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  1. I think Baby J has plenty of bottles (17 total)!!!!  Glad they all take the same tops!

     

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    1. BlindAmbition

      BlindAmbition

      You’ll be thankful for that. You go through bottles like diapers. ☺️

    2. Kitt

      Kitt

      At about a one to one ratio!

  2. Puts a bit of a damper on the night to find out that I have to start seeing a new doctor for the last month of my pregnancy.....

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    2. Puppilull

      Puppilull

      Very strange to not tell you. Perhaps a fear of having to face disappointed patents to be. 

    3. Kitt

      Kitt

      Why the sudden change? Doc need time off?  If it's to move to a specialist one would think the change would have been earlier since you are well past where you had problems in the past!

       

      Any way, I am sure things will go fine and J will be demanding to be fed at 3 am in no time!

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      He was going to leave a couple of months ago to move to Texas and open his own practice, but that fell through. Nothing has been said since then about him leaving, and now I almost wish he had moved then, because I'd at least have had time to get used to, and comfortable with, a new doc. I'll have one more appointment with my current doc, but then the next one I'll make with whoever my new doc is going to be, just a few days before the other one leaves. I figure if I do that, then if the new doc has any questions, my current doc won't have left yet.

  3. My neighbor is the best!  He knows Hubby is gone and that I'm not supposed to mow the lawn, so he came over with his riding lawn mower after doing his own and did our front lawn. Gonna have to make cupcakes or something later!

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    2. MacGreg
    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      i didn't know, but i guess before Hubby left, our neighbor told him that he was going to do our lawn while Hubby was gone. Our neighbor claims it's because it gives him a chance to ride it, lol, but really, it's just because our neighbor is awesome!

    4. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      Good neighbors are a treasure.

  4. Sooooo aggravated!!! What is it about pups and stealing stuff and taking it outside?!  She has plenty of her own dang toys, which she loves, she doesn't need to steal Baby J's stuff!!!! (Most of his stuff in his room, with a gate across so the dogs can't go in, but I didn't know his sheets were in a box in the living room... He's now down one sheet because, no matter how many times I wash the one she stole and took out in the dog pen, I just wouldn't be able to bring myself to put it on his crib mattress!)

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    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @Dodger My big guy (Sully) was a thief too, but grew out of it. It aggravated me then too, but we dealt with it. Mavis has stolen a bunch of stuff and taken it outside, even a full size blanket, but nothing she's taken out (and she has taken A LOT) has made me as mad as her stealing the crib sheet (which was still in it's frickin packaging!).

    3. Kitt

      Kitt

      Baron used to steal things too, mostly shoes, but would break out of the outdoor pen and burglarize the neighborhood.  Put a waterproof bin on the front porch and neighbors knew to come look for their missing shoes.

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @Kitt Mavis has stolen shoes, underwear, bags of groceries (if we didn't get them put away in time, and yes, she took the bag and anything in it), blankets, and so many other things that I can't even name 1/3 of them. It's sooooo frustrating!

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    Weekly Wrap Up (May 13 - May 19)

    Hope everyone has had a great week this past week. Let's take a look at what happened in the various GA staff blogs. Anthologies 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th Blog Opportunities Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM Renee Stevens to participate Story Recommendations: Open to all GA authors & readers. PM Renee Stevens to participate. Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium* Classic Updates: Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx You Don't Know Me by Dabeagle Signature Updates: April Musings by Valkyrie Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Exes and Ohs by Headstall Mojo by AC Benus Promising Updates: Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso The Horse on the Iceberg by Mikiesboy The Promise by Mikiesboy ***Check out this GA Classic*** Desert Dropping DomLuka Rory's mom just died and soon after the funeral his life is turned upside down when he finds out that his mom has contacted the father that he never knew. Now, he's forced to live in the desert with a family he doesn't know, a father he doesn't want to know, and to top it all off, Rory's gay and no longer has anyone to confide in. Friends will be made and the meaning of family will be found as Rory discovers that everything isn't so bad in the desert. Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
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    Happy Birthday, Myr!

