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Review of Attracted  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
This is a very engaging story, you definitely captured the creep factor. And it's very realistic how everyone else just sees Mr. Christopher as a "charmer" and thinks all of his unwanted attention is sweet and flattering. It's so common for stalkers to be seen that way and not taken seriously, so nothing is done by anyone until it's too late. I feel for the main character who is (rightly) scared for her life, so much so that she has to go into hiding and not even contact her own family.

I like the scene where she realizes that he ordered "her usual" for her-- and not just "the usual", but he knew her specific order. That's a nice touch that's very effective at making the reader feel as creeped out as Cecilia does. I didn't notice any spelling or grammatical issues that stood out. All in all, a well written story! Keep writing!
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for entry "Ghost Stories
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Aww, I really love this! Great concept, and great characters too. I love that Avery was her muse and she gave him credit in her works when no one else would. And how things evolve from horror into romance. It's really too bad they didn't get to actually finish their masterpiece. But it is very in-character for the editor to change everything and put his name on it.

And the ending is just perfect! Great work!
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Review of Sean is gone.  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.5)
Love the twist ending here! That would definitely be frightening... although that's what she gets for slapping him! But this is a very interesting and creative interpretation of the prompt.

I do think this line could be broken up into two sentences: "The voice that came from her eight year old son's mouth was deep, confident and raspy, it was not a boy's voice and it sent chills up the woman's spine."

A very cute little story. Keep it up!

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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (5.0)
What a well-written story! Such great imagery and metaphor throughout.
I really enjoyed this.

I like the scenes of her childhood intertwining with who / where she is now as an adult. Even the lines: "She’d pull herself back into the truck bed, to safety. Why was she was always hanging over the edge? Teetering on the precipice of darkness, balancing on one foot but then complaining there was no solid ground?" relates directly to her current situation, teetering on the precipice of darkness with alcohol.

The whole story is a perfect picture of how alcohol can take over and destroy a life. I also like the phrase "the devil's piss" and the comparison to the hamster who used to pee on everyone. Adds a bit of humor into an other wise pretty dark story. It also brings everything back to the main theme, and gives the impression that she doesn't even really enjoy the taste of alcohol anymore (comparing it to piss), she just drinks it because she needs to. Despite the fact that it's clearly destroying her liver and her health.

I also noticed the subtle reference to a lost pregnancy with the ultrasound comment, which was very tactfully and effortlessly worked in. Might be an easy thing to miss if reading too quickly, but the fact that the unborn child reminded her of Miggy was a nice touch. Well done with the dialogue too! It comes across as very natural, which can be hard to do with children since they talk differently than adults do (especially to each other without adults around).

As a note, I also used to play with yellow dandelions as a child and make paste from them, so this was very relatable.

My one suggestion would be to add in some spacing between paragraphs just to make this a little easier to read, as opposed to one big chunk of text. Besides that, great work with this short story. Keep writing!


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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I love this little scene! There's so much depth to it in such a short space and it's really well written. The dialogue feels very natural and the relationship between the two characters is well-developed even without really any backstory or explanation. I don't think it need any further explanation, I like the mystery and the fact that the reader is basically dumped into the middle of this brief little snapshot of a (former) relationship, without knowing why they ended, who this other woman is, what led up to this moment or what is going to happen after.

Also, aren't we all addicted to the past?

Well done, keep it up!


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Review of Broken Past  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
I like this, there's some good detail and imagery and a lot of action. The beginning prologue really draws the reader in. The smiley face of blood was a very creepy detail too. I have a distinct feeling this is a werewolf situation, even though it's not explicitly said. But I like the concept and the mystery. From the main character's perspective, she has no idea why she's there or what's happening, just like the reader, and in fact the reader learns things kind of at the same time the character does, which works well here.

One little comment, I'd be careful about mixing tenses. Most of the story is in past tense, but every now and then you slip into present tense. For example, "She was confused, scared. How is she here?" I'd just try to keep that consistent throughout. And I think in Chapter 2, you mean "intriguing" instead of "entriuging" and "legible" instead of "eligible". I will also note that in the letter, "Why did I tell you what I just said?" would be an odd thing to write, it's since not speaking. You could change it to "Why do I write this?" or even "Why am I writing this?" or just leave that line out entirely.

