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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Short but very to the point. I have always warned people about the "spell checker" on their computers. Over the years they have gotten a lot better but nothing replaces reading to check your spelling. Spell checkers only check the spelling. The word may be spelled correctly but the wrong word.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (4.5)
I like this a lot. I am a substitute teacher so I can relate to it quite well. It is short with humor that I think only a substitute can really appreciate. I love the part where Miss Blackwell sends the principal to detention. I might try that one sometime. The ending was sort of abrupt but still came across well. I was hoping for a little more though. Ended too soon.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
I had my first wedding pictures taken by a hobbyist photographer because he was a friend of the groom's family. I was extremely disappointed with the pictures, fortunately, though he did remove the lens cover. I guess it really didn't matter since I piled all of them up and set them on fire when my divorce was final.

My brother is a professional photographer and has carried a camera everywhere since he was about 7 years old, he is never without one of his cameras. My father didn't attend my first wedding and my brother had to give me away instead of taking pictures. My second wedding, my father was there and my brother took my pictures. They were beautiful.

Your tips are good tips to keep in mind when looking for a photographer for your wedding. This is one of the most important days of your life and you want to make sure you get it recorded in the most beautiful way.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Nice list of points when reviewing. I am going to be using this for myself. It is useful in reviewing my own writing. It is actually very useful as a checklist while planning my own writing. I am constantly looking for tips, advice, and anything to help improve my writing. Thanks for posting this.
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Review of Can We Connect?  
Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
I really like this idea. I don't use facebook a whole lot. I have been switching over to MeWe recently but do still have a few friends on facebook I want to stay in touch with. So, that said, I will be checking out "Your Virtual Mentor" on facebook. See you there.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Nice. I like the way you use the Wizard of Oz as an example. It made the points a lot clearer. I am always looking for more information, tips, and ideas to help with my writing. This is very helpful in outlining the 8 points of plotting. Plotting is one of the areas that I am constantly trying to refine and improve on. I get an idea in my head but when it comes to putting it down on paper in a logical way it is always inadequate. Your points will help me.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Another great article. It is always good to have clarificaton or review on these. I.e and e.g. are good ones that get mixed up as well as Which, That, Who and Whom. I will be refering to this often. I am more of a mathematics person that loves to write. So, grammar is something I am always having to review or look up.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Thank you for writing this. I have subscribed to Writer's Digest since I was in grade school and they have replaced their writing contests in their issues to a picture. I have never been able to get anything out of the pictures to write anything. After reading your article I am going to start trying. Wonderful tips and suggestions to get started from.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Lists that contain commonly misspelled words have always been one of my favorites. I have one in my planner and will also be using this one. I like the way it is organized. The one I have is organized alphabetically. This is a different way to organize lists of words.
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for entry "Do You Speak English?
Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
I love this! It is very useful when using characters that are American vs. British. I stay away from using accents or dialects in my dialogue because I am not knowledgable enough to use the different accents and/or dialects. I always figure it is best to not try using them if I can't use them convincingly enough. This will be helpful for me. Thank you for the information.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Nice article with a lot of information for someone who is just starting out in genealogy. I have spent 40+ years tracing my family tree and it is definitely easier these days than it was when I started. I had to physically visit libraries etc. to find information. Today there is wikitree which their goal is to create one worldwide family tree. There is a lot of information there. The resources mentioned in this article are excellent places to start looking for your family history. I also agree with the LDS library. I have had people change my grandparents to people I don't have the slightest idea who they are. So double checking is a must.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Fantastic article on short stories. It's very thorough and complete. Extremely useful. I am thinking about taking Bradbury's challenge of writing one short story a week or 52 in a year. Like he said, you can't write 52 bad short stories. There have to be at least a few really good ones out of 52. This is a wonderful article to reference while doing his challenge.
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Review of Character Traits  
Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Thank you for such a wonderful list of traits. I love lists like this. It's easy to scan and pick out what you are looking for. I also like to use these when I am searching for just the right word and can't come up with it. Lists are nice to have. I make lists of occupations, etc just for reference and creating ideas. This is going into my list bag.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: ASR | (5.0)
Thank you for the wonderfully outlined and easy to use article. I am always looking for information like this. I like to scan information like this on a regular basis to help with my writing. I also am always reading and taking notes on how to make my writing better. This one will be added to my "library".
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Review of Second Chance  
Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
Surprising results. I would have never guessed that many would go back that far in age. An interesting question to ask. It shows either people are happier the younger they are, they regret the choices they have made or would like to do it for the second time.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Different. The result was funny. The part where you fill in the blanks was presented very well and made it simple to fill out. The magical creature and large animal resulted in a surprise. I was again surprised with the liquid choice and how that was used.
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Review of Cold Nose Poll  
Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
I like the points you make about mutts. They make some of the best pets. Personally, I have Obsessive Collie Disorder. It hasn't got anything to do with them being purebred. It is that I love the breed for their gentleness, loyalty, beauty, intelligence, and protective nature. In fact, I am picking up a new sable and white rough collie in about 4 weeks. My last collie passed over the Rainbow Bridge from bladder cancer 7 months ago and I have missed him every minute of every day since.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This was fun. Liked it a lot. It was also nice that I was able to go back and edit if I wanted too. It made it fun to be able to change some of the entries or completely start over instead of being limited to a one time try. A really nice creative idea.
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Review by Lassie
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is really cute. Love it!
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