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Weekly Wrap Up (Sept 9 - Sept 15)

Well I'm currently freezing to death with close to 0 C or 32 F weather in mid September . But that is nothing to what our members in the Carolina's and Georgia as well as our many members in the Philippines are going through. Here's hoping you are all safe and secure through these trying times   Shall we take a look at what happened over the past week?   Monday, Cia brought us a Story Review. i even heard that the author, K.C. is lurking around the site again   Tuesday was big, as in a very detailed update from Myr on Tech Tuesday about Series and the new option; Worlds:   Wednesday we had a Birthday Party 🎂! Who's you ask? GA is 16 years old I shall apply for a drivers license for GA this week.   Thursday, Graeme brought us the next step in voting for next years Anthology Themes. If you are an Poet or Author, make sure you get your vote in today!   Friday, Cia launched another round of Writing Prompts from Comicfan:   Saturday we had another great Gay Author Article from Comicality. This one has left me feeling... tense     Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selections - Vote by Sept 29th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Mark's Revenge by Ronyx Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates: Adrift by Mann Ramblings Aria Graice by Nephylim Denied by Cia Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus Musings of a Mongoose by Cynus So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   Promising Updates: Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories Pool Boy by Sasha Distan   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Sorry Mom by Duncan Ryder   When you find your future, you shouldn’t have to give up your past.     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Has it been 16 Years? Yup.

My, how time flies.  16 years!  The site started on September 13, 2002.  The story on that can be found on our 15th Anniversary page here: https://www.gayauthors.org/anniversary/   This year, I just want to say:   THANK YOU! We are here today because all of you are still here posting stories, reading stories and sharing in our community.  So, in the spirit of our great community, how about you share with us what Gay Authors means to you?

Myr

Myr

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Sept 2 - Sept 8)

What to say this week?   Oh, I thought I would like to pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to our LBO, aka Slytherin, who has some exciting changes coming up in her life and has stepped aside from the Site Moderation Team. Her participation and help with the behind the scenes work on the site has been a great contribution over the years! So, on behalf of the Site Staff and hopefully the membership, thanks LBO.   BTW, LBO stands for Little Blue One, not to be confused with the Liquor Board of Ontario   So we had a busier week last week now that the dog days of summer has passed us up North. Cia started off the week with our next CSR author and story:   Tuesday we had the start up of Tech Tuesday again by Myr:   Wednesday was Carlos turn again to step onto the dance floor and bring another addition of Ask An Author 2.0:   Thursday, Myr let us know that the Anthology Thursdays are back up and running:   Friday, Cia brought us another couple of prompts from Comicfan to get the creative juices flowing AND Cia somehow dissed an entire nation as well   Saturday saw the return of GA Articles by Comsie:     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Mojo by AC Benus   Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus; Book 13 of Verse   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   Promising Updates:   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Days of Silence  by Viv   2006 Anthology. Sometimes what isn't said is more powerful than any words that could be said.     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 26 - Sept 1)

Well, it has come The semi official end of Summer in my little area of the world. Today we had rain, we had hail, an hour west of me they had the S word flying though the air . Hoping everyone else is having less seasonal weather than me! I do realize that the southern hemisphere is ramping up for Summer, and other places don't really have a winter, but seasons are a changing!   Your next weather forecast live at 11 PM!   Let's get down to business and look at what the GA Blog brought you over the past week.   Monday, Cia kicked off the work week with our August Can't Stop Reading Discussion Day:     Wednesday, Cia brought us 2 great Writing Tips from our beloved friend Trebs on plotting:   Friday, was a day for some new prompts from our Prompt Guru, Comicfan. Even though Cia lied to me about more warmth   Saturday, Myr hung up his speedos and washed off his suntan lotion and sand, left the beach after a summer of fun, and brought us some information on the upcoming Anthology Theme Selection and Fall Themes for the Anthologies:   Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selection is here  - Due Sept 7th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Sci-Fi Flash Collection by Myr   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Mojo by AC Benus   Oil and Water by Headstall   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   The Dawn of Day by Dolores Esteban   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Only Prompts by Mikiesboy   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Second Shot by Quonus 10   What do you do when you are deep in the closet but you meet the man of your dreams? Do you take the chance and risk the consequences?     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!      

