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Renee Stevens

 

It has been a very busy week here at Gay Authors. While the site upgrade has been completed, the staff is still working on all the little bugs that can happen with such a major switch. Please be patient, and if you find what you believe to be a bug, PLEASE check to see if it's already been reported and answered. We have a bug report thread specifically for reporting bugs. Some questions are being asked repeatedly and the staff is doing their best to answer, so help us by checking to see if your question has already been answered. The new forum software has some great new options, but with the good comes the bad. Please remember that some of the options that were in the old software are not available/possible in the new software and these things are not something that Gay Authors can change.

 

Here's a couple of the most asked questions and their answer.

 

Q: Can you please restore the ability to delete notifications.

A: No. While the old software allowed this ability, the new software does not. That aspect of the notification is not something we control and we cannot change it.

 

Q: When I try to change notification settings, the option is grayed out and says "The administrator has disabled this option from being toggled."

A: It is something that we are aware of, but unfortunately it is not something we have been able to fix at this time.

 

Q: My list of friends has disappeared.

A: "Friends" has been replaced with "Followers". To add a member to your list of people you follow, simply go to their profile and click the "Follow Member" button next to the member's name.

 

These are just a few of the questions that we keep getting. We know that there are a lot of questions with the new system, but once again, please read through the bug thread to see if your question has already been answered. Also, when reporting what you think is a bug, please include the following information so that we can try to replicate the problem:

 

What area of the site were you using (Stories, Forum, Blogs, Gallery, etc)?

Specifically what were you attempting to do (post a topic, edit a story, etc)?

Tell us if you succeeded, if you succeeded with an error, or if the result was not what you expected.

Tell us if the error is repeatable - did you try again, and did it work?

 

Provide links if you have them: Please link to the story, forum topic, or specific post if you can.

Please provide a screenshot if you have one, by attaching it using the image button in the toolbar.

 

We also need some information about your system:

- Your hardware platform (Mac, PC, iPad, Surface, iPhone, Android, etc)

- Your operating system, including the version number if you know it (Mac, WIndows, Linux, IOS, Android, etc)

- Your browser and version (Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc)

- Did you have any ad-blocking software or pop-up blocker running, and was it active at the time?

 

Now, let's take a look at what happened this week in the various GA News Blogs!

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:

Dribbles by Cia

Fanfic by Comicality; Book 0 of Fanfic

Lame Duck by Cynus

Mine! by Cia

Sumeru by Dolores Esteban

The Best Year by Krista

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

Prompts 2017 by Caz Pedroso; Book 4 of Prompt's

Ripped by craftingmom

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

 

Renee Stevens

Hey y'all! Hope everyone is having a great end of the week. While we didn't have the regular site blog features, this past week was a very busy one here at Gay Authors. On Friday, the site was upgraded to the current forum software, and we also upgrade to Stories 2.0. As with any major site change, there are bugs to be found and fixed and we are working on getting the kinks smoothed out. If you find what you believe to be a bug, share it with us in the Bug Collection thread. Prior to posting, please check the other posts in the thread, as well as the Site Upgraded Blog Post that is pinned on the main forum page. The blog post includes a list of many of the bugs that we are working on.

 

The biggest thing we ask right now is to please be patient as we work to get everything running smoothly. We know that change can be difficult and we are doing our best to get everything back in working order. Now is a great time to explore the site and the new features that are available with the upgrade.

 

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

The Sky Full of Stars (an HP story) by Myr

 

Signature Updates:

Mine! by Cia

Sumeru by Dolores Esteban

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

Veil of Shadow by Stellar; Book 2 of Aspects of Dawn

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Cadet by Sasha Distan

Confide/ant by Sasha Distan

How I Met Him Here by carringtonrj

Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

Ripped by craftingmom

The Gay Experience by AC Benus

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

 

*Note* As the story update list was compiled later Sunday, if you posted a chapter on Sunday prior to the list compile, your story posting may not appear.

 

Renee Stevens

Oops! Sorry guys, the weekly wrap up went up before I finished it. Now, a couple of quick things before we get to this week's wrap up. During the next week, there's going to be a lot going on behind the scenes, and all of our regular site blog posts are going to be suspended until after the site upgrade. This will leave multiple opportunities for us to share information if necessary.

 

On another front, the April Fool's Day Short Story Contest is now available for you to read. Don't forget to read them all and get your vote in to Reader1810 by the 25th. You can see a list of all the stories in yesterday's blog.

 

March C S R Feature: Crave By Litlover
This month's CSR book is Crave by Litlover. It's a novel length story, so get to reading soon so that you will be ready for the discussion day on March 27th.

 

Site Software Update Coming Soon
We've already touched on this a bit up above, but Myr joined us on Tuesday to let us know when the site upgrade will be happening and what you can expect during that time. Please read this so that you aren't surprised and remember that the next couple of weeks is going to be hectic and patience will get you further than demands.

 

Author Promo: Valkyrie
We did an author promo for Valkyrie this week where she chose three of her stories and shared some insight on how they came to be, what she liked about writing them, and something about the story that can't be garnered by reading the description. Check it out, and if you'd like to see some of your GA stories featured in a future promo, send me a PM.

 

Prompts #564 & #565
If you need a little inspiration to get to writing, then you should check out the two new prompts. Don't forget to share your prompt responses in the appropriate thread so that it might just be featured with next week's prompts!

