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    Awesome post. Can't stress that enough. Conflict is the bread and butter of any decent story. Moreover, it's the bread and butter of life, whether we want it to be or not. 😄 It's not a bad thing for characters to have a lull in their lives once in awhile. I dare say it enhances those precious, romantic moments when they are interrupted by some coming storm no matter what form it takes. Some conflicts should be solvable within a chapter. Some should take a little longer. Some should come as surprises or secrets suddenly come to light. And some conflicts should carry the story all the way through from beginning to end. The more the conflict(s) affect a character, the better the character becomes in my opinion. Conflicts urge us to rise up and be better than we thought we could be. Sometimes we win, sometimes we fail but either way, they change us in ways we don't always notice. And sometimes a failure can be than winning. We learn more from our mistakes and our characters should too. Or not... Sometimes they need to be kicked a few times until they get the message. Life isn't easy. Our stories shouldn't be either. Yeah, some escapism is nice once in awhile. Sometimes you need your characters to just be able to sit back and enjoy the victory they've worked hard to attain. But, you are right, if they stay in that super-sweet, happy, blissful nirvana, the less interesting the story becomes. I think one of the best things in my story I wrote was that there was no clear resolution to one of my character's problem. His life was better than how it started but he's always going to have that one problem that will never completely go away. But, the fact that he doesn't give up and has someone who loves him and is determined to stay at his side makes it as close to a happy ending as he could have gotten.
  2. Made some progress today pinning down the characters and order of events.  


    Having to take care to make sure I don't run into any events from.... other writings...


    Gonna feel like a tailor carefully sewing fabrics together.  One chapter down.... no clue when and/or how this ends. 

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    Finding it hard to let go.

    There is never any shame in tears. I remember coping with grief myself and that it took a long time and in some ways I still can't share some memories without having a tearful moment over fifteen years later. It's only been three weeks for you. You have to give yourself the chance to work through your feelings. You don't want to close up his apartment? Then don't. No one says you have to just yet. You're still learning things about him as you go through his place. And there's is never anything wrong with you still talking to him. Losing a parent is one of the hardest things we go through in life. Your heart heals on its own time. No one else's. It's ok to cry, it's ok to not want him to be gone or to let him go. It's ok to be angry at him too. You know he still loves you. He's proud of you. And he knows you're going to be just fine.
  4. First, I had a story I wanted to tell.  It was vague and unrefined in my mind but I knew eventually I'd work it out.


    Then a second story came to mind and I was really excited about it.  Started writing it into the second chapter and then I had to stop to start plotting out exactly how I wanted this to go and how to slowly weave it so that it's storyline meshed well with "other things."


    Then..... a third story cropped up into my head yesterday.  And it's just sitting there...  Waiting to pounce.

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      The third one can't be done until the second one is finished.  They tie into each other, you see...

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    Bisexuality: Real Or Fake

    I've always been of the opinion that the soul attracts the soul. What it's wrapped up in matters very little. I think if someone is bisexual, then they are bisexual and that's great for them. Be happy, have fun, live life the way that makes you smile. Saying anyone's sexual identity is "fake" is... well... rude. You don't live in their body. You don't get to read every thought in their mind. You have no right to judge them by your own standards.
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    Chapter 26

    Mike, I'm really glad it left a good impression on you. I hope my future works will do the same. Thanks so much for having a happy accident and trip/stumble/fell into my story. Jonathan
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    Chapter 26

    Kyle was frustrating at times. The weirdest moment of writing him was in the middle of his panic attacks. I tried to edit those the least mostly because I really wanted the disjointed thoughts to come through for the reader and hope they see this this isn't a normal reaction. I fear there were times I tamed it when I should have intensified it. If I could go back and change one thing, that would be it. Kyle, Jacob and David came to life almost immediately when I started writing. It was going to just be their story when I first started plotting it out on paper. But then, Troy, Andy and Brian started inserting themselves more and more into the mix until the entire thing just exploded in depth. I honestly figured it would be no more than thirteen chapters to tell the entire story. But the emotion and the dedication that they all had for each other made it impossible. It became less of a story about a true love lost and regained and more of a story about a family. An imperfect, troubled, loving and hopeful family that celebrates their victories together and holds each other close during their darker moments. Yeah, I kind of feel the same thing about Steph and Nate. Not sure exactly where that goes between them but in my mind I see them getting closer. Matt and Blake are going to be best friends for a very long time along with Carter. How close they become is something only time can tell. Jacob will probably keep his hair short for awhile. It's easier to manage when he's working with large saws and it's one less thing for a baby to grasp hold of. I'm really glad you enjoyed the story. There will be more stories to tell in the future.
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    Chapter 25

    Was it a threat? Maybe I was just adding a little something to distract the readers from something else. Or maybe Lathrum was trying to distract Kyle...?
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    Chapter 11

