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Rigel

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About Rigel

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Sexuality
    Bisexual, leaning male
  • Location
    Maryland
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    Music (almost any kind, especially folk and classical), linguistics, religions
  1. Rigel

    Vale Ursula Le Guin.

    I was always fascinated by the deep thought that went into her writing, probably not so surprising given that her parents, Alfred and Theodora Kroeber, were a couple of very famous anthropologists in California and she grew up with Ishi, the last Indian of his Yahi tribe, whom her parents studied. Always Coming Home was a completely fictional anthropological textbook her parents would have been proud of, and its greatest joy may that it introduced me to a tense in English I had never previously encountered, about a tribe that "might be going to have lived a long, long time from now in Northern California." (future perfect conditional?) --Rigel
  2. Rigel

    I-44 Billboard

    Some of the t-shirts offered by the place get truly weird! https://uranusmissouri.com/uranus-t-shirts/
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    Chapter 16

    I love the idea of a mass pee-in (or is it a piss-off?)! They can call the action "Void Where Prohibited." --Rigel
  4. Rigel

    Happy Pi Day!

    This obsession with pi is irrational! But there's no end to it.
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    A To Z

    Parker-- Thank you for sharing this story. The test to me of a good story is one I go back to re-read, a year from now or five or ten years from now. Part of the story is so memorable that certain characters or events in their tale work their way into my brain, and I have to go back and re-read that piece, and then get caught up in the entire story again. A to Z is going to be one of those stories for me. --Rigel
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    Chapter 52 Anxiety

    Wonderful chapter! I'm curious--Zander's bus coming home being delayed by snow echoes this past weekend's news of the Duquesne University basketball team and Temple University gymnastic team being stranded by snow on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for almost 24 hours. Is this just happenstance, or did the news have anything to do with the way the chapter was written? It almost seems like current events barging their way into the fictional story! I loved Nonna. She reminds me a little of the character played by Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck--an old woman worrying so sympathetically about the love life of her children and grandchildren, with spot-on advice from the ages. And it seemed like Andy was such a cautious driver that Monica might, for the first time, be at ease with a teen-age vehicle operator. Looking forward to the next chapter... --Rigel
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    Chapter 29 The Bus Stop

    Some of the most wonderful double entendres! Loved this chapter! Thank you for writing it. --RIgel
  8. Rigel

    Chapter 40 Into the New Year

    At last, Andy seems to be running toward instead of running from: A major development, in both Andy's mind and the story plot. I can second Oxala's comments below (or above?) about the skill of the writing of this chapter, successfully conveying perfectly both the behavior and thoughts of a socially-awkward first-time partygoer and pool-player, and the gentle symbolism of stopping at the state line and turning of the year as a place and time for Andy's turn-around. Looking forward to next installment!
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    A To Z

    You given me enough info to think of Blackburn as being a small town in a south-central Pennsylvania valley. It's a place where there are parallel ridges that run North-South and Amish farmers in the valleys, and in chapter 23, you slip in a reference to the Pirates as the nearby sports team. I'm loving the story--at first the "Perils of Pauline" series of misadventures to Stefan/Eric/Andy was offputting, but I came in late enough that I could read my way to a point where he had met Eustace Whitley, and there was hope for a story that would develop the main character with at least a semi-stable supporting cast. As I write this, you've just posted the Christmas Eve chapters, and I'm hopeful that Andy's lies will get found out, in a good kind of way. I should probably post my next thoughts in the reviews section to avoid giving away any spoilers, but before I do, I need to know--have you written the story all the way through, or are posts liable to switch the future plot? If the latter, I might need to be careful with plot development speculations. Is it correct that you try to post each Tuesday and Friday, or am I making that up in my own addled brain. --Rigel
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    Geography

    Andover, MA (or CT)
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    Geography

    New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  12. I finished reading this story a couple of weeks ago, but the subsequent statements of the LDS church on gays have brought my mind back to it. The new rules ostracizing the children of Mormon parents in a same-sex relationship until they (1) reach the age of majority and then (2) denounce their parents' relationship put me in mind of Chris's situation in your story. Almost all the reading of the news articles I did was filtered by memories of your story. Congratulations on telling a tale that's not only a good story, but very timely. See, for example, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/08/us/gay-mormons-distressed-by-new-rules-on-same-sex-relationships.html --Rigel
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    Chapter 12

    I finished reading this story a few weeks ago, but the subsequent statements of the LDS church on gays have brought my mind back to it. The new rules ostracizing the children of Mormon parents in a same-sex relationship until they (1) reach the age of majority and then (2) denounce their parents' relationship put me in mind of Chris's situation in your story. Almost all the reading of the news articles I did was filtered by memories of your story. Congratulations on telling a tale that's not only a good story, but very timely. --Rigel
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    Chapter 17

    It's long overdue for an update of the story of Jay and Scott and the "Pastel Warrior." Just a modest kick from an eager reader impatiently awaiting further chapters. (After all, you did promise that you would finish the story this time.) Hoping all is well in your non-writing world of real life. --Rigel
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    Rip: Trebs

    I remember Trebs organizing a GA gathering when he and Dan came to DC for the first inauguration of Barack Obama back in January of 2009. Trebs was a great organizer of things, and put together a dinner at a restaurant in Union Station. It was unusually cold that weekend, and the cold leaked into the atrium of the station where the cafe was located, but the warmth of the gathered crowd (assisted by a few sweaters and vests) defeated the cold of the weather. He and DK were very much in love at the time, and as a local resident who knew the town, I remember showing them around the shops of the station, where they purchased amethyst bling for each other. Happy memories of someone who only got to meet him in person that once... Hard to believe someone so young, vital, and important is gone. --Rigel
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