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Not slim, toned and hairless  [message #71621] Thu, 26 May 2016 09:08 Go to next message
timmy   United Kingdom

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Not every gay boy is slim, toned, and hairless. Many, maybe most, aren't. Not everyone's beautiful.

I'm working on a story, which I hope will hit tomorrow's run, that is about a different gay boy.



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The Tale of Croydon Below  [message #71625 is a reply to message #71621] Fri, 27 May 2016 07:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
timmy   United Kingdom

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I made the cut. Interested in reactions to the less classic svelte gay teens in my Tale of Croydon Below.



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Re: The Tale of Croydon Below  [message #71627 is a reply to message #71625] Fri, 27 May 2016 14:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
timmy   United Kingdom

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Unusually, I didn't get inspired by seeing a hot boy, nor did I have a location in mind. I've tried to create two lads, on the cusp of adulthood, both introverted, each unsure of his place in the world.

Neither is handsome, sleek, 'ideal' in an ideal gay pinup kind of way. Each has issues. Each is strong, and yet doesn't know it.

In my mind I started with a boy with a slightly unskinny, but very hairy body. He had to be a nerd, had to wear glasses, and had to be unaware that he might be attractive to someone else. I had to make him oddly nerdy, not just the run of the mill nerd, too.

My beta reader tells me it works.

[Updated on: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:22]




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Re: The Tale of Croydon Below  [message #71640 is a reply to message #71627] Mon, 30 May 2016 06:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
dgt224 is currently offline  dgt224   United States

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Your beta reader was right.
Re: The Tale of Croydon Below  [message #71642 is a reply to message #71640] Mon, 30 May 2016 08:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
timmy   United Kingdom

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Thanks. I found it a peculiar exercise. I need to be attracted to my characters to make a tale work. I found, as I wrote, I grew attracted to them more and more.

Ethan is a very particular type of nerd, I think. I had to make him eccentric-nerd in order to like him enough to write about him.



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Re: The Tale of Croydon Below  [message #71647 is a reply to message #71642] Mon, 30 May 2016 12:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
solsticeman is currently offline  solsticeman   United Kingdom

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I said earlier that I hoped we were going to see more of Timmy's own writing, and this story is exactly why I felt that way.

The story is delightful and gentle, but more to the point I love the wry sense of humour... Typically:


"You two go into the living room. I'm going to do just what Mum always does.""
Argue with Dad?""
No, idiot older brother. Make some tea! We need it."


With lines like that, gay teen writing doesn't need to take itself seriously... It's too well done to need to be serious.

[Updated on: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:41]

Re: The Tale of Croydon Below  [message #71648 is a reply to message #71647] Mon, 30 May 2016 12:49 Go to previous message
timmy   United Kingdom

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I hope you like the choice of clothes for the dance, too!

What I try hard to portray is real folk who also happen to be gay and finding themselves. That you noticed and have been so kid as to mention it shows I am, in part, succeeding. Thank you. It's a heady compliment.

I'm also trying to develop the present day tales into a realisation that, in 2016, homosexuality is normal, and, in the UK at least, treated as such, except by a few arsewipes, and religious nutters, none of whom count



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