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  1. Notes

    What a cute story. R
  2. 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
  3. Gull Island Light

    Bravo to Nicholas Hall.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. This story never takes a predictable turn and ends with a wallop. I won't forget it any time soon. R
  9. 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
  10. Jamie's Quest by Joel

    And now a huge amount of events and history. And . . . poor Jonathan. R
  11. Karma (or something) is powerful in this story by Cole: R
  12. Boys in Skirts

    It is exasperating to see the paralysis of educational administrators, whose environment seems to detach them from common sense. Here is a hot weather streak that causes at a minimum great discomfort to the boys in long pants, undoubtedly ruining any hope for proper learning, and in the worst case poses a threat to their health and welfare. It's a transitory situation with an easy solution -- tell the boys that the rules against shorts are suspended while the heat wave continues. But the administrators can't see past the fact that "rules are rules," and start wandering into bizarre issues of fairness and equity because, they worry, not all boys can afford shorts and therefore it is unfair to allow anyone to wear shorts. I have confidence that boys who want to wear shorts can beg or borrow some if they don't already own them. The world will not end if the schools offer a practical solution to a rare and temporary problem. So why is it impossible for them to do so? R
  13. Moving Beyond the Quill and Scroll

    I'm on board with the thoughts above, and write significant amounts of stuff on a computer as part of my work. I would say, however, that I still like to print out the current draft on paper and review it that way. It seems like both issues and ideas present themselves in that format that the computer screen does not reveal. R
  14. Jamie's Quest by Joel

    Now in Chapter 12 we get the direct crossover of the events shared with Flip's Tale. R
  15. Jamie's Quest by Joel

    Chapter 11 moves us forward a bit in Jamie's growing up. I would think he is already at or past the age at which he pops up in Flip's Tale, and I'm wondering when or if the crossover will evidence itself. R