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I am a published author. That doesn't make me an expert reviewer but it does means I've learned a few things about good writing. You can expect me to critique storytelling, character development, plot, transitions and other building blocks of writing. I will point out grammar and punctuation issues when I notice them but if you are looking for someone to give that kind review, there are others who will do far better than I. I try to be honest and encouraging but if you're requesting a review, I'm sure you expect it to be thorough. Good reviews sometimes hurt. I can't spare you that and give you an honest review.
I'm good at...
Critiquing your storytelling skills, especially first chapter reviews. I'm also good at building believable characters and recognizing good dialogue. I can review whole novels but my time is limited and it has to be worth my while.
Favorite Genres
Action adventure, comedy, historical, sci-fi and well-conceived fantasy.
Least Favorite Genres
Horror, Erotica, LGBTQ, Poetry. Some of this I don't like at all while the rest I am wholly inadequate to give a review on.
Favorite Item Types
Short stories, first chapters, and complete novels if they are not astronomically long.
Least Favorite Item Types
Extremely long novels, poetry, random chapters from the middle of a longer story.
I will not review...
Horror or Erotica. I will also not give reviews on random middle chapters. I don't believe they can be adequately reviewed out of context. Please don't ask me to review Vampire or Zombie stories. The sub-genre has been beaten to death and I don't want to read another one.
Public Reviews
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Review of Blurb  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

No real template to fit this type of review. I'm not really into "ghost" or paranormal stories but I can be into sports especially basketball and for that reason, the third option here appeals to me the most. There are other reasons to select it as well. It gives more details and a story framework.

The big question though is would I in real life actually click it. I'm a tough sell and the answer is probably not but that doesn't mean it isn't a good blurb. Good luck.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: 18+ | (3.0)
This is a review from the "Novel Review Group and "Simply Positive Review Forum

*Sun* Title: Prologue - Family Night 1965

*Sun* Chapter Reviewed: Prologue

*Sun* User Name: andersdwa

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* Plot:

It's 1965 and the upstairs residents are bracing for another domestic event. Which happens at least once per week. They call the police before the first gunshot is heard. They exit the building and along with police hear the second gunshot.

The police kick in the door and that's when we meet our apparent protagonist Dave who is ten years old and freshly orphaned. From there the scene changes to a courtroom where Dave's custody is being decided.

*Sun* Characters:

There are a whole pile of characters in this but I'm only expecting to see much of one of them in the rest of novel and that's Dave. I thought the descriptions and personalities were well defined. I didn't get confused anywhere. They were well developed for their purpose to the story. I have no quibbles here.

*Sun* Grammar:

Nothing jumped out at me. The writing itself was good enough to keep me from focusing on that.

*Sun* style/voice:

A lot of weak verbs, adverbs and repeated words. Google "Editminion". I use it to find these words in my own writing and try to deal with them from there.

*Sun* Setting:

First-floor apartment, basement apartment and then a courtroom somewhere in Chicago.

*Sun* Overall:

I took the time to read everything in your portfolio that I could access. I noticed that most of this prologue is lifted from the Chapter one of Adrift. Is a prologue really necessary in this case or is this a case of repackaging your work? The query letter in your port also seems related but is referencing a different title.

Is any of this story autobiographical? I notice that you and your protagonist share the same first name. When was the last time you read a book of any kind where the protagonist and the author have the same first name? Robert J Ray author of "The Weekend Novelist" where I first started learning to write very specifically advised against doing that. It was good advice. Publishers will arch an eyebrow over that.

That aside the writing here is not bad at all. It needs work and polishing. Take a look at the resource I mentioned and you'd be surprised at how quickly you can tighten this up. I try not to be overly harsh here but there are some legitimate questions that need answers at the least for yourself.

Keep on writing!

Pico



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Review of The Dentist  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

Struck a cord with me as I read through this. Our youngest went to the dentist the first time and this particular man wasn't good with children. The experience was harrowing for him. We found a different dentist and it has since gone well.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

Very obviously from a child's perspective and in that regard it is excellent. I know how Jem feels.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

The first two paragraphs are disconcertingly static. I'm having a little trouble nailing this down for you. Most of the verbs used are actionless. It isn't just "was" and "had" but also "wanted", "realized", "hoped" to name just a few. It isn't that they're bad of and by themselves but all together they make the start of this less engaging than it could be.

