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Well my writing has gone particularly slowly since midweek so the chances of me finishing the next bit of book for tomorrow are exactly nil! Sorry about that, i'm not exactly happy about the lack of progress myself.
Things are going the right direction so it shouldn't be a long delay, I just need to knuckle down to it.
Off for a ride in a few, shake the cobwebs out and get my head in the right place.

Mads

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Write Your Novel Step by Step, By Melanie Anne Phillips

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I am DONE

It has been on my mind a lot lately.

I do keep making ridiculously terrible decisions, through poorly thought out perceptions.

I upset people, without any intent to do so.

I have a history, of helping people a lot in the course of my life, and have on occasion even given some good feedback.

I am not in the right frame of mind, I am truly unstable, I should and so I am going to keep my thoughtless opinions to myself, good & or bad.

There is nothing, obviously that I can do to make up for my actions.

Virtually Twisted - New Plumbing

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After a trip to the restroom helped Jim sees himself in the mirror for the first time and is discovers just how much had changed.


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8 more days to leave a kudo

If you have been meaning to read a story from the reader's retention contest (and maybe even leave a kudo), the deadline is fast approaching.

My entry starts here: https://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/fiction/77316/solomons-test-p... .

And thank you, to everyone for how well this story has been received

Binary Part 7 is posted

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Binary Part 7 is up...and the story finally gets to take place in the namesake school. This was originally the 2nd half of Part 6 but since the two halves were so different I opted to split them and give the shift of location its own part. Between Parts 5 and 7 I found out that the character I originally thought was retired was still involved in canon stories so I had to include her. Things didn't turn out how I wanted to for the big reveal, but it made sense that it'd happen in a subtle way that causes big issues overall.

The Visit

I just posted Chapter 20 and had intended this be the concluding part of this story. The hits are not high for each chapter but the kudos is encouraging so I've continued to keep the pace the same and hopefully complete in a few more chapters. Sorry for those waiting for the end but I've endeavoured to post Chapters more frequently than I've done with previous stories.

Preparing for Woodcrest

Hey everyone! First and foremost I want to thank everyone who read and commented on Allison's Pledge; you guys are awesome. Since that's over I want to move on to the next big thing which is Woodcrest. There are a few things that you need to know about it, which are the following:

1. While similar to Allison's Pledge it was written first and is a much more detailed story

2. Unlike Allison's Pledge the story is designed to introduce even more themes of moral ambiguity and to make you question whether or not you even like your favorite characters

Hatbox funds very much needed

We're current on our site bills, though that put us negative to start the month and we have no money to pay ourselves for paying personal bills. This is getting serious.

I'm still sick and unable to work the usual 6 to 12 hours a day I put into the site, though I am still getting in 2 to 4 hours a day. Piper, Cat and I have not been paid our usual stipends this month.

Gaby

So I managed to get two complete chapters down yesterday and started on a third. I'm a little behind where I really want to be but i'm still aiming for a Sunday book release to sort of coincide with Gaby's birthday on Monday.

Another bright day here but it often snows around Gab's birthday so it can't last!

A new chapter of Summery will be up tomorrow.

Mads

Update for Interview with a Lolita

For all those who have been following the story of Ren Nagata in Interview with a Lolita. It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that I will not be continuing this story for a while. I have gone through 5 rewrites of the next chapter and none of them have the right feel. Sadly I must take a step back from the story for several reasons.

Looking For A Title

I have written a story in several chapters which I'm about to complete, it's about a British POW in a German POW camp. They actually formed amateur dramatic societies with males playing the female roles and they were very professional and the 'girls' very convincing.

My story involves a young flyer who joins the am dram society with a view to becoming proficient at passing enfemme. Of course once he starts down that slippery slope he finds that he likes being feminized for other reasons too but let's not give away too much of the story before it's posted.

adventures in name changing

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I wanted to share the story of my name change.

It all began not long after I began my transition, and discovered that if I wanted surgery, I would have to change my name. Which would have been difficult, because I was deep in debt, and didnt have the money it would take.

That changed when Walmart outsourced my department, and paid me out, giving me a about four thousand dollars.

With the money issue solved, I sent away to New Brunswick for a copy of my birth certificate, which I would need to start the ball rolling.

MUSIC - Jolin Tsai

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Jolin Tsai has always been pretty outspoken in her support for LGBTQ people (from a non-western / taiwanese standpoint / view) in her music. Although most of her songs (according to what I have heard /s een of them) are gay or lesbian themed, her last one is T related.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feOq6MWeUXA

Lynne

PS Chinese with subtitels.

Tech questions

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I'm having trouble accessing some websites. For example, I'm able to access this site but the Whately Academy site is timing out. Also SOL (stories on line) storiesonline.net is timing out. There are some other sites, like gamesgames and agame that are timing out. So, can anyone give me a clue as to why some sites are timing out and others (like this one) are not?