    Happy Birthday, Myr!!!! Hope it's a great one!
  7. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #670 & #671

    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 670 – Creative Tag – First Line “After this, I never want to see you again.” Prompt 671 - Challenge Tag – Historical Fiction Authors like to write in a genre that they are comfortable with. Some genres require more work than others. Your challenge is to write a scene or story that is set in a particular time period. Think Victorian, Elizabethan, World War I, Colonial America, or another time period. You’ll need to research the clothes, tools, items, attitudes, and language so everything is appropriate. Good Luck. Don't forget to share your prompt responses from last week!
  8. *Note: As I will be gone in the near future, for an extended period of time, if you have questions regarding the anthology, please copy @Cia into any PM until further notice.* The theme of the 2018 Fall Anthology is Fight Back and/or Good Intentions Feel free to interpret these themes in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem or play, and submit it. Please read these submission guidelines carefully. You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be as creative as you want to be with the themes. However, please note that this anthology is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial. Who may participate Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, submission to GA Stories requires that you be a member here at GA so you can be assigned as the author. If you have author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums), you can submit stories. Submission Guidelines Submission Date: November 15th, 2018 Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader, if you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact Renee Stevens via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology. Non-Poetry No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines and only one story can be under 1,000 words. Each story posted as its own submission Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000 Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000 Poetry Up to five poems Posted as a single submission (a collection) Each poem posted as its own chapter Submission Procedure *Please read carefully* Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps: Contact @Valkyrie via PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: The Anthology Proof Team is not meant to take the place of an author’s normal editing team so all entries MUST be edited prior to contacting Valkyrie* Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into GA Stories, for help, please read How do I upload my anthology entry into GA Stories? Make sure the story is unpublished by clicking BOTH the publish sliders, one for the chapter and one for the story itself Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved to the correct category by the anthology team. Mark your story as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live. Copy the URL for your story and provide Renee Stevens with the URL via the announcement thread so that your submission may be checked to ensure it has been submitted correctly and meets submission guidelines. This also ensures that it will get moved to the anthology category. Please give the URL to the STORY page, not the chapter page. Each theme will have it's own category. When providing the URL for your story in the announcement thread, please state which theme your story best represents. [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it uploaded correctly Extensions Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, PM Renee Stevens, before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. Please contact Renee only if you need an extension; requests will only be considered when requested by the author personally. However, if the same author is consistently asking for extra time, extensions may no longer be granted for that particular author. Deadlines exist for a reason. The Anthology Team needs time to prep the anthology to go live and extensions, while occasionally warranted due to unforeseeable circumstances, add to the already hectic workload. If you have NOT made arrangements with Renee prior to the deadline, your Anthology will not be included. Please do not send a message the day an anthology is due requesting an extension, these will not be granted. You are welcome to post your story on your own and include a story note stating that it was originally meant to be part of the anthology. Story Titles Please do not use the anthology themes or your GA Username as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed. Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors), are overly graphic, or which are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. If you still have questions, ask. Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content. Examples of sensitive content: abuse, especially graphic/extreme abuse or child abuse, in-scene graphic violence, suicide attempts/themes, allowable incest, etc... if you're unsure that your story falls within this type of content please alert Valkyrie when you send the PM requesting the final proof. Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies. Editing All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. There are editors who prefer to edit only one shots, such as anthologies. Please make sure to state that your story is for the upcoming anthology. Also, please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor. Copyright As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2018 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission. However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks. If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2018 Gay Authors Fall Anthology: Fight Back and/or Good Intentions, and include a link back to GA if possible. If you have any questions, please contact Renee Stevens via PM or via the Anthology Blog or Forum.
  9. Please join the Author Promotion Team in congratulating @Aceinthehole as GA's newest promoted author! Aceinthehole has been a member of GA for approximately two years and during that time, he has written five novels and over 800,000 words to share with the members here at GA! His current story Tales of the Underground: Blinded is over 175,000 words. If you want to read more from Aceinthehole, you can visit his author page (and check out his new banner while you're there). Please join us in congratulating Aceinthehole on his well deserved promotion.
  10. Renee Stevens

    GA's Newest Promising Author: Aceinthehole

    Please join the Author Promotion Team in congratulating Aceinthehole as GA's newest promoted author! Aceinthehole has been a member of GA for approximately two years and during that time, he has written five novels and over 800,000 words to share with the members here at GA! His current story Tales of the Underground: Blinded is over 175,000 words. If you want to read more from Aceinthehole, you can visit his author page (and check out his new banner while you're there). Please join us in congratulating Aceinthehole on his well deserved promotion.
  11. Went to the doctor for refill on blood pressure meds, and now on antibiotics for both a severe sinus infection and a severe ear infection.

