view the writing of a story as a journey. You start at one point and you look to where you want to go. That may lead directly to the final destination, or it may be to a significant point in the story, a bridge or a fork in the road. Once you've set your sights on that destination, you then put your head down and start walking the road towards where you want to go, looking up from time-to-time to make sure you don't lose your way. The more often you look up, the less likely you are to wander off the path...but there's nothing wrong with a short side trek to see that beautiful waterfall off to the side as long as you return to the path afterwards. In short, know where you're going with your story. The better you understand where you want to go, both in the short-term and the long-term, the less chance you'll lose your way. Good luck, and have fun finding your way to the ending you want!
  11. When do you start the holiday season? For quite a few Americans it's the end of November, often the day after Thanksgiving, though stores are starting earlier and earlier. But for a lot of the world, the countdown begins on December 1st with many marking off the days to December 25th with an Advent Calendar. And today we're featuring a GA version created by three authors who want to share the magic of the season with readers where they plan to do just that. What brought this about? Well, they can tell you that themselves! Aditus: When I had the idea of putting together an Advent calendar, I quickly knew I couldn’t do this alone. Writing twenty-four little pieces without becoming boring or redundant is difficult enough, but I also have to write Caesura. The problem was solved easily, as I knew exactly whom I could ask to join me: Valkyrie and Cole Matthews. I worked with them in the past, mostly beta reading each other’s stuff. We’re talking about other things too, and we click. So, without thinking too long about it, I wrote a PM named An Idea, and here we are. Cole Matthews: There is something about collaborating on a project which stimulates the imagination. During our writing process, Aditus would come up with an idea and have us beta read it. That would give me ideas about a holiday memory I had. I would write up a vignette and share it with Valkyrie and Adi. Then Valkyrie would recall a memory that affected her deeply. She’d post it for us to review and then Adi would come up with another idea. Instead of being burdensome, the process of creating 24 pieces to the Advent Calendar became easier as we worked. The act of sharing, reading, and recalling bits and pieces of our lives and creating new characters and stories built upon itself. Like the cartoon snowball racing down the hill growing in size and momentum, our work became better and easier to create. When you have a group of artists who are committed and trust each other, the collaborative process is a powerful way to work. At least, that’s how it worked for us. Valkyrie: When Aditus approached me and Cole about working together on an Advent calendar for GA, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough. I’ve worked with both of them enough to know that our styles mesh well, and we make a good team. Cole suggested an ‘artistic community’ approach, which we heartily embraced, going beyond our usual editor/beta reader roles. We each contributed our thoughts on each others’ pieces, and even offered suggestions as to possible directions to take with a story if the author was stuck or unsure if it worked. I took on the task of editing the final products—with Lisa stepping in to edit some of my pieces. As someone who typically dreads each holiday season, this project has changed my perspective into something more positive. I’ve learned that instead of mourning the past, it’s OK to embrace it and look at it fondly while making new memories and traditions. It’s been a pleasure working on this project, and I hope you all enjoy the fruits of our efforts. If you want to learn more, or guess who wrote what starting tomorrow—they're keeping it a secret each week—make sure you swing by the story topic An Advent Calendar 2016 posted by Valkyrie.