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 19 - Aug 25)

Hey all, time for our weekly look back at what happened over the past week!   Monday, Cia introduced us to this month's Classic Author Feature:   Wednesday, Cia followed up with the Excerpt for our Classic Author:   Finally it was Friday! What better way to wrap up the week with @comicfan giving us some new prompts:   Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selection is here  - Due Sept 7th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Erebi Seeking by Lugh   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Sci-Fi Flash Collection by Myr   Things We Lost by Dabeagle; Book 1 of Things We Lost   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   I Wasn't Asleep Yet by Comicality   Intergalactic Radio Station by CarlHoliday   Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality   Mojo by AC Benus   Shojoji - a fairytale poem by AC Benus; Book 12 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   It Started With Brian  Dan Kinkaid, co-authored by Adam Phillips   Sam searches for love and acceptance as he deals with the pressures of student life, a troubled family and his emerging confusion over his sexuality as he finds himself falling in love with his best friend.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!      

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 12 - Aug 18)

Well hello everyone! Happy Sunday I hope for you all. I was shocked to hear that the schools in some parts of the US are back in already. What about your neck of the woods, what is the school year like? I imagine down under and elsewhere it is probably ramping up for summer holidays soon. I think it is interesting when you read a story from another country than your own, as I actually learn more about that country in a way that is never taught in school.   Oh, I'm here to do the weekly wrap up....sorry   Monday Cia kicked off the week with a Story Review done by @BlindAmbition:     Wednesday, Graeme put out a call to all members to make sure you visit a topic to help decide next years Anthologies:   Friday, Cia introduced us to another round of Prompts from our prompt guru, @comicfan:     Anthologies 2019 Anthology Theme Selection is here  - Due Sept 7th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dawn of Tears by dkstories   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Adrift by Mann Ramblings   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse   Mojo by AC Benus   One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Spirit of Fire by Stellar   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Everybody’s Wounded by Duncan Ryder   Three young men, all wounded by past relationships. Can they learn to trust and to love again? Are some wounds deep beyond healing?   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Aug 5 - Aug 11)

Well I am finally home after my 7734 km/4805 mile drive! Thank you Cia for helping me out last week.   First off, are you like me and getting lots and lots of notifications? Well even though we didn't have a Tech Tuesday, Myr showed us all how to authorize what we get notified on. Check it out here by clicking 'Read more...' on the big red bar on any page or via the announcement. Or just go check out the actual options to selection what you are getting notifications for, not just how often/how/when that appears UNDER the blue save button on the 'Notifications Settings' box by simply scrolling down a little farther on the page.       Monday, Cia introduced us to our August Can't Stop Reading Feature Story:   Wednesday, Cia  rubbed two sticks together and came up with a new Blog feature for the day   Friday, sorry about not getting the Author Prompts featured until later in the day     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Dawn of Tears by dkstories Mark's Revenge by Ronyx The Kandric Saga by Kyle Aarons Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates: April Musings by Valkyrie Aria Graice by Nephylim Denied by Cia I'm Worthless Because Nobody Likes Me by CarlHoliday; Book 2 of 319 Winesap Lane Love Looked at Me and Laughed and other poems by AC Benus; Book 11 of Verse Mojo by AC Benus Prompts? by CassieQ So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Promising Updates: Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso The Golden City by Aceinthehole   ***Check out this GA Classic***   For The Love by C James   Chris grew up a loner in small-town Arizona, but things began to change for him when he started college. Sometimes for the better, but sometimes for the worse, and often with humor, the changes affect his life, as he sets for on the road of life, and towards finding the love of his life, with a lot of adventure along the way.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 29 - Aug 4)

Wow, July is gone and August has started. In Canada, the first week of September is considered the end of summer. No matter where you are, let's make the most of August! Currently I'm on vacation , so a big thanks to Cia for running the stories Saturday night and putting them in and publishing the wrap up!   Monday, Cia started the close of the month with the CSR Discussion Day:   Wednesday, Carlos brought us another edition of Ask an Author 2.0:   Friday, I was a bit late featuring the Prompts, but CIA had them up nice and early.    Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.     Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Mark's Revenge by Ronyx Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates: Aria Graice by Nephylim Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates: Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso The Cockney Canuck by Dodger tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Escaping the Pain By Cia   When things go wrong what would you do to get away? Dane tries to escape by running but something stops him. Is there a better way?     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 22 - July 28)