This was an enjoyable read, keep it up!
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Review of Sentience  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Aww, what an adorable little story. I love the ending! It reminds me a little bit of the Brave Little Toaster. I also like that the three office supplies seem to have their own personalities when they come to life. There might be a way you can exaggerate the differences between them even more in the dialogue to make them even more unique. I almost wish the story was a little bit longer so I could get to know the office supplies a little more before the sun rises again.

I do think that the opening line could probably be something more creative than "Once, there was a man who worked inside an office." which seems a little bit overused. Also, there are a few places in the dialogue that I think should be broken up into two sentences instead of one because grammatically they are two complete sentences.

For example: "We are cared about right, we must have families we go home to like the higher beings right?” is actually two questions. There's a few other instances of the same thing.

In any case, I enjoyed the story! Keep it up.
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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (3.0)
Hi, I'm reviewing this story at your request!

My overall impression is that this is an amusing story about a blob from outer space taking over the planet, starting with the main character Carole. It reminds me of the old movie The Blob. In fact, the way it's written is also fairly movie-like. I think there's a lot of good description and detail and some moments of humor throughout. I like the stomach stretching scene. This story has potential, although I do think there is room for improvement.

Characters:
It seems like the Blob and Carole have a lot in common, in that they're both extremely ambitious and power hungry and want control. They actually seem to get along, even though it's kind of a host/parasite relationship. I think the dialogue could use some work in places, but the characters are good.

Plot:
The plot, although a little bit predictable, is still entertaining. I think the ending works, but I kind of wanted some karma in the end. I was hoping that Carole would have a moment of regret when the Blob completely took over her and she would lose control over her body to the Blob in the end. I think that would be pretty ironic.

Technical notes:
I noticed there are many sentences missing punctuation, so I recommend checking to make sure every sentence ends with a period or some other punctuation mark. I noticed several other punctuation or grammar issues as well, for example:

“I’ll show you all what I’m capable of”. I’ll create an amazing piece of work and gain all of your respect”. She thought angrily to herself

You end the quotation marks twice here. Also, as a note, the period at the end of the sentence should go inside the ending quotation mark. This probably seems nitpicky, but these things can be quite distracting from the narrative of the story itself. I would go through the story with a fine tooth comb to catch any grammatical, spelling or punctuation mistakes.

I hope this review helps!
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Review of Thursday Thoughts  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.5)
I really like this! Something about the way it's written is just beautiful. I got the impression of a new love fizzling out with the realization that they don't have much in common and they have nothing to talk about except the weather. The narrator is lucky indeed to realize this before they become "blinded by the light" and things end in heartbreak. For such a short piece, this feels complete and the ending is quite satisfying.

One small little comment: I think you meant to say "to let its love breathe" with an "e" at the end, otherwise it's the noun form of the word. Also, I think the phrase "The desire I craved for you" is a little odd since you wouldn't say "I craved for cereal" or anything similar. And it's not the desire that's doing the craving, either, so maybe consider rephrasing that a bit.

Besides that, really good piece here! Keep it up!
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Review of Karma  
for entry "Chapter 1
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
An interesting concept! I like the idea of paying a debt for using magic, and of everyone having their own person limit of how much they can do at once. I also like the integration of science and magic, since they are usually considered to be opposites.

I think the flashback to the class is a pretty good way to explain a lot of the backstory, but it does feel very expository since it's a "lecture". There may be a way you could take some of the explanation out and work it a little more subtly into the narrative later on. For example, instead of having her actually say what the consequences are, you could have someone ask and have her trail off or give a vague answer like "You don't want to find out..." or somehow end the flashback without giving a specific answer to leave the reader hanging. Because they're going to find out what the consequences are anyway when the main character exceeds his limit at the end of the chapter. A little suspense can go a long way. I also suggest maybe adding in a little bit more detail or character development into the classroom scene so it doesn't feel so much like the purpose is just to explain the background.

There's a lot of good detail and imagery throughout, which I enjoy. I like the dialogue between the main character and Anitra too. That part really adds to his character, how he responds to being treated that way as if he's kind of used to it. It's also a bit of an unexpected twist, which adds to the feeling of him being blindsided. It's not how I expected the date to go.

One technical thing I noticed is that you often don't end the dialogue with a period before closing quotation marks. For example:

“Well, this is new”

He brings up the description.

“Cast a random low-level spell.”

“Might be useful”

Both the first and the last lines there should end with a period inside the quotes, like the second to last line does.

