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Angering, part 2?

Alright, the first 4 chapters plus the extra chapter (which I had originally discarded as stating the obvious regarding some of the plot) is now up on kindle, as "Room in Hell" book 1.

How does my new posting read?

I have combined From Knight and Courtship and I think it combined well but I am wondering how other readers feel about it? Does it flow together well since they were written several years apart?

The Spectrum of Gender and of Sex

The Spectrum view of Sex and of Gender.

Spread the Word

Shin Eris posted “Selling TG fiction on Amazon” below, and Katie and Tanya posted comments with useful guidelines, but I'd like to bring up Fifty Shades of Grey ...

Crystal Hall Forums

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Morning everybody! Has anyone else had a problem with Crystal Hall Forums this morning? I get the page, but it is blank. Refreshing doesn't seem to help.

Selling TG fiction on Amazon.

I've read some blogs on Bigcloset lately about selling your book on Amazon and Kindle. My question, does it actually work? As in does it actually make money?

Story Idea

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Here is a story Idea. Warren Buffett is offering One billion Dollars for a perfect March Madness NCAA Basketball March Madness Bracket. That is the correct winner for 67 games.

The angering.

Alright, so here is the announcement.

From Knight To Dawn

I have combined all of From Knight To Dawn and the Courtship of Dawn together. I would like to get it ready to publish and I would like some one to proofread and/or edit it with me.

He regrets it

I am watching Fox & Friends Weekends here at work, and they were doing a story about a high school that got rid of white graduation gowns for girls and blue for boys, and after a vote by the students

Bike - the future

It's coming to that time again when I ask what you, the reader, thinks about Bike, should it continue are you happy with the storyline and so forth.

Insurance is crazy

I ran into another snag with my insurance company.

TopShelf's February 2014 Beholden of the Heart Story Contest

February 2014
Beholden of the Heart
Story Contest
Contest Starts February 1, 2014!

Updated Contest Information Inside!
Please Read!!

Feeling better

Well, I'm feeling much better today. Not only has the pain in my stomach subsided, but I got to spend an hour at Erin Payne's house, and got licked to death by her two dogs.

two years, one month, six days....

...since the last time I blogged/posted here.

It almost feels like another life, but that is what happens I guess.

Dollar Runaways - Next Post

Hi Everyone,

In case anyone is wondering where today's post of Dollar Runaways is... well it'll be posted tomorrow. I posted in one of the stories that I was dealing with some real life stuff, and today was basically one of the most major things to deal with. I'm okay, but an unexpected promotion and the fallout leading to that promotion have made life a little crazy! Not to mention just a little stressful! I got home late enough tonight that I'll have to format and post the next chapters tomorrow. Hopefully life will smooth out now for the foreseeable future!

I'll have the post up tomorrow evening, thanks!
-Tiffany :-)

Bookmark issues

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BC seems to crash on me while i try and read older bookmarked stories or if browsing my book mark list for while anyone else haveing this issue ??

Seriously Critiqued

I think I mentioned it here, but I know I definitely mentioned it on Facebook.

Not my best day today

I'm trying to keep a lid on the "drama queen" stuff, but I do need to let you guys know I'm struggling keeping tears in check today.

New Email

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Well, the volume of spam has become overwhelming, so I've created a new email account.


Anyone know how SaraUK is doing?
She has been gone for some time now.

OEM and continuing problems

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I just wrote a long comment to Katie Leone about why she was seeing so few comments and Kudos for OEM. I read six of the seven chapters today.

Two star review for Blue Moon?

Well, I took a look and Blue Moon has only one review on Amazon US and none on Amazon UK. And that is a two star reviewer who said that the characters were "poorly drawn".

Even Classics get 1* reviews!

A big hat tip to Karin Bishop for highlighting this over on the Book of Face.

Even Classic novels can earn a single lonely star in reviews at Amazon and other online book retailers. Take the following comments for example:

Re-reading "Sweat and Tears"

Been re-reading "Sweat and Tears" by Steff the Cyclist, and despite some graphic descriptions, its one of the very best stories about male sexual abuse I have ever read.

Another attack

I can't say that I'm feeling too joyous right now. I just got another review on Amazon and I am at a loss. Let me post the review:

The Power of Yeast

We all know that yeast is used to get bread dough to rise, but it also poses a life threating danger to those of us in the community.

Unsteady weekend impacted feedback, or ...?

After this last weekend of unsteady availability for the site, I have a dilemma - either few were able to read/comment on my latest, or it wasn't that appealing to a lot of people.

A word of warning

Just to warn you all, my laptop is at it again.

