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  1. Six chapters in, I like Cheddar's enough to recommend it. Though many of the gay themes are well known, they are treated somewhat freshly, keeping Nifty as a site to keep scouting. https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/college/cheddars/
  2. Between the Push and Pull is a fine story; ten chapters will be posted over the next weeks. The story is erotic as hell, but the eroticism is central to the nuanced plot -- not tacked on and skimmable as it is in most stories of the gay genre. From about the fourth paragraph on, you realize that this is not your usual porn tale. https://www.gayauthors.org/story/hudson-bartholomew/betweenthepushandpull There is real character development all the way to the end of Chapter 10 in a story that I edited.
  3. From a site that has been around a long time, a list of the top stories posted there as chosen by the web owner http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/occasions/20-anniversary.html
  4. For Suzanne, something special: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-leonard-cohen-andjudy-collins-perform-suzanne-in-1967-20130425
  5. I know bi_janus doesn't agree, but the best version of Hallelujah is Jeff Buckley's. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AWFf7EAc4 I'm not sure of the covers for Suzanne, another great song, but probably not Leonard Cohen himself.
  6. The popular vote is not really a reflection of the populace in a Presidential election because the electoral system causes candidates to ignore states in which they have no chance of winning -- e.g., California for Trump and Clinton in Wyoming. If the electoral college rules are changed so that California or Wyoming come into play, then the campaigns will move into those states and likely change the election result. Counting the total votes of an uncontested state the same as a votes of a contested state is not necessarily a reflection of the will of the people.
  7. Hallelujah for what he left us.
  8. Lugnutz, Done but not published or done as printed (despite the Chapter 1 heading)?
  9. I was really impressed by a Nifty story entitled Welcome Home at https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/welcome-home The writing is very fine and the story engrossing. The author tmabare needs encouragement to continue rather than getting lost in the nifty swamp.
  10. Eleven chapters in, I'm finding the dialogue (which is most of the story) snappy and well-written. An enjoyable story. http://www.gayauthors.org/story/richeisbrouch/thependletonomens
  11. Dos Equis is a well-done mystery by Anthony Bidulka, who has written a number of Russell Quant books. The sharp-tongued, gay, detective narrator makes the book an enjoyable read, and the plot is really well constructed. Being gay is just a trait, like blue eyes and blond hair--that is, not central to the story, which works perfectly in a fine mystery. You an get it an Amazon for a penny plus $3.99 shipping and handling. .
  12. I just finished a novel by James Grippando entitled Born to Run, which was a thriller and good. At the end, Grippando has a nice acknowledgement to Carolyn Marino, his editor of many years: Sometimes Carolyn would tell me why a change was needed. Sometimes not. She just knew, even if she couldn't put it into words. That bothered me at first. I was a lawyer before I was a writer. Reasons were important. As a writer, however, you learn that only the weak and insecure feel a need to explain every editorial decision in terms of right and wrong or good and bad. The best editors aren't the ones who think that every hunch or impulse can be empirically justified. What you want is an editor who knows your body of work as well as you do, and who knows your audience even better than you do. Someone with the instinct and experience to predict what readers will want to read a year from now, and to recognize a character they'll still love ten years down the road. A woman with the business sense to understand that even the best-written book doesn't jump off the shelf, and the wisdom to discern the difference between a really good book and a really good book. In Carolyn Marino, I knew a great editor. That's all an author needs to know.
  13. Thanks, everybody, for the kind comments. What is wonderful about writing fiction is to take a true hand incident (but time and place changed) and weave two tales that intersect at the end. In writing, I really enjoyed using two points of view in two interrelated tales.
  14. Hitler, or course, would not have invited a Peter Thiel to stand before the convention and announce that he is proud to be gay, proud to be a Republican and proud to be an American -- and receive a standing ovation from the Republican convention floor.