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie
Sumeru by Dolores Esteban
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:
Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Eternal Life, Limited by aditus
Give Me Back My Prompts by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of GA Prompts
Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso
Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Ripped by craftingmom
Short Rides by Carlos Hazday
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

Did you miss any of this week's blog posts? If so, never fear! Now that we're at the end of the week, it's time for a look back to see what happened. Did you miss any of our promoted authors' updates? Then you've come to the right place as all updates from Signature Authors, Classic Authors, and Promising Authors are including in our Weekly Wrap Up. So let's take a look at what you might have missed.

 

February C S R Discussion Day: Harry Potter Fanfic By Myr
Did you join in this month's CSR Discussion about Myr's Harry Potter Fanfic? Not only was this a chance to discuss the stories, but it was also a chance to find out a little more about our Lead Administrator and site creator, Myr.

 

Ask An Author #47
One of our favorite features was back this week, in the form of Ask An Author. Curious as to which authors Dark featured this week? Wanna see if your question was answered? Make sure to check this out. And if you have a question that you'd like to ask an author, make sure to send them to Dark!

 

Prompts #562 & #563
The prompts were a bit delayed this week, but I managed to get them posted. This week you get both a creative and a first line prompt. We didn't share any prompt responses from last week because nobody took up the challenge.

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:
April Musings by Valkyrie
Mine! by Cia
Sumeru by Dolores Esteban
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:
Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Drifts by Puppilull; Book 3 of Hot and cold
How I Met Him Here by carringtonrj
Innocent Sacrifice by Sasha Distan; Book 8 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse
Ripped by craftingmom
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope everyone has had a great week. Don't forget that March 1st is the deadline for the April Fools Short Story Contest! I've only gotten a handful of entries so far, but there is still time to get your story in for a chance to win Premium Content. Also, don't forget not to tell anyone which story is yours. And another reminder, join us tomorrow for the CSR Discussion Day on Myr's Harry Potter Fan-Fic.

 

This week was Signature Week and our Signature Author that we shined the spotlight on is Mark Arbour and his novel Odyssey. To learn more about his story and decide if it's for you, and support Mark by downloading the signature banner for your signature, check out the Signature Author Feature and the Signature Author Excerpt.

 

And to end the week, we offered a couple of new prompts for you to try out and showcased a couple of last weeks prompt responses. A huge thank you to Cia for posting the prompts when I was out of town and snowed in on Friday.

 

Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*


Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 


Signature Updates:
April Musings by Valkyrie
Mine! by Cia
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:
A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Ripped by craftingmom
The Watcher by Headstall
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone has had a great week. In case you missed anything in the various GA staff blogs, this is your opportunity for a brief overview. If you see something that interests you, feel free to go back and take a look. And if you're worried about having missed any of the promoted authors' story updates? Well, we're including those for you as well!

 

Secret Admirer Special Review
A little over a year ago, we held the Secret Admirer Short Story contest. Now it's time to take a look as some reviews, provided by our wonderful review team. If you haven't already read the stories, here's your chance to get a glimpse of what you've missed out on!

 

New Author Advice #2
It was time to hear from a couple more authors on what advice they'd give to new authors, or authors considering writing for the first time. Don't forget, if you have some advice you'd like to share, PM Renee!

 

Prompts #558 & #559
That's right, your two new prompts for the week, as well as a couple featured from last week. Don't forget, if you tackle one of these prompts to share a link in the prompt thread!

 

Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*


Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:
April Musings by Valkyrie
Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)
GFD 12: Blood Ties by Comicality; Book 12 of Gone From Daylight
Mine! by Cia
Musings of a Mongoose by Cynus
Taryn's Song by Comicality; Book 1 of Gone From Daylight Spin-offs
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Best Year by Krista
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:
A Half-Ounce of Gold by AC Benus; Book 3 of The XXX Series
Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Give Me Back My Prompts by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of GA Prompts
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
How I Met Him Here by carringtonrj
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse
The Gay Experience by AC Benus
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone had a great week! Since it was such a busy week this week, I think today I'm going to get right into the Wrap Up for the week.

 

Have you read the various Harry Potter Fan-Fic by Myr? If not, now's your chance as on Monday, Cia announced that Myr's Harry Potter Fan-Fic is this month's CSR Book Club choice. The discussion day will take place on Feb 27th, but with the numerous stories, you should have plenty of time to get something read before the discussion takes place!

 

Myr took Tuesday over this week to discuss another new aspect of the upcoming site update. According to the post, members will be able to decide how they want to view the stories they are reading. Want to find out more about this new feature? Check out Myr's blog post.

 

For Wednesday, we took a look at our currently posting premium story, Negative Splits by Cia. Based on the comments, members are already enjoying her story. If you haven't started reading it yet, and you want to, Wednesday's blog contains all the information you need about premium subscriptions.

 

Thursday we announced that GA's newest Promising Author is Caz Pedroso. If you haven't already done so, stop by and offer your congratulations to Caz. You can also find a link to all of Caz's stories.

 

Not only did Friday bring us the regular two new prompts from comicfan, but it was also a chance for authors to share some of their various past prompt responses.

 

Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*


Anthology Announcements:

 


***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*
Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

 


Signature Updates:
HMS Valiant by Mark Arbour; Book 7 of Bridgemont
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:
A Half-Ounce of Gold by AC Benus; Book 3 of The XXX Series
A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse
Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Give Me Back My Prompts by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of GA Prompts
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
How I Met Him Here by carringtonrj
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
The Tower, and other pieces by AC Benus
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

 

 

 

 

 


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Renee Stevens

I hope everyone is ready for the new week to begin. But before that, we have to wrap up the last week. A quick reminder for all site authors. You have less than a month to get your April Fool's Day short story in if you want to be part of the contest. Entries are due March 1st and don't forget not to share anything about your story outside of your team. Now, let's recap the last week!




