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A magical, mystical place...sometimes.

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sanejane
 
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I thought it was a fable, but your notes explain; it's a cautionary tale. As you know, I'm nre around here, but I have already seen a couple of writers being singed. Is it cruelty, insensitivity or envy, or a combination of the three? Maybe you have been victim to it, in which case I suggest it's envy. I'm not a bad poet; some think I'm brilliant, but I feel a touch of envy when I absorb your wonderful wordsmithery. Envy is fine if it comes without bitterness, and is accompanied by honest admiration. It pushes us to try and improve our work.

Enough prattle.

You've made your point succinctly, with style and elegance. This poem is a triumph. You're probably going to get bored with me saying that.

I have no choice but to give you another six. Throw it in the sky, to light your darkest nights.

I wish you well, friend,
Jane


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016


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I totally agree with your words of wisdom. If we are to survive, it's up to us to voice our opinions. Some have left and are leaving because of the so-called reviews that sometimes insult the writer. Some reviews are just for the site money and I wouldn't call them reviews at all. I think there needs to be more guidelines, not chat lines for reviewing. Thanks for a splendid presentation with a good message. XX K.


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Dean,

You have an excellent point that you've conveyed brilliantly here.
Tons of impressive metaphors and imagery and rhymes. If I had not
read your notes, I would barely have known you were writing about
the site...which is a good thing.

I agree with your author notes that things have really changed here.
Enough said. Pity a post is needed to ask people to be kind. I'm
glad you put it to the top. It's always a good reminder to all...both
new and old poets.

You have a stunning presentation as well,
Linda


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 05-Dec-2016
    Hello, Linda.
    Thank you for your time spent reading and reviewing Fanstoria
    As always your comments are very much appreciated.
    ~Dean
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I really enjoy your poetry. Especially this kind. I don't know what has provoked this posting, but I can only assume it's because you cop a lot of flak from those who don't like what you write for whatever reason they may have.
WELL- TOO BAD.!!! I can only encourage you on and say " Let 'em all rot". They are only jealous of your talent and the freedom you have to express yourself.
Some people are bound by constraints of belief or social custom that prevent them from saying all they might want to say. That's their problem, not yours. However, I do admire the eloquence with which you deal with these sad folk. This poem is a very good one with a moral to it. I like the rhyme structure and the artwork is brilliant (as always) Well done cheers Cass




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I agree. I have been on this site for about 8 years. I feel though that not only on this site but society in general has lost the ability to be polite with each other. As always I stand in awe of your talent.


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 05-Dec-2016
    Hello, Barbara.
    Thank you for your time spent reading and reviewing Fanstoria
    As always your comments are very much appreciated.
    ~Dean
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I fortunately have been spared disrespectful reviews. Usually, in the past (I've been a member for eight years) I followed the three-strikes-your-out rule before muting a FanStorian, and they were typically newbies. I haven't muted anyone for over a year, but it's probably simply been due to luck. Thank you for warning us about a direction we don't want the site to take. I relished your title, mood-setting pictures and rhymed quatrains in telling this allegorical fairytale. Here's to listening with an open mind! -Joan


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 04-Dec-2016
    Let's face it, Joan, some of the topics I choose to write about may be very controversial to some.
    That's okay.
    So, to some extent, I leave myself open to critical reviews. That, and my presentations seem to stir up a great deal of anger for some reason.
    I've been told by more than one reviewer that I show no more talent in my writing than does a second rate MTV video.
    To me, that's very belittling.
    I ALWAYS write my poems first before I go in search of pictures to compliment them.
    Thank you for your supportive comments.
    ~Dean

reply by Joan E. on 04-Dec-2016
    I am surprised that reviewers would criticize your artwork selections, regardless of their personal genre preferences. Oh, well--try to ignore the negativity and keep enjoying your creations and sharing them with the majority of us who salute your talent and artful ensembles. Hugs- Joan

reply by the author on 04-Dec-2016
    Thank you, Joan, that's very kind of you to say.
    I will do my best to do just that.
    Warmest regards,
    ~Dean
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Agree with your assessment.

