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Review of The End  
Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi PoeticFox !

This is my review for "The End [13+].

Strengths

*Bullet* Love this theme! End of the world stuff is a big interest of mine (I'm reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett at the moment), and this is excellent! I love the feeling of hopelessness, but there's almost a feeling of satisfaction here. Maybe that's just me. *Blush*

*Bullet* Great imagery! From the start of the poem to its end, you fill this with great words and images. Great job!

*Bullet* I also love the form (or lack of form). For me, it fits the subject matter quite well. Good choice!

Grammar/Spelling
(These are suggestions with regard to my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

Waters eise
I couldn't find "eise" in a dictionary. Perhaps you meant "ease" or something else. Or perhaps it's intentional. *Wink*

as he watchesus scramble in fright.
Missing a space between "watches" and "us"



Title/Rating/Genres

Love the title! It made me click on this item. *Smile*

I think your genres & ratings are chosen well and fit the poem's content.

Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*

*Bullet* I have a suggestion for this line:
The prophets of this day laugh at the ones who did not listen.
To me, this line would be stronger if the words "did not" were changed to "would not." For me, that would change the tone from man being a hapless victim to being an ignorant, willful one. Just my thoughts. *Smile*


*Star*My Rating*Star*

4.5 - Great poem! I really enjoyed this. *Smile*

Keep on writing!


Sincerely,
spidey
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Review of Phoenix  
Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (3.0)
Hi Angelwrath

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

I absolutely love the first sentence! It grabbed my attention and made me very curious about the rest of the story. Good choice!

Your writing is very descriptive, particularly in the beginning of the story. You do very well to set the scene and introduce your characters. I had a clear vision of everything. Well done!

I like the message of this and the lesson the main character learns. I found it to be quite beautiful and inspiring. *Smile*


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

Colin motioned for me to sit in a gentlemanly fashion
For me, the issue with this is that it almost appears to the reader as if the narrator is sitting in a gentlemanly fashion when I believe that description belongs to how Colin motioned. With some scrutiny, it becomes apparent, but you might want to consider revising to make it a little clearer.

“He’s been waiting forever to embarrass me with that story.” He said
I believe the period after "story" should be a comma and "He" shouldn't be capitalized *Right* story," he said
(There are a number of these throughout your story. You might want to take a look over your dialogue and revise or find a line-by-line editor/reviewer to find them all)

fearful images pushed its way into my head
Since "images" is plural, I believe "its" should be *Right* their

We walked hand in hand quietly along the waters edge,
waters *Right* water's

the first to hear about what I had kept secret all these years, I think.
To keep the tense consistent, "think" should be *Right* thought

I told by the workers
I think a word is missing here. Perhaps *Right* I was told

“Sorry.” Is all that I could muster
This should be *Right* "Sorry," was all that I could muster

He must be so confused.
To keep the tense consistent, this should be *Right* He must have been so confused.

“Its fine, we can go.
Its *Right* It's

It was over, and I so were my fears, I hoped.
A typo, I think: Remove the first "I"



*Bullet* I noticed you used the "Contest" genre for your item. That genre is generally used for contests themselves. Try the "Contest Entry" genre instead. *Wink*

*Bullet* I was a little confused by the end, the "my little Phoenix" reference. Why did Colin call her that? Was there a reference earlier in the story to a phoenix that I missed? *Blush*



My Rating

3.0 - Your writing started off really great, descriptive and precise, but there were a number of errors toward the end of the story. You might want to take a closer look (I find that printing out a story and reading it out loud really helps me find errors and typos that escape me when reading on a computer screen).

I did enjoy reading this, and I found its message to be quite beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your work! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review of Old Glory  
Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi Mara ♣ McBain

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

Excellent writing! This is so descriptive, I could see everything being described. I also found the flashback scene to be nearly excruciating in its detail (a very good thing!). Very well done!

I also found this to be quite touching, and I particularly enjoyed the end scene between the elderly war veteran and Garrett. It added a great touch to the story. Without it, this would have been a good story, but with it, I think it's what pushes this to be an excellent story. *Smile*


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

*Bullet* I try to come up with at least one suggestion for everything I review, and I had a hard time coming up with one for this! If I had to suggest something, it would be to add a little more character interaction. It would be difficult to add a good deal more given the word count limit, but I'd be interested to see an earlier interaction between Garrett and his family or between Garrett and Richison. I think it could give an even better look into each character's personality. Just a thought. *Smile*



My Rating


4.5 - Excellent story! I enjoyed reading this very much.

