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    1. Castle Roland Email Newsletter

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    2. The Community Charter and Forum Rules

      What is the Castle Community and its rules.

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    3. Castle Community Help Center

      Perfect place to learn how to get started in the Castle Roland Community or to find help with questions or problems.

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  2. Community Herald

    1. Castle Herald Library Updates

      Announcements and update notices for Castle Roland Website

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    3. Members

      Please feel free to let us know who you are, and put a little bit about yourself.

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    4. Community Chit Chat

      Community Social Zone. Think of this as the Community Living room. Chat with friends about the every day things of life. Feel free to use this thread for chit chat that is not related to any other thread. Enjoy!

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    5. Help Wanted - CR Staff

      Castle Roland notices regarding open staff positions.

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    6. Requiem

      A special place of remembrance.

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  3. Story Discussion

    1. Reader's Choice

      A place for readers to recommend their favorite stories or authors hosted on Castle Roland.

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    2. AB

      Collection of stories by AB

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    3. Alan Dwight

      Collection of stories by Alan Dwight

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    4. Alan Norris

      Collection of stories by Alan Norris

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    5. Andrew Davis

      Collection of stories by Andrew Davis

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    6. Andrew Todd

      Collection of stories by Andrew Todd

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    7. Anthony Lane

      Collection of stories by Anthony Lane

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    8. Arthur

      Collection of stories by Arthur

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    9. Bill W

      Collection of stories by Bill W

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    10. Billy

      Collection of stories by Billy

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    11. Charles Bird

      Collection of stories by Charles Bird

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    12. Chowhound

      Collection of stories by Chowhound

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    13. Christian The Blizzard

      Collection of stories by Christian The Blizzard

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    14. Cy-Kun

      Collection of stories by Cy-Kun

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    15. Cynus

      Collection of stories by Cynus

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    16. Darkstar

      Collection of stories by Darkstar

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    17. Darryl aka The Radio Rancher

      Collection of stories by Darryl aka The Radio Rancher

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    18. D'Artagnon

      Collection of stories by D'Artagnon

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    19. David Lee

      Collection of stories by David Lee

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    20. David McLeod

      Collection of stories by David McLeod

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    21. David Spowart

      Collection of stories by David Spowart

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    22. DJ Thomas

      Collection of stories by DJ Thomas

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    23. Driver

      Collection of stories by Driver

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    24. Ellio Lee

      Collection of Stories by Ellio Lee

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    25. Eric Aune

      Collection of stories by Eric Aune

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    26. Gary Conder

      Collection of Stories by Gary Conder

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    27. Gee Whillickers

      Collection of stories by Gee Whillickers

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    28. Hammy

      Collection of stories by Hammy

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    29. Hans Schreiber

      Collection of stories by Hans Schreiber

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    30. Jack Schaeffer

      Collection of stories by Jack Schaeffer

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    31. Jack Scribe, Of Honored Memory

      Collection of stories by Jack Scribe

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    32. Jamie Haze

      Collection of stories by Jamie Haze

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    33. Jandar Tyr

      Collection of stories by Jandar Tyr

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    34. Jeikor

      Collection of stories by Jeikor

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    35. Josh

      Collection of stories by Josh

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    36. Joe Writerman

      Collection of stories by Joe Writerman

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    37. Ken Barber

      Collection of stories by Ken Barber

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    38. Kyle Aarons

      Collection of stories by Kyle Aarons

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    39. Larkin

      Collection of stories by Larkin

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    40. Mark C.

      Collection of stories by Mark C.

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    41. Maxieplus

      Collection of stories by Maxieplus

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    42. Michael Kyle-Ducharme

      Collection of stories by Michael Kyle-Ducharme

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    43. Multimapper

      Collection of stories by Multimapper

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    44. Owen Hudson

      Collection of stories by Owen Hudson

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    45. Parker Sheaffer

      Collection of stories by Parker Sheaffer​

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    46. Rick Beck

      Collection of stories by Rick Beck

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    47. Ricky

      Collection of stories by Ricky

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    48. Rilbur

      Collection of stories by Rilbur

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    49. Roland

      Collection of stories by Roland

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    50. RU Authors Group

      Collection of stories by the RU Authors Group

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    51. Ryan Bartlett, Of Honored Memory

      Collection of stories by Ryan Bartlett

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    52. Sahypo

      Collection of stories by Sahypo

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    53. Sequoyah

      Collection of stories by Sequoyah

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    54. Shinichi

      Collection of stories by Shinichi

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    55. Steve Williams

      Collection of Stories by Steve Williams

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    56. TA

      Collection of stories by TA

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    57. Terry

      Collection of stories by Terry

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    58. The Journeyman

      Collection of stories by The Journeyman

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    59. Thomas Nealy

      Collection of stories by Thomas Nealy

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    60. William King

      Collection of Stories by William King

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    61. Wolfwalker

      Collection of stories by Wolfwalker

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    62. Zach Caldwell

      Collection of stories by Zach Caldwell

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    63. Zackron

      Collection of stories by Zackron

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  4. Free for all!!

    1. Fun and Games!

      A place for organized game, and for fun posts. Give us your jokes, your puns, and anything else to make other people laugh!

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    2. Politics Galore!

      Right? Left? Center? here is where it can all be discussed. Word of warning. This forum will be heavily moderated, and as our rules state, no personal attacks will be tolerated AT ALL! Other than that, enjoy it!

