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Reviews for Baby Steps

painfullystoic 02/15/09 - 01:18PM 1: 1: One Step Closer
Hey... I just read this story... it was beautiful and I can't wait till RL stops interfering with your updating this story... it's brilliant... I cried so much!! Yeah there are things that annoy me, like "Billiam"... but those are quirks I can love with... its beautiful... I love the whole acceptance thing... it is more beautiful that you can imagine... My cousin recently called me a lesbian and then proceeded to tell me he was a homophobe (I'm not... but it still hurt when he announced he couldn't accept me if I was... and he's not even a close cousin...) But what really touched my heart was Chris's acceptance, especially since he's at that age where homophobia starts becoming an issue... and I love the way Janice handle's Liam's shock and disapproval (can you call it that, because thats not what it was?)... I love it... the kids are awesome... as are the sisters... I love Zoe... her giving her parents soft porn scares me though... and you might want to change the page rating in the summary on your page to read that that is an overall NC-17 story because its not an overall PG story... but yeah... I can't wait to read more... and Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Author's Response: Oh, eek! I have a PG rating? I'm so sorry, I'll change that. Thanks for pointing it out. Yeah, I was younger when I named him Billiam. I hope that RL stops interfering too, but today was not a good indicator, including an emergency visit to the vet and a fire across the street in the middle of the night. I am shocked that your cousin would call you that and then announce he can't accept it. That's not only rude, but such a hurtful thing to say. I often wonder how people pull it together to be polite to strangers when they can't manage with people in their own family. You have my condolences. I have a feeling that for Chris, Nick and Greg are so cool, that being gay must be cool too. And also that he might just have a friend who is gay and had to come to terms with it. I know, Zo'e is over the top, but the person I based her on would totally do that. The way I was thinking about the sisters was that, being older sisters, they always doted on Nick, and then his sexuality made him pull away. He started hiding part of himself and they wanted him back enough that they'd take him gay if that's what it took. I don't know if you read Kennedy's story Don't Fence Me In but he did one where they go to Nick's home and the family's reaction is somewhat different. There's a sister who can't accept, for religious reasons. It's a great take on the kind of split that can happen in a family and I love that story too. Thank you so much for this comment. I really appreciate, esp on this story. I feel guilty for leaving it for so long, but at least it taught me not to post a story that isn't finished. :-D

Marifw 06/30/08 - 09:59AM 10: 10: Part of the Family
Just finished reading this story. I really love it! You describe the characters so well, I especially loved the way Chris and Shane were with Greg in the pool! Nick's family is amazing! Please continue it! :-)

Author's Response: Thank you! I actually have written a bit more, but sadly, RL has really interfered in my writing. My cat is ill and keeps having repeated problems, and it's really quite consuming. Added to the fact that I keep taking jobs to pay his vet bills. I hope you can be patient with me, because I do mean to finish this story. And thank you for commenting. It means so much to a poor author. :-D

AcaciaJules 09/18/07 - 02:08PM 9: 9: Two steps forward, one step back
ACK! I can't take it anymore! I love this fic, I do. I've read it many times. But there are a few things that have bugged me everytime. Billiam (or however you spell that) I get that his father was already Bill, and he didn't want to be William Jr. But there are SO MANY common nicknames for William, before going for a made up one! Like the obvious Will, or Liam! the other thing that has been bugging me, 'cool and the gang'. Ok, I'm in my very early 20's, my cousins are all still in 5-11th grade, and I have NEVER heard that term. It wouldn't even make sense that teens would use that phrase. Cool and the Gang...the only origins I can figure, is that you meant Kool and the Gang, who were big in the 60's and 70's. Was it something you made up?

