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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (3.5)
Dear Friend,

I can tell from the first part of the story, this is very interesting and I would love to read it, however, the very small, light-colored text is very hard to read. If I'm having a hard time reading it, you can be sure others will as well. I would like to recommend you choose darker colors, use one color for Andrew and another contrasting color for Timothy to make reading this easier for the reader. I would also like to recommend choosing a 3.5 or larger font.
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
As a native Texan, growing up in south-central Texas and now living in east Texas I frequently encounter conversations in Spanish. You have a very solid list of standard, basic words that would enable simple conversation. For the first several words, you included the phonetic spelling to aid the reader in the pronunciation of the word but did not carry that through the whole list. That could cause a reader a little confusion but wouldn't take away from what your vocabulary list could teach. I might suggest maybe adding a sentence using each word as well. Some Spanish words can be nearly identical but have very different meanings...so by using them in a sentence it might help improve the reader's understanding. I found this list to be very helpful.
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a deeply emotional story that conveys a wide range of feelings and makes it easy for the reader to relate to the writer. At some point, most everyone faces these or very similar questions and I love how you describe each person being a locked room that had a hidden key required to open them up. That was brilliant! I hope everyone finds their personal key.
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Review of Fame?  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
wow, that turned creepy rather quickly! I sure hope you won first place because it sure deserves it! I'm so impressed with the number of visual details you added and kept the word count so low, that is a skill I've yet to come anywhere close to learning. Your story hooked me right away and kept me hooked right to the very end and I like that it left the reader wondering what might happen next?
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Hi there,

You read and review an item in my portfolio. An essay about To Kill or Not Kill and this is to reciprocate your choosing to spend time reading something I wrote and caring enough to review it. I couldn't help but be drawn to this item about emojis and punctuation.

This is brilliant!! Aside from the perfect tool to help older children learn the vital importance of proper punctuation, it would also serve to help remind adults as well. I enjoyed reading this very much, and it makes a VERY good point. I seem to notice a trend in replacing some punctuations with the emojis. Especially among teens and pre-teens. If you don't mind, I will love to promote this on my newsfeed to encourage others to come read it...I think it is that awesome.

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This is very rich in details and emotions. It grabs the reader and drags them into the drama of the battle almost immediately. I like the fast but steady pace and I feel it is a firm foundation for whatever your building up to. I'm looking forward to the next part.
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Review of Oubliette  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Dear Beholden,

Thank you for signing up for the Deadly Deceptions Competition and submitting this audition entry. I must say, it is a fabulously creepy and disturbing creation and I loved every nail-biting moment of it. Plus, I learned a new, cool word, and torture method!

Based on what you submitted and after exploring your portfolio, I'd be thrilled to offer you one of the 25 spots for the Deadly Deception Competition. Due to a lack of sign-ups, and my not knowing about Nano prep...I am considering strongly moving my competition to perhaps January. This way folks won't have to choose between NaNo or my competition as both demand a certain amount of commitment on time and effort. I will keep you well informed of the developments.

Thank you for entering and I really look forward to seeing your killer entries in the competition!

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
Your kitty sounds delightful, I have nearly a dozen of my own furball friends. Thank you for the purrrfect trinket!
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hello Wiskers,

Happy belated Labor Day. I found your item on the Read & Review list and today I will be giving you a review in association with Positive Heart's Review Group.

I found your story to be humorous and lite but I especially liked that you based your story on factual tidbits. You filled your story with vivid details that made the story come alive and pop from the pages, all while keeping the pace at a steady clip. Never underestimate a groundhog! Thank you for an amusing and adventurous read.

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
That was delightful! I think it would appeal to many young, adventurous boys. Your the father of three girls...when are you gonna try an adventure story with a precocious young girl??
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Hi Ruth,

Even without being a part of a review group, your portfolio is always one of my favorite places to visit. To spend time in and read. Also, I am not doing this for a merit badge, though your offer is very generous. Thank you for taking the time to read the letter I posted and to respond.

The Joy that passeth all understanding is indeed a wonderful place to be. I believe, its because when we are in that particular place, we are in the presence of Jesus and HE is our source of unimaginable peace. Well, makes sense since he is our Prince of Peace.

You point out and bring to focus on something very vital. Like many of our emotions, WE do have the capability to CHOOSE them. It is a discipline most have just never taken the time to develop and they allow their emotions to control THEM and they allow outside influences to control their emotions, rather than keeping control over them. No, controlling them is not easy and as I said, it is a discipline that must be learned and practiced. But, it IS within our capability if we choose to harness it. I'm still learning and have a long way to go yet.