We continue on with our summer broadcasting schedule (do you say shedual or skedual?  ) I didn't take over the weeks worth of blogs for Cia, as you really don't want to see that . Instead we split up the week a bit more this week .   Monday Cia brought us a Story Review by @LitLover   Wednesday Graeme took over the blog again for some big news!   Friday, Cia shared prompts from our prompt guru @comicfan   Saturday Myr jumped in with some exciting news about Stories!    Sunday, Steve did the Weekly Update   Question for you all, we have a feature called Improve & Encourage. Essentially people put down their name and then next person to sign up would do a review for the person above them. Here is the last blurb that Renee shared with us:     Authors learn best when they have the chance to engage in active feedback and give and take with other authors. That's why GA is such a great community. So if this feature sounds like it's for you, sign up now!   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Mark's Revenge by Ronyx   Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Mojo by AC Benus   The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday   The Spring of '90 and other poems by AC Benus; Book 9 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Ripped by craftingmom   The Cockney Canuck by Dodger   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   The Greatest Sadness By Foster   One of a collection of ten short poems.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 15 - July 21)

Well it really must be the beginning of the dog days of summer this week here at GA! We didn't have a full packed week at the GA Cia Blog, but that is not necessarily a bad thing . It does mean that everyone is having some rest and relaxation, which I'm all for!!   So back to the wrap up, on Monday Cia introduced us to the July Classic Author:   Tuesday we took the day off and picked up again on Wednesday with Cia sharing the July Classic Excerpt:   Thursday was another day off and we jumped to the popular Writing Prompts on Friday by guess who? Cia again . I was thinking of getting her to do the wrap up for a perfect week!     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Wild Heart by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Cozy Contemplations by Headstall   Denied by Cia   GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Mojo by AC Benus   One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews   Spirit of Fire by Stellar   The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday   The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Dangerous Liaisons By Nephylim   Daniel literally sweeps Josh off his feet. They fall in love. Josh's parents are devout Christians and are not happy about it. The arrange a surprise for Daniel which ends up tearing them all apart.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!    

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 08 - July 14th)

Hopefully you all are enjoying your summer or winter depending on your locale. No matter what the season, GA will be here with informative articles and activities for you all year long!   Monday Cia brought us the Story Review done by Parker Owens:   Tuesday was more information and examples of how to use the Story Archive Search Filters:   Wednesday, we gave the keys to the GA Blog to Graeme for his first blog as an Admin:   Thursday Myr took us back to the Winter of 2012:   Friday, Cia brought us a couple of writing prompts. Looks @Carlos Hazday, @northie took the bait and shared their results!   Saturday, Myr let us know that the article feature is taking a summer break! I think Comsie wants to go hang out at the rope swing at the swimming hole But don't worry, they will be back, just make sure to follow the Articles Blog.   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Aria Graice by Nephylim   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Ride The Lightning by CassieQ   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Prompt Rides by Carlos Hazday   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Buy Me A Drink A Friendly Face   Aaron doesn't get involved in drama. Instead he prefers to sit back night after night in the local club and watch OTHER guys become ensnared by life, and the A-gay's, little games. All that unexpectedly changes one night with four simple words, "Buy me a drink?" Now all Aaron can do is hang on and see where this ride takes him.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  

wildone

wildone

 

