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  1. Hi and Welcome! This is an open thread, intended for poets to help one another on GA. It's not tied to any one piece, but a forum where we can exchange ideas, get feedback on a project we're intending to post, or one that's already up. Questions and advice are always welcomed, so don't be shy about stopping by now and again to say 'hey.'
  2. Wow, July is gone and August has started. In Canada, the first week of September is considered the end of summer. No matter where you are, let's make the most of August! Currently I'm on vacation , so a big thanks to Cia for running the stories Saturday night and putting them in and publishing the wrap up! Monday, Cia started the close of the month with the CSR Discussion Day: Wednesday, Carlos brought us another edition of Ask an Author 2.0: Friday, I was a bit late featuring the Prompts, but CIA had them up nice and early. 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: Conversations With Myself by Altimexis Mark's Revenge by Ronyx Wild Heart by Dabeagle Signature Updates: Aria Graice by Nephylim Clouded Purity by Cynus; Book 2 of The Trial Denied by Cia Dinner is Prompt-ly at Eight by Cole Matthews Leopard Hunt by Graeme; Book 4 of The Lilydale Leopards Mojo by AC Benus The Angel of Retribution by CarlHoliday Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse Promising Updates: Here Kitty, Kitty by Caz Pedroso The Cockney Canuck by Dodger tim's Bits and Pieces by Mikiesboy ***Check out this GA Classic*** Escaping the Pain By Cia When things go wrong what would you do to get away? Dane tries to escape by running but something stops him. Is there a better way? Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!
  3. mollyhousemouse

    Poetry Might Not Be my Thing

    Back on July 16 @AC Benus posted a status update looking for volunteers to look at one of his poetry prompts. i thought about it, and decided to try. (it's here, if you're interested https://www.gayauthors.org/profile/18130-ac-benus/?status=134349&type=status) i'll show you the evolution in just a sec, but first i learned a couple of things i wanted to share. These authors who post poems here are a very talented group. They also work very hard on these offerings. It's not like they just spit the words out onto a page and VOILA! it's poetry. For the ones i know best, it's a long process. It could be days, or weeks before what they've written coalesces into something other than a pile of words. i've likened it to a painter, who blends the primary colors into just the PERFECT shade to convey the feeling. Our poets do that with words. Finding just the RIGHT word so their thoughts and feelings come though the page for the reader. The poets here at GA are also brave. They've put their hearts onto the page, bared their souls for all to see. That, my friends, is bravery. So, to AC's Poetry Prompt. i really wanted to do it, so i PMd him and said i'd volunteer. He sent the link and i downloaded it, and read it. Not just once, but many times. i started writing, and my first attempt was darn close to the syllable count (57577 is what a Tanka should be): the lights on the tree sparkle and dance bring butterflies to my stomach waiting for the morning was never my strength But there wasn't anything that tied together why waiting until morning is hard, and there was a hard stop after the third line, so back to the drawing board. The next attempt is a bit better but the syllable count is still off and there's still that pesky hard stop: the lights on the tree sparkle and dance on on the packages below, i'm giddy inside to see what's in them Whenever i had some quiet, or some downtime, i'd open the document and start to noodle around with it. i kept in touch with AC and shared some of my work. He was, as he always is, gentle and supportive in his critiques and his guidance. i thought a lot about his last email to me where he talked about how a person can say the same thing in many different ways, that blending of just the right words i talked about earlier. He said that putting the words in one order sounds like "everyday speech" but moving the exact same words around can make it musical. He went on to say that it takes practice, and that anyone writing poetry has to just write a lot to get a feel for it. Here's the final evolution: from across the room the brightly wrapped packages reflect the lights from the tree above and i can't wait to see what hides inside i used the "self-check" tool that was in the prompt, and it seemed to check out. AC agreed. He also reminded me not to be too hard on myself as writing poetry takes work, and practice. Then, as is his style, he invited me to revisit this when the new prompts come out. Am i glad i did the prompt challenge? Yes, i am. There were several times when i just wanted to stop, to give up. i was getting frustrated that i couldn't get it. But it's not in me to do that, so i did the best i could. Could i keep working at it? Sure, but i think i have learned what i needed to. And i gained some insight into the process, and perhaps a better appreciation for the poets among us. Will you be looking at the new prompts?
  4. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #668 & #669