You hit the nail on the head when you said, "Almost every time I shared this idea with someone, a storm hit in my own life and the time had come to make a choice and, thankfully, I consistently chose joy." Oh yes, that is because that ol devil loves nothing more than to steal the peace Jesus wants to give us! He dances with glee when our emotions run amuck and cause is turmoil, confusion and all kinds of upheaval. That's when he knows he has us firmly in HIS control. HE hates when we override him and make the CHOICE to keep our JOY and we let nothing stand between us and our Joy that GOD gives us. Why? Cos a peaceful heart filled with joy is also a heart unwilling to listen to his whispers.

I loved your article and how you expressed yourself. You write very well, and always with the touch of love that comes only from a person who is shining their light for Jesus. In all you write, you lift HIM up and for that, you are one of my favorite writers here.

With Sisterly Love in Christ,
Tina
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hello My Friend,

Because you are my friend and because to took the time to respond to my newsfeed letter and said you welcome all reviews, guess what? That's right. I am doing this review in association with the Positive Hearts Review group. A new group that started the first of this month.

I admire the skill with which you bring your characters to life. The humor and details you put in your story are vibrant and make it come alive while keeping it flowing and moving forward at a nice pace. Really, I could read your stories all day long and never get bored! It's obvious this is still a work in progress and I will be looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

Wishing you best wishes,
Tina
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)
Dear Crusader,

I found you on the Newbie forum and decided to check out your Getting to Know your item. I am reviewing your item today in association with a new group here on WDC called Positive Hearts Review Group.

After reading your first item mentioned above, I went and read a few more of your items, to get a better understanding of you and your writing. I will admit, reading your items was somewhat of a challenge because of your random use of capital letters and you write in one large block of text rather than separating your thoughts and words into paragraphs. BUT, those things also forces a reader to slow down and actually READ and THINK about what it is they are reading.

One of the very best lines you wrote was," I Enjoy Writing Very Because It Helps Me Feel Good About Me." I had to smile at that because I can't think of a better reason for writing than that. I think you stated it wonderfully.

In another line, you said, "Just Tired of What I am Now For the Most Part." I think a lot of people can identify with you and we all know change, especially personal change is not always easy nor does it happen fast.

I am so happy to see you here on writing.com. Crusader, I really hope to encourage you to continue writing to make yourself happy. Keep filling your writing with your emotions and truths, and sharing with us about your life and everything that makes you, the special rare person that you are. If you don't mind, I am going to mark you as one of my favorites so I can know when you post something new. I don't want to miss anything you have to say!

Wishing you the very best,
Tina
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Review of Memories  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello JJ,

I found your item on the read & review page. I'll be doing this review in association with the Positive Hearts Review Group, a new group just started this month, which focuses on positive, honest reviews.

This made me cry. As a fellow animal lover, I could relate to this so well, as I've lost a few beloved pets over the years. I almost didn't click to review this because it states it is a poem.
I'm glad I did, however. Not because it looks nothing like a poem, because it's not in a standard poem format, but because the words are so sweet and heartfelt. You can feel the emotion and love you poured into this, and as I said, it moved me to tears. To elect that kind of response from a reader is good writing in my opinion no matter what format is used. This poem was unexpected and moving and is a lovely tribute to Mittens.

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review of The Semicolon  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Hello Flyfishercatcher,

You took the time to read and give me a wonderfully detailed review the other day. Since then, I've joined a review group and I decided I would return the favor you blessed me with. You pointed out some very strong grammar errors of mine and I was thankful. You put me on the path to really learn more about sentence structure and your topic of the semicolon was "discovered" at the perfect time.

Unlike my story, your essay got my attention right away. You made something that would have been kinda dull, interesting by sharing your personal story and sharing about your discovery about your own writing. To be honest, I never considered the length of my sentences and I am thankful your essay shines a light on that and gives me a reason to consider this. Now, I wonder how many times in my own stories could I break up some of my longer sentences and use a semicolon? I think you would have made a great teacher basied on this essay.

With all Sincerity,
Tina
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello Mervyn,

I found your story on Please Review. I am reviewing today in association with the Positive Hearts Review group.

Well, I haven't even read Chapters one -three, and I'm hooked. Now, I feel the need to go back and start reading from the first. I've always been a sucker for a good western. I really like the fast pace of your story, yet you're so good with your use of vivid imagery. I can conjure up a detailed picture of what's being described in my mind. I just met your characters and they jump off the page at me. So lifelike and real. It's all the little things you took time to add that make them come alive. I can't wait to go back and read from the beginning.

