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I look for a good hook at the beginning and like stories that "hit the ground running". Good plots with a theme, strong characters with an emotional impact, moving dialogue, sensory descriptions, clear communication and words with a purpose are strong points of a good story.
I'm good at...
knowing a good story when I read one. I like to read as much as I like to write, maybe more. I will let you know when a sentence just does not make sense to me, and I will try to give you my opinion on how to make it better.
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biographical, family, drama, mystery, comedy, nature, young adult
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sci-fi, erotica, fantasy, mythology
Favorite Item Types
short stories, essays, fiction & non-fiction
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novels...sorry, no time
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Review of The Old Horse  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi Monty,

Your poem about a racehorse who didn't stand a chance caught my eye and reminded me of one of my late husband's favorite songs, Stewball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n6O8m8Hbh0.

I enjoyed reading this,liked the rhyme pattern and the story behind the poetry.

It was a pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing.

Connie
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Good morning,

Like you, I have found all recipes do not turn out to be tasty. So happy you shared with the turtle and it enjoyed a good meal. So happy all your effort and preparation did not go to waste.

Thanks for sharing your writing. Personal stories always interest me.

Connie
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Review of FIRST MEETING  
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi SandraLynn,

I commend Sherry for being able to fit into those teeny tiny school desks. And, yes, bringing a cupcake to the TOPS meeting would be a no-no.

I also commend your good grammar and punctuation. It made your story a joy to read.

From your title and "the hook" I kept trying to decide the punch line, but you made it too good for me. It was a surprise.

Thanks for sharing your writing.

Connie
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Good Morning,

I enjoyed reading about your dad's adventure with your mom's cactus plant, not one I'd like for myself though. Thankfully, your mom pulled out the stickers and all was well, I hope.

Welcome to writing.com and thanks for sharing this story.

Connie

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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi Jace,

Your essay resonated with me as I, too, expect the worst and hope for the best, as the old saying goes.

And you are totally correct about the news with all "good" news tucked into the ending.

As far as the glass half empty or half full, I would have to say I'm a half full person, although that is in direct conflict with my first statement. Sorry....

I enjoyed reading your essay and I enjoy your thoughts that most people are like you. I do believe that smiling more than frowning improves one's lot. Thanks for smiling!

Connie
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Review of Robins  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello Lou,

I think all of us are hoping to see a robin right about now. I'm glad you switched from a sparrow.

Your rhyme and rhythm seems perfect, and I can feel the hopefulness in your words. I love nature poems especially those about birds since I watch them many times during the day from this window by my computer. Their antics cheer me, and obviously, a robin's presence would cheer you.

Thanks for sharing your poetry. Stay safe and well in this stressful time.

Connie
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Review of Staying Awake  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi Jacky,

I see this was for a contest. Hope you won something.

I started reading and was immediately reminded of my late kitty Mopsy. Every once in a while she would do the same thing as I was sleeping although it was never a tune I recognized.

Good thinking on your part in trying to put the whole thing back into a dream, but of course the different colored hairs found the next morning sort of eliminated that.

It's a cute story, well-written, and, yes, it could have happened. I'm a believer. Thanks for sharing and keep writing.

Connie
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi Joan,

Returning your review. I, too, had a kitty I loved but sadly, last January she passed away.

From your poem it sounds as though you have a good time with Huggie although, like most kitties, at times Huggie misbehaves.

I enjoyed reading your poem and learning a few things about Huggie. Your rhyming was good and told me a story as well. Keep on writing and I hope you're enjoying writing.com.

Connie
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello,

So sorry to hear you caught the virus, but very happy to hear you are improving. You are a thoughtful person to take the time to share your experience as many including myself are extremely interested in how this horrible virus affects different people.

An acquaintance of mine had some of the same comments on food as you and that probably has a lot to do with getting back your strength. So take it easy, let the house go, but do feed the kitty. Kitty will help you get better.

Thanks again for sharing and keep improving every day.

Connie
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Good evening,

You have included lots of good information and helpful tips in this essay, some new, some not so new. Your presentation is appealing and easy to read and follow. Plus, you are offering a take-away, always a good thing.

I have arthritis so I am always looking for ways to go easy on my knees. I recently purchased an under-the-desk cycle, and I love it. Although it is still too soon for results, I can feel it working.

Thanks for sharing your writing, and welcome to wdc.

Connie
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Review of A Woman's Place  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello Olivia,

Such an appropriate story following the death of RBG, our champion for women's rights.

I love how you have set the scene without stating it in your story. Mum makes it English, the drinking age and the omnibus help to set the year. Good writing and I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

Connie
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Review of Christmas Project  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello Pumpkin,

You had a difficult assignment and went over and beyond what was necessary to complete your task. It is almost impossible for humans not to judge other humans and I share in your dilemma but in the end it sounds as if you benefited as much if not more than the family you helped.

I'm of the opinion that anything one person can do to help another is a good thing and that is all I need to know.

You told your story clearly and honestly and I commend you for your frankness. Poverty is a sad thing and like you say, the children will suffer the most...and they will never forget.

Thanks for sharing this.

