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late teen boy, no direction in life finds crashed pod with dying alien

sunseeker

Ok I'm pretty sure it's me that's lost and not the story but here's what I'm looking for,,,late teen boy has no direction in life until he finds a pod with a dying alien. While trying to nurse alien he is given an alien artifact for his arm and sets out to recover the other aliens,,,any help locating this story would be appreciated. Thanks

avkent

sounds like crumbly writer's stranded http://storiesonline.net/s/10165/stranded

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sunseeker

@avkent

that be it! wonder why I didn't see it in my search? Knew it wasn't lost,,I was :)

gracias avkent!

Replies:   awnlee jawking
Crumbly Writer

Just as an update, I'd added the story to a series when I added a sequel, but the readers hated the sequel, so I yanked it rather than weaken my brand. I'd had issues with the story and had pulled it from consideration, but self-doubt set in and I allowed myself to be talked into releasing it.

You may have been looking for it as part of the series, rather than under the story name. I'd also renamed the story when I republished it as "Stranded in a Foreign Land", but never changed the title on SOL since that requires deleting the original story entirely (including recorded story scores).

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awnlee jawking

@sunseeker

Perhaps you should discuss your search criteria with CW. It might be that he can improve his story tags.

AJ

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awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer

I can't help feeling that it's a shame for SOL that you yanked the story. I can understand brand concerns when people are paying for your e-books, but I'm sure the story was appreciated by many SOL readers and represented an asset to the site.

AJ

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Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

I can't help feeling that it's a shame for SOL that you yanked the story. I can understand brand concerns when people are paying for your e-books, but I'm sure the story was appreciated by many SOL readers and represented an asset to the site.

I left the story up on FineStories, where I first posted it, mainly to see whether the scores would increase or decrease over time (typically my stories there increase the longer they remain up). If anyone is interested, they can be found there. The story is "The Lad Who Poked the Devil in the Eye".

@awnlee jawking

Perhaps you should discuss your search criteria with CW. It might be that he can improve his story tags.

Was this a reference to the previous discussion, or a pointed jab at my supposedly mislabeled stories? If so, I'd prefer to hear of any problems directly, rather than thru snide indirect commentary.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer


I left the story up on FineStories


Thank you.


a pointed jab at my supposedly mislabeled stories?


I had no malicious intent. A potential reader tried to find your story and failed. If the cause can be identified, it might benefit other potential readers. As an occasional author here, I think it's a waste when readers can't find stories they're looking for.

AJ

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Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

I had no malicious intent. A potential reader tried to find your story and failed. If the cause can be identified, it might benefit other potential readers. As an occasional author here, I think it's a waste when readers can't find stories they're looking for.

Thanks for the clarification. As often happens online, it's difficult discerning intent behind typed words.

I agree that better labeled stories help, but I wasn't aware that mine was mislabeled, so I was caught off-guard by your comment, wondering what I'd mislabeled.

That's also why I explained about what happened to the story, since it might explain why he had trouble finding the story again. Renaming a story, then adding it to a series, then returning it to it's former title tends to confuse readers. Luckily for me, I never renamed the story on SOL since you can't do that without physically deleting it, but he (the reader) might have been confused.

awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer

Thanks.

Rereading @sunseeker's original post makes me suspect a Google search, so tags are moot.

AJ

Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

Rereading @sunseeker's original post makes me suspect a Google search, so tags are moot.

Alas, my stories also tend to be fairly complicated and thus don't fit into many pre-established genres (other than the generic 'sci-fi'), thus it's difficult classifying them with standard tags.

I originally posted my "Catalyst" series on ASSTR with the tag "inc?", since it's never clear whether they're actually brother and sister, or past lovers reincarnated as modern-day siblings. That's hard to convey in "inc".

richardshagrin

@Crumbly Writer

Most American Corporations indicate their organizational status using Inc. in their name. In England they use Ltd. for limited liability corporation, I think. Inc doesn't always mean incest.

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Not_a_ID
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@richardshagrin


Most American Corporations indicate their organizational status using Inc. in their name. In England they use Ltd. for limited liability corporation, I think. Inc doesn't always mean incest.


