Here we are at Week 248 – Just a heads up, next week we will have a special anniversary posting.
We always get a few Young Adult Fiction submissions but we don’t publish this genre.
That’s not to say that we haven’t published any young writers, we have a few and they are an asset to the site.
It is the topics when categorised as YA that we have the problem with as most of them are, like, all, like, angst ridden.
What is weird is if you get a story from a teenager’s POV set in say the 70’s or 80’s. That can’t be YA as you need to be in your late forties at the very least to understand the references.
And there isn’t a chance in hell that you could confuse teenagers from then with today’s lot.
I would get myself into a whole bunch of trouble if I honestly compared the two. The PC brigade would take a collective fit.
So all I will say is that the reason that folks of my age can’t relate to today’s teenage angst is that most of us can’t remember having any.
That doesn’t mean we didn’t have any, it just means that from the age of fifteen most of us were pissed every weekend and we really didn’t care or remembered to care or be sad.
If we met someone, well, in those days, we had no means of staying continually in touch and that was the only reason why no-one really did. It was nothing to do with any female thinking that most of us were mutants.
You got these guys who had an intense relationship with a girl but I was never exclusive – I was ignored by many girls at any one time.
When I was in my thirties I worked with a loft insulating firm and that was when I realised that generally, my age group were the last of the drinkers. (Nothing to be proud of, I know – Just making an observation).
A few of the guys I worked with were around ten years younger than me. They were the ones who would tell me that a night out for them as teenagers was a few Eccies and bottles of water. Fair doos to them, they could drink a lot of liquid but if it was a pint of beer, they were soon fucked.
I’m not sure how much common ground each generation has with each other regarding their early adult years. Maybe sex is the only thing that we can say that most had / has a curiosity about and that has always been constant. Everything else changes with the times and the social environment they are in. Whether that is good or bad, I don’t know. But it does mean that we can’t mix stories about certain generations with any other generations way of thinking.
Onto this week’s stories.
We had three new writers for your reading pleasure.
As always, we welcome them, hope they have a long association with us and that they continue to send us their work.
We also had Tom Sheehan who is striding towards an unbelievable milestone – There will be more about this on Christmas Week.
And our fifth writer is the amazing and enigmatic Leila Allison.
We need to give Leila a special mention.
Before I do, I would like you to know that in the past we’ve been criticised for celebrating our writer’s special achievements as this was seen as being insulting to those who hadn’t achieved as much.
That is the type of fucking nanny-state thinking that I hate. What is wrong with saying as is? Give credit where credit is due and all that!
We’ll always champion our writer’s achievements within our site. We are positive that most who see what these writers have done will never be bitterly envious, they will totally appreciate the dedication, skill and talent that the writer has and what they’ve achieved.
So back to Leila. Not only is she in the group of four writers who have managed over fifty stories on the site, she is now the only writer who has had fifty consecutive acceptances.
That can’t be done but Leila has done it! I can’t see that ever happening again.
When we look at the body of work that she has given us, it is frightening. The constant quality of her work along with the imagination she has, all brought forward from that amazing, complex, writing brain has been an honour for us to witness and be a part of.
I would challenge anyone to pick out any of her stories and state that they didn’t deserve their place on the site.
So Leila, many congratulations on an impossible feat that you have made look unbelievably easy!!!!
OK, back to the stories.
Our topics this week include; Being righteous, a power, abuse, cats perception and manipulation.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up on Monday was Tom Sheehan.
‘The Salting‘ was Tom’s 94th story for us.
It won’t take a Rocket Scientist to work out what the milestone will be on Christmas Week!
‘The back story on the rest of the family teased at you.’
‘Unusual and different, it makes you think and wonder.’
‘Their relationship was well thought out.’
Our first new writer was Brianna Wyble.
Her story, ‘Tender‘ was published on Tuesday.
‘Graphic but well done and chilling.’
‘The encroaching madness was convincing.’
‘Clever. You wonder how much his abuse is fuelling her desire and is the desire revenge, or in a weird way, some sort of mutually sick relationship?’
Another newbie was Wayne Yetman.
He broke the back of the week with, ‘Whistle Blower.’
‘This was a brilliant portrayal of one of those guys who thought he was always right when everyone else was wrong.’
‘I think this is one of the angriest characters we’ve had.’
‘The thought of someone ramming the whistle down his throat was quite satisfying.’
Leila was next with her amazing achievement.
‘The Fabulous Felinespy‘ was next up on Thursday.
‘You just have to be impressed by Leila’s imagination.’
‘Who would bet against a cat using a computer?’
‘Visible and an excellent read.’
And on Friday we showcased our last new writer.
Susan DeFelice’s ‘Banshee‘, finished off the week.
‘At his age he will either be spotted and helped or ignored and left to himself.’
‘A strong and moving story that deserves to be seen.’
‘The last line is a belter because it does hint that he is realising that he may have something else going on with him.’
That’s us all wrapped up once again.
The usual reminders.
Please keep commenting – It keeps the site alive.
And please have a go at the Sunday Re-Run. Simply pick an older story that you have enjoyed, write a spiel or an introduction for it and throw in a couple of questions for the author. We’ll publish exactly what you send us.
To finish off.
… I was rendered speechless this week. Just when you think that the world can’t get any madder with insignificant pish, it does!
I read somewhere that a female hygiene product’s packaging was going to be changing as the manufacturer was removing any reference or image regarding a woman from the packaging.
Who do you hate more, any fucker who has complained. (And what exactly were they complaining about??)
Or the ball-less (Figuratively speaking) PC fuckwit who has thought that this was an issue that needed addressing?
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