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  1. Outside In by Bi Janus

    Peter, I agree with your comment about James Baldwin and your conclusion that it's what Outside In is about. The essential dialogue is that between Richard and his mother and between Richard and Joseph Freeman. Bi Janus has put us in Richard's head and we're reading what he's thinking and seeing how it's shaping his life. This is a powerful story that I'll reread and remember. Bravo, Bi Janus! Colin
  2. A simple rule we learned in school

    There's a very interesting and fun to read article on the Washington Post — a link is here so you can read it. It has some statistics that fly in the face of what we learned in elementary school. Colin
  3. i before e except after c weird! In fact, according to this list on Wiktionary there are more than the 108 words they have listed that don't follow this rule. My personal favorite is zeitgeist. Colin
  4. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    And a worthwhile and amusing story it is! Thanks, Paul. And thanks to Corey (wherever he is) for coming up with the list. Colin
  5. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Breaking other people's code is/can be fun. I run a web application development department and we are always, purposely, intent on breaking our applications with the objective to fix them. If we don't find the bugs, then our customers will. That's usually not a comfortable situation! I remember back when I took a coding class in high school the instructor said, "There's no program that has at least four lines of code that's entirely bug-free." That's especially true when you have at least 4,000 lines of code. Colin
  6. Doing Something ~ Chapter 12 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 2 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Liam ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. How do you go from trying to survive on the wintery streets of a Canadian city to Aberystwyth University, School of Art in Wales? Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. One Perfect Boyfriend ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. You know it takes a while for a guy to find a boyfriend. Then when you do, will he be the one perfect boyfriend you’ve been looking for? Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  7. Doing Something ~ Chapter 12 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 2 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Liam ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. How do you go from trying to survive on the wintery streets of a Canadian city to Aberystwyth University, School of Art in Wales? Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. One Perfect Boyfriend ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. You know it takes a while for a guy to find a boyfriend. Then when you do, will he be the one perfect boyfriend you’ve been looking for? Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  8. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Peter, No problema... I deleted the other two topics of the same name. There were no responses to either of them. Mike installed an update to the IPS forum software; it (through no fault of AD) can be a bit wonky. IPS seems to rely on administrative users to finish beta testing of releases. That's probably the only way to do it — IPS can't know every possible way their software is being used. This is complex code! Colin
  9. Doing Something ~ Chapter 11 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 1 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names ~ A Short Story by Anonymous. This is... something truly unusual. Paul has taken a list of 33 words provided by Corey and written a truly strange tale — using all of those words — that's inventive and hilarious. Read on; you'll enjoy. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  10. The Discerning Palate

    I agree with you, Graeme. I noticed that posting "schedule" and laughed. Colin
  11. Rodriguez

    Rodriguez was featured on '60 Minutes' (maybe a year ago?) and I thought it was hard to believe that his music was so popular outside of the US and not known here except among a few fans. His songs are amazing. Colin
  12. Doing Something ~ Chapter 10 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. Hoxton ~ A Short Story by William King. Kevin has been texting with someone he met online. Now they've arranged to meet in person. How will that turn out? Mature themes and strong language. This story deals with what teens sometimes do. In keeping with our policy of not running from real life issues, we are hosting Hoxton with this advisory. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. New Story ~ A Short Story by Graeme. Trent is writing a new gay love story; his boyfriend complains that he always writes one of the characters as a nerd. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  13. Doing Something ~ Chapter 9 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. Stop Lane ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Moving to a new town and going to a new high school is always tough; running into the school’s most notorious bully your first morning is especially unfortunate. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. We hope you'll enjoy our Featured stories selected for the New Year's Holiday. 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. One Complicated New Year ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Mike and Jeremy are discovering that some people already know that they are boyfriends. Jeremy never thought his life would become so complicated! Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  14. Doing Something ~ Chapter 9 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. Stop Lane ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Moving to a new town and going to a new high school is always tough; running into the school’s most notorious bully your first morning is especially unfortunate. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. We hope you'll enjoy our Featured stories selected for the New Year's Holiday. 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. One Complicated New Year ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Mike and Jeremy are discovering that some people already know that they are boyfriends. Jeremy never thought his life would become so complicated! Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  15. Elderly Couple

