Almost there …

waiting anxiously for a new story :-)

I’m still running behind schedule, but today I posted the synopsis for First Love, First Time. You can access it by clicking the link or by visiting The Annex where you can access it via the drop-down menu where it’s a sub-heading under The Liberation Anthology.

I’ll be posting the first chapter of this new story a week from today.

As written, First Love, First Time is a standalone tale. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end; if you as a reader choose, you can read it once and be done with the story. However, the story could also continue at a later time depending upon your reaction to it.

If you enjoy it and would like to see it continue and you are willing to engage with me to make that happen, it may continue. But that’s partly up to you because the story will only continue if you’re willing to share your own ideas and suggestions for how it should and I buy into what you’re suggesting.

As you’ll see once you begin reading it a week from tonight, the chapters I’ll be sharing with you in coming weeks are labelled Part I. That raises an obvious question. Where are the remaining parts?

The honest answer is that they don’t exist at the present time. They haven’t been written or even imagined. But they could be out there somewhere in the mind of someone reading Part I.

First Love, First Time is set in 1973 and has a main character and two major secondary characters, all of whom you’ll know reasonably well by the time Part I of the story concludes. As you read the story, you’ll also be introduced to some other, less well developed, characters.

All of the characters in the story were born before 1973; being young, it seems possible, even likely, they’ll live for many years after 1973 and watch as the gay liberation movement in America takes root and grows. That’s where you come in.

How did these characters become the people we first glimpse in 1973? If you want, the story can move back in time and explain how that happened for one or more of them. Alternatively, you can try to answer different questions.

What happened to them in later years? Did the gay liberation movement affect their lives one way or another; if so, how? Did they meet people not yet introduced in the story? If so, who are those people and why are they important?

Or did they live through events in future years that did affect them, say 9/11 for example? What events and how were they affected?

The answer to these questions and others is somewhere inside you the reader if you want them to be. If you’re interested in helping develop further parts of this story after reading it, please stay tuned as I’ll have more to say about how you can do so after we’ve finished Part I.

For now just sit back and enjoy the story and think about how you feel about the characters as you meet them and what you would do with them if you were the author. Later on I’ll share the cast of characters with you along with some tips and suggestions about how you could participate in the story’s future development.

Like I said, it’s an experiment and probably a more difficult one than I currently envisage. How it turns out depends on you at least as much as it does on me.

In any event, I hope you’ll come back a week from today to read Chapter 1 of a story I’m actually quite excited about. Even if it doesn’t continue, I’ll be satisfied with the story as currently written. I hope you will be as well, but you’ll only know for sure if you come back next week and read Chapter 1.

See you then.

The rent may be too damn high in New York …

A new home can be frightening at first ...

But the snow is much too deep in Washington :-D

It was fun while it lasted, but now all this snow is just a colossal pain in the butt. The schools and government are closed and getting from here to there is difficult as Metro only has limited service at the moment and the roads are still a work in progress.

On top of that, it’s cold. Oh, how I hate the cold! Send me a plane ticket to someplace warm. Please!

You’d think this would be a perfect time to do some writing, but the opposite has been the case for me. I’ve gotten nothing done since the new year began. Partly that’s because I’ve been enjoying my time off since making some site revisions at the end of last year.

But mostly it’s because we have a new member of our household, that creature featured above, who we’re calling Miss Millie.

She’s only about thirteen weeks old so she’s quite a handful … when she’s not hiding under a bed, a bookcase, or a bureau. But she does manage to make her presence known whenever I sit down to try to do some writing.

Soon enough she’s on the desk swiping at the mouse cursor on the screen of the computer; and not long thereafter she’s insisting on some playtime with her pet humans and that’s the end of getting anything accomplished.

All of which is to say that I’m definitely running behind schedule right now. But who knows? Maybe I’ll actually get something accomplished today for a change.

I guess that’s enough for now. As you can see, I survived the Blizzard of 2016. But now I’m off to see if I can get anything done, which may not be much given Miss Millie seems to be having trouble leaving me alone.

Right now she’s staring at me from her new perch, on her back with legs lifted and spread. She’s definitely a quick learner :-D

I’ll do my best to resist her enticements.

Happy New Year …

hny16

Wow!

Hard as it is to believe, still another year has come and gone. None of us are younger or better looking, but the changes are small and perhaps more than well compensated for by having grown in wisdom this year; at least I hope that’s the case.

2015 was a good year for me in many ways. I got back into writing stories and posting online and that allowed me to renew some old friendships from days past. I struggled a bit with the story I shared with you, but your support and encouragement kept me going.

Thanks!

I hope 2015 was a good year for you and your loved ones. Hopefully 2016 will be even better for all of us.