Author Promotions

I'd like to talk about Author Promotion, what it is and how it works.   As hopefully everyone is aware, here at GA we have a number of authors with either the Promising, Signature or Classic status. These are authors that we have "promoted" after a review by the Author Promotion Team (APT). The APT is a group of members whose job is to evaluation authors that have been nominated to see if they're reached the "next level" of writing.   What do Promising, Signature and Classic mean? Well, that's an interesting question in it's own right. The details are to some extent subjective and each member of the APT has their own guidelines that they use but roughly:   Promising Author: An author who has demonstrated a quality above the norm, that shows promise of the sort of writing that we want to showcase at GA. Because they're prominent, we're also looking for a combination of other factors, such as how they interact with their readers, signs that they want to improve, and a willingness to help make GA the place on the Internet for quality gay fiction. We don't expect a Promising author to do all of these things, but we're looking for indications that a Promising Author is going to help promote GA, predominantly through their writing, but maybe through other means, as well.   Signature Author: An author who has demonstrated a high level of craftmanship with their writing. SIgnature Authors can still have areas that they need to improve, but this status is an acknowledgement that the stories they're producing are amongst the best at GA and indeed the Internet overall.   Classic Author: Essentially, a Signature Author that has either retired, or only infrequently publishes new works. Sometimes a new author can become a Classic Author if they're posting their collection of stories previously posted elsewhere.    So how does an author becoming a Promising, Signature or Classic Author? It all starts with a nomination. For various reasons, we only accept nominations via PM, not public posts. If you wish to nominate an author, or even if you want to nominate yourself, send a PM to the APT Lead (currently myself), providing the details of the author you wish to nominate and maybe a comment or two as to why you think that author deserves promotion.   The APT Lead will then schedule a review for that author. Because the members of the APT have other jobs (and are generally authors themselves), and reviewing an author is something that's needs time and effort to do the job properly, we typically only review one author a month. Thus unfortunately means that it can take some time before an author is reviewed, so please be patient.   Reviewing stories is an important task that the APT takes very seriously. Each member of the APT has their own views on the details of what makes a Promising/Signature/Classic Author, which can mean that we end up with a variety of opinons. Reviewing stories and documenting observations, followed up by discussing the differing opinions to come up with a decision, isn't something to be rushed.   The outcome of the review is then shared with the author. This could be an offer for promotion (cue fireworks!), usually to Promising, but occasionally directly to Signature (cue massive fireworks!!!). If an author is not deemed ready for promotion, the APT team will provide some suggestions on areas in which the author needs to improve. Even if an offer is made, the team will usually comment on areas that we feel the author could focus on for improvement. Our goal is, after all, to encourage the authors nominated, as we'd all love to see more Promising and Signature authors.   Once an author has been promoted to Promising, the process doesn't stop there. The APT will also review our current Promising Authors on a semi-regular basis to see if they're ready for promotion to Signature. With reviewing not only new nominations, but existing Promising Authors, and only being able to review one author a month, you can see why the process can take some time. Just be patient; we'll get to everyone eventually.   What are the benefits of becoming a Promising/Signature/Classic Author? There are several benefits to becoming a Gay Authors Promising/Signature/Classic Author. These are: Each Promising Author gets a banner displayed above their stories. The banner size is 848 pixels wide by121 pixels tall. We can create one for you if you like, or you can supply your own. Your name, bio and banner will be listed on our Authors page under your new Author group. Your story updates will be listed in the weekly wrap-up blog. Story topics can be placed in the Promising Authors Discussion Forums. Upon becoming a Signature Author,  your story topics can be placed in the Signature Author Discussion Forums. In some cases, you can also get your own forum, though that usually requires an active fan-base to keep the forum active. Signature Authors with published works, if posting regularly and above a certain word count, can place off-site buy links to their eBooks available for purchase on other sites, such as Amazon. Signature Authors are eligible for extra promotion through periodic featured blogs during our Signature/Classic week each month. Signature Authors may also use individual story banners for their stories, rather than their author banner, if they wish.   What are the responsibilities of the Promising/Signature Authors? What we ask of GA Promising/Signature Authors in return: Post your stories on GA first or concurrently with other sites. If you post on other sites or a personal blog, link back to Gay Authors. Please do not remove your stories from GA for publication elsewhere. Should you later intend your work for publication, your story can be reviewed for possible inclusion in GA's Premium stories section. Actively participate with your readers by answering reviews and being an active member of the site.     I hope this has been informative. Have a look at our existing Signature, Classic and Promising Authors, and then if you know someone you believe can join their ranks, let me know!

Graeme

Graeme

 

Weekly Wrap Up (July 1 - July 7)

