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Review by Maryann
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your fictional poem.

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Wow! I could imagine a good old fashioned, home style Christmas for sure in this poem.
I especially enjoyed the sights and scents of your descriptions. You successfully wrote in a way that can awaken the senses. My favorite was the aroma of cinnamon, mixed with the other scents in the home...Pine, roasting foods, etc.

I normally hold a hot mug of coffee to warm my hands in the winter. I liked that you wrote that in, as a mug of mulled wine. We really get the feeling of cold and warmth of the home.

We also had a sense of a loving environment, although you didn't come right out and say it, which was nice. People enjoyed getting and receiving thoughtfully wrapped gifts while listing to the popping of the fireplace and awaiting the cooking food.

The ending was a sort of twist, as we realize the narrator never experienced these things herself.

Wow, again! After reading the author's note which you added nicely in a dropnote, I learned that you wrote this without using several words...Forbidden in this challenge. One of the words was, 'the'! Your writing in this poem flowed so smoothly. I can imagine how difficult it might have been not to use the word, 'the', even once. Excellent work. *Smile*


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Review of Summer Storm  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Note4* FIRST IMPRESSION: I felt this is a pleasently descriptive poem about a summer's rain.

*Exclaim* THOUGHTS: I was happy that I came across this really pretty poem. For me, it was enjoyable to read. Each and every stanza boasted it's own expressive descriptions.

I always find that summer's storms are the strongest. Those are the ones with thunderous noises, bright flashes of light, and lots of visual effects! I thought you successfully captured all of that, and more, in your summer storm poem.


*Check2*ERRORS: Once again, I can't help you in this area. You wrote this one well, with no errors at all that I can see.

*Star*FAVORITE PART: I really liked your poetic words and stunning descriptions. You sparked many of the senses here, as we hear the rumbles of the storm, see the blazing colors, feel the drenching rain, and all else.

Good job thinking of all of those 'ing' words for the second and third line of each stanza! That played a very important part in adding uniqueness to this nice poem.

I liked how you opened with what was about to happen, and ended with the sun shining through.

In my mind, I can see everything which is going on, and I can imagine being one of those people inside watching the fierce stormy scene. Well done.


*Idea*SUGGESTIONS: The first and third line of each stanza doesn't rhyme throughout all of your stanzas, except for in the second stanza, with past and fast. It's really no big deal, but in a near first impression, since it's near the beginning, it almost looked like you meant for those lines to rhyme, and ended up not rhyming the rest. I would change the third line to something like, 'The summer storm rolls in now...'. This would give the beautiful poem a more uniform look.

Other than that...How about a storm image to compliment your poem? ...Centering the poem...Blue font...


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Review of Politics  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Note4* FIRST IMPRESSION: I found this to be a well written, neutral opinion-poem about politics.

*Exclaim* THOUGHTS: I was almost afraid to click on this one because of the 'Politics' title. I'm glad I did because you offered a calming tone and a soft, neutral feel throughout your poem. I knew that countless amounts of time people voice their passionate opinions about their views, and seem to get frustrated that every single person doesn't feel the way they do. It was a pleasure to read your piece which actually offered 'politics' in a friendly way.

*Check2*ERRORS: I couldn't find any errors. Well done with your proofreading and checking.

*Star*FAVORITE PART: I thought your very last line summed everything up nicely: "Compromise and Unity are key". Sadly, I have no clue how to initiate that, so I try to politely change the subject whenever a neighbor, friend, or relative brings up a political topic. I prefer to talk about dogs and other pets. LOL *Laugh*

Although this is a free verse poem, I liked how it had a structured look of your own, with the same word beginning each stanza, and a uniform look all around. I also liked that each stanza focused on the points you were making, such as how sometimes people can be overly dramatic, rude and show tempers.


*Idea*SUGGESTIONS: I really wouldn't change much, except perhaps centering the piece, and maybe adding colored font. 'Just a thought for another day.

