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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.5)
An extremely well written story with a moral point too boot! I am assuming this might be intended as a children's story, although I could be mistaken. It was a great read nonetheless. I enjoyed the symbolism of the name "Toyle" and the moral of the story as well.

Specific suggestions:

A minor point: sometimes you switched from past to present tense, such as here: "The Wichts, too, know something of the value of things. They created ...". I would just suggest for consistency to stick with one or the other.

"...with which the man lead..." should be 'led' here.
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Review of Captain Seth  
Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.0)
I really enjoyed your poem; it has an upbeat tempo and a great storyline. I enjoyed your rhyme scheme too here (a dying art in my opinion) but it would make it much easier to read if you used four lines per stanza.

Specific comments:

"...changed overmuch" much seems to fit better here than overmuch.
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Review by Taraib
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
Great story, it kept my interest all the way through. I definitely like the first person narrative; it added a lot of flavor to the story. Like this line"Now in case ya ain't never heard of Uriah Johnson 'cause you was raised under a rock or somethin', the story goes somethin' like this..." I really enjoyed this line from the main character. Lots of flavor! The only comment I have is that the dialect was consistent, but it did detract a bit from the story for me. great job!
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Review of Dick  
Review by Taraib
Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
I was going to skip this, but the description of your story really intrigued me. I am glad I read this piece, such a good description of the difference between personalities (I would be more specific but this is going on the public review page...). Wonderful ending to the story too!

Some suggestions:
It might be easier to read if you separated the paragraphs when using dialogue. Somtimes I had to reread the dialogue two or three times to figure out who was speaking.

In the next to last paragraph you switch to present tense. For consistency, past tense might be better.
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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (3.5)
I like the idea of your piece, but I became disengaged with the connections you were making between the lighting of the house and the activities involved. It just seemed to be a stretch. Also, the back and forth from present to past tense throughout the story was unsettling. However, this was extremely well written.

Specific comments:

"...not loose one pea..." should be lose, not loose.
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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (3.5)
I am sorry, but this poem really did not do it for me. Your use of adjectives was at first welcoming, but I think they were overused throughout the poem. A lot of vivid pictures, but not enough action. I also became confused with the third stanza; it did not seem to fit with the idea of the poem and felt as if you used it to fill up space. The only portion of that stanza dealing with the main theme was the mention of the kettle. However, your word choices are outstanding and it was a well written piece.
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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (5.0)
Wonderful, wonderful poem. Such are the joys of writing and reading! I love the use of literary figures in your poem; it drives home the point you make of the pleasures one can find within a story book or in writing a story for others to enjoy. Great job Kathie!
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Review by Taraib
Rated: 13+ | (3.0)
A well written and interesting piece of work on vampires. I like the twist that takes this away from mainstream ideals of vampires and puts the main character in a human light with human emotions. The ending was abrupt, but amusing.


Specific comments:

A very minor point but I though that this read a bit awkward; "...go as far as to call it a handicap." Maybe 'so far as' instead?

"...for dorritos..." Doritos is misspelled.

"...young vampire." Another minor point, but for consistency, you capitalize Vampire in some sections, but not others. You may want to make this consistent.

Vampire cowboy...love it!

"...on tv while..." TV should be capitalized.

"...been looking for for so..." delete the extra 'for'.

"...beautiful bride to be..." bride-to-be.
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Review of The Conch Shell  
Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello, I am one of the reviewers for the second round of the Proclaimed creature contest.

This was a nice story focused on mermen. I really liked reading your dialogue, it was realistic. I think that your depiction of mermen was quite accurate. Thanks for sharing. There are quite a few typos that you should address.

Speicific comments:

"...walking along, alone, the beach..." this would read better as "walking alone along the beach.

"...into it’s easy routine" its should not be possessive.

"...what had happen..." happened, not happen.

"...younger then my..." than, not then.

"...became to strong..." too, not to.

"...propelling threw the water." through, not threw.

"...ventured to far..." too, not to.

"...and awkward..." and an...

"...broken threw the sudden..." through, not threw. And here, "...stumbled threw the words". And here, "...slipping threw the water".

"...had been casted..." cast, not casted.

"...sure your safe..." you're, not your.

"...going threw my mind..." through, not threw.

"...eyes into suddenly..." until, not into.

"...wasn’t in till..." until.

"...and taking of my..." off, not of.

"...some thinks..." things.

". Were amateur..." We're.

"...now then ever before" than.
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Review by Taraib
Rated: ASR | (3.0)
Hello, I am one of the judges for the second round of The Proclaimed Creature contest.

Thank you for entering the contest. I could feel your character's anger in this piece. A good job of penning emotion. This was a very dark and sad short story. There was not much to go on for the mermaid, although you did allude to it. Thanks again for sharing.
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Review of The Docks  
Review by Taraib
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hello, I am one of the reviewers for the Proclaimed Creature contest.

I really love your descriptive writing, great job. This was a nice short story. I really liked your ending, poor Vernon. I would have liked a bit more depth of the mermaid (or man since we did not know the sex of the creature). This would be great as a longer story so that the reader could really get into it. I was already intrigued by Vernon and his new occupation, and would have liked to follow him a bit more. But the ending really was outstanding. Thanks for sharing this.
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Review of ***Reborn***  
Review by Taraib
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Hello, I am one of your judges for The Proclaimed Creature contest.

