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No Twice Removed today

Hey everyone,

I'm sorry to say there will be no Twice Removed this week. The past few days have just been too busy and my muse left me hanging halfway through the chapter so I'll need more time to finish it. Apparently my muse want to work on Hypererse stuff right now, so I'm going to be working on fleshing things out for the last chapter of Syryn's Song and on the finishing the next chapter of MSPD while I let how I want events on Unity to go percolate in the back of my mind.

Back to work now.

*big hugs to all of my friends, family, and fans*

Amethyst

Smashwords read an ebook week, free Viper ebook

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For those of you that want to read it but have hesitated to buy or can't afford it I have put Viper up as free on the smahwords Read an Ebook Week. So from March the first for seven days you can get a free ebook copy from smashwords through the promotion. I hope that helps.

Monique.

Looking for another story

it has been difficult as on top of not being able to remember TITLE or AUTHOR, I can't remember the plot of the story either just a scene

MC arrives at the digs (student lodging house) of her best friend (could be S\O) if I remember right he'd injured his leg.

The scene

for some reason she is in or near the kitchen (stereotypical male student house) bags of rubbish piled up waiting to be taken out, along with discarded pizza boxes some of which may have had 'science experiments' in them

Google Announcement this Morning, 2/26/2020

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Not sure I interpreted their lengthy announcement correctly, but from what I saw, I doubt that I'll have an issue with them. I just try to be doubly sure that I haven't copied anything I have "seen".

There is an outfit that collects Photos for Facebook, and I think it is clear that if you have put a picture on the Internet, or anywhere on any Computer, this company will deem that it belongs to them. I do have a half dozen picture of my badly bruised hindquarters that got that way when a man, who was texting, rear ended me. No one is going to pay to see my butt. LOL

even in my dreams I dont like me

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I had a disturbing dream last night. I dreamed I was in a classroom and was having trouble with a problem. I went to my mom who was a guest of the class, but the teacher overheard me and said I was supposed to work with a partner, I replied bitterly, "Yeah but I have zero social skills and nobody likes me."

sighs. even my dreams have a low opinion of me.

Contest & weekly schedule

Hey everyone,

Just a quick reminder to those entering the Leap of Faith story contest that entries must be posted by 11:59 pm EST on February 29th.

Also, due to continuous problems sleeping I have been a bit slower than usual on my weekly schedule. I apologize for that and am trying to by best to keep on schedule as much as possible. That being said, there will be a bit of a delay on Syryn's Song, since there's a lot of details I need to work out and it will not only be the final chapter, but the epilogue as well.

running with snakes

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so last night I dreamed that during a marathon that I was participating in I saw a large snake about to get among the runners, I was able to capture the snake holding it just behind the head. And with barriers on both sides of the course, I felt I had no choice but to finish the course while keeping a hold on the critter.

Bizarre, yes?

I am sorry about Chapter 2 and Chapter 3!!!

I am SOOO sorry my friends. I thought I did a FULL post of chapter 3 but I only did half and so people went into the interlude and chapter 4 without realizing what was going on. I am sooo sooo sorry! I fixed it but JEEZ I apologize.

I also HEAVILY fixed Chapter 2, the fraternity scene is nowhere near the same at all. And I changed a lot to make it more fluid. I hope you enjoy the changes, and I apologize for the first posting of Chapter 2, I deeply regret the way I posted it. I was not in a good place mentally and I did a poor job for all who read it.

Funds needed for Hatbox to keep BC open

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Current need is for about $3000 through the weekend to pay current bills.

We're a bit behind with some of our regular bills because everything always costs more, so we're asking for a bit extra this month and maybe next.

There are still a few tweaks to do and glitches to fix after the move, so please be patient with us.

If you can help financially, it will be appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Jamie, Erin, Piper, Cat and the rest of the crew

My GCS has been resceduled.

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The hospital that my GCS was supposed to be in called the doctor's office yesterday and said that they are no longer allowing that sort of operation to be done there. I was waiting on my appointment to see the doctor when they did so

The doctor's office has rescheduled me for April 10th at a different hospital.

So this trip to Houston that I just got back from was not necessary. I went ahead and had my appointment with the doctor while I was there, but that could have been done when I go back in April.

Writer's note on You Are a Meany Warning: Minor Spoiler

This is the writer's note for You Are A Meany. There is a minor spoiler in it so that is why I am not attaching it to the latest chapter I will be posting. I know from some of the comments people are worried about Luke. I do not want to ruin the story for people but at the same time, I do not want people to give up on reading it.

