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lightink
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Congratulations, Mark!
Imaginative and fun entry!
I love how it doesn't quite take anything seriously -
Fanstory, Professional critiques, or first time 'encounters' ;).
Hikarious! I especially liked the sour New York Times article!

Also, way to go in spreading gossips!
LOL! I only know one married couple here, and I bet they would deny! :)
Your wife doesn't happen to be on the site, right? :)

Thank you for this fun contribution!
Now, if you excuse me, I have a book signing to attend ;)

Jyoti


 Comment Written 12-Aug-2020



reply by the author on 13-Aug-2020
    Thanks so much for reading and for this great review - especially uplifting coming from a writer of your caliber.
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One of the most facetious stories I've ever read, on FanStory or anywhere else. One of the best aspects of this story is that truly that might be exactly how it would happen. Bravo.


 Comment Written 08-Aug-2020



reply by the author on 10-Aug-2020
    Thanks Roberta. I actually have had arguments with my GPS in real life (though none quite like the one in the story),

reply by Roberta Lawrinsky on 11-Aug-2020
    best
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Dear Mystery Imaginative Writer,

hahaha What fun! And, no, I can't guess who these characters might be - we've had several site relationships over the years. But they sound like a fun couple! haha

This piece was just great - it was really well-written and imaginative and delightfully entertaining. The poetry you shared here was clever --borderline genius, actually -- and the 'reviews' of them were even better? Hmmm... don't know about that. But they were definitely good.

I do have some notes for you, though - take a look:
1.) just being "his thing", the way ee cumming(')s "thing" was not
--> don't have to use a shift key to add a single apostrophe...?

2.) "I'm Lydia(.)"

3.) "Lydia, from Fan(S)tory. You're Chitown Charlie, right?"
--> this needs to be corrected in every instance throughout the story...

4.) "I guess 'The Hydrant' was just a stupid poem about a dog peeing after all(,)" wrote a critic in the New Yorker).
--> this actually ends up being a speech tag, I think, so the comma goes inside the quote marks, please

That's it. Thanks so much and good luck. Obviously, I sure enjoyed it a BUNCH!



 Comment Written 07-Aug-2020



reply by the author on 07-Aug-2020
    Thanks so much for taking the time to read this so thoroughly and to point out the SPAG fixes. Very helpful. Thanks also for the six.
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Hahaha... this story has "winner" written all over it for the contest. I love the made-up reviews where "artspeak" wins out over common sense. Yes, it was just a poem about a dog peeing on a firehydrant. Artyfarty reviewers mislead the public into thinking they are dumb and don't understand poetry. I love your combination of prose and poetry, showcasing your skill at both.

Need a change of gender: since the moment she learned she'd (should be he'd) be signing his books here in Greenwich Village.

Need to add an "e":
"I think I first suspected it was you when I read 'Lonely Chees(e)heads'.


 Comment Written 03-Aug-2020



reply by the author on 05-Aug-2020
    Thanks for the review (and for noticing the typos) - I'm glad you appreciated the jab at "artyfarty" (nice word) reviewers.
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What an excellent piece! I really loved it. It's heart-warning and so funny.

Just one thing, you misspelled "Cheesehead" as "cheeshead".

Thanks again for sharing this.


 Comment Written 03-Aug-2020



reply by the author on 05-Aug-2020
    Thanks for the review and for calling my attention to the typo - it's always nice when the first person to review a piece notices things like that.
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Sharon Haiste
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I think this is an interesting entry for the How Would it Happen? contest.
This story is clear and well written. No, I can't guess who they are.
Well done and I wish you good luck with the contest.
Sharon


 Comment Written 03-Aug-2020



reply by the author on 03-Aug-2020
    Thanks Sharon.
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Iza Deleanu
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Leaving the dream baby to the extreme - on a table- this is quite a shocking story but it fills well the contest requirements. thank you for sharing and good luck with the contest.


 Comment Written 03-Aug-2020



reply by the author on 03-Aug-2020
    Thanks so much Iza. I couldn't think of an ending for this story, so I figured sex on a table was as good as any.
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