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  2. Rutabaga

    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    I agree that the ending seemed kind of abrupt. A couple of other things I missed or was puzzled by: 1 How could TJ possibly imagine that the whole school hadn't already figured him out? 2 Presumably Tyler said goodbye to Billy at the cemetery before the family moved. I kind of expected some kind of reflection back on Billy at the very end. But i thoroughly enjoyed the story. R
  3. Cole Parker

    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    Well said. C
  4. You got me with the shape-shifting slugs.
  5. Camy

    Happy Valentine!

    There's a great set of Valentine stories on the AD front page, and more on Codey's World.
  6. What if Alan Turing, founder of the modern computer age, escaped assassination by the secret service to become the lover of Beat author William Burroughs? What if they mutated into giant shapeshifting slugs, fled the FBI, raised Burroughs’s wife from the dead, and tweaked the H-bombs of Los Alamos? My son recommended this book, originally published in 2012.
  7. Altimexis

    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    It amazes me how different authors go about writing their stories in different ways. On the one had there are authors like GA's Comicality, who writes long soap opera-like stories that never end. On the other hand are authors like Merkin, who writes very brief stories and stitches them together to form a whole. Some authors start posting long before a story is complete, and others don't publish until the story is finished, edited, beta read and reread. My favorite genre is writing short story collections, as I can write each story as an independent unit that builds on previous stories, without worrying where the series may be heading. However, I've also written full novels such as Legacy and Conversations with Myself, which was the most complex story I've ever written. In both cases I had a clear vision of where I wanted the story to go, but both took unexpected directions and the endings ended up being dramatically different than originally planned. Some authors use an outline to be sure they stay on-track. My stories are mostly character-driven and can be as unpredictable as the characters within them. I like to think that makes the stories seem more real in the end. Alan, your story was excellent as always. I agree with Merkin that the first semester in college was the right place to end it. The final paragraph was probably something better left to the imagination of the reader, but it's your story to tell and not mine. I'd love to see a sequel to Unfinished Symphony - that was a great story! For a lot of authors, once a story ends, they prefer to move onto something else. Others write endless sequels because they can't let go. Since I tend to write short story collections, I'm always writing sequels, but I always bring my stories to an end. Sometimes a reader suggests something I hadn't thought of and that becomes the basis of a sequel.
  8. Maybe I do have some thinking to do. Ya think? R
  9. Cole Parker

    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    I guess the end of a story comes when the author has reached the point he's been directing the text to from the beginning. I know I have to have an ending in mind when I begin or I rarely finish the story. The ending doesn't have to be what is most satisfying to a reader; it's more where the author has been leading us, and when he knows that he's accomplished what he started out to say. Of course, it's also best if the reader is as satisfied as he is. But the story belongs more to the writer than the reader. I guess it's a delicate balance. I myself like to leave the readers feeling the story has ended at a place that makes sense. They often do want more, of course. That simply means they got to know and like the characters. But if we've provided them with closure, they can also see that the point of the story, why it was written, has been reached, and if we'd go on, we'd be writing a new story. C
  10. Merkin

    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    Alan, I’m impressed by the care that has gone into writing this very complex story. The story of Billy was in itself a heart-breaker to read and I’m sure, to write. The long road back from that terrible experience was so filled with lows and occasional highs that, reading it chapter by chapter, each week I had no real confidence that Tyler was going to make it. Even the eventual outcome seemed a torturous, drawn-out experience, filled with important self-discoveries gained at the cost of time and postponed commitment. The story, for me, actually ends at the moment of insight and decision that occurs a week into Tyler’s first semester at college, for he has finally come to terms with himself and with the life path that lies ahead. Thanks for writing it.
  11. Bruin Fisher

    Love is Blind by Nick Brady

    Cole here's a hug in thanks!
  12. Alan Dwight

    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    Thank you all for your comments. AD Author, I think I did think of the whole story as a flashback. Certainly, he was talking about the past. But I do admit I have troubles ending stories. When I posted "Unfinished Symphony" several people wanted to know what happened next. In fact, I tried to write a sequel but could never make it work. Anyway, I do thank you for writing and will certainly keep your thoughtful comments in mind.
  13. tycho

    stories

    I have several stories I would recommend. Number one Memories book one by acfan found on cornercafe.us, which launched a story universe called Clan Short which just had their 16th anniversary. Number two Castaway Hotel found on gayauthors.org by bill w Number three Lincoln the family I never expected found on storylover.us written by Lindon Number four if you into a story that has baseball in it is The Perfect game book one in the mayfield story line found on nifty.org written by Douglas DD, the next book after the perfect game is the The Big time followed by Diamond dreams, then Aiden book 1 followed by aiden book 2. Number five Arkadelphia Plantation by Sequoyah found on awesomedude.org Number six Another chance book one found on storylover.us written by Zarek Dragon
  14. Altimexis