The Short Story

As people may know, I write short stories.
I read non-fiction mainly, but if I am going to take a fiction book away somewhere, I like a collection of short stories.
I am not pretending to their class, but some of the best writers a best with short stories: Hemingway, James, O Henry, Graves, Poe.
I have not researched it, but I think that the crucial elements of a short story is characters in a situation.

Making Sense Of It.

Early on, in childhood, I suffered enough physical violence that continued for 14 years, from my Stepfather to now have severe PTSD, to include dissociative episodes and panic attacks. I'm 72, divorced, and actually had surgery to change from male to female as much as possible. I was not "transgender", but did not know it then, and am Celibate now. I just wanted sexual feelings and lust to end, to be over, to be gone from my life. Forever.

Really....

I have had an incident occur recently where I was approached by an author (whose name will never be mentioned nor talked about by myself other than anonymously here in this one blog) on the site to grade a work for possible BigCloset Classic Retroing. I explained that I was hesitant to do so because some people cannot stand a critique of their own writing. I further stated that I had what I would call a standard for being a classic retro. I know I have never really told anyone what that standard was before and it is not an impossible task.

Peckish Tonight

We've all been together here for just yonks, so you know that I'm not going to harm myself, so I think it is safe to say that I am feeling so low tonight that I can't see out of my shoe tops. The weather here is awful, about 6 degrees and fairly pissing down. I would bundle up and go out for a walk about, but my lungs hurt so I feel trapped inside.

I was just sat here contemplating calling the crisis line and tell them I just need to talk, no need for drama or the plod.

I took a Dementia test friday and am not pleased with the results.

Another part of "Virtually Feminine"

I have another part of "Virtually Feminine" for you this week. My muse was kicking me to make some progress, so I finished this.
I broke a tooth today so I was in two minds about publishing it.

I can't see me having another chapter ready next week. Maybe a standalone or something next week?

Tammy

I've published the epilogue for Moving On and that is it for Tammy for a while - but at least you get a bumper 10k words chapter!
Once again, many thanks to Snowfall for her wonderful help with the Moving On series.

My plan now is to work on a story involving some characters called Heather and Sophie and set it in Cornwall, how does that sound? The odd short story might also appear.

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No TR this week :(

My apologies to all of my readers who were looking forward to Twice Removed this week, but circumstances have made it so I can't post it this week. I've been unexpectedly busy the last few days and haven't really had the time to finish the chapter. Add to that the fact that I've been having trouble sleeping again the past 2 nights and well, I could push to finish it for today, but doing so would be a rush job and not up to my usual standards.

Dwayne Wade is my hero.......

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I have developed a habit over the years of watching the news, well actually listening to it, while I am getting ready for work in the morning. As I am usually in a hotel room during the week, I generally select whatever local network station is easiest to find (excepting Fox of course - I would rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick!), but it does allow me to at least keep up on a little bit of what happened overnight in the world.

This is about all of US, Those who support us

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Several weeks back I wrote about the trip down to OKC to the Clinic and then the problems at Costco. Two days later when I returned everyone was more than helpful and accepting. Made the trip to Amarillo today. The weather was a bitch! Sheet ice on the highway. couldn't see the lines as the whole thing was covered and it was all black except the bar ditches and fields covered in snow. Growl strips are on both sides of the Interstate and I was trying out both sides trying to find the highway. A kazillion semis were out there too. It was so foggy, two car lengths ahead was total white out.

So...

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Hi gang... I'm about to post the first chapter of a nine chapter tale. It is not pretty. It is not about nice people. It has more triggers than all the pistols in Ireland and many of them are mine...the triggers that is. We are all angry people. But there are different degrees of anger. And though this tale deals with two extremely angry people, their anger is not apparent.

Bailey Saga Artwork

I've finished the artwork for Seasons of Bailey: Spring, for all those interested!

So now The Summer of Bailey and Seasons of Bailey all have original title artwork. There's a total of 15 images now spread throughout each chapter. Hope everyone enjoys, and let me know what your favorite is!

My favorite

OK, I'm at it again. Need editors/proof readers.

Hi All,

Some of you may have read an off hand comment by me about regretting that I couldn't publish one of my first stories because I'd sold the copyright to Reluctant Press. Piper PMed me and suggested that I contact the CEO and talk with him about regaining the copyright. I'd have been willing to pay for it, considering I got paid for it when I sold it.

