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Smurphgirlsasha
http://www.fanstory.com/smurphgirlsasha
Location: Mazatlan
Gender: Female
Born: 12/23/1945
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: February 2009
INFORMATION
After re-editing it for the tenth time, I have just published, Celebrate the Dandelions on Smashwords.com in e book form under the pen name, Valerie. It is a great site and I highly recommend it to everyone. The price is 5.99 and you can read 20 percent free before deciding to purchase it. The new cover should appear in 24 hours. Unlike the paperback, the e book has color illustrations painted by the author.

Smurphgirlsasha loves to write and primarily writes non fiction. She has had a fascinating life and feels it is the perfect source for subject matter. Her first book, A Leaf on the Wind -- her autobiography-- (republished as Celebrate the Dandelions) won the FS Seal of Approval, something she is quite proud of. She is currently working on editing "The Truth About Rabbit Holes", the fascinating story of when she worked undercover for the Seattle Police and US Treasury Department.

Smurphgirlsasha is also an accomplished painter studying art at the Angela Peralta School of Fine Arts near her house in Mazatlan, Mexico.

She has sold many of her paintings to the locals and tourists visiting on vacation. As many of the local artists do, she uses her house as a gallery to display her art.

She enjoys living alone in her apartment near the ocean. She enjoys painting, walking, writing, and falling asleep watching old movies.

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Life is too short to wear beige....
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FanStory wrote to Smurphgirlsasha: Congratulations! Just Tell me Why Pt 3 is the new Story of the Month!
October 11 at 12:13AM
    michaelcahill: Ahhh .... you can make ANYTHING sound interesting, but you can make SOMETHING sound downright compelling! Congrats. Well deserved. :))
    October 11 at 12:17AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!
    October 11 at 12:48AM
    kiwigirl2821: Congratulations dear friend. A well deserved win! xoxo
    October 11 at 3:31AM
    Spitfire: Well, I voted for you. :-)
    Always good to discover a winner.
    October 11 at 10:50PM
    LaRosa: Congratulations Lady!
    October 12 at 12:30AM
    emptypage: Congratulations, Sasha!!!!
    October 12 at 3:42AM
    Margaret Snowdon: Just popped in and saw you've won lst place for your - Just Tell Me Why - congratulations, my friend.
    October 12 at 11:13AM

Smurphgirlsasha: How sad when an honest review of someone's writing results in being muted. I guess, honesty is not what some writers are looking for on this site. They apparently only want positive comments. and nothing less than 5 or 6 stars, even when their writing needs improvement. Yes, this is very sad.
May 10 at 1:57PM
    giraffmang: Welcome to my world...
    May 10 at 5:15PM
    DR DIP: personally I think the star system isn't a true reflection of some works. The benchmark is set high and 5 and 6 stars has become the norm for not upsetting other poets although on saying that I don't come across many poets I have fanned whose work is not deserving Strangely I have fanned poets for their quality of work. the dollar value is not even considered when I review a work
    I haven't just fanned people for the sake of numbers. I am sure there are many more wonderful poets I have not fanned but the amount in my portfolio allows me to comment on each and everyone of them that post.

    dip
    May 10 at 5:32PM
    Dean Kuch: Welcome to my world too...
    May 12 at 1:46AM
    Sankey: Yep Sasha, I have taken reviews hard initially but then I go back and appreciate the harder reviewer for helping me improve
    May 14 at 11:21PM
    Halfree: Have long known that reviews do not reflect reality. Spent some time reading postings and the associated reviews and I conclude that most reviews are exchangs of platuteds . However, there are reviewers that undersatand how reviews work. I have reviewed some very good writers, and reading those few brings me back to why I signed on
    May 15 at 8:39AM
    Halfree: So right you are
    May 16 at 8:25AM
    JDRBAR: If I may stick my two cents in here, you are so very right about reviewing. The star system is far from being an actual indication of the quality of a person's writing. I didn't know a reviewer could be muted. Personally, I WANT a hard review of my work. The stars are meaningless.
    May 31 at 8:16AM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: I won't EVEN comment - you know my stand on reviewing. I WILL ask where you are though...??? I sure hope everything is okay...
    Big hug,
    Dawn
    June 30 at 4:03AM
    Halfree: The star ratings do not reflect the quality of a posting or the writer,,,don't know how to fix that so I just ignore the stars.
    July 25 at 9:58PM
    kiwigirl2821: Have to say Sasha, I have muted a few less than sterling reviewers. But in saying that I prize honesty. I try to reward reviewers by giving them some bucks so they can promote their work as well. Sometimes however, I have no idea how to critique a work so I give them an opinion ... :)
    August 9 at 7:44PM
    B.B. Rose: This is especially true of the "big dogs" here. I've never encountered such a thin-skinned bunch who refuse to even acknowledge that a reviewer might have a point. It's as though they are their own audience and any other readers be damned.


