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#602996 Where The F$%k Has Mark Been?

Posted by on March 08, 2016 - 02:04 PM

Jeremy sent me a whiny email asking me to post something to the forum, letting you all know what was going on with me, and that sparked a considerable amount of guilt, prompting me to do just that.   Or this.  I haven't checked the forums for posts, because I figured it would be better to share my point of view in an uninfluenced way. 


I've had some life challenges, but nothing that is dire.  It's more that my real life has absorbed an increasing proportion of my time, which is probably as it should be in a normal state of things.  The thing that has baffled me, and what has made me avoid this place for awhile, is that I've faced these challenges before, and my writing has never suffered as a result.  Yet now it is. 


I'm not sure why.  I constantly think about the two serials I'm working on (CAP and Bridgemont) and extensively plan out what I want to happen with the characters, at least in my mind.  But when it comes to sit down and actually write, I find myself unwilling or unable to actually do it.  In the past, I've been stymied by plots where I've written myself into a corner, or characters who didn't turn out like I wanted them to, but that's not the case this time.  In this situation, I know what I want to write, I just don't want to \.  That bothers me, because it's so different than what I'm used to, and because I know it bothers you. 


Conventional wisdom suggests to me that the writing bug will bite me again, that it's only a matter of time.  I can't imagine abandoning the characters and the world that I've built.  At the same time, it's just no fun if I have to force it, and that's going to impact the quality of what I'm putting out.  And I'm not willing to do a half-assed job.  On a positive note, I have three chapters of Black Widow in various stages of editing, and half a chapter of Valiant written.  There has been some activity, just not much. 


So the bottom line is that, as an update, I need to let you know that for the foreseeable future my productivity will probably be seriously diminished.  At the same time, I want to reassure you all that I'm fine, just a bit busy, and that I remain committed to continuing the stories I've been working on for such a long time.  And that my head is partially shoved up my ass.  That should surprise no one.  

#252602 A warning to homophobes.

Posted by Clovis on June 19, 2010 - 08:12 PM

To the straight guy at the party last night:

A mutual friend of ours threw a big party for her 30th birthday, tons of people were there and it was a lot of fun. Somewhere along the line you and I ended up on the balcony for some fresh air at the same time. We started chatting; we talked about sports, books, tv discovered we both are about to start our masters degrees and spent some time debating the pros and cons of the educational system. We talked about hanging out sometime, and you wanted to meet my girlfriend.

I understand how upsetting it was for you when I blinked mildly in surprise and said I was here with my husband. I know it was a shock to your system, if your face had turned any paler I might have called 911. You made a good recovery though - that hurried mutter of Im not like that was very polite and you only knocked over two drinks and one vase in your hurry to rush to anywhere other than near me. I cant blame you I forgot how delicate you straight boys are. So I wanted to give you a few helpful hints about where you went wrong last night.

1) As a general rule we dont walk around with big signs around our neck proclaiming our sexuality. No scarlet letters, no scent of hellfire and brimstone sorry about that.

2) We do not generally assume that everyone within 5 feet of us must also be homosexual it was nice of you to immediately reassure me that you are hetero, but it was really unnecessary.

3) Homosexuality is not infectious. While I am sure you meant no disrespect with your hasty departure; in the future you can rest assured that taking a few extra seconds in your mad dash for safety will not result in you being turned gay. It will however keep you from destroying expensive vases and knocking over senior citizens.

4) This next one may come as a surprise; but you are not, in fact, irresistible. The fact that you have a dick does not instantly turn me into a bundle of uncontrolled lust. Contrary to popular opinion, being in the same room with a straight man does not cause a gay man to instantly lose all common sense and basic common courtesy. Though I am not so sure about the reverse.

5) Homosexuals in general get a little irked when people treat us like some sort of leper. Rushing to another mutual friend of ours and advising him of my sexuality, so he could be forewarned was really uncalled for.

6) Upon being told (by said mutual friend) to stop being an idiot and that you were not my type anyway it generally confuses the issue when you then proceed to become upset that I DONT find you attractive. Three seconds ago you were running through a crowd of people with your hands cupped protectively over your junk as if I might attack you at any moment with a blowjob. See hint number 4.

7) We homosexuals have an odd sense of humor I cant help that. Something about watching you freak out as if all the demons of hell were after you just struck me as vastly amusing.

