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Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.0)

I wish it really worked that way. As we become more of a “Nationalist” society that concept is being practiced less and less.
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Review of Practice  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I liked that a lot. You got a great deal of emotion across with very few words.

My strong assumption, from the morbid laugh, is that she just eviscerated him and wants to gloat, but his “ Lots of practice” response gets to her.

If I might make one suggestion; the last line is too strong if she’s really been effected by him. Something like, “Each word he uttered broke her heart.” It is your piece though, for me a softer end shows a much deeper understanding of his hurt. If that’s what you were after.

It is good though, and I enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing your words with us. Stay safe and enjoy life, it’s a wonderful place to hang out.
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Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I liked that little story. It brought back several memories of that happening in my life.

I loved the twist you used. I did not get that Buddy was a dog until the kid with sticky hands grabbed him. I also didn’t get that Lola was a dog until I reread it and caught the shoulder bump, a common thing among some dogs. I missed the “breaking in a new mailman” too until I reread it.

Good work, keep on writing.

Stay safe and enjoy life, it’s a wonderful place to hang out.

Paul🐸


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Review of Picnic Memories  
Review by Paul
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi,

I’m a navy vet, 1959 - 1963, I was in Subic Bay in the Philippines new years eve 1960.

I like your story. It tells a tale that I can live in for a while. My wife of 45 years died 4 years ago and this pulled up memories of her finding me. I have never been able to ask a girl out the first time. 2nd time, no problem, but they must ask first. When they found me they hung around, 45 years is the record for me.

One place made me stop to think. You wrote, “She made him want to be corny. He smiled, unknowingly.” I’m not sure I understand what you meant. They seem like unnecessary words. If you eliminate them her following question sets the whole thing up it reads more natural too.

Good banter between them, it reminds me of getting to know my wife. Also, I haven’t heard the word “Corny” in a very long time. Thank you for using it.

Stay safe and enjoy life, it’s a wonderful place to hang out.

Paul🐸


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Review by Paul
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi,

Thank you for sharing those thoughts. I have 3 daughters and one of them went through the cutting. 8 grand daughters too and 3 of them did it. I was confined for a month for evaluation, by state law in California. All but 1, she’s still just 19, of them are successful business women now. My youngest daughter is 44 and my oldest grand daughter is 39.

To me, being an old white fart, it reads like a dump from a late teens female mind, much like what I saw and heard. It also puts forth the “Cleaning” concept which fits exactly into how I feel about all life. “I’m in charge of Me, no other one or no other thing in the universe gets to decide who I am.” Every preacher and politician on the planet wants control, pretty much “Everyone” actually.

Do it like this! Don’t do that! Believe this fantasy! Think like this! Stand now! Sit now! All language to take away who you are and put them in place instead. Screw them!

Thank you again. I appreciate the Cleaning thought. They want to sweep me away so they can live there.

Stay safe and enjoy life, it’s a wonderful place to hang out.


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Review of A Lesson in Love  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I like this little story. It’s a powerful lesson in life, not just love. I particularly liked the ending, Bill is a self centered male that doesn’t deserve her or anyone else.

The only thing that made a blip in the story was the line, “What's happening, Bill?" the name, Bill, feels forced. We know it’s Bill, the first sentence tells us, and if they’re buddies like the rest of the dialog makes clear, what’s happening would sound better in my mind. The piece isn’t long enough to catch some of the other nuances.

I loved the last sentence. What a marvelous twist. Bill deserved every bit of that.

Thank you for sharing your words with us. Stay safe and enjoy life, it’s a wonderful place to hang out.


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Review by Paul
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi,

I like your poem. I’ll be 77 in July and I’ve spent days, maybe months, contemplating every one of those thoughts along with a string of others I thought of. The title caught my attention and your words kept me wanting more.

The only thing that jarred me was , “And imagined all the possible worlds, That each burning gaseous light might beget.” Might Beget implies they haven’t and they’ve been working at it for 14 billion years or so. Our solar system is only 5 billion years old. “...could have...” adds a lot of past to it. Just my thoughts because it did stop me.

I think it flows smoothly. Your “...I ran ahead of time...” scene took me back 70 years to catching lightning bugs with my cousin. She and I had a lot of fun together. Thank you for prompting that memory.

Your last paragraph is beautiful. It puts words to exactly what I feel. Thank you again.

Very good.

Thank you for sharing your words with us. Stay safe and enjoy life, it’s a wonderful place to hang out.


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Review of Dinner al fresco  
Review by Paul
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi,

I like your story. It’s a cute retell of the vampire legend, with a little twist. I rather like the simple ‘bash their head in’ instead of the paralyzing gaze or bite. Much simpler.

I love the ‘al fresco’ title.

Your words painted vivid images for me. I could Feel his cold standing there at the towers top. What was he expecting though? A ‘rare viewing opportunity’ doesn’t feel strong enough to draw him to the top of the tower.

