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The Long and Short of Life's Brevity

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emrpoems
 
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Gone To The Beach To Die
You truly are a great writer. Loved the exhale to inhale concept of dying. Held my attention at 1.30 am -long enough to take me to the end and to make me decide that I will visit and read all the chapters


 Comment Written 09-Aug-2015



reply by the author on 09-Aug-2015
    Thank you, Emrpoems, for reading this. Glad it is interesting to you.
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Marvin Calloway
 
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Rating of Chapter 4 -
Gone To The Beach To Die
Jay
Please tell if I have this right.
Lena loves Maretta. Robin, not so much. She could care less about Bob.
Maretta loves Lena and Robin. If she ever loved Bob, she doesn't anymore.
Robin loves Lena and Maretta. Robin could care less about Bob.
Bob may not love anyone but himself.
Lena committed suicide for two reasons. One, she eventually fell in love with Robin and, two, a relationship with Robin's sister, her true love, would be wrong at this point.

If I'm correct, your story is interesting and well written. If I'm wrong, your story is the opposite: well written and interesting.
I paid no attention to your story's length.

Maybe add Kilroy 'was' or 'wasn't here' to catch a few more readers with this reference.

Typo:
Line 1: husband's...(husband, Robin's dying)
Marv


 Comment Written 07-Aug-2015



reply by the author on 07-Aug-2015
    Marv, you are too much. What a delight of a crit! I went back and corrected the possessive. I think I need to study up on that. I've had problems with it before. I don't think the Kilroy reference had meaning to a lot of people since it was dated. It was wildly popular when I was a kid, but when it went out it went way out!

    Your line thrilled me: "If I'm correct, your story is interesting and well written. If I'm wrong, your story is the opposite: well written and interesting."

    Thanks again, Marv.

reply by Marvin Calloway on 07-Aug-2015
    Jay
    Your story really was well written and interesting. Congratulations!
    As with most of my writing, I'm never sure until I get a response.
    Thanks
    Marv
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Gone To The Beach To Die
Writer in this write captures death aspects, victim a time boom, and those who hope this end will not occur, writer bat back and forth detailing situation and feeling aimed to victim -perhaps writer expresses their own fear of dieing


 Comment Written 03-Aug-2015



reply by the author on 04-Aug-2015
    Thank you, TPAC, for reading this. I'm glad it had some value to you.
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Gone but not forgotten
 
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Gone To The Beach To Die
Compelling and intense. I work with those who are dying (volunteer) so this one was particularly important to me. Too bad Lena had to die, too, but a dramatic ending...not entirely unexpected. Effective. Enjoyed it. Thanks.


 Comment Written 28-Jul-2015



reply by the author on 29-Jul-2015
    I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter. I had to work very hard to keep it from slipping into the melodramatic. I really appreciate the six stars.
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I, too, don't know any way that you could have shortened such marvelous description that kept me on the edge of my seat and held my attention breath by breath by breath, waiting for the sudden rush. Great job. :-)


 Comment Written 18-Jun-2015



reply by the author on 18-Jun-2015
    I don't know what's wrong with the site, but I've already answered this, but take this as my bonus thank you.
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Gone To The Beach To Die
Hi, Jay. Good ending chapter. Lots of good firm images throughout.
" From the pocket of her cardigan, Lena withdrew what was about a half-dozen folded tissues she'd put there in case Robin had another fit of coughing. She unfolded one and blew her nose in it. Another she dragged across her eyelids. This was a surprise. She thought she'd kept herself remarkably composed. She never was much of a crier. She jammed the remaining tissues back in her pocket."

I did find myself getting a bit thrown between the story actual, and the thoughts...even though they were in italics for some reason. Just me, no doubt.

Good job with the entire story and good finish. Bob


 Comment Written 17-Jun-2015



reply by the author on 18-Jun-2015
    Thanks Bob for your always incisive crit. You sound like me-- You've noticed the overuse of the thought processes on FanStory being in italics. Actually, I use it infrequently, and then to call attention to an important point. I can think of only one place I used italics for her thoughts and that was the "whimsically-intended" comic conversation of the body shutting down. Were there other places where her thoughts were italicized?

    Thanks, Bob, for your kind words and for your generous rating.
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I'm still seeing her walking toward the waves.
This is a beautiful love story, Jay, and you gave death a believable beginning. One has to hold onto the hope that they are only one exhale and inhale away from seeing each other again.

You couldn't have split this chapter. I didn't find it difficult to read this much at one time.

Bravo.


 Comment Written 17-Jun-2015



reply by the author on 18-Jun-2015
    Thanks, (Is it Ellen?) for your kindness and your generous rating. Yes, to go any further with her walk to the sea might have lapsed it into mawkishness. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

reply by barkingdog on 18-Jun-2015
    The ending was perfect. Impeccable timing, Jay.

    Yep, my name is Ellen.
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Gone To The Beach To Die
Excellent chapter. Seen no mistakes. Writing was interesting.

Not so much as a note left behind! Gone to the beach to die.

Just a note in the bed stand. Gone to the beach to die.



 Comment Written 17-Jun-2015



reply by the author on 18-Jun-2015
    THank you, thee-name. Glad you enjoyed the story.

reply by thee-name on 18-Jun-2015
    thank you!
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Walu Feral
 
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Gone To The Beach To Die
G'day Jay, man I wish I had a six left because that was an extraordinary read mate. The scenery you painted is so vivid, just like watching a movie, amazing stuff. Congratualtions Sir, you are a star. Cheers Fez


 Comment Written 17-Jun-2015



reply by the author on 18-Jun-2015
    Ah, Fez, you are a gentleman! Thanks for your generosity in your comments. Worth a six any day.
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Ulla
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First I want to say, that I am sorry I don't have any six stars left because that is what this piece of writing really deserves. It had me totally captivated and seemed to be over far too soon. A wonderful story and beautifully told. Ulla


 Comment Written 17-Jun-2015



reply by the author on 18-Jun-2015
    Oh, Ulla, that was a sweet think to say. I'm so happy the story resonated with you.
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