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Well the new year has started. We've attracted new readers and new authors. Some are seasoned writers and others are first timers. I encourage both. However there is a dark side. That's the loss of data.

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Somewhere Else Entirely Tome

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After finishing up the tome titled Somewhere Else Entirely I have mixed feelings about it. First is is an unbelievably captivating story tale. The rich dialog and descriptive phrases gave it life. This is akin to an action movie we can enjoy for the action scenes and the story plot which holds together rather than a movie with no story to tell or adventure to fill in the lack there of. Some of the telling got a little long as the author was into what the heroine described the next "new idea" to the people involved. But all in all it was an imaginative story was it not?

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Small change to World without Me Chapter 4

So, it was pointed out to me that it's not quite believable that Jake wouldn't suspect that Aunt Linda has had a hand in his body's changes, and I agree! I had a few lines (quite a few, actually) that went into this but I cut them out because they felt a bit too messy, but I decided to go back and clean them up and re-do the section from when Aunt Linda leaves the bathroom to when Jake goes to his room.
Thankyou Sephrena :)

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It's Ground Dog Day!

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Today is my dog's eleventh birthday!

Calimesa Cuddles has been outside, she's seen her shadow and she peed on it, so I'm not sure what that means. :)

Happy Ground Dog Day, everyone.

I've got a terrible cold so I'm celebrating by drinking hot tea.

Hugs to all,
Erin

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I may have gained a reader

I may have gained a reader. I mentioned at work about having a book on Kindle and one of my co-workers looked it up, and i think he's reading it. Be interesting to find out what he thinks of it.

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Preserving Original Publishing Date.

Tonight I am getting ready to share a link on "Easy As Falling Of A Bike" with a friend who is looking for something to read, so I had to dig deeply to find Chapter 1 of said epic. I notice that something had happened with it and the publication date was now 2015. Chapter 2 still says 2007. I have noticed the same thing has happened with certain of my stories, not that mine are important at all.

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The Heart of the Beholder

Just published "The Heart of the Beholder" in paperback on Amazon .com. It was the first novel I'd ever published. and I published it here. Please link thorough BCTS if you are thinking about ordering it. It is also available as a eBook.

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Gaby Book 18 - Summery

Well it's finally here, the full, edited and tidied up version of the latest Gaby opus!

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Available from the usual outlets in the usual formats from some time this evening!

Kindle ASIN: B01N3A8G9I
Amazon print to follow
Lulu digital
Lulu print

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Chat Room Access

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For those of you who can't seem to access the chatroom via the provided Link, there are a couple alternatives.
One is this link;
http://widget01.mibbit.com/?server=ellesmera.dragonaerie.de&...
You will need to delete the listed "nickname" and type in your own.

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Costa Winner 2017

The winner of this years Costa book award went to Sebastian Barry's Days Without End. A story about the lives and love of two young men who start out as dancing girls in a saloon in the west and their time as soldiers.

This is Brokeback Mountain with requited love. Here is a link to a review from the Irish Times, apt as the author is Irish.

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/humorous-glorious-ou...

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Columbia

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Tomorrow, Feb. 1st, is the 14th anniversary of the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia over Texas in 2003. The shuttle's left wing was damaged by foam falling from the external tank fittings. The damage allowed reentry heat to enter and destroy the left wing, causing the shuttle to disintegrate. Disintegration actually started over California. Killed were:

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"The Dark Tower" series

I have been reading Steven King's "The Dark Tower" series, and its really, really good. I have found myself swept up in the quest for the tower, wincing at every setback, crying at every loss, and cheering every victory along the way.

That said, the books do have one rather interesting character - Steven King himself.

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Haven't been getting a lot of writing done.

My dog and constant companion of almost ten years and best friend, passed away unexpectedly late last week. I don't really feel much like writing right now. I've always been a bit socially awkward so I don't have many friends. Coming home to her after a day of work was always the highlight of my day.

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Big Updates for Zoe and Ashleigh

If you were in the middle of reading one of our stories this morning, then you might have noticed some temporary weirdness happening with the organizationals. We, that is Ashleigh and Zoe, have finally unified our author pages into one place so that you can easily access everything we’ve written, instead of having to try and guess which of us posted what and where.

You can find the unified author page at the bottom of this announcement. We would post it right here, on this spot, but we have another, bigger announcement first.

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How many of us think the BMA is a bit silly?

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Staff at the British Medical Association (BMA) have been warned not to call pregnant women “expectant mothers” as it could offend transgender people. Instead, they should call them “pregnant people” so as not to upset intersex and transgender men.

The advice comes in an internal document to staff outlining a raft of common phrases that should be avoided for fear of causing offence. “The elderly” should be referred to as “older people”, “disabled lifts” called “accessible lifts” and someone who is “biologically male or female” should be called “assigned male or female”.