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Review of Woodpecker  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your poem

*Exclaim* Hi Someone! I enjoyed reading your pretty poem. It reminded me of the sights and sounds of a green, spring day. I often hear the birds outside and the sounds of woodpeckers.

I liked that you took your poem through the journey of the determined woodpecker building her home. We saw the world through what the woodpecker would actually be going through.

She pecked away trying to create that home, despite all of the hardships, such as predators and other dangers. It finally had a wonderful home before the storm arrived, which I thought was a nice, happy ending.

Great choice making the font green, as it adds to the pleasant experience of reading your poem. Nick work! *Smile*


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Review of Romantic C-notes  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your cNote item.

*Exclaim* Hi Purple Princess! I couldn't help but give this great item a bright purple awardicon!

I love cNotes, and these are really cute! I like all of them, but my favorite is the last one of the couple with the caption, "There's nothing better than you!"

I'm glad you put the purple image first, because it goes so well with your theme of purple. *Bigsmile*

The introduction writing is a nice touch, and it was a good idea to list three of your other cNote shops.

I normally don't use cNotes which are over 750 gps, but these will be nice to use for special occasions like Valentine's Day.

I hope you eventually complete this shop by adding more of the Romantic cNotes. Great work!

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Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your TV item.

*Exclaim*Hi Typo! I enjoyed the nostalgia of your TV item. Some of those, like Howdy Doody, Sky King and Rin Tin Tin, I've never seen, but I smiled at the memory some of those other ones brought back.

Heck, I still watch the reruns of Star Trek and Bonanza these days! I was just thinking about Happy Days yesterday when my husband and I was a Twilight zone with a very young Ron Howard in it. I think he was in that before he ever landed a role in Mayberry.

I would add a few pictures here and there throughout your story of shows like Captain Kangaroo and Bat Man. Or, why not add in a few popnotes for people who aren't familiar with the shows. The following is an example of a popnote:

Beverly Hillbillies

Thanks for sharing this great item, and have fun this week at WDC's Birthday Celebrations! *Balloongo*


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Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your great poem.

*Exclaim* Hi Meg! You're poem about one of my very favorite birds caught my attention. I've been to Australia three times, and each time I always enjoyed seeing the Kookaburra birds at the parks.

I liked how your poem told a story. I could picture the bird sitting in a tree, waiting for his favorite food to go by. In this case, he finished his breakfast, and was setting up for lunch! *Laugh*

I never thought about what a Kookaburra eats before. I imagined it ate fruit. ...So I learned something from your poem.

I liked how you wrote how they laugh. *Smile*

Your image isn't working, btw. I put one of mine at the bottom of this review. *Bigsmile*

Nice rhyme and fun poem. Have fun this week with the WDC Birthday celebrations! *Smile*



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Review of Dead Leaves  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your short story.

*Exclaim* I thought this was a really creative story for a short fiction.
I could imagine a dull classroom, where students minds get lulled into a half-asleep daydream.

My favorite description was of the carpet of leaves outside the classroom window. I felt that it painted the picture of autumn breezes well.

I wasn't sure how old Clayton was, but I assumed he was a young child. Maybe now that the contest is over, you might add a few more lines to this little story to elaborate more on Clayton's age and the age of the narrator. You might also mention why the narrator was having this daydream. Was he psychic?

Speaking of the contest, it doesn't seem to be in business anymore, so I would remove the link to it, but I would keep the prompt.

Nice work with the descriptions and with putting this creative story together. *Smile*
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Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your easy to follow and fun activity item.

*Exclaim* Hi Rimad! I really love this simple and fun activity! *Smile*

I've been coming across so many wonderful and easy to do celebration items, and this is certainly one of them.

Nothing could be simpler ... Write a tiny story or poem, and also do one review. Done! *Bigsmile*

I really, really love your first prompt:
I don't believe this is happening on my birthday
I also like that you have flexibility in that one can use it in the story or poem, or simply get inspired by it.