Your last paragraph is wonderful. ‘The usual order’ implies habitual behavior, so this is very common and ‘Plump Yanks’ is perfect, it implies a lot of that habitual behavior was with plump yanks. Very well done.

Thank you for sharing your words with us. Stay safe and enjoy life.

Paul🐸


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Review of Que sera sera  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.0)

Hi,

I enjoyed your story. Having a dog attach to you like that is a different experience and I think you described the process well. It reads like a true story and my thoughts are you may as well give in and accept the inevitable. I didn’t once a long time ago and I still regret it.

One or to niggling things. In your 2nd line “rest” should most likely read “rests.”

The sentence where you say, “She was never good with people. Now her animals ... then, it is another story.” is difficult to not stumble over. I had to read it a couple times to really understand. Maybe something like “...Now her animals, but that’s a different story.”

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Stay safe and enjoy this beautiful life.

Paul🐸



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Review of Memories  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I liked that. I wasn’t familiar with the form, but it evoked memories from 70 years ago at 6 standing in my grammas kitchen heated by her wood burning stove waiting for the first loaf of her incredible bread. She churned her own butter too, with a few hours of my effort pumping on that old wooden churn. It was a trip to paradise eating the first slice of that buttered bread.

She taught me how to iron with irons heated on that stove too. I could barely lift it, but she was patient and I didn’t burn myself or the clothes to often. I learned later all she let me iron were rags until I learned how to not burn them.

I loved my gramma, I still miss her 55 years later.


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Review of The Habit  
Review by Paul
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Hi,

I love this’s a marvelous little story.

Your words got a firm grip on my insides and TWISTED to the point of almost sickness. My desire is to be able to do that with words. Make them cry in despair, laugh with joy, scream with a burning rage and settle back into a warm, comfortable lap, all in one sentence. Well, maybe a paragraph.

The picture you painted for your opening was so real I almost stopped reading, I don’t read those types. Then I remembered a story like that wouldn’t be published here.

What incredible twists, first the pounce in the attack, but putting his life at risk to save the girl then the girl comforting him. That lead me to think he’ll die with a change of heart, but that’s the next twist; he dies thinking he’s still going to get the little girl. He just falls asleep bleeding to death.

He’ll be remembered as a hero by the little girl and everyone else. Newspaper articles, the whole ball of wax. But all he really was, right to the last seconds, was what he was: A child molester. Even the act of pushing the little girl to safety was a selfish act, he was saving her for himself.

I still feel outraged at him and hope he’d fry in hell if there was one — about a “Fantasy” character.

That was very good and I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your words.

Paul🐸.


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Review of Alfie & The Cake  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I liked that a little t. It’s a cute story from a dogs point of view. You handled the scatter-brained “Immediacy” of a dogs world well, the jumping from one thing to the next as attention moves around. I loved the “...baking is not Rachael’s strong point.” line, it’s perfect. The the immediate return to being anxious about a walk.

The cats a god though so it’s response is imperious. It probably would never eat cake anyway.

Than you for sharing your story with us. All I have is praise for the way you handled it. I write anthropomorphic stories and I’ll study what you did for technique.

Thank you again. Stay safe and enjoy life.

Paul🐸


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Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I like that a lot. I’ve never considered laundry as a metaphor for life and my inner psyche, but I think it’s a good one. I be been doing my own laundry since I learned to wash using a tub and washboard and to iron with a real “Iron” that my grandma heated on a cast iron wood burning stove somewhere around 1948 or 49. “I am older than sex, just not quite as old as dirt.”

Creative Writing is a phenomenal world and the journey is essentially a lonely one living in your own mind, but we can pop up here and share the experience periodically.

Stay safe and enjoy life.
Paul🐸


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Review of I love you  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi,

That is so sad. You made me feel the pain they feel. It could be a man or a woman feeling that. I’ve felt it in some measure a few times.

There are a couple filler words you could throw away and word changes you could make that would evoke images in the readers mind that would add to the impact.

Very good. Thank you for sharing your words and thoughts with us.

Stay safe and enjoy life. It’s a wonderful place to be.

Paul🐸


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Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I enjoyed that a great deal. It brought back memories from 1959 when I was in that line on North Island Naval base going through boot camp and getting ready to go in and spend a couple minutes in that chamber. I didn’t hesitate and I remember it was a painful experience and was absolutely required.

The hesitation about crying is understandable, I had a similar experience with crying, but not then. Everyone who came out was crying and we couldn’t see one another anyway. I loved the confusion with flatulence. It made me laugh when I read it.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Stay safe and enjoy life. I find I get a lot more writing done when I’m enjoying it.

Paul🐸


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Review of What now?  
Review by Paul
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi,

I liked that, I liked the twist at the end. The fortune teller was a good setup for the trucks brakes squeeling.

It’s difficult for me to point out grammatical errors because Australian English varies from American. In America we wouldn’t say, “...in Main Street...” it would be “...on Main Street...”