Thanks for sharing and good luck! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review of The Perfect Date  
Review by spidey
Rated: E | (3.0)
Hi Korie

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

A cute story detailing the first date between a teenage couple. The story felt adorable, and the eagerness and happiness of the narrator shines through very well. *Smile*

I think many people can relate to this, as it's easy to identify with the narrator and her thoughts & feelings as she goes through her first date with William.


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

I can feel him helping me
This is present tense. If you want to keep the tense consistent throughout your story, I'd suggest changing "can" to "could" instead. (In this paragraph, the tense switches back and forth between past and present. You migth want to revise to keep the tense consistent.)

It was one of those fancy type restaurants.
You do a good deal of "telling" rather than "showing" in this story. While it's not technically incorrect, it leaves a lot of detail out of the story, I think. In the example above, instead of telling the reader it's a "fancy type" restaurant, show it to the reader by bringing them into the scene. Describe the couple entering the restaurant and what they see, what it feels like, etc., that makes it a more fancy place. Just my thoughts. *Smile*

*Bullet* In general, I think this story could use a bit more detail. Describe colors, sounds, etc., to really bring the reader into the action of the story. I found myself wanting to know what the characters looked like (as well as their ages. I can guess that they're about 16, maybe? I wasn't sure). I think this could make the story more emotional for the readers. Just a suggestion.


My Rating


3.0 - Good story! Thanks for sharing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi ragefire2000

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

A beautiful story! I loved the progression of this, how it moves from Duke being a hardened soldier acting on instinct to a father/husband who finds purpose in his family. Very touching. *Smile*

Your writing is clear and descriptive, making this a very enjoyable read. Well done!

I could definitely see the Dylan song as an influence here, and it fits quite well.


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

*Bullet* I'm not sure I'd use "Other" as the item type here. Perhpas "Short Story" would fit better.

*Bullet* I wondered what Duke's wife thought of him, particularly when he is doubting himself in the role of father & husband. I suppose her viewpoint is shown when she touches his wrist, but I wondered if he expressed his concerns to her in the past. Does she have doubts, too, or does she reassure him? I was just curious. *Smile*


My Rating


4.5 - Excellent story! Thanks for sharing and good luck! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi Bound Angel

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

I love the way you've given background information to the reader. Instead of starting with a long explanation of what's going on, you slowly reveal clues to the reader ("for when the last beams of moonlight disappeared so would his life" in the 1st paragraph and "There would be no point in life if I lost him again!" in the 2nd paragraph. For me, this is a really effective way to bring a reader into a story, particularly a Fantasy story such as this. Well done!

I love how you used the prompt to come up with this story! I thought it was very creative, and I liked how the fireworks occur.


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.


The whole run hear I had been foolishly thinking
hear should be *Right* here

the pain hit me like a sledge hammer
sledge hammer *Right* sledgehammer

“That is a tempting offer.” Came a rumbling reply
offer." Came *Right* offer," came

a great whirl pool opened
whirl pool *Right* whirlpool

a stream of multi colored lights
multi colored *Right* multicolored

*Bullet* I wanted to know what Lek looked like. It's apparent that he's not human, and I wanted to know what he was.

*Bullet* For me, the sea god's change of heart seemed rather quick. I would have liked to hear his innner dialogue, how he changed his mind. I didn't experience any of his hatred toward humans, so his change of heart didn't seem that dramatic to me, I suppose. Just my thoughts. *Smile*


My Rating


4.0 - Great story! Thanks for sharing and good luck! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi Happy Spring

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

Such a sweet, touching story! I thought the end was particularly beautiful. Nicely done. *Smile*

Very descriptive writing! I could easily picture everything here, and I loved the end scene. I thought you did very well to explain the "fire flowers" without spelling it out for the readers. Well done!


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

With her back resting against one of the pilings that supported the long pier.
This isn't a full sentence. While I believe there is room for bending grammar rules in creative fiction, this stood out to me. You might want to have a look at it. It's up to you, of course. *Smile*

The night sky held a thousand stars and enormous full moon.
I believe the word "an" should be placed before "enormous."

with her own family on day.
on *Right* one

Their magical,” Amy whispered.
Their *Right* They're

*Bullet* My only other suggestion is about the character names. For me, when characters have the same beginning letter (here, Allie, Abby and Amy), I can get confused easily. I was able to keep them clear in my mind while reading this, but I wonder if other readers may have the same confusion or if it's just me. *Blush* I just wanted to give you something to think about. It's up to you, of course. *Smile*


My Rating


4.0 - A very beautiful story. I enjoyed this. *Smile*

Thanks for sharing and good luck!


