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Location: California
Gender: Female
Born: Modesto, CA
Interests: sailing, taking spanish lessons, and writing poetry
Member: Standard
Joined: September 2009
On Septembeer 5, 2010 my poem, St. Peter's Chapel, was published in the Times-Herald Vallejo newespaper. An article accompanied it stating why I wrote the poem. It is amongst the first poems that I wrote. It has been recognized by "FanStory".
About a year ago a good friend of mine died of brain cancer. It was a tragic loss and I could not find words to write to her husband. I started writing about her in rhyme and I ended up with a poem that my friends said was beautiful. So I started writing more poems and found it to be a wonderful outlet and a great hobby. It is a great release for me to put my thoughts and ideas into poetry and I get really excited when someone reads it and "understands where I'm coming from". I have not taken classes in poetry and you can probably tell, Ha!
I have more time to write because I am now a retired registered nurse. I like the time off but I miss my patients. I am a pest to my friends because I am always trying to help them.
I love sailing and live in Tiburon where we have our 36 foot Jeanneau, called French Toast, in our deep water canal.
I am married and have been since 1967; yeh, same guy.
We go to Puerto Vallarta, Mx a few times a year. I'm trying to learn Spanish.
It's never over until it's over!
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Selina Stambi
Sonjalee: I have recently received 2 #4's on two rather short feedback about how to make them better

We need to keep in mind that we, as reviewers, are obligated to give good, constructive feedback, not the poem was tooo short.
February 19, 2015 at 1:57PM
    adewpearl: nobody should ever give less than a five without a clear, specific explanation of what they found lacking and would like to see improved.
    February 19, 2015 at 2:38PM
    vapros: Brooke, I know that you are the top reviewer here, and I wanna be just like you, but I feel that this attitude is responsible for the perpetuation of the default five-star review. It is the lowest grade permitted, where the reviewer can get away without saying 'Bless your heart!' In many cases, an honest critique might be a killing offense. Sorry about this.
    February 19, 2015 at 9:20PM
    FindingTheVoices: umm, I am new and still learning the ways around Fanstory. I will keep in mind to call out specifics. Thanks for this status.
    February 19, 2015 at 10:12PM

Sonjalee: I am going to promote another poem I wrote to Robin Williams tomorrow. I posted it today and have been working on getting some points to promote t.
August 20, 2014 at 1:58AM

Sonjalee: I made it to reviewer level 6! I hope I gave reviews to; you that were meaningful and helpful in some way.
August 20, 2014 at 1:54AM

Sonjalee: I love you guys, the writers on FanStory. A dedicated group that loves to write poetry and loves to review poems in a supportive manner.Thanks for being there. Sonjalee
August 14, 2013 at 5:59AM

Sonjalee: I would like to followe Showboat as a fan
August 3, 2013 at 11:18AM
    redrider6612: What's stopping you?
    August 3, 2013 at 12:10PM
    Showboat: She sure would! Thanks so much, Sonjalee.
    August 3, 2013 at 10:49PM
    Showboat: I'm Gayle to my friends, so nice to meet you.
    August 3, 2013 at 10:55PM
    Sonjalee: Hi, I am Sonja, nice to meet you, too. I am slowly figuring out this web site
    August 4, 2013 at 1:26AM
    Sonjalee: Thanks , Saucey, for being a fan.Sonjalee
    August 14, 2013 at 6:02AM

Sonjalee: more points to get to the next level. Whew!
August 1, 2013 at 2:30PM

Sonjalee: This is a selfish comment but I'll write it anyway. My poem, "Not Alone" has reached recognized status.
August 1, 2013 at 2:01PM
    Twilightspire: Congrats. Never selfish to feel proud of your work. :)
    August 1, 2013 at 8:37PM
    Sonjalee: I guess no one is stopping me.
    August 3, 2013 at 4:37PM
    SueZen: NO WONDER poem Not Alone reached recognized statur !!! WOW, wonderfully expressed what it IS to live with Parkinson's disease, your body (temple) not 'obeying' to your needs, nervous system, hard to accept ! No complaining at all in poem either ! My father, including quite a few friends have it & it renders 'humble' how they all cope with,
    amazingly well & positively. You have the Power & Light within to go forth Sonja ! Wish you best of all, Love Sue xxx
    July 30, 2014 at 12:21PM

March 9, 2013 at 10:48AM

Sonjalee: I can't believe it, I have another fan. Is this some kind of joke!!!?? I have been wondering why no one is interested in being a fan. I have not had one fan for the whole time I have been posting poems and reviewing them-it took three years. I am dumbfouded.
And happpy. Thanks to my three new fans. We will join together and help one another if you want.
February 16, 2013 at 3:43AM
    RominaItalia: Don't be so surprised :) It is a pleasure to read your writing.
    February 17, 2013 at 10:48PM

Sonjalee: I have 2 fans finally.
February 14, 2013 at 9:47PM

Sonjalee: No fans for me after 2 years. Do other people have o fans?