I love having long hair

I love having long hair. I love the way it moves, the way it feels, and how feminine it makes me feel.

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

So it finally arrived

My court date finally arrived.

What's Wrong Now?

There's a story that I want to bookmark so I've clicked on 'bookmark' but, when I call up my bookmarks, it isn't there! I've tried three times with the sake result. (Aaargh!).

Question concerning stories.

Due to the sites unfortunate crash along with several days of hard work performed by those creative people to resurrected and breath new life back into its unfortunate demise the question I have is ho

Does Katie Leone write good smut?

I don't know where my stories come from. I really don't. I just sit back and all of a sudden something will hit me. Usually I'm glad it's not a fist or a brick, but it's really passive.

Thanks and a NEW BOOK.. A Tale of Two T's

Just to say a big thanks to those who voted for my story - Three men and a Christmas Spirit in the Christmas competition.

Looking for an Editor / Critic

I am looking for an Editor / Critic to advise me on whether a story I am writing is worthwhile. Please PM me if you could help

Heather Marie

A Hug

Sometimes words just can't express what needs to be said, and the only way to express what is really felt is a hug.

To Erin, Piper, Cat and the Crew,

Mum and Quads doing well

They should be home by the end of the month. O'Hara Twin Girls Bailey and Iris weighed 4 lbs 7 oz, the boys weighed 5 lbs 6 oz Reilly and 4 lbs 4 oz

Because I Don't Seem to Be Able To Write - A Few Groaners

Read and Weep

Puns for the Educated

A couple of questions

I have a couple of question for my readers:

The Future Of Storytelling

You all might find this interesting/useful: The Future Of Storytelling

Saturday Morning Humor

A pig and a chicken walk into a bar and order a drink.

The bartender looks at them and shakes his head. "Sorry," he says. "We don't serve breakfast."

Nancy Cole
a.k.a. HW Coyle

For any authors who asked FM to take down your stories

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Your stories may still be accessible. An author who asked her work can be taken down, I am still able to open the text file for one of her stories. This post is just meant to alert authors to this.

Season of The Witch

I have put Season of the Witch up on Amazon as well so the story will no longer be appearing here. For The Fairest seemed to do pretty well so I'm hoping Season does the same for me :)


My new roomie!

Well, Melanie successfully made it to Albany on Monday of this week, and she is installed at our apartment.

A question about writer's critique groups and TG stories....

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(Note: Your ragtime gal made a few corrections, to correct some of the more egregiously horrible wording, the result of sleep deprevation and writing on a wonky computer in the wee hours--Rachel. )

With the extended downtime, I amassed quite a stockpile of questions for the BC readership at large, and question number one concerns a source of considerable dread for me, the writer's critique group. (I would have to promise that I'd post a story to the site.

I've always likened such groups to group therapy, and not in a positive way. Either way, I'm baring my inner self to relative strangers, leaving myself open to judgement and ridicule.

Missing episode

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Just a heads-up.

Thank you all for all of your work

Wow it must have been an incredible job of work.

Thank you

So, I'm Back In! (Again)

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Thank you SO much, Erin et al, for doing whatever had to be done to get 'it' up and running again.

2013 Xmas Contest Awards

December 2013
Three Wise Men
Contest Awards

20,000 up - New Book out to celebrate!

20,000th book sold!


I am in some pain today, and its worrying me a little.

First, my right knee feels off, and I've had trouble supporting my weight (not that my weight is feather-like, or anything).

Windy city

Out in my transit van this morning 65 to 70 mph gusting 80 according to local coast guard station (Mumbles head.) My van literally bouncing as the gusts clobbered it.

My cat died

Several months ago I was posting stories about my cat Madeline. She was the one who got paralyzed at the back legs.

Hatbox Gifts

We got a good head start on February this month and I want to thank everyone who contributed. We even got some donations for the hardware fund. :)

gaby book 12

Well I did promise more from Book 12 and here it is


I was wondering if there was anyone who plays the online game EVE. If so do you still play and what are the risks involved.

A sad visit

My brother came by last night.

Big opportunity

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So I've been beating around the bush lately, primarily because I didn't want to Jinx myself. But I have been given a great opportunity and I have been able to take advantage of it so far.

Attention StefB

Hey Stef. Give me a ring on skype! I haven't heard from you in quite awhile and I thought I'd better check to see if you're okay.


My Last Day

Today is my last day people.

No, not here.

At my job.

Shirley Temple has passed away.

Name poll

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Okay I've narrowed the choices down to what Xia as a character might choose as the names.