In the same vein, your first two sentences have the same structure. Normally that wouldn't even catch my eye but combined with the other issue mentioned it really hurts this piece.

*Clapper* Overall:

I know this is flash fiction and it is a contest entry and I'm trying to be helpful. I liked this bit of writing. The subject matter is excellent, the point of view is appropriate. Outside of what I've mentioned, this is good work and I liked it. Keep up the great work.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

I read the first paragraph and asked myself if I wanted to keep reading. I decided to go ahead and enjoyed your work. I like well written fantasy but I'm not a big fan of the genre. Maybe because I've read a lot of badly written fantasy. This was well done.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

The bit of humour this was written with. The story line flowed logically. There was conflict and drama.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

Where I struggled a bit was at the beginning. Fantasy invariably throws up a lot of questions, especially in a short piece, or it spends way too much time explaining things. Some of the questions my mind was asking at the beginning, I wasn't sure I wanted to have answered. Gurlocks sounds "Ewww!" and I wasn't sure I wanted to know more about them. Not quite sure how to fix that or even if it needs to be.

*Clapper* Overall:

Great work. I enjoyed reading it.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of Contagious  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

This is a nice concise piece of advice writing for starting off the new year. As it is written it is technically quite good. Good advice for anyone.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

It was well organized. The points were complete and nothing was beaten to death.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

This is not flash fiction. There is no story, no characters, no conflict, no resolution. I know you enter this contest regularly and do very well at it. It would be good to review the actual contest rules now and then.

*Clapper* Overall:

Don't get me wrong. The writing is good. I just don't think it was submitted in the right place.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of A Special Camera  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

I liked this overall but think it needs a bit of work. All the basic elements are here and you obviously know how to write.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

Setting the scene. You have painted a good word picture for such a short piece of work.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

Opening I think would benefit from being reworked a little. In professional writing you generally have your first sentence or two to grab your reader. Your "hook" really doesn't come until the last sentence of your paragraph. That's a point of interest that should come right at the beginning.

Second to last paragraph "and the bandage visible her knee". Sounds like a word got skipped while you were writing this. Problem though is that you have exactly the max word count for this contest. Quick fix would be to lose a couple of your unnecessary adverbs (slightly, absolutely) and then add the missing word.

I'm in a bit of a mood so don't mind me. Your ending is rather abrupt. There is no foreshadowing leading up to that. I would try to work that in somewhere. Big challenge with this word count. Hope that's helpful.

*Clapper* Overall:

I liked this and think it has potential. Hope that I'm being more helpful than critical. Good luck in the contest.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

This was a delightful short piece of writing. Brilliantly executed. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

I like the way the story progressed right down to the final sentence.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

I'm sure if I tried real hard I might find something to nitpick. I don't see any point in doing so.

*Clapper* Overall:

Great job. Look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of A Day to Remember  
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Rated: E | (2.5)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

I only score harshly when I see potential. I would love to learn to sail a boat (I'd like to build it first) and that kind of attracted me to your story. From a writing point of view there are several problem with this piece but most of it isn't that hard to fix.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

The story has an identifiable beginning middle and end even though it is rather short. You have an excellent hook with the approaching storm and the obvious inexperience of the crew.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

1) It would be more effective start with your hook to get your reader into the story. The description of the boat is better placed after that.

2) The way the ending is written it comes off as an anticlimax. To fix this I would have the couple spend a lot more time battling the storm or at least spend a lot more time talking about it. The struggle is what will make this interesting.

3) Not all the dialogue is believable. “I don’t like this,” hollered Bruce above the wind. “I have never seen seas like this!” This to me sounds cliche and not even real. It might have worked if there had been more of a build up to that point.

*Clapper* Overall:

The bones for a good piece of writing is here. My intention is not to discourage you. With some work it could be quite good.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

This is a well written scene. There is no real hook at the beginning. If this is meant to be a stand alone story that's a problem. Not going to fault you on that. This is a bunch of friends ringing in the new year together and at the end a couple of relationships get their "official" kick off. If this is intended to be part of something bigger I think it's fine. Otherwise for me it's meh.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

The dialogue with one small exception. Your dialogue flows naturally and makes sense to me. It is like real conversation. A lot of people can't do it so bravo.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

Does anyone actually use the word inimitable in conversation? I have a pretty rich vocabulary and I wouldn't and if I did anyone I'm talking with would look at me funny. There has got to be a better way to state that.