8) While being pissed at me for dissolving into uncontrollable laughter might be understandable gathering a couple guys together to teach the fag a lesson is not.

9) You might also want to drink a little less and be a little more careful about the guys you approach for your little proto-hate-mob.

10) Assuming the two tall muscle-bound bruisers must be uber-hetero and just as appalled by my presence as you was your first mistake. It was an understandable one though. How were you to know that pflag tshirt the first guy was wearing wasnt a sports team? Also the rainbow ring the second guy was wearing could have meant anything I am sure.

11) In retrospect I suppose that upon hearing your not very subtle hate-talk and seeing who you were heading for; I could have said something instead of just laughing harder. I apologize for that. I should have just introduced you to my husband instead of letting you walk up to him and ask him if he wanted to help you teach that fag over there a lesson. I hope that broken nose heals up cleanly.


#634885 An Update On My Life....

Posted by on August 11, 2016 - 01:54 PM

I’ve had a few requests from readers to reappear and explain my long-ass absence, so that’s what I’m going to do.    I started out the summer with really ambitious intentions on all my life fronts, but that’s all been pretty shot to hell. 


So here’s what’s going on.  First off, I’ve been dealing with a lot of family shit.  You know, the fun things like sick parents, job changes (not mine, spouse’s), and that kind of stuff.  I feel like I’ve been living in one of my own soap operas, but without as much money. 


The big thing, though, that’s hammered me is my health.  I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) back in May, and that’s seriously fucked with my head.   Shit, it took me a month to just remember how to spell ‘lymphocytic.’  In a way, this is just so typical of my roller-coaster ride of a life.  I get cancer, which is pretty awful, but I get one of the better kinds to get (such that that’s possible).  At this stage, the CLL could stay at pretty low levels and cause me limited problems, and the plan right now is to watch it and do nothing.  My doctor tells me that he’s had patients at my age and CLL levels that went 20 years and didn’t even need treatment.  So that’s good news. 


Only the limited problems are pretty crappy.  My most obvious symptom is fatigue, where I get tired out a lot easier than I should.  I’ve had to learn to pace myself a bit more.    But the worse problem is what this has done to my libido.  It’s like I have almost completely lost my sex drive.  It’s gotten to the point where I’m starting to think I’m asexual.  It’s weird, because things don’t always work like they’re supposed to, and quite frankly, it’s not that big of a deal. 


I could tell you all that the fatigue is what’s slowing down my writing, but in reality, it’s the libido deal.  It’s hard to write stories with a sexual/sensual/romantic tone when I’m not feeling those feelings at all. 


I’m hoping this is just something I have to work through, and that I’ll end up getting back to my old self, including writing again.  I’ve had a few moments of inspiration this summer, but they don’t last long.  We’ll see.  The bottom line is that I have no intention of abandoning the two sagas I’ve been working on, but until things change, progress will be painfully slow.

#527358 Please Bear This In Mind...

Posted by on July 08, 2015 - 01:34 PM

GayAuthors is a GLOBAL web site. There are people here from everywhere, except for Antarctica. Who knows- we might even have a penguin or two.


We literally have people from New York and New Delhi. Philly and the Philippines. Mississippi and Manitoba. Alberta and Albuquerque. I could go on but my onomatopoeia/geography skills only go so far.


It would be an absolute miracle if we didn't have any culture clashes. I know that I've been guilty of that myself from time to time. Anyone that has been here for a while has seen me mellow out from a hot-headed red-neck to... just a red neck. :rolleyes:


Please practice tolerance. I know it's easy to get mad and fly off the handle. Goodness knows I'm as guilty of that as the next guy.


We've got a pretty special community here. It's another not-so-small miracle that we get along as well as we do.


Young, old, whatever race, whatever country- we all have a lot more in common than we have differences.


There are more than enough people that will go out of their way to be unkind to us. It benefits us all to be good to each other.


Look past those differences because we need that community. For many isolated GLBTi people in unfriendly places, it is their lifeline. It is their view of a larger more inclusive world.



#492078 GA Milestones

Posted by on November 27, 2014 - 02:28 AM

Welcome to Gay Authors Stories Archive.

We are the home of 900 authors from among our 18,044 members. There have been 98,566 reviews written about our 3,501 stories consisting of 23,715 chapters and 99,368,343 words.


