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  2. Benz by Rick Beck

    People will be people, and when the powerful ones have faults, well . . . C
  3. Benz by Rick Beck

    I read it one installment at a time and chafed, CHAFED at the end of each chapter. Far better to read it all at once. Odd how we all, with so much evidence to the contrary, want so desperately to believe in our criminal justice system, and how bent out of shape we get when we learn about blatant injustice...
  4. Benz by Rick Beck

    I was surprised to not find any mention at all of Rick Beck's latest, Benz. I read it in one sitting yesterday. Yeah, it wasn't a story to stop once started. If anyone else hadn't read it, do so. You're in for a treat. C
  5. Article of interest to all writers

    Mike, I was going to say, "No, don't reduce it to weekly; make it daily; feed my addiction!" And then I came to the part where you mentioned that updating weekly would reduce your workload. Yes, please. Weekly is sufficient. And BTW, thanks! peter
  6. Here we go again

    One hates to be stereotyped. And it gets boring if you write the same story over and over again. I also like the challenge of trying new things. But in all cases you have to consider what is the best way to present a story. All these decisions . . . C
  7. Here we go again

    Cole, I love that you keep finding new directions to go! :)
  8. Swedish Pronoun: Hen

    'They' can and is used as singular, but the situation has to be right. It doesn't always work. We do need to be as canny as the Swedes and create one. C
  9. Swedish Pronoun: Hen

    Thanks for that, Addym. I like ‘hen’ because I‘d like English to have gender-neutral pronouns in addition to the many gender-specific pronouns which we have already. We have ‘they’ but that's a plural pronoun and whenever I'd try to use it as a singular pronoun (since there's nothing else lying around that can be used) I'd get shot down by my teachers in middle and high school and my instructors in college. Colin
  10. Notes

    What a cute story. R
  11. Notes

    Yep, we're like a gaggle of two legged jock-straps.
  12. Swedish Pronoun: Hen

    Swedish Pronoun: Hen Identifying as non-binary can be difficult, but Sweden has an official gender-neutral pronoun: hen. It’s similar to the use of singular “they” in English. It took inspiration from the neutral pronoun in the Finnish language (hän) and after much debate “hen” was officially adopted. Its use is: – for talking about someone who’s gender is unknown – when the gender is unnecessary in the conversation – for talking about someone who identifies as neither male nor female It’s been used in various places in Sweden, some say since the 1960s, but was discussed in mainstream media in 2013 and eventually placed into the official Swedish dictionary in 2015. It has two main uses in Sweden. The first is, obviously, for LGBT+ groups but the second is interesting. Some schools and pre-schools have started using “hen” for their pupils so as not to push gender roles or identities on their students. First studies suggest that the use of “hen” in early education doesn’t reduce children’s tendency to use gender to categorize people, but it reduces their tendency to gender-stereotype and gender-segregate. The use of hen is the same and just as simple as han (he) or hon (she), for example, “hen är vacker” – “they are beautiful”. ##### Found this little article and thought it worth sharing. Enjoy.
  13. Notes

    Wow! You guys are so supportive. When I get a little down, I can read comments like these and can't keep from smiling. Thanks to you all! C
  14. Notes

    There are some stories which are good, there are some which are great. Then there are some like Notes which can only be called sublime. They work perfectly, capturing the feeling of time, place and events. To write such a story takes great skill and in Notes Cole has demonstrated that skill perfectly. Probably one of the best short stories I have ever read and certainly the best I have read on the internet.
  15. Haywood Book 2

    Well, it's finally progressing, just as I promised. Haywood's Journey, Book 2, Soaring To New Heights is available on Amazon; in Kindle format and as a paperback. For those who'd like to see how the story finally progresses, here's the link. Now comes the hard part. I've publicly committed to getting Book 3 (Landing in Triumph) completed and published by my birthday (Feb. 25). So, I'm off to get that process going. FYI: I'm about 2/3 through the first draft, so I'm not starting from scratch. LOL. Hope some of you try these book.
  16. A timely, awful reminder that cannot be ignored. Thankfully, there is light at the end of this tunnel.
  17. Notes

    “Notes” is a wonderful capture of what I remember passing notes entailed: the dread of interception and the fear of discovery resulting in life-ending embarrassment, the delicious perception of the total risk of leaving a paper trail… I fear that today’s easy access to texting has diminished and cheapened this thrill, as it has so much of human interaction.
  18. Notes
  19. Notes

    Where? You didn't add any link!
  20. Notes

    I just read this story and it's great. The entire mood of note writing is captured. The worry, the joy, the terror, the relief. And I remembered it all in this wonderful story. You need to go there.
  21. Kill the Indian — Save the Child ~ A Novella by Grant Bentley. This is Askuwheteau’s story. His life before being forced to attend Our Lady of Peace Indian Residential School. 8th Grade ~ Chapter 14 of a Novel by Cole Parker. Sometimes the kids don’t like a teacher. Sometimes a teacher doesn’t like the kids. That could be. . . awkward. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. A Halloween Surprise ~ This story is only incidentally a Halloween story. It’s much more, a story about why friendship is so important even when two friends haven’t seen each other for two years. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  22. Article of interest to all writers

    Reading the original article I'm struck by yet another similarity. Those who remember the original Bad News Bears movie might recall that in the last inning Buttermaker tells Stein to lean into the ball and take one for the team. The only salient difference is that in BNB the final inning is the sixth rather than the ninth. And brace yourselves -- it was released 41 years ago. Completely "novel" novels are far scarcer than hens' teeth. Just like sayings.
  23. Article of interest to all writers

    I prefer the current hybrid mix of semi-weekly and weekly posting of installments. But that's from a reader's perspective. Clearly the only reliable way to make semi-weekly posting work is to have the whole story written out in advance (so that the installments are stockpiled), or as a fallback having the story mostly written with a viable path to getting the last installments finished before posting time. (Is that anything like "mostly dead" from "The Princess Bride"?) In any case, I'm used to seeing that certain stories (Border Wolves) are posted only weekly, and others (Cole's) are posted semi-weekly. I was never sure why the difference, because I knew that each Border Wolves story was complete when the weekly posting started. I assume there were legitimate reasons. Overriding all, though, if it's just too much of a grind to keep up the semi-weekly pace from a site administration standpoint, that seems like a good reason to scale back for sanity's sake. R
  24. Gull Island Light

    A wonderful story. Enjoyable and moving. I sent him an email too.
  25. Welfare Info?

    I'll just leave the raisins out; or perhaps substitute with something edible.
  26. Gull Island Light

    A very meaningful story. It's not often there's a story in AwesomeDude (or Codey's World) written about the Indians who lived in America before anyone else arrived — and still live here, but under very different circumstances. Colin
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