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Review of Flowers  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as judge for "I'll Give You a Sentence Contest"   by Nikola has a Soul . Thanks for entering! I apologize in taking so long to judge.

This is a powerful story! You cover a lot of ground in just under 2,000 words. Not only do you illustrate family going through the household of a passed loved one, but you cover the dynamic between the sisters and the family "secret."

The story flows well as you cover all this ground, flawlessly moving among the subjects. Your characters, and the dialogue, are believable. Your word choices add to the power of the tale.

I noticed that you had a disclaimer for anyone who might be triggered by the subject matter. Very thoughtful!

~Nikola
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Review of Deep Waters  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

There is a lot of detail here that makes the story come alive! The fear is real and comes across to your readers.

You have a great way with words! I loved the description of the sun in the sky among the clouds.

There are words among the story that should be plurals. A few other minor errors in punctuation.

Overall very nice!

~Nikola
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

I think we all fear this very thing at times. We worry that we aren't good enough or we don't have a purpose. The truth is, we all are worthy and
do have purpose!*Smile*

In a short poem, you conveyed the feeling of being overlooked well. The words flowed nicely and were well chosen.

Nice job!

~Nikola
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Review of Ground Control  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

I love this! I'm quite fond of nature and being outdoors. This painted a picture that I could enjoy, even smelling the spray from the waterfall.

The flow is great, you word choice fits the poem well.

I like your view on Punxsutawney Phil!

~Nikola
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Review of On Mother's Day  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

I can feel the love and respect when I read this. What a beautiful poem to your mom.

Comments:
In the first line, "my" should be "me."

Try to rework this without using "me" and "my" quite as much. It trips up the reader and causes them to focus more on the repetitive
words than the meaning of the poem.

No matter old I am you will look after me
*how old I am

Just a little work and this poem will shine. The sentiment is beautiful!

~Nikola
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Review of Fun With Felines  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

This is why I have dogs!*Laugh* I can't imagine moving so many cats without crates. The horror!

This is well written and you definitely get the point across. The description leaves your readers both sympathetic and, yes, even laughing.
I would have loved you to have drawn it out just a bit more. Add to the suspense and the suffering felt. Just a personal thought.

~Nikola
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Review of Freebooters  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

This is a fun lament to a lack of pirates! The poem gives readers a variety of popular groups all the while pointing out that we lack pirate culture.

It did read roughly in a few spots but overall was fun and entertaining!

~Nikola
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as the judge for "I'll Give You a Sentence Contest"   by Nikola has a Soul . Thanks for entering!

I like the fantasy as well as the romance elements in this piece! I also like that the girl, Angel, is not aware of the other world that surrounds her until the telling of this. It gives a very modern perspective.

This flows well, the dialogue is good and the characters believable. I hope you plan to expand on this. There is much more to tell.




Comments:

But that didn't seem *possibly.
*possible

So, you're not in league with *you father?"
*your

he relied,
replied

In the story, you mention that the dreams wouldn't occur unless one is one is in danger of losing the other. If the story is to stand alone, you will need to either expand on this or omit it.

Keep writing!

~Nikola


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Review of Sugar for Blood  
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as judge for "I'll Give You a Sentence Contest"   by Nikola has a Soul . Thanks for entering!

This is not what I would have expected from the prompt! Nice!

I love the way you wove the story with sensory words. My mouth is watering for sweet goodies!

I would have liked just a little clearer explanation behind the whole soul thing. I felt a bit left out there.

Otherwise an enjoyable story!



Comments:

The music was never *to loud,
*too

French Macarons!
macaroons

I'm not about to let anyone ruin *by post cupcake experience!
*my

~Nikola


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Review of Don't Look Back!  
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Rated: E | (3.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

I think there is more to this story than meets the eye. Obviously, Roger is too preoccupied to talk to the old man. Perhaps his entire life is spent in such fashion. This is something that you could explore more closely here.

Spend time with your characters, especially Roger. Let your readers get to know him so that they can relate in some way with him, otherwise when his end comes, your readers will just feel some unknown man was killed but have no sympathy for him. Give some story and background to him.

The old man we don't need to know as much about. He has a purpose in the story and it is served.

