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My new story

Hi everyone!

I just posted a new stand alone story. Relative Possessions.

I feel oblidged to say that it has nothing to do with my Goddess Stories. It is an old story I wrote a couple of years ago while my muse was taking a break. The story, in my mind, at the time was kind of "bleh" But after finding my inspiration and encouraged by some gentle nudging from Sammi, I revisited it and was able to rewrite it so that it is something I feel proud enough to share.

I hope you enjoy it.

HUGS!

(Berp)

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We're sitting in Coll's and I'm into my second pint of Murphy's. Being partial to Murphy's and having internet made this a fair to middling chose. So this new chapter of And nd Allie is being posted between trips to the WC and trips to BC. I could only manage one rather weak pic but things being where they are...that is in the midst of nowhere...County Donegal...it's the best I can manage. This offering is actually a combination of three chapters. I would like to finish posting this tale before the next decade!!! Please excuse any weirdness in the editing.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Only this isn't my blog. I'm not very good at blogging so I only have one and that's this one - My Blog.

If you don't want to visit my website (why?) my blog is duplicated on my Goodreads page.

I will post important pieces of news on this blog but if you want the full experience the website is the place to be.

Just have to rant a bit

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There is a reason why I post to BC first after finding out how much easier it is

Then add the comments on here are more encouraging Thanks!

But then this
posted to FM to be nice and this is my reward?

Reviewed by Pam on 10/19/2017

a dark elf??? I like real people stories. This one takes change a little to far. I'm sorry but I can't go there.

So you have the time to back up out of the story, go to new page to post and leave a post like that--but not be nice about it??
and I write this stuff for free!

had to go there

OK - time to reconnect, albeit slightly.

Yes, the next Julina is 'ready' - but not polished. It is currently sitting at 25,679 words and will probably end up being close to 30k by the time I polish...

Penny will help me decide how to break it all up. As the author, I find the 'parts' of it too short to be posted alone, but too integrated to just split at natural narrative gaps. The big crescendo to which it is building might be diluted if it takes a few chapters to get there.

These - and many other thoughts - have been racing through what passes for a brain sitting atop my spine.

I'm still here.

I'm still here though it's been a while. I'm going to shoot out a few one off's before I get back to "The Seven Deadlies", at least two short stories though I hope you like them...rather I hope they are substantive enough as appetizers.
One will be a body suit story, albeit the scientific approach I present will not be the instant pop and go type of bodysuit, think "Skin Deep" except with the blank suits.
The other will be a cute wink and nod with Fan Service towards a K-Pop singer whose gotten VERY popular as a host/co-host in Korean variety shows.

Sisters

The latest offering is now up on Kindle. Search for Sisters, with the author name S.A.A. Calvert. It should also come up under 'Sussex Border Stories' in a couple of days.

The book reference number is ASIN: B076KB1C8H.

Please remember, if you can, to use the Amazon link on the BC home page/below, as Erin and her elves get commission..
https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3...

New Halloween Story

So, while I'm editing and re-writing Hold the Salt, it struck me back when I wrote that one of my goals was to put out one Halloween-themed story or horror story a year. I never made this goal. This led me to pause my editing for three days to write a Halloween story for this year, I mentioned it in my last blog post.

This year, it happened.

Well, I might as well explain my life a little

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I would like to start by saying thank you to everyone who has ever read anything of mine. I appreciate it. I'm sitting here at 3:58 am bored and hungry out of my mind. Well, because I ramble on about the present. Let's talk about my past a little.

I was born October 11, 1999, to the name Jonathan. Yes, I know my birthday just past, yes, I know my birthday is on national coming out day, and for the final yes, I am 18 and still in high school. Life for me growing up was normal, good, and loving. Funny, because all my stories end up the complete opposite.

End of an era

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This morning, a part of myself, died. As I awoken to the news that Gord Downie had passed away from glioblastoma (brain cancer), at the age of 53. Just 6 years older than I am. Upon hearing this, I broke down and cried for several minutes, holding Venus, my oldest Queen, to my chest. One way or another, the Tragically Hip have been part of my life, since 1991, when my then roommate introduce me to them, as we were both students at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Just before they released Fully Completely. Hard to believe 26 years have passed since then.

Burned my face today

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I had a "I cant believe I was that stupid" moment today.

I had been fighting depression and being sick for the last week, so I hadnt shaved.

So I thought I would use nair to get the hair down to the point where I could get a blade through it.

unfortunately, I messed up, got some on my cheek, and burned myself.

sighs ...

my life is hard enough, I really should stop trying to make it harder ...

