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Not Parthenogenesis

August 23, 2018
Posted at 7:40 am

At least two people have recently received mail, purportedly from Parthenogenesis, but actually from me - you can tell by the 'AJ' at the bottom. Management are working to fix the problem.

Apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced, and I hope Parthenogenesis is enjoying a chuckle at some totally unexpected replies.



May 30, 2018
Posted at 12:05 pm

Apologies for the lack of updates to 'Gay!' recently.

1) I was laid low for a week (which gave me the opportunity to finish Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy).
2) My research work has been consuming massive amounts of time. Sadly, after the painstaking processing of vast amounts of new data, my working theory is crashing and burning.
3) I'm been beta-reading a novel for a friend, and I'm trying to do a thorough and professional job. I intend to complete this commitment before returning my attention to 'Gay!'.

The next chapter of 'Gay!' is virtually submission ready but it's very, very short and I want to have more ready to follow almost immediately. The two subsequent chapters were written during my write-ahead phase. All the significant events are there, but there's a lot more detail still to be fleshed out.

Thank you for your patience,



May 13, 2018
Posted at 12:12 pm

I think every author has an Achilles heel, a sort of signature mistake they tend to make time and time again. I now know what mine is (assuming I don't have more than one).

Checking on something in the uploaded version of the latest chapter of 'Gay!', I noticed an ellipsis where there shouldn't have been one. In my working copy of the story, I found two successive full stops; presumably SOL converts them into an ellipsis. A complete scan of my working copy found several more instances of two successive full stops, the result of careless cutting and pasting or just cutting.

I have buffered up a significant number of revisions. None of them affect the plot, but they make the story flow better or improve the wording or punctuation. Virtually every chapter is affected so eventually I will have a lot of re-uploading to do.

One thing I am keen to change is to give the town a name. If anyone has an idea for the name of the town, preferably not a real place and definitely not Smallville, I'm open to suggestions.


More Favourite Ongoing Serials

October 13, 2017
Posted at 7:41 am

I haven't repeated any serials I've mentioned before, and I've been slightly more liberal in how recently the stories have been updated. But here, in no particular order, is a list of the recently updated ongoing serials which are giving me the most enjoyment.

Of Dancers and Doves by Lord Van Leak

Pantheon 2 by PuffDragon

Penumbrials by SciFurz

The Runaway by Geek of Ages

Artifact by blackrandl1958

The Wrong Girl by Lumpy


Shotgun Terminology/Cliche Help Wanted

September 23, 2017
Posted at 7:27 am
Updated: September 23, 2017 - 5:45 pm

I need some help with a scene involving a shotgun. If you'd like to help and you're familiar with shotguns and their terminology, please send me an e-mail address and I'll send you a story extract and explanation of what I'm looking for.

Edit to add: I've received plenty of offers of help and they should be more than enough to provide the advice I need to make the scene work.