    Who's been waiting for their weekly prompts?! 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 668 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – a campfire, a ripped tent, a skunk, a rain storm, and a book. Prompt 669 – Creative Tag – A Wish It’s your birthday, but you’ve had the worst day and go out to celebrate alone. When you get home you make a wish and pass out on your bed, totally exhausted. The following morning you wake to find your whole life is different. What was your wish? Did you write a prompt last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  5. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #666 & #667

    The prompts are back this week! Yay!!!! 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 666 – First Line Tag – First Line “Shut up and kiss me already!” Prompt 667 – Challenge Tag – The Customer We’ve all seen that one person who causes a scene at a store or restaurant. Create a scene with “that customer” who flips out and demands everyone’s attention so they can try to get their way. How outrageous can you go and still make it believable? I know there were no prompts last week, but did you write one anyway? Don't forget to share it below.
  6. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #664 & #665

    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 664 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – red basket, old coat, a boat, a diary, and a pear. Prompt 665 – Creative Tag – Chance Meeting Last night you went out with friends and met a man who checked every box you ever had. He invited you back to his place, but you were out with friends, felt you couldn’t be in his league, and slipped away, eventually going home alone. Today, you met the new partner at your firm. The partner just happens to be the man from last night. What do you do? Don't forget to share your prompt responses from last week!
  7. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #662 & #663

    Thanks to @comicfan, the prompts are back this week! Yay!!!! 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 662 – Creative Tag – First Line “Why do you always do this?” Prompt 663 – Creative Tag – The Crew It seems like forever ago this began. You remember your mother kissing you goodnight and falling asleep in your bed. You awoke on the airplane with the others on the way to the spaceship. The crew were fellow kids except for the captain and your four teachers. After ten years you finally will find out why you were all taken from your families. What happened? Did you write a prompt response for one of the second chance prompts last week? Or a response the week before? Don't forget to share it below.
  8. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts.... Oopsie

    Well... as the title of this blog says, OOPSIE! I didn't realize that I was out of prompts, so didn't send to @comicfan to get new ones! Since I forgot, I decided to go through and pick a few recent ones that showed zero responses in the forum. Creative First Line Word List So there you go! Hopefully I'll have some new prompts for you next week!
  9. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #660 & #661

    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 660- Creative Tag – Dirty Dog On your way to a wedding a little boy almost knocks you off your feet. While you manage to barely keep your feet, you turn to check on him, missing the dog he was playing with sliding into you and sending you head first down the side of a muddy hill. The dog and the little boy slip down after you. What happens next? Prompt 661 – Creative Tag – Artwork You were given a copy of a famous painting you love. What painting is it and why do you like it? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  10. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #658 & #659

    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 658 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – a bee, red roses, yellow rain boots, a pink balloon, and a squirrel. Prompt 659 – Creative Tag – First Line I just got the results of the blood test and you better sit down. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  11. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #656 & #657

    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 656 – Creative Tag – The number Most of us have a number that means something to us. Whether it is the day you were born, the number of children you have, or your anniversary there is a number that stands out. Write a story based on your number and the importance of the number. Prompt 657 – Creative Tag – The accident Imagine going for your driver’s license and getting into an accident. What happened? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  12. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #654 & #655

    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 654 – Creative Tag – Foreclosed Write a short story where the main character is either having their house or business foreclosed. Prompt 655 – Creative Tag – Happy Dance We all have something that will make us smile. Is it a song? A movie? A person? Write a story where something happens and all the character can do is smile and share their happiness. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  13. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #652 & #653

    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 652 – Challenge Tag – Description Most times as a writer we will skip or give the bare minimum of a description so we can move ahead to what we want to tell. Then a reader begins asking for details and we realize what is lively in our imaginations begins to fall flat on the written page. Look out your window and focus on one action, animal, person, or plant. Now write about it including as many details as you can, but keep the scene you are creating moving, not stagnant. In other words, don’t go “Alice, 5’7’ tall, stood approximately two feet from her property line, bouncing a faded rubber ball for exactly five minutes in green shorts and yellow shirt.” Prompt 653 – Creative Tag – First Line So, what did he take you for your first date? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  14. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #650 & #651