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi aralls

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

Excellent writing! I found your writing to be simple, yet descriptive, creating an overeall pleasant and reminiscent tone. I loved lines like this: His smile filled the room.

Such a touching, lovely story! Is this based on a true experience? It feels like it does. It has a good "family" feeling to it, and I think anyone can enjoy this. Although we don't all have memories like this one, we all have pleasant memories from our childhoods that we can be reminded of when reading this. *Smile*


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

I felt the slow drip of big raindrops
I think you have an extra space after "of" here

when we got out our clothes felt like they weighed a ton.”
It felt like a word was missing here. Perhaps *Right* when we got out of our clothes, it felt like they weighed a ton."


My Rating


4.0 - A beautiful story! Thanks for sharing and good luck! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review of Homage  
Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi NickiD89

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

Great opening paragraph! It gives the reader a lot of important information (by showing, not telling) and sets the tone for the rest of the story. Very well done!

Excellent writing here! Your writing is eloquent, descriptive and flawless, making this an enjoyable read. Also, you appear to have knowledge of the terminology associated with the subject matter, which lends credence to your writing.

I really felt for Murph here. You've done well to connect with the readers' emotions, I think, and I even felt my eyes filling up at the end. Great job! *Smile*


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

past the pier from where the fireworks would be launched
Just a minor thing, but I don't think the word "from" is needed here. It's not incorrect, but I think the sentence could be strengthened without it.


My Rating


4.5 - Excellent story! I truly enjoyed reading this.

Thanks for sharing and good luck. *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hi Emilyisawesomeagain !

Overall Thoughts:

What a cool idea for a contest! I love creative prompts like this! I think they force the participant to be creative and to think about their words a little differently than they might have before.

I think contests like this can be very useful tools in improving writing. *Smile*

Great use of WritingML to set up your contest page! *Delight*

Title/Rating/Genres:

Great title & intro! They both give important information to the viewer about what your contest entails.

I'm not sure you need the ASR rating. I didn't see anything that would be above E, and since your rules require only E-rated entries (posted directly into message posts), I don't think you'll need a higher rating. That's up to you, of course.


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*
*Bullet* My only confusion was with this line:

FWI The prizes awarded depend on the number of entries

What is FWI? Did you mean FYI? *Blush*


*Star*My Rating*Star*

4.0 - Great contest!

I'll be featuring this as one of my picks in my upcoming Contests & Activities Newsletter. *Wink*


Sincerely,
spidey
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Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (3.0)
Hi marcusl

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts

A cute story with an important lesson. I love stories in which a young child teaches a wise lesson to an older person. Children seem to be capable of such wisdom. *Smile*


I like that this takes place at New Year's. I think most interpreted the prompt image as the 4th of July, so placing your story at a different holiday (one which also involves fireworks) made your story stand out.

Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.

*Bullet* I think the story could use a little more detail. I found myself wanting to know more of the settting. I didn't get a clear feeling of it while reading.

*Bullet* My only other qualm with this story is that it seems a little unrealistic. I think if you added some more emotion here, perhaps the main character arguing with himself (some internal monologue, perhaps) that actually shows his gradual change instead of telling the reader that he's changed. It just seemed like a very sudden, dramatic change, but a little unrealistic. Just my thoughts. *Smile*


My Rating


3.0 - A good story. Thanks for sharing and good luck!


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review of Independence Day  
Review by spidey
Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
Hi Shannon

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts


What a great start! The first few sentences pulled me immediately into the story and grabbed my attention. I couldn't wait to see where this story was going. *Smile*

This is so emotional! I felt particularly attached to the main character/narrator, due to her being the victim in this situation, as well as the story being presented in her point-of-view (good choice there). I liked that she had various emotions through this. It wasn't just anger, but also disappointment and sadness, and even a little bit of hope, perhaps. Nicely done!


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.



*Bullet* My only suggestion would be to add just a little more to make this story unique. On the surface, it's almost a typical story of betrayal. I would have liked to have seen something to make this story just a little different from the usual story of an affair breaking up a marriage. Just a thought. *Smile*


My Rating


4.5 - An excellent short story! For me, it's your writing that makes this piece really shine. I love how you've woven the setting and prompt image into this story.