It's done! The final part of Stick Her Shock 2 is posted.

It took longer than I expected and turned out longer than I expected too. Not everyone will be happy with how things turned out but it's what the characters dictated.

On Sunday night I will delete all of part 2 to prepare it for sale on Amazon.

In the not too distant future look for more from Rhonda Peters and the JFRV gang.

need someone to bounce ideas off of

so I stumbled upon an idea and what started originally as a one-shot may be growing, and so I need someone to help me out here. I need someone to talk to, to bounce ideas off of, get input, get feedback and help craft this thing. It's going to be a modern urban fantasy-ish/ pseudo sci-fi-ish thing, where something in our mundane lives causes a fantastical change in a character and how they deal with it. Please PM me if you're up to it pls.

Looking for a story

Some might be a mix of other stories? but what is in larger emboldened font is certainly part of the story

Can't remember if set in UK or US

Protagonist is rich, (not sure if inherited of self-made), large property, in-laws live in cottage\house on border of property

Marriage breaks down when Protagonist 'Comes-Out' as TS, and is hounded out of town

Protagonist visits a shop regularly, might be a salon, the owner begins to have financial difficulties,

The Final Whateley Class 1 Battle against the Bastard(lineup)

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After getting stirred up a little I decided to write this esp. as a huge fan of this storyline.
As outlined above I will be listing who will be fighting against the Bastard and whom will likely be fighting.
As a long time reader of Whateley lore I have an idea of this lineup starting with: Team Kimba(absent possibly Ayla), Hive, Kodiak and Outcast Corner. Likely fighters include: Miyet, Laney, Tansy, Sangria(j/k I love Sangria's story) and Mrs.Carson. Questions?

On the road again

Greetings all,

Whelp, I will be on the road again in a few minutes (and it's snowing, blah) so just a quick note that I won't be able to post tomorrow. I should in theory have plenty of time to write in the evenings (unless I am dragged out to go eat) at least this week just can't post. (only have a work PC when travelling)

Anyway, everyone have a lovely weekend Ill see yall when I get back.

*Hugs*

-Elsbeth

Moving On

The final part of Tammy's book "Moving On" has been published although there may be an epilogue to this book.

This does not mean that Tammy's story has finished, only this part! After the epilogue, however, there will be a break before new Tammy whilst I work on other projects.

Many thanks to Snowfall for all her help during the series.

Shiraz

Casey Brooke - offline for a while

Dear friends,

My life is taking a bit of a turn for the better. I was just offered an excellent job but it will mean all those pending stories I have to finish will be further delayed as I move, settle, and orient myself in my new job.

I’m not dead and haven’t found my magic transformation pill yet so I still need to write to keep my brain from screaming at me.

Hope you are all doing well,
Casey

New Artwork

Hey Bailey fans! Just finished adding title artwork to Seasons of Bailey: Autumn! Each part has a different image. Feel free to check it out, and drop me a message if you'd like. Let me know what you think. I'm working on Winter and Spring artwork right now. Eventually will be posting new chapters to All American Bailey as well! So stay tuned.

Seasons of Bailey: Autumn - Part 1

~Taylor

dreams of failure and frustration

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Last night, I had a dream full of failure and frustration. First I was in a large group being assigned with building something from Leggo and I struggled to find pieces, and my finished product looked sad compared to the others. Then we cleared off the leggo and we were supposed to learn a dance, but I couldnt see the feet of the instructor, so couldnt march her steps. And even when I had one on one instruction, I couldnt seem to explain what my problem was.

sighs ...

Linux Experts

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For the Linux users out there, I need some opinions/answers. I've got an older Windows machine that I am thinking of reviving with a Linux OS. I am also considering a Linux dual boot system, with Linux on a thumb drive while the original Windows OS on the HD. That would give me access to all the stories, photos, and what-not.

My question is which would be a better choice: Ubuntu or Mint? Either one can be installed on the HD or a thumb drive. I like the thumb drive option for it's portability. Any suggestions or recommendations?

Wedding Belles?

I am about a fifth of the way through the actual writing of the next Masks story. (10k words out of an estimated 50k.) The first part is a flashback to shortly after the demon invasion. Then the story jumps forward to mid-2019.

As I was writing the second - and by far the largest - part of the new story I realized there were things which happened between Masks XXII and this one which might be of interest to readers. Such as Vic and Energia graduating with their Masters' degrees, and Gadgetive getting her Doctor's. Then there's the wedding of Vic and Michelle...

