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  2. colinian

    Set Fire To The Rain

    One of my favorite songs, and I like his singing. Colin
  3. ricky

    Inspiration by Cole Parker

    Another great Cole Parker short. Honestly, this guy can get more mileage out of the fewest words of any author I know. Every word contributes to the story. And this one was, like everything Cole writes, AWESOME.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Cole Parker

    Inspiration by Cole Parker

    Thanks, Gee. You deserve half the credit! C
  6. Last week
  7. Gee Whillickers

    Inspiration by Cole Parker

    I was looking out for this story, after being given a heads up by Cole. It was wonderful, Cole. Thanks for writing it. Yes, so many teens struggle mightily with the coming out issue. A few short years ago I watched my brother-in-law's sister's boy go through exactly this conundrum. And his parents are quite religious to boot (one of the religions that isn't exactly accepting of gay folks), so this made it even more of a struggle. It did not have quite as happy an outcome as your story in the immediate aftermath, unfortunately, but has since been settled out and reconciled. It was a difficult time though for this lad. As always Cole, your story was well written and elicited exactly the right tension and emotions. Well done. You can find it here. Go and read it.
  8. The thing is, he could really have said all that! Sounds just like him. C
  9. Nigel Gordon

    Passing It On

    I loved it.
  10. Something that is not talked about very much in the gay community is domestic abuse within a gay relationship. Maybe we like to think it does not happen, but it does. On a couple of occasions, I have found myself helping to pick up the pieces after some domestic abuse in a gay relationship. On more than one time I have tried to write about it, to date with no success, which is one reason why I am so impressed with these two novels by N R Walker. The first, 'Galaxies and Oceans' is set in the South of Australia. It is the story of Aubrey, a young man who has to die to escape the abusive relationship that he is in. It is also the story of Patrick, an older man who has to overcome the grief he has lived with since the death of his lover. The second 'Yanni's Story' is about an aspiring actor who escapes an abusive relationship but then has to rebuild his life. In so doing he is able to not only build a new life for himself but to help others, who are trapped in the same hell that he was in. I have long admired N R Walker's writing, but I think these two books, which are available on Kindle, are some of her best works.
  11. It’s official...whiskey makes you cook burgers at 1am.  

    1. William King

      William King

      I think it's the drinking of the whiskey, not the whiskey itself, which has always seemed rather bottled up to me, and incapable of logical thought or action... 😂

    2. Camy

      Camy

      You don't need whiskey to cook burgers at 1am, merely a growling stomach.

      True, whiskey might be incapable of logical thought or action, but it's a master at causing appalling hangovers...

  12. Camy -- Thanks for posting the photo. I looked in vain for it in real time coverage, but one of the networks said it had only been permitted to fly for a couple of hours or the Royal Air Force (or somebody) would take it down for them. Glad to see Donny got his time in the sun.
  13. Read this! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/12/trump-looks-forward-to-not-meeting-anyone-in-britain-england?
  14. Thar he blows, over Parliament Square.
  15. Oliver

    Passing It On

    Great beautiful story indeed!
  16. Cole Parker

    Best Summer Ever! by Cole Parker

    I agree that this is a story better read as a whole, and several people I know desisted until they saw the FINAL banner notifying them the posting was finished. But it was intentionally written with chapter endings beckoning readers to come back for the next installment each time. Perhaps the wait was more agonizing this time because everyone liked Aaron and didn't like him sitting in purgatory for a few days till the next posting arrived. I guess I can take that as a compliment, if a left-handed one. My next two postings will both be short stories, so Steve's fret will become moot. C
  17. Altimexis

