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  2. “I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this episode of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward looking than ever before," she said. “They voted to leave the European Union and embrace the world." I'd be willing to bet that the same argument, nearly verbatim, was used by the politicians to "BrEnter" in the first place.
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  4. Here is today's LA Times take on Thresa May's recent comments on Brexit. http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-theresa-may-speech-20170117-story.html
  5. James, that's exactly how I react when I read most anything. Ideas spring from little incidents like that one. The more realistic the scenes are, and the more that's left to the reader's imagination, the more new and divergent situations occur to me. From such stuff, stories can be built. Thanks, guys. I liked this story, and I'm glad you share that sentiment. I was unhappy, seeing the short story segment of this site being ignored. I'd love to see all you fellows adding to it. C
  6. Yes Chris, I saw the report on the Not-Mother of the Year. I am absolutely appalled.
  7. I agree, Cole has said what he wanted to about Avery. And he has said it skillfully and delightfully and quite convincingly. But brother Ted is an untold story, and his transformation has made me want to know more about a boy who got the smaller room.
  8. A sweet little story, almost a vignette or a trailer for what could be a much longer story. But that is not what Cole had in mind, and I get it. Once an author fleshes out the characters, sets the plot in motion, and begins to write, the ending is a foregone conclusion. In Drawing Me Out I think Cole says all he wants to say, and needs to say to give us a pleasurable experience. No need to flog every word in the dictionary once his thoughts have been conveyed in such a meaningful fashion. Well done, Cole.
  9. THE LEGEND OF KIWAKAAZI ~ Chapters 37 and 38 of Book Four of a Novel by Nanak. This is an exciting combination of African folklore, mythology, fantasy, and adventure. The story revolves around a nineteen year old intelligent young scientist, Kiwakaazi, in ancient Africa. In Book Four we have to ask: How is thin, weak and naive Kiwakaazi going to survive against all of those that want to kill him? The epic and yet very spiritual journey of Kiwakaazi and other related stories have been captured in this story. Enjoy! Drawing Me Out A Short Story by Cole Parker. Sometimes there's more to see than what's there. A Letter to My Little Sister A Short Story by Ayushi Mehrotra. When her little sister turned thirteen, Ayushi wrote her a birthday letter that she’s sharing with us. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. A New Year - A New Life ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. Living on the streets during a cold Canadian winter can make being hungry and alone the least of your worries. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  10. Such a charming story. I was hoping there would be another of Cole's awaited short stories today, and -- lo! -- there it was. I am always impressed by someone who can pick up a pencil or brush or whatever and create amazing drawings and pictures. R
  11. I'm a longstanding fan of Joel's stories and this one stands up well in the canon. Good "pick from the past." I was never clear about Jake's involvement in the special assignment. Also, is the Andrew who is with Jake in the end the same Andrew that the narrator had a crush on earlier? (I'm assuming yes.) R
  12. Note: Due to change of servers in December, the register@awesomedude.com email link was not working. It is now working again! If you tried to register, but failed, please try again. Thanks, Mike
  13. Jeff - One of the pleasures of reading stories like A Royal Achievement is that I get the historical context without slogging through the work of reading contemporary historical accounts with its inconsistent spelling and difficult language. So thank you for doing the hard work for me and entertaining me at the same time :-) S-
  14. Sadly, loving parents like those in Douglas' story are not the universal norm. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/01/16/report-mother-stabbed-her-teenage-son-to-death-because-was-gay.html
  15. Thank you Pedro, I'm delighted to see that you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing it appear here. In fact extraordinarily little is known about life in the British Navy as it existed at the end of Oliver Cromwell's reign. In 1660 it set out, very reluctantly, to bring Charles Stuart back from exile in Holland, to make Britain a monarchy again. I was lucky to find the Journal of Edward Barlow, a lowly boy-seaman who kept a diary... just like Samuel Pepys, who as Secretary to the Navy is on the same ship's quarterdeck when they set out to find a King. Between the two diaries I was able to read virtually all that is known about life at sea at that period.
  16. So I read "Hearts and Hooves" just now, and only afterward saw the recommendation of reading "After Hours" and "Cultural Differences" first. So I went back and read those. I actually don't think it's that essential to read those other stories first -- "H&H" is pretty self-contained and self-explanatory. Interestingly, though, I realized that I must have read "Cultural Differences" on its own quite some time ago. I remember being fairly bewildered by the story back then. Now, with the pieces filled in by H&H, it makes more sense. Anyway, though I'm not a huge fan of fantasy stuff (except to the extent that Harry Potter qualifies), this was a nice, well-constructed story where the good guys won and the bad guys got their just deserts. R
  17. I've read a few more than half the posted chapters at this point. I usually don't start serialized stories till they're finished; I like to read at a pace that isn't possible when having to wait for new chapters to go up. But, as Douglas is the author, I'll admit to a weakness of character. I simply couldn't wait any longer. What a glorious experience this is! Not only do we get a sterling adventure, we get it presented to us in the style of the times! The writing is period writing, complete with capitalizations and punctuation that were in the vogue at that time! What research this must have taken. What patience! Incredible stuff. And that doesn't say anything about the story, which keeps building and building, slowly, temptingly. I'm going to run out of chapters to read long before I want to. This is what good writing looks like. And, interestingly enough, even though this is written to suggest it was created in the late 1930s, it still has Douglas's fingerprints all over it, the identical style he effected in Gang of Five. Is it any wonder I'm loving it so far? C
  18. So many characters to develop and so little time! I like that trio a lot, but I'm already planning another story and alas, they're not in it. But there's always hope. I still like the idea of the One Summer in Georgia characters being reprised. I liked those guys a lot. Thanks, Pedro! C
  19. Look out for this one when it appears here! A good yarn set in a period of history, I think is not seen much, if at all, in fiction of any kind . Certainly a time I know very little about.