I found that the heading is clear and user-friendly. You even show how to post bitem links and review links for those who might not be so familiar with them.

This contest is great and fun for anyone to enter, but I think it is especially nice for newbies who might otherwise be intimidated by other contests which are more complicated.

You have nice prizes, clear instructions, and a friendly and inviting heading. The images are colorful and really complete the party look. Nice work in putting this one together. *Smile*


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Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your beautiful poem.

*Exclaim* What a very wondrous poem this is, Lifelessons. I felt transported right into the magic of the experience.

Everything about this poem was great. I was drawn to it by the fantastic cover image.

As I read each line of the poem, the image came to life. Your descriptions throughout each stanza were perfect for the majestic night sky.

I especially loved the last stanza about the moonbeams. I am fascinated by sunbeams, and I always try to capture them with my camera. The thought of moonbeams and their 'silver strings' was creative and painted the image of what the poem was describing well. Nice work.


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Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your great Chicken recipe.

*Exclaim* Okay, so I'm sure this is the first time my new puppy experienced watching me laughing out loud at my computer...My five year old Boxer is used to such outbursts. Thanks for making my day! I loved reading your recipe, and if you ever write a cook book, please let me know because, not only would I buy it, but I'd buy several copies to give out as gifts. *Cool*

So, it takes two beers to finish making this dish..*Laugh*

I love the humor throughout. One of my favorite lines: "You can use any kind; your own leftovers, KFC, or that bag of hot wings your gal smuggled out of the restaurant where she works" So funny!!

I liked how easy your recipe is. I was getting hungry reading it. I'm sure it tastes awesome. I might print it out and have my grown kids make it next time they visit. They'll get a kick out of it, and I'll be sure to hide the ketchup but leave a jar of Ragu around instead. *Delight*

Thanks again for sharing. This was a treasure of fun. *Smile*
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Review by Maryann
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Rated: ASR | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your summer beach poem.

*Exclaim* Ah, as I type this in my house, I can imagine being on that beach.
The sights and sounds of your well-written poem brought me right to it.

I could imagine a young poet, inspired by the salty air, crashing waves, and damp sand, experimenting with rhyme and beauty with her pen in hand.

You made me wish I were on that beach, feeling the sand on my feet. Great descriptions of what could be going on. The little flowers and steaming soup were great additions, but my favorite was the way it began. The beach dreamed of summer visitors. Very nicely done.

Awesome name of the beach, by the way. ...Crabapple Beach...Is that a real place?

Enjoy your weekend, Joy, and happy dreams of summertime beaches. *Beach*


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Review of Silent Enemy  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your poem.

*Exclaim* Hi Pure Sci Fi, and happy anniversary week! *Smile*

I loved your poem. You mentioned that it was your first try at poetry, so I really hope you write more like this sometime. In fact, I thought your poem read just like an epic story poem. You might like to write another one for contests such as this: "A Story-Poem Contest!!!
It's all about story poems, such as yours.

I enjoyed reading through this fantasy tale about the battle in space. Of course, I am a bit partial because I love everything Star Trek! *Laugh*

Your readers can feel the intensity of the ship suddenly being attacked by surprise.
The ship seemed to be still in the darkness of vast space, when the other ship proceeded to fire. I thought that the descriptions of the laser balls of light exploding were a nice effect.

I liked your ending stanza the best. It leaves your reader pondering the situation. We wonder why this could have happened. The ship attacked and it was over as quickly as it began. You succeeded in creating an ending, which keeps your reader thinking about your poem. Nice work. *Smile*


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Review of The Dance Of Dis  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your great poem.

*Exclaim* Happy WDC Anniversary, Angus! Wow, what a fun poem to read! I was a very delightful experience on my very stressful day! The smooth-flow of your rhyme seemed to have a calming effect on me, and I was captivated by the story.

You chose your words well, as in the character name of, Irene. I loved the story and explanation of the 'Dis'. The Webster notation at the bottom was a nice touch.