Author's Response: Eek! Sorry about that. "Cool and the gang, yo" is a current groovy saying amongst teens. Actually it's prob passť by now, and urban dictionary hasn't even defined it yet. As far as I know, it has nothing to do with the group. Ahem *cough cough* I apologize for the Billiam. I was younger then, what can I say? It was probably a bad idea but so many people were writing ranch epics, and they were all using Bill, Billy, or Will and I wanted to be different. Looking back, I agree that it wasn't the best and I do apologize. Maybe in an upcoming chapter, Billiam will announce he wants to be called something decent from now on, like Bill. LOL. On the other hand, I'm glad you love the rest of it, and I'm so sorry I bugged on those two things. Thank you! :-)

Yoshi 08/25/07 - 06:42PM 10: 10: Part of the Family
I've read this 4 or 5 times now and realised I haven't left a review for you. I can't begin to explain how truly wonderful this is. Your writing is amazing, your ability to capture characters and make them breathe for the reader astounding. I really hope you eventually get to finish this off because this deserves a fitting finale.

Author's Response: Thank you very much. This is the first long story I wrote, and when I wrote the first chapter, it was meant to be a one-shot. Then it started growing. It is from this story, that I learned to write them completely FIRST, and THEN post. Le sigh. I'm so sorry I'm so dilatory on this one, but I haven't abandoned it. I just need to get paid to write so I can quit my day job. Thank you for saying that I manage to capture the characters, that's a wonderful thing to hear. I actually do have the next chapter written and maybe I'll manage to post even while posting a GSpd right now. Thank you very much. I owe it to them to give them a good ending, don't I?

MJMCCA 08/04/07 - 12:17AM 10: 10: Part of the Family
I found a recommendation for this story on live journal. It was wonderful. Please try and find the time to continue!

Author's Response: Thank you very much. I am still writing on it. Just really slowly. For some reason this one takes time to think out and it's also painful to write. Don't know quite why, it's probably Freudian. But thank you, I do have a chapter ready to post, so I will soon. :-D

itsxlexyxfoo 03/26/07 - 11:58PM 10: 10: Part of the Family
o my lord! unless hell freezes over, this the best story ever!! omg! i cant even describe how amazing it was. you give like 27 thumbs up for sure :]]

Author's Response: Thank you very much! Wow, how did I miss these comments? Frak! I am so sorry that I'm so dilatory on updating this one, but I am still working on it. Never say die! Thank you! :-D

DCGirl13 11/02/06 - 08:34PM 10: 10: Part of the Family
I loved this story! I hope you continue it.

Author's Response: I have been a bad girl, but I do have another chapter written. I'm just waiting for a beta to get it back to me. I am continuing this story and I apologize. It was the first multi-chapter I tackled and now I know better. Write first and then post. But thank you, I'm really glad you like it! :-D

Liriel 09/13/06 - 08:39PM 1: 1: One Step Closer
I am a very very bad person, and I think I most likely need a spanking or to stand in a corner. I haven't reveiwed this story at all on here, even though I love it to bits... but you ARE getting pink comments, so that's gotta count for something, yeah? *looks hopeful* Aside from your Pirates story, this is the one that totally sucked me into the N/G world, babe. You totally rock at this and I can't wait for more! P.S. 16 days! Not that I'm counting or anything! *huggles*

Author's Response: Heh, you're not bad, I am. I haven't reviewed your story on MM but at least I gave you plenty of pink. I know you love it and I'm so grateful that you poke me all the time. It counts, it counts. Pirates too, huh? Well Pirates is AU and this is at least their RL. Thank you very much and I can't believe it will be so soon! Woot! Huggles and snoggles. :-D

Zrondia 09/13/06 - 05:46PM 10: 10: Part of the Family
*dances* So happy to see the new chapter. This is my favorite of what I like to call the "Stokes Ranch" stories. Nick+Greg+Treehouse= Adorable : )

Author's Response: Thank you, *does happy dance to see reviews!* Wow that's a high compliment indeed and I am very flattered. I'm so glad you like it. I do love the treehouse scene myself, it's just romantic, to me at least. I wanted Nick to pull out the stops and he did. Thank you so much! :-D

ChemFishee 09/12/06 - 11:28AM 10: 10: Part of the Family
*hyperventilates* I've been waiting not-so-patiently for an update to this story. It''s gorgeous and heartfelt and real. And the treehouse scene? *sigh* Another gem.