Thanks for sharing your work, and good luck! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
Rated: E | (2.0)
Hi T.J. Wrathe

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts


What a touching story! I found this quite beautiful, an exploration of the relationship between a father and daughter, and their last Independence Day together. I think you did very well in showing that Amy cares about her father very much. Good job! *Smile*



Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.


Daddies Independence Day
(your title) I believe it should be: Daddy's Independence Day

daydreams disruptor.
daydreams *Right* daydream's

Her fathers live in nurse
fathers *Right* father's

“Good morning Susan.” Amy managed to squeak
I believe there should be a comma after "morning" and the period after "Susan" should be a comma instead.

not far from her families’ home.
families' *Right* family's

He wanted to get as close to the ocean as he could, it was something he always loved and Amy dare not deny her father this one last request.

This is what's called a comma splice, which occurs (according to "the Writer's Brief Handbook") when a writer uses only a comma . . . to join two or more main clauses. To fix this, eitehr change the comma after "could" to a semicolon, or change it to a period and start a new sentence with "It . . ."

Amy knocked on her fathers’ bedroom door.
fathers' *Right* father's

Yeah sweetie, I’m here.” John replied.
The period after "here" should be a comma instead.

recliner next to her fathers’ bed.
fathers' *Right* father's

Pleased with her fathers’ response
fathers' *Right* father's

but ill be back in time for the fireworks show
ill *Right* I'll

Ill be fine here until you get back
Ill *Right* I'll

her thoughts soon began to wonder.
I believe "wonder" should be: wander

Amy gasped and jumped backwards tripping over the curb and landing in the green grass.
Since your other verbs end in -ed here, I believe "landing" should be: landed

*Bullet* I have to suggest that you consider adding spaces in between your paragraphs. While not generally the format for printed work, on a computer screen, those extra spaces really make the story easier on your readers' eyes. *Wink*

*Bullet* New lines of dialogue should start new paragraphs. This also will make the story easier to follow for your readers.

*Bullet* You seem to have some difficulty with apostrophes here. Perhaps this can help you: "Singles, Plurals and Apostrophes

*Bullet* There are a lot of grammatical errors/typos in this story. I know in my personal experience, reading on a computer screen can "trick" my eyes into glossing over mistakes. I've found that printing the story and reading it on paper is very effective in finding typos. Perhaps it could work for you, too. *Smile*

My Rating


2.0 - I do think this story could use a bit of revising and editing. For me, it feels like it could use more character interaction to develop the other relationships even more. (Perhaps adding a scene of a conversation between Amy and Kevin could show the exact nature of their relationship?)

This is a great idea for a story, and you've done quite well in creating a touching and beautiful tone, as well as an intricate relationship between Amy and her father. I hope you'll continue working on this story, as I think it could be quite an excellent piece of writing! *Smile*

I did enjoy reading, and I thank you for sharing your work. Good luck!

Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Hi sayan

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!


Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts


An interesting story that reads like an autobiography. This comes across as very personal. I like your use of dialogue here. The minimal dialogue seems to enhance the strong emotional aspect of the story. Nice touch!


Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.



I slowly am losing my mind
To me, "I am slowly losing my mind" would sound a little better. It's up to you, of course.

reply tones
The word "reply" doesn't strike me as an adjective (describing "tones"). Perhaps "replying tones" instead?

so that they might comfort.
This phrase didn't sound right to me. Perhaps "so that they might comfort me" or "so that they might find comfort" instead?

You're inability
You're *Right* Your

I'm so sorry",
The comma belongs inside the quotation mark here.



*Bullet* Your first sentence runs on a bit. While I believe grammar isn't as strict in creative fiction and I think run-on sentences don't necessarily hurt a short story, your first sentence seems a bit much to me. It's up to you, the writer, of course, but I felt it could be strengthened with shorter, declarative sentences.

*Bullet* I couldn't place the setting here. You have a guy foraging for food, then someone standing by a locker, then opening a door to a prison. Where is this taking place? Are these references to the past? You might want to make it clearer for your readers.


My Rating


3.5 - To me, this feels a little unfinished. I love your tone and I think you've got a great emotional connection here, but it didn't quite feel like a short story to me. You might want to consider adding more detail and making your story just a tad clearer to your readers. I have no problem with ambiguitiy or intentional vagueness, but I couldn't help wanting more here.


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review of Dear Me  
Review by spidey
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi Sticktalker !

I wanted to wish you a very Happy WDC Account Birthday! *Balloon1*

This is my review for "Dear Me [13+].


