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Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
Excellent read. Love, love, love the meaning and use of your, “If you’re dying to do something, do it before you’re dying.” sentence!

I also love how you use active voice over passive, your descriptions are unique and vivid, and your main character, Bill, speaks to all of us. Your story has universal appeal.

My main suggestion address attribution. Many of yur dialogue sentences are correct, but not all of them are.

Your sentence, “You’ve got to be kidding.” Bill said... should have a comma instead of a period after the word kidding.

Your sentence, “Yes.” Bill replied,..." replace period with comma after the word yes.


Oh, I'll be highlighting this item in my next writing.co short story newsletter.

Awesome read,

Rbin


*Gold* My review has been submitted for consideration in "Good Deeds Get CASH!.
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Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest

Great read! I loved your entry. I did see a typo or two:

...You should be thankful I manage to step... It almost reads like it is past tense except for the word "manage". maybe if you insert the word, "always" in front of manage.

another sentences, "They couldn’t see what I see" I think would read better with the past tense, "saw".

However, these are only suggestion. It was a wonderful read and I especially liked how you wrapped it up. As a reader, I was second-guessing possible endings and didn't come up with yours, which made it all the more pleasant.

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of Dear Me (2010)  
Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest

For me, this sums up everything, "Don’t just hope that 2010 is a good year... make it a good year." What a powerful sentence and "exclamation point" to end your Dear Me letter on.

Well organized, well-written, motivational, thorough...solid read.

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of Dear Me  
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest

Cute! a fun read. That stand up thingy? oh my gosh, you've got guts! I am so inspired. If you can to that everyday? why can't I take a stab at MY goals. Thank you for inspiring me to try harder, write deeper, live larger. *Smile*

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest
I loved your humorous approach in this letter. It made for a very fun read. I agree with you on NaNo. I've done it for three years now and am always amazed at how much I get down when I let my inner editor take a break and let my muse take the helm.

Solid goals and a wonderful read!

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest
Absolutely powerful. As a reader, I was captivated by your honesty. What a pep talk to yourself. As a writer, I hope you keep on writing. As a married individual, I can understand your struggle/commitment to your spouse. As a mother...well, nothing gives the core more strength.

Good luck in all your 2010 goals.

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest

What a fantastic read! Creative --you had me at word ONE and held my attention throughout! I was laughing(because of your humor) and dying to read more. And at the end, I thought, "No. I want more!

Absolutely brilliant! Good luck with everything you do in 2010.

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of Dear Me  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest
What a complete joy to read. I love your style in this one. Your talk to yourself was sincere and funny and filled with wonderful goals.

You are an awesome person and that shows through in your writing!

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of Dear Heartburn  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest

I absolutely loved your inspirational letter to yourself. You did a beautiful job of capturing the interest of the reader while being candid, revealing very personal aspects of your life(your niece’s baby, the death of your ex-husband, your co-workers…I admire such courage. Your closing line makes this letter for me: As long as you draw breath, you can choose to be happy.

Furthermore, I think your plan of “attack” is on the mark. I wish you the best of luck in 2010.

I did catch a few typos:
*Bullet* space between the word ‘me’ and your comma.
*Bullet*Space between any and more; space between any and thing. These are one.
These are minor mistakes. Remember, remember, remember…Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of We Were One  
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hey there,

Stopping by to visit your port for "Invalid Item

This is a nice poem with a fluid rhyming scheme. It tells a story of heartache and grief for the wonderful years gone but not forgotten.

Nice use of the contest prompt. Hope you placed well in it[the contest].

thanks for writing and posting this one,
Robin

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Review of Fool  
Rated: E | (4.0)
I liked this poem. The first two lines really grab the reader. Then, line twelve...I loved that one. *Smile*

I'm thinking there should be an apostrophe in the word "one's" in line four.

nice write. thanks for posting this one.

Write on,
Robin
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Rated: E | (5.0)
No one likes to victim of a scam. As writers, we never want to fall prey, especially after we've worked hard and invested time, money, talent into a project...Here is a list of web site links to help you do just that --protect yourself.

