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I have a writing complication/I made a mistake

So! In my last chapter of A World Without Me (chapter 2), I left some of the end off, as I thought I could incorporate it into the start of the next chapter, but I ended up going back to what was once a small paragraph and turning it into a huge 2,000 word section that doesn't fit at all with the start of the next chapter and it's really annoying me >.<

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New Book out - Kindle eBook & Paperback - "Higher Than Eagles"

The first in what may be a very long
series is up

Higher than Eagles.

Hopefully, Erin and team will have it through this site soon,
but for the impatient, link to Amazon.com here - Higher than Eagles.

Amazon.co.uk here' Higher than Eagles

Is also available as a paperback through CreateSpace on Amazon

Tanya

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'Missing'

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I was looking for some thing to read.

I found the 'The Bronze Maiden' by Desiree Jones

Which reminded me that Desiree took a sabbatical for medical reasons, I don't remember if there were updates, I was wondering if Desiree is ok?

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NICOLE-KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL!-UK

FOR UK & IRELAND READERS!

''NICOLE'' IS ON PROMOTION THIS WEEK AT AMAZON.CO.UK. It start's at a giveaway price of 99p.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0198OKBA2

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Let's Play Together Gauntlet IV 01: Wizard is About to Die

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I ran across this interesting video of an arcade game I haven't seen for awhile. The player's voicing throughout with their antics makes this a thoroughly enjoyable video. I hope everyone likes it.
 

 
 
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Really, really bad day

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Not a good day. It turns out my work was not happy with me, so I am being transferred to another store further away from home and only 4 hours a day 7 days a week.

Its a dam sight better than nothing, but it still feels like I failed.

On top of this, yesterday I got an email from my sister in law that contained a paper on "victim's syndrome" - basically saying some people love saying "woe is me" and getting sympathy rather than taking responsibility for their own choices and mistakes.

To me, that seems to indicate she thinks I'm one of those people, and that stings.

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Account Hack

Haylee V's account had been hacked and some really bad messages got out to at least one author on our site. We have since clamped down on the situation and everything should be fine until she gets a new PC next month. If anyone had gotten a nastygram from her, please know it was not Haylee. A keystroke logger was the most likely cause and lack of PC security.

As everyone should know, due diligence with your PC involving a very good AV, Firewall, and malware scanner is a must in these days and times.

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The Big Head

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My grandmother often warned against "getting the big head."

She believed in humility and, of course, she was right.

Damned if I didn't go against her sage advice -- and grew a melon of above average size.

I've been able to order extra large wigs from Paula Young in the past, put they seemingly have stopped making them.

The searches I've made for extra large wigs have brought me to sketchy sites that appear to be selling poor quality products to desperate people for exorbitant prices.

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Isues with this websites ad's

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I realize the ad on this site bring in Money that the site needs.

HOWEVER they do not need to have the images that they do. I understands some do not have an issue with this, but I do and will be keeping my Ad blocker turned on until they change.

I am Trans* myself, but I do not care for the images in the ads for several reasons.

Rebeca Lynn
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British Accents for Hollywood film villains

The link below states why the movie makers like to use British accents, don't you know, for film villains. Damn, I'm to old now.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/reason-british...

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Questions about submitting stories

Okay, I've submitted a few stories, but I have some questions that remain unanswered:

First, I work over my stories quite a few times, but after I cannot be sure that they don't have errors. So, how do I find an editor?

Second, I submitted a multipart story to Fictionmania. I was thinking about re-submitting it here. I have noted that some stories appear both on Big Closet and on Fictionmania. Is there any protocol about submitting a story on both sites? Is it considered "bad form?"

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Good service at church today

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Had a nice service at church today. Not only did we talk about Jesus as a young boy at the temple, but after the service, we had a lecture/discussion on the subject of "repairative therapy" - sometimes called 'conversion therapy" or "pray away the gay".

As it consists of little more than physical or psychological torture to try and "fix" people like me, and does much more harm than good, we are trying to start the process to get the Alberta government declare it illegal for people under 18 at the very least.

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Much improved but still not yet right.