    August 14 at 4:50PM
    Roseanne Dabbs: I got smoked by someone who I gave 5 stars to, and told them their poem was well written, but suggested a specific change in one line of the poem and stated my reasons. Within no time they had given me my lowest rating on the one poem I had posted so far (I'm new) and bombed it with no constructive advice at all. I replied asking for any comments on the work itself since the writer was high ranking in poetry, but they just said the poem didn't say anything that hadn't already been said on Facebook. Am I just supposed to hand out free 6's and unmerited favor to higher ranking people because I need the member dollars really bad? Because I came here for an honest critique of my work and not have to pay for that by sucking up.
    September 22 at 1:24AM

FanStory wrote to Smurphgirlsasha: Charlie finished third in the contest "Valentines Writing Contest"
February 22 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!
    February 22 at 1:47AM
    bookishfabler: Just get better soon.
    hugs Heidi
    March 1 at 5:05AM

Smurphgirlsasha: I am pleased to learn Ingrid and I tied for second place in the fun first of the year FS contest for short stories. I cannot think of a better person to share this with than dear Ingrid. If you have not read her work (she writes under the name Spiritual Echo) you have no idea of what you have missed.
January 11 at 1:01PM
    giraffmang: Congratulations
    January 11 at 6:28PM
    ~Dovey: Congrats!
    January 12 at 1:12AM

FanStory wrote to Smurphgirlsasha: Congratulations! Short Story Writing Contest Rankings Race Winner!
January 11 at 9:48AM
    Irish Rain: congratulations!!!
    January 11 at 10:53AM
    mrsmajor: Congratulations!
    January 11 at 2:56PM
    Smurphgirlsasha: What made it even better was sharing it with Ingrid.
    January 11 at 6:31PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: YAY! Congratulations! Well-deserved, my friend. :)
    February 4 at 12:17PM

FanStory wrote to Smurphgirlsasha: I Am Sorry finished third in the contest "I'm Sorry"
December 5 at 12:13AM

Smurphgirlsasha: Anyone looking for a pet? I am house trained and receive a small pension...friendly but not intrusive...small towns preferred.
July 3 at 2:49PM
    I am Cat: I've always wanted a pet smurf! ❤️
    July 3 at 9:24PM
    Gypsy Blue Rose: I read your profile, congratulations on your publishing. I hope you feel better.

    Gypsy hugs
    October 22 at 5:19AM
    Mary Wakeford: Do you leave a trail of blue smurf juice whereever you go? That could be a problem.
    ;D
    December 3 at 2:26PM

Smurphgirlsasha: I am scheduled for my surgery the last week of May or the first week of June, so I hope to be posting again within a week or two after the surgery.
May 23 at 12:54PM
    I am Cat: Great to see you Sasha and good luck with the surgery!
    May 23 at 4:46PM
    patcelaw: Sasha, I pray the surgery will go very well and you can finally heal properly. I miss your posts. Pat
    May 31 at 6:03PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: I know it's only been a week,
    but I am here to sneak a peek,
    and tell you that I wish you well,
    so you'll come back to FS hell...(LOL)

    (You're missed, you - hurry up and heal, would ya?)

    get well photo: get well debbiephillipsdecember1roses13.gif
    June 9 at 9:44PM
    Gypsy Blue Rose: I send you a prayer. Sweetie pie.
    Gypsy
    October 22 at 5:15AM

Smurphgirlsasha: After breaking my ribs, I have been off site for quite some time. They have not healed properly but I think I can finally say I am back. I apologize to the many members that I was not able to review but hope to keep up and not miss any more.
February 6 at 4:14PM
    I am Cat: No worries, Sasha! I'm happy to have you back! i hope you continue to heal! ((((gentle hugs)))))
    February 7 at 12:48AM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: So glad you're back! Just be good to yourself and don't over-do, right? This is supposed to be fun, not work. :))
    February 7 at 11:38PM
    justfos: I am Justine:
    Oh, Sasha! I know what that feels like, so sorry you are going through that.
    Be kind to yourself, life happens!
    February 13 at 10:39PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: Thinking of you...how are you doing? Hope all is good news! You deserve it, buddy! Murphy's law can't ALWAYS apply...(big hugs)
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    April 9 at 8:09PM

Smurphgirlsasha: Thank you so very much. I am deeply honored to be the number one Short Work Writer of 2015, especially with so many talented writers here on FS.
January 1 at 11:39AM
    I am Cat: Congratulations Sasha!
    January 1 at 11:42AM
    Margaret Snowdon: CONGRATULATIONS, MY DEAR FRIEND ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS.
    January 1 at 12:04PM
    Smurphgirlsasha: Thank you and Congratulations to you on becoming the number one Novelist...definitely well deserved.
    January 1 at 12:36PM
    Just2Write: Congratulations, Sasha. Your short works have been a pleasure to read.
    January 1 at 1:04PM
    mrsmajor: Congratulations!...You earned the honor...
    January 1 at 1:57PM