Thanks for making our research work easier.

hugs,
Robin
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Bravo! Everything you wanted to know about copyright and then some.

Perfect transition and your explanations are clearly stated for easy following.

Excellent.

thanks for putting this one together.

hugs,
Robin

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Review of The Lake  
Rated: E | (3.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest

What a nice tale of a youngster learning how to cope with the death of his father.

I do have some suggestion but don't edit until after the winners are announced.

It's difficult for the reader to keep up with no paragraph spacing. One of the ways to keep a reader's interest is through presentation. double spacing helps heaps here.

suggestions:
make the following two sentences --Maybe it was an illusion[period] Or[comma] was I crazy?

Before I could ponder it's[no apostrophe] its mystery anymore, I heard my mother calling for me.

...my mother[comma}s voice confirmed

Read your work out loud. It gives you a better understanding of what the reader is seeing, feeling, "getting".

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of Redeemed  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest

What a captivating read. Everything is perfect here; the narrative, the plot, the climax. Your dock scene is better than textbook. Awesome description...dialouge. Every word, every nuance, all fits together to engage the reader on several levels.

What a stunning, powerful piece!


Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest

What a treat this story was for me to read. Your dialogue and description are on the money. The action scenes build suspense and then the, "whew," at the ending. Great read.

oh, by the way...i'll be featuring this in april 29th's version of Action/Adventure Newsletter.

My favorite paragraph:
He cocked his head, as if not understanding. I bolted from my seat. He spun his rifle around, as if to head butt me. I dived for his feet, knocking him off balance. We collapsed on the floor of the truck bed, grunting and groaning from our struggle. His rifle flew across the floor. Lunging for his holster, I withdrew his pistol. He grabbed my wrist. The whites of his eyes pierced the growing blackness of night like a star.

Super stuff, Steph.

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest
*Exclaim* Spoiler Alert

Excellent use of dialogue! I love your opening two graphs. crisp and engaging. The reader immediately wants to know more about Amber and your main character.

I have one suggestion, and one grammar edit to offer:
Consider changing this to a third person narrative. For me, Amber seemed more like the main character and then...well...the main character is um, booted out of your story. Rule of thumb, never kill off your main character. *Bigsmile* However, this is only a suggestion, you the author must do what feels right to you and this story.

Grammar- has to do with attribution; aka dialogue tags --I noticed a few:
*Bullet*When the tag comes first, you must follow it with a comma. Ex. Judy looks at Laney and says, “Okay. Let’s take my car.”
*Bullet*When the tag follows the quotation, two things happen:
         *Check3*The tag begins without capitalization. Ex. “No,” she says, fingers still typing at the keyboard.
         *Check3*The quotation ends with a comma. In other words, the comma replaces the period at the end of the quote. “No,” she says, fingers still typing at the keyboard.

*Bullet*If the tag breaks up the quotation, then the quotation will carry on without capitalization. Ex. “Are you,” she pauses to glance down at his mismatched socks, “okay?”


I LOVED reading this. Your quick crisp writing is refreshing!




Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of The Short Pier  
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest

Excellent description. As a reader, I wanted more plot and character development, though.

Suggestions:
your sentence: The mans interest was piqued when out for his morning stroll, as he noticed a single pair of footprints heading out to the far end of the pier to where it hovered above the water as if on air, no footprints led back.

my suggestion: A single pair of footprints heading out to the far end..

As juvenile as it may sound, always read your work out loud. doing so helps to catch typos, and other unintentional errors. It also allows you to hear your work the way the reader does.

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of Only What I Need  
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest

As Lucy and Peter ambled down the shoreline from the pier, water lapped at their ankles.

Excellent opening. You tell the reader who the main characters are in the first few words.

Your description is crisp and on target. Most every word adds to the reading. I enjoyed reading this little horror tale. If you haven't already, you should submit this to the horror/scary newsletter.

Super job.

Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of First Kiss  
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this as a judge in the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest

I do have a suggestion of two:

Your opening graph is nice, but letting the reader know who "she" is right off the bat sharpens your opening. Unless there's a reason to hide this information from the reader, there's no real reason to prolong telling.
...made Grace curl her toes...