A couple lines got scrunched at the beginning.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Paul🐸


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Review of A Good Day  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi, that’s a marvelous little story and I love it. I like that you wrote it so the second character was androgynous so I could step in and live there for a few brief moments. Your words made it a very soft, loving experience for me. Thank you so much.

The only thing that caught my eye was in my opinion more white space would make it a slightly easier and better read. Also, most likely a typo, you say “.. fade with passing of years ..” and I think “... with the passing ...” reads better.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Paul🐸


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Review of The Watercourse  
Review by Paul
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
That as beautiful, well, as beautiful as a description of the River Styx and the outer ring of hell can be. I’d pretty much decided what they were seeing, but wasn’t positive until you described her face and their parents fighting.

Your words wrapped themselves around me and pulled me through the whole thing. I hope to be able to do that one day.

Thank you for that story. I have no criticism of it.

Enjoy life and stay safe.
Paul🐸


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Review by Paul
Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
Hi,

I enjoyed your story. In many ways it brought out much of how I feel about life and women. I’m 76 and at a very young age my mother taught me to respect and treat women gently. Actually she taught me that Everyone deserves respect until they earn my disrespect.


I think you missed a word in the statement and, “...although this time it is some the ladies looks that linger...” should be “...is some of the ladies...”

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Stay safe and enjoy life.
Paul🐸


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Review of Her  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (3.5)
Hi,

I like your story. It takes a common theme of daemons and gods a gives a twist to the myths. Why couldn’t there be a daemon with a conscience. You present it well and it flows, but there are a couple of most likely typos;

“...never has a demon, no matter how strong, evil, twisted, or rich, has survived the ‘aid’ ...” and most likely should be, “...or rich, ever survived...”

“...careless person make the mistake...” should be “...made the mistake...”

”It could even be teenage punks grafatying some public monument or train car and accidentally painted my ...” should be either “...that accidentally painted my...” or “...accidentally painting my...”

“...whichever careless person make the mistake of...” should read “...person made the...”

The sentence, “The things I saw when I found her hurt and alone,” seems out of place in the paragraph it’s in. Maybe move it to the end where you talk about what he finds.

I’m not sure why you hyphenated wretch-ed and curs-ed, it’s distracting and made me wonder why not just use wretched and cursed.

There are glue words like “that” that can be removed to improve flow and save words. Also I think giving them both names will make them more prominent and pull readers in more closely.

Please take a look at the writing resources available, there are many and I found them helpful with my words. It’s a good story, I like your character, the daemon, he has a conscience. A good start for a larger story.

Thank you for sharing your words with us and keep on writing with a lot of reading and study of the craft thrown in. “Never give up, never give in,” when it comes to your writing.

Paul
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Review by Paul
Rated: ASR | (4.0)
Hi,

That is a well written narrative of the time. I’m 76 and lived through it. I believed his messag. My mother taught me that everyone deserves respect and that there’s only one race; The human race.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Paul
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Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I liked that a lot. I brought back many fond memories of standing in the flys waiting to go on stage, or being on stage listening to the burble of the audience wondering if I’d be there when the curtains opened. God, I loved that feeling of anxiousness, furiously going over lines with all those words streaming past my eyes like a ticker tape. I can feel the energy from the audience.

Is that really what the musician goes through? You wrote that like you’ve been there on more than one occasion. Your descriptive words were very well done.

One thing confused me. You refer to there being a cloth barrier on the right which means a closed curtain to me then the whole last sentence reads like the performance is starting and the curtain falls. It usually rises or opens to start and falls when it ends.

Thank you for sharing your words with us and all the memories they evoked in me.

Paul
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Review of The Newspaper  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I enjoyed your story, it’s a cute interaction between father and son, and is exactly how my 3 sons and 3 daughters and I interact. All of my 17 grand kids that are old enough to ‘play the game’ with me too.

Your words made me believe they’ve been through that and similar
little interactions many times. Thinking about it brought back many memories of those games.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Paul
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Review of Your promise  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

Very good, I like it, it’s a glimpse of a few moments of her mind, maybe a couple of seconds, but what life changing things can happen in a couple seconds. I also like her strength, her ability to say, “I don’t want to, but I will.” With conviction.

An exclamation at the end might add a bit more power to that last statement.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Paul🐸


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Review of Train of Thought  
Review by Paul
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi,

I enjoyed the play of the scene shown through her mind. The way you showed how she hid reality and understanding behind things. Each situation playing like a different reality. Your words made feel sympathy for her, then for him at the end because he’s really taking care of, protecting her. I think he knows what she does.

One thing bothered me, the fact that she seems to keep the doll there to fool herself is well written, but it’s a train and they usually muck those out each day. Unless the doll is a figment of her fantasy too and not real.

One suggestion is to foreshadow the old man. Something like “... alone except for the USUAL sleeping ...”it reads like it happens all the time and may make the ending softer and more caring.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Paul🐸


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