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review of Tiger Lily  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Yes, that really was different coming from you. But wow, it was really good. Very engaging
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Howdy Winchester,

It is me again, I just could not stay away from your portfolio. Oh my goodness and this time, I laughed so hard my husband had to ask what the heck I was reading! He and I both grew up having guinea pigs, rabbits, and hamsters. No snakes. Every parent needs this story in their arsenal of parenting tools. How many kids worldwide beg for pets then, do exactly this, forget to feed them!? If only parents could just pull this out and tell them to read it and keep a straight face!

Ohh and what a wicked, mischievous Grandpa! Telling such a story right at bedtime, and while camping no less. What a hoot!

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Hello Hugh,

I recently joined a new review group here on WDC called the Positive Heart Review group and we specialize in positive, honest reviews. I was looking for an item to review and came across your short story.

This had an unexpected twist. You set up the twist very well. Lulled your reader into thinking this was just a nervous, silly woman inviting a somewhat reluctant guy to her house for dinner. At first, you think oh he must be shy or a loner, then you get them in the end! I like the subtle approach and that this story is rather quick-paced. I'd actually love to read more and hear how that dinner actually went, but another thing I like is you actually left that wide open for the reader to use their own imagination as to how that played out.

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review of The Frog  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello Winchester,

I am a member of a review group called Positive Heart Reviews and we give positive, honest reviews. I was looking for something to review and came across your brilliant story.

This is a delightful story! At first, I felt a bit of dread, not knowing which direction this story was going to turn. You did a nice job capturing the bottled up feelings inside of the little girl and they rang very true. I love that the frog didn't do anything outrageous, there was no long drawn out conversation between her and the frog, it left the reader wonder a bit. Did she ever see the frog again? Did it ever speak to her? It lets the reader's mind conjure up so many questions, and for me, that is brilliant writing. Not everything is completely laid out, there is something left for the reader to ponder. You captured the little girl so sweetly, she just popped of the page and I could almost hear that slap-slap of the screen door with my own ears.

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review of Bully  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello Ari,

I am giving this review in association with Positive Heart's Review group. I am not sure what to make of this character's choice in how to deal with a bully. It is well written and the characters are well developed and pop from the page with your vivid imagery. It makes for some exciting reading and the pace is nice and fast, which will engage young readers and keep their attention span. I admire your skill when it comes to capturing children and their dialog. That is a skill I've yet to really get a hold of. It looks well-edited and polished. Beautiful job.

Sincerely,
Tina
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Review of Berries  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (4.0)
Hello TTGamer,

This is a very short but powerfully written story. Your description is vivid and easily allows me, the reader to feel what your character is feeling. You can almost feel the lump of dread building in the pit of your stomach when she starts to eat the berries. It's so sad, and dark and emotional! Eloquently written in so few words, which to me takes great skill!

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Sincerely,
Tina
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Review of Hannah  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hey Buddy, I joined a review group called Positive Hearts and guess what? I decided to vist my good buddy and see what gems he has added to his port since the last time I checked. And, guess what? I was not disappointed.

As usual, your article was fun, taught me something I did not know and injected some humor not only in the writing but into my day as well. Taco Cat and step on no pets were my personal favorites I'll take away from this. Thanks for another awesome read!

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Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello, I am giving this review in association with the Positive Hearts Group. The reason I am telling you this is because my logo doesn't seem to always work!

Your article is inspiring. I am also a southern woman and I lived in GA for several years, near Tallapoosa and Cedartown. Oh I do remember a lot of talk about roots and the little old lady I took care of, (I was a caregiver) was raised and grew up in the mountains. And mountain folks have their own set of beliefs. Your article makes a very strong point that all Christians need to be aware of on a daily basis, and that is to not let ANYTHING separate them from God's love. A lot of times our own lack of faith can hinder the works God wants to do in our lives. But also sin or something else can also block us from what God desires to do for us. God desires to only give us the good stuff. The blessings. It is so easy to let things slip in between us and God's love, so we should be ever vigilant. Thank you for your well written, inspiring article and the reminder to never let anything separate me from God's Love.
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Review of Trinkets  
Review by Talky Tina
Rated: E | (5.0)
Aww, she was a gorgous kitty and I know she will forever live in your heart, stories and memory. As a cat lover, I have an even dozen right now. A few are babies and will be adopted out when they are old enough. Thank you for the lovely trinket. Here is a little something for you or your group or however you wish to use it.
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