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Tina Morris

Born and raised in Western New York, Tina graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2007 where she studied English/Creative Writing. Since then she has been gaining life experience, as an Army wife, while traveling with her husband, living in Georgia and Missouri. Tina recently finished her first Science Fiction novel, and is now trying to get it in the hands of the right agent. She finds love in characters who find themselves in extraordinarily odd circumstances or who are just plain odd. Flash fiction is a favorite to both read and write because it’s quick and fun. In her spare time, Tina enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring her surroundings. People watching never gets old. She can be found blogging about her writing at http://fillingalacuna.blogspot.com/ and tweeting as @tinarazz.

Story: Counting Blows

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Sit down and write.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
Jump right in! My stories are all character centered. Sometimes they enrage me when they simply won't do something I had planned on them doing. Sometimes they surprise me by doing something I had never thought of.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I take a step back and think about whatever is being stated. Then I respond to it, directly or indirectly. Recently on my blog. In the past, in writing workshops or dialog with friends.
Q:
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
A:
Not right now. I changed it a lot to submit it to this competition and it is the best I could make it at that time. Ask me in a few years, maybe i would. At some point though, a story has to be complete.

Reviews

Nathan Weaver

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Well, Tina, I thought this was a good read for sure. It sucked me in from the get-go, as my son has child developmental delays from a micro-deletion in his chromosomes, and @ age 4 he's just now starting to form sentences. I loved the fact that your character Steven was actually super smart, and a bit OCD on the inside, made it really compelling in the end... the disconnect.

A L Motsy

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Having worked with adults with autisim I wanted to read this story. The behaviors were true to an autistic child; especially an autistic savant, which ususally have high apptitude for a certain thing such as music or math. But I was upset by the ending. I suppose I am overly sensitive to the perception people have of individuals with such disabilities and this ending perpetuates some of their fears. For that reason, although it is a good story except for the ending; I have to rate it lower than I might have otherwise.

Lisa Rose

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This a good story. It is writen in a very distinctive style. There are however multiple mistakes in punctuation and word usage throughout. But, no matter how often we proofread we all miss something. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Dink

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Great Tina !!!!!

PennilessWriter

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This story is interesting and does indeed leave the reader wanting more, but that's because of its vignette construction and abrupt end. It has to be an excerpt from something, because I find it hard to believe that any writer could write these three little segments and be satisfied with them as a complete piece. They are well-conceived but poorly proofread, as there are typos and incorrect words used throughout the piece. There are so many stories in this competition that would be so much better if only for a little decent proofreading. This one comes off as hasty and short-sighted. The sad thing is that I like it and I want to know where it's going, but it doesn't even begin to tell a story. It's more part of an outline for a story.

cousinry

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Hey Tina!! Great Job! Keep up the great writing!!!!

LindaM

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Great story! I was very interested in Steven's behavior and thoughts. His brother's insights added to Steven's characterization. I am eagerly looking forward to reading more!

wrazz

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Great story! Looking foward to reading to reading more

greatst

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Very engaging story - I want to know what happens next!

grampa

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Great short story. Holds your attention to the last word. I look forward to more stories.

avidreader

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Excellent Story! Very very well written

sarah15

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great story!

RandiMarie

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I need more! You had my attention through the very last word.

David

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Great story! Tina, this is awesome and there's a lot of skill evident in your work. My vote is also for Tina Morris!

Caitlin

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Loved it! It ended with me wanting more! Wonderful job Tina!

grazz

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This story was amazing! Very interesting read!

Razz

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The short snippets of Steven's life work well in this piece. Stephen is interesting, dynamic, and naive. I hope someday to see more of him.

turtle

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Very nice. I enjoyed the layers and characteristics that brought the characters to life. Keep writing because I enjoy your work.

mushy

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Amazing! SO nice to finally read your work. Love it. Can't wait to read more.

Book lover

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Sounds like an autistic child actually. I am NOT implying that an autistic child is a murderer...just the behaviors and such. Good story though. Kept you interested until the end. The end could have been more specific other than "splath of red" but good story anyhow.

michelle

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Awesome short story! You really left me wanting to know more! Very thought provoking Good luck!

Rob

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This is a very thought provoking story that leaves the reader surprised about the ending as well as excited to learn more about the main character.

UT

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GOOD JOB TINA, IT WAS VERY INTERESTING

FLMom

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Great story Tina. Too short though...keep writing!!!

KTeets

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Loved it! :)

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