C S R Discussion Day: The Pledge By Mikiesboy
We started the week and ended the month with the CSR Discussion Day. From the looks of it, a lot of people read The Pledge and we had a great turnout. If you wanted to know more about Mikiesboy and/or the story, check out the brief interview and the remarks from other readers!

 

Ask An Author #46
What better way to start out a new month than the Ask An Author feature provided to us by Dark. This month featured authors Comicality, Mann Ramblings, Mikiesboy, and Parker Owens. Curious as to what they were asked and what their answers were? Here's your chance to find out if you missed it earlier. And don't forget to send Dark some questions for your favorite authors.

 

Prompts #554 & #555
Last, but not least, we finished the week off with a couple of new prompts. Both of them this week were creative, and hopefully they'll spark an idea and help you get writing. As always, we featured some responses from last week.




Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017




Premium Updates:
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

Signature Updates:
Belovéd by Don H
Dribbles by Cia
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Left Without Words by Comicality
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

Promising Updates:
A Half-Ounce of Gold by AC Benus; Book 3 of The XXX Series
A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Drifts by Puppilull; Book 3 of Hot and cold
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
How I Met Him Here by carringtonrj
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone has had a great week this past week. Just a quick reminder that you only have a little over a month left to get your April Fool's Day short stories in if you want to be a part of the contest. Make sure to read through the guidelines if you're planning to participate! Also, don't forget to join us for the CSR Discussion day of The Pledge by Mikiesboy. It's only about 10,000 words, so if you haven't already read it, you still have time! Now, lets see what you might have missed this week.

 

We started out our week with Aditus' wonderful review of Joined by Blood by Renee Stevens (hehe). I'm a little biased when it comes to this story, but other readers sure seemed to have enjoyed it. It's part of GA Premium, so maybe Aditus' review is the little push you were looking for to purchase a premium subscription. Check out the review, and feel free to jump into the discussion!

 

Myr took Tuesday over this week to discuss another new aspect of the upcoming site update. According to the post, members will be able to set their own activity streams based on their own guidelines. Want to find out more about this new feature? Check out Myr's blog post.

 

Wednesday was a bit of a writing tip with Cia's popular Grammar Rodeo feature. We're up to number ten and this one was all about sentence structure. If you find yourself re-reading what you wrote and thinking something sounds off, then maybe this is the perfect post for you.

 

We ended the week with a new set of weekly prompts for you to try your hand at. There were a lot of responses to the previous weeks prompts and so there are a lot of snippets that you can look over. Maybe you'll find one that will lead you to a new favorite author.

 


 

Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*


Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017



 

Premium Updates:
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:
Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel
Veil of Shadow by Stellar; Book 2 of unnamed

 

Promising Updates:
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Give Me Back My Prompts by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of GA Prompts
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. It's been a busy week here at Gay Authors, but before I get into the weekly wrap up I wanted to post a reminder of sorts. With the recent staff changes, I wanted to take a minute to mention the various teams and the staff they're made up of. This list can also be found in the Help & Announcements forum. A huge thank you goes out to the site staff, all of who are volunteers, for donating their time to keep GA running smoothly.

 

Site Administrators
Myr - Administration Team Leader
Cia - GA Stories Lead
Renee Stevens - Anthology/Blog Coordinator, Promotion Team Lead, Review Team Lead
wildone - Moderation Team Leader
TalonRider - Moderation Team Deputy Lead

 

Site Moderation Team
wildone - Team Lead
TalonRider - Team Deputy Lead
Graeme
Slytherin
Gene Splicer PHD
Reader1810
drpaladin
Mikie
Dayne Mora

 

Author Promotion Team
Renee Stevens - Team Lead
Myr
Mann Ramblings
Graeme
Cole Matthews

 

Review Team
Renee Stevens - Team Lead
aditus
Timothy M.
Puppilull
LitLover
spikey582
Lisa

 

Now, let's take a look at what happened in the various GA news blogs this past week.

 

For signature week, we started out the week with the announcement of our featured Signature Author. This month we focused on Cynus and his story From the Cup of the Worthless. If you want to learn more about the story, you can find the description, reader reviews, and a small banner in Monday's post; and an excerpt in the Wednesday blog.

 

If you're looking for some inspiration, then check out the Friday prompts. While you're there, take a minute and check out the featured prompt responses that we chose to share this week. If neither of the new prompts spark an idea, you can always check out the past prompts in the prompt forum. With well over 500 prompts, you should find something to inspire your muse.

 

Are you thinking about doing the upcoming 2017 Spring Anthology? Have you already started? Stop by the monthly Anthology Discussion Day and share your progress with other authors that are in the same position as you.

 

Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*


Anthology Announcements:

 


***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 


Signature Updates:
Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:
A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Drifts by Puppilull; Book 3 of Hot and cold
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
How I Met Him Here by carringtonrj
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone has had a great week. In case you missed anything in the various GA staff blogs, this is your opportunity for a brief overview. If you see something that interests you, feel free to go back and take a look. And if you're worried about having missed any of the promoted authors' story updates? Well, we're including those for you as well!

