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  1. That’s one of Grant Bentley’s best stories. It’s Coincidence or Fate and can be found at Codey’s World.
  2. The Index Page is now live with a slide show teaser. The Introduction has been posted, with posting of the first chapter to begin on May First.
  3. Great selection! You have excellent taste.
  4. Well, there's a third possibility - that the boys were adopted. The thing that makes the most sense to me, though, is that since the story's about a journal of sorts, we're now reading it some twenty years after it was written.
  5. It was bad enough for J.J., aka Simon, aka Adam, growing up a smart kid with an abusive father in a rural backwater, but things became intolerable when his 5th grade teacher tricked him into taking the 8th grade achievement test. Going to high school with a bunch of troglodytes at the age of eleven was intolerable. An incident on his thirteenth birthday forced him to begin an epic journey in which he faced love and tragedy, and ended up traveling all over the world during a global pandemic. Returning to begin his real journey with the boy who'd been there all along, his inventions sparked a re
  6. Cole, that's what I do! As you probably noticed, I sweat the details. I obsess over the sandwich my character orders at an obscure restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Someday, one of my readers is going to comment that they've been to the Kettle Kitchen in Gnome, Alaska (totally made up example) and that the Gnome Gnoulash was discontinued five years ago. Seriously, as much as I loved Chris James' writing, it drove me crazy when he lost entire years from his characters' lives. Some readers take everything in stride as it comes, regardless of whether or not it fits with the rest of the story.
  7. Just wanted to add that I had to grab some tissues too. What a wonderful short story.
  8. Good start on the story, but already I'm confused! Is this a story that takes place in the past - perhaps twenty years ago - or is Artie's dad really old? Artie's dad supposedly worked for NASA in the Apollo program, but the last moon landing was in December, 1972. Artie speaks of the moon landings as ancient history to him. I was sixteen in 1972 and I certainly can't imagine having a teenage son at my age. For the sake of argument, if Artie's dad was in his mid-twenties at the time of the last moon landing, he'd be in his mid-seventies now. Sure, it's possible. Artie's mom could have been in
  9. Consider me interested. I do editing/proofing for Cole Parker and edited Nigel Gordon's latest, Living With Johnny. I was concerned that the follow-on to Johnny would start soon, but it won't be ready until late summer. 

    I have time now, and if you would send me a chapter (preferably in Word format), I will return an edited copy back. We can thus test for compatibility. 

    My email is vwl1999 at keptprivate.com.

    rec aka vwl

    1. Altimexis


      Dear rec,

      Thanks for your offer! I've divided my manuscript into thirteen parts of a few chapters each, the first being the longest at 50k words. I'd rather keep the parts intact as this is how I will end the files to my longtime editor, David of Hope. The files are just a bit longer than can be sent through this forum, however. Would it be okay for me to send the first file to the email address above? Edit as much of it as you want, but the first part is probably the best way to see if we're compatible.


      Steve (aka Altimexis)

  10. I liked them all, but Recovery for sure. It has my vote.
  11. Agreed, a nice little story with familiar themes, updated for the 21st century. The description of working at a gas station in the mid-twentieth century was particularly nicely done. That actually was a bit before my time, but I’m old enough to remember full-service and 30 cent/gallon regular leaded gas. By the way, New Jersey doesn’t let you pump your own gas either.
  12. I was left scratching my head. Rutabaga was left scratching his head. How many others with itchy heads are out there? Okay, I’ll get down from my soapbox now.
  13. Cole, it’s your story and I’m not going to tell you what to do. However, it’s highly likely that there are readers who will never read chapter thirteen and won’t understand what happened, because thirteen was pivotal to the story. I know from past discussions that you don’t like to make changes once a story has been posted. However, this wasn’t your fault. If it were me, I’d add an asterisk to the chapter list and a note at the bottom to alert readers that there was a missing chapter. The effort to do that would be trivial. You can always remove the note in a couple of weeks. I think that it’s
  14. That’s my point exactly. For every reader who checks this forum, there must be at least ten who don’t. That’s why there’s a need for a note similar to the one in my post. It’s great that the error has been fixed but there are undoubtedly still some readers who haven’t read this post and are still scratching their heads, having missed reading chapter 13. I can make the suggestion to Mike, but it would be better coming from the author, I think.
  15. I too was 'confuzzed' when I read chapter 13 as posted on Wednesday. Things were referenced that I couldn't recall happening. I had to go back and read the two previous chapters, just to figure out who Foster was, but why was he so important as to be invited for Thanksgiving? Then I started to read chapter 14 and my first though was, 'Haven't I read this before?' So I went back and reread chapter 13 and it was totally new, and it explained the things that hadn't made sense. It's obvious that chapter 14 was posted by mistake in place of chapter 13, and then later the correct chapter 1
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