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Kaila Mari
Location: Puerto Rico
Gender: Female
Interests: writing, painting, cooking
Member: Standard
Joined: June 2014
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Kaila Mari: Well, here I am back after having quite an ordeal with my health. On October 27th I posted all about my breast nodule and surgery; now for an update: On November 1st I got a heart attack and never made it to the post surgical apt and results of my breast nodule remover. I was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital and from there was transferred to a cardiovascular center where they proceeded to preform open heart surgery to replace four completely blocked arteries; they farmed veins from my legs for this procedure. Needless to say I developed complications to include not having a bowel movement in 19 days and bleeding hemorrhoids. Now I am finally home and recuperating slowly but surely. It is nice to be able to post once again on this site. Looking forward to your prayers.
December 2, 2014 at 5:48PM
    michaelcahill: So sorry to hear about all your troubles. But pleased to see you have survived!! Prayers on their way. Welcome back!!
    December 2, 2014 at 6:12PM
    granny goes viral: Oh my goodness. I am surprised you can even type. Good for you.
    December 2, 2014 at 8:28PM
    ProjectBluebook : I'm lost for words. I will conjure up as many prayers I can. You are a living miracle. God be with you. Rickey
    December 3, 2014 at 5:33AM
    Kaila Mari: Thank you all for your prayers and get well wishes. Did I mention that I tested positive for Breast Cancer? This is another surgery I will have to undergo as soon as I recover from my most recent ordeal. Yes, I do believe I am a living miracle and I praise and thank God for his endless mercy.
    December 4, 2014 at 1:47PM

Kaila Mari: Well I have to count my blessings so far. Following up on my situation...I previously posted that I had gotten the "chikungunya", effects of which can last up to a year. This includes swelling and inflammation of extremities with severe joint pains. My husband who I care for also got it. This is not contagious as it is only transmitted by an infected mosquito. I went to my doctor and of course he sent me for the usual annual tests and exams. Needless to say I have neglected my health for some time and now have to suffer the consequences. In the past week I have also undergone surgery, (still have to go next week to get stitches removed). Now waiting for pathological results on the nodule removed. Today had to solicit outside help to get my husband off the floor as he fell and skinned his forearm from wrist to elbow. A bloody mess as he is on blood thinning meds after blockage to his right heart artery one year ago. I am grateful to have been able to type a little here and there in spite of my numb left hand due to a pinched nerve. I have managed to enter some contests, (not much luck) but have not been able to review much during the past weeks. I have offered this not as a form of complaint or to garner pity but just to communicate with people as these four walls can get rather grim and stressful.
October 27, 2014 at 11:20PM
    granny goes viral: certainly won one contest. You are still breathing.
    October 27, 2014 at 11:57PM
    mrsmajor: It's good to hear from you, I certainly wish you and your husband well....Take Care!
    October 28, 2014 at 12:04AM
    michaelcahill: I'm pleased to see you are entering contests. At least you have your priorities straight!! :)) Here's good wishes to quick healing. mikey
    October 28, 2014 at 2:14AM
    innerworlds: Writers seem to have more courage and patience than most people, and you are a very good example. I will send daily thoughts of healing to both you and your husband. Hang in there, Kaila!
    October 28, 2014 at 11:22AM
    Kaila Mari: Thanks all for reading my post. It's true about keeping my priorities straight, but if it were not for the short flight of fan-tasy I would be riding a broom like a -itch. Thanks all for showing care!
    October 28, 2014 at 11:24AM

Kaila Mari: Tonight we are under a Tropical Storm warning and a Hurricane watch. This atmospheric system is named Gonzalo and has a projected path to pass over St. Croix, Vieques, Culebra and Puerto Rico, Monday night to Tuesday morning. The general public has been asked to safeguard property and make arrangements to protect life. I am sure we will be without electricity nor water for several days thereafter. Winds are forecast to be between 85 and 90 miles per hr as Gonzalo goes from Tropical Storm status to Hurricane category 1 as it passes on the eastern part of Puerto Rico.
October 12, 2014 at 9:20PM
    Donya Quijote: Batten down the hatches!
    October 12, 2014 at 9:39PM
    granny goes viral: Oh my. Stay safe. I hope you have your emergency stuff ready.
    October 12, 2014 at 10:34PM
    gypsycaravan: Hope you fared well with no problems.
    October 13, 2014 at 6:06AM
    granny goes viral: Watching the progress on TV. Stay safe.
    October 13, 2014 at 12:54PM

