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Withdrawing for a bit

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Having trouble again reining in my depression and anxiety causing me bouts of jealousy and self pity. I am going to be withdrawing from here for a month or more. Nothing new after the finale I'm posting tonight. Next story will be the last one in "generation 1" since I have exhausted all of my characters and what they can realistically do. Further stories set in the "Winnisimmet Tales" universe will be either 16 or 20 years into the future.

Anyone who was hoping for the hinted at VentureRealm tribute story featuring my Finn and Pena families will have to wait a while. Sorry.

...You Are Cordially Invited The Wedding Part 2

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The rest arrive at the rehearsal as the attendees start to mingle with one another. The happy couple give gifts to family they hadn't realized while the usual fun occurs during the slide show. Christmas morning brings changes to the lives of many including the Kings and Stoners.

...You Are Cordially Invited The Wedding Part 1

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The family gathers together for the rehearsal dinner the day before Michael and Courtney's wedding. First up though, a meeting for John, Sylvia, and Mitch that settles a score for them.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 9

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Miles has to deal with UMass again as the team plays a bowl game in Boston. Mitch deals with a problem left unfixed. Sylvia's and Rick's situation continues to rear its head.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 8 Part 3

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Jordan has her needed appointment with Dr. Bell while the kids endure more trouble in school. The kids endure budding romances, and get to see Jordan take a huge leap into girlhood as they prepare for the Finn wedding.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 8 Part 2

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The kids meet Nichole and Kylie and suffer from Cupid's arrows. School issues plague them as they officially move from Boston to Winnisimmet.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 8 Part 1

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Yvette and Ivan King take a swing at foster parenting and end up with three kids. The trio deal with being abandoned first by their mothers, then their father, then their grandparents. Jordan though has an even bigger issue, one that requires the help of the Kings to deal with.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 6 Part 2

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Piper and Sydney have to spend time with their aunt and cousin leading to changes in the Stoner family and the dawning of how actions have consequences in the girls. Frank talk and hard lessons make for soul searching among the Stoners.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 6 Part 1

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Piper goes from intentionally trying to keep a low profile to being part of the biggest, most caring family around when tragedy strikes. Piper may have caused decades of bitterness and bad blood to vanish just by being honest.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 5

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Lilly finds herself forced to endure the corporate world. Changes made don't sit well with all and some employees will stop at nothing to get their way. Daisy starts to mature as the truth about her past is forced out by actions of others.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 4 Part 2

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Austin meets the Finns and gets the shock of his life. Figures from Austin's past lash out while he recovers from his shock. Scott endures the consequences of his heroic deed.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 4 Part 1

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Scott and Austin come east for the wedding. Austin is told the events that he missed out on since being separated from Louis and Walter years before. Scott has to endure coming home after months of missing his loved ones. Stacy struggles with Scott being away.

more delays

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For the few who give a damn, I am fighting mental fatigue that is showing that I'm burned out mentally and am reverting to the angry jerk that I am in real life. I can't finish my story before Christmas due to this. I hope above all hope that the actual wedding that I keep dancing around can be written by Christmas but it'll take a miracle.

I'd offer my apologies but I'm sick of false sympathy. I won't apologize for feeling like crap, you get what you get and I'll move on.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 3 Part 3

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The family returns home and adjusts to life as both fiances and newlyweds. Wilson finds out he can't influence everyone. Noah gets a reality check. The Manchester Smiths change forever over the next year.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 3 Part 2

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Sienna and Poppy take a big step in the budding relationship as they move in together and fly west to Boston for the wedding. Dora endures the ladies' fittings and their mothers enjoying a day together.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 3 Part 1

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The Smith family gathers for a Christmas gathering before Bradford, Ophelia, and the Walkers head to the US. Poppy unexpectedly finds love and brings the rebel of the Smith family down to earth.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 2

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Charles and Grace find themselves missing out on parenthood as Arthur enjoys his time in the US. Their solution? Fostering with intent to adopt. But things don't go as planned and the two endure a struggle within themselves and with social services to fulfill a need in their lives.

...You Are Cordially Invited Story 1

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Arthur Evans travels to Winnisimmet to attend the wedding of Michael and Courtney but gets stuck enduring the quirks of the Finn Family while also being shown that he's just a normal boy.