Psyren's Redemption serial (New villain intro)

Psyren's Redemption Chapter Eleven Part Two is up

A new villain is introduced in this part. He's not exactly much of a thinker this one, but wherever he goes a whole bunch of trouble is sure to follow.

Please take a minute to leave a comment. It really helps motivate me to continue!

Endless distractions

I finally managed to put up What Milsy Did #26 and that means it is time for yet another apology.

It's all Real Life, of course. I won't bore you with everything that has hit me but let me just say that some of it is coming from the generation before and some from the generation after.

In addition the meds I have been on since 2013 are tapering off and it is exposing underlying problems. These are making me real tired and there are lots of things that could occupy what available time I have. Writing, regrettably, is only one of those things.

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I've managed to get off the next chapter of porn before my trip to the hinter lands. Hopefully I corrected enough spellings and kept the continuity straight. I normally only do one picture with my tales but I've gotten these apps for the iPad and I've been having loads of fun playing with the photos.

The Family Girl #85: Napa Valley Forest Fires

 

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Hello, everyone. I’m sure you’ve been hearing about all the forest fires happening in the States.

About Gwen Brown.

I just spoke with her. She is fine, just very disillusioned about a lot of things she's taken for granted before.

She is okay though. No concerns about her physical health at all. There is a matter, about which I will be speaking with Erin though.

Catherine Linda Michel

DopplerPress books by Snowfall on Kindle

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Larry Bekins has problems, but maybe he can cook up a way to make things better.

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Kyle is a small quiet boy in middle school with a BIG problem. Can a rare solution solve things?
Don wants to pursue a career in Voice Acting and has been training himself. He's even developed some feminine character voices.
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Summer Loving - part the third

Well I had to burn the midnight oil - in fact I finished the writing @ 11.30 last night, but I have now completed the next part of this 21st Gaby book - Summer Loving! It is of course available in the usual formats, follow the links to get your copy now!

Hollywood Studios Grew a Brain!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/five-hollywoo...

It looks like the studios finally grew a brain about the fact that the fractured digital landscape with buying movies electronically was actually hurting them.

Walt Disney Studios
Sony Picture Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Universal Studios
Warner Bros. Entertainment

No Twin Tails This Week

Yeah, after one of my fellow players was a no-show last night and the GM was blasted from work, we took a break from the game last night. Unfortunately, this means no new Twin Tails for another two weeks. Not ideal but these things happen.

On the bright side, I'll be able to concentrate on Hold the Salt editing this week, which means I'm getting closer to finishing Fate and the Iron Tiger. I also got a start on a prequel to Twin Tails and I'm poking at a vampire story for Halloween that, knowing my luck with Halloween stories, won't come out for Halloween.

A Second Chance

Just a note to let fans know that I will post the awaited Sleepover chapter tomorrow morning, so that it does not interfere with those of you who will be awaiting Snowfall's theme park story Venture Realm. (I know I will be hitting the refresh button every two minutes around 9 p.m. est until it appears).

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I wish to thank all those who have commented on my ongoing romcomdram 'Andi and Allie'. Unfortunately I've not the time to respond to any of the very kind words written by the commenters. But I do thank all of you none-the-less. I am gratified by the reception this tale has received. Unfortunately, in a rush to post at least one or two more chapters before next Monday, the art work will be scant. I am going on a 'vacation' with my brood and won't be back until the following Sunday.

having an unlikable protagonist

okay, just for fun, I want to talk about making an unlikable protagonist.

Now, most stories dont do this. After all, the protagonist is usually supposed to be someone the audience cheers for.

But some stories do have an unlikable protagonist, so lets see if we can find out how that can work.

Why I write

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Someone else posted about why they write and it got me thinking. I wrote the following as a reply to their post but it seemed somehow wrong (maybe egotistical?) to put this as a reply when they did not really ask others why they wrote. That being said, I would love nothing more than to hear others reasons for writing what the wonderful people here enjoy reading so much.

A Free Lawyer

Well I'm pretty certain I need a lawyer now. Preferably one who is free because I have $60.

My cousin is refusing to get involved with the house at all now. He's officially having it declared insolvent. On advisement from his "solicitor". I'm also being told to vacate the property ASAP.

I told the bastard I have no money and no place to go but I don't think he cares. I want to sue him though because for the last three years, he promised to pay me for taking care of HIS MOTHER.

Not Good

So I know I told everyone about my life, what's been happening and how I've been coping with it all. Well I'm writing this to say that I'm not coping with it any longer. I can't do this anymore. Everyone around me are liars, cheats and fucking cocksuckers. I'm not apologizing for the language, the tags are appropriate.

Everything was simple once.

