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  1. I miss writing... the creativity... getting immersed in the characters and their story... just all of it. Trying to work on the new story that I posted a sneak peek of, but it's just not working. Neither is prompts. Just too much going on in my mind I guess.

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    2. Puppilull

      Puppilull

      We have a guy in Sweden who made an entire career out of sock puppet shows for kids. So don't scoff at the sock! ;) 

       

      Creativity will return. Right now, other things take priority. 

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Well, looks like any story ideas (children stories included) have to be put on hold while i work on another project. I need to make some covers for the cradle mattress!

    4. Puppilull

      Puppilull

      Maybe not words, but definitely creative!

  2. Beyond frustrated!  Do they not make good vacuums anymore? Bought a new Dyson about a year ago, and because of a major design flaw, it's basically a very expensive paperweight, because according to Dyson, it's because of user error and not a manufacturer defect. (They put the air intake right under the canister, and the same button opens the canister to empty AND removes it from the vacuum. Push that button just a little too far when taking it off, and everything in the canister dumps over the intake and directly to the motor, and now the vacuum screams to the point we're afraid it will blow up or catch fire if we use it). It's not just us either, my mom has the same vacuum and it has overheated since day 1!!!!  So okay, we were not happy campers, but we went and got a Bissell Pet Hair Eraser. Cheaper vacuum, but supposed to be really good for homes with pets. Yeah, not so. It clogs horribly, AND the beater bar is crap. We've replaced the beater bar once, and now looks like the second one is damaged too. Now my mom is coming today to clean carpets before Baby J gets here and we have no vacuum to vacuum the carpet with first!

     

    😭

    1. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      Breathe, girl. See if your mom can bring a vacuum over. Or borrow one from a neighbor.

    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @MacGreg Yes, Sir. i plan to ask her to bring over her old Dyson when she comes. Hubby even stopped at the store on His way home early this morning, but said they didn't have one that He felt would be a good fit.

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      Living room carpet got cleaned and new vacuum is ordered. Hubby said Dyson gets one more chance, because you can’t beat the power when they work, but if this new one is a dud, we’ll never again get another one. Crossing fingers!!!

  3. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #674 & #675

    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 674 – Creative Tag – First Line “What do you mean, I’m the father?” Prompt 675 – Creative Tag – First Date You set up a romantic first date, but your date recently was in an accident and their leg is still in a cast. What is the date like? Don't forget to share your prompt responses from last week! I'm fired. I completely spaced posting the responses to "Renee's Writing Challenge" on the 1st. It looks like the only one to take up the challenge, was Puppilull. Thanks for taking the challenge, @Puppilull. What was your experience like when writing the two short stories? Was it easier than you thought? More difficult?
  4. Thought of the perfect first line for a story last night as I was going to bed....too bad I didn't get up and write it down, because now I can't remember what it was!

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    2. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      If you start jotting down notes about the idea, that sentence might come back to you. Or - you might come up with an even better one!

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @BHopper2 Usually i'd just grab my phone and type it in an email to me, but it was a bit of a rough night and i figured i'd just write it down in the morning. Bad decision on my part.

       

      @Carlos Hazday It's frustrating, because i remember thinking what a good first line it would be, and i remember immediately trying to come up with a plot for it. When i woke up this morning, nothing, except a vague recollection of remembering something to do with a first line.

       

      @MacGreg i wish, Sir. That's part of the problem, i can't even remember the idea that the first line went along with. But you are right in that maybe an even better first line will come to me. Then again, i probably should be working on one of the many other ideas that are currently on my computer in partial states of completion.

    4. Mann Ramblings

      Mann Ramblings

      I actually added an app on my kindle next to the bed for just such an emergency because I'd lost good lines that way in the past. Hopefully, it'll come back to you and you can salvage the idea.

  5. Seriously.... how many socks does one little boy need? I think Baby J has close to 40! Now taking applications for sock pairer upper and folder!!!!

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    2. BlindAmbition

      BlindAmbition

      Just wait! He’ll outgrow them super quick.

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @BlindAmbition *groan* i did notice that at least some of them appear to be a little bigger, so hopefully he'll still have socks for a while!

    4. Mann Ramblings

      Mann Ramblings

      enjoy the new batches of laundry! :D 

  6. Renee Stevens

    Bye For Now & Weekly Wrap Up (May 27 - Jun 2)