I liked your writing style, although some of the dialogue was a bit choppy and I found some parts hard to believe. Also, I was wondering where the Between was and who was the voice IId was speaking to. It was an interesting story, however, I did not really feel that the phoenix stood out. It was interesting that you embodied the Phoenix as a man while in the Between, so that it had man-like thoughts and characteristics. Thank you for proofing your writing! I did not see any misspellings or grammatical errors. And thank you for sharing this work with us.
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Review of Old Year's Eve  
Review by Taraib
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
I really enjoy this contest and your entry was also enjoyable, although a bit pessimistic. It did meet the requirements, however. I could not find any spelling errors. Well done!

Specific comments:

"..on highway..." I think this would read better as on the highway.

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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.5)
Very cute little poem about christmas.I really enjoyed your rhyming and meter, whether or not it was intentional. Specifically the third line of the first stanza. The meter was perfect in that line. I kept saying it over and over. Great job on this work and keep on wiriting!
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Review of Kappa Alpha Moss  
Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.0)
Interesting response to a question a lot of homeowners have. Some of the intended jokes were lost on me, such as "...where Einstein’s Theory of Things That Don’t Move...". Your writing is good though and I did not find any spelling mistakes. Keep writing!

Specific comments:

"...ft2" you should say square feet here since ft2 does not accurately represent square feet.
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Review of Our Family Secret  
Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (5.0)
Great comedic story (at least I hope so). I love your puns in the story. Wonderful ending. Your writing flowed superbly throughout this story and it kept me very interested. I could find no grammatical or spelling errors. Very well done. Keep on writing!
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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.0)
A little humor (or humour if you like) in a tragic story. It also gives a new meaning to the term "ankle biter". Thank you for sharing this well written story. I only have a few suggestions below. Great story!

Specific comments:

"...ankle connesseurs..." connoisseurs is misspelled here.

"...were pekingese..." Pekingese should be capitalized here. And here, "...pekingese on guard...".

"...was buried with in..." within should be one word.

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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (5.0)
Absolutely wonderful poem. Your writing is very strong and purposeful. I greatly enjoyed reading your work.

"And living separateness" I was confused by this line. Would it sound better (and accurately represent your intended meaning ) if you used separately instead of separateness?

Thanks again!!
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Review of Life...  
Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.0)
Thank you for sharing this with us. You are right that we all tend to stop and be thankful for all that we have.

Specific comments:

"..full of suprises..." surprises is misspelled here.

"...and thankfull for who..." thankful is msspelled here.
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Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.5)
Wonderful point behind your poem. Very well written. The only part that made me stumble was, "Do not turn them away pleading an excuse poor." It was a very awkward line it what was a very easy to read poem. I know that the point of this line is extremely important, and that was why you stuck with the word "poor", but I did stumble over it. I am sorry that I do not have any suggestions of how to fix it...I could not come up with any. Thanks for sharing this though!!
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Review by Taraib
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Awesomely funny!! Great writing, great word choices. I loved your descriptions. I laughed my way through your poem. Why does Taco Bell always get a bad rap!! :) I am glad that you had a warning on the item description for those who are faint of heart and I am surprised by the rating of your work. It was much better written than the majority of writings I have read. Just for this you get a 5.0!!

Specific comments:

"Out it droped..." dropped is misspelled.
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Review of The Rattlesnake  
Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (4.0)
A very descriptive and accurate portrayal of the rattlesnake.

My specific comments are below. These are just my suggestions.

"...lethally potent rattlesnake" I think that this would read better as "potently lethal".

"...maul..." I question the use of maul here. Maul means to beat, bruise, or mangle, none of which accurately describes the attack by a rattlesnake. I would suggest the word "strike".
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Review by Taraib
Rated: 18+ | (3.0)
Interesting story about friendship. Keep working on your writing and it will get better. I thought that your dialogue was good. My comments are listed below.

Specific comments:

"It seemed all the..." it would read much better if you included the word "that" after "seemed". I noticed that you do not use the word "that" very often and it actually detracts from your writing, making it awkward and sometimes difficult to read.

..., flat chested, nun esconsed..." flat-chested needs a hyphen and ensconced is misspelled.

"...and adolscent..." adolescent is misspelled.

"...of her revelry" revelry means celebration which does not fit at all with your story. I think that you meant reverie.
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Review of Just Desserts  
Review by Taraib
Rated: E | (3.5)
Very cute, but some of the words are a bit difficult for the subject matter. For example, the word "whence" is not a commonly used word for the intended age range. I liked this though. Keep on writing!

Specific comments:

"...this parents' idea..." since parents' is plural, it should be these, not this.
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Review by Taraib
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
I really liked your dialogue between Stanley and the Homeless Guy. Well done. I only have one suggestion below. I enjoyed reading the entire work, although the end seemed a bit abrupt. I understand though since you had a word limit. Keep on wiriting.

Specific comments:

"...or even two..." this would read much better as "nor two".

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