*Clapper* Overall:

Nicely written scene. Based on this I'm not sure I would read further if the story continues. On the other hand if it was a scene in the middle of a larger work it wouldn't do anything to slow down either. Good work!

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of Think of Home  
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Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

Overall I think this is very readable and well written. A couple question marks do pop up along the way. The action sequence and the confusion is well portrayed. The dialogue is mostly believable.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

The action sequence at the beginning and then the progression of the story. A lot of writers struggle to get anywhere near the level this is at.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

First sentence his gun slips from his hands and there is no further mention of this event. In the middle of battle this is a big deal. No mention is made of him picking it back up so I suspect that he didn't actually drop it although that is what the wording implies. Hope he didn't get any dirt in the barrel. That really is a big deal and you should fix it. It doesn't make sense to me that a trained soldier could drop his weapon accidentally in this fashion.

Second issue for me is when you listed his injuries. How did he lose a lot of blood? The injuries are serious and painful but none of the ones you listed usually involve a great deal of blood loss. I think you have to get a severe laceration in there somewhere.

*Clapper* Overall:

I think this is excellent and only needs a bit of work to be spot on.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of Good morning!  
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Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

I don't usually review this type of writing but the lure of gift points is strong. While I haven't read a great deal, I have written a few stories for my wife and myself. This was in my opinion genuinely erotic and quite well written. I do see a couple of opportunities for improvement which I will list below.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

Erotic but not smutty. Kept it classy. I appreciated that.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

Adverbs are generally not considered a mark of good writing. In this sort of a scene I would expect a few. You went overkill on them in a few places. I would make an effort to weed most of them out. I think that could be done without harming the mood you created. It might even make it better.

Appealing to the five senses is rather important. Touch and sight make up the bulk of your description. There is some reference to hearing and I'd give you a pass on that sense as well. Taste is mentioned but not described at all. Smell is absent. I think there are plenty of opportunities in this to add those. It would make the scene come that much more alive.

*Clapper* Overall:

You're a talented writer and I think this vignette is everything it is supposed to be.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

This brings to mind a lot of not so warm memories. Been through a number of severe blizzards in my time. If it's that cold that a man with gloves has ten or fifteen minutes of time before frostbite sets in, the snow is just blowing around. I'm actually writing this review while taking a break from cutting, hauling and chopping firewood out in the snow. It's cold but actually a very nice day. I liked this because I could easily identify with it.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

The description. I think it is very well done.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

North of Fargo. I understand the technique being used and it was effective but by time I'd gotten into this piece I'd read it three times. I would delete the subheading at the beginning.

*Clapper* Overall:

Excellent work. Hope you do well in the contest.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of Queen of Hearts  
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

This was a very well written crime story. It has all the elements a story like this should have. Excellent dialogue and description throughout. You appealed to most of the senses. A reference to smell could have been effective but won't fault you for that. I liked the story and the telling.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

I liked the plot.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

I'm kind of blah on the name of your protagonist and I'm not sure why. Didn't mark you down for that. Might be just my own personal thing.

I normally don't notice things like this but you did it in your first sentence. Passed should read past. Also just lose the adverb (purposefully). It adds nothing. You'll get away with stuff like that in the middle of the narrative but not in your opening.

I didn't notice anything else.

*Clapper* Overall:

Excellent work. Loved it. Definitely deserving of any praise you've been given.


Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. I did read in your bio about your love for Pittsburgh. It shines through in this story.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

I find a lot of writers overdo description or do it badly. You added a lot of it but it is the part of the writing that I like the best. You painted pictures I could see in my minds eye. Bravo!

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

Many people frown on the use of adverbs. I noticed them but thought they worked.

Your father asks Sal if he sees that girl after his friend has already acknowledged her. Seems illogical but I can see a love struck man saying exactly that in this situation.

I honestly don't see anything wrong with this piece.

*Clapper* Overall:

Great job! May visit your port again when I have more time.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of Daydreamer  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

One of the neighbours, when I was growing up, nicknamed me dreamer. I liked this story a lot especially the humorous twist at the end. I never got that exact speech from my parents growing up but did get a lot of very similar ones. I thought it was believably written.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

The fact that in the end the daydreaming actually paid off for our protagonist.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

I thought the title was okay but I honestly think that could be improved upon. There could be a little polishing here and there as well.