    You missed some key details as to why Kyle changed his mind. There's a difference between two people making the choice to have sex and two people who are both unable to make a conscious decision about having sex. To put it in a term more related to Kyle's field, there was no intent to commit the crime they committed. Reread chapters 1 through 7 and decide if David or Jacob were the kind of people that would do that to Kyle or even themselves. When Kyle left he left on purpose. He made a conscious choice to remove himself from the people he loved. David and Jacob made a mistake, one that they never would have made had they been sober and aware of Jacob's alcoholism. Kyle purposefully hurt them without getting all the facts. Now he has all the facts.
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    Chapter 24

    In 2002 as the Gulf War was starting, I was sitting at my uncle David's house (yeah...) as we watched the news footage come in about the invasion into Iraq. That day was the only day in his life he ever spoke about what happened to him in Vietnam and he didn't say much of anything really except told me some stories about the "fun" he had while he was there. I was the only person there so only I got to hear it. To my knowledge, no one else in our family ever heard him say anything about his experiences. By fun, I mean him removing the blasting caps from his grenades in the morning and later on that night when he's sitting around a table with his buddies suddenly taking one of the grenades out and pulling the pin to send everyone flying in all directions. Yeah, he was a weird guy. The one thing I remember most that he said to me that day was when he looked at me and said, "I swear, Jonathan, I was never supposed to live through that. I was supposed to die over there. So every day I've had since then has been a gift." When I was a kid, he was this gruff, mean acting guy who scared the hell out of me so much, I begged to never be left alone with him. As I got into my late teens we bonded since my cousins never really came by to see him that often. I took him to doctors appointments, stayed with him when he needed someone and I was two minutes late, about four steps ahead of his oldest son, when he finally passed away from a long drawn out illness that could have been prevented had he gone to the doctor when he first got sick. But, he was stubborn and wanted to live his life the way he wanted to and he took the consequences as they came with no regrets. He died an honorable marine and received a 21 gun salute at his funeral and there hasn't been a day that's gone by that I haven't missed him. When I wrote this chapter, I knew I was going to have to address Andy's problems head on. It was very hard to write and even re-reading it now brought a tear to my eyes thinking about what all Andy lost when he chose to serve his country. I refused to make it easy on myself when I wrote it and did my level best to honor Andy and my uncle by making that scene as real as possible. I knew it was going to be ugly and painful. But, like most things in life, you have to go through the ugly and painful moments because that's the only way you can ever truly appreciate the good times in your life. Andy had a gangrenous sore on his soul that was ignoring to his own detriment. This confrontation with his friends was that wound being cut open to let out the poison that was slowly killing him inside. Now, Andy can start to truly heal knowing he has Brian's unconditional love that will be there for him always.
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    A Misunderstanding

    A very well crafted tale. Good job.
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    Chapter 19

    When I get a story like this going in my head, all the parts are moving at the same time. I try to keep time stamps in my head as to what happened when and where with who. So, I know what's going on with Brian and Andy at the same time I know what's going on with Jacob and Kyle and with David and with Matt and with Troy. It helps to make things seem more real. Also, I tend to avoid purely saccharine happy endings because, in my lifetime and experience, no real person has one. And if they think they do, they're lying to themselves. Some might think things between some of the characters happened too fast but I would argue that the changes in their relationships had started long before the story really began. Jacob and Kyle had the hardest road because they both had a lot of baggage. The others were a little easier but, still, no concrete happy ending. I like to keep things as real as possible because that can capture the readers attention and help them to better understand the characters. Glad you're still enjoying the story. Hope you enjoy the rest.
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    Chapter 26

    So... I'm at work the other day, minding my own business, when a sudden thought enters my head that there's this annoying, dangling thread in this book. But, you know, it happens so I'm like, "whatever." But this tiny little thread starts to get longer and longer and it's starting to take up space and all of a sudden, in my mind, someone says, "hey, you forgot about me. What about my story?" Well, hell. I ignore it (as best as I can) and continue working. Now, nearly every day, someone at the office is playing music while we're getting our stuff ready to go out onto our routes. Normally, it's the guy near me and all he plays is 80's music and while the 80's were great and all, it get's kind of boring hearing the same songs over and over every day. Well, that day, he wasn't playing anything. And out of nowhere, from 80 yards away on the other side of the room, I hear someone playing... I swear to the gods... Ben E. King's "Stand by me." I stand there for a minute, sigh heavily, and finally say, "ok, fine. Tell me your story." And that's what I'm writing right now.
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    Chapter 18

    I like to think that this is who Jacob has always been, he's just been hiding it from others because of afraid of being hurt. Now that he's older and able to stand on his own feet, he can show Kyle who he really is.
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    Chapter 16

    The secret to their success in this chapter is that they had three friends who locked them in a room and made them tell each other truth instead of spewing fear-induced bullshit continuously. Once they got over that, then the rest was easy. Well, no not easy. Just possible.

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