  20. Cole's diversionary tactics meant everything was kept hidden until the final reveal. Nice twist about something that must be a source of maximum teen embarrassment to those afflicted. Well done. i know it is not Cole's usual modus operandi but I wonder if we will see these three again?
  21. I just finished reading it. Can't say I'd recommend it to anyone. It certainly was peculiar, and I didn't find it very satisfying. Very difficult for me to see why it would be a best seller. C
  22. They're my heroes, too! Thanks, R. C
  23. Thanks, R. Both couples are certainly vulnerable. It's part of what makes them so attractive. C
  24. What a wonderful story. And bravo to Ben and Tyler. R
  25. Mmmm . . . dead woodchuck. Yum! Rooting for Ralph and Tinker as much as Riley and Travis. R
  26. Here're the full lyrics, for those interested. Yeah, it as a great song, and quite controversial for its time as, even though it isn't shown in this lyric, on the stage its final two words were, "Fuck you!" GEE, OFFICER KRUPKE TIGER (spoken) (imitating Officer Krupke) Hey, you! RIFF (spoken) Me, Officer Krupke? TIGER (spoken) (as Krupke) Yeah, you! Gimme one good reason For not draggin’ ya down to the Stationhouse, ya punk. RIFF (sings) Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke, Ya gotta understand-- It’s just our bringin’ upke That gets us outta hand. Our mothers all are junkies, Our fathers all are drunks. Golly Moses -- natcherly we’re punks. ALL Gee, Officer Krupke, we’re very upset; We never had the love that every Child oughta get. We ain’t no delinquents, We’re misunderstood. Deep down inside us there is good! RIFF There is good! ALL There is good, there is good, There is untapped good. Like inside, the worse of us is good. TIGER (imitating Krupke) That’s a touchin’ good story. RIFF Lemme tell it to the world! TIGER (imitating Krupke) Just tell it to the Judge. RIFF (**to Snowboy) Dear kindly Judge, your Honor, My parents treat me rough. With all their marijuana, They won’t give me a puff. They didn’t wanna have me, But somehow I was had. Leapin’ lizards --that’s what I’m so bad! SNOWBOY (imitating a Judge) Right! Officer Krupke, you’re really a square; This boy don’t need a judge, he Needs a analysis’s care! It’s just his neurosis that oughta be curbed-- **He’s psychologically disturbed. RIFF I’m disturbed! ALL We’re disturbed, we’re disturbed, We’re the most disturbed, Like we’re psychologically disturbed. SNOWBOY (still acting part of Judge)(spoken) Hear ye, Her ye! In the opinion Of this court, this child is Depraved on account he ain’t had a normal home. RIFF (spoken) Hey, I’m depraved on account I’m deprived! SNOWBOY (as judge - spoken) So take him to a headshrinker. RIFF (to Action)(sings) My Daddy beats my Mommy, My Mommy clobbers me, My Grandpa is a Commie, My Grandma pushes tea. My sister wears a mustache, My brother wears a dress. Goodness Gracious, that’s why I’m a mess! ACTION (as psychiatrist) Yes! Officer Krupke, he shouldn’t be here. This boy don’t need a couch, he needs A useful career. Society’s played him a terrible trick, And sociologically he’s sick! RIFF I am sick! ALL We are sick, we are sick, We are sick sick sick Like we’re sociologically sick! ACTION (speaks as psychiatrist) In my opinion, this child does not need To have his head shrunk at all. Juvenile delinquency is purely a Social disease. RIFF (spoken) Hey, I got a social disease! ACTION (spoken as psychiatrist) So take him to a social worker! RIFF (to ARAB)(sings) Dear kindly social worker, They tell me get a job, Like be a soda-jerker, Which means like be a slob. It’s not I’m anti-social, I’m only anti-work. Gloryosky, that’s why I’m a jerk! ARAB (as social worker) Eek! Officer Krupke, you’ve done it again. This boy don’t need a job, he needs a Year in the pen. It ain’t just a question of misunderstood; Deep down inside him, he’s no good! RIFF I’m no good! ALL We’re no good, we’re no good, We’re no earthly good, Like the best of us is no damn good! SNOWBOY The trouble is he’s lazy. JOYBOY The trouble is he drinks BABY JOHN The trouble is he’s crazy. ARAB The trouble is he stinks, MOUTHPIECE The trouble is he’s growing. ACTION The trouble is he’s grown! ALL Krupke, we got troubles of our own! Gee, Officer Krupke, We’re down on our knees. ‘Cause no one wants a fella with A social disease. Gee, Officer Krupke, What are we to do? Gee, Officer Krupke -- Krup you!
  27. And if I remember it correctly, there is a line in that song which says, "Hey, I'm depraved because I'm deprived." One of my favourite musicals.
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