Hope everyone has had a great week this past week. Let's take a look at what happened in the various GA staff blogs.
2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th
2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th
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3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate.
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Harbinger by Cia *Premium*
Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx
You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle
April Musings by Valkyrie
Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial
Denied by Cia
Exes and Ohs by Headstall
Mojo by AC Benus
Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ
Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso
The Horse on the Iceberg by Mikiesboy
The Promise by Mikiesboy
***Check out this GA Classic***
Rory's mom just died and soon after the funeral his life is turned upside down when he finds out that his mom has contacted the father that he never knew. Now, he's forced to live in the desert with a family he doesn't know, a father he doesn't want to know, and to top it all off, Rory's gay and no longer has anyone to confide in. Friends will be made and the meaning of family will be found as Rory discovers that everything isn't so bad in the desert.
Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
I agree with BHooper. If it's a mature story you've got your warning. You are also free to stop reading at anytime the story takes you towards somewhere you don't want to go. I doubt you open a book that starts with a graphic rape scene or violent murder, but I could be wrong. In any event I regard 'mature' as an adult library, for adults. You can easily wait for a book to be finished, read the comments and reviews, before embarking on the story. If you choose to post chapter warnings, that's up to the author, but personally I think they are in the wrong place. Who wants to get halfway through a book to find a chapter they can't read. If the book is violent etc. tell the reader in the summary using the description of the story or adding a specific warning if you like.
As someone who had written some pretty dark stories, I like the tag system so I can warn potential readers what they are getting into. I write happy fluffy stories and I write some not so happy, not fluffy stories. I would hate someone to start to read Not The Sun or Unrequited and thinking they were going to get something like Geeks.
As someone who sometimes has trouble reading dark content, I also like the tag system. If I see a story that has a rape or abuse tag, it will not necessary deter me from reading a story, but I will take a good hard look at the writer and the storyline and see how much I trust them. For example, I will read anything @Valkyrie writes because I trust her writing. If it is someone new or that I don't know very well, I might nose around a little bit first. Just my two cents as a sensitive little flower
As far as the article goes, Comicality has great advice as always.
I don't think we have fundementally different ideas, we are looking at things from a different angle, that's all. "We simply ended up 'lucky' enough to have our dice rolled." I'm not picking you up on phraseology, but that does kind of beg the question - who rolled the dice! But I get what you are saying, it's random chance that we are here. However, there is one big question, do you have an immortal soul?
Here in America, we have an entire section of the country labeled "The Bible Belt" primarily in the South and Southeast. In these places, it is not uncommon for people to ask you what church you go to, and where I grew up, you better say Baptist.
I think we have fundamentally different views on the chance/purpose of life. Like I kind of said in my post above, I believe we simply ended up alive and here as we perceive it by total chance. Out of the infinite chances of things that could happen in the universe, we simply ended up "lucky" enough to have our dice rolled. I also don't believe their is a true purpose or meaning to life either. I full heartedly believe we create our own meaning as a way to cope with our inability to accept we are nothing but a random chance. It's not a bad thing either. The purpose I create for myself is intensely personal and reflects me and me only. Same for everyone else. The rules we mostly play by were again put in place so we could function past our most basic survival instincts. Just a thought.
GA requires that warnings are used in certain specific themes. Such as Sexual Assault and Incest. Aside from what is required by the site, I think throwing a warning on the chapter, is a waste of time, and spoiling the story. I do agree with tim that the Story's description on the main page, should be used to convey such feeling and tone of a book, in a creative way.
Also, there is the new Death tag... It was added earlier this year and has seven-stories with that tag.
Tim, i agree with you.
Paper books do come with 'warnings' of a sort, it's called a synopsis ... hardcover and paperbacks have them ... they give a brief description of the story and introduce the main character. Usually there is enough there to convey if the story is dark or a comedy etc. No, there are no tags on physical books like there are online. And frankly if you want to publish on other people's websites, and that website has rules, then they should be followed. The other option is to start your own.
Story tags are there for a reason. Apart from guiding readers about content, the main one is to protect authors from the outcry of offended readers. If you tagged your story using any of the tags below, no one can say readers weren't warned.
Number of stories tagged with:
Assuming tags don't overlap, the total number of such stories are 970. Number of Fiction stories with rating Mature is 3675. Ration of Tagged as above to Mature: 26%, ratio of Dark tag to Mature: 9%. Staying away from Mature stories, some of which are the best on GA, simply to avoid dark or violent content, does not seem a viable strategy to me.
Warnings in story and chapter notes are up to authors, but why not provide the service ? Unless the author delights in the shock effect of readers not knowing ? You don't have to be specific, a simple Warning, violent content, will suffice. As for the argument of books not having such warnings, I thought a point of reading online is to have an advantage over books. Interacting with authors and other readers are the main ones, but tags etc. are useful too.