*Clapper* Overall:

Great story. I liked it. You might consider highlighting the contest prompt words by putting them in bold. It does help the judges. Good luck in the contest.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of The Block  
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Rated: E | (3.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*ExclaimY* First Impressions:

I found this to be an extremely rich with imagery description of the protagonists writer's block. I didn't see any poetry in your portfolio and wonder why not? This prose was on the level of a lot of poetry. I'm not sure it really worked that well though.

*SuitHeart* My Favorite Elements:

I loved the ending. Humorous and in my view brilliant.

*FacePalm* Suggestions:

I'm of the view that the writing itself should stand alone. Without the line of description under the title, I would have felt a little lost through most of the description.

With this level of description there is a danger of losing your reading. Some people love it and others don't. There is a point where some of your readers will have their eyes glaze over before they get to the point of it all.

*Clapper* Overall:

Hope I'm not coming across as hypercritical. You obviously write well. I did like the piece especially the ending. In this type of contest it is always good to bold print the words that were part of the prompt. Good luck with the contest.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Review of Edible Fungi  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

I am not a poet and have only rudimentary knowledge on the subject. I do think that poetry should have a general appeal that goes beyond lovers of poetry. For that reason I'm giving my opinion. It is just an opinion but I hope you find it helpful.

*Sun* Overall Impression:

As a youth I enthusiastically studied mycology for some reason or other. Just found it very interesting. Your opening line is a common myth. The majority of fungi in the wild are inedible that doesn`t mean they are poisonous. It`s been a long time but I seem to recall the percentage of poisonous species at something like ten to fifteen percent. Edible species were a slightly higher percentage. The rest were simply unpalatable but not poisonous. The danger is that some of the poisonous ones are extremely deadly and similar in appearance to the untrained eye as some of the more delicious species. A mistake is a horrible way to die as well. I`ve read the progression of symptoms. Personally I`ve collected and eaten a number of species and know them very well. They included Fairy Ring Mushrooms, Meadow Mushrooms, two species of ink cap, Oyster Mushrooms and Giant Puffballs.

Rant aside I enjoyed your poem.

*Castle* Structure:

Consistent rhyme scheme throughout although the rhythm didn`t really seem to be.

*Camera* Imagery:

Not really applicable in this case. This was more an education type poem. So I don`t see any fault here.

*ExclaimY* Suggestions:

I know it`s less dramatic but I`d fix the first line and possibly tinker with the rhythm some. The title was kind of bland but it did catch my eye.

*Clapper* Final Words:

A nice little poem on the subject. I enjoyed reading.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: 13+ | (3.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* First Impressions:

Can this really be defined as an essay? I wouldn't have called it that. On the other hand, I know the system here requires you to call it something. I would have just listed it as an opinion but that option isn't on the list. I found your opinion clearly stated, logical and concise. I have no argument with the content. The best way to avoid unwanted pregnancy is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

*Sun* My Favorite Elements:

I like the directness and the clarity.

*Sun* Suggestions:

If you want to turn this into a real essay, I would suggest expanding on the subject. Maybe add examples.

*Sun* Overall:

There is nothing wrong with the way you write or the style of your writing. Good work. Maybe we should ask the site to add opinion as a primary category. I certainly would have given it a higher score if that were the case.

Keep on writing!

Pico



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Review of The Marsh (Haiku)  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
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I am not a poet and have only rudimentary knowledge on the subject. I do think that poetry should have a general appeal that goes beyond lovers of poetry. For that reason I'm giving my opinion. It is just an opinion but I hope you find it helpful.

*Sun* Overall Impression:

I looked at several of your poems before deciding to go ahead and write a review of this one. I like the simplicity of it.

*Castle* Structure:

I'm not much of a poet and I am glad you included in the title the fact that this is a Haiku. This Japanese form has gained a great deal of popularity and you followed it flawlessly. Personally I would find it very difficult.

*Camera* Imagery:

Excellent.

*ExclaimY* Suggestions:

Here's a nitpick. Splender should be spelled splendor.

*Clapper* Final Words:

As a poet you are quite skilled at least from my perspective. Keep up the good work.

Keep on writing!

Pico *CountryCA*



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Rated: E | (4.0)
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Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* First Impressions:

That pretty much summed things up. They usually don't use the word 'rejected' though - if they even took the time to respond. We know that's what it means. Actually getting published is awesome and it gets sweeter after going through a few rejects first.

*Sun* My Favorite Elements:

I could identify with this.