I'm glad that I stopped by to wish you a happy anniversary month, because I really enjoyed reading this poem. *Smile*


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Review of Dumb Idea  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your item.

*Exclaim* Hi D R! What a great science fiction story! I loved the title,
and how you revealed what it was at the end. Great way to bring that title right into the story.

You had terrific ideas here. I could picture the masterminded grandfather, and the relationship he had with his grandson -- the only person who would think his ideas were dumb. The old guy found a way to beat death, and really go up to the clouds. *Wink*

This sounds like a story which you might like to build on someday. Nicely done, as it held my attention from the beginning to the end..


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Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your item.

*Exclaim* Hi Michael! I really loved you inspirational article, so I gave it five stars! I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading it. I thought it was a technology article about how to use photoshop (..which I did find intriguing, by the way. I might have to check it out.) I learned your easy tip about fixing zoo animal pictures. After reading more into the article, I could see that it was an example which could be used for real-life experiences as well.

How often we self-confine ourselves, barred up from making our dreams and ideas a reality. If only we can see how to work around those bars, and perhaps, eliminate them altogether. Your well-written article offers the inspiration needed to succeed.

I also enjoyed the humor which you so effortlessly inserted here and there. For example, I would be the one who messed up the fur on the monkey. LOL
This casual humor added to the enjoyment of the piece.

I did see one typo, where you left out quotation marks before the word, 'really'. Other than that, I think this piece is great! Nice work. *Smile*


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Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your sign item.

*Exclaim* This is so funny! What a great idea it was to make a collection of weird and humorous signs. You're amazing with photos, Jim, so it's fitting that you added these. *Smile*

I'm glad I don't feed my dogs that inedible dog food! LOL

My favorite is that free air, 'While supplies last'!! *Rolling*

I'll have to remember to watch for the seniors crossing in New York! *Laugh*
So many fun things to look at so far here...I hope you'll remember to watch for signs like these in the future, so you can add more of them. I always take pictures of funny signs,
too, but I never did anything with them. You know I loved to look at these. *Bigsmile*


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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your fantastic activity.

*Exclaim* Hi Nixie! *Smile* I was going to comment in a email that I recently glanced over, but I can't locate the said email in my pile of vacation batch, so I thought it best to simply give it some stars here. *Bigsmile*

I love the way you have this set up. As usual, so many people showed up to happily donate prizes and you successfully managed to set them all up in a very clear and fun way.
We know from the past, that this event is 'The Big One'. I can see that it only just started, and it's already taken off well.

Gosh, what an amazing turn out for this event. There's such a huge variety of things to bid on. ...Images, fun things in the real mail, Amazon cards, Reviews, tons and tons of all sorts of Merit Badges - including the extremely rare and very NEW Power Badge, Awardicons, and a whole lot more. *Delight*

Aqua's fun and generous donations are truly listed in a clear and well thought out way.

Good job with the brief into. It's always nice to read the dates right up front.

The images, colors, and fun titles are awesome.

Also, I love that trinkets and badges are offered to those who generously give gift point donations.

Nixie, you are very talented, and that talent bursts throughout this entire item. Nice work. I've been starstruck! *Starstruck*


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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your item.

*Exclaim*Hello again, Raven! *Smile* I wanted to say a few words about your awesome image while I was still visiting your portfolio.

This one is great! I've added one of my ravens at the bottom of this review. As I already mentioned to you, I do love birds. *Bigsmile*

I like the shadowy look of this image, and you picked the best title to compliment that.

The Raven looks great with the moon background, and your name is in the perfect place. I'm really happy to see that you only just joined our site this month, and already you are comfortable with images. I have a whole port full of them, so you know how much I enjoy images!


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Rated: E | (5.0)
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*Star*This review contains some of my brief thoughts about your beautiful poem.