Kaila Mari: Every nation has its own dialect or lingo-a unique way native people talk among themselves. The United States Virgin Islands is no different. I will share some cruzian sayings with you.
If looking for someone and can't find them, you'd ask: Weh pah u deh?
You see a nice car with hot rims, a paint job and a proper sound system, you'd say:
Da fam kriss!
When something amazing just happened: Mehson!
When someone is getting on your nerve and you just can't take it any longer: Aye, de man...
You're looking at a terrible performance: Da fam salt, ya!
Someone is trying to get you to do something illegal and you want no part of it: Meen in dat!
When a person is acting the fool: Usa clung, da man!
A group of people: Ayo
You see someone you don't really know that you'd like to speak to: Aye, check ya nuh?
Let's get out of here: Leh we gan, deh man!
You want someone out of your face: Geh from yah!
If a friend asks how you are doing, you say: I deh deh or I deh ya fo so.

I went to St. Croix, USVI at the age of 7 and lived there for 58 years.

October 12, 2014 at 2:26PM
    Donya Quijote: Goodie. More expressions to tease my students with. Muhahaha. Gotta love English and its pidgins. Got some more?
    October 12, 2014 at 3:59PM
    DIS-illusioned: ZZzzzzz!--the universal language for 'I'm so tired of it all'.
    October 12, 2014 at 4:01PM
    William Walz: Wht te hek u talkin' 'bout, say wht?
    October 12, 2014 at 5:49PM
    michaelcahill: Hey! You look good for your age!! Or any age, I mean. What a dumb man statement. Hahaha!
    October 13, 2014 at 1:46AM
    innerworlds: Delightful! More please!
    October 24, 2014 at 10:34AM

Kaila Mari: It has taken me a good while to write and post something. My left arm is numb and I am scheduled for surgery on 10/20. Mikey posted that one never lose their fans. Hard to tell since I have gotten only one review within the last hour!
October 9, 2014 at 9:10PM
    IndianaIrish: In blind contests, your fans are not notified of your post. You've been a member for a while, so didn't you know that? Good wishes for your surgery.
    October 10, 2014 at 1:12AM
    Kaila Mari: No I didn't know that, since when fans that I follow write (enter contest prompts) I am notified. I thought fans that followed me also would get notifications. Thanks for your well wishes on my upcoming surgery.
    October 10, 2014 at 12:56PM
    granny goes viral: I thought the contests were blind. Am I "blind" to the "inner circle of light"?
    October 10, 2014 at 7:12PM
    trimple: It is a blind contest. But if you go to writer's profiles, you can see what they have written.

    Thanks kaila Mari for announcing on this public forum the leading blind entrant.....

    cough cough....
    October 10, 2014 at 7:30PM
    IndianaIrish: Not all contests are blind. If not, you are notified as usual of a fan's entry. True, if you go to a member's profile, you can see a list of their posts. It's not a good thing to announce in a public forum the entries in a blind contest, Kaila Mari, before the voting is completed.
    October 10, 2014 at 8:00PM
    Kaila Mari: I honestly didn't know that was prohibited as there is no manual available with all the do's and don't rules. I got a warning on this from Fanstory admin. At 71 it feels odd to be admomished. Well make errors and learn. Pledge not to incur in any more mistakes. I shall toe the line so I don't mess up. But, it's like walking on eggshells.
    October 10, 2014 at 10:28PM
    trimple: With respect Kaila, I don't think there needs to be a written rule about posting the name of an author on a public forum who is in a blind contest. It's obvious :)

    Walking on egg shells isn't so bad, it improves the senses :)

    Don't take it personally mate, what is the purpose of life if it isn't to learn from our cock ups.

    Smile.. ya on camera :)

    trimple xxx
    October 10, 2014 at 10:55PM
    Kaila Mari: Are you serious! I'm on camera...and here I am buck naked; oh my!
    October 10, 2014 at 11:22PM
    trimple: LMAO! :) It's Okay Kalia, we are all often naked here on FS.