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Dear GA staff and members :heart:

I think we should celebrate and congratulate each other that GA has reached the milestone of 900 authors. I also think it's cool that one in twenty members is an author. :yes:  :great:. :D  :music:  :2thumbs: 


The next important ones will be 100 million words of wonderful stories :read:  and 100,000 reviews to encourage our hardworking writers.  :worship:


:thankyou:  to all the people working on the site for helping make this a happy and well functioning community.


:thankyou:  to all our authors for providing hours of entertainment.


:thankyou:  to all the members for reading, liking, rating, reviewing, and posting about stories.

#492438 A cautionary life...

Posted by on November 30, 2014 - 10:59 PM



Dear Young Readers,


I have thought for a long time about how I wanted to start this (letter, editorial, cautionary tale?) and I have decided to just say what I have to say and let you sort it out for yourselves. Perhaps the Site Admin or another writer or an editor might have some helpful comments or criticisms. While what I am going to tell you may sound sensational or exaggerated at times, this is entirely true, and one of the most personally meaningful things I have ever tried to write. I apologize if I sound preachy, but I ask you to take a little sermon with a grain of salt. If you have never listened to an adult's advice before now, please take what I have to say seriously, and at least think about it, ok? Now, here we go.


My name is Jeremy, and I am thirty seven and a half years old, almost exactly. For twenty four of those years, I have been a drug addict. The summer after I turned thirteen, my best friend and I spent the first weekend after school at his house. He had stolen a bag of cocaine from his mothers boyfriend, and we learned how to prepare and use it from watching TV. I hit puberty early, so at thirteen I was already nearly six feet tall, and in fact, only grew another four inches total to finish up at six foot three. While I looked older than everyone, I was still very much just a very shy, very awkward twelve year old boy, who suddenly looked seventeen. Cocaine changed all of that very quickly. My friend (no names, these people are real and some of them are still alive. SOME) and I very quickly discovered that we were very popular with an older, wilder crowd. We were sort of their mascots. That summer, I also took my first hits of acid and ecstacy, drank my first beer, lost my virginity, wrecked my first car, got in my first fist fight and got arrested for the first time. All because of a two gram bag of coke.


Up until that summer, I had been a shy, quiet kid, with exactly two friends and nothing to do but study and read. I had skipped two grades in elementary and middle schools, and would be leaving all my new friends behind as they started eighth grade and I started high school. I joined our track and baseball teams at my new school, because my home life sucked, and I wanted to be there as little as possible. With my “mascot” status firmly in place, I very rarely was asked to contribute any money to the team parties or the smaller, wilder parties that I was always invited to, and almost always given the first and last lines of the night. Looking back, I can see that they all knew I was still just a little kid, even though I was bigger than they were, and they thought it was incredibly funny to get me so high I couldn't focus my eyes. Bastards. After the end of track season, the baseball team practices and parties started almost immediately. The party the weekend of my fourteenth birthday, I was handed a plate full of white lines, and immediately did my standard two. But this time, it was not cocaine, it was heroin. Very pure heroin. I woke up in a hospital two days after my first overdose. Happy birthday to me.


Since that fateful day in April 1991, I have overdosed two more times on heroin and two on cocaine. I have died three times for more than two minutes each time. Within a month of that hospital stay, my “drug buddy”had taught me a cleaner, more effective, more efficient method of use – injection. By June, I was injecting myself with heroin at least two times a day. The first time I went to rehab, I was still fourteen. I stayed clean for less than a week. There have been five other rehab centers, and I did manage to abstain from hard drugs (but not pot or booze) for eight years once. That seems like a long time ago now. In the ensuing twenty two years, I have been a drug dealer, a prostitute, a thief, a drug mule, and made two very illegal, very creepy porn videos with people that disgusted me, all to get high. I have lied, cheated and stolen from people who loved me. I have ruined relationships, lost homes, sold my car on two separate occasions, all to get more drugs. At that point it didn't matter what. It could be coke, heroin, speed, or any combination thereof, as long as I had enough to get through the day.

