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  1. I'm about to start a new thing on GA... a GA "classroom". I know, I know, I just finished school. LOL I found a book with writing challenges for 100 days featuring all different aspects of the craft. I'm not going to throw them out every day, but I was going to do one per week with features in the newsletter, social media, etc... so if you're interested in learning more about writing and having some fun at the same time, join the Writer's Circle Club now and check out the GA Classroom: Writing Challenges topic! 

  2. I got a job interview for the elementary position for next year! Of course, I was on hold in the queue waiting to talk to my medical insurance about nearly $500 of bills they're supposed to cover that Blue Cross keeps trying not to pay as part of our coverage when the principal called me... but I promptly took the call anyway and gave up my place to talk to him and arrange to interview at 10:30 on Tuesday. Then I called the insurance back, bawled them out per my typical constructive hostile negotiations tactics about the finer details of what exactly our benefits do and do not cover, and got the charges agreed to be paid TODAY because if I had to call back a 4th time, bad things would happen. 


    I'm pretty persuasive. And feeling pretty good about that job being mine next week. :P

    1. Valkyrie


      Gotta love insurance companies.  :unsure: I'm sure the interview will go great :hug: 

  3. Yesterday was the last day of school for the year at the middle school. Man, I'm tired. I knew from day one that I didn't really have a job in the program since it relies on student numbers each year. Upside, my boss and one of our resource teachers recommended me to the principal and a resource teacher at a nearby elementary school. Somehow all district para jobs were removed from the district listings a day later, but our teachers told me to email the principal/teacher about my interest. Within 3 hours the principal had the job reopened and asked me to send him my resume/references. So I did that on my lunch break on my last day in between loading back up the ice chests and 5 gallon bucks I donated to the school for our field day event that morning. Nothing like multitasking! :P


    Did I relax for my first day of summer vacation? HA! Do you know me? Up at 5, read till 6:30, chores/online stuff till 8:30, went to a book sale from 9-10, drop off some books I got for my BFF at her house, errands with kids for rafting trip supplies for son/hubby, chores, pick up daughter's friend, more errands, online book management for my kindle library, rafting trip meal prep, take girls to go hang out with friends at the park, run to the store, more chores, went and did a 30 minute speed walk, dinner, dishes, daughter and her friend back to her house for a sleepover, home to do more cooking for rafting trip and more dishes... and now I'm here to do some blogs and stuff. 


    Upside, my daughter is 14 and her friends were playing things like lava monster on the play structure and hide and seek when I went up to walk on the lower track area. Yes, they're loud, and most of them live in t-shirts, basketball shorts, weird socks, tennis shoes, and maybe could learn how to brush or do something with their hair (other than color it blue) but I adore that they're so sheltered and innocent still to play those games, even if my daughter did invite over a boy her BFF has a crush on who doesn't even know she does. 

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    2. Valkyrie


      I had the day off today and I took a nap, cleared some shows off the DVR, and cooked dinner.  :unsure: Oh, and also did some reading.  :read: I think we need to start calling you Super Cia :gikkle: 

    3. Cia


      I think I just got addicted to the step counter on my smart watch. My "goal" is set to 6k, but I get annoyed if I get less than 10k. Most days I could crack that before dinner though. 

    4. Ron


      OMG, Cia. How exactly are you retaining your sanity?! Mainlining chill pills? 


      Seriously, I think you’re just an old hat at this kind of regimen, you must be by now—nothing seems to faze you.


      Me, I might make it through the day, but I might work myself into a comatose state with (more than) a few drinks at the end of the day. “You kids go have fun now. Daddy’s taking a breather. See ya tomorrow.”