Well a belated Happy Independence Day to our American cousins  Hope you all have recovered from you mid week holiday  Another busy week this week today at the GA blog, so let's jump right into it!   **Special note to everyone on the video that has been posted on the recent Stories Archive Software by Myr**   On Monday, Cia introduced us to this month's CSR Feature for July:   Tuesday, Myr showed us how to follow blogs. Is it narcissistic to say I follow my own blog ?   Wednesday was US Independence Day and Carlos had an entry for everyone to enjoy!   Thursday, Myr looked back at a Anthology all about friendenemies:     Friday, Cia let us know about two new prompts:   Saturday, the week was wrapped up with another article from Comicality:   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Chance Meeting at the Pride Parade by comicfan   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews   GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban   GFD 12: Blood Ties by Comicality; Book 12 of Gone From Daylight   Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Lyrical Laments by Headstall   Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie   The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday   Promising Updates:   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Only Prompts by Mikiesboy   Prompt's for 2018 by Caz Pedroso; Book 5 of Prompts and Shorts   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Roomates Krista   About best friends from college. Brett and Will are totally different, but will they find out that, that is what makes their friendship so special? They definitely have the summer to figure it out, Will is going back home to visit his parents and taking Brett with him.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (June 24 - June 30th)

Greetings all on your Sunday, or maybe even your Monday! We survived another week at GA and I think if you look at what we had featured this week, you will agree it was a great week!   Monday, Cia kind of began bringing June to a close with the CSR Discussion Day:   Tuesday was Myr's time and he gave us an update of upcoming changes with the Story Archive on the site:   Wednesday Cia shared some great tips for Authors new to the site on posting and a good reminder to the all of us:   Thursday in the Anthology News, Myr took us back to 2012:   Friday is was fun with Writing Prompts:   Saturday, Comsie brought us another great article:   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Conversations With Myself by Altimexis   Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Promising Updates:   Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ   Ripped by craftingmom   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   The Poetry of D/s by Mikiesboy   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Jumping Over My Mountain Tiffany Chin   Life isn't easy or fair. Six friends deal with death, love, and rocky relationships as they try to find happiness.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (June 17 - June 23)

First off, let's do a plug here at the beginning of the wrap up to recognize GA's original Hosted Author, on his 20 years of posting on the interwebs, Comicality. He is definitely one of our largest drawing authors to this day. So putting Tuesday in front of Monday, lets see what Myr and others had to say:   So back to Monday , Cia introduced us to a new Classic Author for June.   Actually this worked out good going from Monday to Wednesday, Cia followed up more with our Classic Author Excerpt for June.   And what comes after Wednesday? I'm not too sure anymore Myr posted this sometime during the week   Yay! It is Friday I know that not only due to the last day of a M-F work week, but because we have Prompts!   We started the wrap up with Comsie, so let's finish the wrap up with Comsie!   Contests June 28th: Newsletter Gay Pride Headline click here   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   A Class By HImself by Comicality   My One True Weakness by Comicality   My Only Escape by Comicality   New Kid In School by Comicality   The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase   Fanfic by Comicality; Book 0 of Fanfic   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   The Golden City by Aceinthehole     ***Check out this GA Classic***   Why not have a Comicality Classic for this Week?   The Secret Life of Billy Chase Comicality   Here you will find the very private diary of Billy Chase. Occasionally updated as he lives his life as a closeted teenage boy. This is his life, feel free to peek in from time to time.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Happy 20th Anniversary Comicality!

Instead of the usual Tuesday Tech Blog this week, I'm taking the day to wish my first online author friend a very very happy 20th Anniversary of him posting his stories for us all to enjoy!      On June 19, 1998, 20 years ago today, Comicality posted his first chapter of New Kid In School on Nifty.  https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/highschool/new-kid-in-school/ (If you look at chapter 1-2, you'll see the date stamp)   Comicality hooked me right away on his stories.  I emailed him early, and we had a few exchanges.  Eventually, I formed Gay Authors, and I got him as my very first Hosted Author here.  Comicality is, in fact, the only author who still has a hosted site here on Gay Authors.  https://www.gayauthors.org/comicality/   💗💜 Love you Lots Comsie!  💜💗 Thanks for all the great memories for the last 20 years! 🍹 Here is to many, many more! 🍹

Myr

Myr

 

Weekly Wrap Up (June 10 - June -16

One down, 20, 30, 40 maybe 50 more to go  Well let's hope not  . Let's look at the week we have just finished up here at GA.   Monday, Cia shared a story review from Timothy M.      Tuesday Myr got us up to date with the somewhat new look of the Clubs. Why don't you join, the more the merrier!   Wednesday was a repeat, but well worth it. Wednesday was a repeat, but well worth it.     Thursday, Myr took us on an Anthology Flashback.   Friday Cia announced what looks like a fun game for Gay Pride Month! Make sure you check this out.   Saturday, Comsie returned with an Article about Peaks and Valleys.   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus   Somewhere a Life with You by AC Benus   Promising Updates:   Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   The Poetry of D/s by Mikiesboy   The Promise by Mikiesboy   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Loving You, Loving Me Formosa   David is a mystery, to others and to himself. He's shy, self-conscious, and haunted by terrible nightmares. He is in need of love, and wants to love in return. But trying to find it, and find himself, takes strength and courage. Though he may not do so alone.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Weekly Wrap Up (Jun 3 - Jun 9)

