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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
Great set of Halloween facts. There's a lot of new information that I didn't know involving the holiday. It is very cool to find this out. The Pumpkin and Bat facts are all really new to me. You have a lot of cool Halloween themed items in your Portfolio recently. It is a very nice way to start off autumn and enter the Halloween season this year. *Jackolantern2* Thank you for sharing this Trivia. ^_^


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Review of D is for Monkey  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
My initial thoughts reading the title for this was this story might be related to the Anime One Piece. The main character's name in that series is Monkey D. Luffy. This story's situation adds a bit of light comedy to the horror scenario. There's something funny about about how way off Monkey is from being a D word. That said there is no doubt that the situation the narrator is in is a terrifying one. It is like a recurring nightmare where the dreamer knows what is going to happen but is unable to stop it from occurring.

The story does a wonderful job in conveying the tension to the reader. You can fell the narrator is dreading what is going to happen. He's not clapping when the children are. It is clear very early on that something is not right.

The monster at the end of the story is described really well making it easy for the reader to picture. "A beak with hundreds of sharp teeth" provide a chilling visual description that a person shudder thinking about it. This is very a very well written work. *Smile*

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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
From the mouths of Groundhogs... ^_^

This was a really fun story. I love the portrayal of the groundhog. He sort of had a grouchy/grumpy personality which really fit with him being woken up in the morning. He's a touch more annoyed than you would expect for someone that only works one day a year.

I'm guessing that the end of the world was in reference to the Mayan prophecy or another world ending prophecy that didn't come to pass. When this was originally written (2012) the end of the world date had not yet passed so there was a little bit of uncertainty that the world would end on December 31st even if there was only a very small chance that it would have been true. Now that that prophecy has been fully disproven, the groundhog's words seem to be all the more wise.

I think a lot of people reading this story automatically think of the Bill Murray Groundhog's day movie when reading this. That movie got seemed all the more relevant in 2020 when everyone's days were repeating themselves in Quarantine. I can't help wondering how this story would have played out if the prophecy stated the world was scheduled to end in 2020. I imagine that there would be a lot more doubt involved with people feeling a lot more uncertain about their futures.

Anyway this is a really well written piece. Thank you very much for writing it. ^_^

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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: XGC | (5.0)
This is a nice interactive. Shadow of Darkness is a cool title. It seems to have a really good setup going. The intro chapter is well written.

The Interactive prelude has three nicely written bios of characters involved in this story and they seem to be well described. The choices seems to offer a cool variety of powers to explore. Superhero and anime fans would definitely enjoy contributing to this story

It is worth noting that I wasn't able to guess where the story was headed from the synopsis. I was picturing an exciting camp trip or mystery. The options for different powers gives a much wider and varied range of possibilities than a reader would expect going into this. It is a good surprise but some of its targeted demographic may not know they should be checking this one out. The fanfiction tag certainly helps and the supernatural and ghost tags shows that this interactive can encompass a wide range of genres. I hope readers find it and give it a chance.

With 3 chapters and two of them setting up the choices. The story is still in the early stages of development. For the owner of the interactive ... it is a good idea to set up and least one interesting story arc to set the tone for the story and potential ideas for other authors to be able to run with. I recommend at least 5 chapters of story (not including any choice chapters added). A pitfall of many interactive that fail to take off is that the creator gives the premise and just leaves choices for other authors to fill in. This story seems like it is off to a good start though. I hope that it continues to develop and grow.

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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Fun Personification Poem. *Smile* This Poem definitely capture the experience of being a cake perfectly. The caption for the story gives a excellent foreshadowing of where this poem is headed. *Smile*

There are some great moments of emotions that the cake displays... some pride in how much time the Cake took in being prepared and of course a large amount of terror as the poem cuts to close. It is upon re-reading this poem that I really appreciate the building sense of dread the cake is experiencing. I can picture it knowing what is about to happen as the candles disappear from it... it is very frightening. Well Done!!

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Review of Ghost Lover  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
Great Poem! I love the visual imagery the words evoke. "Ice, clouds, the words ghost and heart" all make me picture certain things. This poem succeeds in telling the reader a story in a limited amount of words.

There seems to be a nice ambiguity over whether the described "ghost" is a physical person or the narrator's imagination/memories in dealing with heartbreak.

My favorite segment of this was the second Stanza where the reader is given a beautiful image of a goddess walking on ice. The third stanza of her falling through the clouds is great as well.

The end of the poem is cool combination alternating focus between both the woman and narrator showing one affected by the outcome of a decision in the most and another needing to make a decision for the future. Very nicely written!!