I seem to be almost over the Shingles attack now. I finished the anti-virals (Aciclovir) yesterday but I still have to put some ointment in my right eye, which remains slightly inflamed.

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Geisha Bond

is the new chapter of Gaby today - the clue is in the title!

Writing is continuing on Book 18 - 35 chapters down, 5 to go - with a bit of luck you'll see it completed next weekend.

So if we haven't been annihilated before, i'll upload another chapter on Wednesday

Mads

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Two cents for the Hatbox?

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We've made the bills this week, just barely and many thanks to all. But I want to make a proposal.

Down below you can see that we have had 60 million visitors in the last 11.5 years. Using SiteMeter and other diagnostics, we know some general things about our viewers.

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Please HELP

According to Erin’s numbers about 8,000 unique visitors a day read at least one story on BC.

I’m going to assume that many, many BC users are frequent users and will guess that about 25,000 people read five to ten stories a month.

Those 25,000 readers are enjoying an immense service. About 1-3% of those are authors who also have the satisfaction of a great place to post their fiction.

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Withdrawal!

Argh! I'm suffering from dormouse withdrawal!
And only one person in the whole world can help me.
Angharad! Help! I can't stand it.
A ten-year-old has discovered an international plot surrounding an extremely local murder.
I'm left hanging! Help!
Anguish! Withdrawal!

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Interesting article on the BBC

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38637837

is quite interesting. A MtF woman named Gwen from Pennsylvania, hosted an "ask me anything" (AMA) session on the online community site Reddit.

Worth a read.

Samantha

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Shared tragedy

There are many on this site that have experienced tragedies too horrific to comprehend. Some have managed to, somehow, find balance and deal with these hideous, monstrous demons, some have not. I have shared some of my childhood tragedies with a few close friends- people that have been through, or are currently going through- similar circumstances. PTSD is a ROYAL BITCH, and sometimes, we all need a shoulder to cry on, a gentle hug, an understanding heart, and a listening ear. I would like to be that person, and give back to a site that in the last three months has given me so much.

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Why am I so weak?

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Why am I so weak? I read stories of people who went through stuff that makes my life look like a Sunday picnic and I wonder why is it that I feel like I am hanging on by my fingernails? Why can't I be stronger?

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Vapourware

Hi all,

There used to be hardware and software, then came along firmware and the rest.

My favourite in those days (yes, back in the last Millenium !!!) was what was called 'Vapourware' - defined as something promised but never actually delivered.

Which is where I hang my head in shame and talk about the next Julina episode.

I see from my notes that the first words for this episode were actually written back in 2015.

(As a further illustration, I have already penned stuff for episode #80.)

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Questions about gym in highschool

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Ok so in a lot of stories on this site gym in highschool is depicted as something totally alien to me, so I'm kinda curious if this is really how things are in America. Of course I realize America is kinda big and so different state, and probably different counties will have different ways to organise highschool gym so let's break this down in sections.

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Memories & The Results Of Remembering ----> Possible Triggers

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I woke up about three hours ago, needing to use the washroom, fairly normal for me, as I have a weak bladder.

What isn't normal is what happened when I tried to go back to sleep.

To put it bluntly, I started remembering things that happened when I was a child, specifically things that occurred during the eight years of my being adopted. The memories wouldn't stop, and I came very close to having a full-blown panic attack while crying for nearly two hours.

To put the whole thing into a proper semblance of order, I need to describe my memories of my childhood.

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One of my old writings.

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In between writing chapters right now I was rereading some of my old stuff, and thought this would be worth sharing here. This was one, that a few years ago that earned me speaking to several different support groups in my immediate area. While I wasn't writing fiction back then, I was more of an emotional writer. When I would end up with an emotional high, either good or bad, I would usually write everything out to get it off my chest. 95% of the time when I would write it all out it would end up deleted since writing it out did what I needed it to do.

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suggestion?

suggestion?

Erin shoot this one down if you don't like it?

Lets try this for a fund raiser?

If you have good credit and don't care how many credit cards you have laying around?
Try this?

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Prime-Rewards-Visa-Signature/d...