Trans-gressive Photography

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Psychedelic in the original sense, mind-opening photography:

Counter-point to yesterday

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Well, I had a moment today that acted as the counter-point to yesterday's being called "sir".

Early Movie With TG Character

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I saw on TMC one of my favorite movies: Little Big Man. It has a character that was obviously transgendered: "Little Horse." She was accepted by the tribe as female.


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Today's my first day out of work. I'm not complaining, since I left my old job willingly and have a new one lined up - one I'm really looking forward to.

Still no wiser but happy

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Connie Alexander

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What ever happened to Connie Alexander?
She has a great story, Catwalk Confidence, that just seemed to stop a year ago.

Name suggestions

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Hi folks,


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Just a question. If someone used the wrong pronouns regarding you, how would you respond?

Where is Constance Grant?

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Where is Constance Grant and her story, "Pirate's Gold"?

I need to do more

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For the past few days I have been helping out a very prominent member of the transgender community get her autobiography together and make it something people would want to read.

The Lego Movie

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Everything is Awesome.

Gaby Book 12

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Just a heads up really, I've started on chapter 18 of Its A Swiss! so I fully expect to have the second instalment ready for people on Wednesday next.

I wish I could be a figure skater

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I am watching Olympic figure skating, and not for the first time, I'm wishing I could have been a (female) figure skater.

The costumes, the grace, the beauty ...

I need questions, not answers

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There are few nationally known transgender celebs, but if you had access to one of them, what would you like to know about their lives. What kind of stories would you like to see in their biography?

Mixed Gender Basketball

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We have had occasional discussions on BCTS about sports and gender, as well as many great stories where sports play a role.

An Unexpected Journey

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...Or, There and Back Again. Once upon a time, in a hole in a hill there lived a...

Oh, wait a moment. Somebody has already done that one. Where was I? Oh, yes.

My eldest son, who lives in New York, has had an accident. His girlfriend is expecting twin daughters...

In order for him to be on the birth certificates, they have to be married, so we will be flying the pond at short notice.


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Sephrena is back but her health is somewhat shaky. Please let her know that we have been thinking of her. She hopes to be able to do the things she enjoys doing here again very soon.


Search is Back

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For those that didn't notice.... Search is back, and I believe we have knocked out all the bugs.

Going to publish my autobiography here exclusively

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After thinking about my autobiography carefully, I've decided it will be made available here on Big Closet only.

My Heart and Hope are with those friends in the UK

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Unless the stories that I have been seeing are untrue, I fear for all of my dear friends and beloved authors in the South and Western parts of the British Isles.

The Third Time's the Charm

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I want to thank those who took time to make suggestions about the title of my story.

The White Wolf Is Fading

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It has been almost 4 months since the last entry for The White Wolf. This story has great potential and I would hate to see it abandoned just as Jessie gets started on ranch improvements.

I - ALWAYS - Behave, and always have.

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It is TRUE - I always behave.

Need Advice concerning Atalanta's Story. Readers Needed.

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About a year ago I became enamored with Atalanta and her story from Greek mythology and I knew I had to write her.

February contest question

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I read about the contest but didn't have any inspiration. Finally it hit and I think I might have a story.

Listening is important. It leads to empathy

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I just spent the better part of the day helping out a fellow member of the trans community. They are writing their biography and it is one that will garner a lot of interest.

Once Again My Insensitivity Comes Forth

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I thought I had finally come up with a good title for my latest effort. Unfortunately, it was a bad choice. I apologize if I brought up unpleasant memories for anyone.

Sorry, No Bike

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Been on the phone to my needy friend, so no time to write tonight.


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Sometimes it's fun to think of something totally inconsequential, when thinking of other things is too painful.

Appeal to Sephrena's friends

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Appeal to Sephrena's friends

Please, if you love Sephrena and can contact her, check to see that she is all right.

"Simoné and the Final Solution" Posted

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I have posted a complete novella, Simoné and the Final Solution. It's too agonizing to post stories of this length in parts and get little response.

Alright, so, it's finally here.

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So, for those that don't know, "Always room in Hell" went live on kindle the second. (I was snowed in myself, and couldn't check.)

Brand spanking new release (no spanking fetish involved)

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A new release from Katie Leone. This is her first adult romance novel and it is as hot as the engine of a stock car in june after 50 laps at Daytona. There is adult content, so be warned.

Pun Fun

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There are more than a few blogs posted here that are real downers.

What do I say here?

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This is difficult. I don't know why to say. I have tears running down my cheeks and I don't know why but I don't care. So why am I posing.


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I can't believe how excited I am. I have just been given the opportunity of a lifetime. A very influential member of the trans community has asked me to help write their biography.