We shall see how this goes   It seems that when Renee takes a week or two off, I never seem to get it right . So let's see if this goes good, or the opposite of good I'm sure all the readers of the Weekly Update will be more than willing to share with me what is not quite right   So let's take a look at what has happened this week!   Monday, Cia introduced us to this months CSR Feature:   Tuesday, Myr let us know about the interaction of GA and Social Media in Tech Tuesday:   Wednesday we had Carlos bring us another edition of the very popular Ask An Author 2.0:   Thursday in the Anthology News, Renee let us know again about the Spring Anthology being live!   Friday we got our weekly dose Writing Prompts, where Renee introduced us to Prompts #674 & #675   Saturday we got our Gay Authors Articles from Comsie.   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx   You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates:   Campfires and Starlight - a novella by AC Benus   Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial   Denied by Cia   Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards   Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont   Somewhere a Life with You by AC Benus   Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse   Promising Updates:   A rose by any other name by Puppilull   Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens   Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ   Tales of the Underground: Blinded by Aceinthehole; Book 3 of Tales of the Underground   The Golden City by Aceinthehole   The Promise by Mikiesboy   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Bloodlines  Mark Arbour   Bloodlines is the eighth story in the CAP saga. It starts in 1998, and introduces a new character, Matt Carrswold. Matt is from a wealthy family in Shaker Heights, is a hockey player, and an excellent student. His world is about to be turned upside down.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

wildone

wildone

 

Bye For Now & Weekly Wrap Up (May 27 - Jun 2)

Before we even get started with the wrap up, I want to say:   Graeme!!!!!!   Graeme has been a long time member of GA's staff, and has been promoted to Site Administrator as well as Author Promotion Team Leader. We are very happy to have him as part of our team, so please visit the announcement thread to congratulate Graeme on his well deserved promotion!   Now, for some other news. I don't usually use the staff blogs for personal stuff, but the time has come for me to say farewell, for a while at least. Baby J is due in just a few short weeks and, for the next few months, I will be focusing on him and my family. I will be back, but for the time being, the other Admins have graciously agreed to take over my site duties. That's not to say you'll never see me in the online user list, but this will be my last blog post for a while (other than the prompts this Friday which are already scheduled). @wildone will be doing the Weekly Wrap Up for me, while the other Admins will handle the various other blog posts. If you have any questions, please direct them to one of them, otherwise you might be waiting a rather long time for a reply. If you wish to send content in for a blog post, including Improve & Encourage features (which we're currently out of), please send them to one of the other Admins and they'll make sure it gets to the right person for inclusion in the blog. Anything author promotion related, should now be directed to @Graeme.   @Cia has agreed to field any anthology related questions. In case I don't see you for a while, I hope y'all have an awesome summer!!!!! I'm sure mine will be plenty busy .   Now, let's see what happened this week, and if you haven't already checked out the anthologies, please do so!  Please note: The blog opportunities are temporarily shortened, due to the majority of them requiring info from me.   Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx   Signature Updates: A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse Aditus' prompts and circumstances by aditus Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews GFD: Dark Web by Comicality GFD: Executive Order by Comicality Left Without Words by Comicality Mojo by AC Benus Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie Spirit of Fire by Stellar Waiting Outside The Lines by Comicality   Promising Updates: Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ Tales of the Underground: Blinded by Aceinthehole; Book 3 of Tales of the Underground The Promise by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   How the Light Gets In Duncan Ryder   Time, it is said, heals all wounds. The single, deep ones. The thousand cuts. But sometimes, sometimes, the scars left behind are just as debilitating. Can two wounded young men find the path that reaches out beyond their own scars to find each other?   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  
 

Weekly Wrap Up (May 20 - May 26)