Overall Thoughts:


I love these! I totally meant to write one this year and sort of forgot... *Laugh*

I applaud you for seeming to know yourself so well! That's a difficult thing to do - to know ourselves enough to create realistic goals and motivations to complete those goals.

This is written clearly and in good order. I followed through easily, and I enjoyed the bits of humor here. Great job!

I also loved the informal feel to this letter. It feels like a real conversation with yourself. Nice choice!


Grammar/Spelling
(These are suggestions with regard to my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)


some statements saying that you own money to the eye surgeon,
I think "own" should be owe


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*


*Bullet* A little WritingML might spruce up this letter a little. I'm personally partial to {e:bullet} for lists, but even numbering your goals before listing them might add a nice touch to your letter. Just an idea. *Smile*


*Bullet* I also don't think the 13+ rating is needed. I didn't see anything here that would require a rating higher than E. (For more on WDC's rating policy, see "Content Rating System (CRS) [13+])


*Bullet* My only other suggestion would be to include motivational tools (and positive thinking) to help you. Set up a reward system for yourself. For instance, if you spend a certain amount of time writing/editing that novel, you can reward yourself with some time playing games. Also, you put yourself down a lot here. Perhaps you're just being realistic, but I think some optimism and belief in yourself could help you complete your goals. Perhaps the negativity ("If you can reach three of them I'll be pleased.") is just for comedic effect, though. The choices is yours, of course. *Smile*



*Star*My Rating*Star*


4.0 - A great "Dear Me" letter! I wish you the best of luck with your goals for the year! *Smile*

Happy WDC Birthday!


Sincerely,
spidey

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Review by spidey
In affiliation with  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi Ben Langhinrichs !

This is my review for "Do you review Moderators+? [E].

Overall Thoughts:

*Bullet* I'm one of the majority that voted for "Yes, I review all case colors." When I first joined the site, though, I think I remember being afraid to review moderators and above...

*Bullet* Speaking as a Mod, I don't get reviewed all that often, but I do find that I get reviewed much more if I give a review first. Maybe that has something to do with it? Maybe Mods review a little less than they did before or they're reviewing members who tend not to reciprocate (newbies)?

*Bullet* I like your variety of poll options here. It covers a good deal of opinions, and I'm very curious about the results!


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*

*Bullet* No suggestions, a perfect poll! *Bigsmile*



*Star*My Rating*Star*

5.0 - Excellent poll! An intriguing topic and most interesting responses! (So far, 3 people have had toast for breakfast!) *Laugh*

Keep on writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey


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Review by spidey
In affiliation with  
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hi there CHinson

Welcome to Writing.Com! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! *Smile*

This is my review for "Maintaining a Long Distance Relationship


Overall Thoughts:

A great article! I, too, have endured a long distance relationship and it's quite the challenge. My husband and I (we were dating at the time) maintained a long distance relationship for almost 2 years while we were in college. (We ended up transferring to the same school so we could be together) I know how difficult it can be, and you offer some great advice here! I think many people can learn from this! *Smile*


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not.
(In reference to any grammar/spelling suggestions these are suggestions made with my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

I learned alot about myself that year
alot should be two words *Right* a lot


*Bullet* While I think it's good to maintain daily contact and share as much as possible, I also think it's important to allow space, too (like any relationship). If the other person doesn't call or text in one day, it's important not to overreact.

*Bullet* You'll need to up the rating on this since you mention sex. Any mention of sex (other than gender) requires a rating of 13+. For more on Writing.Com's rating system, see "Content Rating System (CRS)

*Star*My Rating*Star*

4.0 - A great article! Thanks for sharing and keep on writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey
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Rated: E | (3.0)
Hi there unicoye

Welcome to Writing.Com! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! *Smile*

This is my review for "Our little words to our planet, earth


Overall Thoughts:

Awesome message here! I love that this reads like a personal statement from the people of Earth to the Earth itself. Very cool!

I thought this was rather powerful and thought-provoking. *Smile*


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not.
(In reference to any grammar/spelling suggestions these are suggestions made with my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

However, its due to this brain power of ours
its *Right* it's

to see ourselves as the 'rulers'.
I think the period belongs inside the quote mark *Right* "rulers."

Then weird weathers,
Should weather be pluralized here? I wasn't sure if the word is accurately pluralized with an "s."

Here are somethings we want you to know.
somethings should be two words *Right* some things

All the things we create origin from you.
origin *Right* originate

Sorry for acting smart and complicate stuffs.
This didn't sound quite right to me. Perhaps complicating stuff instead?