Psyren's Redemption serial (name reveal)

The latest part is up.

Well, we finally found out what Everett's new name is. I wonder, were any of you able to guess what it was?

Please take a minute to leave a comment. It really helps motivate me to continue!

Blog Entry 8th October 2017- the D-side

No song this time (even though it's been three months since my last update).

Roughly fifteen months ago, a new user by the name of Kris Traverse sent me a private message on here expressing her appreciation for my stories and asking for support in writing her own story.

Recent novel final chapter

I posted the final chapter of “Rosemary” and as much as I want to like it I feel like it’s incomplete.
Maybe I could have shown more, but there are things that the narrator just doesn’t know so she can’t connect or comment to us about it at the time

The dad doesn’t express a lot of lovey-Dovey feelings; a thing actually shared with the male side of my family-so it’s included here as well.

Dark Tone for a lighter story

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I started writing my next story and am not liking how its tone is turning out. It'll be me darkest story yet, dealing with sexual assault, child prostitution, pedophiles, and your typical run of the mill neglect and abuse. Then there's the violence that has to occur, especially as I want to show just how tough life is on the street for kids all alone in the world. I guess this is my adulation to those who are truly alone in the world, even if it's only part of my story.

Ummm...

In the latest chapter of the 'And and Allie' tale, a picture of a purse is displayed. More than a few years ago a coworker came to me. He was very upset. He stated that he spent a considerable amount on a purse for his wife. He mentioned that he saw it at the mall and felt compelled to purchase it because it reminded him of his beloved.

The other shoe has dropped

Justice Dept. Says Law Doesn’t Bar Transgender Discrimination

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday ordered the Justice Department to take the position in court cases that transgender people are not protected by a civil rights law that bans workplace discrimination based on sex. The move was the Trump administration’s latest contraction of the Obama-era approach to civil rights enforcement.

A new non TG story and a TG teaser

Another non TG story is or will soon be on my Amazon home page. This one is Children of Albion, (Elaeth's Dream). This is another reminder that the book is not TG but an historical novel set in 40BC.
But later today, (Friday) I will be posting another teaser from the short stories I am publishing as an anthology later in the year which is TG. The pace to this is a little different to that of Latex Lady but the TG element comes out early in the tale. Another teaser from this series will follow next week and soon Vol Four of Footprints in the Sea.

Progress and story ideas.

Hello everyone,

I hoped I would be more active the last two weeks. As always life gets in the way. Or to be more specific books and stories of authors.
My progress is already slow as I usually only write on my daily commute (by train mind you). That time is contested by books to read and the last two weeks they have won. Which I don't mind as they are a great way to inspire yourself.

Finally, New Twin Tails

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Sorry for the delay but Twin Tails C7-8 is finally out. I had to update it twice with minor tweaks after I posted it, but they're quite minor additions.

I had a depressive episode last week which delayed my projects as well as the release of Path of Fire for Guild Wars 2, which has gotten me back into the MMO for a bit. Hold the Salt is still being edited and will be re-released, I don't have a due date but it's progressing. After that, I'll be finishing Fate and the Iron Tiger. From there, I'm not sure what will be next but I'll be getting on with something.

did my human book thing

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okay so I did my human book thing, and I think it went well. I got thanked by several of the students as well as the organizers for my participation.

Only bad thing was after it was over, it was only noon, but I basically had just enough spoons to get home, take my dog for a walk, and then I was done ...

Interesting couple of weeks

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Well, the last weekend of September we had our house painted. We moved in last March and have been waiting on weather to paint. First it was too wet, then too hot. Finally we got a spell of weather that was dry and moderate temperature. My pastor and his son have had a painting business in the past and had all the equipment to spray it. I was an amazing day. I've only painted with roller and brush. If I had done it that way, it would have been two weeks worth of work. As it was they showed up at ten minutes after eight in the morning.

Life and Health update

This post has been a long time coming.

My life has been very very busy the last month or so. Preparing for Vacation at the beginning of next month. New job as a Teachers Aide at a Preschool taking up a lot of my time. My cancer is in Remission(didnt post about it on here cause I forgot) after 7 months of battling. Im babysitting a girl in the Preschool class that I teach this weekend and we're going to see the My little Pony movie.

As for my writing, I'm taking a break from it because I have no motivation to write and I just have no time to right now unfortunately.

Serious Side effects of Medication

My doctor recently upped my trintellix to 30 mg and now instead of just the occasional nasea it’s all the time with a lot to vomiting usually after I eat at least 25% of the time and the rest is just random times throughout the day. It does help some with the depression and may even help with weight loss with all the vomiting I’ve been doing. I’m not sure what to do, is this medication worth it?

