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Review of Springtime  
Review by Krista
Rated: E | (4.0)
This acrostic poem is full of imagery that helps me visualize each line as I read it. You've incorporated the use of all five senses, which can be difficult at times. The beginning and ending lines perfectly open and close the poem. I didn't notice any grammar or spelling issues. Thank you for sharing this with everyone!


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Review by Krista
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Rated: E | (3.0)
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This poem brings back fond memories of strolling down the shore as a child. I can see the scene unfolding as I read each line. You've captured the innocence of a carefree girl on a lovely day with excellence. Each stanza flows well into the next. The closing stanza nicely wraps up the poem. I didn't notice any grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors. I wouldn't change a thing, so I have no suggestions to offer. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.


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Review of "Sea Moods"  
Review by Krista
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Rated: E | (3.0)
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I chose this item to review because the title and description piqued my interest. It's a lovely poem. The image of a young girl walking along the beach goes through my mind as I read it. My favorite line is the last.

The ocean meditates

It's a powerful line that will stick with me throughout the day and a great finish. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

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Review by Krista
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Rated: E | (4.0)
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I'm so glad you have this highlighted in your portfolio. This poem reminds me of how my mother coped with losing my father. As I read each line, I could easily picture the scene in my mind. The end rhymes and repeating lines are well crafted and work well together. Although this is a sad poem, it's also heartwarming. I didn't notice any grammar or punctuation errors and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

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Review of 1,000 True Fans  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: ASR | (5.0)
I found this article shortly after having a similar conversation with a fellow writer. Even though this newsletter is a few years old, it's still relevant and something all authors should consider. I've got a childhood friend that's a self-published independent author with 16 books. Although I've bought each one, I've never thought of myself as a hardcore fan because I have no interest in her chosen genre. I just want to support her writing because I believe in her talent. Until I read this, it never occurred to me that she might do the same.
I'm a numbers girl, so I like that you've included example breakdowns. It helps to understand the impact of the information you've given. I think some indie authors spend more time trying to gather a massive amount of fans and not enough time honing their craft. This newsletter reminds us to think about what type of fan we should be seeking, which in turn can free up time to polish our skills. Thanks for sharing the 1,000 True Fans hypothesis!

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Review of Haiku-Winter  
Review by Krista
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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I chose this poem to review because I have a fondness for Japanese poetry and Winter is my favorite season. You've done a great job of mastering the form. The second line gives it that little twist that most authors don't realize is needed and the contrast between the two seasons is clear. You tease the reader with the promise of blooms and then deftly reveal another stark day. It reminds me of Texas weather *Laugh* Overall, you've crafted a solid poem. Thank you for sharing it with us!
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Review of I Do Know  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: ASR | (3.0)
First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, please discard it.

FIRST IMPRESSION: I found you through the Noticing Newbies forum, so let me welcome you to WDC. I hope this place becomes a second to you, as it has me. I chose this poem to review because I feel mental health is an important topic. It's great to see others shining a light on it with their experiences.

LIKES: Reading this, I felt a sense of relief to have found someone that understands the exasperation and loneliness of not being the same as those around me. You've conveyed the struggles and triumphs of mental illness very well. The word and line spacing add a visual appeal that allows the reader to understand the importance of your chosen words. Line 18 is my favorite because I know how easy it is for nothing to become something and upheave my world.

GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION: Technical things you may want to have a look over when you edit.
Line 7- The word sideblind jumps out at me. Should it be two words?
Line 21- I can't tell you how many times I still make the mistake of theives instead of the correct thieves. Honestly, both spellings look weird to me *Laugh*
Line 37- Let me offer the alternative throughout in place of through.

STYLE/VOICE: Finding your voice and developing your own style is something that never ends, but I'd say you're well on the way. I like that this is a sort of internal dialog you've chosen to share.

SUGGESTIONS: I don't have any suggestions for your poem, but you may be interested in "Under Construction: MHWA

FINAL THOUGHTS: I wonder if this piece is finished. Maybe it's just the way I read it, but I feel like something is missing from the end. Either way, you've written a solid piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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Review of Accept and Commit  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: E | (5.0)
First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, please discard it.

I came across this by accident but since I've recently started Dialectal Behaviour Therapy, I've been curious about different therapeutic approaches. I have a copy of The Happiness Trap waiting to be read, so I had a basic knowledge of ACT before reading this essay.