Connie
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Review of Ruby  
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Good Morning,

Poor Ruby is having a bad day but a few things are working in her favor. It is much nicer to go out for a picnic than stay home and clean. She is turning lemons into lemonade, finding suitable food for human and duck and a ride to the park. Unfortunately, she, or rather her late husband, has chosen the wrong team to back.

Nice story that could have been pessimistic but turned out not so bad. Thanks for sharing your writing.

Connie
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Review of Broken Crayons  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi Fyn,

This is so sad although it starts off on a happier note. The key word seems to be broken, broken crayons and broken hearts. If this is a personal loss, I'm so sorry.

The poem is well-written with a definite message of loss and sadness. Thank you for sharing.

Connie
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Review of Phineas  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Good Morning,

Clever ending. Yes, I agree. Unfortunately, truth abounds in this story. So many wrong decisions left to their own demise. If only all the victims had a magic blue disc to change their future.

Your story is well-written, easy to follow, and carries an important message. Thanks for sharing.

Connie
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Good Afternoon,

I enjoy reading uplifting stories like this one. Two people reaching out to each other, one in need of material help, the other in need of spiritual help. It is usually a recipe for success as long as minds stay open. The story makes it look easy but of course it's not.

The writing is good, following a chronological order. Perhaps including some of the hardships endured to get to the happy ending would add to the interest of the story. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing your writing.

Connie
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Good Morning,

What a wonderful, uplifting and encouraging story for others who may be needing a kidney. Thanks for sharing this about your mom and your uncle. I sincerely hope they are still doing well since this story is quite old.

I get through the story that you are young, but you have done an excellent job of showing the feelings and emotions of those involved. Well done. Please keep writing and sharing.

Connie
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Review of Survival  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Good Morning,

A frightening scenario, but I guess anything is possible in the world we live in today. I admit I have wondered about the size of our debt and the holders of our bonds. I would suppose that as long as we continue to pay the interest on those bonds, all will be well.

You're story is well-written and believable. With Covid-19 some of the unbelievable has already happened but nothing as bad as you suggest. As you imply, finances will most likely be the determining factor of worse to come.

Thanks for sharing your writing. I only noticed one needed correction, third paragraph from the end, second sentence, "ounce" to "once." Keep on writing. Oh, and I will check out your link.

Connie
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Review of And Then Again...  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Good Morning,

Star dust, fairy dust, the same thing? At any rate it turned the people into kind and caring beings, the way people should be. The man responsible? God? Maybe.

I enjoyed reading this uplifting story full of scenarios that made me smile and restored my faith in mankind.

Thanks for sharing your writing and your insights.

Connie
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Rated: 13+ | (3.0)
Good Afternoon,

Well, this was an interesting story, and when I got to the bottom and saw all those "markers", I could see that you had a path laid out for you. Congrats on placing in the contest.

I realize the ending was left to the reader's imagination, but I really could not determine a plot line to this story. I like your writing style and your technicals seem perfect. Let me know what I'm missing. Maybe I'm just dense. :)

Connie
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Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Good Morning,

That's a horribly sad story...for everyone involved. I certainly see where you are coming from and I totally agree.

Good neighbors are a treasure and should be treated that way. The end of July I got a new neighbor to my right and very soon I will have a new one to my left. I was very saddened to see the old ones go but things are always changing so I will be a good neighbor to the new ones and hopefully they will be the same.

Thanks for sharing this tragic story and your insight. May we all be good neighbors in this trying time and after.

Connie
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Review of FRIENDS  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Good Morning,

What a beautiful way to start the day. As I read through this, I couldn't help but smile, all the words so very true. Do you have the music first or the words first? As you can see, I know nothing about songwriting, but poetry, yes, this is lovely.

I see you are new to wdc and I want to welcome you to the community. Please keep writing and sharing.

Connie
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Review of Aye, Aye, Sir  
Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
Good Morning,

I was reminded of that saying, "Be careful what you ask for", except that David did not actually ask for a robot.

At least everything turned out well...except for Mary. Love the irony, the humor, and the dialogue. Thanks for sharing.

Connie
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Good Morning,

I found your title interesting and I enjoyed your article on a camping and hiking trip in a beautiful region of India, which I assume is near your home.

Wild dahlias must be a sight to see. In the State of Delaware in the U.S.A. where I grew up they were not wild but prolifically grown by gardeners and most beautiful. Sadly, where I live now in Florida, it is too hot for them to flourish.

October is a favorite time of mine, too, just cool enough to get outside in comfort. You call them hills but here in Florida they would be mountains (which we do not have). I love your descriptions of your cabin and of the camaraderie around the campfire and of your hiking adventure. With your pals I know it was a good time.

Thanks for sharing your travelogue and please keep writing. And I notice you are a recent member so "welcome to writing dot com."

The very best to you,
Connie
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Review of TIME  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Good Morning Angus,

This is beautiful, so short but with such an impact, and so very poetic.

I'm not sure why you did not enter it in the contest. It certainly has merit, speaking to the past, the future, and the now, ending with hope.

I have nothing to offer to make it better. It is perfect as is. Thanks for sharing.

Connie
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