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    3. The News

      Place to post and read about various news items that members find interesting. NOTE: News items of a political nature should be posted to the Politics Galore thread. Political news posted here will be moved to politics Galore.

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  5. Community Cultural Center

    1. CR Cafe

      Place to discuss food and the cultures that surround it from a gay perspective.

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    2. Books / Authors

      Discuss the type of books and authors that you love.

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    3. Movies & TV

      Movie and TV Culture. What are your likes and dislikes? Got a favorite series? Discuss them here.

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    4. Music

      Place to discuss all things music. Share and relive your past or race to the top of future charts.

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    5. Online Stories of old and new

      Here you can share with the community, authors and stories you may have happened across online that are not hosted here on Castle Roland. Having trouble finding an author or a particular story, ask here and let the community lend you a hand.

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    6. Poetry

      Have a poem you found or wrote yourself and want to share it? Now you can.

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  6. Writing Central

    1. Ask a Character...

      Ask your favorite characters questions about themselves, or anything else you want. Just watch out for flying crossbow bolts

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    2. Sneak Peeks!

      Sometimes an author just wants to tease the readers a bit. Well here is where we can do it! look for upcoming chapter snippets here

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    3. Writing Seminar - Exercises

      Each Monday a writing exercise will be presented to help authors develop their writing skills and to think a bit outside the box.

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    4. Writing Tips

      Here budding authors can find writing tips to help you improve your writing.

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    5. Author Assistance

      In need of an editor, beta readers or other assistance with writing your story but not yet ready to present your story to our submission's forum? This is the place for you to post what kind of help you need. NOTE: There is no guarantee that you will get assistance from a member of the Castle Roland staff, possible but not always the case.

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    6. Submissions

      Have a story? Want to let others see it, to see what they think? Post it here, and let the Community tell you what they think Please read the Submissions Guidelines thread prior to posting your story.

      Stories posted will be moderated for compliance with posting guidelines.

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    7. Noble Bards Studio

      Private Forum for Authors to critic each other's submitted work.

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    • wow. what was that?
      a story with no end at "the end".
      is there a 2nd book of paradise in planning? do we ever get to know who are the captors? and why all these young people were captured and also partly tortured?
      do we get to know if they manage to break free? where they land at? and also when?
      do we get to know who rescued them and how? is the UNIT the rescuers? so many questions left at the end of this story. and so few answers.
      i never read such a story yet with such an open end. please please go on telling us, multimapper! thx for your wonderful writings. Yours Darian Fey
    • Thank you for your kind words @D'Artagnon.  I'm really chuffed that the story is keeping your attention and that you're enjoying it. I have to admit that I really enjoyed writing the chapters actually set in Hammerhead Cove.  Writing under the guise of "pulp" lets me layer on the atomsphere really thick - so I'll be sitting and giggling as I type while coming up with the most unpleasent and creepy things I think I can get away with.  The ones that fit the story anyway.  Your assertion that Hammerhead Cove could be parts New England Towns and San Francisco from a bygone age are quite correct.  I looked into Whaling towns in New England during the 18th-19th C and sketched out what I thought they might be like if crossed with SF (due to the location of the Island) and then just left to rot in the intervening years.  So, well spotted Sir.  I actually dreamed about that fountain, naked boy, hands coming out of the water, lacivious faces and all.  I don't remember the context of the dream it appeared in, only that I woke up while staring at it and needed to pee. ha.  Again.  Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.  It means a lot to me. 
    • Wolflover, Wow did I cause all this distress? I must be getting better. Yes you may have to wait another week (or two) but all your questions will be answered eventually even though I did manage at last to get three fish in one barrel, to rest your mind a little until chapt. 20 Snot and Maketja are having a little canoodle in the bushes while no one is watching, the wagons are or could be a distraction from the true theme but then Loki would never mislead you (would he?) A
    • And I thought the previous chapter was ominous!  What has poor Takeru gotten himself into?  Certainly looks like the sorts of things a kid in love will do for the object of his affection, even to the point of ignoring spooky, even obvious signs of danger.  Hammerhead Cove sounds like a place taken from where it should be and dropped somewhere else.  It has elements of New England or San Fransisco from a bygone age dropped into the Pacific and then let to go instead of kept up. And then the shop keeper lady, and the fishmongers... *shudder* It seems the mysteries are about to have several answers come to... well, can't really call it light, now can we?  But I'm guessing that more questions will be raised as answers start to turn up. And that fountain across from the church (minus it's spire cross) was highly disturbing.  If such is the fate of those at the school, one wonders what poor Toby has had to call his home, much less his life.  If that Ms. Myercough is the nurse, the boys at that home/school would have more warmth from an ice cube.  I fear that the headmistress, as yet unseen, is an even colder fish than the nurse.  I have the feeling Taki is about to realize just how far over his head he is. And Poppa John's presence on the road to Hammerhead Cove... What can we read into that based on his conversation with Toby, earlier.  Now i have to wait for the next installment.... Fantastic imagery and sensory overload.  Very engrossing read.  This and the previous chapters have been my favorite so far.  I am anticipating that the next one will join these last two in that category.  Well done!  Carry on!
    • Wow, not only the dads but all the boys are going to get married. The book deal now has turned into a up coming toy deal as well. Ms. Bell is no one to mess with is she. She is going to be of much help to Rob with his homeless projects. With all that has happened just a year has passed. You can not say it has been dull. Looking foreward to see what happens next.