FanStory wrote to Smurphgirlsasha: Congratulations the 2015 Short Work Writer of the Year!
January 1 at 12:41AM
    I am Cat: Congratulations Sasha! Well done!
    January 1 at 1:00AM
    giraffmang: Many congratulations.
    January 1 at 1:06AM
    gloria ...: Way to go, Sasha!
    January 1 at 2:32AM
    judiverse: Congratulations, Sasha! Best wishes for your continued success in 2016! judi
    January 1 at 10:35AM
    Smurphgirlsasha: My ribs have almost completely healed. Now it is my computer that is causing me problems. I CANNOT stay logged into FS. Within two seconds of logging in it flips out and goes to a site I don't recognize. Carlos has worked on it and tried to fix it but I think the virus/worm is so severe that I will probably need a new computer and that will not be happening anytime in the near future. The bottom line is, I will not be on site for some time...sorry.
    February 1 at 5:23PM

Smurphgirlsasha: I am still recuperating from my broken ribs. Take my word for it, you NEVER want to break a rib. The only thing humorous about this is that my doctors are all arguing about how many I broke. One said only one, another said 4-5, and the trauma specialist said 8 (9 including the one in the front). Personally, I don't care how many, all I know is that it really hurts and takes far to long to heal. I am spending most of my time in bed and have to wear a special brace to keep from doing any further harm. My doctor says it will take up to 8 more weeks before I begin to feel any improvement. Eight weeks is a long time, but it is out of my hands.
December 19 at 6:39PM
    I am Cat: Sending (((((( gentle hugs )))))))))
    from far away so they don't hurt. ;)
    December 19 at 8:26PM
    mrsmajor: I've never had such an injury, so I can only imagine, how it must hurt...Take Care and do as the doctor says...we'll be right here, when you get back...yes it is a long time, but just think of how good you will feel then...warmly, Victoria
    December 19 at 11:02PM

Smurphgirlsasha: I just wanted to let you know I am taking about a week off. I learned I have an infection in my leg from when I fell and I have to have it drained and have to stay off it for several days so it can heal properly. I have had so many tests the past few days and they fear the infection has gone into the bone. Not good but not life threatening. I'll be back as soon as I can put pressure on my leg. I will do a little reviewing from my laptop while I am in bed and hopefully be able to post the next chapter of Where is Sally too.
November 4 at 10:45PM
    Phyllis Stewart: Sorry to hear about your leg. But thanks for letting us know so we won't worry. Stay off it and take the antibiotics. We'll be here to welcome you back with hugs. :)
    November 4 at 10:51PM
    I am Cat: (((((sending healing energy your way!))))
    November 5 at 12:18AM
    Smurphgirlsasha: Thanks for the thought, but the energy was apparently stopped at the border...it never arrived. Read today's post and you will find out what I am talking about.
    November 5 at 4:27PM
    Halfree: Keep at it...don't give in or look back
    November 6 at 10:15PM
    Bramble: Sorry you're going through this ... Get better soon.
    November 10 at 5:28AM
    bookishfabler: Ah, sweetheart. I hope it isn't too bad. feel better soon. Love ya
    Happy Thanksgiving
    hugs heidi
    November 19 at 8:26AM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: Are you having a ball with all your free time? (*smile*) (I do hope you are healing well, Val - thinking of you, so don't rush anything, right? Hugs.)
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    December 2 at 9:27PM

Smurphgirlsasha: After re-editing it for the tenth time, I have just published, Celebrate the Dandelions on Smashwords.com in e book form. It is a great site and I highly recommend it to everyone. The price is 5.99 and you can read 20 percent free before deciding to purchase it. You need to go to the website Smashwords.com sign in then click the 'adult content' icon. Then go to the top of the page and in the search section, type in Celebrate the Dandelions and my page should then pop up.

March 31 at 3:52PM
    Bramble: Hi Smurphgirlsasha, I haven't had much time to spend on FanStory lately, but I took some time over the weekend to read your book and I couldn't put it down. What a terrible experience you had to go through. It's terrible that your family, the school, the church and even the police refused to support you. You've told a powerful story and I'm definitely looking forward to your next book.
    August 2 at 11:13PM

Smurphgirlsasha: 9781468948714
March 15 at 10:02PM
    michaelcahill: If one would like an autographed copy, how would one go about that?
    March 15 at 10:55PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: Just a quick visit to drop off a little gift...(I hope it works)...

    March 28 at 11:05PM
    Smurphgirlsasha: I love the music of the40s and 50s...how did you know?
    April 1 at 4:32PM

 
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#3 Ranked Author
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Poetry 184
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Just Tell me Why Pt 3
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Just Tell Me Why Pt. 2
Day Two of Three

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

November 2010


Level 1 Pro

Stop The Presses! reached "Recognized" status.
October 22 at 2:08AM
A True Labor of Love reached "All Time Best" status.
October 15 at 5:25AM
A True Labor of Love reached "Recognized" status.
October 14 at 2:08AM
Not Everyone Loves Peanut Butter reached "All Time Best" status.
October 12 at 5:25AM
I am Still Sick reached "All Time Best" status.
October 12 at 5:25AM
Not Everyone Loves Peanut Butter reached "Recognized" status.
October 11 at 2:08AM
I am Still Sick reached "Recognized" status.
October 6 at 2:08AM
My Yearly Whatever reached "All Time Best" status.
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