    Mrs. Warring went to her physician. "Doctor Keefer, I have a problem. I've started passing gas and the fact that I'm doing that is worrisome. It's occurring quite often. Luckily, it passes silently and has almost no scent. Will I need gastrointestinal surgery to correct this problem?" "I'm afraid you will need gastrointestinal surgery, Mrs. Warring. However, that alone won't resolve your problem. You will also need surgery to fix your ears and your nose." Colin (Courtesy of my granddad)
  16. Doing Something ~ Chapter 8 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. We hope you'll enjoy our Featured stories selected for the Holiday Season. Once Upon a Forgotten Christmas ~ A Short Story by Bestpi. A Boy searches for warmth on a Christmas Eve and finds much more. What I Wanted for Christmas ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. Theo seems to have it all; the life dreams are made of. He can have almost anything money can buy. So what is the one thing he wants for Christmas? A Christmas Story ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Will is a nice kid, you’d like him if you met him. But he has something unusual: his last name. Will is going to tell us what it's like being William Roger Christmas Jr. And there's something else a lot more different and a lot more important about Will than just having an unusual last name.... Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  17. Doing Something ~ Chapter 7 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. "If You Can Play, You Can Play" ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. A Christmas story that has nothing to do with Christmas? Well okay, it does mention Christmas and Blake's big hockey tournament will happen during Christmas break. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. We hope you'll enjoy our Featured stories selected for the Holiday Season. A Christmas Wish ~ A Short Story by Codey. Yes, Billy, there is a Santa Claus. He just uses another name in the off season. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  18. Australia votes YES for same sex marriage

    YES! Congrats! Colin
  19. How the Internet changed the way we write

    In the Guardian article there's a link to the BuzzFeed Style Guide. It's definitely worth a look; there's a lot of useful information, including extensive abbreviation and word lists. Thanks, FreeThinker, for posting this link. Colin
  20. Sex in novels

    I write primarily for Codey's World, and Codey's World is aimed more at the tween and teen gay audiences, and Codey's World has stories with sexual content but it's more often hinted at than actualized mise-en-scene, so it is not explicit or graphic. As a result, the object of my stories is definitely not the sex. It's more what leads to situations where there is, or will be, or might be sex going on, but it's left to the reader's imagination to supply those details. I also write stories that have no sexual and/or no gay themes, and those are also on Codey's World. Colin
  21. Ho Ho Ho by Cole Parker

    The Salvation Army and the LGBT Community Ho Ho Ho by Cole Parker tells about a time, not so long ago, when the Salvation Army was not a friend of the LGBT community. That has changed, and their website at http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/nodiscrimination/ states their current policies about supporting the LGBT individuals who go to the Salvation Army for support, as well as having supportive policies for hiring employees and accepting volunteers who are members of the LGBT community. This is a very different situation than they followed as recently as four years ago. I certainly hope these changes are permanent and, like the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army has discovered that LGBT people are not to be demeaned and castigated as sinners. Doug and I went Christmas shopping in downtown Walnut Creek last weekend. There was a red kettle for donations near one of the entrances to Macy's. I grabbed Doug's hand and we walked up, and with my other hand I dropped two dollars into the slot. The Salvation Army person manning the kettle looked at us, smiled, and said, "Bless you, and have a very Merry Christmas." Colin
  22. Doing Something ~ Chapter 6 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. We hope you'll enjoy our Featured stories selected for the Holiday Season. Because That's How Friendship Works ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. Gabriel suddenly found himself living on the street facing a Christmas that almost wasn't. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  23. Rivers of the dead

    That is a very funny cartoon. I love Death's expression in the third panel. Colin
  24. Australia votes YES for same sex marriage

    Excellent. Fantastic. Some U.S. politicians should be required to read the entire statement. And yes, I'm thinking of Alabama. Colin
  25. Doing Something ~ Chapter 5 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. Speechless ~ A Short Story by William King. A library brings together two boys, reveals some secrets, and leaves them speechless. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Lou's Harborside ~ A Short Story by Anonymous. A strange rumor about a friend prompts Andy to search for the truth. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.