    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 650 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – a soldier, a school, a note, a red coat, and a large truck. Prompt 651 – Creative Tag – First Meeting Two shy people are sent to do the initial meeting between their families entering into a business contract. How does the meeting go and what sort of contract are they discussing? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  15. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #648 & #649

    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 648 Tag – The Dragon You walk into the Dragon’s lair, swearing you are well prepared for anything. However, now that you are actually face to face, this isn’t what you had imagined. What is the dragon like? Prompt 649 – Creative Tag – The Eavesdropper You have overheard something you shouldn’t have. Now, knowing this secret and keeping it means you could be complicit in a crime. What do you do? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  16. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #646 & #647

    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 646 – Creative Tag -The Rocket Ship You were the last person placed into the ship. You haven’t fully realized what is happening when the ship begins to take off. Why are you on the ship and where are you going? Prompt 647 – Creative Tag – First Line I’ll see him in hell before that happens! Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  17. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #644 & #645

    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 644 – Creative Tag – First Line “I never would have expected that from you!” Prompt 645 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – a corgi, a manuscript, a phone message, broken glasses, and a bill. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  18. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #642 & #643

    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 642 – Creative Tag - The storm On the way home from work you hear on the radio that a storm is building in intensity and due to hit your area in a few hours. You pick up a few things, especially some food for your pet, and head home. Within moments of entering your home the storm knocks out the power. What happens? Prompt 643 – Creative Tag – The dancer You walk into a room to find a figure dancing alone. Who are they and why are they dancing? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  19. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #622 & #623

    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 622 – Creative Tag – First line “Are we almost home?” Prompt 623 – Creative Tag – The Adult The government has become concerned with its overwhelming elderly population. To keep so many from being left living alone, they are now doing a lottery for new places, whether it is a single person, a couple, or a family for housing, but you are matched with a person 65 or above who has no family. You find out you just got chosen. What is your new roommate like? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  20. BlindAmbition

    Poetry Prompts

    Still getting used to new poetry layout. I was looking for the Prompts... Finally found in Discussions. Wouldn’t it make more sense under resources?
  21. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #620 & #621

    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 620 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – tablet, phone, a sandwich, a pen, and an ambulance Prompt 621 – Challenge Tag – Country Western Authors can get stuck writing in the same style. Your challenge is to fit within this theme. Focus on the setting and having your characters come to life. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  22. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #618 & #619

    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 618 – Creative Tag – The Announcement Your whole family has been gathered together for the first time in years. You think nothing of it, until you hear your cousin’s discussing some sort of announcement and find out this is all about you. What is the announcement Prompt 619 – Creative Tag – First Line “I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  23. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #616 & #617

    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 616 – Creative Tag – First Line “I would love to do that with someone I loved.” Prompt 617 – Creative Tag -List of words Use the following words in a story - a postcard, nail clipper, hospital bed, Broadway tickets, a rash. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  24. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #614 & #615

    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 614 – Creative Tag – The Changeling You’ve been asked to come see your best friend’s new born child. Arriving you feel a chill as you enter their home, but put it out of your mind. As you hold the child, your ring comes in contact with the green eyed, raven headed child who suddenly screams. As you watch, his hair becomes golden blonde, with very fine features, and kaleidoscope eyes. Before either parent can say a word, you say, “Changeling!” What happens? Prompt 615 – Creative Tag – Mystery The statue in the center of town has always been known to give a clue to a large fortune left by the founder of the town. Every year hundreds of people try to figure out the clues on the base o the statue but no one has ever found the treasure. What is the clue to the mystery? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  25. Renee Stevens

    Writing Prompts #612 & #613

    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 612 – Creative Tag – The Costume You’ve been invited to a costume party and your partner has sated they will take care of your costume too. On the night of the party you are mortified by the costume, but have no time for anything else. What is your costume? Prompt 613 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following words in a story – a sweater, an apple, a dead tree, a flat tire, a turkey. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
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