  4. Cia

    Chapter 36

    “It’s okay, Kohen.” Captain stroked my cheek, wiping away the tears. “Someone get Aparoe in here so we can get an antidote.” His fingers smoothed across my face, and Captain leaned down, staring into my eyes. “I’m going to lift you, and we’re going to sit on the couch. Okay?” Did he expect me to answer? I couldn’t even swallow, which I learned the second he lifted me and my head lolled to the side, landing on his shoulder. My lips parted and warm drool oozed out. I’d experienced so many humiliations in my life, had all my choices taken away, lost the ability to touch and be touched unless I was being used as a weapon against others… but this humiliation was almost more than I could bear. Lakshou was my friend. He taught me how to harness the terror I’d felt, to push it away and lock it down. He’d spent time with me, and I’d never glimpsed even a hint of the hatred and disgust he’d just showed toward me. I’d saved his life. How could I have been so wrong? “Hey, hey. Whatever’s going through your head, stop.” Captain turned and sat, pulling me close and shifting me around to sit sideways on his lap. My foot was caught and turned at an awkward angle, but I couldn’t tell him, so I tried to ignore it. “Lakshou has been a member of my crew nearly from the beginning. I trusted him, until the last two times Aparoe scanned you, and he was in the room. That’s when we started to wonder if he was using his abilities on you, and if something in your mind was different.” They did? Why didn’t they tell me? My heart sank. Trust. They must not have trusted me. Maybe they thought we were working together. “Stop it, I said. You really can’t have a single thought that doesn’t appear on your face, you know that? I don’t know exactly what you’re thinking, but I promise, it had nothing to do with thinking you’re working with the Brox Consortium willingly.” Captain stroked my forehead between my eyebrows. “You, or anyone else they shoved all that stuff inside their head. But, to anyone who knows you even a little, it’s easy to tell what you’re thinking. Your face is like a public vid—anyone walking by can see it, if they have the code.” I wished I could talk to him. I wanted to ask him all the questions crowding around in my head. I wanted to ask him to turn my head so I could see what I heard going on in the corner of the room where Deke and Lakshou were. I really wanted to ask him to untangle my foot from the cushions. Aparoe entered the room, the box abandoned in favor of a more modern medical kit. Thank the stars! They made a quick pass of my chest, then a longer analysis of the injection spot. “I think I can counter what that traitor gave him, but it’ll have to process through his body slowly.” “We don’t have time for that.” “Look, you may be the captain, but I’m the medical officer on this oversized hunk of junk. And his physiology is in flux, his hormones are going crazy, and I’m afraid of doing that will harm him further. We will do this my way.” “Okay,” Captain said. “Whatever you say.” I didn’t want slow either. Being trapped inside my body was torture. There was so much going on around us I didn’t understand. What had happened? Lakshou went from trusted friend to enemy, and I had no idea why. He’d talked about money. Was that really the reason for so many lives being ruined? My life? My parents had sold me, the Brox had tested on me and then used me in their machinations, and Lakshou betrayed me. And worse, he betrayed Captain and the rest of the crew, faked loyalty to them and their mission. The zing of whatever Aparoe hit me stung briefly but then warmth began to spread through the cold lethargy holding me captive. I tried to move, but I couldn’t. “Calm down, Kohen. Aparoe said it’d take some time, remember.” Captain stared into my eyes. “I’m sorry we couldn’t tell you before. We knew something was off, but we didn’t know what it was exactly. We weren’t sure Lakshou would show his hand, but we suspected he would. He had to; we’re too close to the central planets. They can’t use us anymore, not since we know the truth.” Captain looked past my shoulder. “Deke is handling him. We’re going to issue general quarters. All crew members not part of the original team are going to be confined for our safety. I think I can be forgiven for my lack of trust, in this case.” Captain rubbed my shoulder, then slid his hand down my arm to my hand. My fingers twitched. “Did you feel that?” I had. “Do it again.” Concentrating, I curled my fingers around his. “That’s good!” Captain grinned. “You’re coming back. I need you. We’re going to stop these bastards once and for all. We’re going to give them the surprise of their life when they board us, and when we reach Central, we’ll root out the corruption and stamp it out. Then I’m taking my own ship, and my crew, and you, and we’ll find something else to do in the galaxy to earn our keep.” I had a feeling that things wouldn’t be as easy as he made them sound. I dragged in a deeper breath, my chest aching. “Sounds perfect,” I rasped, forcing the word past still partially-frozen vocal cords.
  5. Well, it's Wednesday. Did you check out this month's Classic Author feature on Monday, or download your copy of the graphic for your signature? It's definitely an unusual little tale and has an ending I don't think you'll expect. Well, if you read Lugh's stories, you probably already know that the story won't go like you think it will and the ending is never far from assured. But let's talk about another part of the story, because there's a hint in the beginning that just captures the attention and hooks you, and that's the excerpt I chose. To read more, click here .
  6. Cia

