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Taking Review Requests [CLOSED] · 11:36am Jan 23rd, 2016

If [OPEN], I am accepting new requests. If [CLOSED], I am working on other things (check back later :twilightsmile:)

If you follow me, then you are likely aware of my ongoing review series. In order to mix things up a little, I am now taking requests for stories to review. Like everything in life, there are some caveats:
*Only request reviews for one of your own stories.

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The Worst of my Stories

Improvement is inevitable, and that means that not everything one writes is going to be good. This is a list of stories I wrote which are bad. Please start with stories besides the ones in this list. I could un-publish them, but even terrible writing has value sometimes. I could do better now, but they are important reminders of how far I've come.

“It's hell writing and it's hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.”
― Robert Hass


Does Anyone Know of Recently Published Medical/Science Thrillers? · 7:23pm Last Monday

Alright, here's an odd request for y'all.

A friend of mine is working on a query letter for her book. Industry standards means she needs to compare her book to other books on the market. None of my writing group could think of appropriate comparisons, so I thought I'd ask here.

She's writing a medical/science thriller. The comparative book can be a little loose, but ideally not that dissimilar. The comparison can not be;

  • Self-published
  • Published a long time ago

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"There is no danger in asking a 'stupid' question: the danger is in continuing without the answer."

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You're welcome, friend. You deserve it!

Of course, I like making others happy and give them a reason to smile. I especially like it when some say "I needed that", that makes me feel good. I just wanna be the light in people's lives. 😇

I'm flattered you took the time to look at my silly user page.

Heh, I was born the year Osmosis Jones came out (2001) and I didn't discover it till 2015 or so, XD

Extremely underrated and one of my favorite films. 🤓

3009174 Thanks!

Based on your userpage, you have been spreading positivity for quite some time. I'm flattered that you took the time to stop by. :raritystarry:

And while your message is definitely positive, I'm also affected by your avatar. That is a nostalgia hit right there. I vaguely remember the movie and cartoon, and did not spare a thought for them between when I watched them and this moment. Twenty year-old nostalgia! :rainbowderp:

2821367 Will do! Can't wait, personally.

Your story actually coerced me into watching an episode of the show, something I have not done in ages.

The show changed a fair bit since when I joined in 2014, but I personally feel there are still some pretty cool eps that bring in some really fun concepts. No clue how other folks will take them, but every now and then I get really nice surprises like I did for Triple Threat, and I feel it's up to fanfic writers and content creators in general to hype up the good stuff when it happens. Otherwise, can hardly blame folks for getting bored, right?

Hope you enjoyed the episode, regardless!

2821326 I should be thanking you for writing such a wonderful story. I meant every word of my recommendation. Your story actually coerced me into watching an episode of the show, something I have not done in ages.

Stay tuned; I'm going to feature as many of the participants as possible in my review series. I still have more to say about your story in particular. :twilightsmile:

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cleverpun's 2016 reading journal · 11:04pm Feb 4th, 2016

A common piece of writing advice is that to become a better writer, one should read a lot. There is truth to this, of course, depending on what one reads.

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