No fans for me. I have been writing for 2 years on fanstory and O fans.

July 3, 2011 at 5:51AM
    redrider6612: If you promote your works, you will pick up fans. Also, being an active reviewer who gives good advice on how to improve will garner fans.
    July 3, 2011 at 9:03AM
    Sonjalee: Hey , thank you. and Happy 4th
    July 3, 2011 at 10:13AM
    shelley kaye: been here since nov '04 and have 146 fans.... i rarely promote and usually just "post&go", and i don't review much either
    July 3, 2011 at 10:38AM
    redrider6612: Yes, Shelley, but you're one-of-a-kind. Doesn't work for most people.
    July 3, 2011 at 4:22PM
    Sonjalee: Shelley Kaye-And what kind of poems do you write??? Sexy?! Just kinding. Thanks for the message.
    July 4, 2011 at 10:42PM

Sonjalee: Thank you, redrider, I will look there to find more information.
Thank you, Sonjalee
April 27, 2011 at 2:16AM

Sonjalee: Thankyou adewpearl for a fine explanation. I think I will start doing I would like to learn to give good reviews. Actually i like doing them but I seem to run out of comments to make.
Thank you again.
April 27, 2011 at 2:13AM

Sonjalee: I am still trying to figure this out. When I write here, does everyone see it or just peoople who sign into my profile. How do I ssend it to everyone?
Is the only way people see your poems is if they are being promoted?
April 26, 2011 at 1:08PM
    adewpearl: After you first post, your poems appear in Up Next reviewing until you get two reviews, which the site will provide a pay out for. Then, if you purchase no certificate, most people will not see your poem unless they access your portfolio. I access people's portfolios in order to reciprocate reviews, so if you review me, I go into your portfolio to find something of yours to review. There are some other writers who also reciprocate reviews. Another way to get your work seen without promoting it is to enter it into an appropriate contest, and then people can access it through the contest page. You will have to pay to enter daily prompts and member-sponsored contests that have a voting booth, but usually not as much as it costs to buy a certificate.
    April 26, 2011 at 1:34PM
    adewpearl: Also, if you have fans following your work, they will be notified whenever you post.
    April 26, 2011 at 1:35PM
    redrider6612: There is a section of the forums labeled "Profile Thoughts" where the last 20 or so comments posted on people's profiles can be read. You can find the forums under "Profile" in the lista across the top next to "Info"
    April 26, 2011 at 1:52PM

Sonjalee: This is a new web sight for me and I have had some problems understaning a lot of it. I am learning, though.
Poetry seems to just come to me until I try to make it good,HA! Anyway I am having fun and I am learning a lot.
I wanted to let everybody know what I think of the writers and reviewers.
YOU ARE FANTASTIC AND SO SUPPORTIVE. You seem like a wonderful group of people.
I am trying my best to give good, honest reviews. Many times I do not have the magic wand to make it better. The skill and creativity of the writers are excellent.
I feel proud being part of this.
April 10, 2010 at 2:53AM
    Lady & Louis: Welcome to the site, Sonjalee! :)
    April 10, 2010 at 7:13AM
    Sonjalee: Thank you
    April 10, 2010 at 1:14PM
    Sonjalee: In September I will have been 2 years working on poetry in fanstory. I still do not have one fan,
    Boo hoo, Sojalee
    July 3, 2011 at 5:44AM
    Selina Stambi: Hope you get lots more fans, Sonjalee! I will look out for your work!
    February 17, 2013 at 6:26AM
    Sonjalee: Thank you. If you would like eto read a new poem. you can check out "Growing Dim". I would love to hear what you think of it. Also, cindy is a new poeom. I am going to check your work and do a review if you want.
    March 7, 2013 at 2:03PM

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