*Exclaim*Hi Raven, and welcome to WDC. I love birds, so you're handle caught my attention. *Bigsmile*

Haiku is one of my very favorite poetry forms, and an excellent start to your portfolio. You did this one so well. I believe that you succeeded in telling a whole story in a small space. I could imagion the tiger in the snow from your descriptions.

I liked the words which your chose, and I see that you did justice to the haiku. The form seemed perfect to me. Great job adding a cover image, too. I love it when new members find their way around our site so well. Nice work. *Smile*


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Review of Rising Star  
Review by Maryann
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Rated: E | (4.5)
FIRST IMPRESSION:

THOUGHTS: This is another of your folders which I have read and reviewed just about everything inside of. You needed some stars and recognition for your work, and I'm excited to be the very first to give it to you. *Smile*

FAVORITE PART: I really enjoyed reading the items inside of this item. My favorite was the list of your favorite music songs and groups...I spent SO MUCH time listening to those songs!! Please don't tell my Martell Princess! LOL *Laugh*
I liked that you posted about two songs from one of my favorite groups, Cold Play. You'd probably enjoy Savage Garden songs, too. I used to love that group before the singers broke up. Around that time, I moved more toward Cold Play.

I liked reading your historical article. I remembered reading Johnny Tremaine and other Boston Tea Party type books as a young girl, and your story brought back memories. Yes, later in life, I spend more of my time in sci-fi's and cookbooks, but back then I read a few scholastic books. *Bigsmile*

It was fun to read some of the Rising Stars stuff. I know Gabriella here for years and years. She's one amazing lady.

SUGGESTIONS: I would suggest adding an image and maybe some creative writing to the body of this item. I can understand that sometimes we quickly sweep items inside of a folder to clean up. Well, now that those items have a 'home', maybe you might think about decorating this home. Think of it as pretty and decorative landscaping, like one might have outside their place of residence.

Game of Thrones  [13+]
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by Gaby


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Review by Maryann
In affiliation with The Iron Bank of Braavos  
Rated: E | (4.5)
FIRST IMPRESSION: This is a collection of various random item, such as contest entries and images.

THOUGHTS:I figured that since I already reviewed (almost) everything in this folder, and thoroughly read, looked at enjoyed everything in it, I might as well give the folder some pretty stars as well. I hate when folders are ignored and never have any stars on them, so I thought maybe you might feel the same.

FAVORITE PART: I enjoyed everything inside this wonderful folder. Whenever I open a folder, I always feel like it's a box of surprise goodies. This one was no exception. I really, really love that snow globe!! It's so pretty. What a great find!

I was delighted to read all about the actors and actresses of the Game of Thrones show which we are having fun with on WDC. Of course, our version of it, I'm sure, is much, much different than the TV show, but we are still having fun with it none the less. It was great to come across that gem of an item so that I could get to read about it. I hate to look things up on google because I get so distracted there! LOL Having this item to read was easier for me.

Your Hope story was a tear jerker, and showed your interesting creativity.

SUGGESTIONS: Oh! Nothing is standing out to decorate this folder! I like the image that ~ Aqua ~ made for you...The longer, blue, cloud banner with your name. Maybe you might consider putting that in the body of this folder, along with a longer introduction as to what we will find inside. After reviewing many things in your port today, I can see that you have a very creative way of writing. You might think of a very witty, and attention-catching paragraph to write here. *Smile*

I would suggest changing the genres which you picked. ...Other, other, other! How would one find this in their searches? Do people normally search, 'other'? Maybe it would be fun for Gaby to make that one of the daily genre searches for our reviewing! *Laugh*

Game of Thrones  [13+]
Postponed until further notice
by Gaby


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Review by Maryann
In affiliation with The Iron Bank of Braavos  
Rated: E | (4.0)
FIRST IMPRESSION:

THOUGHTS: Bravo! I could feel your pride an determination blasting through this your words. I did read your Boston Tea Party story, and I could understand your sense of accomplishments as shown in this item. After reading your account of the third month of Rising Stars, I came away with such an uplifting feeling. Nice work.