The Pain Hit me a Little Again

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I talked with my Dad yesterday , I am happy that we are talking my mom would had wanted it, for each of us to be there for each other. He told me he took the dog to church to get blessed. As soon as he said that the pain hit me again yesterday. The blessing of your animals means it is the feast of St Francis. He was my mom favorite saint. She loved animals and also was looking for peace her entire life. She had a good life but depressions would set in. They gave her inner turmoil and she was always looking for hope peace and light.

The 'Tax' on being different

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This video blog on the BBC is quite illuminating.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-41502661/100-women-i-tran...

Firstly, the narrator is Transgendered and a PHD.
She talks about the monetary cost of being a woman in business today.
She puts it at $250K over a lifetime. (how much worse will it be for M2F transpeople?)

Halloween coming up

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Started a Halloween last year for 2016. Yep, it fizzled out and sits there on the computer staring at me daring me to touch it. I've hit it a couple times this past six months and added a couple pages. A couple pages! This is something new to me this past couple years. I never had to think about a story as they flowed from the keyboard to the screen and then memory.

BUT..., this isn't about me and my poor pathetic depleted mind. It is a reminder to all you writers Halloween is just around the corner. You still have time unless, you're burnt out like me, to put together a story.

I am going to be a human book.

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I have volunteered with The University of Alberta department of Medicine as a "human book" - basically a way for medical students a chance to meet some real people who might be their patients in a few years, and in this case help them understand the needs of the LGBT community.

I went to the orientation today, and tomorrow morning I will be available for the students to speak

Wish me luck ...

its Wednesday which is Gaby day!

and here it is, Dash For It.

I'm still wrestling with Nena's holiday snaps, I don't have the photo editing suite I used to have and what I do have is pretty useless which makes any graphics stuff more work than it need be. I will sort it out but please bear with me.

Bian - Return to a World of Difference

I reposted the book page of Bian today with a new title Bian - Book 1 - The Bright Road. This is in advance of new chapters of Book 2 - Three Walls that will soon start posting. Current plan is one or two chapters a week.

While I haven't been writing just story chapters since book one finished posting, I have been working on world design and I now know more about such distant places as Yezbuul and Altarema, Preuz and Fars-Hind. And more about characters like Lilakatye, Ur-Alenna, Rotgar and Henrik Blodde.

Weekly superhero Psyren's Redemption newest part up

The latest part is up.

In this one Everett Howard, urged by Agent van den Broeke, chooses a new name. I was a bit of a tease this time around as his new moniker isn't actually spoken or mentioned in this part of the story. That being said there are enough clues to figure out what it is.

As always, I strongly encourage that people leave a comment. It really helps encourage me and motivate me to continue! Perhaps, you could make your guess as to what Everett's new name might be.

Resurgence: An Awakened Novel

Resurgence.jpgFate could be unmercifully cruel. At least, that's what Ashley Flynn thought when his parents were taken from him in a deadly car crash at the age of fourteen. He never anticipated that what came after would easily be one of the most terrifying times of his young life. And yet somehow, he was able to survive. After enduring constant pain, humiliation, and fear for years, Ashley finally found the strength to do what needed to be done to escape from the living nightmare that had become his daily existence...

...Only to realize that fate wasn't even close to being done with him yet.

My new book, Resurgence, has just gone live on Amazon so please check it out here

Quiet, but Alive

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All -

I've had a couple of folk inquiring about stories, and one kind soul asking if I'm okay.

Yes, I'm okay. Not as well as I'd like, but safely functioning.

Since the summer of 2012, I've been able to find work in the immediate vicinity of my house. I consider myself blessed for that, but the weeks have been well over the normal (for most full-time workers) 40 hours. It's challenging to cope with months of this heavy workload, though, even at my age, I'm enjoying learning more about my profession. (Electronic hardware, software, and systems engineering.)

My favorite recent serials

Like many of us here I check frequently to see what's been posted recently. There are so many stories that I absolutely adore, but some of them I love so much and I remember so clearly that I am hoping to see a new chapter being published as I wait for the BCTS home page to appear.

Here are some of the series that I have eagerly looked forward to in recent months. Please let me know in the comments which recent series are your favorites.

apparent terror attack here

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Well, imagine my surprise to wake up this morning and find out Edmonton suffered an (alleged) terror attack.

Details are still coming in, but so far it seems that no one was killed, but several people were injured including at least one police officer, and a suspect is in custody.

There will be those who use this as justification for bigoted attacks on immigrants or Muslims in general, but I believe most Canadians are smart enough to see through such things.