    Best Summer Ever! by Cole Parker

    Now that it's complete, I can say that it's a great story with excellent character development. It was just a tough read as a serial. Some stories lend themselves well to serialization. This one might have been better posted as a complete novella. I think we all write a bit differently when we know our stories will be posted serially over a period of time. That said, some of the greatest novels of all time were published initially in serial format. In many ways, it's a shame that serial publications lost their popularity when I was still in diapers. Magazines like The Atlantic and Harpers Weekly were a great way to get quality literature to the masses while providing support to up-and-coming authors. But I digress… Book chapters have always served as a means of switching story lines and providing the reader with convenient stopping points. Of course a lot of us use end-of-chapter cliff-hangers to build suspense, which leads to the term page turner. What I'm getting at is that at AD and on other story sites, there is a strong incentive to post stories serially. Some outstanding stories have been published as complete novels - Alan Dwight's stories, for example - but the attention given to them is much less than that afforded serial stories. Cole's latest story reminds us that some stories are better told as a complete tale - that at times, perhaps most of the time - it's better to write without regard to breaking a story up into serial postings. A while back we discussed ways to improve the home page to make it more modern and functional. Perhaps it's time to revisit the topic in the Green Room and actually do something about it this time. At the least, complete stories should have equal billing with serial updates, much as is done on the Dabeagle home page. Great story, Cole. Well worth reading in the end.
  18. Altimexis

    Passing It On

    I too loved this story. Definitely some tears at the end.
  19. ChrisR

    Passing It On

    There is one real problem with many short stories: they're so doggone short! Passing It On is a beautiful vignette, the likes of which many of us could only wish for. Thank you, Ivor, for granting it to us.
  20. Rutabaga

    Passing It On

    I am just an absolute sucker for this kind of story. Yeah, hankies, for sure. R
  21. Cole Parker

    Passing It On

    Very heart-warming tale just posted today on AD in the short story section: Passing It On. You might even need a hanky. Hope we'll see more from Ivor. C
  22. Best Summer Ever ~ Chapter 11 and the Epilogue of a Novel by Cole Parker. Aaron is always ready to fight. Perhaps a summer spent in a less stressful atmosphere will allow him to relax. Perhaps. JJ for Short III ~ Part 3 of a Three Part Novella by Grant Bentley. Life at university has a few ups and downs, and then the best up possible. Inspiration ~ a Short Story by Cole Parker. A boy has a nightmarish problem. From our archive: Stories and poems that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. Dare to Dream ~ a Short Story by Graeme. Sometimes it's good to be rescued from something mundane, no matter how important it might be. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  23. Cole Parker

    Best Summer Ever! by Cole Parker

    Thanks, Gee. That means a lot, coming from you. You even get a mention in my next story, a short one which should run very soon. C
  24. Gee Whillickers

    Best Summer Ever! by Cole Parker

    I was waiting for that red FINAL text in the updates list. Oh goody. I sat down and read this one through from beginning to end. Excellent story, Cole. I like the flaws in the main character, and how his history colored his perceptions of everything that happened between himself and Dylan, and between himself and so many others. Something I always have a soft spot for in stories like this is catalysts. And Shaun was very much a catalyst. I found myself wondering about his character and history, his story. What allowed him to come up with that speech that motivated Aaron to go and talk to Dylan? Of course, that's not who the story was about, so that's just an aside, but I did like his on and off effect on Aaron as he tried to figure himself out. Very well done!
  25. Cole Parker

    Best Summer Ever! by Cole Parker

    I really liked writing that one, developing an obviously flawed protagonist that we liked anyway and sympathized with. It isn't all that easy to write a guy like that, but I wanted to try. All of us are flawed. Not all of us redeem ourselves. Thanks for your kind words, Chris. C
  26. He's going to complain that the hands are too small. Colin
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  28. ChrisR

    Best Summer Ever! by Cole Parker

    Having now finished reading this tale, I can almost hear a "That's a wrap!" off camera - it was that good. Having spent most of my younger summers at camp I truly felt the "reality" of the scenarios (except that your lake seems closer to the size of Lake Titicaca than the bathtub we had). So thanks for reawakening some wonderful memories along your pathway.
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