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Joined: October 2007
Amicus prefers to read and write in the clarity of bright daylight free from the distracting and potentially corrupting influence of the overabundance of stars in the FanStory universe. Please use the comments or message box to say whatever you want about my writing. Telling me how you respond to my poem and what you think works and/or doesn't work and why may help me grow; star-gazing doesn't. Since stars are free and abundant and beloved by many on this site, I will sprinkle them generously in groups of 4 and 5 at a time when I must, but look to my comments to know what my honest and, I hope, balanced and supported response to your posting is.
Poetry is not a competitive sport.
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FanStory wrote to Amicus: Congratulations! The September winner of the Recognized Writer reward.
September 11, 2011 at 10:54AM
    Writingfundimension: What a wonderful acknowledgement of all that you offer to your fellow site members. Well deserved! Bev
    September 11, 2011 at 10:51AM
    Margaret Snowdon: Congratultions, dear friend.. so well deserved. Margaret
    September 11, 2011 at 10:55AM
    Pili Pubul: Congratulations Amicus, I will start reading your work now , I never had the pleasure.
    September 11, 2011 at 10:57AM
    Alexander E Poet: Congratultions, many more to come
    September 11, 2011 at 10:58AM
    rama devi: Bravo Amicus! How wonderful!
    September 11, 2011 at 11:08AM
    Judian James: Congratulations to you Amicus. Jude
    September 11, 2011 at 11:11AM
    Helen Tan: Congratulations! =D
    September 11, 2011 at 11:15AM
    Bayberry: I was so happy to read of your recognition for quality writing. It is truly well-deserved. :>
    September 11, 2011 at 11:31AM
    starkat: Congratulations Amicus! It's wonderful to see you recognized in this fashion. Fantastic! ;o) Art
    September 11, 2011 at 12:20PM
    pixiemillie: Congratulations, Amicus. Well-deserved.
    September 11, 2011 at 12:23PM
    IndianaIrish: Warmest congratulations and woo hoo to you, Amicus! You're so worthy of this wonderful honor :>)
    September 11, 2011 at 1:17PM
    dbmccarter: I had read some of your work but not all. I went back and read more. I can see why you won the award. Congratulations.
    September 11, 2011 at 1:42PM
    leesm: Very very well deserved my friend. Congratulations.
    September 11, 2011 at 1:51PM
    juliaSjames: Warm congratulations!
    September 11, 2011 at 2:07PM
    writer c: A proper congrats would be in good haiku form, but accept my warmest woohoo for this honor anyway!!!
    September 11, 2011 at 3:00PM
    HighKu: Do your end zone dance! Then back to work! Congratulations for a well deserved recognition.
    All the Best to You!
    September 11, 2011 at 3:31PM
    Amicus: What a nice surprise...Thank you all for your warm well wishes.
    September 11, 2011 at 4:09PM
    mountainwriter49: Congratulations! I'm very proud of you and so pleased you have been recognized for your exceptional writing. -ray
    September 11, 2011 at 5:16PM
    adewpearl: A well-earned win, my friend :-)
    Make sure Ben knows he has reason to be proud ;-)
    September 11, 2011 at 5:27PM
    Belinda: Hi, Amicus, congratulations. I agree fully with the Committee for this right choice. Belinda
    September 11, 2011 at 6:33PM
    Lois Delaney: Congratulations, Amicus. What an honour is must be, but a well-deserved one at that.
    September 11, 2011 at 6:53PM
    Jay Squires: Hearty congratulations, Amicus.

    September 11, 2011 at 7:07PM
    flygirl254: My Wahoooooo!!! to you, my friend, with extra "oo"s included.

