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Joined: May 2012
Focus is on fiction, with current focus on editing my first screenplay, and completing a novel based on the screenplay. Subject: A whistleblower fights against public humiliation as she exposes corporate & political corruption.
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FrankieXP: What becomes of a good Catholic boy who draws parallels between papal debaucheries of the 1500s, Facebook, and this Sunday's church crowd, and even injects himself personally into the "ranting?" Someone, tie me down. I want to go to confession.
September 3, 2012 at 1:42PM
    DIS-illusioned: He becomes the lead singer of a metal-rock band called 'Facebook My Papal Debaucheries'. :))
    September 3, 2012 at 1:47PM

FrankieXP: Being a rebel can easily put you in a village of one. That being so, it's wise to enjoy the company.
September 3, 2012 at 1:35PM
    DIS-illusioned: But, in that village of one, I can be king! Then my laws must be obeyed by ... me. Hmm!
    I'm a rebel...against rebellion. :)
    September 3, 2012 at 1:41PM

FrankieXP: My continuing experience with FanStory has now reached another core sampling: there are trolls along the review highway, and when review dollars are ripe for picking, they appear like robber-bandits, taking the reviewing heist, and leaving a few scrambled words of worthless feedback. This, I conclude, is a cost of doing business with the legitimate reviewers, and simply is built into the price of paying for reviews. As in life, so in FanStory. Now, what do I do about this creeping cynicism? Oh, the usual antidote: I'll turn it into a story.
August 26, 2012 at 5:39PM
    Lady & Louis: Yep, it's all too true: fluff/driveby 'reviews' do come with higher payouts. One thing you can do, though: if a review is so vague it says nothing specific at all about your work, check the reviewer's other comments. If they're doing generic, cut-and-paste reviews, report them to Tom. It's totally against site rules.
    August 26, 2012 at 8:31PM
    DIS-illusioned: "Now, what do I do about this creeping cynicism? Oh, the usual antidote: I'll turn it into a story."
    Quite wise of you, Frankie.
    August 26, 2012 at 8:48PM
    artemis53: Reviews are always at the top of the list of "Things you Love to Hate." I check out their profile to see how long they've been a part of the site. Sometimes, I question them. sometimes I mentor them and I also can just say thanks and go on with my life ;)
    September 27, 2012 at 12:07AM

FrankieXP: Scrambled Eggs and Pharisee Pie make for a burping ambivalence about contest voting.
August 15, 2012 at 11:58AM
    Grammies: Right! I'm with you Bud. Every contest should show a written request that each contestant should read every entry before they vote. Not necessary to give a review but to read each one prior to voting.
    August 15, 2012 at 12:40PM
    DIS-illusioned: Could I get some Sadducee cream with that pie? :)
    August 15, 2012 at 4:19PM

FrankieXP: As a fairly new fanstory member, I'm just catching on to the rankings as rank. I scanned 18 pages of "comments" which were all reviews, and every review was a 5 or 6. What is the value or meaning of a ranking if no one gets a 2, 3, or 4? I have come to the conclusion that this system is simply meaningless or worse, its meaning is that we a cabal of liars, engaged in a mass hypnosis of how very talented we all are.
June 12, 2012 at 12:03AM
    redrider6612: There are honest reviewers who rate according to the established rating system. There are also people who give honest feedback, but for one reason or another, choose to give only 5s or 6s. And there are the fluffy reviews. As a result, the rankings are inflated.

    Bottom line--ignore the rankings. Ignore the stars. Look for the things that really matter--honest, helpful feedback from fellow writers who only want to share what they've learned about the craft.

    When you get a thorough, honest review, respond with gratitude. Give a Reviewer of the Month nomination. Then maybe they will come back and review you again. Because one thing about honest reviewers--they hate to waste time on thin-skinned, egotistical authors.
    June 12, 2012 at 12:11AM
    Lady & Louis: Steady, Frankie, not everyone reviews that way, and not every writer here is unrealistic about their talent (though a few are, lol). Yes, you're dead right about the fluff fives that ignore (or sometimes the reviewers haven't the skills to help) writing issues. But there are serious reviewers here. More to the point, you can ignore the stars and focus on what's more important - are the comments useful? If you look at the reviews of people like Celtic-Soul, nor84, redrider, rama devi, purrfect tale, or TurtleStage5 (a very small sample) you'll see fine reviewing - and when they hand out fives or sixes they really do mean something. Review as you'd like to be reviewed, and it's a good idea to let folk know what sort of reviews, or critiques, you want, whether by a note on your profile or in the author's notes (profile's good, it's more noticeable at the top of a piece).