    In fact, if you scan through the heaps of rules, I think it is on page 326 section 19, it says that unless you strip off every three moths, you get fined are are banned from writing for three days!

    hugs xxx
    October 10, 2014 at 11:35PM
    trimple: OOPS (months and (and) and not two are's LOL :)
    October 10, 2014 at 11:40PM
    Kaila Mari: Thanks for the tip; I'll make sure I go by the rules. LOFLMAO!
    October 10, 2014 at 11:47PM
    trimple: :)
    October 11, 2014 at 12:07AM
    DIS-illusioned: Geez, one 'WHOLE' review, only for you? Why, you lucky you!
    October 11, 2014 at 12:18AM
    IndianaIrish: No sense in feeling admonished, Kaila. We've all had to learn the rules and guidelines here. Even as trimple said ...the obvious ones. Again, best wishes for your surgery and recovery.
    October 11, 2014 at 1:25AM

Kaila Mari: I have been out with a virus that is an epidemic in the Caribbean Islands and Puerto Rico. It is caused by a mosquito bite and is called chikungunya.Look for joint pain. The characteristic symptom of chikungunya fever is severe joint pain (or arthritis) in multiple joints, particularly in the extremities. ?In fact, the word chikungunya means "to be contorted" in the Kimakonde language, referencing the bent or hunched over appearance of victims suffering from joint pain.
?In most sufferers the joint pain will only last for a few days, however in older patients it may persist for longer. In some instances, the joint pain has been reported to last for several weeks, months or even years.
Besides being down with the virus I also have a pinched nerve in my left shoulder. I have been literally bedridden as I couldn't walk from severe swelling in my extremities. I will be trying to write and review some; hope to get back in touch with my FS friends and make new friends. I see that I will have to try hard to get my fans back. I really missed you all!
September 19, 2014 at 5:33PM
    michaelcahill: You never lose your fans!
    September 19, 2014 at 8:13PM
    granny goes viral: Oh my goodness. Sounds terrible. Get well soon.
    September 19, 2014 at 8:40PM
    Kaila Mari: Thanks mikey and granny; you two are swell!
    September 19, 2014 at 9:14PM
    Linda Engel: Sweetie, please get better. Keeping you in my thoughts. Linda
    September 22, 2014 at 12:12AM
    gypsycaravan: So sorry you have been so miserable. You are missed. Hurry up and feel better.
    September 24, 2014 at 6:07PM
    PatVallesMangan: Hang in there! You are in my prayers! Pat
    September 27, 2014 at 9:36AM
    innerworlds: Sending my thoughts for an easier (and complete) recovery. Don't worry about catching up on Fanstory. Your fans are your fans because they appreciate your work, but more so because they appreciate the person behind the words... you! That won't change because you need to take time off, Kaila. So rest as much as possible and keep in touch! Get well soon!
    October 1, 2014 at 8:58PM

Kaila Mari: When do newbies get to be oldies? I hope I don't have to wait too many years because I can't afford to fool around with time anymore. Age no longer creeping up on me; it is now advancing like a locomotive train at full throttle.
August 20, 2014 at 2:38PM
    Linda Engel: I know what you mean. You're not a newbie.
    August 20, 2014 at 4:22PM
    Linda Engel: your work speaks for itself. good job.
    August 20, 2014 at 4:23PM
    michaelcahill: I've been here a year this month, I don't think I'm thought of as a newbie though I still feel like one.
    August 20, 2014 at 6:09PM
    Kaila Mari: Hmmmm...I am an oldie? Well, well, well, wonders never cease! I hope fanstory members realize I'm now an old foggie. LOL!! Still in diapers as far as writing is concerned.
    August 21, 2014 at 12:31PM
    Ben Colder : Wish you the best, Kaila. Many good poets and authors here that offers excellent work. You may wish to search through their profile and decided what you want in your mind to ponder. Wide choice. Blessings to you.
    August 23, 2014 at 10:39AM
    gypsycaravan: Kaila, Your posting above about when do newbies get to be oldies would make an excellent first paragraph for a philosophical/humorous poem. Try it.
    August 31, 2014 at 2:38PM