 

To start your week off, Puppilull was kind enough to provide us with a review of Sasha Distan's series "Best Circle of Hell". Based on the comments, this is a series that many at GA enjoy. Go check out Puppilull's review and if you feel up to it, share your own thoughts regarding the stories.

 

We try to give authors the opportunity to get their work noticed among the over four thousand stories that can be found on site. One of the ways we do this is the Author Promo. This week, William King had the opportunity to share a couple of stories with you as well as answer a few questions about different aspect of the stories he chose.

 

Have you been having trouble writing lately? Or maybe you're wanting to try your hand at penning a story for the first time. Our weekly writing prompts might be just what you need. While you're there, you can check out what some other site authors did for last weeks Prompt #456.

 

Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*


Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium* COMPLETE

 


Signature Updates:
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Best Year by Krista
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel
The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:
A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Give Me Back My Prompts by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of GA Prompts
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

Yep, I'm back with the wrap up! A huge thank you to the rest of the Admin team for helping to cover the blogs while I had to take care of family issues. As I'm sure many have noticed, GA no longer has a chatroom for members to hang out. Unfortunately, for the time being, this isn't going to change. If you want to know more about why chat is gone, you can check out Myr's chat topic, which explains what happened and why the chatroom is not feasible at the moment.

 

To start our week, and new year, off right, Cia announced the first CSR story for the year. You still have plenty of time to read The Pledge by Mikiesboy before the January 30th discussion day.

 

Myr was next up in the blog with his post about another new aspect of the upcoming software upgrade. To learn more about the Leaderboard and what it entails, make sure to check out Myr's blog post.

 

We were back on Friday with our first prompts of the year. There were a couple of great options this week, so make sure to check them out. Since there were no takers on the New Years prompts, I didn't feature a specific prompt response and instead asked authors to pick their favorite of their prompt responses and share it.

 

Finally, to end the week with a bang, we announced the upcoming April Fool's Day Short Story Contest. Make sure to read the guidelines carefully to ensure that you're able to participate.

 

Contests

  • 2017 April Fool's Day Short Story Contest - Due March 1st, 2017 *Guidelines*

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:
319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday
Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Mental Games by Bill W
Miles To Go by Comicality
Mine! by Cia
Release Me by Comicality
Safehaven by Comicality
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:
A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse
Confide/ant by Sasha Distan
Give Me Back My Prompts by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of GA Prompts
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

wildone

:music: :music: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! :music: :music:

 


Well I hope everyone had a great night bringing in the New Year. I know I did ;) The great thing about celebrating the New Year is not to forget everything that has happened in the past year, but also to look forward to what will come in the New Year. We will all be experiencing some changes coming up and I'm excited about it and looking forward to looking back next January 1st and seeing where we have come.

 

So for the final time, we will look back on the last week of 2016 for the GA News Blog.

 

We started out on Monday right out of the gate with Cia having the CSR Discussion Day where Kuragari129's story; My Life Started At The End Of The World was discussed. Cia started off here nail biting investigating style where we learned that Kuragari doesn't eat enough fruits and vegetables :o . Cia, being a mom, was able to overlook this and move onto other questions relating to his writing on site ;) . Make sure to pop by and see the responses.

 

Next we had Myr make another entry on Tech Tuesday. This week Myr shared with us some more information about the upcoming changes to the site were we may have to adjust our minds around the difference between a Review and a Comment. Personally I like what is coming as it should enable both the authors and the readers the ability to communicate back and forth with the comment part, yet still review that will be peer promoted to give you an overall idea of the story. Myr included some screen shots of both the upcoming feedback tools. Now, hopefully I got that right as I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is between a forum, topic, thread etc. Even if you do have troubles with the wording, I'm sure this will be easily caught on by all.

 

Wednesday Renee brought us a new feature that we haven't seen before called Favorite Self-Written Story. This is a different approach to what usually relies on others opinions of stories to be reviewed. This time Renee asked authors what their own personal favourite story is that they have penned. This time she asked Valkyrie, Craftingmom and Mann Ramblings. In addition to finding out what the story is, we also learned the why.

 

Friday was a return to the Writing Prompts which always seem to get some takers to the challenge of creating something new. Renee and Cia approached this one a a bit differently being the last one of 2016. The first one of two that are New Years related was your thoughts at the moment 2017 begins. Looking back at last years resolutions and what you want to have for new ones in 2017. The second prompt was you receiving an envelope with a mysterious note inside; "I've been waiting for this chance to accomplish last year's resolution, so please meet me on the patio at 11:59". Lastly Renee shared some of the responses to Prompt 544 from JohnAR, Timothy M., and Jamessavik.

 

Saturday Renee updated us on the 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences. We had a great response to the 2016 Anthologies so maybe hunker down at start off 2017 with a great anthology to share with everyone! You have until April 30th to git er done! Reading some status updates the other day a certain wolf I believe is 20,000 words in already. Jeez, bet they have next years Christmas shopping done too!!! :P

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: For the immediate future, please copy in Cia on all Anthology PM's to Renee
***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:

 


Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:

 

Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C

 

Mental Games by Bill W

 

Mine! by Cia

 

Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens

 

Temporary Dads by Graeme

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

 

Confide/ant by Sasha Distan

 

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

 

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

 

Of Prophets, Saints and Sinners by AC Benus; Book 8 of Christmas at Famous-Barr

 

Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan

 

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

wildone

Well this is an eventful day in many places in the world....

 


Merry Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Hanukkah

 

 

 


I'm sure many of you have already opened your pressies and getting ready to have a feast! If you don't celebrate either of these traditions, we all wish you all the very best on these happy days to everyone, everywhere!!