And one last suggestion about the dialogue, particularly in the last scene. I assume he's by himself at this point, and thus talking to himself. Which people actually do sometimes, especially when things are going wrong, but typically not to say out loud what they're doing or about to do. So I'd go back and think about what feels natural to actually say out loud in a situation like that. Probably "I have to stop." could be taken out or replaced with some kind of exclamation of surprise or a curse.

All in all, this is a fun story and a good start to a novel! I'd like to read the next few chapters at some point. Keep it up!

Anni
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Review of The Party's Over  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: ASR | (5.0)
Aww, that's sad... I have a friend who's birthday is also on September 11th. I remember watching the second tower fall live on the news and then having to go straight to school afterwards. It was very surreal. I bet it's kinda hard to celebrate birthdays after that, since people don't feel much like celebrating on such a somber date.
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Review of Peaceful Handover  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (5.0)
Haha, I love this idea! Great execution too, it's very believable for a sci-fi story. Almost a little TOO close to reality. The dialogue is very natural and flows well, which can be hard to do. One minor thing I noticed is that you don't use periods before or between dialogue. For example, I think it should be: "Chris risked a faint, distracted smile. “They haven’t noticed yet.” Silence echoed around the table as that sank in."

Besides that minor detail, I really enjoyed this! And it's not lost on me that the company is called Smoogle which I assume is in reference to a real life tech company that has taken over the world. Love the ending too. Although the last sentence might have even more of an impact if you took out the "and" at the start, just because starting a sentence with "and" almost makes it feel like an afterthought. Awesome story, keep it up!
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Review of The Shifting Sand  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I love this! Awesome imagery and descriptions. Fits very well with the lyrics of the song that inspired the story. I really like the idea of a sandy desert planet with whirlpools of sand that turn things into solid glass. And I think Jack is a great character. I like that he talks to himself even though there's one one around. I imagine that I would too, alone in the empty vacuum of space. I was admiring his determination and persistence throughout, then the irony of the ending really hit home. He was so close to being rescued! :( Well done, really entertaining story!
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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.5)
Very nice ode of the new generation. A generation of change, a turning of the tide. Well written poem! I especially like the second stanza. Keep on writing!
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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
This is a nice story! Very engaging, and well written too. I like the way you work in descriptions and exposition into the story line slowly, like when you say "Being just under three feet high made doing her tasks inconvenient at times." That way the statement has another purpose beyond just describing how tall Aira is. Lovely imagery too throughout. And the build of up suspense at the end of the chapter is pretty effective.

I think the line "Perhaps she might never see him again?" probably doesn't need to be a question, and it might be a bit more impactful as a statement instead. I also kind of want more details about that moment that Boroden confessed Aira that he loved her, since it seems like an important one. You spend a lot of time describing the scene where she came across the wolf, but kind of glossed over the other moment.

Overall, well done! I will definitely be reading more of your stuff.

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Review of The Ocean  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a nice poem! I love the ocean, this really makes me miss it. The rhyming scheme is good. Although there is one line that doesn't rhyme as the others do: "Each sailor must take every care to hold" should rhyme with "all". I think the rest of the rhymes work. There are a handful of places where the rhymes can feel a tiny bit forced. For example, "Should he forget to heed advice of this". I can get the point just fine, but it's not necessarily a natural way to phrase it. Just something to keep in mind, but I enjoyed this poem! Keep it up!
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Review of Strength  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Really interesting take on the prompt of a first date! Great use of detail and imagery to make the story come to life. I love the description, "You stand and smile, the grooves of grief etched in sharp relief on your too-thin cheeks. But you are still tall and straight and handsome, years of Army life showing in your posture." I can just picture it. I also like that it's written in first person, but written as if speaking to the husband. Such a heartbreaking situation, and you captured it really well.

Great story, keep writing!
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Review of Things Change  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.5)
I like the beginning stanza, and the ending is very poignant. This is a well done piece. I get the sense of a friendship that could have been more, but things got complicated and now the friendship is over. I've always said that romance is the fastest way to kill a friendship. And I think a lot of people can relate to that situation. My only suggestion is that the lines where the next line continues the same sentence (for example the first line) probably don't need a comma at the end. There's already a pause there because of the line break, so I don't think it's really necessary. But that might just be personal preference. In any case, good work! Keep writing!
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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.5)
Well done poem! And interesting choice of subject. This form can be a bit difficult, to rhyme the same word so many times in a row and keep to 3 syllables each line. I kind of want it to continue. I think this probably could have been made into a double mini-monoverse.