You've explained Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a way that's easy to understand but not so simple that the reader feels like a first grader. I'm sure other readers appreciate this as much as I. The exercises you have suggested seem to be straightforward and easy to put into practice by those willing to give ACT a try. I enjoyed reading this and look forward to seeing what other enlightening goodies you have in your portfolio.
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Review of Furphyfication  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Normally, when there are less than three entries, I just move them to the next month. This, however, is the exception. Not only did I learn a new word, which I vow to use at least twice today, but you brought a smile to my face during a trying time. Congratulations. I'll award the ribbon in two weeks to make sure you get CR. Thank you for entering. I'm skipping April, but please come back for May.
Keep up the good work!


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Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: E | N/A (Review only item.)
I was led here by the newsfeed and want to tell you how cute I find this page. It's a great way to display your efforts. The merit badges and trinkets we create and strive to earn are part of what makes WDC special. Thank you for your contributions. Keep up the excellent work!


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Review of Ominous  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: E | (4.0)
I've been browsing your portfolio to see what goodies you have in store for us and just came to this tiny poem. I have to say this caught my attention. I love the 24 Syllable contest because it forces you to relish each syllable and choose the perfect word. This poem is tricky and clever. When I first read it, the words sounded like a nursery rhyme. But then, they echoed through the room like a horror movie. The simplicity of this piece has made it complex- I love it!


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Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Thank you for entering "Verfabula: A Creative Nonfiction Contest First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, please ignore.


I wasn't expecting a woeful Christmas tale, but you did a great job. I felt like I was reading an unreleased memoir. What an awful witchy woman to be so callous. I'm certainly relieved to know that relationship ended. May every holiday be a happy one! Thank you for sharing your talent with us and good luck in the contest!
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Review of Pickle Lip Balm  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Congratulations on winning Round 3 of Marketing Muse!
Your entry is so catchy that I had no problem imagining a commercial for it. I love the rhymes! Especially 'quality' and 'jollity'. I'm not sure I could have pulled that off, but you nailed it. Thank you for entering and I hope to see you in the next round!



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Review by Krista
In affiliation with The Royal Court  
Rated: E | (4.0)
Even though this isn't a typical one, I just had to leave a review. I actually considered buying this thing for my granddaughter's room, but my daughter didn't think it was as amusing as I did.
I like your overall way of thinking. It's quick, to the point, and as a bonus, it even rhymes. Job well done. Thank you for entering, I hope you play again!


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Review of Ravyn  
Review by Krista
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Rated: E | (5.0)
I know my hormones are out of wack, but this made me a little weepy. It captures her essence perfectly. Although, I'm jealous of the line rays of Ravyn how come I never thought of that? *Laugh*
Seriously though, thank you so very much!

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Review by Krista
In affiliation with I Write  
Rated: E | (4.0)
As a co-participant in "I Write", it's a pleasure to review your work. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, promptly ignore it and go about business as usual..

FIRST IMPRESSION: I was saddened to see this is based on actual events. Losing a faithful companion is devastating. I've only been through it once, but I didn't think my daughter would ever be able to cope. Somehow, we managed to get through the pain in one piece, like you.

LIKES: The ending is by far my favorite. Even though there's sorrow, there's comfort in knowing the two are together.

GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION: Nothing jumped out at me.

STYLE/VOICE: Your love for Mitzy shines throughout this piece.

SUGGESTIONS: None from me. But on a side note, the furry friend we lost two years ago was named Mitzy also. Perhaps they too shall meet.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, you've created a great piece. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Good luck in the contest!
Created by Shaye Lorraine


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for entry "A poem about WdC
Review by Krista
In affiliation with I Write  
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, promptly ignore it and go about business as usual..

FIRST IMPRESSION: I like reading about how others came to find this site and their experiences, so I really enjoyed this poem.

LIKES: There's not much to dislike. It's a short and simple piece giving readers an inside look at Ruwth. It's relatable and honest, which speaks volumes itself. However, I do like the last stanza more than the first two. Simply because of the acknowledgment that you come to share your words. I haven't written much over the last two years, but I still continue to come each day. Mainly to just have that connection to other writers. So the final line kinds of bridges the gap for me.

GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION: Nothing jumped out at me.

SUGGESTIONS: None from me.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, you've created a great little piece. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Good luck in the contest!
Created by Shaye Lorraine


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Review of The Last Supper  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with I Write  
Rated: 18+ | (3.5)
This review is brought to you by "I Write 2020". First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I'm sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, promptly ignore it and go about business as usual..

