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Review of the writer  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (5.0)
I love this, especially the first stanza where all is confusion and everything seems to be clamoring for attention. The middle verse captures the moment when a single idea seems to take hold, pushing the rest of the chaos to the back and allowing ideas to flourish.
Very nice use of the prompt words.

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Review of The Fair  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
A well written piece of poetry that is nicely presented as well. You do a great job of describing the Ferris wheel, especially when it grinds to a halt. It always amazes me how children are drawn to them. Nice capture of the more wary and ever patient parent too.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Wow, what an emotional read this turned out to be. What I was really impressed by was the way that you showed how cancer effected the life of the entire family, not only the mother. It was nice for the husband to have such a long-standing friendship to give him at least a chance of recovery.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This was quite an unusual poem to read. I've got to admit that I like the idea of picking a letter to focus on at the start of each couplet. Have you used other letters? Anyway, this is quite an uplifting read, very inspirational in content. The fourth couplet is my favorite.
Well done.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.0)
What impressed me most about this was the way you showed the mother's guilt. As a long-term, full time carer I know how those feelings manage to creep in. Sounds, and their vibrations, can be comforting or agonizing to those on the Autism Spectrum, as well as those with other kinds of challenges.
I enjoyed the read.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (5.0)
What an original duo-logy this turned out to be. The first of the poems was my favorite, with all those different flowers. There was something about its composition that really brought to mind the rapid fluttering of hummingbird wings. Excellent use of the italics in the second piece.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (5.0)
A fantastic talent to have, and so well described. I'm with you on the empathy thing, although so often I wish I wasn't as it leads to such internal conflict when I can relate to both points of view. It's kind of sad that no one will carry this on.
Very impressive.

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Review of Jenny Fainted  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Haha. So it turned out the Jenny and Alison weren't the only ones who were capable of sneaking around. You wrote this with good back and forth dialogue, letting the speech tell why Jenny was so desperate. Good ending and no grammar or typing issues that I was aware of.

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Review of The Devil's Bride  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
I've got to admit that I didn't find Clark in the slightest bit 'likeable' - he was so conceited, seeing himself as taking charge and quite happy to provide a sacrifice to do so. There was something about the dampness and the drips that really added to the horror atmosphere.

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Review of CHEAP - O - AIR  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
A nice entertaining poem with quite a message. Sometimes cutting corners on costs is not the best thing to do. Some good rhyming work, with humor that brought a bit of a smile; I particularly liked the 'jam' and 'Spam' lines.
All in all, a poem that left me feeling relieved that I'm not about to take to the air - especially on a cut-price airline.

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Review of Dress Rehearsal  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This is lovely. Two individuals coming together after leading their separate lives, going through their own individual experiences until they find each other. It is a nice way of thinking about what had gone previously - a dress rehearsal for the real thing.
Really quite romantic.

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Review of ...DO IT YOURSELF  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
A well written story. We got to know a lot about Lark's character during the story; she certainly seemed the strongest of the sisters. I did wonder who or what the intruder was and although it didn't come as a surprise that it was an animal, for some reason that it was a rat was unexpected.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This was a lovely little tale of opposites. I loved the way you showed that emotions made the sun become hotter and hotter until it eventually warmed everything in its range, including the cold moon. This made me think of all the different shades of color that the moon can take on.

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Review of Walk In the Park  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a poem that captures the early signs of spring so well. We don't have crocus here but we do have daffodils that grow in the garden, and apart from the color this could just as easily have been describing them. Like you say, these little buds are so easy to miss, but definitely make for a feel-good moment when they are noticed.

Nice work.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This is really beautiful, and I think that is my favorite time of day too. Apart from the bats. We have a few that swoop down really low, and actually had one that flew indoors once. The rhyming is nicely done and there is a gentle rhythm that runs the whole way through.

Well done.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.0)
I wonder if this was a true story? I'm no cook and I can well relate to trying to make things and have them not come out well. And there have been times when I've ended up with an inedible mess. I've never had a turtle come along and eat it up instead though.
Nicely written short piece that brought a smile.

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Review of wasted beauty  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: 13+ | (1.5)
Ha! Well this was certainly an unusual find. Not just a poem about a zombie but a chain of haiku. I don't understand why the undead don't feature in a lot more things. The first of the four was almost beautiful, but you soon inserted plenty of gory details.
You asked for a low rating so...

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Love the toing and froing of this piece. Clearly both husband and wife have got their differences but they are both quite passionate too. Lots and lots of feelings from both sides - and I've got to admit there were parts that really rang true. Well done.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
I was very impressed by your presentation of this piece, making each point stand out. I also liked the way you did not only concentrate on the hard facts - the initial panic and dread were very hard to live with. A good cautionary message about not believing everything that you hear or read.
Well done.

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Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Haha! Thanks for sharing the tale. This is definitely an example of why it is always best to look where you are going, even inside your home. I think I felt most sorry for the cactus, although I bet those spines did sting. There are a couple of typos, like 'spins' instead of 'spines' and a couple of missing quotation marks, so I'd recommend just giving it another read through. Nothing that spoiled the read though.

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Review of Hide and Seek  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (5.0)
I found this to be quite an emotional piece to read, as I was confronted with mental health issues as a child too. The way you described the adults talking, those 'who speak too nicely' was spot on, but the most powerful part was the shattering plate and the rush to clear it away afterwards.
Very impressive work.

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Review of Pip's Morning  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Haha! This was an enjoyable read for anyone who loves pets and appreciates the mischief that they can get up to. From Pip's habit of collecting shoes, I'm guessing that he is a dog, and the fluffy thing he loved to chase was a newcomer to the house - a cat or a kitten.
Anyway, very enjoyable and well-written.

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Review of Nightmares  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Wow! This is such excellent poetry writing! Each line says enough to really pack up a punch, especially when you mention that it is a result of child abuse. Definitely one excellent example of where less is more.
Is that the requirements of the form? This is one I'd like to try.


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Review of Help  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Haha! I like how Hal latched on to the idea that those spots had been caused by a UFO. That certainly was a novel way to bring about an end to writer's block. Some good interaction between Hal's wife and mother.
A nicely rounded piece of flash fiction.

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Review of Play  
Review by hullabaloo22
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This story captures just how difficult it is to be the new kid in a classroom. I think the reluctance Sally felt about raising her hand illustrated this perfectly. I always felt out of place at school and could really relate. And what a great way to end this.

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