The only suggestion I have is that the punctuation seems a bit random, in terms of where you start a new sentence as opposed to using a comma or no punctuation at all. I think many of the commas probably aren't needed, but that might just be preference. It just seems like most punctuation isn't really necessary in a poem with 3 syllable lines, as there aren't really complete sentences.

Either way, good job!
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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.5)
This is awesome. I love that it's bilingual and I like the concept behind it. It's true that you can't have light without darkness, or darkness without light. One suggestion I have is that maybe the first two lines could be edited slightly for the sake of the flow / meter.

"When night is dark and the moon has taken leave
And blankets of dark clouds hide the stars,"


I think the above might flow a little better. But that's a small thing, I still like this poem very much!
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Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (5.0)
I love this! Really well written, so creative and romantic. I especially love the detailed descriptions of the different dreams and I'm glad you included so many of them with such variety. I don't think it would be as effective or feel like they were wandering for 100 years if you'd only described one or two of the dreams and then moved on. And just when I was starting to think, "Hmm, it's kind of weird that all these dreams are so hazardous and aggressive..." You even explained that. And then you wrapped everything up with a nice and neat happy ending, as any fairy tale should have.

It's a cool kind of twist that you made the princess' natural state the opposite of being passive and asleep, describing how active and restless she was growing up, unable to sit still with the bees buzzing around in her. It's an interesting layer of complexity to add on top of the standard tale of Sleeping Beauty. I think my favorite character is actually Fox. He has the attitude and slyness and mystery I would expect from such an animal, and you can get a feel of that just from his dialogue. The dialogue is great, by the way, very natural and clever in places.

One suggestion, I think some places could benefit from a comma. For example, the line: "Fox asked me to choose so we went into the next one to pass by." I think could use a comma before "so". Maybe that's just a stylistic thing.

Also, I had to read this part again to realize it was the princess speaking: “It’s meant to be a prince that wakes me with a kiss.” I was a little confused at first. It might help to just put a tag on that line so we know who's speaking.

Besides that minor quibble, I really enjoyed this! Just the right level of detail in the background and imagery to really immerse the reader into this fairy tale. A nice escape from reality. Well done!
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Review of Courage  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.5)
I'm a fan of Lizzie and also a fan of this! It's kind of a twist on the idea of killing them with kindness. Even when bullies treat you poorly and say horrible things, you can make something positive from it and still show them the light (so to speak). I like that idea. Retaliating or bullying someone back never works to improve the situation, it'll only make things worse. What a nice tribute to a truly inspiring woman!
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Review of The End  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
This is a very timely short story about the world ending. It sure feels familiar in the current year. I like that even though it's clearly meant to be fiction, nothing is really exaggerated to the point that it's unbelievable. It seems like this could be Global Warming destroying the planet but on a faster time scale, and a more universal cult called The Church which is sort of every cult and every religion combined into one.

I also think this is a pretty realistic response that humanity would have to learning that we have only days or weeks left until the world ends. In times of disaster, or loss, or existential threat, that's when people are most vulnerable to manipulation by cults. That's when people need the comfort of believing that they have some kind of control over their own fate (aka. to stop "hell from coming to earth" by human sacrifice). Which makes this not only entertaining to read, but also a glimpse into human nature. Well done!
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Review of Morgue  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I really like this concept and you've executed it very well! Wouldn't it be great if we could wake up corpses temporarily to identify them or figure out how they died or for one more chance to say goodbye? That's one thing you might want to at least address here. I think it's likely that as soon as he remembered who he was, he would also remember loved ones that he wants to see one last time. That could also give the main character a little background too. I kind of want to know more about who he was when he was alive. Parents, children, a spouse, etc. You could, of course, have the mortician say it's not allowed or that he's the only one who can communicate with the bodies or something, but I think it's likely that he'd at least want to.

In any case, this is well written and I enjoyed reading it! The main character seems to cry a lot, but who wouldn't at finding out you are dead and remembering your own murder? Maybe you could add a little more detail or a flashback about being kept chained up in the shack (kind of like a PTSD flashback). It would fit in pretty well right after the line "Then suddenly I remember". Also, I've never heard the name Evanth before. It's an interesting one.

I hope you're enjoying Writing.com so far! Keep writing!
I'll be checking out more of your stuff some time.

Anni


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Review of My Writings  
Review by Anni Pon
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi, welcome to writing.com! I'm also back to writing this year after a break, so I can relate to this. I look forward to seeing what tales you have in store! I'm still fairly new as well, but feel free to ask if you have any questions or anything about the platform.
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