  12. There's no talking around this: I'm stuck. The first chapter and prologue is written, but I'm not happy. Beside some minor things I'm struggling with perspectives. I'm experimenting with authorial (omniscient) narrator perspective, but I'm afraid I end up head-hopping a lot. The other option is I change the perspective mid-story, not ideal either. Then my summer antho story is nudging me. In my head it's almost written and I itch to actually start the piece. There's some beta-reading too. I need to think and maybe talk it through with people. I promise I will solve this soon. Rant over. ~Aditus
  13. I've started a new story, Lost & Found, which begins a little on the tragic side, but will get better eventually. I can't say much more, as I write as I always do: Without much of a concept. I hope to start posting in the next few weeks, depends on RL and my fickle muse. Tell me what you think? This is the first part of the prologue (and probably not the final version): Morgan St. John had been on the front page of business journals many times. They called him ‘The Biz Wiz’ beside other ridiculous names he wasn’t happy about. If you’d ask him, he would always say all he did was heeding a simple fact most CO’s still ignored, despite countless of lectures he’d held. Every company was different but all of them had one thing in common, they were nothing without their employees. Those people had to believe in success first, and then the stock market would follow. It was a simplified way to describe his methods, but it worked. Boards all over the world came to him to save their tanking businesses, and most of the times he already had lined up the next project or as Danny had called it, his next fix, while he was still wrapping up his last one. Danny knew that against public believe, it wasn’t the money that drove Morgan, but the challenge that got his adrenalin pumping like nothing else. He always supported him, even when Morgan would slip into bed in the early morning hours, too exhausted to do anything but wrapping him into his arms and fall asleep. And this was only when Morgan could commute from their home. Usually, he worked in another city, another country, another part of the world and they didn’t see each other for months, except for their brief talks on Skype in the evening, or when Danny would visit him. Sometimes though, even Morgan St. John couldn’t win, all he could do was sell the company’s profitable parts, and close down the rest. He was after all, still a businessman, who strived to gain profit and had a reputation to uphold. After a particularly gruesome liquidation - in the end he had to dismiss hundreds of people – Morgan had been exhausted physically and mentally, and Danny had all but forced him to finally take some vacation time. They decided to go on a cruise. Morgan loved sail yachts and Danny had found the perfect ship in the ‘Mandarin Queen’. They had been looking forward to scuba diving, visiting charming little coastal villages, and bathing in the sun, but above all, to recharge their together batteries. Three days before their departure, an old friend of Morgan had called with a new project, insisting that only Morgan could come up with a way to save the company. Of course, Morgan accepted. How could he laze around on some boat when the livelihood of people, of families, was at stake? That he could do when he was retired. It had been their first real fight in years. “You need this vacation. We need this vacation, Morgan.” “How can I lie in the sun with no care or concern at all when I’m needed?” “There are others who can do the job. Bernhard just called you first, because you never say no. This time Morgan, I beg you to say no.” “How flattering. I already told him we’re about to go on a cruise and he has to look for someone else, but Bernhard said no one with the necessary experience is available at the moment.” “You’re addicted to success, to adrenalin, to feel invincible. You’re burning the candle on two ends, Morgan. Can’t you see this? And some day soon you have to pay the bill.” “You’re exaggerating. This is an emergency. I can’t leave them hanging and go on a vacation. That would be irresponsible and selfish.” “I will go on this cruise, even if I’d get a refund, which I will not. You need to think about this, Morgan, about us. Although, with how you work, you’ll fall in bed too tired to think. I on the other hand, will have endless time and I will take full advantage of it.” He had watched Danny leave two days later. Leaning against the kitchen counter, his second coffee in hand, he’d expected to have one last argument or at least Daniel slamming the door shut. Only he didn’t. He’d closed it deliberately soft, and somehow, with that, making his point even more. Pulling the suitcase behind him, the duffel bag slung over his shoulder, he’d approached the waiting cab. The driver came out, took Danny’s luggage, and put it in the trunk. Danny got into the car without looking back. The taillights flashed briefly, before they faded with the distance and he was gone. Morgan had persuaded himself that Danny would have a good time once he’d calmed down. He even resolved to make it up to him. This project was important, but after finishing it, he would take some time off. Maybe buy the house Danny always talked about, with a big backyard. Maybe a dog. Morgan’s world disintegrated in the middle of a crucial board meeting, when someone came in, interrupted his speech by handing him his phone with a grave expression. “Sir, the Coast Guard for you. There’s been an accident.” They’d found the ‘Mandarin Queen’ adrift with seven bodies. There had been a shooting. They’d identified the yacht owner, his wife, the crew, and three of the guests. According to the passenger list, two persons were still missing. One of them was Danny. He needed to confirm that Danny boarded the ship.
  14. Congratulations, Buddy! Drinks, at my bar, are on the house tonight...
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