LLC = Limited Liability Corporation

There are partnerships and other various such things out there, all with different kinds of tax laws and reporting requirements associated with them.

LLC's tend to be either small operations, or operations with a small list of shareholders.

For example, if you opened a pet store, it would be a good idea to operate it as an LLC so if a customer is bitten by a dog you were selling, while they can go after your business legally. They can't go after your house, your car, or any other family assets unless they are being "held" by the LLC. (So if it's a "company car" then you're out of luck) But as the name entails, they exist the limit the liability of the owners.

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Dominions Son

@richardshagrin

Most American Corporations indicate their organizational status using Inc. in their name. In England they use Ltd. for limited liability corporation, I think. Inc doesn't always mean incest.


In the US, there are three types of corporation:

C coprorations are what most people think of when you say corporation. Most US companies that use Inc in their name are C corps.

S Corporations and LLCs (Limited Liability corporations) are very similar. In that they get the standard liability protection of incorporation, but the business profits / expenses are reported on the owner's personal income tax return.

C corporations, S corporations and LLCs provide you with personal liability protection. S corporations and LLCs are commonly used for small business activities. Both enable you to grow your business and take on new owners. Both pass through income to owners who report it on their personal returns. Both cost about the same to set up, depending on the filing and ongoing fees imposed by the state in which you incorporate. One key difference is how owners are affected by employment taxes:

S corporation shareholders are employees of their corporation so Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes apply to compensation they receive, but not to distributions they receive.
LLC members are self-employed individuals who owe Social Security and Medicare taxes, paid by self-employment tax on their share of business net income.


http://www.bizfilings.com/learn/compare-company-types.aspx

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

I never renamed the story on SOL since you can't do that without physically deleting it


CW,

It is possible to amend or change the name of a story at SoL.

Home - - Authors / Editors - - Manage Stories - - select the story you want to change the name of - - Edit Titles / Description / Version - - enter the new name in the Story Title field.

It's easy to do and changes as soon as you Save Changes.

awnlee jawking

@Crumbly Writer


That's hard to convey in "inc".


Just musing aloud here, but I'm not sure the 'inc' tag serves much useful purpose for your story. Anyone searching for 'inc' stories will probably be hoping for something like:

"Stop teasing me you obnoxious brat."

"Okay, then let's have sex because I've always secretly fancied you."

and anyone using the 'inc' tag as a warning to avert them from a squick will miss out on a story where the sibling interaction is IMO tasteful and inoffensive and of minor import.

AJ

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Crumbly Writer

@Not_a_ID

For example, if you opened a pet store, it would be a good idea to operate it as an LLC so if a customer is bitten by a dog you were selling, while they can go after your business legally. They can't go after your house, your car, or any other family assets unless they are being "held" by the LLC. (So if it's a "company car" then you're out of luck) But as the name entails, they exist the limit the liability of the owners.

"Limited Liability" in English Law is simply a "Corporation" (the process of "Incorporation") in American law.

Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

Just musing aloud here, but I'm not sure the 'inc' tag serves much useful purpose for your story. Anyone searching for 'inc' stories will probably be hoping for something like:

Originally, I used the "Incest?" tag because I wasn't sure whether they'd end up having sex or not, so it was an open-ended question for the reader in the early books, and then became an open ended question about whether they were truly siblings or not after that. (By the way, the accept ASSTR "Incest" tag is "Inc" rather than "Incorporated Business". 'D)

sunseeker

@awnlee jawking

I went back through the results and it was in my search but my brain didn't tell me "that's it!"

sunseeker

@awnlee jawking

yes it was a google search

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@sunseeker

yes it was a google search

No, a Google search using those terms would never find the story, as I never used any of those search tags when I posted the story (Google's terrible about inferring context from questions, instead it matching predefined search tags of selected words).

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sunseeker

@Crumbly Writer

searched science fiction site:storiesonline.net results came up in google

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Crumbly Writer

@sunseeker

searched science fiction site:storiesonline.net results came up in google

Hmm. I'll be damned.

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