 

So let's look back at the week that was.

 

Monday we started off the week with Cia doing up the December Signature Feature. We learned the that December is Valkyrie's Alex's Legacy. Valkyrie shared some of her favourite reviews she received on the story. Also, we were given the banner that we can download to our signature if you choose.

 

Tuesday was a day for Myr to take over and give us another addition of Tech Tuesday. Myr updated us all on the workings going on behind the scenes with the upcoming launch of the new IP Board Software that drives our site. There has been 2 years of updates that we have passed on and now we are getting ready for 4.1.18 to drive our forums. Expect more blog posts as we move even closer to the launch in early 2017. Also a big thank you to everyone who had helped out with the beta testing!

 

Wednesday the we featured Valkyrie's story Alex's Legacy again! This time it was the Signature Excerpt from this popular story. We learned that she actually got the story started from a prompt. Just shows that Prompts are a great way to get ideas coming to life. Val also shared an except that meant the most to her!

 

Then on an different Thursday post, we finally found out the much anticipated release of the 2016 Special Anthology "Rewind" was made live! We have 12 new stories that everyone had an option of choosing any past themes. Not only that, Headstall won a prize given out for authors participating. We also learned of another contest running that every story you read, and review, you get entered into another draw for some great prizes. Make sure you check out every one of these great entries as well as leave a review to show how much you appreciate the authors for making the effort to participate! Also, maybe pop onto the many members profile page's of the Anthology team and leave a nice thank you for their work on their profile feed.

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: For the immediate future, please copy in Cia on all Anthology PM's to Renee
***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:

 


Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

 

The Red Wagon by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

 

Bill's Christmas Gift by comicfan **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

 

Faeries Anonymous by Valkyrie **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C

 

Maelstrom by Valkyrie **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Mental Games by Bill W

 

Mine! by Cia

 

Release Me by Comicality

 

HMS Valiant by Mark Arbour; Book 7 of Bridgemont

 

Temporary Dads by Graeme

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

The Legend of Treehaven Woods by Valkyrie **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Promising Updates:

 

An Advent Calendar by aditus

 

Boxed In: A Christmas Story by Headstall **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Daddy Issues by Sasha Distan **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Family Matters by Sasha Distan **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Finding Refuge by Headstall **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

 

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

 

Of Prophets, Saints and Sinners by AC Benus; Book 8 of Christmas at Famous-Barr

 

Stepping Through the Mirror by Headstall **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

The Egyptian Pantheon by Sasha Distan

 

Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan

 

Trade Deals by Sasha Distan **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Voli Me Tangere by aditus **2016 Special Anthology: Rewind**

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

wildone

**Special Announcements**

 


Many of you have spoken and we have listened. Have you ever had to decide how many of your likes to use within an 24 hour period and were limited and unable to like everything you wanted? Well starting today we are happy to announce that there is no limit on the likes you can use in a day!!! The only exception will be the Newbie Group that will be increasing from 3 to 20 a day. Just so you know, if you are a Newbie and want the unlimited feeling, you only need to make one single post to get out of the Newbie Group ;)

 

Also we are consolidating the numbers needed to move out of Moderation Queue and Peer Review Queue as well. With more likes being available, we are sure most can get more, more quickly. In order to consolidate you will need 150 likes to move out of the Moderation Queue, and we have lowered the number from 200 to 150 to move out of Peer Review.

 

Now don't be afraid to like this blog as it won't go against your daily total :gikkle: (shameless solicitation on my part 0:) )

 

And now to our regularly scheduled Weekly Update to see what has happened over the past week.

 

Monday Renee introduced us to the Featured Story; A Taste Of Desire by Arazon. Timothy M was very helpful in providing a great review of this completed story to us. After reading the review it piqued my interest and now I'm reading it myself. Always great to find something new to read that you weren't aware of before.

 

Wednesday we received some Writing Tips to help any of our New Authors, but really is good for the experienced ones too. Two of our popular authors gave us some great tips. Aditus shared with us all how to he handled Starting Out with posting stories. Being around a while myself, I can personally attest that what he shared is great advice and many of our authors have followed this advice themselves. Next Graeme gave some invaluable advice on Planning your story. There is multiple ways to tackle this issue and Graeme reviews some of them. I guess the key piece of advice is to have a plan when you start.

 

Thursday gave us all an update on the 2016 Special Anthology. If you haven't checked it out already, please do if you have contributed a story to be featured in this first time reboot of all past Anthology themes. Even if you are not contributing, it is a good chance to plan out what you are going to want to read. If by chance you didn't see your story, please contact Cia and Renee as soon as possible.

 

Friday Cia gave us our Weekly Prompts for the week. Prompt 544 has a first line of It's time to bury the hatchet. Hmmm, that can be taken several different ways. Which way will you choose to interpret this one? Prompt 545 seems like a great one for this week. The tag is a Party Nightmare. I'm sure most can relate or sympathize for others on this one. A total disaster is about to break loose hours before the family is about to arrive for your first ever Family Holiday Party that you are in charge of. Finally Cia featured Timothy M's response to Prompt 543.