I’m not actually here at the moment because I’m looking forward to celebrating the new year’s arrival big time later this evening. But I am thinking about all of you. And while the words remain pretty much the same from year to year, they come from the heart nonetheless.

Wherever you are, whatever you do, have fun welcoming the new year in!

Just be sure to be safe about it! Like I’ve said before, my audience is a small one and I can’t afford for any of you to end up in a hospital or worse.

That said, be sure to give all the boys you meet a kiss from me and break their hearts with your smile! Have fun, be safe, and come back for the new stories 2016 will bring once all the festivities are over :-D

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

We’re Mobile Friendly …

Likes to live dangerously ...

Well here it is Christmas morning and all the toys have been unwrapped at last. I didn’t get everything I wanted, but I got more than I deserved :-D

Merry Christmas everyone!

So now we have to fill up the rest of the day and here I am with my default activity when I have nothing better to do. I’ve told you before that I’m not much of a blogger and that point was driven home to me recently when I discovered some settings buried deep within the recesses of the WordPress dashboard.

But perhaps a few words of background will help you better understand what I’m talking about.

It’s hard to believe, but I actually first opened this site back in June 2011. Here’s a link to what I think was my very first post.

Back then everything on WordPress seemed new and difficult, but from the very beginning I did everything on my desktop computer. Whether writing a chapter for one of my stories or a post for one of my sites, it was always just easier to use a computer with a large monitor and a separate keyboard that could stand up to the pounding I give it.

I’m still using the same computer and monitor by the way. Not surprisingly, I suppose, I tried to design my web sites in a way that would look good on that large monitor. I’ve used a variety of themes and added different menus, widgets and gadgets to the sites over the years, but the reason for the blog has never changed.

I love writing! And I needed a place to post the stories I wrote.

But I happened to be reading a story about a week or ten days ago about how up to fifty percent of people access the internet through a tablet or smartphone, not a desktop computer. I don’t know whether that’s true, but it’s a pretty astonishing figure and made me wonder how my sites looked on those devices.

I had used an iPad to view the site over the years and it looked fine, but I had never used a smartphone. The truth is I’m kind of like Sean rather than Holden when it comes to phones. I own an older (hence cheaper) Android Tracfone, one where I have to keep track of my data usage, messages, and minutes.

That being the case, I had never actually tried to access these sites on my phone.

So now you know I’m not especially well-off financially, which is okay. It doesn’t bother me. But when I did finally get around to looking at my sites on the phone, I wasn’t entirely pleased. It turns out that the new theme I’m using at The Annex is actually mobile-friendly, but the old theme I use at the Café wasn’t.

To make a long story short, I went searching and found that WordPress does have settings that help in this regard. They were turned off by default, but I’ve turned them on and now both sites look much better on a phone.

To enhance the experience even more, I’m planning to go back and add links at the end of each chapter in the rest of my stories like I’ve already done with two of them. That will make it easier to move from one chapter to the next. So there’s some encouragement right there to go back and read all of my stories again!

I’m not sure what I’ll do with new stories. I can’t link you to a chapter that hasn’t been posted already so I’ll have to go back and add links to the older chapters after I’ve posted a new one.

Whether I’ll do that immediately or wait until I’ve finished a story completely remains to be seen, but feel free to weigh in on that by leaving a comment.

I still believe this site looks better when viewed on the larger monitors that typically come with desktop computers. But if you’re in a pinch and have to use a phone, you’ll find reading chapters or posts a lot easier now; and you’ll also find moving around both sites on a smartphone easier now as well using the menus.

You’ll have to scroll all the way down to get to the galleries though. But, hey, that will be good for your thumb :-D

By the way, you should definitely visit the other one of my sites as I have a different picture of that boy with his cellphone living dangerously up above. I love both of those pics.

None of this is money in the bank, of course, but it’s something.

I’m off now to visit some friends and see what toys Santa brought them. I apologize for interrupting your holiday with my compulsion, but I hope the rest of your Christmas is festive and merry :-D

Site Changes …

Change is good :-)

I’ve made some changes at The Annex this weekend and would encourage you to go take a look. It will be easier to understand the changes if you read the expanded version of this post over there.

I’ve also updated the About page at this site and fixed some other problems I discovered here. I’ve decided to continue using the same theme for now at this site, not the new theme I’ve put in place at The Annex.

For one thing, you’ll be able to compare the two sites and let me know if you have a strong preference one way or the other. It will also make it a little easier to be sure which site you’re on.

I’ve also added a few new pictures to the Galleries at both sites.

I realize most of you aren’t terribly interested in any of this, but hopefully it shows I’m constantly looking for ways to make your experience on both of these sites a better one.