    Hard truths

    We've had a lot of conversations over the years, Lacey, about a lot of things. If someone is set of harming you, sometimes there's nothing you can do to stop it. But you've done what you felt you needed to, and what you can, and the rest is out of your hands. People who know you, or who aren't gossipy jerks, don't listen to random crap from general people.
  7. June is transition month... hot to cold, cold to hot, the spring equinox. The month of weddings for many; gay pride month. The end of the school year and the start of summer vacation. And this month, June is also the month we're featuring a different kind of transition, and union, with Lugh's short story, The Union of Darkness and Light. An interesting tale spanning years in the lives of the characters, we see the tale from multiple POV and learn that all we think is good and light and bad and dark is not always as it seems. Length: 19,719 Description: Some faery tales start with a kiss; some end with a kiss. They all take place in a perfect world. Well, if you don't count the wicked step-mother and the prince-eating dragon. This is my version of a modern faery tale. There are no wicked step-mothers nor prince-eating dragons, but not everything is exactly perfect either. And it all starts with a kiss... A Reader said: Sweet... a lot of fun Lugh. I look forward to reading more of your work. ~ Stephen ODonohue If you want to spread the word about Lugh's story, download the graphic below and add it to your signature! Make sure you come back on Wednesday to see the excerpt I chose to share!
  8. Yay! Awesome! The first confirmed entry is "done".
  9. @northie @Mikiesboy @Valkyrie Remember, it can be any length! A scene or a snippet or even just a caption paragraph article lead in... the goal is to have fun with and be original. You don't have to something long or too involved.
  10. Today, we're doing something a little different! This is the newest newsletter prompt writing game. So, play along with some other authors, have fun with any headline that catches your eye, and get a link to your story featured in the site newsletter! HEADLINE PROMPT GAME Happy Gay Pride Month, everyone! How are you celebrating? Does your city do a parade? Special event weekends? Ban celebrations? *boo hiss* Or are you not quite ready for the crowds? Well, how about GA celebrates together with a new game? Very loose rules with this game, just have some fun with it. You're going to google "Gay Pride" and then click on the (News) option. Then DON'T click on the results! All you're going to do is use one of the headlines that catches your eye to create a scenario and write from there. Any length, any genre is fine, but the theme is sort of obvious, lol. You can share your headline in the game topic, talk about your story/writing as you go along, but don't do a full reveal to anyone but your editing team so we can all enjoy them later! Fine print: Deadline is June 28th. Post story/chapter unpublished with no date. Send link to Cia via PM. Story release will happen with July 1st newsletter.
  11. Sorry guys! With all that's going on this month, I totally forgot to start this. I also decided to keep it here in Games & Forum instead of putting in the Lounge, though it might get more traffic there, it makes more sense here where we've done the other games. So... who's up for some more writing fun? How about a Headline Game?! Happy Gay Pride Month, everyone! How are you celebrating? Does your city do a parade? Special event weekends? Ban celebrations? *boo hiss* Or are you not quite ready for the crowds? Well, how about GA celebrates together with a new game? Very loose rules with this game, just have some fun with it. You're going to google "Gay Pride" and then click on the (News) option. Then DON'T click on the results! All you're going to do is use one of the headlines that catches your eye to create a scenario and write from there. Any length, any genre is fine, but the theme is sort of obvious, lol. You can share your headline in the game topic, talk about your story/writing, but don't do a full reveal to anyone but your editing team so we can all enjoy them later! Fine print: Deadline is June 28th. Post story/chapter unpublished with no date. Send link to Cia via PM. Story release will happen with July 1st newsletter.
  12. Cia