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Fascinating Article on Teen Social Media

A few days ago, Lilly85 posted about the struggles (we all have) with authentic dialogue for younger characters. I just found a Washington Post article (link below) and while it won't help with directly with writing dialogue, it is a very illuminating look at how a 13-year-old girl lives in the social media world. For those of us who write about characters in their teens, the article (and the linked ones that follow the article) is helpful to add realistic touches of social media ... although the apps and websites used now might be obsolete in six months!

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A few Anime pics

OK, I'm no artist, by any means, but I thought I'd post a few of my pics. Enjoy.

First, a 16-color, Anime-style pic of me, en homme:

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Next, some pics from Yu Yu Hakusho:

Botan ==>

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Genkai ==>

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Hiei ==>

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Snoring dormouse

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I just came across this cute short video of one of our favourite animals here at BCTS.

http://www.tierfreund.co/dormouse/?ref=fb

Unfortunately the text is in german, but it doesn't say much more than the video shows. I wonder however do they really not wake up when someone handles them?

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Engaging my brain before speaking

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I had one of those DoH moments where I felt very mean My son was returning me to bed at the end of a day with mt two year old grand baby watching he took off my wig to. My mouth led my brain as I said Ow!Uncle Jim just ripped my hair off Her eyes got real big and she ran out of the room he chased her down an showed her my hair wasn't real.I was feeling very small right then, lesson learned. Posted on FB yesterday.

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Call It Kharma or Lucky Charm

It has become increasingly apparent that there is direct correlation between when I send money to Hatbox and good things happening to me.

I don't own a rabbit's foot. Although there are several bunnies in our backyard, they're intact with all four paws.

There are probably some four leaf clovers in my yard, but they would be under a foot of snow and not functional.

I don't have any special amulets or lucky charms.

It seems that my good luck is created by the kharma that accompanies a donation to Hatbox.

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What's Happening

As some may have guessed, Higher and Higher 8 is the last of my backlog. I will now be dividing my time between Higher and Higher, Chakats Give the Best Hugs, Out Of Retirement, and whatever other stories I decide to dip into. I expect to be putting out a part a week, or so.

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story shout - out

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I am always reluctant to give a shout out to a particular story here. Not because there aren't fantastic stories being made, but the reverse - pointing to one story feels like not being fair to all the others being offered here.

That said, I hope you don't mind if I say I am really enjoying a story called "Prom changed Everything." Mostly because I can really identify with the main character who is struggling with her feminine side at the same time as she tries to recover from PTSD.

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In dire need of a proof reader!

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I really don't want to sound needy or pitiful, but I truly need a proof reader. I am a novice writer, retired and in my mid sixties. So, now have some time to write the type of fiction that I loved to read for most of my life. Although years of writing clinical notes has killed most my grammar skills, that I am just not starting to remember. So if you have time and patience to work with and old novice please let me know.

Thanks,
Warm Hearted

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Need some Advice.

So for those of you who have read any my fiction on here, you'd know that I have a very unique writing style. Lately I've been working on my story Time to Fly. I've been able to get a bit done each writing session I do but looking back on what I'm writing I've come to realize that I'm not writing the dialouge between characters to suit the ages of the respective characters. Now if all the characters were Adults I wouldn't be making this post. In fact the story revolves around a group of 5 year olds that take the main character under their wing and help them adjust.

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Am I giving mixed signals with my on-line behavior?

I'm getting a bit paranoid... At my work computer I had never done anything remotely girlish, as I deal with... let's say, heavy equipment sales.

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Comment request

I hope this post isn't violating some kind of site rule, but I need to make my fans and readers aware of something I think is quite critical.

When you read my blog(s) and/or stories, please either comment or PM me your thoughts. Some of you may not realize this, but I really DO READ your comments, and rely on them to gauge whether my writing is being well received, what points need to be addressed and/or expanded upon, and to glean further ideas. Your comments have helped- and continue to help- me develop into a better writer, and, in a way, help encourage me to continue.

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An End to My Hiatus - New Story Teasers

OK, I've been too lazy for too long. I'm bored to tears, and want to touch base with my friends, fans, and dear, devoted readers. here's a glimpse into what I've been working on:

First, Smoky Corners. I plan to, EVENTUALLY, finish "Third Time's A Charm". Unfortunately, though, my muse for all things SC has fled to parts unknown, and I'm having significant trouble finding her again. when I do, I will post updates.