I fell hard last week

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Tuesday last week to be exact,I wear my phone under my bra and was able to call for help. Since I don' have $3,000 for an ambulance trip I asked the firemen to pick me up and put me into my manual wheelchair. If I had it to do over I would have set up a trip to ER the next day. A Dart taxi trip only costs $3 each way, though I do have to do it a day inadvance. I may have cracked something, I am still going to get checked out, Going through the county hospitals bureaucracy takes forever. Little by little I am figuring out how to handle the system.

WARNING: Disabled Alexa, Sending Conversations to Amazon

Disabled Alexa on portable devices, still sends conversations to Amazon.

This warning is primarily for those who have Alexa capable portable devices and are not using Alexa.

The End of Allison's Pledge?

Hey everyone, Karissa here. I've been writing Allison's Pledge for what seems like forever, though if we're going to be honest it's been about two weeks. The first part started as a bit of an experiment that came out of utter exaustion and mild depression and to be honest it was only supposed to be about three parts. I found that I didn't want to leave Allison's world, so I just kept writing, and writing, and writing until we're finally at the point we see now.

Virtually Twisted - Part 7 AND 8

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Now that he's been rejected by his mother, what will Jim do with his life now? As he comes to grips with his situation, he sees the first signs that his body isn't the only thing that has changed.


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New Binary is posted

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Binary Part 5 was just posted a few days earlier than I expected. I am going to try to keep to the schedule I put out as much as possible, this was already partially written before and was easy to put together compared with later parts that really take place at the school.

I hope I didn't get the six existing characters wrong, but two were want for use, two were underutilized in their roles, and it's hard to nail down Carson. I love the character Karma and couldn't resist a little levity at the end, especially as it let me use Imp in the right way.

Which Readers do You Leave Out

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The lady has moved from True Romance and into Action. Not everyone is going to be pleased. However if she doesn't put the action into her action story she is going to lose those who would read and or purchase her story. Those who follow her romance stories may or may not like the inclusion of the reality of life, violence, murder, suffering in her story.

"IF" one wishes to appeal to the broadest readership then they must write to include the whole story not truncate parts which don't appeal to a few select readers.

An update on the layoff

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Regarding my previous blog. First, I'd like to thank everyone who rang in and offered their sympathies. Although the writing had been on the wall for a good amount of time, it came as a shock. I am still feeling down, but I believe I've accepted the reality of the situation. I wasn't prepared for the emotional impact and I truly feel as if I am in mourning.

Oh Internet, how I've missed you...AKA I'm back!

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Oh internet, how I've missed your loving glowing glow. Your pages of cats and puppies. Your MMO's. I'm sorry Internet I was away so long. Being on my phone was no replacement.

As you can tell, I finally got internet service. So now I can fill you in on what is happening and where I plan to go with writing from here.

upcoming anniversary

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I was looking at my account info the other day, and realized that in about 3 months, I will be celebrating my 10th anniversary of being a member here.

And so I've been thinking about how I might knowledge this milestone with a story.

Right now, I'm not sure what I might do. I've got one small piece almost finished that might help me avoid not having anything to share for the next three months, but beyond that ...

I could do something like Randalynn's "Convergence: when stories collide", but I'm not sure what stories would make the cut.

I’m doing fine

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It was pointed out to me, and rightfully so, that my previous blog post was both a while ago and a bit worrying. I was hesitant to write because compared to others my life is going great.

I have actually transitioned and am perfectly happy being myself. The children (14 & 17] accept me and love me. I have divorced, which in this case is a good thing as the negative influence of my ex partner is mostly gone and more easily mitigated.

Binary Part 4 is posted

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Binary Part 4 is up. It's partly influenced by a comment from one of the readers that hit hard but was the blunt truth that I needed. If she wasn't respected by me I would have had a negative reaction but she had a point and her point helped shape this part. With only three main characters and a lot of backstory unfurling as they talk this part is closer to my normal style of writing. And yes, I know it falls into the usual tropes regarding a girl just starting out into girlhood.

Sorry to all followers of "The seduction"

I have to express my apologies to all of you, who are waiting for the next chapter about "Stehanie and the gang" as my5inch said. I realy tried to write more, but this other story kept barging in on my mind, whenever I open Libre Office, even if I just want to put a quote or an invoice together.

So I'll start it now, it is going to be novella size and in three days I have already accumulated about 15K words. I hope you'll like it.

Monique.

read a piece for a writing group, they loved it

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So I went to a writing group meeting tonight, and read a piece called "voiceless" (which you can read here: https://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/fiction/47484/voiceless ) and the group was very moved by it, and couldn't praise me enough.

Always nice to get positive feedback, you know?

New Binary is up

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A new Binary is posted and connects the dots while giving some tidbits for later. Eagle-eyed readers will spot them, I just hope that this series is interesting and not a bad attempt at trying to make something that only others can make work. I hope that this captures some of the original's spark as it's as close as I can get to one of the action segments in the canon stories as I'm terrible at action scenes.

Barbra Casbar Siperstein has passed.

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I haven't seen any update to TG forum and thought people would like to know that "Babs" passed a few days ago, the funeral was yesterday. Gov Murphy gave a very nice eulogy with many interesting anecdotes and what a sendoff! Ran into many old friends from the transgender community I hadn't seen in years. Babs was an icon in our community and accomplished much in the struggle for transgender rights.