    Thank you, everyone!
  7. Before we even get started with the wrap up, I want to say: Graeme!!!!!! Graeme has been a long time member of GA's staff, and has been promoted to Site Administrator as well as Author Promotion Team Leader. We are very happy to have him as part of our team, so please visit the announcement thread to congratulate Graeme on his well deserved promotion! Now, for some other news. I don't usually use the staff blogs for personal stuff, but the time has come for me to say farewell, for a while at least. Baby J is due in just a few short weeks and, for the next few months, I will be focusing on him and my family. I will be back, but for the time being, the other Admins have graciously agreed to take over my site duties. That's not to say you'll never see me in the online user list, but this will be my last blog post for a while (other than the prompts this Friday which are already scheduled). @wildone will be doing the Weekly Wrap Up for me, while the other Admins will handle the various other blog posts. If you have any questions, please direct them to one of them, otherwise you might be waiting a rather long time for a reply. If you wish to send content in for a blog post, including Improve & Encourage features (which we're currently out of), please send them to one of the other Admins and they'll make sure it gets to the right person for inclusion in the blog. Anything author promotion related, should now be directed to @Graeme. @Cia has agreed to field any anthology related questions. In case I don't see you for a while, I hope y'all have an awesome summer!!!!! I'm sure mine will be plenty busy . Now, let's see what happened this week, and if you haven't already checked out the anthologies, please do so! Please note: The blog opportunities are temporarily shortened, due to the majority of them requiring info from me. 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) Story Recommendations: Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin. Premium Updates: Harbinger by Cia *Premium* Classic Updates: Dancing with Madonna by Ronyx Signature Updates: A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse Aditus' prompts and circumstances by aditus Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews GFD: Dark Web by Comicality GFD: Executive Order by Comicality Left Without Words by Comicality Mojo by AC Benus Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie Spirit of Fire by Stellar Waiting Outside The Lines by Comicality Promising Updates: Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ Tales of the Underground: Blinded by Aceinthehole; Book 3 of Tales of the Underground The Promise by Mikiesboy ***Check out this GA Classic*** How the Light Gets In Duncan Ryder Time, it is said, heals all wounds. The single, deep ones. The thousand cuts. But sometimes, sometimes, the scars left behind are just as debilitating. Can two wounded young men find the path that reaches out beyond their own scars to find each other? Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
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    Bye For Now & Weekly Wrap Up (May 27 - Jun 2)

    Thank you! Good luck, @wildone LOL. Seriously though, you're welcome Thank you all! We're excited! i know, Sir! At times it seems like it's been forever, and then others i can't believe he'll be here within a few weeks!
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    Bye For Now & Weekly Wrap Up (May 27 - Jun 2)

    Thank you, jp! I'll try
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    Bye For Now & Weekly Wrap Up (May 27 - Jun 2)

    Thank you, all!!! @Mikiesboy Thank you hon. I'll definitely keep in touch
  11. Renee Stevens

    Newsletter

    Mine came through about an hour and a half ago....
  12. Renee Stevens

    Bye For Now & Weekly Wrap Up (May 27 - Jun 2)

    Thank you, Val & Graeme!!!
  13. Renee Stevens

    Congratulations Graeme!

    Congrats, Graeme, and welcome to the Admin team!!!!
  14. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #672 & #673

    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 672 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – a computer, an engagement ring, a dragonfly, an orange rug, and a forest painting. Prompt 673 – Creative Tag – Vacation Terror Your first vacation in years and mother nature turns it into a terror filled outing. What happened? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  15. I hope you all enjoyed the last Improve & Encourage feature, because it's time for another one. These features are meant to both provide feedback to authors and, similar to story reviews, point out stories that readers might not otherwise have found. It's similar to a review, in that the person doing the critique tells you what they liked about the story, but it differs in that they also provide constructive criticism. Each author signed up to participate, and sign up's are still open! These will post once a month until the last author signed up is critiqued. If you'd like to provide a critique for the blog, sign up in the thread. Just remember, by signing up, you are also volunteering to have your story critiqued and featured. I'm currently out of these critiques, so if you've already signed up, and haven't yet provided your critique, please get them in as soon as possible. As I will be gone for a while, for the time being, please include @TalonRider and @Cia in the PM. Stars for the Star Parker Owens Critique By: CassieQ Please give us a short summary of the story you chose. Beau left his hometown of Lafayette to brave the colds of Ohio only to have to deal with bad Southern accents, jealousy, stage fright and his handsome and charismatic coworker George. What do you see as the strengths of the story/poem? This was delightful to read. There is a fantastic subtle humor in it that I wasn't expecting, from Beau's opinion of the Ohio winters, to his coworkers ridiculous Southern accents. Beau's emotions were so vivid; I could feel the way he seethed with jealousy over Harold, the paralyzing trepidation of being on stage and the sexy undercurrent of all the scenes where he interacted with George. What do you see as the weaknesses of the story/poem? This was extremely well done, but the ending felt a bit abrupt. It was a sweet and delightful conclusion, but it didn't appear to match the pacing of the rest of the story and therefore came off as rushed and a bit jarring. How do you think the story/poem could be improved? A little bit more resolution near the end. It was a lovely conclusion to the story, but after all the build-up to it, I would have liked to see just a little bit more. (Also, I was a little bummed because I liked reading about these characters so much). What was your favorite part? I liked the scene where George brought in some Vietnamese shrimp fried rice for Beau. It showed that George was thinking of Beau when he was out to lunch and knew him well enough to know that he liked the rice and would be hungry. It was very sweet and thoughtful. And this line: " Something definitely pinged, and it wasn't just my brain." Nuff said.
  16. I know a lot of people have been looking forward to the release of the Spring Anthology. Luckily, the wait is over! Nine new stories have now been released for your enjoyment. I hope you find something you enjoy and don't forget to leave the author's a review to let them know what you think of their work! Thank you to all the Authors and their teams, the Anthology Proof Team for giving the stories a final polish, and Mann Ramblings for the Anthology banner! A special thank you to Valkyrie who took over pairing authors with members of the proof team. Thank you!! It Was Supposed to be a One-Night Stand JayT An Accidental Clarity Menzoberranzen No Escape Puppilull Feeling Blue Timothy M. Life's Decisions northie Touch CassieQ Ace Valkyrie Disco Camping jfalkon The Sphinx CarlHoliday 2018 Spring Anthology Support Team Anthology Coordinator Renee Stevens Tech Support AJ Myr Proof Team Cia Rec Valkyrie craftingmom Parker Owens Anthology Banner Creation Mann Ramblings
  17. It's great having the Hubby home, but wishing I had the stuff for homemade chicken soup. Unfortunately, it looks like He came home sick :(

