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    Yucca Valley, CA
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    Reading, music, naked hiking in the desert , birding, exploring my sexuality and orientation (I came out at age 62 after 42 years of marriage)

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  1. donaldbirwin

    A Bug's Life

    I agree with Obican--beautifully executed. I read the intro blurb and thought, "Well maybe yes, maybe no, we'll see." I'm hooked--intriguing, memorable characters, including the staff.
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    I was lying in bed this morning musing about my very real case of "Vacation Companion" withdrawal. Like so many others, I wondered if you were satisfied with having created a novelette that kept us wishing/wanting/craving more. Who knew that my withdrawal could be so quickly cured just by seeing that GA notification on my computer. Thank you! Thank you! As per usual you satisfy and leave me wanting more.
  3. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 11 Missing Pieces

    I have so thoroughly enjoyed your story and the character that you developed in Drake. I have been so exasperated with Drake throughout much of the story, but I think that was your intention and it worked. That exasperation made the ending so much more delicious. It is always sad when a story that I like reading comes to an end but that sadness is balanced with an ending that leaves me happy and content with where the characters are with their lives. Thank you for sharing your talent for story-telling with us your readers!
  4. donaldbirwin

    Dream On

    Thank you! I was seriously going through withdrawal--checking frequently to see if a new chapter was posted. Thanks to you, I'm fully invested in these characters and their lives.
  5. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 11

    I love it when an author draws me in and I become invested in the characters. Thanks for a great read! I look forward to reading more of your writing.
  6. donaldbirwin

    Health Crisis

    Caregiving is a demanding and tiring experience, both physically and mentally. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of your mother. You may find that taking time to write, even for a short time each day, will help you deal with the stress of your situation. Know in your heart that you have the support of your readers as you work through this difficult time.
  7. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 25

    Thank you so much for this story. I have greatly enjoyed these characters. I believe that it is a mark of a successful writer that even when the reader doesn't identify with a character, the reader still develops real empathy for the person portrayed. You certainly achieved that outcome for me with the characters in Paper Walls. I will miss them but I will eagerly await your next story!
  8. donaldbirwin

    The Finale

    What a delightful story--well-conceived, well paced, well written. Thank you for giving the joy of reading your story!
  9. donaldbirwin


    I am very content with "happily ever after," especially for these two delightful characters! I eagerly looked forward to each new chapter/adventure in part simply because there was so little angst. Thanks for a wonderful story. I will look forward to your next endeavor.
  10. donaldbirwin


    I'm adding my kudos for a wonderful ending. I previously had fell in love with each of these characters and their engaging stories. This story was a great way to have them meet and interact. However, the part I liked best is this closing where you captured that moment that so many have experienced where one becomes aware that you are at a transition point where you can't and won't be able to go "home" again and where the pathway to the future that you have been so eagerly pursuing seems less alluring than the safety of what you have in that moment. Your words portrayed that bittersweet moment so well. Thank you!
  11. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 17

    I wasn't prepared for the jolt that I felt when I read your note that the next chapter is the final chapter. You have developed two wonderful characters in Jayden and Troy. I feel that they have so much story left to tell. Perhaps you are considering a sequel??? A romantic can hope, can't he?
  12. donaldbirwin

    A Close-knit Family

    Will there be a continuation of this wonderful series featuring Elliot and Ian. Just asking for a hopeful friend!!!
  13. donaldbirwin

    Chapter 13

    Your words and pacing in this chapter were wonderful! Life is messy and I love the way you have captured that idea with these two delightful characters and their love story. I'm sure my eyes must light up (I know my insides do) when I see that you've posted another chapter.
  14. donaldbirwin


    I am greatly enjoying your story. My friends would say that I was never lacking in self-confidence, but I certainly recognize the inner dialogue going on in Geoff's mind. I think that you have his inner voice down perfectly. And, wouldn't we all like to be Tony!

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