Also, you might want to provide the following information in the narrative:

“It’s a big day for her. In this family, turning three is a rite of passage. You’re officially old enough to fish. Our baby isn’t such a baby any more.” Grace and her husband already know this information and is seems "out of place" that they'd be sharining it to each other. Try something like: Grace snuggled closer to him. Kate's third birthday meant she was finally old enough to fish.


What a wonderful heart-felt story you've written. I enjoyed reading about Grace, and Kate
Excellent sentence:
Just a breath of a breeze stirred Katie’s auburn curls, making them dance. dead-on description.

What a sweet story with universal appeal. You did a fantastic job and remember, mine are only suggestions. You as the writer of the story hold supreme authority. *Smile*. You must do what you feel is write for your words and this story.

Also, Remember; please do not make any edits until AFTER the winners are announced so you won't get disqualified.

Good luck with the contest!

Robin


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Review of Hello Sunshine  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this item as a judge in the "ON WINTER BREAK contest.

What a gem you've written. Congratulations on your first place entry! I'll have to double check the rules, but at one time you could submit more than one entry.

I did like you said and took the first one. Both are top0-notch, though. You are a wonderful writer, Brandi. Glad you are around on wdc!

oh, what color ribbon would you like? (Yellow for sunshine)?

Thanks for entering,
Robin
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Brilliant!

*Exclaim* Spoiler Alert!

what a neat little tale. I loved reading about how the poor elephants got tricked into drinking the king's moonshine.
I loved your deliver here, almost chidlike. very impressive.
This sentences helps to add suspense:
What happened next is a little difficult to talk about, even a year after the most unfortunate events took place. It was like this:
I loved reading this line:
It's still a mystery how the chimps figured out how to hot-wire the king's trucks.

super job,
robin


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Rated: E | (4.5)
What a beautiful expression... A wonderful read. Line two has got to be my favorite line:
Though parting hath cooled the brilliant flame

no matter the distance or time, the love is still there.

well done,
Robin

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Review of Keeping  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
You have done a fantastic job at capturing the attention of the reader and keeping him(or her) engaged throughout the story. You accomplished this with the right amount of foreshadowing, theme, suspense and pace.

*Bullet* Watch the overuse of the word "that".

A:That night, I should have noticed that there were a lot more peeves huddling around me than I would have expected.

And really, that should tell you something about a person.

That night, when I fell asleep a second time on her bed, I dreamt that I was back in my parents’ house, but nothing looked familiar. I sat at the dinner table between two complete strangers. When I got up to leave they followed me, asking where I was going.

possible revision: Cuddling in Moira’s bed, I should have noticed how many there were.

And really, that should tell you something about a person.

After falling asleep the second time on her bed, I dreamt I was back in my parents’ house, but nothing looked familiar. I sat at the dinner table between two complete strangers. When I got up to leave they followed me, asking where I was going.


A few of my favorite passages:
*Bullet*Adrenaline shot through me and I broke into a run.
Excellent sentence!
*Bullet*All the flecks in the concrete stood out like Braille, scraping like sandpaper against my skin. Blades of grass shot out of the ground like green swords against the sky, which had turned dark blue. Now I was tiny, and all those things towered over me. Fantastic descriptions. I can see, and feel this scene even though it is out of the ordinary.

*Bullet*My eyes darted to the growling peeve under the chair. Moira saw and reached under to pet it, trying to sooth it back into silence. Very easy for the reader to understand.

What an entertaining read. Isn't it funny? how some of the odd things about a person are so overlooked in the beginning of a relationship? They may even appear endearing, but, in the end they can serve to sever.

Excellent piece,
Robin
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hey there!

I'm reviewing this item as a judge in the "ON WINTER BREAK contest. Thanks for entering.

What a delightful read! The ending MAKES this poem. I loved reading how the house became cleaner..

You blended a wonderful message in with a comedic end. how brilliant.

congratulations on your first place entry.

(oh, what color ribbon would you like?)

Robin
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