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Frank Ball
Location: San Diego
Gender: Male
Born: San Diego
Interests: mechanical
Member: Premier Author
Joined: July 2021
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In later life, I have learned to enjoy reporting stories in written form. More recently I have dipped my toe into poetry. All of my writing efforts have been after senility set in; my school work showed no promise whatever.
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FanStory wrote to Frank Ball: An elder's advice finished third in the contest "Meaning of Life"
November 25, 2021 at 2:10AM

Frank Ball: I am troubled by something that is going to make me seem like a bitter man. The bitter part, I am not. I have read nearly all of the material a ranked author has put up on FanStory. Many of these pieces have prizes, even a first. Nearly all are rated Excellent, one Exceptional. Now here is the nub of my problem. Without exception, in my judgment, the writing is garbage. I do not critique this material because it hurts me so much to picture the recipient of such a negative comment. Really, the writing is so bad it makes me suspect that there is a joke I am failing to get. The author claims a college degree in creative writing and I barely scraped through high school. That is what causes this to seem bitter but I am just trying to understand.
November 23, 2021 at 4:34PM
    Carlos' girl: I suggest putting on blinders and just continuing to write your very best. Find those writers you believe in and hang the rest.
    November 23, 2021 at 6:47PM
    nor84: Don't be troubled. Although the site has a suggested grading system, almost nobody uses it. Reviewers hand out 5 or 6 stars like candy. That pushes someone up to 'ranked' status.

    The best advice I can give is ask yourself what you want to get from Fanstory and stick with that. There are some excellent writers who don't become ranked for a number of reasons. Some of us gave up the ranking game long ago. We just want to improve our craft and provide stories to our readers.
    November 23, 2021 at 6:48PM

FanStory wrote to Frank Ball: A young man's loyal pet finished second in the contest "Beautiful Creatures"
October 24, 2021 at 1:10AM
    Frank Ball: Thank you.
    October 25, 2021 at 6:02PM
    Frank Ball: This is my first award.
    November 21, 2021 at 7:17PM

FanStory wrote to Frank Ball: Help from an older brother. finished third in the contest "Family Story--True or Fiction "
September 11, 2021 at 1:10AM

FanStory wrote to Frank Ball: Blood Bank finished second in the contest "~ BIOGRAPHY ~ NON FICTION ~"
August 14, 2021 at 9:10PM

Frank Ball: In response to a review, I did that failed to be in any way constructive, I received this reply. While it is not complimentary, it is written so well I can not help but adore it. There is more truth in it than even its author can know.

"Reading between the lines of Frank's throw-away review, it's easy to envision an old and bitter man.... Broken by years of disappointment, Frank spends his days, slow tapping his keyboard, praying desperately for greatness - 'maybe today' he utters regularly to the toaster, the bathroom mirror, the pale morning light - but alas he is burdened by a buckling bookshelf of unrealized dreams. There's a tremor in his choppy cadence, a lack of creativity, his words creep onto the page with pedestrian irrelevance, evermore the reminder that his 'good' years left town like mosquitoes in the winter."
August 6, 2021 at 2:59PM

Frank Ball: I feel mildly cheated when I see human nature value stories written of distress more highly than stories that jerk no tears. I like to write about things in my biography. Still, since I passed the age where crying was a form of communication, I have been blessed with few incidents sadder than constipation.
August 2, 2021 at 4:01PM

 
RATING
Poet
Short Works
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Poetry 428
Short Works 129
Reviewing 191 (+1)
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An elder's advice
This is a poem posing my best advice in short verse.

Miscomunication
Wedding preporations

Guidence
A poem on coming up

Palmer Station, Antarctica
An ode to a charming place

McMurdo Station
National Science Foundation photo

Discovery
Upgrade to a prior submission

Asteroid
A conversation interupted

A young man's loyal pet
An old man remembering an old friend.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
An elder's advice finished third in the contest "Meaning of Life"
November 25 at 2:10AM
A young man's loyal pet finished second in the contest "Beautiful Creatures"
October 24 at 1:10AM
Help from an older brother. finished third in the contest "Family Story--True or Fiction "
September 11 at 1:10AM
Blood Bank finished second in the contest "~ BIOGRAPHY ~ NON FICTION ~"
August 14 at 9:10PM
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