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    2. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      Do you ever use a warm saline sinus rinse? Might help with clearing things out, but be sure to use it gently since you have ear infection. 

    3. BlindAmbition

      BlindAmbition

      Like @MacGreg says with saline. Nettie pots are great.

    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @MacGreg i did try that, Sir, and it helped a little bit, but not much.  Hopefully within a few days i will be back to normal... well, my recent normal.

  12. Renee Stevens

    Featured Story: Button

    Well, it's the start of a new week, and for today's schedule, we're bringing you BlindAmbition's review of Button by Cole Matthews. Featured story days are a great way to highlight one of the many stories that can be found in GA Stories. With so many stories, it's easy for a single story to get lost in the shuffle. Now, onto the review. Hopefully you enjoy BlindAmbition's review enough to go check out Button for yourself! Button Cole Matthews Reviewer: BlindAmbitionStatus: CompleteWord Count: 77,786 I’m happy to be providing my first official GA story review. There are so many wonderful stories on GA, so it was hard to choose one. I decided on highlighting the story Button by Cole Matthews. It’s a little gem that flies below the radar. The story is full of heart and meaning, without being preachy. It offers a little something for everyone. I read this story before joining GA, and it still resonates with me. The story revolves around a full cast of characters, but it’s truly Button’s story. He is left on the doorstep of his father Craig’s house. Craig and his partner Graham take on the Herculean task of raising Button. Each chapter represents another year in their lives. Craig is the buddy and most relatable figure to Button, whereas Graham is the overprotective nurturer. Each father plays an invaluable part in what Button will become. Button will experience hardship through his learning disability. He will also learn to achieve and overcome adversity. Button gains confidence through an abundance of love. Learning how to deal with the curves life throws at you can be difficult, but it’s what you make of any situation that counts. Cole has written a story with a lot of heart. It’s not fluffy and sugarcoated. It’s also not depressing and a Debbie Downer. Button is just an honest portrayal of life, life that isn’t certain and often changing. The story's strengths come from showing people are flawed, constantly evolving and resilient. These are all things we inevitably learn in the game of life. The only criticism I have of the story is wanting more. Each chapter represents a year; this limits how much of Button’s life can be included in those chapters, although I feel writing in another format would have taken away from the story’s special quality and voice. Category: Fiction Genres: Drama Tags: gay, light-hearted, parents, psychology, modern, love Rating: Teen
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    Well, this week has sucked

    So sorry to hear about what you’ve been going through hon. Lots of hugs and good thoughts coming your way! This one might make you chuckle. A few years ago, my niece and a bunch of my cousins were staying with me for a few days. A little summer get together for them to spend time with each other since my niece lived in seattle at the time and they didn’t get to see each other much. Anyway. We had a tv for them to watch movies on, in the room they were all staying in. They wanted to watch Paranormal Activity, whatever the newest one was at the time. My husband rigged up a teddy bear with fishing line so he could make it move from outside the room. They were in there watching the movie, the lights off, and he started pulling on the fishing line. Well, one of the girls noticed what was going on. They all laughed and one of them said something to my husband about nothing he could do would scare her. Well...challenge accepted. He waited until they decided to take a short break for the bathroom and to get some snacks and snuck into the room. This room has a really really tiny closet in it. He hid in there and waited for probably a good five minutes after the girls restarted the movie before he made his move. All of the sudden, there are blood curdling screams coming from that room, the door flies open, and seven girls run screaming from the room. Yes, even the one who told him nothing he could do would scare her. After that, they kept a close eye on where hubby was and checked the closet and under the bed every time they went back into the room.
  14. People debate wishing a mom-to-be a Happy Mother's Day, but I think you're quite deserving of the well wishes. Have a good one, renee.

    1. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Thank you, Sir!!! It’s been a good day so far :)

       

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    Weekly Wrap Up (May 6 - May 12th)

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