Its billions and billions
Its *Right* It's

the fact that we are standing on your land don't change.

don't *Right* doesn't

*Bullet* I think it could be interesting to include some actual facts and terminology here. Perhaps you could talk about global warming, or gather some statistics on how humans are harming the Earth. It's up to you, of course, but I think that could strengthen your message even more. *Smile*

*Bullet* Some technical stuff - You might want to choose an item type other than "Other" for this, so people will find it easier. I think you could use Letter or Monologue, maybe. You also might want to rate this item, so it will show up in the public listings & get you more views. An E rating would be fine for the item and its intro.


*Star*My Rating*Star*

3.0 - A great start! Thanks for sharing your work, and keep on writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey
"Noticing Newbies [13+]
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Hi Elaine !

Welcome to Writing.Com! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! *Smile*

This is my review for "Reflections of one's heart [E].

General Thoughts:

Wow, this is great! I see this is the start to a book you're planning to write, and I hope you finish it!


Strengths

*Bullet* I love how emotional this is. The feelings experienced by the narrator come across clearly, and although this feels quite personal to that person, this also feels general and realistic enough for anyone to relate to it.

*Bullet* Beautiful writing! Your writing here shines with vibrant imagery and descriptive phrases. I could feel everything along with the narrator.


Grammar/Spelling
(These are suggestions with regard to my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

its a compulsion
its *Right* it's


Title/Rating/Genres:

*Bullet* Good title, and your intro tells the reader some important information about the item.

*Bullet* Your ratings and genres are appropriate. As this stands now, an E rating is fine, but I could easily see this needing a higher rating (depending on how much you're planning on showing). For information on WDC's rating system, see "Content Rating System (CRS) [13+]


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*

*Bullet* My only suggestion, and this isn't for what you have written here but for the rest of the book, is to hold back just a little on the emotional writing. I love the amount of emotion here, but if the entire book is written this way, I'm afraid you'll lose your readers' interest. Consider adding some action, dialogue, character interaction, etc. Just my thoughts. *Smile*



*Star*My Rating*Star*

3.5 - Great work! I'm rating this 3.5 in part because it's unfinished. I'd be happy to review and rerate once you add more! *Smile*

Thanks for sharing your work, and keep on writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey


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Rated: E | (3.5)
Hi celticvampire !

Welcome to Writing.Com! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! *Smile*

This is my review for "No longer an innocent [E].

General Thoughts:

A very strong poem. This feels personal, but it's general enough for others to relate to its theme.

Strengths

*Bullet* I like how strong and personal this feels, which I think comes across well due to your use of accusations by the speaker. and exclamation points. This definitely has a strong tone to it.

*Bullet* I like the form. For me, the lack of rhyme or formal structure fits the tone well. It brings the emotion across. Good choice!


Grammar/Spelling
(These are suggestions with regard to my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

then any other."
then *Right* than


Title/Rating/Genres:

*Bullet* Great title, and I like that your intro offers a challenge to your readers.

*Bullet* Your genres fit the poem well, but I think you should rate this so that it will show up on the public listings. More views means more feedback! A rating of ASR would be fine and your intro can be rated E.


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*

*Bullet* Your punctuation and capitalization seems rather inconsistent. If this is done on purpose (to strengthen the emotion and lack of structure), then I suppose it fits, but you might want to take another look at those elements. Just a suggestion. *Smile*

*Bullet* You challenge your readers to tell you what they think the poem is about, but honestly I had no clue. If you'd like your readers to know what's going on, you might want to offer a few more clues rather than being so general. That's up to you, of course.



*Star*My Rating*Star*

3.5 - Good work! Thanks for sharing! *Smile*

Keep on writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey


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Review of 8 Lines of Hope  
Review by spidey
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi Pen !

Welcome to Writing.Com! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! *Smile*

This is my review for "8 Lines of Hope [E].

General Thoughts:

This must be a popular contest, as I've seen several of these 8-line poems recently. Yours definitely packs a great deal into such a limited space!

Strengths

*Bullet* Love the rhyme scheme! It manages to create a good rhythm for the reader to follow without becoming a distraction (something I find difficult to do myself). Great job!

*Bullet* You also have some great imagery here. I particularly like the "To guide us through marshes, a spear-like canoe" image! Beautifully done. *Smile*

*Bullet* I think anyone can relate to this poem and learn from its message of hope. Well done!


Grammar/Spelling
(These are suggestions with regard to my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

I found no errors.