I hope you all have had a great week this week!  Have you had a chance to check out the Spring Anthology yet? Nine brand new stories for you to sink your teeth into. Before we get started this week, a couple of reminders for you:   Reminder #1: New authors are automatically put into the moderation queue and have to be approved by staff. Please read the FAQ on posting stories prior to uploading your first story. One common mistake new authors to the site make is uploading multiple chapters, if not all, of their story at once. We ask that you please not do this as only one chapter a day will be approved, providing the story meets site quidelines. In the end, it may even make more work for the author if changes are necessary before the chapter can be approved. Once out of the moderation queue, authors can post up to two chapters a day, but those chapters must be spaced at least eight hours apart so as not to flood the story update list.
 
Reminder #2: There are certain perks to being a promoted author here at GA. One of those perks is having your weekly story updates in the Weekly Wrap Up. Please, if you are not a promoted author, refrain from posting your story updates in the comments of the Weekly Wrap Up. We are happy to help you showcase your work in the various GA blogs, all you have to do is sign up for one of the many opportunities that we offer. These can be found in the “Blog Opportunities” section of each Weekly Wrap Up. Otherwise, you are welcome to use status updates, a forum thread (one per story), or even a personal blog to notify readers of updates.       Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates: Ace by Valkyrie Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia GFD: Business As Usual by Comicality GFD: Divine Right by Comicality Headstall's Reflections by Headstall Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus Poetry by Renee by Renee Stevens The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase The Sphinx by CarlHoliday Touch by CassieQ   Promising Updates: Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ No escape by Puppilull Tales of the Underground: Blinded by Aceinthehole; Book 3 of Tales of the Underground The Poetry of D/s by Mikiesboy The Promise by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Living in Surreality shadowgod   You can't please everyone, and sometimes, you just have to settle for pleasing yourself. Matt is forced to accept this when he has to defend the life he realized he doesn't want to live without. The life that has been so carefully laid out for him for the last 17 years is changing, and Matt decides that it must be changing for the better if it includes Jacob, even if along with Jacob comes some hard decisions and some fights he didn't know he was quite ready to fight.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
 

Weekly Wrap Up (May 13 - May 19)

Hope everyone has had a great week this past week. Let's take a look at what happened in the various GA staff blogs.     Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates: 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   Promising Updates: 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***   Desert Dropping DomLuka    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!!!
 

Weekly Wrap Up (May 6 - May 12th)

⚠️ Only 2 days left to send your anthology entries to Valkyrie to be proofed!!!!  ⚠️   Now, with that being said, let's take a look at what happened in the GA blogs this past week!     Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th - 2 days away!!!!! 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th - 2 days away!!!!! 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx   Signature Updates: Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Exes and Ohs by Headstall GFD: Blade Of Shadows by Comicality GFD: Circle Nocturnus by Comicality Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Lyrical Laments by Headstall Mojo by AC Benus Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse   Promising Updates: Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ The Promise by Mikiesboy tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Kombat Kids GhostRyder15   The Kombat Kids belong to Unit One. Unit One was Started by James and Matt Bateman to give the local boys an option to the mostly homophobic Church run youth groups and the scouting programs. The Unit is located near the Columbia river in the South East Corner of Washington State and is made up of mostly gay boys and men. Members learn to cope with their own fears and problems during the first year and a half of the Units existence.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
 

Weekly Wrap Up (Apr 29 - May 5)