    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    I loved how this story progressed, but the last chapter sure seemed rushed. Perhaps there wasn't much more to say about Tyler's education, but it felt like Alan just wanted the story to be over. Further, summarizing the rest of Tyler's life in a single paragraph only heightened the sense that there was a lot left out. I've read quite a few stories where the ending feels rushed and the reader is always left with the feeling that they've been shortchanged. In many ways, I think it's better to end a story sooner and to leave some threads hanging, so long as the ending is satisfying. Alternatively, the entire story can be told as a flashback, which provides a framework for summarizing things in the end.
  15. Altimexis

    A Valentine's Day story by Cole Parker

    I've really loved this story since it was first posted seven years ago. It's one of Cole's best short stories. It's particularly apropos today with xenophobia on the rise around the world, and Trump trying to build a wall to keep all those 'depraved' refugees from entering the U.S. and raping our women. I wonder if the Canadians will build a wall to keep the Americans out, should the worst predictions of climate change come true. Demonizing whole populations has always been a favorite tool of the demagogue. Why should America give shelter to a poor Muslim boy from Kyrgestan, and his whole family? Why should we offer refuge because he says he's being prosecuted because of who he is? He and his family should have stayed and fought for their rights. They're probably just economic refugees anyway. I doubt Cole could have foreseen the Trump presidency or the rise of the political right worldwide, but he did such a superb job of putting a human face on a refugee family - one with a persecuted gay kid.
  16. Reparation ~ Chapter 2 of a Novel by Colin Kelly. Tom Harris is injured in a high school football game and ends up in the hospital. Tanner Knox says he’ll make sure Tom receives reparation for what happened. A Valentine's Day Story ~ A Short Story by Cole Parker. It’s Valentine's Day, and David has a crush on a boy. But a boy can’t give a Valentine card to another boy. Or can he? From our archive: A collection of Valentine's Day stories that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. A Big Red Balloon ~ A Short Story by Anonymous. Barrett finds Paul... well, let's say, an interesting guy, different than his other friends. Let's watch what develops in this Valentine story. A Valentine for Ryan ~ A Flash Fiction Story by Cole Parker. A young boy works on a home-made valentine card until it's absolutely perfect. If Wishes Could Come True ~ A Short Story by Trab. Valentine's Day is often a day of hope and love, but it can come from unexpected places. La Malaguena ~ A Short Story by Pedro. Stephen didn't expect to receive anything on Valentine's Day. Room & Board ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. Jerry appears to be homophobic with a passion... but is he? You think we'll know by Valentine Day? Small Town Boy ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. Can a lonely gay boy, growing up in a tiny rural village, expect a Valentine's Day worth remembering? The Card ~ A Short Story by Camy. Christopher Smythe gets a Valentine card his determination to find out who sent it turns his world upside down... and then! Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  17. Cole Parker

    Love is Blind by Nick Brady

    I doubt that. C
  18. Bruin Fisher

    Love is Blind by Nick Brady

    Love is Blind is the title of one of my stories too... I suspect Nick Brady's is the better though.
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  20. colinian

    Love is Blind by Nick Brady

    Love Is Blind is marked as complete. But sometimes that happens with a story on GA that will have more chapters. I'm not sure if Love Is Blind will have more chapters, or if these two chapters is all. In that case, it's a very satisfactory story. It doesn't need any more. Colin
  21. Trab

    Ronan Parke on Cyerbullying

    Sounds like quite a wise young person. I don't really know who it is, or has done, but from the talk I gather it's music. I think social media should NOT be anonymous, and it would likely be a lot less toxic.
  22. Ivor Slipper

    Love is Blind by Nick Brady

    A new story at Gay Authors that deals gently, but not mawkishly, about the meeting and slowly developing relationship between two college students, one of whom is handicapped. https://gayauthors.org/story/nick-brady/love-is-blind/
  23. Graeme

    Who Is It? by Graeme

    That's not unusual, especially with short common words. You can blame the author for not being more imaginative with his story title... I took the more pragmatic approach of jumping down through the pages in this forum until I hit 2016, and there it was.
  24. Rutabaga

    Who Is It? by Graeme

    Apparently the search function will not address two-letter words, and possibly not even three-letter words. R
  25. Reparation ~ Chapter 1 of a Novel by Colin Kelly. Tom Harris is injured in a high school football game and ends up in the hospital. Tanner Knox says he’ll make sure Tom receives reparation for what happened. Trials and Tribulations of Being 13 ~ A Short Story by Cole Parker. It isn't easy being 13 and lacking confidence. Somehow, the strong survive. But, again, it isn't easy. Helping a Friend ~ Chapter 5 of a Novella by Colin Kelly. Sometimes the best gift you can give — and receive — is when you help a friend. From our archive: Stories and poems that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. Obligation to Myself ~ A Short Story by Nick James. Trevor Reeves, the most popular student at Ocean Lakes High School, stops a bully in his tracks. In the process, he learns about the value of every human being. Click Here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
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