    June 12, 2012 at 12:13AM
    Lady & Louis: Ha, you beat me to it, Diane! :)
    June 12, 2012 at 12:14AM
    FrankieXP: This comment is helpful and appreciated. Thank you for not discounting or denying the evidence of my observation, but also putting it into some perspective, and giving hope that beyond the fluff there are sources of substance. I think your ideas are concrete practical, and likely of success. Thanks again.
    June 12, 2012 at 12:19AM
    Anisa-: Just remember that it's equally unhelpful to give a low review without any reason behind it. We're all here to learn, so be sure to include your suggestions in your reviews.
    June 12, 2012 at 12:19AM
    DIS-illusioned: Frankie said: "we a cabal of liars, engaged in a mass hypnosis of how very talented we all are."
    Ahhh, his eyes have opened, and he's on to us! LOL!
    *Trying to hypnotize Frankie*
    Listen to my voice, Frankie! We are all perfect reviewers--with absolutely no faults in our reviews! Oooooooo! LOL! :)
    June 12, 2012 at 1:08AM
    nor84: Yes, listen to red and lady and to me. The rankings and stars are meaningless. What counts is enjoying the writing process and learning from others the things you don't yet know.
    June 12, 2012 at 1:55AM
    purrfect tale: I gave out three 4's and one 3 this evening.
    June 12, 2012 at 2:16AM
    Meta~Mark: I have given out maybe a handful of 4's in several months. I give suggestions for gramatical errors and anything technical, the rest is all subjective in nature. When I see a poem that gets a 6 with no merit but popularity it bemuses me. When I see a 4 or less on a masterpiece because someone just doesn't get it insults me., When I see a well described review I respect and honor that. Good analogy here and you can always edit and change reviews as deemed necessary based on feedback or other. Thanks and good points here.
    June 22, 2012 at 1:10AM
    Richard Reader: I personally have trouble giving a 1 or 2 because I feel that any feedback I give after will be ignored. I will say that I have only given about three 5's in my reviewing so far, and way more threes. People have a hard time hearing there work is that bad, and any help you try to give them after that will just go out the window. I know it may sound silly, and if I write poorly I want to know it, but I don't think most people are like that.
    June 23, 2012 at 8:50PM
    Richard Reader: Let me clarify because this is something I take pride in. I don't consider myself a fluff reviewer, and I don't tend to give unwarrented praise. I am just agreeing I guess that the story system isn't the greatest. Nobody wants to hear that there story is a 1, and if you want to actually help someones writing you have to put them in a position where they are willing to take advice. The only ratings I really give that I take too seriously are 5's.
    June 23, 2012 at 8:57PM

FrankieXP: Not having yet uploaded a suitable picture, I posted the marquis tower for the South Coast Repertory theater in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts near my home in Orange County Caifornia. I attended a play there today, "Anton's Uncles" a fun and lively version of a play by Anton Chekov. I have also taken 2 acting and an improv class at this location.
June 11, 2012 at 1:03AM

FrankieXP: Well, I'm ranked, but not "rank" I pray, at 835 after a couple of poems. I am the "poet-warrior" unashamedly, and poetry is my natural environment. Place me first, or place me last, I know exactly who I am.
June 7, 2012 at 9:19PM
    shelley kaye: so THAT'S what that smell is!

    thought it was 'another jim'....


    June 8, 2012 at 9:54AM

FrankieXP: I'm discovering that I enjoy giving reviews. The evidence is in the time I give and the number of reviews. That is a little disturbing. I am here to write primarily, and don't want the allocation of effort to be askew. But here are the advantages: I learn to be a better writer by reviewing; I learn the subtle art of diplomacy and grace; I learn the value of honest appraisal; I learn that feedback is just feedback--you choose how to use it; I learn the tenderness of the human heart, especially on matters of its own creation; I learn to get to the point; I learn to focus on the major observations; I learn the importance of encouragement and a positive ending; I learn that writers can be alone in the creation, but not lonely.
June 6, 2012 at 11:17AM
    Joy Graham: I like your learning curve :)
    June 6, 2012 at 11:53AM

FrankieXP: Wrote an essay today, and while non-fiction is not my first choice, I saw that FanStory opens that door for submissions as well, so why not, at least occasionally? My topic: The European financial crisis of the next 3 to 6 months: what it portends.
June 6, 2012 at 2:11AM
    purrfect tale: Wow! And I do non-fiction on topics like: The day the dog ate my homework.
    June 6, 2012 at 2:44AM
    Joy Graham: Just depends on what type of homework your dog ate, purrfect tale!
    June 6, 2012 at 12:00PM

FrankieXP: In writing a free verse poem this morning, I edited it by reading it aloud several times, changing it as needed with each reading. Poems, I'm convinced, are like songs that must be played with the human voice to identify the dross, so it may be removed.
June 3, 2012 at 1:56PM

FrankieXP: If ego had pheromones, I'm convinced the combined contributions would roll in like a heavy London fog into Fanstory, and we all would haggle at the hackles raised by reviews rating less than six, or votes distributed by paid promotions or the begging of our cliques.
May 29, 2012 at 11:31PM
    Sally Carter: That's nearly a poem! Love it.
    May 30, 2012 at 2:06AM
    humpwhistle: I do love healthy cynicism.
    May 30, 2012 at 7:57AM
    Anisa-: Nothing wrong with a lower rating ... Just make sure you back it up with some constructive feedback so the writer can improve.

    Welcome to the site!

    May 30, 2012 at 11:10AM

FrankieXP: So, candid posting time: much of the poetry in a recent competition wafted in wrong direction of my senses. One piece (other than my own narcissistic creation) was exceptional, and I rated my competitor appropriately. Truth has this quality: the positive means nothing without the daring to state also the negative. [Yes, I am a novice to this forum, and you can tell many of my impressions will be "first impressions" not to be repeated.]
May 29, 2012 at 12:40PM

FrankieXP: Just entered the "What is Love?" poetry contest. The experience led me to conclude that love may be best recognized not in the moment, but in looking back.
May 27, 2012 at 1:26AM

FrankieXP: In the last 8 weeks I've been writing and delivering stand-up comedy material. This is a demanding art form, and requires an excellent sense of "story" structure: a set-up, a misdirection, and a "happy" surprise ending. My first paid stand up performance is this Saturday night.
May 18, 2012 at 10:36AM

FrankieXP: Entered my first contest: 5,7,5 poetry. OK, I'm tempted to try a month of this. It would be nice to be part of a supportive community.
May 12, 2012 at 7:17PM


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