*Sun* Suggestions:

Fiftyish? I would delete the word 'like' in front of anxiety as well. Nitpicky, I know but this a review and I have to.

*Sun* Overall:

Nice little short piece of writing. A lot of people here will be able to identify with it. Keep up the good work.


Keep on writing!

Pico



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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* First Impressions:

On first reading I found the story good, but to me it didn't flow. Think I've figured it out.

*Sun* My Favorite Elements:

Your mother's helpfulness. My mom would've done that and so would my wife.

*Sun* Suggestions:

Here's the fun part for me. First paragraph, I would change the first two sentences slightly to, I was making the bed. It was my habit.

After that you have a verb agreement problem. I would change everything to past tense. I'm surprised it bothered me as much as it did while I was reading it. Example: Immediately pulled the blanket right off. Giddy with power, I grabbed the pillow and flung it in the air. The are more so you'll have to look for them. Might have to make some adjustments after that to stay within the word count.

*Sun* Overall:

This is a great little story and I honestly thought to only dock you half a point. Hope your entry does well in the contest.

Keep on writing!

Pico



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Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* First Impressions:

Flash fiction entry so you're writing in a hurry. You fulfilled the prompt. Just a note. The people who run this contest really like it if you include a word count. I liked what you came up with. It is a complete story which is important some of the entries are not.

*Sun* My Favorite Elements:

Awesome ending. The global warming line is genius.

*Sun* Suggestions:

There is quite a bit of passive writing and it would more effective to fix that. For example: "A carrot would make a good nose." I would change would make to made. Last two sentences also used the word really twice.

*Sun* Overall:

Great job. I really liked it. Good luck in the contest.

Keep on writing!

Pico



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Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* First Impressions:

Haha! Loved it. Reminded me of a number of situation/stories I've been through. You can obviously hold a lot more vodka than the little lady I was with. Six foot five trying to help four foot nine walk does not geometrically work. Hope you weren't stuck out in the cold too long.

*Sun* My Favorite Elements:

The humour. You're a great storyteller. It's a talent. Your timing is flawless.

*Sun* Suggestions:

I'm sure if I strained I could find something to nitpick but why bother. I was thoroughly entertained.

*Sun* Overall:

I'm just guessing but I've probably read and maybe even reveiwed something you wrote in the past. The writing style did seem familiar. At any rate I enjoyed it.

Keep on writing!

Pico



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Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* First Impressions:

Great story. I used to do a lot of long distance bicycle touring and a little hiking. Reasonated with me and was easy to get into. Also used to know a couple with some similarities to the couple your hiker met. The "boy" in the relationship exhibited some interesting behavioural quirks in the presence of potential male rivals. In this case it was more amusing than sinister.

*Sun* My Favorite Elements:

I liked the backdrop of the story. Hiked some in the Adirondacks when I was younger. The whole story felt very natural in that setting. The description didn't overpower the story itself though. I thought it was very well told.

*Sun* Suggestions:

Started with a line of dialogue and then went straight into an aside. You have two maybe three sentences to grab and hold your reader. I would have held onto the aside until after the second line of dialogue. At that point you've introduced conflict and your reader is hooked. Small point but I think it is important.

*Sun* Overall:

Great job. I enjoyed reading very much. Disturbing ending and sad but very believable and the build up to that point was spot on.

Keep on writing!

Pico



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Rated: E | (3.0)
This is a review from "Simply Positive Review Forum

Remember I am not a professional reviewer. These are just my personal impressions and thoughts. My goal is to be encouraging and give you something that will actually help your writing.

*Sun* First Impressions:

Stumbled upon this while clicking for random reviews. There is a lot to like here but there is at least one serious storytelling flaw. The story for the most part is told logically and it flows. Overall I liked it.

*Sun* My Favorite Elements:

I love little elements of humour that pop in all over the place.

*Sun* Suggestions:

In any story as the author your goal is to capture and hold your reader from the first couple sentences. Most readers will respond to action, conflict, drama and intrigue. You spent the entire first paragraph setting the stage with maybe a hint of intrigue. That isn't good enough. This story lends itself to action and I would have started the action right there. The description is important but should come later, when your reader is already hooked.

I could offer a few nitpicks but I won't because addressing this one point would make a huge difference in the quality of your work.

*Sun* Overall:

Your writing is good and I hope I'm not saying anything to discourage you. I found the writing fresh and authentic. You have a good writing voice. Keep up the good work.

Keep on writing!

Pico



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