    You have done so much to help James and I learn. I believe you are so deserved of this award, and I am one who thanks you profusely for being you!!!
    September 11, 2011 at 7:10PM
    easyeverett: Couldn't happen to a
    more deserving writer
    my friend. easy
    September 11, 2011 at 7:18PM
    another jim: This is terrific news, Amicus...well done, my very poetic friend!
    September 11, 2011 at 8:03PM
    Quire's Gal: Congrats my friend on a well deserved honor!
    September 11, 2011 at 9:58PM
    MelissaBickel: Congratulations kiddo. Well deserved.
    September 12, 2011 at 9:47PM
    BarnCat: Amicus -- so well deserved! Congratulations my friend!
    September 21, 2011 at 10:33PM

Amicus: Way to go, Cuomo! I am proud to be a New Yorker today :>)
June 25, 2011 at 11:25AM
    MacNizzle: Yay! I am very happy for New York! I wish California would get its act together :/
    June 25, 2011 at 3:18PM
    another jim: I'll ditto Amicus's sentiments on New York State's decision to recognize gay marriage! Amazing what a little bipartisanship can accomplish.

    One of the Republican state senators who changed his mind and voted in favor of this new law was from my neck of the woods. Of course, the state's Conservative Party went ballistic and essentially disowned him, so now I'm hoping that his constituents will re-elect him anyways for representing THEIR interests instead of those of some homophobic political ideologues...
    June 26, 2011 at 10:17AM
    Bayberry: Hearty CONGRATULATIONS on the success of your Nature Haiku entry!
    August 3, 2011 at 6:08AM
    rama devi: Bravo Amicus! How wonderful!
    September 11, 2011 at 11:07AM

Amicus: Happy Bloomsday!
June 16, 2011 at 11:13AM
    another jim: Yeah, I'll 'fess up: I googled it! James Joyce has his own holiday? Who knew? (Not I...but that's what I get for majoring in psychology.)

    Read "Ulysses" in high school. IMHO, there should be a holiday for those who understood it! LOL!
    June 16, 2011 at 2:54PM
    Amicus: Wow...must have been an advanced high school...most folks read The Dubliners...I read it first as an honors English Lit. student in a third year novel course...and have loved it ever since. :>)
    June 16, 2011 at 7:30PM
    adewpearl: My husband was a huge Joyce fan. Every year he went to a Bloomsday celebration. Some years he would just go to the Philly one closeby and sometimes he'd go all out and go to the one in NYC. Folks would read from Ulysses all day long. :-)
    June 17, 2011 at 6:30AM
    another jim: Woodstock it ain't, but it does have a certain charm, I guess...

    June 17, 2011 at 7:52AM

Amicus: LOL...before you get hung up on the relationship of your value as a writer and the FanStory star rating and ranking system, consider this. I posted a rather dumb/silly poem late the other night in the Comment Only category that I always post in but the site somehow released it for star ratings. Before I noticed this the next morning and had Tom change it, the poem had received 10 five star ratings and I received notice that once I posted a second poem (presumable for star rating) I would receive a rank. At the same time even though I had never posted a poem for rating this year let alone two, I was given the rank now displayed beside my name. When I asked Tom to remove this he said "Sorry it is automatic" and told me only if I dismantle the poem will the meaningless rank disappear. I have not yet dismantled because the poem was still receiving comments under promotion and entered in a site contest still undecided. So this morning, I received notice in a congratulatory automatic ego building canned message style from the site that the poem had been "Recognized" due to the excellent reviews it received (translation: it got 10 unsolicited computer error star reviews and 6 other comments which tripped a confused automatic faux ego boost back slap hurrah feature somewhere). So, computer error has lifted me from an unranked (presumably sub 978 ranked poet, as that is the last ranked one)to #540 and gained me "Recognition" both of which will be gone forever, hopefully, once I dismantle (which I will do when the contest in which this poem is entered is decided.) Why some folks take this nonsense seriously and pump cash money into promoting highly, hoping, I assume from some of the venomous replies made in response to less than five star reviews, to attract positive reviews, rank and recognition truly escapes me and seems a sad thing.
May 15, 2011 at 2:43PM
    Jotting Pen: Darn, and I thought all those stasts meant I was good...
    May 16, 2011 at 4:20AM
    tamarap2: Maybe if all poems were posted with the same member dollars reward, we would have a ranking based more on talent than purchase, but I guess the site has to make money and this is how.
    May 24, 2011 at 9:52PM
    Larrypic11: Congrats. Your haiku was beautiful. Larry
    May 27, 2011 at 10:17AM

