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Kit Parker
Location: Chicago, IL
Gender: Male
Born: June 4
Interests: The Humanities - and humans
Member: Standard
Joined: March 2013
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Kit Parker: I miss my friend - the wonderful poet who is endeavoring to write her entire memoir in verse, hopefully you know of whom I speak but I'm afraid to mention her name here for fear that the local Gendarmes will descend upon me with the same force they've already displayed to her other sympathizers. Hell with it - I MISS MY BELOVED INDIE SKREET!
Unfortunately, this is not a democratic website. It is, essentially, a commercial venue, created by one man whose vision of an on-line community in which both amateur and professional writers from all over the world can flourish and encourage each other is both remarkable and unique. I know I speak for many when I say I have learned a lot about many different ‚?? even hitherto unknown, forms of poetry thanks to this site. My work has benefited from a couple of very insightful, intelligent and encouraging reviews. In many ways, this site has been a God-send for me and I‚??m sure that is the case for far more than just a few writers and poets out there. But, as my sainted mother used to say, ‚??For every plus there‚??s a minus and for every great plus, there‚??s a great minus.‚??
This site is also one which ultimately he and he alone has final word over regarding who stays and who must go, regardless the reason. The truth is that's okay. This is his creation and we are essentially paying guests here. As is the case with any public commercial venue, it is up to management to make the final call as to who stays and who doesn't. If that venue manager chooses to employ tactics and make decisions that are contrary to what we as guests feel we can endure then it is our prerogative to speak out, to boycott or to simply step away.
I am deliberating my own decision at this point ‚?? though, as I mentioned above, it may be made for me should Tom get wind of what I‚??ve written here. I hope not. I hope he respects his paying guests enough to allow them to make their own decisions but ‚?? as I also stated above, it is his site, so we are essentially, all of us, playing by his rules.
For now, all I know is a very vibrant, exciting voice has been stilled and this site is the worse for it. - PEACE -
May 20, 2013 at 4:35PM
    Barb Hensongispsaca: I agree. she has helped me so much to come out of my shell and write what I need to . I miss her rhyming reviews and her laughter in her work.
    May 20, 2013 at 4:38PM
    redrider6612: She must have done something pretty serious. They don't boot paying guests for no reason.
    May 20, 2013 at 7:09PM
    nighttripper: They boot paying guests for whatever reason they want. Come on, wake up, Red. The whole thing is a farce. Freedom of speech does not exist on this site. $$$$$ That's what it's all about, and oh yea, to have fun!
    May 20, 2013 at 8:13PM
    William Walz: I have crossed the line several times and although certainly reprimanded, never felt in any real danger of being banished from the site. Red's right. It had to be VERY serious. The only members I have seen booted were because of plagiarism, though I have no idea what happened here.
    May 20, 2013 at 8:21PM
    nighttripper: It wasn't plagiarism. It was speaking the truth.
    May 20, 2013 at 8:37PM
    William Walz: Sometimes telling the truth isn't always the best way to go, especially if it results in catastrophic consequence for those so disposed.
    May 20, 2013 at 9:23PM
    trimple: Why exactly was she kicked off of the site Kit ?
    May 20, 2013 at 9:23PM
    nighttripper: William, you right. Particularly on this site. Let's all lie. Oh wait a minute we do; read some of the reviews.
    May 20, 2013 at 10:46PM
    nor84: I don't know her, but evidently, she didn't abide by the site's "terms" as set forth in the agreement between member and site. That's the only reason I've ever known Tom to boot anyone off. If you don't know what the terms are, they're available on the pull-down INFO at the top of this screen. Click on FAQ and I think there's a link somewhere under the part on reviewing.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:46PM
    Julia.: nighttripper, the problem with whining about "freedom of speech" is that if a site doesn't have rules about how members can/should conduct themselves, then the site devolves into insults and flame wars where the loudest voices and those most tolerant to abuse run roughshod over other members. Unmoderated sites like that are NIGHTMARES.

    Also, telling the truth by reporting problems/problem members to the site is one thing. Posting multiple poems slagging off on other members is different, and I can see why that is not allowed.
    May 20, 2013 at 11:12PM

Kit Parker: Just found out I tied for 5th place in the Monorhyme contest. I don't think I won anything but I sure am pleased my little piece did so well. I was especially gratified by the positive reviews it got. I've never heard of monorhyme poetry before so this was definately my first attempt. Color me happy and thanks to all the good people who took the time to write those reviews, especially the three who voted for me. - PEACE -
March 26, 2013 at 2:23AM
    Debra White: It's a lovely poem :)
    March 26, 2013 at 3:20AM

Kit Parker: Just got back from writing class. My proff wants me to "push myself a bit harder." He likes the short story I handed in but now he wants it done from three minor characters points of view (think Rashamon). Hi-ho and it's off to work I go . . .
March 22, 2013 at 12:22AM

Kit Parker: Thanks to everyone who reviewed my poem, "The Lover's Vow." It has officially reached "Recognized" status. I'm so pleased!
March 20, 2013 at 7:39PM

Kit Parker: Wow, I just got my second vote as a top reviewer AND I now have two fans. Gifted writers all, so I am doubly - quaduply honored! Watch out world, pretty soon I'll be doing my Sally Fields impersonation . . . "You like me, you really really like me!" Ah yes, Sally, the approval of one's peers is both surprising and delightful. Thanks all.
March 19, 2013 at 1:47PM

Kit Parker: I'm currently reading "How Fiction Works" by James Wood. I heartily recommend this to anyone who is interested in improving their own fiction by learning more about the art of writing fiction from the point of view of a consumate reader. It's great, you guys. Pick up a copy and tell me if you aren't impressed with the very first chapter, "Narrating."
March 19, 2013 at 3:56AM
    Selina Stambi: Hi Kit,

    Welcome to Fanstory. Just read Lover's Vow - really enjoyed it and dropped in to say hello - hello!
    March 19, 2013 at 8:46PM
    trimple: Welcome to FS Kit, I shall try find this book. I need all the help I can get !
    Kind regards Trimple:)
    March 20, 2013 at 5:17AM


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