    1. MacGreg

      MacGreg

      Well, damn. A teaspoon of honey and cinnamon twice a day. 

    2. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @MacGreg i didn't know that, Sir. Thank you!  i also ran to the store while He is napping and am making Him some of His favorite chicken soup. Luckily, with the Insta-Pot, it won't take long to get the chicken cooked!

    3. Kitt

      Kitt

      Put the honey and cinnamon in his favorite tea with a pinch each of tumeric, cardomom and ginger. Tastes great, and the spices all have anti inflamitory and imune boosting properties.

  18. 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.
  19. Renee Stevens

    For Baby J

    Thank You, Michael Sir. We’re getting very excited and it won’t be much longer now! i hope you and tim are doing well, Sir!
  20. *Renee does happy dance*

     

    Hubby comes home tomorrow!!!!! YAY!!!!!! It's been a long 2 weeks.

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    2. Kitt
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    4. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      @MacGreg Thank You, Sir, and thank You for helping to keep me grounded the last two weeks!

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    For Baby J

    Thank you, Sir, for both the compliment and the task. We are considering tim's suggestion of printing it on nice paper and framing it for his bedroom.
  22. Renee Stevens

    Weekly Wrap Up (May 20 - May 26)

    I hope you all have had a great week this week! Have you had a chance to check out the Spring Anthology yet? Nine brand new stories for you to sink your teeth into. Before we get started this week, a couple of reminders for you: Reminder #1: New authors are automatically put into the moderation queue and have to be approved by staff. Please read the FAQ on posting stories prior to uploading your first story. One common mistake new authors to the site make is uploading multiple chapters, if not all, of their story at once. We ask that you please not do this as only one chapter a day will be approved, providing the story meets site quidelines. In the end, it may even make more work for the author if changes are necessary before the chapter can be approved. Once out of the moderation queue, authors can post up to two chapters a day, but those chapters must be spaced at least eight hours apart so as not to flood the story update list. Reminder #2: There are certain perks to being a promoted author here at GA. One of those perks is having your weekly story updates in the Weekly Wrap Up. Please, if you are not a promoted author, refrain from posting your story updates in the comments of the Weekly Wrap Up. We are happy to help you showcase your work in the various GA blogs, all you have to do is sign up for one of the many opportunities that we offer. These can be found in the “Blog Opportunities” section of each Weekly Wrap Up. Otherwise, you are welcome to use status updates, a forum thread (one per story), or even a personal blog to notify readers of updates. 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: Ace by Valkyrie Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia GFD: Business As Usual by Comicality GFD: Divine Right by Comicality Headstall's Reflections by Headstall Jessie-101: Online Celebrity by Comicality Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus Poetry by Renee by Renee Stevens The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase The Sphinx by CarlHoliday Touch by CassieQ Promising Updates: Georgetown: As Time Goes By by Carlos Hazday; Book 9 of CJ No escape by Puppilull Tales of the Underground: Blinded by Aceinthehole; Book 3 of Tales of the Underground The Poetry of D/s by Mikiesboy The Promise by Mikiesboy ***Check out this GA Classic*** Living in Surreality shadowgod You can't please everyone, and sometimes, you just have to settle for pleasing yourself. Matt is forced to accept this when he has to defend the life he realized he doesn't want to live without. The life that has been so carefully laid out for him for the last 17 years is changing, and Matt decides that it must be changing for the better if it includes Jacob, even if along with Jacob comes some hard decisions and some fights he didn't know he was quite ready to fight. Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
  23. Renee Stevens

    For Baby J

    Thank you, tim! It was a struggle to write as there is so much I could say. Framing it is a definite possibility
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    For Baby J

    Fear and hope do battle Each struggles to prevail The future stretches before me The winner remains unclear The world can be a scary place So many dangers to behold How will I ever keep you safe When so many things can go wrong The birds are chirping around me The sky is bright and clear Is this a sign of things to come Or the calm before the storm We’ve wanted you forever It feels too good to be true That now you move within me Your heartbeat strong and sure It won’t be that much longer Before we hold you in our arms You’ll no longer be inside me But you’ll never leave my heart We’ll do our best to protect you Keep you safe from harm But let you make your own mistakes And catch you when you fall We’ll be your light in the darkness Your strength when you feel weak Just be who you are meant to be And know you’ll always be our son
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