Second, I'm working on THREE new stories. One involves a new concept and possibly a new universe. The other two will be SOLO stories.

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New Gaby release!

Okay folks - here it is, Part 3 of the 18th Gaby book, Summery.

Its available through the usual outlets from today and sees our heroine get into more interesting situations than you can shake the proverbial stick at!

Lulu paper
Lulu digital
Kindle - soon!

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a writing challenge

I thought I would throw out a challenge to the authors here:

We have a lot of stories about little kids transitioning, some teenagers, and a few who are college age.

But we don't really have a lot of stories about older transitioners

Anybody wanna take a stab at writing a story about someone transitioning at 40, 50, or beyond?

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Old West era story

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I have trying to find a story that I read some time ago. The story starts out in either New York or Boston and the main character is a young man who sees an add for mail order brides and decided to try to trick the company with the help of a brothel of ladies who disguise him. On the train to his destination he meets an old lady and an orphan boy and is slowly changing into a girl but doesn't seem to realize she is female until she meets her husband and saves the boy from a hard life with the family who are only wanting him to do the work on the farm.

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like love tabs

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I sometimes do not know if I should push the like or love tab on a blog. usually it is easy, but when the blog says something bad is happening to them it is hard to decide if I should push the tab. I want to push the tab to show that I like hearing from them and that I support them but if the blog says that they are having health problems then pushing the like or love tab feels like I am glad they have problems which is not what I want to convey at all.

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Haylee V's song dedications

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For Dorothy Colleen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H5uWRjFsGc

Always keep your chin up, a smile on your face, and a song in your heart.

For Valerie Preston : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWUZpU1ThQo

You know why.

For Leila: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voNEgCKzves

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"Doctor" claims Trans people are just autistic

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Yesterday, my local paper had an article about a "doctor" who thinks trans people are just autistic with a "fixation" on opposite gender stuff.

I'm 100 % sure the anti-trans people - especially the "Christians" will latch on to this guy so that's gonna be fun ...

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Reading comprehension is apparently one of my failings

On the dreaded facebook, I have just stirred up a shitstorm.

I think I will coin a new word - Megativity. That means mega amounts of negativity.

Here is what happened:

Someone (a well-known singer) posted a reference to a controlled woman who went out and 'enjoyed' herself when the controlling husband died.

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12 words of wisdom

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The things I've learned, from the people that matter most:

1) "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

2) "Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins."

3) "A fool's name, like a fool's face, is always found in a public place."

4) "It's better to remain silent- and let the world think that you're an idiot- than to open your mouth and prove them right."

5) "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all."

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More Health Problems

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Just a quick note. I had some facial eruptions on Monday last (9th) which I thought were due to a resident Staph. infection I have. This has gotten progressively worse during the week, though curiously limited in extent. I was given antibiotics which didn't seem to help.

After severe pain early this morning I went and saw an emergency doctor with a completely different result.

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Apologies

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After having watched one of my favorite anime series yet again (I My Me! Strawberry Eggs), I can really feel for Hibiki Amawa-sensei.

I have a lot of sadness within me, and maybe a little too much bitterness that I need to deal with. I think, at times, we all have the ability to become bitter and calloused, if we allow ourselves to wallow in self-pity and doubt. Well, I'm tired of just wallowing. Thanks to the person (you know who you are) that pointed out what I could not see- that I had begun to let the bitterness consume me. I don't want to become THAT person.

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Blog Entry 13th January 2017- Waiting for a Story to Fall

It's two letters different. That's close enough for me- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhxF9Qg5mOU . It was originally going to be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbkOZTSvrHs this one, and the blog title would've been the slightly non sequitur-ish 'inexplicable bagpipe solo'. :-)

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WOW - ugly response to BBC2 programe

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Transgender documentary spills beans

Last night a BBC2 documentary on transgender activism spilled the beans about the psychological complexity of 'gender dysphoria' and how it can be treated.