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Review of Easter 2021  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a great Easter Themed Word Search. It is fairly challenging but not to the point where the words are impossible to find and all the words tie in really well with the Easter Theme. I think it took me maybe 15 minutes to solve. The puzzle has a total of 21 words. I think that the first words that popped out to me immediately was Hardboiled and ressurection . After that I went through the puzzle pretty much in order so the last and most challenging word for me to find was Victory which is actually a perfect way to close out this puzzle.

At the time this review was written, there is a big set of Easter challenges going on across Writing.com during the weekend with a ton of very cool activities including a massive scavenger hunt with a ton of awesome prizes. It is worth noting that completing this word search and writing a review of 300 words or more is one of the activities *Smile* I highly recommend checking out "Easter Hunt 2021 FORUM NOW CLOSED while this event is going on. I also recommend paying close attention to your writing.com newsfeed and new Easter challenges are continuing to pop up throughout the weekend. At the time of this writing there have already been about 5 Easter themed activities going on so far including Trivia questions. As one of the cool challenges on the site... this word search easily gets 5 stars from me. It was a lot of fun and that is added onto so many great Easter activities in progress here. I also want to give a tremendous thank you to this Word Search's creator Tina Stone for continuing to organizing so many cool holiday themed activities for this site. Hope that everyone has a really good weekend a great Easter Holiday!! *Rabbit*
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
Good article. You really shared and interesting facts about a butterfly's life cycle. You provide a nice amount of detail with your description. A Butterfly really goes through a lot before it can emerge. You cover the metamorphosis very well and there were a lot of new facts about their transformation that I didn't know. Thank you very much for sharing this information with everyone. *Smile*


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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
Nice Butterfly trivia. Most of these facts are really new to me. I had no idea that there were so many species of Butterflies out there, that they could see so well or that they could only fly given the right conditions. You really did your research on them and your article came out really great. Thank you for sharing these cool facts. *Smile*


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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
Great Butterfly article. I'm a rookie when it comes to information about Butterflies so all this information was new to me. It is really nice to know how to attract butterflies and these seem like great tips. The Peacock and Brimstone butterflies sound really beautiful and you describe them really well. Thank you for sharing these facts. *Smile*


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Review of Truth  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Quite the chilling story. Good job describing the characters and atmosphere. I got a good sense of the events leading the Detective to snap. You did a great job of depicting what was in the Detective's head and leaving it to the reader to determine whether what is happening is in the character's mind or not. It also a really twisted outcome making for an intense short story.

You might want to check out the video game Heavy Rain. Characters in the video game have the potential to go through similar psychotic breaks and there's a nice dark atmosphere in the game as well.

Great storytelling!


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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Great Wonderland Book. You really tackled this Wonderland activities very well. I think my favorite so far was Pigeon and Serpents. Those serpents are hard to deal with. *Bigsmile*

Good luck with your writing and the rest of these challenges. I'm very excited to read more of you activities in the future. ^_^


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Review of Wonderland blog  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: ASR | (5.0)
I'm reviewing some of the other Wonderland books/journal as part of "Race to Somewhere" activity. This is a great Wonderland Book. I really like the entries you have so far. They were very well written. I think my favorites was Knock on the Door. It was a really creative why to get past the Gatekeeper. *Smile*

I'm very excited to see how you tackle the rest of your activities. *Smile*

Best of Luck on your Wonderland Adventures!


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Review of The Hunter  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
First off... let me mention that I really like the cover chosen for this story. The image (I believe it is of Elektra from Marvel Comics) is a great choice. The plot has a good opening with the description immediately allowing us to visualize the setting of the Motel room. We get a good introduction to the female lead Eva and having her look into the mirror is a great way to lead into the supernatural elements in this story.

Having just been introduced to the characters of Eva and Ariel, the lengthy dialogue they have has to be read through really slowly to understand who is saying what. You can see there is a lot of backstory being revealed in their conversation and you get the sense of who Eva is from it while teasing even more exciting details of her history. I'm not sure if this is meant to be the initial story for this character or if there was a previous book written for her. In any case it definitely made me want to continue to find out more about her. There is enough of a hook in this initial chapter to make me want to continue reading this storyline. It seems like a lot of action is planned and I wonder how the encounter with Erik will go. I would enjoy finding out what happens next.


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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This is a very nicely written story. You make the situation easy to visualize. I can picture the restaurant setting and the characters. One of the things that I really enjoyed about reading this was the connect that you provide readers by giving a first person narrative account. It allows us to perceive the lead's thoughts as if we were there with him. We could feel his desires. The lead is also observant enough to give us other good insights such as what he perceives the waitress is feeling. The waitress response to the suggestive call was fun moment which ultimately draws the reader into the rest of the story.