But enough to get through the day, unfortunately, changes almost every day. It takes more and more and more, until you get to the point where I am now. Although I have not been in the same room as heroin in almost six years now, I still use on an almost daily basis. The bitch about it is, I don't want to use to get high. I HAVE TO USE TO GET NORMAL. I have put you through this sob story to say this – I did that first line of cocaine because I was afraid. I felt isolated and different, and I was terrified that I would never have friends if anyone knew. I was afraid that my father would kill me. I was afraid that I would get AIDS and die. In the nearly twenty five years that I have been using drugs, I have buried FORTY people that I loved in some way, that were related to drug use. There have been five suicides, twelve murders, twelve fatal overdoses, and I have lost eleven people to AIDS, either from selling themselves to get high, or sharing needles because they didn't have a new one. I am far too young to have lost so many people close to me, and it has done far more damage than I realized.



Physically, while I am basically healthy and have no diseases other than addiction, I am out of shape. I only have full feeling in three of my fingers. My arms are covered in scars from abscesses and missed shots. I have poor circulation in my entire body, but my hands and feet are the worst. Every time I use now, it hurts like hell, and I am only successful half the time it seems. Why not quit then,. You ask? Why not try rehab again? Because at this point, it's done. This is my life. I chose it, I cultured it, and my brain and body have adapted to it. If I tried to quit now, the damage I have done to my brain (loss of seratonin prodution, reduced thyroid and pituitary function, increased levels of anxiety and even a genuine panic disorder) would most like prove to be too much for my body to handle.


THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE YOU. I know that this seems trite and preachy, but I got the notice for funeral number forty today, and I saw a news story recently about a third grader who overdosed on heroin and died. AT SCHOOL. He was ten years old. If just one person reads this and doesn't pick up that straw, or that pipe, or needle or whatever. If just one person decides that they don't want to be me, then the entire twenty five years I have wasted, all the pain I have felt and caused, all of it will have been ok, because I was able to reach just one person, and they lived.


Again, I apologize for preaching. Not really, but sermon over, soap box put away. If you are like I was, and afraid, please reach out to someone. If you are not safe at home, please ask for help. I will be glad to answer any questions that may come from this, but will not share any technical, instructional or any other advice on procurement or use of any drug. I will talk to you, support you, be your friend, but I will not help you be like me, so please don't ask. I don't even know you, but you are a human being, with values and morals and ideas of your own, and simply for that, I love you. Now, do your homework, go to bed and tomorrow, go be the best person you can be. Value your friends, and take good care of them. They don't always know how.







#454766 How did you end up here?

Posted by on February 22, 2014 - 07:47 PM

How did I end up here? I honestly don't remember....


Now for the saga as to why I'm gay but married with kids. :D


I've known I've been attracted to guys since a very young age, but as I wasn't a confident youngster, I stayed firmly in the closet for a long time.... until I was forty, to be precise. I'd had a handful of anonymous sexual encounters in that time, but I've never had a boyfriend. After I graduated from university and started a job, I met someone who tried her best to become my friend. She succeeded.... To be honest, as I was emotionally starved because I kept to myself so much, that I was vulnerable to someone who appeared to like me.


Eventually, I proposed and she accepted. We've now been married for twenty-three years. Ten years ago, I started reading stories online, and found quality sites such as Deweywriter and CRVBoy. That's when I started to accept my sexuality. Before that, I had known it, but suppressed it. I was inspired to start writing, and posted my first fiction at Deweywriter in the forum there. It got a sufficiently good response that I kept writing :) Somewhere along the line, I joined up at GA and started participating here, but that happened later.


Knowing that my wife would eventually find my stories, I told her one night, shortly before my forty-first birthday, that I'm gay. That started six months of hell -- mainly for her. She told me afterwards that she contemplated suicide. If we didn't have two young boys, she might've gone through with it.


Cutting a long story short, we reconciled and agreed on limits. I will stay true to my marriage vows and she accepts that I'm gay and need some release. The release we've agreed on is my online presence. She's not tolerating me -- she accepts me as I am. She reads everything I write and offers constructive comments from time to time. We discuss things happening here at GA and at the other sites I'm involved with. I still love her, even if that love doesn't have the strong sexual nature that most people associate with a marriage.


I've always been willing to share my story. The only thing I hold back is enough information to identify me, and that's predominantly to protect my family. I don't care if people know I'm gay, but my sons are not ready to deal with any negative responses that may occur, so I'm staying in the closet for now to let them grow up as safely as possible. Before anyone says anything, I have one son who's been bullied several times already through his school life, and he doesn't need any additional stress. My other son has developmental issues and also doesn't need additional complications in his life. If my sons were different, I'd come out, but my view is that they need me to stay in the closet. I may be erring on the side of caution, but since it's their lives at stake, not mine, I'll continue to err on that side.