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: For the immediate future, please copy in Cia on all Anthology PM's to Renee
***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016 **Now Closed**
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:

 


Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:

 

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

 

A Class By HImself by Comicality

 

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

 

Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C

 

Mental Games by Bill W

 

Mine! by Cia

 

Temporary Dads by Graeme

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

 

An Advent Calendar by aditus

 

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

 

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

 

Of Prophets, Saints and Sinners by AC Benus; Book 8 of Christmas at Famous-Barr

 

Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

wildone

Not sure where in the world you are, but Winter has finally arrived here :( Temperatures reaching highs of -20C / -4F has kept me in a lot and doing a lot of reading instead. Enough about the weather, lets see what happened on the site this week.

 

Monday we had Cia introduce us to the December CSR Feature. This month we are going to look at Kuragari129's story My Life Started At The End Of The World. If the title doesn't capture your interest then wait until you read the synopsis. Discussion day for this story will be on Monday, December 26th. You have just over 2 weeks to git er done.

 

Wednesday was the ever popular feature called Ask An Author here on the blog. This is where Renee turns the blog over to Dark for questions presented to authors of our site. This month Dark interviewed albertnothlit, Nephylim, Riley Jericho, and skinnydragon. Not only is it interesting to hear from popular authors but also to learn how they handle writing and making the great stories that they do.

 

Friday finished up the week with our return to Writing Prompts 542 and 543.These new prompts are good to get the creative juices flowing (hopefully more than molasses in Calgary this week ;) ) and get some interesting ideas and works on the site for everyone to enjoy! Prompt 542 was a creative one using these words - red leaf, turkey, squeaky wheel, pumpkin, and a blue shoe. Prompt 543 was a creative one using the first line of I think it is time for you and I to have a little talk. Lastly Cia featured Hunter Thompson's response from Prompt 539.

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: For the immediate future, please copy in Cia on all Anthology PM's to Renee
***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:

 


Disastertastic by Cia *Premium*

 

Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

 

Door Number Three by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

 

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

 

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

 

Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C

 

Mental Games by Bill W

 

Mine! by Cia

 

On The Outside by Comicality

 

Temporary Dads by Graeme

 

The Best Year by Krista

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:

 

American Steel by Carlos Hazday

 

An Advent Calendar by aditus

 

Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories

 

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

 

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

 

Of Prophets, Saints and Sinners by AC Benus; Book 8 of Christmas at Famous-Barr

 

One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse

 

Right Where We Live by AC Benus; Book 5 of Christmas at Famous-Barr

 

Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

wildone

Renee will be taking a bit of time off from the Site Blog but will return soon. I will be doing the weekly wrap up for the immediate future, so lets hope I don't mess it up ;)

 

Monday we started the week off with the November CSR Discussion Day of Comicality's Between the Lines. Cia had a lengthy interview with Comicality about not only the story but also what motivates him to believe he is writing a good story. A lot of tips and information from one of our most read authors at GA.

 

Wednesday on December 1st, we learned about a first here at GA. Cole Matthews, Valkyrie and Aditus all shared with us a project that they are working on called Advent Calendar. This will be 24 short pieces by the 3 authors posting every day up until Christmas. To add some fun, the 3 have a topic where you can try to guess who penned the pieces and a big reveal at the end of the week. Make sure to pop in daily to see the story posted by Aditus and then try to not only guess the author, but participate in the discussion.

 

Friday was our Prompt Day and we had the Second Chance Prompts #509 & #511. 509 is a creative prompt that is based around a Tire. Mainly a flat one and no working spare and encountering a person from your past that comes out from the Auto Club. 511 is a creative prompt called the Child. Things aren't normal in the neighbourhood when a new family moves in and they have a child. What is it about this child that has upset the normal day to day activities of the neighbours? Sounds interesting, eh?

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: For the immediate future, please copy in Cia on all Anthology PM's to Renee
***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 


Premium Updates:

 

Disastertastic by Cia *Premium*

 

Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

 

A Christmas Eve Awakening by Ronyx

 

Door Number Three by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

 

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

 

A prompt a week by comicfan

 

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

 

Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C

 

Mental Games by Bill W

 

Mine! by Cia

 

Temporary Dads by Graeme

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Waiting Outside The Lines by Comicality

 

Promising Updates:

 

American Steel by Carlos Hazday

 

An Advent Calendar by aditus

 

Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories

 

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

 

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

 

Right Where We Live by AC Benus; Book 5 of Christmas at Famous-Barr

 

Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

Renee Stevens

Well, it's the end of another week, which means it's time to take a look back at what has gone on in the various GA News Blogs. Don't forget that tomorrow is the discussion day for this month's CSR choice: Between the Lines by Comicality. If you haven't finished reading yet, you still have a little time.

 

UPDATE: First let me apologize. I have a lot going on right now and I completely spaced that I was supposed to announce the Reader Incentive winner for the anthology. I'm happy to announce that, for the 17 stories in the current anthology, we had a total of 41 unique reviewers. Of those 41 reviewers, we had a total of 262 entries in the Reader Incentives drawing. I assigned each reviewer a number, and repeated that number however many times they reviewed, and the winner is....

 

ARAZON

 

Arazon, please PM me with your choice between a $5 GA Ebook store credit, or a 1 month premium membership. Now, let's see what you might have missed this week:

 

November Signature Feature & Excerpt: So Little Magic Left By Mann Ramblings
Yep, this month Mann Ramblings is our author for the Signature Feature. If you haven't already read the story, this is your chance to take a peek and see if you want to read the whole thing. Plus, there's a nice little signature banner you can use!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!
I think that pretty much says it all, lol. We hope that everyone celebrating the holiday had a wonderful day.