FAVORITE PART: I liked the uplifting feeling I got after reading the cheery way this was written. You seemed sincerely happy to be writing those things, and participating in many things.

It was great to feel inspired by the goals and energy of reading about completed challenges.

SUGGESTIONS: Once again, I think you can easily go back and spend a few minutes to polish this item up to give it the finishing touches which it deserves.
I think I would have loved to see it in the format which you used in your story, "The Preacher of Happiness. There, you listed a line, followed by a more detailed writing of thoughts and ideas. Maybe you might do that here, or something similar. Right now, this item looks like one big block of writing. You might make bullets throughout this factual tale, for example:
*Notebl* January 14th, 2017 Wrote "The Boston Tea Party for a Rising Stars activity

~~Gabriella asked the Rising Stars members to write a historical article from the following list...Bla, bla, bla. I chose The Boston Tea Party because...

Notice that I put a link to your story. You don't have any links in this item. I think it would add a really nice touch. *Smile*
Have fun with it! You worked hard to do those accomplishments. *Smile*


Game of Thrones  [13+]
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by Gaby


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Review by Maryann
In affiliation with The Iron Bank of Braavos  
Rated: E | (4.0)
FIRST IMPRESSION:

THOUGHTS: Hey, you put it out there, so I'm reviewing it! *Wink*
I was curious to see what would be involved in being a second month member of the rising stars, so this item sparked my interest. I will have to say that I was, indeed, a slight bit disappointed, though I did give you four stars for your effort and honesty.

FAVORITE PART: I like that you took the time to say that you had to get school work done, and that you would do more for our site after you caught up a bit more with all that, and that you anticipate things with school are settling down.

SUGGESTIONS: I would suggest doing something with this. When you wrote it, you really weren't too much of a 'newbie', as you joined in March and you wrote this about eight months later in December. You should have went back then and fixed it up, but it's never too late!

Why not make a link to wonderful Gabriella or to the Rising Stars under what you wrote...Or, how about including an update about how you made out after you wrote that?

I would definitely suggest restructuring the wording and sentences. It reads more like a quick forum post, rather than a summery of your second month. For example, you wrote, 'wdc', instead of 'WDC'. It looks better the other way. Small details like that show that you took care in the creation of this item, instead of 'throwing something together'.

You mentioned something about a 'book review'? Was this item supposed to be a group only item? It's public right now. Maybe add an update with a link to that book review. *Smile*

Game of Thrones  [13+]
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by Gaby


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Review by Maryann
In affiliation with The Iron Bank of Braavos  
Rated: E | (4.5)
FIRST IMPRESSION: This is an article written in report form about a historical American (British?) event.

THOUGHTS: Is it ironic that I'm drinking a cup of tea while I'm reading this? I think I would have screamed if someone threw 90, 000 pounds of good tea in a body of water! I wouldn't have enjoyed that at all, other than the scent of the tainted harbor. I'm glad I don't follow or care about politics too much. I wonder if I would have back in the day of the Boston Tea Party event? ...Probably not, wasn't it a time where woman found other things to be concerned with? Like, if they had enough apples to bake in their pies?

FAVORITE PART: Oh wow! You added so many facts here! I don't think I've know all these details, though I do remember learning about the event in school.

I liked the way you wrote this, as an entertaining story. I really liked the part where you hinted of conspiracy, when we realize the captains and crews of those ships were no where to be found for the three hours that the vandals were dumping the wares into the harbor.

I also liked the descriptions you used. I could imagine the scene, where the water could be seen as black as the Black Sea.

I had forgotten that the looters were disguised as Mohawk Indians...Or should that be changed to Native Americans? ...Mohawk tribe members?

SUGGESTIONS: As a person who loves color and images, I would have enjoyed seeing an image of the Boston people dumping tea out of the boats. Maybe, an old fashioned 'drawing' type image..

Game of Thrones  [13+]
Postponed until further notice
by Gaby


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