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  1. Writing Prompts #640 & #641

    I get all my prompts from Comicfan and while we have done photo prompts in the past, we have discontinued using photos in prompts because if for any reason, the photo gets removed from the site, or say I need to clear some attachments, then the photo is no longer available. Edit to Add: Members are allowed to post prompts in the prompt forum, they just need to be titled differently since all of the site prompts are in order. For example, say I wanted to post a prompt separate from the site prompts, it would be titled: Renee's Prompts #1, Renee's Prompts #2, etc...
  2. Writing Prompts #640 & #641

    Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Prompt 640 – Creative Tag – Alien Driving home you manage to get past dozens of cars that are pulled over or stopped to watch some sort of accident. You get home and just strip off, climbing into a hot shower and trying to let the day go. When you finally finish, you pull on some clothes and go to make dinner. As you enter your kitchen you hear a crash in your backyard. Rushing outside into the darkening evening you see a figure spread out on the ground. When you finally are close enough you find a figure sprawled out on the floor. The deep green blood and light silver skin make it clear that the figure is an alien. What do you do? Prompt 641 – First Line Tag – First Line “Do you honestly expect him to call you?” Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  3. Good morning, all! I wish you all a wonderful day!!!

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    2. BHopper2

      BHopper2

      Good to see you Renee. I hope all is well.

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @Reader1810 *waves back*

      @BHopper2 Doing okay so far :) Hope all is well with you

       

    4. Sweetlion

      Sweetlion

      good morning

  4. Classic Author Special Review

    I'm typically asleep when blog posts go live and feature them when I wake up, if nobody has beat me to it.
  5. Classic Author Special Review