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Our New Author

We are aware of the excessive amount of postings our new author today made. The author has already been informed of our posting policies so no rants by others are necessary. Erin will fix the front page herself in a little bit. I was told to leave it to her. Sooooooooooooooooo...

Be cool please?

Sephrena

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I'm very lucky

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I am very lucky to live in a house with animals.

Like last night, I was having troubles emotionally, and laying in bed and unable to sleep when my brother and sister-in-law's cat came into my room, jumped up on my bed, and basically demanded I pet her. After a while of stroking her soft fur and hearing her purr, I could feel my blood pressure drop and my heart rate slow. When I stopped petting her, the cat sat at the end of my bed facing my door, as if guarding me from any intruders, until I fell asleep.

Like I said, I'm very lucky.

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Firefox Fix for unwanted changes by Mozilla

For those of you using the Firefox browser, and have noticed a lot of changes occurring in the past 9 months to it, there is a fix to customize it to how you want it to appear and function: The Classic Theme Restorer Addon. I actually ran across this addon today trying to find a means to remove the page zoom percentage out of the address bar they added on in the update 2 days ago.

It has a ton of customizations for you to tailor the browsers look and functionality.

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Patreon - Too Successful?

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This started out as a comment on another blog, but I didn't want that person to feel as if they had been singled out for attention. This is something that has been on my mind for awhile now.

It wasn't that long ago I only knew one person with a Patreon. At last count a few months back there were over 30. A few are set at $1.00 but most have a $5.00 minimum. A small number are higher. So I figure my monthly contributition to the people I really feel I should donate to is close to $150. A month. Ouch!

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NEW shadowsblade is here!

the new part is up readers!

I hope that my readers love this part? I seem to have lost some of you with the last 2 postings? for some reason?

If how I have handled that last clone part of Rohanna bothers you? Please get with me, or I can explain farther here?

Just remember this, My plots sometimes take a long time to unroll and what you see now or think you see or read? Might change soon!

The new clone of Rohanna will develop in someways over time, this was a major part of my story for her and part of why she is in the WA universe

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National paint your nails day! Super Bowl Sunday, February 5

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Here's a win-win betting opportunity. For Super Bowl Sunday, February 5 make a bet with someone or only with your self. If the Atlanta Falcons win paint your nails Falcon red. If New England wins paint them Patriot blue! Either way you win. It's a great reason/excuse to indulge yourself. And of course the 'loser' would have to leave it on for at least a week or more. This would be perfect for toe nails if you need to be a bit discreet. And because it's winter no one is gonna see your toes until spring anyway. And if they do say something you can say you lost a bet.

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Announcement for February

First of all the announcement:

The first person to join my patreon at $5 or more in the month of February will get to decide what secondary story I post first that month. They will be allowed to choose from a list of stories that I have completed already. If no one joins, there will be no secondary story release in February.

Keep an eye out in the future as I will be offering similar incentives(not necessarily identical) in coming months which may be for existing patrons, new recruits, or progress toward goals. If you’d like to find out more about the Patreon and the future of my work, click the read more tag below to get my insights and plans for the future.

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Up to my eyeballs in gorillas

Well it caught your eye, didn't it? Sorry no Bike tonight been researching mountain gorillas in Uganda for my latest university assignment, and there is a lot of data to deal with. Life continues to be busy (when I'm awake) and I'll be back with Gorilla beringei beringei tomorrow trying to finish that part of my assignment and will also try to do another episode of the longest and most boring serial ever devised, but as there's no accounting for taste, some of you seem to like it. My co-authors are both zonked with full tummies, hence my posting this for them.

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Using thumbnails

When uploading a picture, we're given the option of generating a thumbnail. I want to include a thumbnail in my story so that when the user clicks on it, the normal-sized picture is uploaded, which is the typical use for a thumbnail..

I've been messing with html and can do it if I put a link to the main picture from a title beneath the thumbnail. But I'm not certain how to link the thumbnail itself to the main picture. (It's worth saying I haven't much used html for 15 years, so I'm quite rusty!)

Is there an easy way to use thumbnails on this site?

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News from Yorkshire

Well its cold, damp and Yorkshire here - well it is still January -just!

So I got my writing head and the impatient amongst you can now find the final arc of the 18th Gaby book - Summery on the usual platforms. (Kindle always takes its time so be patient.) I hope you enjoy it.

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Get Free Kindle Ad On Amazon Web Pages

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I've just spent the last ten minutes or so looking at a few items from our writers here that are available on Amazon.

In each case, I see a small ad on the page which says: READ ON ANY DEVICE, then Get free Kindle app underneath. Is this legit?

It just seems odd as Amazon lists scores if not hundreds of Kindles for sale through the site. I know they do, I've looked occasionally, as I've thought about getting one, but the cost for the decent ones is way too much for me in most cases.