I'm very much aware that I'm in a fairly unusual situation. When I came out to my wife, I had the support of two other married gay men. Sadly, their marriages didn't survive. Most don't -- something I didn't know when I told my wife I'm gay :( I'm lucky to have such a wonderful person as my wife, one who is able to accept that her husband is gay.

#427222 GA has changed my life

Posted by on August 04, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Dear all GA members,


since I joined GA on the 18th of may 2013 it has changed my life for the better, I now feel comfortable talking to people a bout my sexuality and I am also comfortable writing about experiences I have had, before I joined GA I was not comfortable or confident with my sexuality.  Using the site has help me come to term with it and it is okay to be who you are and you must feel comfortable with yourself. Thank you to everyone who has helped this happen.


all your feedback and comment are very much appreciated.



scotty 94

#648413 An Update On My Life....

Posted by on November 15, 2016 - 07:33 PM

First of all, thanks for all the nice things you said in this forum.  It always impresses me...how valuable e-friends can be. 


So I'm starting to pull my head out of my ass.  I'm feeling better mentally and physically, but I still have to deal with the fatigue issue, which is a royal pain in the ass.  That, and all of life's real life challenges, which tend to take up way too much time. 


To stimulate my writing, I'm doing something I've been wanting to do for a long time; I'm rewriting the original book (Chronicles of an Academic Predator).  The story will still be the same, but I'm trying to make it read better, and to fix some of the more annoying grammar and syntax issues.   This is to let you know that if you start getting notices that there are changes being made to that story, you'll know why.  I've only gotten 5 chapters done so far, so it will be a while before it's done, but I'll post the updates as I go.  When I'm done updating all the chapters, I'll convert it into e-book format and replace the current edition here. 


  Anyway, that's sparked me to do some original writing, and I've made a little progress on both CAP and the Bridgemont series, but things are still going pretty slowly.  Things are flowing in my mind, but not onto paper. 


So I appreciate your patience and support, and I will try to get back to my old productive self in the near future.  In the meantime, I'm spending some time with old friends (in the form of the original Chronicles story)>  :read:

#459405 Bisexuality--AGAIN

Posted by on March 22, 2014 - 04:56 PM

I was once asked by a religious nut: are you a  practicing homosexual?


I told him, with all due humility, "I've practiced enough. I'm pretty good at it by now."   :gikkle:

#655651 Chat

Posted by on January 07, 2017 - 11:57 AM

I'm making this its own post, since people seem to be missing it.


Chat is down indefinitely because of software incompatibility.  This is mostly Google's fault and, in smaller part, the software we deal with.


Google is forcing websites to use https (SSL) as of Chrome 56 or be flagged in red as an unsecure site.  If we didn't update to that then people would be scared off and won't want to use the site because of this flagging.  While it is good to use security, Google is forcing this on small time operators, like us, that don't have infinite resources.  This current version of board software was never meant to run full time with SSL active.  (It is active for log ins and the Store).  So since we've switched to using SSL site-wide, I've had a lot of little stupid bugs to track down and fix.  And I've rediscovered the joy that fixing something in one area breaks it in another.  (Thanks to the person that pointed out the broken links issue on Comicality's site!)


So, the issue with Chat specifically is that the file they use that allows Chat to work uses the non-secured version, http.  This is an issue at their end that would take under an hour to fix, but they refused to do it as a way to force people to upgrade to their new version of forum software.  Frankly, I'd love to, but we can't upgrade to the new forum software until Stories 2.0 is ready or the bugs we have will seem like noseeums compared to the bugs with this SSL issue.  (Almost there, features are in, but we're squashing some serious bugs).  The new version of Chat on the new forum software works fine with SSL.  (Our site beta testers can confirm this, as Chat is still available on the test server)


However, even after we upgrade to the IP.Community 4.1.17 software, we will still have an issue.  They have elected to discontinue the Chat software on April 30, 2017.


There are other options out there, but I don't have time right now to figure out the best alternatives, so we can't tell you what will happen at that time.  It will be the next project after getting us onto the new software.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We're doing what we can with what we have to work with.



#315558 Whydo so many people hate twilight?

Posted by on August 25, 2011 - 10:28 PM

because it takes a legendary creature like vampires and makes a god damn soap opera out of it.

then it turns vampires into raging pussies with sparkly skin.