Keep writing!

~Nikola



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Review of Never Look Back  
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Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

Now you have me curious. Just who are these guys? There is obviously something more going on than meets the eyes. I know there is a word limit but this may be worth going into more detail later.

I like the set up and the story itself. It flows well and keeps my interest. The characters are interesting and their is a dynamic that is going on, not only from an emotional standpoint, but a much deeper place as well.



Comments:

That led to me wondering how in the world he knew what I was thinking, it wasn’t as if I were trapped in the stupid Twilight books and he could read my mind or something.
This should be two sentences.

Nice!

~Nikola



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Review of The Train Station  
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

I like this! For those who don't appreciate fantasy, there is plenty content to move the story along without really hitting anyone over the head with it (fantasy). If a reader is a fantasy lover, there is just enough here to keep their interest as well.

Poor Janine! She put the cart way before the horse didn't she? I felt for this clueless woman and her friend.

As for Holling, there is so much more to him and his mission. Do I see a continuation in the works?

The use of the prompt was worked in here nicely. It's not just a prompt, it is a part of the story and mission.

The story flows well and I sympathized with your characters.

Nice!

~Nikola


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Review of With the Tide  
Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as a judge for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support Thanks for entering!

You tell this story well. The setting, characters and dialogue feel believable.

Comments:

Like an ox cutting *of its own tail, we leave our past behind!” he bellowed.
*off

“I would never dream of insulting a mountain on legs, but you have to admit he is a dullard!”
Love this!

The longship brooded like a great black whale against the pier.
Love this!

I enjoyed reading this!

~Nikola



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Review of Osiris Vacations  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as a judge for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

This is an entertaining entry! I never would have thought of the afterlife in a travel genre.

This is well written. It definitely sounds like a travel brochure, selling the consumer on the location. It is written in a manner that makes the reader want to experience such a place!

I would have loved to read more but this works on its own.

Good luck!

~Nikola



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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as one of the judges for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

*Laugh* I so didn't see that coming! What a great ending!

This struck home for me. I've felt stuck in a ho-hum life lately. To travel with Ralph was a treat. I love the Hemingway references. There is a hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico where I want to visit. Zane Grey wrote Caravans West there!*Smile*

This is well written. I envisioned the water, islands and local flavors and color. I related with Ralph and found myself excited for him.

Nice!

~Nikola



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Review of Starwake  
Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as one of the judges for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

This is an enjoyable story! I never would have thought of a crow travelling on a boat!

I would guess you either own or closely watch birds. Your description of Ryn's movements and character seem spot on. I liked the detail on opening and closing the cabin door. Those kinds of things make a story come alive.

Scuttle creeped me out. I'm not fond of spiders.*Laugh*

Well written, the dialogue and description are wonderful.

Nicely done!

~Nikola


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Rated: 13+ | N/A (Review only item.)
HI!

I'm reviewing your entry as one of the judges for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

*Laugh*I'm terrified at the thought of flying so I could easily relate.

I love that this is told in the first bovine. This makes it a fun read.

The narrative is great and perhaps a testament to good advertising (or asking for donations!).

The words, "life and death" and "important" caught my attention and my ears perked. These are not words you want to hear on an airliner dangling over the Atlantic Ocean.
I love this!

*Don't forget his latest film, Nonstop! Terror in the air!

Also got a chuckle at the word count. Priceless!

~Nikola


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Review of Sneaky Kemosabes  
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as a judge for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

I really enjoyed reading this!

The description of habits and places brought back many fond memories for me. Some I had even forgotten, such as putting sugar on my cornflakes.
I related with Sass. I was a tomboy and related better to guys than gals. I still do.

The twist of Tony's circumstances and his plan to leave brought the warm fuzzies crashing down. It brought a sobering and tragic
slant to the sweet days of childhood.

Well written, the dialogue is great, the flow nice and characters believable.


Comments:

Mom probably wanted me to find girls to play dolls and read Nancy Drew books, but I had other ideas.
Reword this to make it clearer. (I can relate to this! I was a tomboy.)

We *wondered back to claim our bikes still pressed against the only shady tree.
*wandered

Nice work!