Author's Response: Really? I'm so sorry I'm such a slug about this story, but it did teach me to write first, post second. I'm so glad you're still wanting to read it. And wow, thank you for those compliments. Maybe that's why it's hard to write. Oh yeah, the treehouse scene, may be my all time fave love scene of mine. Thank you. :-D

kennedy 09/12/06 - 11:03AM 10: 10: Part of the Family
Really, what can one say about this? Except that it's beautiful, poignant, funny, heartwarming, heartwrenching, and everytime I think this story can't get any better, it does. No fries for you, but plenty of cyber chocolate!

Author's Response: Coming from you, high praise, my friend. Thank you very much and I adore the mix of Greg and any kind of chocolate. Mwahh. Loves.

dagsrommer 09/12/06 - 06:53AM 10: 10: Part of the Family
I am an honourary Stokes
Good for you Greg! Of course you are!

I was so happy to see an update! Great chapter! What an amazing family Nick has. I would be seriously scared if my family started singing karaoke, although - my brother has a karaoke set and he did want us all to come and sing! My dad said that THAT was the day he would have a headache (he NEVER have a headache... but he has a wife and two children with migraines, so we use that excuse a lot).

I just love Greg! And you write him so well.... Nick as well - but there is something so incredible about Greg!

Author's Response: Of course he is, who wouldn't want him in their family? Thank you very humbly. I feel guilty that I don't update this more often and very glad people still want to read it. I know what you mean about the karaoke, I've never sung it myself, but I'm astounded at how many people enjoy doing it. Hee! I like the headache excuse. Thank you for saying I write Greg well, that's really nice to hear. Maybe just because I love him so much. Altho I have to say, my Nicky love just continues to grow. Thank you so much, sweetie! Say hi to Amaya. :-D

KliqzAngel 09/12/06 - 12:55AM 10: 10: Part of the Family
OMG I am so happy to see a new chapter to this! It is one of my absolute favorites. I seriously loved the romance of the treehouse... I knew Nicky had it in him. I'm glad they had this time together and can't wait for the next part.

Author's Response: I am so glad to make you happy. I am going to try to be better about updates, because so many people seem to like this one and I apologize for my lagging. I'm so glad you enjoyed the treehouse scene, it's one of my all time faves and I wrote it first out of the whole chapter. Of course Nicky has it in him, he just needs a little nudge sometimes. I am working on the next chapter and hope to be a little more timely with it. Thank you for such a lovely comment. You made me very happy! :-D

LizPhairRulz 07/10/06 - 01:54AM 9: 9: Two steps forward, one step back
I love this story. So wonderfully written. Great chapter! Update soon, please? (I wish I could say more, but it's nearly 2 a.m. here and I'm exhausted) Outstanding story! ; )

Author's Response: I will update as soon as I can, I promise. My beta was travelling for 7 weeks and since I hosted her for part of that time, I'm a little behind, but I've got most of Ch 10 down. Thank you for such kind words. :-D

BeeLikeJ 06/29/06 - 04:37PM 2: Balancing Act
Ahw yeah, you made it all better. Loved the dialogue at the beginning, very real. Awkward, but real, especially when Nick doesn't want to be talked to anymore. Harsh, but honest. And this line: "...this was how they both were. [Nick] was fully dressed and buttoned down, careful not to give away too much. Greg was open and honest and naked, at least until Nick's insistence on secrecy." So true. Well written. Will read on and comment later:)

Author's Response: Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it. I really do see Nick as buttoned up and very careful about letting people know about him. I think Greg loosens him up a lot. I also think Nick hated the attention he got in the hospital. When you think of yourself as a strong man, looking up from a hospital bed is not where you want to be. Comment at will, sweetie and I'll try to keep up on the story. :-D

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