Kaila Mari: I have finally achieved (it)! Tonight I have gotten 17 of the most wonderful reviews any writer could wish for. They were lengthy, indepth, picky, strong, honest, encouraging, moderating, I would even say brutally frank. But, I enjoyed and appreciated each one of them. I have not looked to see how many stars I got, since I was too busy taking notes, saving, analyzing, studying and editing. It has been a lot to take in at one time. I have copied and saved many of the more lengthy comments and suggestions. You all have no idea how much I have learned tonight. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have all come through; I knew you could do it. I am such a happy camper! finally I can go to bed and perhaps sleep. Tomorrow (today?) is another day. God bless!
August 11, 2014 at 3:34AM

Kaila Mari: I just finished viewing the voting results on the prompt entry write an ode to Winter. I entered the contest with the ode "Winter Wonderland" which came in (second) with 6 votes. Dean Kuch's ode came in (first) with seven votes as did Michaelcahil's with seven votes also. Congratulations go out to the winners.
P.S. I noticed that all entries had several comments from voters and mine was the only one that although having 6 votes got not one comment. Thanks to all who honored me with their vote. This gives me the courage and motivation to keep on writing. I hope that little by little I become a better writer. I do expect that member writers on this page really and truthfully help me to achieve my goal by critiquing my work and giving me honest reviews. I would be totally devastated if someone gives a review that I haven't earned. I am looking at the reviews given certain posts and can tell that those given such reviews are really not honest or they are only interested in getting the member dollars and cents offered. I joined this page looking for REAL help towards my becoming a published writer and I still expect that to be so. Some reviewers are doing a great job; others not so good. It is frustrating to get reviews and no help. Constantly I am told that I have written a nice poem; seldom is a reviewer actually reviewing the poem or prose for its structure and format. Some don't even know what they are reviewing and do so base on the "story" they interpret from the poem. This is all good, but I think reviewing is much more than that. As you all can tell I am completely frustrated at this point and very disillusioned to say the least. I feel like I am floundering around by myself, wasting good money to obtain nothing in return. Don't get me wrong; I am not looking for kind reviews. I am looking for good reviews! The ones I can learn from and improve everyday more and more. Sorry for ranting but I had to get this off my chest other wise I would drown in my own tears.
August 8, 2014 at 3:33AM
    mrsmajor: If I read your profile correctly, you have only been here since June of this year (2014)...the best thing you can do for yourself, if you have not done so already, is to try and read as much as possible and give good reviews....Perhaps in that way you can become fans a some members that have been here a while...I have been here almost ten years, and during that time, have learned much about the site...
    yes, there are those that may not be helpful, but I would suggest that it may take a bit more time that the couple of months, that you have been here to really
    begin to receive the kind reviews you are looking for.. all I can say to you, is just continue writing, and reading the work of others, so that you make yourself known...there are several hundred subscribers here, and I would say some of us might have felt the same frustration, in the beginning....give yourself a bit more time...I have entered contests and not receive any votes..still I remain and now do receive wonderful reviews for my work...also have made many friends, and I can depend on them for honest, thoughtful I said, if I were not satisfied here, as so many are, I would not have been here for these many years...
    August 8, 2014 at 4:03AM
    nor84: It doesn't really mean anything because no one writes a comment on your work. If you received six votes, I'd say you did rather well.

    There are many on this site who review poetry. As Mrs. major said, it takes time to build a fan base and to become recognized by like-minded people here. If you stick around, you can learn many things by reviewing, and entering contests. I've been here since 2007 and I've learned a lot, made a lot of friends, professionally published short story and published many more stories and essays in e-zines. The main thing is not to become discouraged.
    August 8, 2014 at 5:10AM
    michaelcahill: Hi. Congratulations on your showing in the contest. And thank you for your gracious comments as well. The Ode To Winter prompt is one that people complain about as being "worn out". It comes up all the time and it is difficult to come up with something original in a description of winter. So, it becomes even a greater challenge to do so. Your piece was lovely and well written. But, it wasn't earth shaking and it wasn't the type of piece that one could give you much in the way of advice on. There was nothing wrong with it as far as structure or word choice. It painted a nice picture of winter. If it had flaws they would have been pointed out, but there weren't any. At the same time, there wasn't anything extraordinary either that would cause one to say, "Wow, I've never seen that before!" If you look at Dean's piece and, without bragging, mine as well, you'll see that they are both out of the ordinary. Dean refers to the covering of winter as the mask of a mime. That is quite an original take. More of a "Wow, I never thought of that" kind of piece. Mine, referred to a woolly mammoth frozen for all time in a block of ice. That is certainly not your typical ode to winter either. So, more likely to get a comment. You are doing extremely well here. I came in last almost all the time for months when I first started. So, don't fret! The next contest you enter, stop and look at the prompt and take a moment to imagine what everyone is thinking of... then write something different! mikey
    August 8, 2014 at 7:08AM
    adewpearl: I vote in quite a few contests, but I hardly ever leave a comment in the voting booth. I gave my comments in the review.
    August 8, 2014 at 8:41AM
    Kaila Mari: Thanks everyone for your kind and thoughtful comments. Indeed I have been trying to walk before crawling. I will continue to write, join contests, read and review, make friends, and develop a fan club. Thanks for your kind advice. I appreciate you all taking time to comment and encourage me. You are extremely kind. Thanks again; God bless!
    August 8, 2014 at 12:47PM