~Nikola


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Review of The Briefcase  
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as a judge for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

I like how you used the briefcase as a travelling companion. While I know we writers like to keep our work close, this one takes it to
the extreme! Carrying a notebook and pen is about as close as I get to taking my writing everywhere.

I felt so sad that the narrator had cancer and that he was wrapping up his life in a neat package when that call came. How fortunate that he answered it!

I would love more detail, perhaps some of the actual writing that went into that case. I feel it would bring readers closer to your narrator.
Writers will understand but those who don't have the compulsions that we don't may not.


Comments:

Nor *where my memories that it contained.
*were

briefcase across one the other seat.
You don't need the word "one" here.

Nice!

~Nikola



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Review of The Passage  
Rated: ASR | (4.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as a judge for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

I enjoyed sharing this journey! I love seeing new places and learning about their history. In all honesty, I haven't had much chance to do that.

I love your style of writing. It brings your readers in and keeps their interest.

This flows well, the description and word choices are great. You have a colorful way with description that makes one feel they are right there.



Comments:

I remember the huge spotlights weaving across the sky as if trying to focus on some particular point in the heavens but never quite succeeding.
Love this!

They marked the entrance to the development beckoning us to come in and buy into the Great American Dream. Which my folks did.
Perhaps a comma and connect these sentences?

Enjoyable!

~Nikola



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Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as a judge for "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest"   by Writing.Com Support . Thanks for entering!

This is a nice twist on the genre prompt! Without the sinister twist, this could be a fun travel service to run!

This is well written. The dialogue is good and the flow is nice.

I seem to be wanting more. I'm not sure what though. While the story is self contained, I still find myself wanting to know
just how the trip goes down.
You could actually write a series of stories based on this agency! How fun!

~Nikola


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Review of DEAR IRS  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

Fun poem! I imagine the IRS would frown upon all the spending excuses along with a request to extend paying. It is a valiant try.
I can only imagine what excuses they get on a regular basis.

This is fun and the rhyme is nice. I like your word choice as well.

This left me smiling.

~Nikola
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Review of Freefall  
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi!

You requested a review form me and here it is.

This story absolutely broke my heart. I understand that having children can be everything to some but Delores
is missing out on something just as important, love.
I think that using first person is perfect for this. It allows your readers to feel the pain of the narrator. It is palpable in each word. I was devastated that he chose the end that he did.

I love your use of description! Not only did it bring to life the setting but also the emotion of the husband. Your word choices are very nice!

Since you requested the review, I went more in depth than I normally do for contests.



We met in Athens, Etienne is great pilot with a plane modified for sky diving and Auguste is a rather shy, sky diving instructor extraordinaire.
Etienne is *a great pilot...

I brush my teeth with minty fresh toothpaste and hope for the best.
"with minty fresh toothpaste" is probably not needed here.

I said, “We will have a two hour delay before we can fly,” repeating Etienne's message, sensing that it might be a long difficult wait.
I said" is not needed here.

"What am I, Dolores? "Tell me."
You don't need the quotation marks before "tell."

When we reach the airport we have more coffee and silent conversation.
Perhaps silence rather than "silent conversation?"

Etienne breaks a long and rather awkward silence. “If you have your cameras ready we can take off in a little bit. I retrieve my case with two Hasselblad cameras, four lenses and two motorized backs loaded with film and take it to the plane.
Place quotation marks after "little bit."

This is well written and engaging. I felt a great deal for your characters. You have a wonderful writing style!

~Nikola


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Review of Mik and Nick Show  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

What a creative entry! I love how you used the prompt.

I have a friend in small town radio and I would bet he could relate well to this.

I loved the announcements and the eccentricities of the callers. It was enjoyable to read.

Well done!

~Nikola


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Review of PELICAN POEM  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi!

I'm reviewing your entry as today's judge for "The Writer's Cramp"   by Sophy v.2021 . Thanks for entering!

This is a fun poem! I enjoyed the story of it.

Using the idea of thieving pelicans to cover a pickpocket is interesting. I guess since I live inland
that I don't consider such things.

The flow is nice and the story well told.

Nice!

~Nikola


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