Title/Rating/Genres:

*Bullet* Good title. It reflects the content of the poem very well.

*Bullet* Your ratings and genres are perfectly chosen.


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*

*Bullet* I try very hard to come up with at least one suggestion, however small, because I feel there's always room for improvement. *Wink*

I do have one tiny suggestion for this line:

To lead through the alien realms of unknown,

To me, it felt like a period should be used at the end instead of a comma, though I understand if you're using the comma to stay consistent with the first 4 lines of your poem.



*Star*My Rating*Star*

4.5 - An excellent poem! Thanks for sharing your work! *Smile*

Keep on writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey


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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hi Jungle Kitty !

Welcome to Writing.Com! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! *Smile*

This is my review for "The Slayer Wars: Absolute Truth Chp. 1-5 [13+].

General Thoughts:

I was very excited to spot this! I'm a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I even have a poll about viewers' favorite episodes in my portfolio here), so I couldn't wait to read through this. I'll be honest, I hadn't planned on reading the entire item here, all 5 chapters. I wasn't sure I had time, but once I started reading, I just had to finish it! You do well to keep it suspenseful, and I can't wait to read what happens next!


Strengths

*Bullet* What I love most about this is how you've captured each character. You have their dialogue perfect! I could clearly hear every line being spoken by the well-known characters. It was all perfectly believable.

*Bullet* This is also wonderfully written! It's a joy to read through something I find interesting, let alone the flawless writing you have here. Great job!

*Bullet* I loved this line: "“Welcome to the new Watchers’ Council and School for Slayers." It reminded me of the famous, "Welcome to Hogwarts" line from Harry Potter, if you'll excuse the comparison. I love the idea of this story!

*Bullet* Great twists! I like that you let relationships evolve (and dissipate) in this. Rather than just keeping the story and characters how they were at the end of Season 7, you allow events/relationships to run their course. I admit, I'm not a big fan of Kennedy, so I was happy with your decision in her relationship with Willow



Grammar/Spelling
(These are suggestions with regard to my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

“I thought that at first too, Kennedy,”
I think a comma is needed after "first" *Right* first, too

Rogue slayers just sounds so cool!
I think "slayers" should be capitalized here.


Title/Rating/Genres:

*Bullet* Nice title! It definitely caught my eye!

*Bullet* Your ratings and genres fit well, though you could also use more genres, if you wished. Perhaps, "Fantasy," or "Supernatural."



Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*

*Bullet* I couldn't help wanting a bit more description, perhaps more setting. I wondered what the inside of the house looked like, the dorms and classrooms, etc. If you were planning on revising and rewriting, perhaps you could consider another viewpoint. Your narrator could follow one of the new Slayers, showing the reader a new viewpoint into the Buffyverse. Just an idea. *Smile*

*Bullet* You also might want to add spaces between your paragraphs. I know it's not technically correct, but on a computer screen, it really helps your readers be able to follow more easily. That's up to you, of course.



*Star*My Rating*Star*

4.5 - I'm impressed! You have a great idea and awesome writing here. I can't wait to read more! *Smile*

Keep on writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey


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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hi there! *Smile*

I wanted to thank you for reviewing "Invalid Item, and I thought what better way than to give a review! *Bigsmile*

I love this reviewing activity!! What a great way to help members celebrate their WDC birthday!

Your forum is set up very well with great descriptions and instructions. I particularly like that you include directions on how to find out members' anniversaries, and that you offer a variety of merit badges for participants. Very cool!

You give very generous prizes and everything is stated clearly. Very well done!

A few little technical things:

(In your intro)
Help make members WDC anniversaries extra special.
I think it should be: members' WDC anniversaries

One thing we all like, is getting reviews.
I don't think the comma here is necessary, but that's up to you.



I wish you luck with this, and I think I'll be participating myself. What a great way to make members feel special and appreciated! I'm going to add a link to this forum on mine. *Smile*

*Heart*
spidey
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Hi Just an Ordinary Boo! !

This is my review for "Waiting by the seashore [E] as your reward for finding a hidden easter egg in my port through MaryLou 's Easter Egg Hunt! *Smile*


Strengths

*Bullet* Such beautiful language in this poem! The words you've chosen help paint the imagery vividly in the reader's mind, and it made the poem very enjoyable to read. You use excellent alliteration here, a repetition of consonant sounds that create a great tone for the poem. You use a combination of soft and hard sounding words ("whispers soft the gibbous moon" vs. "Cracks the sun’s rays caused / to ache whene’er they are dry,") which creates a clear image to the reader. Very well done!