That is why I have so many times made references to the fact I SIMPLY DO NOT CARE WHAT ANYBODY REMARKS ABOUT MY WRITING AS LONG AS THEY DO IT HONESTLY and not in spite.

As a professional Freelance Writer, there is nothing anybody on this site could tell me negatively I have not already heard from publishers.

If I had listened to these naysayers, I would not have my book Astatula, and Cody Schroder, sitting in Hollywood with a full length motion picture being discussed from the book.

Did I get lucky and catch a rising star with Cody? Perhaps. I have spent a life time writing before he came along though.

Do I allow their comments to bother me? Not a chance. Although so many other members do.

Do not give them less than 5 stars, no matter how terrible their writing is though. That always starts another war.

So, I simply keep doing what I tell so many other writers to keep doing on FanStory and elsewhere. The best advice I have ever been given as a Writer in more than 25 years of making my living as one:

ALWAYS WRITE FOR YOUR OWN ENJOYMENT!

If only more members on this site understood this concept they would be much happier.

A posting like this, coming from you, a member so many others respect as a person and as a writer, may shed some light on this topic.


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 05-Dec-2016
    Hello, Brett.
    Thank you for your time spent reading and reviewing Fanstoria
    As always your comments are very much appreciated.
    ~Dean
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I am Cat
 
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Hello Dean,
I've no idea what's going on around here... I do know it's just no 'fun' at the top anymore. I mean, there is a certain amount of satisfaction seeing your name there, but it just seems not to be worth the hassle most of the time.
You're right, people could be nicer.
It's the same way on Facebook or any other site.
I think that people believe, since there's no actually breathing, living human
looking back at them, eyes beseeching, that it's 'ok' to be cruel.

It's not.

That being said... as far as reviewing goes, I could care less what style or what theme you write about... I'm reviewing your technique. Your ability to evoke emotion, and just how well you did that.

THAT'S why it gets the six.
For some people, it will merely be the fact that you said it, one way or the other,
that makes them rate the way they rate.

That's not right.
Hell, someone said the other day that my poem was a SIX, but since I actually 'explained' the rules for the form in the author's notes... it confused them and they gave it a five.

wtf?
lol

At any rate, my hand is killing me, but I HAD to stop and tell you that this rocks and so do you. Don't EVER let anyone tell you differently, ok?

Hugs to you
Cat


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016


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S1, L2 - replace "yet" with "and" - it's not wrong, but IMO, 'and' is better

S4, L3 - meter stumble; perhaps try this:"The ancient bard? Transformed he then, and sprouted wings - dark skies soon formed,"

Last stanza, L2 - "Don't shut (him) out..."= 'them' is plural; someONE is singular. If those with plebeian views want to mock proper grammar, let 'em, IMO...
If you make this change, you can then use 'thoughts' in the first line to avoid the repetition of 'mind' in the second line.

Dean, even with the suggestions I have made, this is an exceptional poem. I think what happens is that after awhile, folks become accustomed to outstanding work from a certain author, and so the expectations grow until it's nigh on impossible to dazzle them.

I am going to send you something via email, and I want you to read it - and - take it to heart. I have, for better or for worse. I'm fed up with being taken for granted.


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016


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This is one of those poems that everyone who cares about this site should read. I, too, have seen some big changes over the last three years, and unfortunately, many not for the better. The angry always seem to be the most resentful, seldom casting their ire toward perceived perpetrators, but anyone within range. A little kindness and understanding will go a long way. Thanks for another fine poem. :-)


 Comment Written 04-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 05-Dec-2016
    Hello, Ric
    Thank you for your time spent reading and reviewing Fanstoria
    As always your comments are very much appreciated.
    ~Dean
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