Amicus: I posted my last poem for Comments Only as I always do but for some reason I am getting star ratings ... this is a FanStory glitch as I double checked to see if I had posted in the category I normally do and I had. So, please don't think I am not walking my talk...I am just a helpless victim of the SYSTEM and have asked to have the matter remedied ASAP.
May 13, 2011 at 12:41PM

November 2, 2010 at 11:12AM
    another jim: Amen, brother!
    November 2, 2010 at 12:07PM
    Border Reiver: What are you all voting about?
    November 2, 2010 at 3:42PM
    adewpearl: I tried to vote, vote, vote, vote, but after the first time, they turned me away! :-)
    November 2, 2010 at 3:57PM
    another jim: We have elections every year, BR, for one thing or another.

    This year we're voting for Members of Congress (Federal legislative Representatives and Senators), our State Governors, State legislators, a variety of judges, local government officials, etc. In other words, just about everything but President! (Not sure if the UK has the equivalent of "states"...districts, maybe?)

    These elections vary by individual state, and some of them are "staggered" (so we don't vote out/in our entire U.S. Senate all at once, for example).

    For political junkies like me, it's a bigger holiday than Christmas! Though I do miss the presents...LOL!

    Now, aren't you glad you asked? ;-D
    November 2, 2010 at 4:17PM
    Border Reiver: Thanks Jim, we only have local, general (national) and European elections, each every four years if I remember correctly, or perhaps local and EU ones are every 2 years. I'm not 100 sure. We certainly don't have them every year.
    November 3, 2010 at 3:53PM
    adewpearl: Every blooming person I voted for lost - I have to work on that multiple vote technique for next time!
    November 4, 2010 at 3:31PM
    Writingfundimension: Congratulations on your well-deserved win with senryu (forced to lay off staff). It was superb. Best wishes. Bev
    March 6, 2011 at 12:26AM

Amicus: LOL...forgot to hit the comments only button on this week's Aha posting when I first posted and so ended up on the front page... looking hypocritical, I am, I have not given up my desire to avoid ranking and rating, I just had some brain fatigue and forgot to post in the right category. :>)
July 3, 2010 at 2:23AM
    adewpearl: Next you'll be blaming it on the fairies! ;-)
    July 3, 2010 at 6:30AM
    jadapenn: I have brain fatigue syndrome. I fail to write much and it's not from lack of muses. I have 4 of them and counting. lol. Oh, what's ranking and rating again???? :)
    September 23, 2010 at 3:08PM
    DARRYL ASHTON: Too many awards. Over impressive!
    April 21, 2011 at 12:44PM

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September 2011

haiku (blue jays) finished first in the member created contest "Nature Haiku"
November 20 at 12:10PM
senryu ( at the bakery sale) finished first in the member created contest "Write a Senryu"
September 18 at 2:10AM
The Good Life finished first in the member created contest "Naani Poem"
August 20 at 12:10PM
The American Problem finished first in the member created contest "Naani Poem"
August 15 at 6:10PM
haiku (finding fiddleheads) finished first in the member created contest "Haiku Poem"
August 14 at 12:08AM
haiku (savage storm) finished first in the member created contest "Write a Nature Haiku"
August 3 at 2:10AM
Senryu (my hero's Gandhi) finished first in the member created contest "Senryu You!"
June 25 at 12:10PM
senryu (lonely afternoon) finished first in the member created contest "Senryu Poetry"
June 23 at 2:10AM

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