Hunting for Acceptance

Hunting For Acceptance

The father and daughter spent hours driving from their hometown to their family's hunting cabin. This was their assigned weekend, one that was the prime time for catching the best animals while their relatives slept off their post-Thanksgiving meals at their in-laws. The two weren't keen on staying in when they could snag some of the largest animals, enough to feed them for two months and make great leather goods for a hefty profit online.

Newcomers Part 11- Finale

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The girls have their day in court. Maisie returns to school. Coltrain and the four families face trial. The Campbells adjust to being around the entire Finn Family.

Newcomers Part 10

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The four families are in chaos while Callum and Lydia kick their own investigations into high gear. Maisie returns home and gets to finally spend time with the other girls. Angus sees his sister was always his sister for the first time. Fiona and Flora face a date in court.

Newcomers Part 9

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The girls assume the worst and try to flee. The sheriff finally tries to get at the girls, first through the court then through thugs. The sheriff gets a reality check while another gets a smack in the face.

Beginning of the end of an era

Six weeks and a long, hard 70,000 or so words my current story is complete with just the last two parts needing editing. Hopefully if my mind is clear enough I can start writing my finale, the wedding between two of my major characters. I guess it's the Winnisimmet Tales version of the marriage of Luke and Laura(for anyone who likes 36 year old soap opera references) as it has been built up as coming for a long time.

Newcomers Part 8

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The girls start to recover from their ordeals while Flora experiences a harrowing kidnapping of her own. The family rallies around the girls while Pullen Point goes too far and faces justice. Maisie helps Flora and Fiona without trying.

Newcomers Part 7

Newcomers Part 6

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Fiona and Flora grow closer to their new friends as they experience their first sleepovers. The superintendent finally goes too far while The New Jack Kids' expulsions have a bigger impact than first thought.

Newcomers Part 5

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Fiona makes a new friend fast in Maisie and meets the middle school Finns. Fuzzy math leads to some interesting reasons for the girls being in the wrong class. The New Jack Kids strike but don't get the reaction they expected.

Newcomers Part 4

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The girls are registered for school and suffer their first true taste of family life. The girls unknowingly stumble upon a bigger issue tied in with their fleeing. Flora experiences school as her true self for the first time.

Newcomers Part 3

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Fiona and Flora are forced to experience people actually caring about them as they prepare for school. Flora meets Sydney. Evaluations lead to support and the law enforcers rallying around the girls.

Newcomers Part 2

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Flora and Fiona are finally caught by social services but may have saved their lives when they finally admit the truth. Flora experiences kids her own age while Fiona deals with a boy seeing her as a young woman for the first time.

Touchy Subjects

I just started to post my new story. It's my most violent story yet and features my breaking my final personal pledges- sexual assault on minors and the rape/torture of several children.

I tried to make the violence intermittent but there was a large scene that it was necessary and cemented what was building up until that point. I know that a lot of people dislike violence but I try to be realistic even if my stories are all overly optimistic so it is violence with a meaning instead of simply violence for the sake of violence.

Dark Tone for a lighter story

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I started writing my next story and am not liking how its tone is turning out. It'll be me darkest story yet, dealing with sexual assault, child prostitution, pedophiles, and your typical run of the mill neglect and abuse. Then there's the violence that has to occur, especially as I want to show just how tough life is on the street for kids all alone in the world. I guess this is my adulation to those who are truly alone in the world, even if it's only part of my story.

Smart Moves Part 6- Finale

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It's Stoner Vs. Stoners in a battle for custody of Sydney as Justin faces his family. Sydney adjusts to life as her own person with her new family but has a big impact on everyone she has encountered. Daughter finally convinces mother to stop hesitating and do the right thing for herself.

Smart Moves Part 4

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Sydney returns to school to fix a major problem then gets a second opinion about her gender issue. The DNA results are in. An important question is asked by Savannah and Sydney.

Smart Moves Part 3

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Sydney grows closer to Justin as well as to Savannah. The new uncle/niece travel south and get into a hairy situation with the Stoners. Justin learns the truth about Zara and Sydney.

Smart Moves Part 2

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Al helps Sydney adjust to girlhood. Gregory is put on the spot, gets desperate and makes a mistake. Sydney is forced out of school necessitating her uncle to help. Sydney's family shows why her uncle left home years before.

Smart Moves Part 1

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Sydney Powers' secret gets out and from that comes a longheld truth about Sydney. A brief glimpse into the Finn Family gives Sydney a chance to get the help needed to be the person Sydney was born to be.

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