Still, positive vibes and prayers are appreciated, so keep em coming.

Saving your stories

I've been working on some very large stories but am quite frustrated with Windows 10 file management protocol. It feels like they do sinister, and sneaky things with file preferences; seeming to try to put things on their "sky drive", which to me means out in the public. I do not trust them. I "think" that I now understand enough about what to look for each time I save a file, but there is always the feeling that some sneaky geek will change things and I will miss that.

Ohhh...

I am most gratified by the reception of my latest tale. It would seem readers are having as much fun reading the tale as I had writing it. I wish I could respond to the very kind and generous comments I've received but time seems to be my biggest enemy. I would like to think these characters are the most complex I've attempted. Every one of them has a bit of a back story that could be a novel by itself. I can say, without being the spoiler, that there are a few additional characters to fill out the 'palette' including the revival of several older ones from previous endeavors.

Uhg, it's been too long

It has been so long since I've written anything in my Goddess series that now that I feel like writing again I can't remember my continuity. The laptop I used to write my first 4 stories crashed some time ago so my character outlines are gone.

Has anyone else had this problem?

I guess it's time to reread everything and start taking notes. :)

the day started

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out to be a bad day for with my health the way it is. being a disable vet I was up at the hospital visited my wife when I came out there was a young lady with her young son both come up to me the young boy said to thank you so much for your service. that made my day. the young must of been 4 or 5 years old.

major accomplishment today

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I had a major accomplishment today.

I was able to go to my bank and get a direct deposit form filled out and a printout of my account history for the last three months, - both of which I need for my application for emergency assistance.

Why is that a major accomplishment?

Because for the three days prior to today, I have been planning to do this, only to be foiled by massive levels of anxiety.

So despite still having that anxiety today, the fact I was able to get this done is a major thing.

I know Angel O'Hare is no longer with us... bless her soul...

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I was going through some of my favorite stories, I found "Betrayed By Those I Love" posted on Crystal's site. I like the story! I have parts 1 and 2 but have never found part 3. Has it been posted or is available anywhere?

Apt title

I realized that the title I chose for my most recent series is especially apt. The working title was the horrible Alison Hangs. I changed the main character's name to Rachael from Alison, since I had used the latter name in River, and didn't want people thinking it was the same person. And as a working title it had no chance of becoming the actual title, since the suicide is only the trigger for the rest of the story.

Hatbox Deeper in Debt

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We've had to borrow money to pay bills this month. And we're still short $1200+ on the month's goal with only four days to go. More bills due this week, and we are not being able to pay down our debt.

If you can help, it will be appreciated.

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Erin

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Helping Hand - next chapter

The posting of the next chapter of "Helping Hand" will be delayed by one week.
I'm in Brittany on a Motocycle Holiday and the internet is a tad iffy from the Gite where I am staying. That is all down to me for choosing one that is in the middle of nowhere (8km N.W. or Rostreven if you want to know)

It will be back next Tueday.

Samantha

Birdwatching Holiday in Spain.

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Apart from mosquito bites, which are heading towards twenty, I'm having a good time. Saturday had to be the most successful day, when we managed to get into the back of the El Hondo reserve (near Elche) and met up with some birders we saw last year. I doubt we would have seen some of the species without the extra eyes and expertise.

Psyren's Redemption, serial chapter up and a bit of an update

Heya all! As I'm sure most of you have come to expect there is a new serial chapter up on my website. It doesn't contain any startling revelations or reveals this time around, but it does advance the plot so do come over and have a looksee.

Read the latest part now.

Please take a moment to comment. It will be appreciated. My website does not require you to login and if you did want to you could use your wordpress.com account or one of several social media accounts.

Title changes to Transformers (Sort Of)

Due to a conversation I had with Erin, and deciding to publish the story, we decided that the original title COULD, MIGHT lead to some copyright issues...so... we brainstormed some new titles up and decided on SUITED FOR ADVENTURE for book 1 and SUITED FOR DANGER for book 2

So I did some fancy editing (well, fancy for my limited computer knowledge) and all the chapter titles and the main title have been changed to the new titles.

Series ending, but getting a spinoff

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After writing roughly what would amount to being the next four parts of my current series "Parting of the Ways" I have decided to not write the series anymore and end it. I'll give my story an epilogue that covers the previous parts giving characters their due but I am ending the current series at Part 16.

Two incomplete stories of mine are under construction.

Luck Be A Lady and Transformers are being worked on right now! I had a brainstorm last week, actually about the same time that hurricane swamped Florida! Hmmm. Coincidence?

Anyhoo, I have already begun work on both stories, having figured out how to not only complete them, but also to tie them in together!

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