Hope everyone has had a great week!  I have a couple reminders and an announcement, so let's get right into it!!!   Announcement: Keep an eye on your email! Due to the pending GDPR legislation the EU has hit everyone with, GA has to send out a new sign-up form that must be filled out if you wish to continue to get the site newsletter. ALL members who do not fill this out will be unsubscribed based on the legislation that we have no choice but to follow. There will be several reminders and opportunities to sign back up, but we want to warn everyone ahead of time that it's coming just so you're not surprised.    Reminder #1:  Anthology entries are due in to the proof team no later than May 15th!  Time is running out, so get your story sent into Valkyrie as soon as possible!   Reminder #2: @Carlos Hazday is looking for questions for the Ask An Author blog!  Without your questions, he can't keep the feature going, so make sure to send in your questions for your favorite authors. Right now he's especially looking for questions for an Admin & Moderator edition, so if you have a question for an author who just happens to be an Admin or Moderator, make sure to get those to him ASAP!  Admin's and Moderators that have stories on site include: Myr, Cia, A.J., wildone, Renee Stevens, & Graeme. I believe Carlos already has a question for Cia.   I think that's all the announcements and reminders, though I feel like I'm forgetting something. Hopefully not! Now, lets take a look at what happened in the various GA Blogs this week.   Yep! I forgot something!  Have you read the idiom stories that were part of the latest newsletter game? Want to read stories by @BHopper2 @northie @Mikiesboy @Puppilull @Caz Pedroso @Defiance19 @comicfan @MacGreg @Valkyrie & @Dolores Esteban?  Check out the list of idiom stories HERE!       Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle   Signature Updates: A Love Story by CarlHoliday; Book 2 of Warnton Stories April Musings by Valkyrie Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP) Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews Exes and Ohs by Headstall GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban GFD: Bloodstained Duet by Comicality GFD: Children Of Sunset by Comicality; Book 0 of GFD: Children Of Sunset GFD: Strobelight Puppy by Comicality Mojo by AC Benus Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont Poetry Book by Dolores Esteban Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse When Pigs Fly, A Lich Dies by comicfan   Promising Updates: April Weather: NaPoWriMo2018 by Parker Owens Delicious by Mikiesboy Fractions for fun by Puppilull Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso Only Prompts by Mikiesboy Prompt's for 2018 by Caz Pedroso; Book 5 of Prompts and Shorts Spring Observation by Parker Owens tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy Will I or Won't I ... napowrimo 2018 by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Little Raindrop Ieshwar   All raindrops have jumped, except Little Raindrop. She is still on the cloud, alone and frustrated. She's waiting for the right moment. Is this right moment going to come?   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!  
 

Weekly Wrap Up (Apr 22 - Apr 28)

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I hope everyone has had a great week and a wonderful weekend so far. At a quick glance, it looks like our promoted authors were very very busy this past week!  So if you missed one of their updates, you can find it below!  Don't forget, the deadline for the Spring Anthology is in just a couple more weeks, so make sure to get your stories to Valkyrie so that they can be looked over by the proof team. Please make sure they are edited prior to sending them in!     Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates: Losing Kevin by Ronyx   Signature Updates: A Love Story by CarlHoliday; Book 2 of Warnton Stories A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse A prompt a week by comicfan April Musings by Valkyrie Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP) Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Exes and Ohs by Headstall GFD: 9/10 by Comicality GFD: Expiration Date by Comicality Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont Poetry Book by Dolores Esteban   Promising Updates: April Weather: NaPoWriMo2018 by Parker Owens Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso Prompt's for 2018 by Caz Pedroso; Book 5 of Prompts and Shorts tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy Will I or Won't I ... napowrimo 2018 by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   The Worst Week Ever Linxe Termoil   Andy has had the worst week ever, and today is the day he has to deal with what has happened.   Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
 

Weekly Update (April 8 - April 21)

Renee is taking a much deserved day off from the blog, so that means you are stuck with me Hope it all goes well!   Monday, Cia started us off the week with introducing our April Classic Author:     Tuesday it was Myr's time to step up to the plate and help us out with Tech Tuesday:   Wednesday Cia followed up her Monday blog with an excerpt from for our April Classic Author:   Thursday was Myr's chance to showcase a Anthology Flashback:   Friday, Renee shared with us all a couple of new prompts:   Saturday we had Comsie take over the blog for another great article:     Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM Renee Stevens to participate.   Premium Updates:   Harbinger by Cia *Premium*   Classic Updates:   Losing Kevin by Ronyx   Re-Emergence by Kyle Aarons   Signature Updates:   A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse   Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)   Denied by Cia   Exes and Ohs by Headstall   GFD: E & E Forever by Comicality   GFD: Outside My Window by Comicality   Mojo by AC Benus   My Twentieth Year by AC Benus; Book 4 of Verse   Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont   Poetry Book by Dolores Esteban   Shadow Honor by Cynus   Twenty-Two Early Poems by AC Benus; Book 3 of Verse   Promising Updates:   April Weather: NaPoWriMo2018 by Parker Owens   Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso   Ripped by craftingmom   tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy   Will I or Won't I ... napowrimo 2018 by Mikiesboy   ***Check out this GA Classic***   Everything's Jake Dabeagle     Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

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