#654579 Happy New Year!

Posted by on December 31, 2016 - 02:13 AM

Since my friends overseas celebrate the New Year well ahead of us, I wanted to post this before the clock strikes midnight there.  


       :wizard:   :wizard:  Happy New Year to everyone at G.A.  :wizard:   :wizard: 


              May each of you enjoy a safe, happy, and prosperous 2017! 

#616111 Welcome New Moderators

Posted by on May 08, 2016 - 09:05 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome some new staff members to the Site.


We have two new Site Moderators as well two new Chat Moderators


Please Welcome


Mikie - Chat Moderator

Dayne Mora - Chat Moderator

Reader1810 - Site Moderator

drpaladin - Site Moderator


I'm sure you all will see them around so please welcome them to their new positions as well.

#615320 Server Issues (May 5Th)

Posted by on May 05, 2016 - 12:15 PM



Gay Authors was experiencing some issues that forced me to take things offline to repair.  Once I had the system offline, the problems only got worse for the database that operates this site.  I believe the site is fully operational at this time, but there may be issues I am unaware of.  Please report errors you encounter here.


Frustratedly yours,



#522322 Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban In 50 States

Posted by on June 26, 2015 - 09:52 AM

I hope this doesn't fly in the face of site rules. If so, I humbly ask forgiveness, and ask that if members have strong feelings they wish to express, that they do so in a blog.


In a 5-4 decision, The US Supreme Court has stricken down bans against same-sex marriage in all 50 states. That means that same-sex marriages in any state must also be recognized in every other state.






**Site Staff Message Added by Cia** Celebration of this wonderful decision is just fine here on the forums--all mention of the political ramifications, parties, person, etc... is not. Those can be discussed via a personal blog. Thank you for adhering to our rules regarding politics, and enjoy the fact for once, everyone in the US has equal rights in regards to marriage!

#508366 Thank you, A.J.

Posted by on April 01, 2015 - 04:27 PM

:worship: WISH YOU WELL, A.J.! :worship:


After more than two years of service as an Admin to the GA community  A.J. has finished his time with us.

I would like to publicly acknowledge the hours of background work, his friendly, direct manner, and his quick response to those tricky site questions.


Thank you, A.J. You will be missed by many, many people.

#492080 GA Milestones

Posted by on November 27, 2014 - 02:34 AM

Congratulations to everyone: authors, reviewers, and readers. :D A special thank you to Myr for not only having started GA but also for having the vision that resulted in the GA Stories software that allows us to post our stories so easily :worship:

#447301 What's the oldest thing in your fridge?

Posted by on January 02, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Usually it's me reaching for something to eat.

#281927 The New System (GA Stories)

Posted by on January 05, 2011 - 03:49 PM

Most of you are aware that there's a new system for posting stories (GA Stories). You've seen changes in the announcement threads, you've seen endless announcements of the posting of old chapters on the announcement board, and you may even have read some of the threads that include bitching and moaning.

I've been working to move my stories over to the new system, and have found there's a lot to like about it. :2thumbs::wub:Special thanks to Cia for helping me move them over and doing the yeoman's work on that, and to Lugh for his Freqently Asked Questions and his behind-the-scenes help as I navigated my way through the screens. :2thumbs::wub: The biggest advantage to me is that it gives me control over when I post my chapters, and it makes it easy for me to edit any mistakes I may find after they're published. I'm not quite sure what the system is going to look like when it's finished, and I'm sure there will be some additional bumps and starts along the way, but I'm going to ask you to be patient. I'm hoping you'll give Myr and his team time to get the system up and running and to work out some of the bugs before deciding whether you like it or not.

If you want to stay up-to-date on story postings, you might try the notification system. Go to this link and you'll see a button called "Like" under my reputation. Click on that, and it will prompt you for parameters. You can tell it when to notify you when new stories are posted. I will still post notifications in the meantime, either in the announcement thread, or on this forum.

By the way, you may notice that my reputation is down about 100 points or so. Apparently someone joined GA with the express intention of driving that number down, and went into the forums here and made an effort to neg me the max possible each day. It's flattering and a bit scary to know that some people hate me that much to make a concerted and planned effort to impact a largely irrelevant number. :joe: You can tell how important it was since I didn't notice it until West pointed it out to me. :D