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  1. Merkin


    I agree completely with Cole and William on this. You've clearly got the talent. Have you got the persistence? That's the part you have to acquire over and over, setback after setback.
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    Boy - by Camy

    That's beautiful, but also so sad.
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    God made you this way

    Pope Francis, bless his heart, has said words to this effect several times. What he leaves out is the subtext: 'it's OK as long as you don't practice homosexuality'.
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    One space or two after a period?

    All those extra spaces must bulk up those notebooks, Cole. No harm in that—although you hardly need the assist, considering your output. 😉
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    One space or two after a period?

    To quote one actor who became president (not the current one), 'Here we go again.' Although this time around I have Des to thank for giving us the LGBT+ take on this controversy, and I find I don't need to give it any further thought.
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    Oh, bravo, bravo to the both of you!
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    Tested At Test

    Your "Holiday Renewal" is one of my favorite stories here, Addym, and I'm looking forward to a new offering from you. James
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    The Quarry

    Still one of my favorite web writers. He set the tone for many of us aspiring to write worthwhile gay fiction. You can find all of his work that is (I believe) currently still available here: http://www.storiesbydriver.net/
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    Child Abuse

    Another heart-felt demonstration that it is usually only through sheer luck and circumstance that most of these kinds of cases are identified. a great piece of writing by Colin.
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    Wayne G. has started a new novel called "Camp-Refuge" in the camping section of Nifty. You can find the first installment here: https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/camping/camp-refuge I heard from Wayne about it, and his plan for it is worth quoting: 'I've started a new series called Camp Refuge. This one is very different from Guarded, and I want you to know that right away. It's not a mystery/suspense. Instead, it is almost entirely a character-driven story, which is a challenge for me as a writer in a totally new way. And that's the idea. It'll be a challenge because I want to show a real progression in the characters themselves. I want to show growth and change in them. But I want it to be believable too.' The quality of Wayne's work on "Guarded" ensures that I'll keep an eye on this new one, and I hope many of you will also. James
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    Bus accident - tragedy for Canadian Junior Hockey Team

    A terrible, terrible tragedy, destined to rip this small town apart. I grew up in a small town where school sports were one of the things that glued the town together. Along with the rest of the town’s youth I often rode to those distant 40-plus mile playdates in old decrepit school busses that were mobile tragedies waiting to unfold. I think it’s high time we looked hard at bus safety, driver training, and regulations affecting the ‘volunteer’ bus drivers so often found at the wheel of these sports buses.
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    The Right to Remain Silent by Cole Parker

    I just can't stop laughing at Nigel's comment.
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    Separate Tongues

    Seems like a worthy project, but I barely understand most dialects of British English itself when spoken rapidly, so I'm hoping for subtitles.
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    High School Hero by Cole Parker

    Gaah! Who will it be for Whit ? When will it be ? The waiting is excruciating. Mike could make big bucks for the site if he would sell Preview Peeks at the whole package of one of Cole's serialized stories when its first chapter goes up.
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    Support System by Merkin

    Creak. Clump, clump, clump. Thanks, ChrisR! Clump, clump, clump. SLAM