Merging stories Bab's New Years Resolution and Heir to a Title

Merging the two stories 'Heir to a Title with 'Bab's New Years Resolution'.

Just as I blended the tail end of my story 'Skipper into to the beginning of 'Heir to a title,' so I have now taken the opportunity to weave together the last parts of 'Heir to a Title with the on-going story of 'Bab's New Year's Resolution'.

I have put a note in the Notes preceding chapter 33 of Bab's New years Resolution.

Hope too many people won't be offended by this short cut but it's the best way to deal with the time element devoted to writing.

Best regards,

I've posted the final part of A Christmas Party

I've posted the final part of my story today. It's longer than the other parts and includes some things people have been asking about... including a seduction, but I've tried not to be too explicit.

When I got to the end I was going to put "The End", but it feels more like "A Beginning". There's a lot of un-answered threads still and places these characters could go. But I'm drawing a line under everything for now.

I'm moving house soon and I have some other stories backed up. But I'm hoping to write about Bobbi and Jordan some more this year.

Bad news from South Dakota

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Following on from my blog posts about Georgie Stone, it's sad to read that South Dakota House of Reps has passed a bill making it a criminal offence for doctors to treat transgender youths under the age of 16 with puberty blockers. Rep Fred Deutsch originally compared the treatment to medical experiments in Nazi concentration camps, although he's now backed off after widespread criticism. Many medical associations have expressed their dismay at the bill since untreated transgender youths are more at risk of suicide.

dream time yet again

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I had a dream last night where I was part of a group of people looking for clues in a contest where the top prize was 1 million dollars. At one point we were taking a food break, and I managed to impress a girl with my musical taste. She then gave me a box of stuff she'd collected while looking for clues, and we talked about how I'd get SRS if I won the million. Sadly I didnt find the million, but I seemed to have found a friend.

2020-01-29 (B)

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I just noticed I mixed up the date for my previous blog which is kinda par on course for the last few months. Seriously thinking I am going to need to get back on medication to at least being able to think.

On another note. Why is it so hard to get a loan??Okay it's 30k but it would help me get out of problems as be 'safe' with it being cheaper after 6 years with buying a home then paying rent rent rent for a home that doesn't conform and leaks?

Lynne

doing F.I.N.E.

Images question

I've been working on some artwork for old and new stories, and was wondering if the size/file size restrictions were still in place from the old FAQ post? That's all I could find digging around, so I was curious if anything had been updated on that front. Or if there's a new way to post images. It's not a problem trying to meet those sizes on my end. Again, simply wondering.

~Taylor

Congratulations Georgie Stone

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Georgie Stone, 19-year-old transgender rights advocate and her mother Rebekah were both awarded a 'Medal of the Order of Australia' (OAM) in this year's Australia Day awards. Georgie was the youngest recipient this year. Identifying as female at the age of two, Georgie and her mother were instrumental in having the Australian law changed so that transgender children no longer have to apply to the Family Court to start receiving stage 1 hormone-blocking treatment. Georgie started to receive hers at the age of 10.

Helen's Diary

Hi everyone on BC. With Momma E's letter to Helen, i feel it was a great ending to one of my longest stories i have ever writen. Oh how i wanted soooo much to keep it going but i never found anything that wasn't already addressed in the narrative. I had fun with Helen and Jo but i felt it was time to move onto something else. I left it open because 1) i wanted Helen to reflect myself a little and i am still not out of the closet so i would have literally no idea of how to proceed if she ever does come out on paper.

Overdrafted - Hatbox funds needed for 0verdraft

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The new server hosts did it again! They charged us 7 days early and at midnight on a Friday. We're scrambling to cover an overdraft and I think I have enough money in my personal accounts to do it. But a bit more coming in, in the next sixteen to eighteen hours would make me feel better.

Please no suggestions on how to handle our dealings with these people, I'm angry enough already.

Hugs,
Erin

MarCon 2000 Photos

I just finished uploading my recently scanned MarCon 2000 35mm negatives to an album on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157712816338593

Stickmaker

Science overrides politics. Unfortunately, sometimes politicians override scientists.

Looking for a few old stories

Work has been incredibly light this last month and to keep myself occupied, I've been reading old stories. Unfortunately, there are two that have been nagging at me to be read that I cannot find anywhere...

Story 1: I believe this was a lightoffury/lightivaton story where earth is being invaded by interdimensional monsters that are attuned to specific elements. The main character slowly gains control over all the elements over the course of the story while fighting stronger and stronger monsters.

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