FIRST IMPRESSION: Great intro! It hooked me instantly. I may not know who these characters are, but I still want to watch them slowly die. Of embarrassment, of course.

LIKES: This piece is infused with satire, which I adore.

GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION: I got a little confused trying to figure out who was who and who said what, but since I'm not familiar with the rules of the contest, I'm assuming the names of the speakers are purposely omitted. As for punctuation, I did notice a few issues, but nothing a quick run through Grammarly (or similar program) won't clear up.

STYLE/VOICE: I do believe you've hit the nail on the head with your keen dinner party mindreading. The inner thoughts of the characters are a good balance of snarky and serious. This makes it relatable and believable, which I think is important for fiction.

SUGGESTIONS: If you'd like more exposure for this story, I'd switch up the genres. This item could be classified as several types, so I'd take advantage.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, you've created a good piece. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Don't stop writing!
Created by Shaye Lorraine


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Review by Krista
Rated: 18+ | (3.5)
First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, please discard.

I'm extremely sensitive to sulfites so I shy away from wine. But since I'm an avid reader, I thought I'd give it a go. I'm happy with my 6 out of 10. Do you know what would pair great with this quiz? An article! I homeschool teens, so I test their attention with quizzes all the time 🤣
Anyway, cute quiz. Keep writing!
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Review by Krista
In affiliation with I Write  
Rated: E | (4.0)
First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, please discard.

This is a great little poem that really says a lot in so few words. Not only is it relevant to current affairs, but this is a statement people need to hear more often. I like your use of the prompt word and you've stuck to the form. Also, for some reason, when these poems are written 6-6-6-6, they seem more appealing to me. Who knows, I'm a little different 🙃 Keep up the good work and good luck in the contest!


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Review by Krista
Rated: E | (4.5)
First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, please discard.

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your participation during a chaotic week. This is a great sampler showing a selection of your work! Thank you for playing "Bingo Blitz


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Review of Blood money  
Review by Krista
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, please discard.

I have to admit, I didn't expect a short story for this task, but I really like it. The image you've created of that poor woman trying to read the whole thing out loud just sends me into a laughing fit! Excellent work.
Thank you for playing "Bingo Blitz


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Review of Xenos  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with I Write  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Since we're both doing the "I Write in 2020" Activity, and I just posted one of my entries right after your post: TA-DA.. here I am! First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, promptly ignore it and go about business as usual..

FIRST IMPRESSION: This is a first for me. I don't think I've come across redaction poetry here before.

LIKES: There's not to much to dislike. Your choices on what to blackout and what to keep seem well thought out. I tend to be more impulsive and end up with something that resembles a poem. You have left a moving tribute.

GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION: Nothing jumped out at me.

SUGGESTIONS: None from me.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, you've created a great poem. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Good luck in the contest!
Created by Shaye Lorraine


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Review of Helping hand  
Review by Krista
In affiliation with I Write  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Since we're both doing the "I Write in 2020" Activity, and I just posted one of my entries right after your post, ta-da here I am! First, let me say that I am not a professional. This review is just a personal opinion that I am sharing with you. If anything in this review is deemed unhelpful, promptly ignore it and go about business as usual..

FIRST IMPRESSION: I've always enjoyed a good dystopian read, so the title and description intrigue me.

LIKES: It's hard to describe the indescribable, but you're spot on with this line. This is my favorite bit- Something changed overnight, but it is something we can’t see, touch, taste or smell.

GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION: Nothing jumped out at me.

STYLE/VOICE: You really set the mood with the opening paragraph. I struggle with the requirements of flash fiction, but you clearly know what you're doing.

SUGGESTIONS: None from me.

FINAL THOUGHTS:Overall, you've created a great little piece. Good luck in the contest!


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for entry "~ A True Story ~
Review by Krista
In affiliation with I Write  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
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Ooh, ruwth, you're on a roll! We're going to get caught up for sure! Okay, about this review..now this is going to sound strange, but I feel like I've read it before. I'm not sure if I'm confusing it with another one of your items or if my brain is just confused, but I really think I can remember wondering about how that vision pulled on something inside me. Well, even if I'm just experiencing brain fog in a new way, I like this for reasons I can't really explain. Maybe it's simply because I can identify with the woman crying out to God and I long for the hope she has for herself.


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