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  1. High School Hero by Cole Parker

    I liked it better when we got two Cole updates per week. R
  2. Brass Balls

    Just finished this and really enjoyed it. I was tempted to compare "One Summer in Georgia" but quickly realized the scenarios are vastly different. Still, in both cases there is an experienced lead character with lots of pluck, and a surprisingly resourceful younger sidekick. But the personal side goes in massively different directions. I like how much we learn about the lead character here. Good show R
  3. Brass Balls

    I just started reading this and really like it so far. R
  4. High School Hero by Cole Parker

    I am of course intrigued by the story, and curious about what we will learn about the reason for this nocturnal visit. R
  5. Exothermic Reaction by Gee Whillicikers

    I'm reviving this thread because I just reread this Pick from the Past and enjoyed it again. R
  6. Notes

    What a cute story. R
  7. 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
  8. Gull Island Light

    Bravo to Nicholas Hall.
  9. Another Summer in Georgia

    So, as it turns out I did wait until everything was posted before reading the story -- but that was primarily because I was just too busy to try it any sooner! I actually was surprised to come back to the AD home page and see "Final" next to the title. Yippee! So . . . great new episode. A further sequel, I suspect, would have to involve Colt as an adult, perhaps having followed in Jim's footsteps. Perhaps Jim has perished at the hands of some bad guys, and Colt sets out to avenge that. Not sure how Jerrod would fit in to that sort of scenario -- that would create some tension and prevent Colt from having the kind of independence that Jim had. I could also imagine some surprises from previously unknown (to Colt) members of Jim's family coming forward in this scenario. I was particularly impressed by the clever technique of using a narrative by Jim over the cell phone to set out events happening outside Colt's presence as part of Colt's first-person narrative. Way better than having Jim tell Colt later. I laughed at Fitz's romantic encounter. Cheers, R
  10. Border Wolves by Nicholas Hall

    Not much (actually not any) commentary on the initial story or the follow-up. It's not a genre I normally seek, but I found these two stories engaging enough to stay with them. My only overall comment is that Border Wolves 2 seemed to wrap up rather abruptly . . . I was not expecting it to end quite that rapidly in the 10th chapter. I won't say more because it would be too easy to spoil things for anyone who has not read the first story yet. R
  11. Another Summer in Georgia

    It's the age-old dilemma . . . start reading now, and wait with frustration for each installment, or hold off even starting the story until it's fully posted, and then read it at one sitting. For now I'm holding off, but that's because I'm so ridiculously busy with other things. We'll see how long I can hold out. R
  12. Featured Author Joel

    Joel is certainly an imaginative writer, and a lovely correspondent via email. The St. Marks series and its spinoffs represent quite a saga, extending over more than a century. Reading that oeuvre would be a project of many weeks if not months. I think I have read everything he has posted here except the last chapter of Jamie. R
  13. This story never takes a predictable turn and ends with a wallop. I won't forget it any time soon. R
  14. Mr. Patterson and the Aide, by Cole Parker

    Finally got to this. I confess I was left with many questions. But what a way to go. R
  15. Jamie's Quest by Joel

    And now a huge amount of events and history. And . . . poor Jonathan. R