    We hope everyone had a great weekend! Today is a "review" day and to help you start your week off, the review team has put together a special review featuring some stories by our Classic Authors. If you haven't read these, hopefully these reviews will make you want to add them to your reading list. A huge thank you goes out to the review team for helping keep the blog supplied with reviews. Sandy Altimexis Reviewer: Lisa Status: Complete Word Count: 11,123 Sandy’s so cute he steals every scene he’s in, which is great because he’s in all of them! Sandy is the narrator of this humorous, emotional, and heartwarming story. Sandy happens to be a golden retriever. Which is why, of course, I chose to read the story in the first place! Because who can resist reading a story from a dog’s POV? The story begins when Sandy is just a wee puppy and is given to a five-year-old boy named Timmy. Sandy and Timmy become inseparable. The story doesn’t get going until Sandy’s eight and Timmy’s thirteen. I’m not going to give away any spoilers, so I won’t tell you what happens at that point. I will tell you, however, what I loved about the story. I constantly found myself laughing at how Sandy describes things that we humans do, such as: 'Timmy got out of bed, leavin’ the covers all rumpled the way I like ’em, an’ he walked into his bathroom, lifted the seat on the big water bowl an’ let loose a steady stream. What a shame it was to waste a perfectly good bowl of water like that!’ And now I know why dogs love to drink the toilet water! Another endearing quality Sandy has is the way he leaves off all the ‘g’s and shortens the words ‘them’, ‘and’, along with many other words. I think it’s comical the way his ‘voice’ is written. Sandy, a Dog’s Tale is also a story about growing up and realizing you might not be right all of the time. It’s about coming to terms with the fact your life might not be all warm and cozy in that little box you squeezed you and your family in. And I’m talking about the adults in the story, not the kids! Put it on your “To Read List” if you need to, but definitely, check it out when you have time. It’s a really good story. Plus, how can you resist that cute dog on the front page?? Don’t you want to read all about him and his family? Category: Fiction Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance Tags: teen, gay, under 18, north america, animals, parents Rating: Mature Ticking Dabeagle Reviewer: Puppilull Status: Complete Word Count: 50,195 Starting a new school is never easy and Sean is nervous. Perhaps he has reason to be, as he finds himself thrust in the middle of students who are out of his league, at least financially. Sean is on an academic scholarship, coming from nothing and finding himself thrown into a very different world. Already on Day 1, he ends up in hot water, bumping into the resident bully and his sidekick. However, he also makes a friend that day, the instant way, by intervening in another fight. His new friend Harrison introduces him to his circle of friends at school and the story takes off. It takes us through a rollercoaster of events, shaking the lives of our protagonists. Like all of Dabeagle's stories, the characters are so well written you instantly feel like you know them. The story is told firmly with the voices of the young and show us the world through their eyes - a world where adults merely visit. The group of friends are witty and intelligent, the banter entertaining. The arrogance of youth can be annoying, but soon the reader gets to see the cracks in the façade. Beneath the superficial exterior, there are secrets this group of friends would rather not share with anyone. Dark, unsettling and infuriating secrets. How will that affect the friendship? The story is engrossing with a lightness and tempo to the writing that draws you in and keeps you going forward. Also, it doesn’t shy away from troubling subject matter, giving it a depth beyond the traditional “high school boy meets boy” stories. The varied vocabulary is a treat in itself, embellishing the story without turning it into a dictionary. So read it! Category: Fiction Genres: Romance, Mystery Tags: teen, gay, coming of age, crime Rating: Mature Desert Dropping DomLuka Reviewer: Spikey582 Status: Complete Word Count: 368,980 This is a story that I happened across just searching through completed stories on the site not long after I joined in 2015. Little did I know at the time, this is probably one of the better-known stories among those in the ‘classic’ category, and with good reason, as this is still my favorite among the exemplary writing of DomLuka. Sixteen-year-old Rory’s life gets turned upside down when he loses his mother to cancer. This might sound obvious, as a loss like that is bound to change anyone’s life. But for Rory, things change in ways he never expected. His mother’s dying wish is that, after she’s gone, Rory should go live with his father. A father he never met, and never knew anything about while his mother was still alive. Rory, without much say of his own, is whisked away from the only family he’s ever known --- his grandmother --- and shipped off to Arizona to start a new life among complete strangers. I can’t possibly give a full and fair synopsis of this amazing story in such a short review. That little summary of the inciting incident doesn’t even scratch the surface of what this story is about. It’s one part coming-of-age tale, one part coming-out story, one part family drama, and one part romance. There’s probably some other genres that cross over into this story as well. Suffice it to say, this story is packed full of something for everyone. Seriously, there’s a reason people still talk about this story a decade after it first posted. If you haven’t read anything by DomLuka, Desert Droppings is a great introduction to an awesome author. Category: Fiction Genres: Drama, Romance Tags: teen, anal, oral Rating: Mature Mistletoe and Handgrenades K.C. Reviewer: Litlover Status: Complete Word Count: 5,835 I’ve always been a fan of K.C.’s work and this story is no exception. It’s not a long tale, but --- pardon the pun --- it packs a wallop in only a few thousand words. This story is about AJ, a man who has just had his world blown apart by someone he thought loved him. As he picks his way through the pieces of his heart he receives more bad news that has him packing up and leaving his previous life behind. In his journey to rebuild, not only his life, but a home he’d once loved, he runs into someone from his past who brings with him fond memories of first loves and summertime kisses. I think my only issue with this story was the length; it was only one chapter. There was so much more I would have liked to know. I would recommend you read Mistletoe and Handgrenades yourself to find out what happens to AJ, although I warn you, by the end, you’ll want more. Category: Fiction Genres: Drama, Romance Tags: mature adult, gay, friendship, holiday Rating: Everyone The Summer of Aaron Luc Reviewer: Timothy M. Status: Complete Word Count: 21,854 Let me introduce you to one of the most poignant and beautiful stories which I read shortly after I joined GA. It never fails to squeeze my heart and bring tears to my eyes as I hold my breath and hope for love to conquer fear and the dreaded age gap. At the beginning of the story, Justin is contemplating jumping off a cliff, literally, but then he encounters Aaron who distracts him from the woes of having been dumped by his partner after fourteen years of catering to his wishes. The mutual attraction between the high school teacher and the eighteen-year-old is fairly obvious, but Justin knows all the reasons why he shouldn’t give in to temptation. He may be vulnerable, but he’s also sensible and honorable, two traits, which together with his kindness, make me admire him as he struggles with loneliness. The pace of the story is slow but every word pulls you deeper. Justin may find it easy to resist the offer of physical intimacy, but as the summer progresses so does their mutual closeness of mind and heart. Justin ends up at the mental cliff of whether to leap into the love and relationship offered by Aaron, for the summer or forever. Of all the stories by this Classic GA author, this is my absolute favorite, and I heartily recommend it. Category: Fiction Genres: Romance Tags: young adult Rating: Mature
  6. We hope everyone has had a wonderful start of the new year. As always, it's been a busy week in the various news blogs, so let's take a look at what you might have missed! Contests 2018 Summer Novella Anthology: Summer - Due April 15th, 2018 Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Premium Updates: Strawberry Chapstick by Comicality *Premium* Classic Updates: A Bridge to Yesterday by Ronyx The List by Dabeagle Signature Updates: Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP) Denied by Cia Mojo by AC Benus Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie Spirit of Fire by Stellar Promising Updates: Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy
  7. Writing Prompts #638 & #639

