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If God were a Time of Day,
Then Mornings She would be.
If the God to Whom I prithee,
Should She grant me to be privy,
I would seek to know Who be Thee,
That I might lay me down to pray.

An original poem by Timtu, who, to quote General Douglas MacArthur and say, "Hello," to all my Filipino friends here at WDC, "I shall return."
Introducing Timtu's Fly-By [Night] Reviews

Ever want a quick, down and dirty overview of your story, poem, or writing skills in general? A totally honest opinion that results from a fast but thorough appraisal of your work? Where encouragement of your strengths supersedes harsh criticisms of flaws and weaknesses.

But why bother, you ask, with my opinion about anything, let alone a scrutiny of your writing? As a publisher of six novels with over twenty-five years of literary experience, I'm not suggesting that I'm some great writer who should be listened to. Nope, that's not what this is all about. Nor is it about your more typical, more standard reviews -- all of which have their rightful and important, undisputed place here at WDC.

Please understand, therefore, that what I offer is not a routine, formal review. No stars here. On the contrary, this invite simply involves one or more emails just betwixt me and thee, should you be interested. All I ask, but will never demand, is that you let me know if my fly-by critique was helpful or not. I still want to improve as much as you do. *BigSmile*

Over the years, I've fine-tuned some very important skills with regard to self-editing -- for both my own writing and that penned by others. Even then, few of us ever truly perfect this often lonely art. The inability of authors, young and old alike, to edit their own works-in-progress, is probably the single, most challenging -- and unforgiving -- aspect of writing. Learning to self-edit, and do it well, can mean the difference between real authorship (being published), or just a hobby -- usually without any real aims or goals in mind.

The cure to writers' block for example, is often no more complicated than gaining a fair, honest, and/or realistic approximation of our talent as a writer. A fair critique by a total stranger who has no proverbial axe-to-grind, and who only wants to help those who might welcome (and benefit from) a brief assessment of their stuff. *Smile*

The aim is such that we want our work to require the least amount of professional editing, as possible. Our manuscripts must, sooner or later, face professional (and expensive) Editor Monsters. The less work you make for them, the less you'll have to pay. Pure and simple. And, no, I'm not soliciting for an editing service. *FacePalm*

Come one, come all. *BigSmile*

Thanks WitchyKitty, that's me.

I am quite new to writing in general, so a honest opinion from a veteran would be invaluable.

Oh yes, I should fill in my bio. I'm a lad...I mean dude by the way eh eh.
Hi Xarthin. Welcome to WDC. Timtu is a great reviewer { author too} and with one suggestion he gave a poem of mine a powerful end!.
Sorry Xarthin looks like Bob took a long vacation! How are you liking the site so far?
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(Better late than never, right?)

see above.
Handball for Dummies

During the time when gladiators fought to the death inside the great arenas of ancient Rome, they would face the emperor, prior to the beginning of the games, and make their famous pledge. Whether true or not, it is easy to imagine a group of heavily armored men, some of whom might well be killed (but not always), raising a hand at arm’s length—in typical Fascista style—and shouting, “We who are about to die, salute you!”

When I see NFL players taking a knee or standing with raised fist, I’m reminded of a scene one might imagine as taking place on any given Sunday inside Caesar’s bloodied arenas. Even more curious, however, is the question of exactly to whom (or what) are these great warriors pledging their allegiance.”
Funny you should mention this... because I was reading a book on the ancient game of ball the Myans and perhaps the People of the Jaguars played. It’s a new archeological finding, two big cities, in the Mosquitia jungle of Honduras. Great book (if not a little dry) and it is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G1K1RTA/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

I know, I need to write reviews, but I never take the time. I still have a series of enchanting book reviews to write for VOUS!

Anyways, the whole ball game thing is interesting. Losing team captains could be sacrificed to the gods, the whole team could be, in fact and the game itself was responsbile for tons of bad injuries.

Then you sent me that bend the knee thing? I had NO CLUE whata you were talkin’ bout *Think* My mom told me about it having to do with the flag, and politics, and like REALLY? I’m still at the REALLY? stage lol
The Great Adverb Debate

By Melanie Hemry on Jul 23, 2018 09:32 am
I attended a national writer’s conference a few years ago and crowded into a packed audience to hear one of the top editors in the…

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The post: The Great Adverb Debate appeared first on Write Well, Sell Well.

The blog post above refers to the ongoing controversy that surrounds the use [overuse] of adverbs. It is well worth reading by new and experienced writers alike. I disagreed (somewhat) with the basic message contained in the post, and I've included my response below, which I also posted.

If you're not familiar with the [learned] arguments that describe adverbs as the tools of lazy writers, you should do yourself a favor and get up-to-speed with what the debate is all about.

Let me know if you have any comments of your own. Thanks.

When writing fiction, a conscious effort to eliminate adverbs can result in drawn-out descriptive contrivances that can kill one's work as readily as might any overuse of adverbs. Lengthy explanations whose obvious purpose is the avoidance of adverbs, run the risk of slowing tension or upsetting pace.

For example, a strong narrative already incorporates a multitude of descriptions which breathe life and fire into a fictional story. If we then use the same narrative voice to also describe the nuances associated with dialogue, i.e. the mood, temperament, or idiosyncrasies of a speaker, the term, overkill, may well be an understatement.

That said, the skillful (artful) adoption of adverbs, when used sparingly, can hasten a reader's movement through our stories, from key point to key point. It is there, at each such point, where an author can, to her heart's content, fill the page with as much descriptive detail as she might conjure or summon.

This is not to suggest, however, that adverbs be thrown haphazardly into any narrative that describes how one or more characters are talking and/or acting. On the contrary, the onus lies with the author herself, as to what adverbs (or adverbial phrases) move the story along gracefully, and which cheat a reader of additional details, whether important or simply interesting.

Im in cnote land. Creating a shop. I’ll get back to you on this *Laugh* Nice to see you posting, oh my writing mentor and friend *Heart*
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Yesterday it was your toes, now it’s your head— are your body parts playing romper room? I can janie and peter and... *Ha*
Timtu finally added a new (and relatively short) essay that is both timely and essential reading for those concerned about the growing threat of nuclear war with North Korea. If you want to go back to catching a good night's sleep, do yourself a favor and peruse my relatively brief overview. Thanks. No reviews necessary or requested, but always welcome.

"No Nukes for North Korea
Ah man I didnt know about this! Ya gotta tag me in your post here like this {user:whata} or just tell me. I look fwd to reading it. You go!

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Hey, who knew? Now we know what Adrie's been up tu lately. Shuffling burgers in Salem! Nobody knows how she keeps cat hair out of the mix, but she does. I'll bet she looks cute in her Whatahat. I had no idea that stale French fries make an excellent filler for litter boxes. Unless you want to never eat fries again, however, I suggest you stay out of the kitchen's back room.

signed, Timtoo -- Food Critique at Large