 

Writing Prompts #540 & #541
If you're looking for some inspiration, make sure to check out our Friday post. There were a couple of new prompts for you to take a shot at. Don't forget to share your prompt responses in the appropriate forum thread so that you might have a chance to be featured like Mikiesboy was this week.

 

Anthology Discussion Day - November 2016
We finished off our week with the monthly Anthology Discussion Day. If you're writing for the anthology, considering it, or just curious as to what other authors are thinking regarding the special anthology, join in!

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 


Classic Updates:
Door Number Three by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:
319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday
Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
Thanksgiving Knight by Valkyrie
The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel
Weightless by Cynus; Book 2 of Less is More

 

Promising Updates:
American Steel by Carlos Hazday
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Practically Perfect by AC Benus; Book 4 of Christmas at Famous-Barr
Right Where We Live by AC Benus; Book 5 of Christmas at Famous-Barr
Talking Turkey by Carlos Hazday
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan

Renee Stevens

Happy Thanksgiving!

We just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone celebrating today a very Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that wherever you are, and whoever you're spending it with, whether it be Friends or Family, that you have a wonderful day.

 

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Renee Stevens

I hope everyone has had a great weekend and is refreshed and ready for the start of a new week. Don't forget the deadline for the 2016 Special Anthology is coming up fast, I look forward to seeing what everyone is working on! The guidelines for this anthology are a little different, so make sure you read the announcement carefully. Now, let's see what happened this week in the GA News Blog.

 

Anthology Special Review: Nature's Wrath
To start out the week, the review team decided to do a special review feature looking at the past anthology Nature's Wrath. If you haven't read the Nature's Wrath anthology, this review is your look into a few of the stories.

 

Author Promo: Lilansui
Sometimes it's great to take a look at multiple stories by a single author. Lilansui took us up on the offer for a blog featuring three of their works, all they had to do was pick the stories and answer a few questions. Curious as to what Lilansui picked? Go check it out and learn a little more about Lilansui's writing.

 

Second Chance Prompts #502 & #507
Once again, we re-featured a couple of lonely prompts that never got a response. For our featured prompt, we opened up the comments for anyone to share one of their past prompt responses.

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 


Premium Updates:
Disastertastic by Cia *Premium*
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:
Door Number Three by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:
319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
My Only Escape by Comicality
Promptings from Valhalla - 2016 Edition by Valkyrie
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Best Year by Krista

 

Promising Updates:
A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse
Practically Perfect by AC Benus
American Steel by Carlos Hazday
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Travels by Carlos Hazday; Book 5 of CJ

Renee Stevens

It's that time of the week again! In case you missed any of what's been going on this week, never fear, because we'll take a quick peek at everything that we looked at from Monday on. Are you worried you might have missed a story update from one of your favorite authors? We'll help you out there too with the story updates from all of GA's promoted authors. I'm not going to go in any particular order this week, because I want to start out with Thursday's post.

 

In case you missed it, the 2016 Fall Anthology: Blindsided/The Forgotten has been released! There are seventeen brand new stories for you to sink your teeth into. Each anthology entry has it's own take on the theme, and with that kind of variety, there should be something everyone would enjoy. We've got both poetry and short stories for you, so go take a look. And don't forget to review what you read so that you get a chance at one of the reader prizes!

 

And hey, once you're done reading all the anthology entries, you might want to go brush up on Between The Lines by Comicality since it's this month's CSR choice! If you haven't read it before, now is the time. And don't forget to come back and join us on the 28th for the discussion day!

 

And finally, on Saturday, Myr decided to pop in and invite everyone to join us on our various social media accounts. And did you know that there will be a newsletter coming in the near future? Here's your chance to sign up for it and keep up to date on what's going on.

 

 

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Disastertastic by Cia *Premium*
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:
Door Number Three by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:
319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday
Death Left Forgotten by Cia *2016 Fall Anthology*
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Kisses by CassieQ *2016 Fall Anthology*
Lost and Found by Valkyrie *2016 Fall Anthology*
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Stained by Cole Matthews *2016 Fall Anthology*
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase
Veil of Shadow by Stellar; Book 2 of unnamed
Weightless by Cynus; Book 2 of Less is More

 

Promising Updates:
Apprentice by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of Ink Boys
Dirty Pool by Headstall *2016 Fall Anthology*
Drifts by Puppilull; Book 3 of Hot and cold
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Famous Bear and the Ivory Tower of Commerce by AC Benus; Book 2 of Christmas at Famous-Barr
Finding the Line by craftingmom; Book 2 of The Line *2016 Fall Anthology*
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Khalid and Kalil by AC Benus *2016 Fall Anthology*
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Oliver by aditus; Book 3 of Sparkle *2016 Fall Anthology*
Out of the Blue by Puppilull *2016 Fall Anthology*
Practically Perfect by AC Benus; Book 4 of Christmas at Famous-Barr
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Travels by Carlos Hazday; Book 5 of CJ

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Renee Stevens

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. If you're someplace that practices daylight savings, don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour. Just a reminder that there are open blog opportunities. If you'd like to see something of yours featured in the blog, then go check out the possibilities in the Blog Feature Opportunities thread. On the same note, if you have an idea for a blog feature, send me a PM and let me know. I can't guarantee it will be feasible, but I'm always looking for ideas for new content. With all that being said, let's take a look at what we had going on this week.

 

October C S R Discussion: Wolf Like Me By Dayne Mora
We started out our week talking about Dayne Mora's story Wolf Like Me for the CSR Discussion day. Have you read the story? If so, it's not too late to go back and share your thoughts.