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The first step

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With help from my sister in law, I got the first step done to getting my name change. Total cost should be about $ 200, take probably around a month from start to finish.

But before you can start a journey, you got to take the first step, and I did that today.

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Two New Animes on Bands

BanG Dream! is about an all girl's high school band, a little different from the anime K-On!

BanG Dream!

Other name: BanG Dream!(バンドリ!)

Genres: Music Anime

Date aired: Jan, 2017 to ?

Status: Ongoing

Views: 4,610

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Living as a woman without surgery

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It seems to me that I have heard of males living as women without any surgery, or hormones at all and not being intersex who have had successful lives. One case I heard of had cross dressed as a youth and as soon as they got in college changed to full time. I hope they have or had happy lives and that eventually that is how we will all do it. Of course, for an intact male, there is that troublesome masculinization, so I know they must have done something along the way.

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Challenger

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Something about this block of days on the calendar. Saturday, Jan. 28th, is the 31st anniversary of the mid-air destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. Extra attention was being paid to this flight as it was the inaugural flight of the Teacher In Space Program. A series of interactive lessons broadcast from the shuttle by teacher/payload specialist Christa McAuliffe meant that schools across the country were watching the take-off.

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Saftey, always remember to take precautions.

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It is with members of the Site mentioning the Apollo 1 Accident that reminds me of how important the little things we do for safety in our daily live can be.

The Simple step of Putting on your Seat belt every time you get in a moving Vehicle is the big one to me.

I have been in 3 major car accidents in my life 2 behind the wheel my self.

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Interconnections Between Two Of My Stories

Well, anyone reading my two latest posts here will possibly realize that the two stories are connected.

Upside Down, Inside Out has a ways to go before it catches up with Home Is Where The Heart Is. I'm not sure, but it may take another post or three of Upside Down, Inside Out before the two stories timelines begin to match.

At the moment, these are the only stories that are interconnected, but that doesn't preclude the possibility that one or more of the others will not become interconnected with one or both of these stories. We'll have to wait and see, won't we?

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Getting Better

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To say Ihave been depressed for the last while is an understatement.

Looks like My paralyzed leg has decided to work in tandom with mr good leg Evey day I wheel my wheelchair in front of the kitchen sink. I use my good arm and hand to grab the edge of the sink and counter and with assistance drag myself up and stand and balance for as long as my strength allows the dead leg is helping me stand though I still need the assist small l baby steps is the ticket to walking someday

Thanks to everyone has posted stories I live for them.

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Apollo 1

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Tomorrow, Jan. 27, is the 50th anniversary of the launch pad fire that killed the Apollo 1 crew, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. What was supposed to be a routine systems test became a funeral pyre when a flash fire fueled by the pure oxygen inside the Apollo roared through the capsule interior. Subsequent investigations revealed significant design flaws and faulty procedures. This resulted in a complete redesign of the Apollo capsule and revamped rules and regulations.

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SEE Commentaries #19 to #22

Author's Commentary on Somewhere Else Entirely: Chapters 19 to 22

In these chapters a major character gets introduced and Garia receives a shock which underlines her new reality to her. Otherwise, the business of introducing basic technology to Palarand continues.

There isn't too much in these chapters that required major attention.

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Authors Rachel Greenham and Sigh

Okay Rachel'shaven forum emailed me the email about Rachel. Who there did it? I do not know. I went on by what I could and im locked out of getting my password from her site atm. So I could not verify it directly. Sigh, however, I talked with by phone so that is still legitimate.
 
 
Sigh also suffered heart problems last year and lost his hospital job because of it. He is doing well now and living with family. He told me to say he is on the upswing and will come back to the site soon.

Sephrena

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Delayed Departure

Is the title of this weeks Gaby Chapter.

In other news, the final parts of Book 18 should be complete in time for a weekend release of, at the very least the last 10 chapter segment and if I get my act together - maybe even the full 40 chapter book! So prepare your credit cards, dust off your Kindles and be ready for Sunday!

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The Power of the Written Word

The power of the written word is a line I have heard my whole life. In this day and age of Social Media, I was beginning to fear that the power of the written word was dying. Yesterday, two things happened that proved to me that the power of the written word is not yet dead.

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And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is a song written by Scottish-born
Australian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971. The song describes war as futile
and ...

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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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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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No more Southern Comfort Trans Con?

It came to my attention this evening that The southern Comfort Transsexual Conference is no more!

http://www.tgforum.com/wordpress/index.php/the-southern-comf...

I attended in 2009 and it was a life changing event for me.

The Con had relocated from Atlanta Ga. to Ft. Lauderdale, but apparently there were some lawsuits that have ended the Con that had been a fixture for Trans folks for 26 years!

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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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'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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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
2Wolf Design

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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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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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