Jazz. What do you make of this story?

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I think that anyone who wants to can follow the "Jazz Story", and it seems to me like there is a lot of hype going on, but to be fair, perhaps she is having problems?

I have never seen a Trans girl look as good and sound as good as her. Is that what a lot of coaching and surgery can do or is she actually Intersex? At any rate, I wish her the best.

Virtually Twisted - Secrets

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After his Twist, Jim and Megan are left alone in detention area. Megan's father arrives and a few secrets come to light.


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Daniel A. Wolfe

If Not An Author, Then Perhaps An Activist?

I'm a mediocre writer at best, and that fact finally penetrated.

It does appear as if my passion is activism and I spend hours at it every day. Mostly, I blog under a number of different names, about Transgender and Intersex issues, but my real love is researching Belief and the Anthropology of its prehistory. Of course there is the inevitable interference with some Political or Environmental issue, but I won't even attempt to bring any of that in here.

Binary Part 1 posted!

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Binary, my first attempt at diving into the Whateley universe, has been posted.

It's not that good when compared with the greats like Morpheus or ElrodW, but I am trying to make my own mark on there and give a different take. I know that family abandonment, MCO intrigue, and trying to hide your heritage are cliche in the Whateley world, so I'm not doing that. I just hope that readers can wait a bit for action and accept that not everything has to be about Humanity First, MCO, superheroes, or supervillains chasing people around- sometimes, it's about them being normal people.

Looking for a story...

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... that I am not totally sure if I read it here or maybe somewhere else.

The gist of the story is thus...

A police officer, not a big guy, kind of fem and small, goes on a stakeout dressed in female clothes as bait for a criminal.

In the evening they, he and his much more buch female partner end up in a fire fight and he gets shot and his groin area is basically destroyed. He then does not have much of a choice and they do an imprompto GRS on him.

Sick

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I'm sick. Tuesday I discovered a rash under my left arm. At the time, I was suffering from a muscle pull in the same region and felt more pain from that.

Thursday, it became obvious the rash was shingles. I've got meds now and the pain meds make me sleepy and at least two other dwarves.

Meanwhile, Piper and Amy are also sick. I think theirs are colds. Jamie is sick, too.

Forgive us if we are a little slow on updating this week.

Hugs (carefully),
Erin and the gang

Whateley- a tough place

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I'm struggling to write a coherent story set in the Whateley Universe that doesn't misuse characters or break any rules about powers and actions. I have had to scrap one plot then try to go with a second one while working around a third one. I am lucky that I at least set the story in a place that I know and that hasn't been the full setting for a story despite it being visited- the Boston area. I am even luckier in that my character's powers haven't been used in the same way by others even if it's partly like two or three other characters.

I dreamed I could fly

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last night, I dreamed I could fly.

Well, I say, "fly" but what in the dream I was walking, rather uncertainty, a couple of inches above the ground.

That wasnt the strange part of the dream.

The strange part was I went on a date with a woman and as part of the date we rode a bus together. I apologized for the non-romantic transportation, saying that I sucked at dating because I was in my 50's, and broke.

The woman seemed happy enough anyway, so there is that.

January 2019 Reader Retention Contest is Officially Over!

At least assuming we're not gonna see any entries from Japan/China.

As a reminder, everyone has until the end of February to do their reading and voting (these were a bit longer than your average contest entry story after all!) I'll announce contest winners at the end of the first week or so of March!

Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest. It's been really special to me seeing how enthusiastic everyone, both readers and authors, have been about this one, and I'm really glad we all did this together.

Visiting old ghosts

Work has taken me to quite a few places over the last ten days, including Weymouth, Liverpool and York. I spent a little while in the last city looking at the spot where I sat Susie Lockwood, waiting to slide into the river, and where I once pulled an old man out in real life before writing him into my novel "A Longer War".

Just checked the temperature

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A little chuckle for everyone

Got up this morning and turned on the TV, the news reported it was -33F outside this morning.

Out of curiosity I went online to check to see what the temperature was in Hell, MI (Yes there is a real town in Michigan names that.)

It was only -13F there this morning

That makes it officially colder than Hell here!

ReubyLouise's Intro

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I will try to make this brief. I am a 64yo (65 in July) mtf pre-op ts since 1990.

From an early age I remember being fascinated with my mother's clothing. But I had other things that may have influenced that.

For one, my mother was given DES to prevent miscarriages. So there is a chance my chromosomes were messed with.

Mom and Dad argued all the time, usually about his drinking and driving and me. Their divorce was final before my brother was born, four months before my fifth birthday. I was jealous.

Last Ep of Eureka Tonight!

Grace stepped into Café Diem, hoping for a quick bite with some friends for company. She searched out the little restaurant but no one was around, though she did see Vincent standing by a table with a girl sitting there glumly, her head resting on her arms, and her arms on the table.

It took a few moments for her to realize that the girl was Jack Carter, currently in his Melissa Benoit morph.

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