 

Ask An Author #44
Ask An Author is one of our most popular features, and this month's was a special edition featuring...Dayne Mora! If you want to keep this feature going, remember to send Dark your questions.

 

Writing Prompts #538 & #539
Want to write for the first time? Maybe you need a break from your current story? Check out the weekly prompts provided to us by comicfan. Don't forget to share a link to your responses so that we can maybe feature your story. (Oh dang! I just realized I didn't put the prompts in the forum, DOH!)

 

2016 Fall Anthology: Blindsided / The Forgotten * Double Check *
We're getting ready for the release of the 2016 fall anthology, but before we can do that, we need to make sure everyone is listed that should be. If you supplied a story for the anthology, go make sure your name is on the list. If it's not, PM me (Renee).

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 


Premium Updates:
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:
Door Number Three by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:
All Hallows Eve Adventure by Cia
Blue Fire, Devil's Ire by Cynus
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Safehaven by Comicality
Temporary Dads by Graeme
The Best Year by Krista
Weightless by Cynus; Book 2 of Less is More

 

Promising Updates:
A Better Place by AC Benus; Book 1 of Christmas at Famous-Barr
Apprentice by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of Ink Boys
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Man Flu by Sasha Distan
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Travels by Carlos Hazday; Book 5 of CJ

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone had a great week! Just a reminder that the deadline for the fall anthology has passed. If you had your story proofread and have not uploaded yet, it needs to be done by the end of the day today(Sunday) and the links provided in the forum thread as I need to start getting things prepped for the anthology release. If your story has not been uploaded by then, and the link supplied, your story will not be accepted into the anthology. With that being said, lets take a look at what happened in the blog this week.

 

Featured Story: Metadeaths
Have you been following the Meta stories by JohnAR? MetaDeaths is the fifth book in the series. If you want to get a feel for the story, check out Monday's review.

 

Re-Feature: Cia's Torturing Me
Are you new to the site? Or maybe you have just started posting your stories. If you have, then this is a blog post you should definitely check out. It explains the most common questions Cia gets asked about posting in GA Stories as well as explains what mistakes are made that could delay your story getting approved.

 

Second Chance Prompts #495 & #499
Today was a day for second chances... prompts that is. We took a look at two previous prompts from this year that no one took up the challenge for. For our featured prompt, we featured a new response to the Tanka poetry prompt.

 

Anthology Discussion Day #2: October 2016
Saturday's discussion day revolved around the 2016 special anthology. Authors shared what they're working on and what themes they are hoping to supply a story for.

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 30th, 2017
  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017


Premium Updates:
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 


Classic Updates:
Door Number Three by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:
319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday
Greedy by Graeme
Innocence & Carnality - Part Two by Mann Ramblings; Book 2 of I & C
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
Weightless by Cynus; Book 2 of Less is More

 

Promising Updates:
Apprentice by Sasha Distan; Book 4 of Ink Boys
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Travels by Carlos Hazday; Book 5 of CJ

Renee Stevens

Hey all! I hope everyone had a great week and are ready for the start of a new one. It's been a busy week in the various GA News Blogs, and hopefully you didn't miss anything, but if you did, that's what the Weekly Wrap Up is for! A quick reminder, if you want to participate in the blogs and help provide content, check out the Blog Feature Opportunities thread in the Help and Announcements forum.

 

October Signature Feature: Geeks By Cassie Q & October Signature Excerpt: Geeks By Cassie Q
This month's signature feature is from Cassie Q. If you'd like to show support to Cassie, you can go and download the banner and place it in your GA signature. If you haven't read the story yet, then you can go to Wednesday's post and read the excerpt; see if it's something you want to add to your "to be read" list.

 

GA's Newest Promising Author: Carlos Hazday
Thursday we announced that GA's newest Promising Author is Carlos Hazday. If you haven't already done so, stop by and offer your congratulations to Carlos. You can also find a link to all of Carlos' stories.

 

Writing Prompts #536 & #537
If you're stuck, or you simply want to try your hand at writing for the first time, check out our weekly prompts. You never know, you might be featured like JohnAR, Hunter Thomson, and jamessavik.

 

Anthology Discussion Day - October 2016
We finished off the week with the discussion day for the 2016 fall anthology. The discussion days offer an opportunity for authors who plan to participate in the anthology a chance to discuss where they're at and what they're writing about. It also serves as a monthly reminder that the anthology is coming up.

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2016 Fall Anthology: Blindsided / The Forgotten - Due October 28th, 2016 *THIS FRIDAY*
  • All Pre-2016 Anthology Themes - Due December 14, 2016
  • 2017 Spring Anthology: Jagged Edges / Unintended Consequences - Due April 28th, 2016

 


Premium Updates:
Studly Ranch Hands by Renee Stevens *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:
Door Number Three by Ronyx
Love & Loss by Dabeagle

 

Signature Updates:
319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday
Mental Games by Bill W
Mine! by Cia
Temporary Dads by Graeme
Weightless by Cynus; Book 2 of Less is More
William Walter Williams by CarlHoliday

 

Promising Updates:
Fallen Pride by Sasha Distan; Book 7 of The Best Circle of Hell Stories
Falling Apart by craftingmom
Headstall's Reflections by Headstall
Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall
Shut Up and Prompt by Sasha Distan
Tiger Winter by Sasha Distan
Travels by Carlos Hazday; Book 5 of CJ