After the programme - I have been sent this ugly rant. Please respond with restraint.

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Transgender Kids - Who knows best?

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Transgender Kids: Who knows best?
BBC2 12.01.17
I nearly didn’t watch this documentary because I was expecting it to be a polemic about how children are too young to know their own minds or how the previous regime in a clinic in Canada were into conversion therapy.

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looking for old story

I am looking for a serial story. It revolves around a teenage male whom is the assistant director in a small community theater. As AD he knew all the parts of the show. when the leading lady gets sick he is asked to cross dress and fill in on opening night. This involves wearing her costumes and breast forms. the forms and adhesive were purchased and after much complaining they were glued to his chest. The show was a success, and afterwards when the breast forms are going to be removed the costumer discovered they had been sent permanent adhesive instead of temporary.

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My doctor's appointment went well

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Well, I am home from my Doctor's appointment, and it went better than I could have hoped. The occasional pains are minor muscle issues, and nothing to worry about. Plus, the doctor was very gentle and told me everything she was gonna do before she did it, and between that and using my grounding, I didn't have nearly the trouble I was expecting.

So yay!

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Story Recommendation

One of my favorite things is to check the "Stories Posted on This Date in Fictionmania History" link each day in hopes of seeing some old friend I have not read in a while or perhaps meet a new story/author that I've not encountered before.

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Going off grid

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Due to my ongoing health issues, I've decided to take a short break and go "off grid". What this basically means is that I WILL be on site, but WILL NOT be responding to questions, comments, or messages until Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15. I apologize to all my friends, readers, and fans, but I really need this time for personal reflection and healing. Those few people in what I consider my "inner circle" know who they are (I hope), and know how to (and when to) contact me, if needed. I love you all, and will be back soon.

Haylee V

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On being me

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I am Veronica Haylee McSwain.

I am 47, and a transsexual.

I did not choose this role in life, yet I cannot shy away from it either.

I hurt. Often. And it's not a physical pain, but a pain of indifference, intolerance, and bigotry.

I do not want, nor do I have the unyielding need for, your acceptance.

I do, however, require your respect. Not because of WHAT I am, but rather because of WHO I am- a fellow human being.

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My prizes for the Christmas Contest

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After due delibaration and contemplation, I have come to a decision.

Cue drum roll....

First Prize goes to
• Lost and Found by Julie D. Cole

Second Prize goes to
• Ghost Gift by Dorothy Colleen

Both of these are IMHO right on the nail when it comes to 'The Spirit of Giving'.

The money will be on its way tomorrow according to the wishes of the authors.

Samantha

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true story

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True story. When I was in elementary, I went to the principal and asked to be promoted to the next grade. Trying to give a reason why I shouldn't, the principal gave me a test equal to what that grade would get. I passed it. Then he gave me a test for the next grade. I passed it. Finally, he gave me a test given to university students, and I failed. When I realized they weren't going to let me skip a grade, I bawled like a baby, saying I had been trying to catch up to my brother, who was 2 1/2 years older than I was.

40 something years later, i still haven't caught up to him.

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Playing her way 2 - delay

For those wondering what has happened to "Playing her way 2", the answer is i'm busy writing.

Those of you following the story will realise the is a meeting between Emily and her aunt/uncle that is missing. I am writing this meeting as a flashback that happens after the guests have left on Christmas day.

I have the Christmas day chapters written, but I'm holding off posting these until I have the flashback sorted, so that I can fix details in the Christmas day chapters if I start to contridict myself. I don't want to write myself into a corner.

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It's Wednesday

and its Gaby time!

fresh from a breezy (there's a 40-50kph north westerly blowing) Yorkshire there's new Gaby, Sobering Thoughts finds the Apollinaris party in Hiroshima.

That's today, on Sunday you can expect part three of the latest book to be available through the usual channels - more excitement and angst than you can shake a stick at!

That's it for now

Mads

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Lawsuit Coming up

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I am going to need a programmer to take apart a web site for all the data it contains. Unless of course they don't really have my novel and are only a scam site. I didn't sign in to see if the novel is really there. If they are pulling stories off of BCTS I'm betting a lot of other authors have stolen stories too.