*Bullet* It's this conflict, the rock versus the wave, that makes the poem interesting to me. You're not just describing an ocean scene (though you do that particularly well - although I've only visited the ocean twice in my life, you brought me back to those precious moments), but you're describing an intricate relationship. That makes the poem have depth and meaning. Good job!

*Bullet* I love the ending! I love that it's a bit open, leaving the reader with a few questions (and a hint at a comparison between this nature relationship and human relationships). It fit so perfectly!



Grammar/Spelling
(These are suggestions with regard to my understanding of grammar/spelling rules. If I'm mistaken or missing a regional difference in usage, I apologize in advance.)

One question:
Do they realize
the waves will return anon,
and again the winds shall scatter
laughter o’er the sandy shores.


Is this a question? Perhaps it should end with a question mark instead of a period? Just a thought. *Smile*


Title/Rating/Genres

Great title & intro! These are what made me choose this poem to read and review. They grabbed my attention well.

Your ratings and genres fit perfectly.


Suggestions
These are just suggestions. Feel free to use them or not. *Smile*

*Bullet* Although I loved the end (how it poses questions and feels open), I wondered if it was too obvious. The references to human relationships is also in the intro, and I had to wonder if the reference could be inferred without the last two lines. To me, it almost seemed as if you were telling the reader what they were supposed to feel or think about the poem, where I think it might be more effective if they come up with that connection on their own. Just my thoughts. It's up to you, of course. *Smile*



*Star*My Rating*Star*

4.5 - A wonderful poem! I truly enjoyed this one. It's beautiful, meaningful, and a great read! I'm glad I found it. *Smile*

Keep writing! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey


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Review of Pirates Breakfast  
Review by spidey
Rated: ASR | (2.0)
Hi JeffreyDan

I am reviewing your story as a judge for "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest. Thanks for entering!

Please remember that you should NOT edit your entry until judging is over and the winners have been announced as per the contest rules.


Overall Thoughts


A good story that teaches a valuable lesson. I like that the reader can get something out of this story, just as Patty learns a lesson, too. It's a great idea for a story - Nature connecting with the two as Nick relates childhood stories to his teen daughter.

I have to ask, are you familiar with boating? Your writing on it seems to come from experience. Very well done!



Suggestions
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to use or disregard these as you see fit.


Your title:
Pirates Breakfast
I think it should be *Right* Pirate's Breakfast

The small SUV parked in the small gravel field by the dock
Using the word "small" twice in the same sentence can really stand out. It's not incorrect, but you might want to consider revising, using a synonym for one of them.

Nick stepped out of the drivers side
I think "drivers" side should be *Right* driver's side or driver side

why we had to come out here so early." she said.
Change the period to a comma here *Right* early," she said.
There are a number of these errors throughout your story. You might want to take a closer look at your dialogue and edit accordingly.

Would she even notice it who seemed more interested in too-short shirts and golden jewelry?
This sentence sounded a bit awkward to me. Perhaps you might want to clear it up a little, something like, Would she, someone who seemed more interested in too-short shirts and golden jewelry, even notice it? Just my suggestion. *Smile*

"And then their's this old thing."
their's *Right* there's

and aluminum is pretty durable.
is *Right* was

"Lets get it over to the dock."
Lets *Right* Let's

*Bullet* There are quite a few more grammar and spelling errors in this story. If you wish to get a line by line review and have all of them pointed out to you, you might want to find a review forum which specializes in that type of reviewing. I've just pointed out a few that really stood out to me. You'll want to take a very close look at your story if you wish to correct your errors.


*Bullet* The first half of your story is told only from Nick's point-of-view, then suddenly you shift to his daughter's later in the story. If you wish to have a 3rd omniscient narrator, I'd suggest you do that from the start - from the beginning, show Nick's and his daughter's sides of the story.

*Bullet* With almost every line of dialogue, you use the word "said" ("Nick said," "she said," etc.). You might want to use another word for some of those. It gets a little too repetitive, I think.



My Rating


2.0 - A good story, but there really are a great deal of mistakes and errors here. Those are easily learned with practice. I had a professor that used to say there are two kinds of writers: Those with good ideas and poor writing, and those with good writing and poor ideas. To me, good writing can be learned; it's the ideas that are difficult to come by. I think you've got a great idea for a story here, and with a little work, your writing will shine, too.

Thanks for sharing and good luck! *Smile*


Sincerely,
spidey

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