Kaila Mari: Today I received this message:
Date: August 5, 2014 02:10 AM
To: Kaila Mari
Congratulations! You have won the writing prompt contest Personification of Winter!

I feel very accomplished, especially since I wrote a Shakespearean Sonnet for this prompt entry.

August 5, 2014 at 11:40AM
    Linda Engel: congratulations, it was very good
    August 5, 2014 at 3:22PM

Kaila Mari: Sometimes you eat the Bear and sometimes the Bear eats you! I think, this time, the Bear has eaten me. Muse's juices don't flow all the time. Oh well, c'est la vie!
August 4, 2014 at 2:34AM
    michaelcahill: Write about that! Hahaha. Sounds like a good beginning.
    August 4, 2014 at 2:48AM
    Emily George: just read your latset pretty cool if you ask me. Muse must still be alive and well
    August 4, 2014 at 6:39AM
    Emily George: meant to spell latest
    August 4, 2014 at 6:39AM

Kaila Mari: Once there was a man who set out to paint his house; he liked eggshell white. As he painted a neighbor passed by to chat. "Why that color and not green?" the neighbor asked. After the neighbor left, the house owner brought out some green paint and continued to paint his house. Other neighbors came, stopped, and also had their opinion on what color the house should be painted. One said blue, another, yellow; others continued to offer colors such as orange. lilac and on, and on. At the end of the day, the house owner stepped back and looked at his horrifically, multicolor painted house from hell. Moral of the can't please everyone.
July 18, 2014 at 1:51PM
    Drew Delaney: This is so true. And if we try to please everyone, we end up with a house of many colours. LOL
    July 21, 2014 at 10:25AM
    acerisestory: Thanks for your story, Kaila Mari.

    Do you remember the Ricky Nelson song, "Garden Party?" He was booed off the stage at Madison Square Garden in 1972 because of his long hair and contemporary clothing, so he wrote the song. The line I remember is:

    "Ya see, you can't please everyone, so
    ya got to please yourself."

    That's my motto. I am the first one I have to please. Then it would be nice to please a few others. Good advice. Right?

    July 24, 2014 at 8:11PM
    MTShepherdess: Kaila,continue to burst forth with colors! I enjoyed your story. And I imagined the man beginning to paint 'samples' of each neighbor's idea on nearby sheds and birdhouses, or perhaps their cars. At least he wasn't such a 'pleaser' he began to pain himself!
    August 3, 2014 at 12:10PM
    MTShepherdess: well I meant 'paint' himself.. but I kinda like the typo ;)
    August 3, 2014 at 12:11PM

Kaila Mari: Pardon my lack of humility but I am bursting with joy; need to share! After 29 days of being on this site, I went from COLD to EXPLODING! I feel the need to celebrate.
July 13, 2014 at 10:39AM
    Linda Engel: And rightfully so. your writing is enjoyable.
    July 16, 2014 at 7:57PM

Kaila Mari: Today I have finally deciphered what gets a piece, especially poems, good reviews. It is utterly amazing! It is true some pieces deserve the ratings, but most people rate not on the structure of a piece or its diligence in following required instructions. Writers in some instances don't even look at points and dollars offered. Most pieces are being rated based on feelings and opinions conveyed.
July 8, 2014 at 10:54AM

Kaila Mari: A competition is not a competition if there are no competitors!
July 6, 2014 at 3:19PM

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