The pacing of the storytelling moves very quickly and a lot happens in a very short amount of time. I get the sense of a fun and rapid romance. It was good to read. *Smile*


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Review of Trinkets  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a great collection of Trinkets. Thank you so much for collecting and sharing them. The community newsfeed is also a great place to find trinkets. Two authors I recommend following are Richie Krueger ~ Bald Lil' Bro and I'm A GrueSum1 . Richie Krueger ~ Bald Lil' Bro releases a new trinket every month and I'm A GrueSum1 has posted a lot of trinkets to his newsfeed in the past. Some are limited edition though so they might run out. Once again thank you for creating this item.
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
Great poem! It is energetic and fun to read. I can feel the intense atmosphere involved with a sporting event in your description. I love rhyming poems so this was really enjoyable. There were some particularly good rhyming words mixed into this (scarred with hard etc). Nice writing! *Smile*
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
Great poll placing the two master writers head to head. I commented on the post this poll was placed in how I loved both authors. Looking at the results I'm really surprised Christie is leading. I thought for sure that Conan Doyle would have been way ahead because Sherlock Holmes is so well known. It is interesting to see how this poll turns out. Thank you for making this. *Smile*
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Review of My Souls' Journey  
Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a good poem. There's a beat to it with with quite a few rhymes used. This added an energy when reading it. I couldn't lock in a rhyme scheme so there was a little bit of an on edge quality when going through it. I kept wondering would this line rhyme with the next or will it start a new couplet or triplet. It had a good refrain going too which made the poem fun to follow along with and all the more powerful when the refrain was broken. The capitalized line was a nice abrupt stop that makes the reader take a deep breath. There were also some great word descriptions in this. Describing the soul as a damaged tree, ruined, peeling the paint etc all inspire impressive visual images in the reader's mind. Nice work on this. *Smile*
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
I like how this poem takes a basic activity that people barely give any thought toward such as putting on a shirt and elaborates upon it. For me as a reader I found myself visualizing the action and thinking alongside about the shirts I've worn and the feel of them as I was reading. Being able to capture a simple action so thoroughly with verbal description is the sign of a good poem.
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
I really like how this poem makes a comparison between Writing and Cooking. *Smile* It is pretty impressive how the sentences are set up to give the reader two visual images at once. I wound up picturing the activities of preparing a meal and writing a story simultaneously. The choice of words in this poem was excellent using words typically associated with cooking (chop, bake, boil, garnish etc) to link them with the activity of writing. Beautifully done!
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
*Bigsmile* I like this poll a lot. I'm really happy to see my favorite monster is currently ahead in the votes. The list seems to have all the classic monsters on it. I was trying to think if any of my favorites were left off the list (maybe Mummies and Succubi) but regardless this was really fun to take. I definitely recommend others try it out. *Smile*
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a Great poll. As a Science Fiction and Fantasy I recognized most of the options on this list. I still have to read Terry Pratchett but the rest are classic series for me. I wound up choosing Middle Earth myself due to my love of Lord of the Rings. I'd be very surprised if anyone winds up picking Panem. Anyway I really enjoyed taking this poll a lot. Thank you very much for making it.
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Ok... my last review on behalf of the NAG Showcase. *Smile*

This was a fantastic story. I can tell that it was meant for a younger audience but it was really imaginative. The setup is good and it has a sort of legend feel to it with prophecy, a magical weapon and a young hero. It's an interesting incorporation of Greek Mythology making the special weapon the Sword of Orion. I thought that the description in the story was very well done. The environment of a seaside village was easy to visualize as was what the sea monster appeared like and the young heroes' abilities.

The fight against the sea monster was very exciting and you could picture the tension leading up to it and visualize how the battle took place from the vivid description. The fight itself was amazingly fast and it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye but it still had an intense feel to it. I think what helped to set up the tension was the way Nathan interacted with his family before the fight.

Anyway, really nice story. I hope that the audience that it was intended for enjoyed it. ^_^
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Review by KingsSideCastle
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is another review on behalf of the NAG Showcase. *Smile*

This was a very good story. I like that it shows that you shouldn't judge people from what you hear about them. This story was written really well. It's pacing was good and the dialogue was written very well giving readers a really good sense of all the characters in the story and what is happening just from what the characters were saying.

Following the story from Jessie's perspective I was just as surprised as she was The Witch of Creek Manor (Gladys) was completely different from what she was expecting. A lot of credit goes to the way that Gladys was depicted. She came off as a kind old lady completely destroying the image of the witch that I had in my head beforehand. I think that the pie she offered to Jessie helped a lot in setting her up as a nice person and shattering expectations. It was a great bit of subversion.

Anyway, this was a very well written work with an unexpected ending. I enjoyed reading it a lot. Thank you very much for writing.
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