    Chapter 35

    I ducked my head, pulling my knees to my chest and burying my face against them. My throat burned, and I swallowed repeatedly. I’d tried to stay coldly logical, thinking everything through, convincing Deke and Captain, and keeping calm even when I’d been locked in waiting for my brain to betray me—and worse, betray the ones who’d set me free. Knowing it wasn’t going to happen set free all the emotions I’d tried so hard to suppress. My breath shuddered in and out, and a few tears escaped. “It’s okay, Kohen. You’ll be all right.” Lakshou stood behind him and ran his hand across the back of my head. His long fingers brushed the ports. Those synapses fired again, and whatever extra alien parts they’d shoved inside that helped me accept the advanced processes from the technology also embedded inside my brain were spinning through the things we knew, the fears we had, and the horrible possibilities. “I’ve bonded with Captain. But the others who were rescued who have ports… did any of their brains change or were they still intact, ready to receive whatever signals are about to break through? Before, Captain said none of their scans showed any extra activity like mine. So… are they susceptible?” Aparoe stood, shoving the wand into the machine and clamping the lid shut. “It’s a valid fear. I need to get back to Medical. I will leave you two to discuss this with Captain Querry and Deke.” Aparoe sighed. “I don’t like it, but Deke asked me to assess the species rescued on this latest mission to see if there’s any way to sedate them as a group. While I am not happy that it is fully safe for all, I do believe we have a sedative on board that can be injected into their air supply if the vents are isolated.” “It’s possible.” Closing off their system controls to ensure that their level was secure was one of the modifications I’d helped make earlier. I’d thought Deke was paranoid but isolating their environmentals was possible. Aparoe was gone, and Lakshou and I were hot on their heels when I froze. “Why did I believe you so easily? That this is all so easily stopped, so neatly foiled?” Lakshou cursed in a language I didn’t understand. He turned and the rage on his face distorted his bifurcated lips. “Why can’t you just stop thinking and stop fighting for once? I told them, told them this wouldn’t work!” “What?” “That damn bond. First the technology failed, now the bond has made my influence too weak to hold you for more than a few seconds. I told them you were a liability; Querry might be taken in by your body and your broken innocence, but I just knew you’d fuck up our plans.” Lakshou pulled his arms out of his robes and the restraints glinted in the light. “I don’t have time for this.” Shock stopped my heart from beating and the breath from entering my lungs as Lakshou ranted, but the sight of those cuffs broke me from my trance. The door had slid shut behind Aparoe, and we were alone… and Lakshou was the traitor all along. How did we miss that? “Time for Plan B.” Lakshou sneered. “You, I hope they cull.” His horns flashed blue, but he was too late. Deke was a paranoid fucker, and he’d been worried about me. He’d gotten a monitor tracer from Aparoe and injected it inside me—and it would’ve gone off the attosecond my heart stuttered in realization that I was locked in Captain’s room with the alien who was potentially behind so much suffering and death. “Why?” I asked in a choked voice. “What? Tell you my life’s history, some great sob story of injustice against Central Command that Brox is helping me get even? Let you stall for time in hopes Aparoe tries to contact me and fails, then comes to find us? Or the guards come in?” He shook his head, and the shine around his horns grew stronger. My arms fell to my sides, and the first smooth, relaxed breath I’d had since realizing the survivors might not have really been rescued after all made my chest rise and fall. Then another. I watched, eerily calm, as Lakshou glided closer. “No, I think you’ll calmly stand there and me give you this injection.” He pulled a hypo from his pocket. “Your body will be immobilized and fastened to the wall with restraints. Easier to transport you that way. Once this ship is boarded, you’ll be taken back to a lab. The scientists will figure out where you failed, then they’ll cull you. Body parts here, there, whatever’s needed for the next experiment. “And I’ll get paid.” The hypo hissed and burned my neck as Lakshou hovered over me. My muscles locked tight, and I rocked against the wall. “That’s all your worth to me, a payday.” “What will be left of you won’t be worth gathering up to mail back to your clan to scatter to the winds in a traitor’s pyre if you don’t get away from Kohen right now,” Captain roared. Lakshou spun, his mouth parting. “How did you get in here?” “Kohen is under my protection. Step away from him. Now.” Captain’s hands clenched around the weapon he raised. “Or you won’t even have pieces left for the pyre.” “Calm down.” The restraints hit the ground with a muted thud as Lakshou stared wide-eyed at whatever Captain was holding. “You’ll kill us all with that.” “Ironic, considering killing us all seems to be your plan.” Captain nodded once sharply. Deke and a guard entered his quarters from the front door, like normal, and Deke held an identical weapon. “Use his restraints,” Deke said. His voice was rough. “You okay, kid?” I blinked, the only thing I could do, and a tear leaked down my cheek. "Shit. Captain, he needs you."
  13. Cia

    My Newest Art

    Feel free! I got the book/galaxy idea online too, but I've wanted the quote for a long time. It's not quite done yet, but after 2 hours my skin was welted and started to get too irritated. I had her expand the galaxy area from the inspiration image already, but she's going to play up the heart at the base of the galaxy in the box, blend the center colors more, and fade the edges outward on my touch up appt in 2 months.

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