    I hope everyone is having a great week! It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Prompt 638 – Creative Tag – The Holiday Party You’ve been invited to your sister’s holiday party. When you arrive your brother-in-law apologizes, but before you can ask your sister rushes you into the kitchen to help her. Once the guests arrive it becomes apparent that she is attempting to set you up. Is this good or bad? Prompt 639 – Word List Tag – Word List Use the following words in a story – a gift, a winter coat, a nurse, a novel, and a glass of champagne. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  8. What's New with Renee!

    Thank you, Sly!!!
  9. What's New with Renee!

    Thank you, Tim! And yes, it’ll all be worth it!
  10. Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone... Happy New Year!  I hope you all have a safe and happy 2018!

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    2. Caz Pedroso

      Caz Pedroso

      Happy New Year :hug:

    3. Emi GS

      Emi GS

      Happy New Year Renee... :hug:

    4. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      Happy New Year, renee. May 2018 bring you joy. 

  11. Weekly Wrap Up (Dec 24 - Dec 30)

    Happy New Years Eve! We hope everyone had a great week and a very Merry Christmas!!! Things have been busy in the various blogs lately, so lets get right to it! Contests 2018 Summer Novella Anthology: Summer - Due April 15th, 2018 Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Premium Updates: Strawberry Chapstick by Comicality *Premium* Classic Updates: A Bridge to Yesterday by Ronyx The List by Dabeagle Signature Updates: 1550 Loring Lane by Cole Matthews A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP) Daniel's Gift by comicfan Denied by Cia GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban Musings of a Mongoose by Cynus Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse Promising Updates: Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens Fractions for fun by Puppilull Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso Musings of a Messed Up Mind by Mikiesboy Stars for the Star by Parker Owens The Christmas Cracker by Mikiesboy The Poetry of D/s by Mikiesboy Who is it from? by Caz Pedroso
  12. Writing Prompts #636 & #637

    Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Prompt 636 – First Line Tag – First Line “No way in hell am I going with him!” Prompt 637 – Challenge Tag – Emotion No one enjoys dealing with the sad emotions. A breakup, a death, or even a serious illness can put a character through hell. Create a scene where your character is given some bad news and what happens when they are alone and process it. Remember to show and not tell. Bring the anguish alive for the reader. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  13. What's New with Renee!

    Thank you, Reader! Good thoughts are always appreciated!!!
  14. Improve & Encourage #8: Puppy Love

    Hope you enjoy it when you do!
  15. Improve & Encourage #8: Puppy Love

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, jp!!! i hope you enjoy the reread as well!
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