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It occurred to me

As I was writing some Gaby yesterday (6 new chapters in 4 days writing!) that a lot of readers, especially newer arrivals here may be unaware of something important.

What I hear you ask? Well back in the distant past the Gaby series had a few very active fans, several of which went as far as writing fan fiction, the bulk of which can be found on the GMS (Gaby Mini Site) pages of Maddybell.com.

So a couple of things - firstly, would people be interested in reading some of those tales here at BC? Secondly, have any of the authors got any issues with them being posted here?

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A Bad Case of Writer's Block Isn't Always a Dirth of Creativity

I know I've never been the most cherished author here, but this has always been the place I felt most comfortable sharing my creativity. I love writing, and I love stories, both reading them and sharing them, and for much of the last 10 years BC has been THE place I did so.

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40 yr drouth in TG care in Okla

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It has been a long time since I have read about any TG care in Oklahoma. Don't get me wrong, there have been meetings and support groups which seemed to wax and wain. The first TG Care opened in the Baptist Medical Clinic in the late sixties. They lasted approximately three years before they were shut down by outside influence. in the void, I've meet doctors who will see TG for an astronomically high price each visit ($300/visit). They want to see the patient once a month.

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Someone made my day today

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I'm having a WONDERFUL day today, mentally. I was reading my site messages, and some (to protect her privacy) nameless individual actually asked for my opinion and advice on a story she's currently writing. i can't possibly even begin to express how empowered that made me feel!!! I just hope I was up to the task, and provided her with some information that will, ultimately benefit her. She really is a talented author, and I KNOW, without a doubt, that she will do well on this site. Thank you for putting your trust in me and my opinions. I hope I didn't disappoint you...

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Poetry

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OK, so it's not Trans, or Smoky Corners, but here's something I wrote a few years ago. Enjoy.

"Requiem For the Deranged Poet"

(c) 2006

With neither rhyme nor reason
I cater to the call
And thrust my mighty ink-stained pen
Upon the parchment wall.

I dabble in the darkness vexed
And whittle words once wise
And quote the thoughts that I've annexed
Amid my mind's demise.

I can't remember things forgot
When I was but a lad
When jumbled thoughts ran cold and hot
Zounds! I've gone quite mad!!

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Attention Smoky Corners Contributors

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OK, so I now have two contributing authors writing stories for Smoky Corners. I consider crazypagangurl and Leila friends, and accomplished authors in their own rights, and am DEEPLY HONORED both chose to write such marvelous works that add depth to the universe I designed.

That being said, I must address something that will prove crucial to the survival of the Smoky Corners universe:

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An obligation......

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After dinner this evening, I sat with my oldest son and watched the end of the movie Platoon. One of the final lines of the movie that Charlie Sheen gives through a voice over as he is medivac'd out has always stuck with me. "Those of us that did make it have an obligation to rebuild - to try and find some goodness out of what we survived."

That could be applied to most of us in one way or another. We are all survivors in our own way, and we all have an obligation to make the world better - not just for ourselves, but for our children and for those who will follow after us.

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I'm Back

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First, a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone for all the well wishes. I felt each of your prayers and am so thankful that you each took time out of your busy schedules to think of me. I missed you all and love my brothers and sisters (and others) on the site.

Second, there's going to be a moratorium on my posts for a few days. I'm working on QUITE A FEW new projects, and I'll post them soon.

Third, everything's going good with the new pacer, so no worries.

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Cerulean Sins Anita Blake book 11 by Laurel K Hamilton.

Does anyone happen to have the audiobook for this, because it has been discontinued by the publisher and I am having a hard time finding it. I started to listen to what I have when I realized how much is missing and its driving me crazy, that I also can't find it online. Thanks.

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"Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?"

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On Thursday evening (BBC2 9pm) a programme will be aired in the UK that will appeal to transphobes across the planet. Discredited Dr Kenneth Zucker is quoted as an expert concerning young (pre-teen & teen) transgendered children. One suggestion is:
“A four-year-old might say he wants to be a dog. But do you go out and buy him dog food?”

Mermaids is said to be very concerned and were not asked to participate in the programme.

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