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The turkey was soooo big, it barely fit in the oven! Can Thanksgiving dinner be saved?
WHAT I LIKED
I liked how "Birdzilla" took on a life of it's own and drove the story.
This is told in the third person limited by Jeanie. Good job with narration. Good use of line breaks to separate the narration. Past tense is used appropriately.
There's a good blend of dialogue and narration. Good use of dialogue tags
There's enough to set the scenes, but this is something that could be expanded on. You could really touch on the sense of smell to heighten the suspense regarding the big, bad Birdzilla.
PLACE: a house
This is something that is clarified for the reader.
There's enough here to understand her motivations. Who doesn't worry about cooking the Thanksgiving bird?
I did not spot any spelling/punctuation mistakes. The story is easy to read. Good use of WDC ML.
Suggestions as mentioned above. The opening is a bit passive. I might start out with framing the period.
My suggestion: "It was 1985. Ronald Reagan was immensely popular, Calvin and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, were out to conquer the world, Bruce Springsteen sung about things I cared about."
Coming of age in 1985, I don't remember too many people worrying about "corn fed" turkey, as I think that's more of a modern 2010's concern, and I probably wouldn't mention it in the story.
Good use of the prompt in the story. Good luck in the contest.