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AJ Romano

I am a 24 year old poet and short story writer, as well as a working fine artist. My dream has always been to become a recognized author, and although I have published two poetry books, I am working at improving my fiction every day. I am also proud to be an Editor for EyesIn Magazine, an innovative blend of international creativity (! I tirelessly edit my work...I try to incorporate dialect and use of natural speech, blended with my knowledge of syntax and sentence structure, to develop my characters properly. Having a poetry background influences my prose writing greatly, and I think this story (not just the end) reflects that. see my amazon author's page @ and my art collectives page @ !!!

Story: "It Has Been Ten Years"


Lisa Rose

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Very good writing. I understand that you were not saying that to the people in the towers, but remembering the conversation between Jim and Anne about her bosses. It was very sad as they all waited for their loved ones that were never coming. Have you ever seen the movie Remember Me? It is very similar. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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Far better than I would expect from someone only two and a half decades old. I thought it was very good.


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Well done piece. Good read and loved poem at the end. Very promising.

Alyce Wilson

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While this is a heartfelt piece that strives to address a moment that moved and saddened a nation, it took it to nowhere new and different. It was obvious from the first moment when he reveals the date what is about to take place, and nothing in the account provides any new insight. I wouldn't go so far as calling it exploitative, but it does retread familiar ground.

Judy R

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I have read this story numerous times, particularly because of the controversy surrounding the subject matter. This story is beautifully written, the accusations regarding this writers age and the subject matter of his story have exactly what to do with the quality of the story? It has nothing to do with it. Again, beautifully written story, in spite of the fact that he was 14. Maybe he had a personal interest, maybe he was there, no one knows. So, I agree with Quiet Unlooker. Let's not be so quick to judge people. Let's not assume anything. And by all means, let us judge the quality of the work.

quiet unlooker

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I have no stake in this contest. I have read the reviews left for this piece and I have read and re-read this story. I do not understand the acquisitions that this writer is too young, or too inexperienced to be writing about such a tragedy. Who are we to judge? Lets take a step back and maybe think for a second that he has a personal connection to the tragedy, and was writing from his heart, instead of out of greed. Reading the story with that in mind, I found it to be well written and engaging. I think this young author has significant potential and shouldnt be blasphemed for choosing a controversial topic.


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awesome!! very talented writer!!! couldn't put it down.


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I don't think the writer should end with a poem. its kinda distracting. if I did the math right this author was 14 when 9/11 happened. seems like cashing in on the grief people felt that day to vin votes.


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I really liked it, but you lost me right at the end. I didn't like that strange poetic ending. Great writing skills. Perfect attention to detail. You are a talented writer.

justin bieber

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after reading the story, read some other reviews--dont see this as disrespectful at all...its no different than flight 93 movie... well developed character...details a tad overdone...engaging dialogue...very creative--nothing's perfect---there's potential


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I loved this story! What a talented young writer. His story was engaging and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end! Can't wait to read more from him! Definitely deserves a number one ranking.


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I think this is a clear exploitation of the events of 9-11. There is a hint of story but mostly it about the scenes of 9-11.


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I must join the ranks of the puzzled on this one. While I see strength in some of Romano's prose that lend clear credibility to him being a poet, he has not found a foothold in fiction. One, the backdrop of 9/11 in this case feels like it panders to heartstrings rather than making a legitimate claim to literary quality. There are a few lines of dialogue that stand out, and I quite like how the final paragraph nicely bookends the "fuck 'em" conversation, but beyond that I find no reason it should be number one. It reads like a first draft, and despite this not being a poetry contest there is a poem included with the story, which makes me suspect that the story was really an excuse to submit a poem. The writer is clearly more comfortable in verse than in narrative.


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I'm sorry, but this was hard for me to read... Poor writing...not edited. Not my cup of tea. Numer 1???????


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Marvelous :) AJ puts one word after another and makes magic with them.

Book reader

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Terrific ad engaging story. Had me til the very end! Great writer, can't wait to read more!


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I had to force myself past the first 300 words. I kept hoping I'd see why it's in first place. To be honest the best bit was the poem at the end. The rest felt forced and sloppy.

Book lover

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How can you write a fictional account of the horror that happened that day? Were you even old enough to REALLY appreciate the fear that paralyzed this entire country? While the facts were there, there was one thing I couldn't get past....Did you really say "Fuck em" about the people who jumped or fell from the towers? Seriously? No...seriously? How insulting and crude! You deserve to be kicked out of the contest for this story and the lack of respect you show for what happened that day!


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Too over done.


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Poignant story, well written, engaging--the poetry at the end was a nice finishing touch


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Creative ending--great job! I found this short story to have a little more nuance than most of the others. The main character has depth, even if it IS sometimes a little forced. Overall, a pretty good read.


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A fantastic writer with a real future ahead of him. Great job. Keep it up and best of luck to you.


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I loved it! Such a talented writer. AJ has a wonderful future ahead!! I look forward to more!


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Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable, transporting reading. It was real all over again. A solid writer.


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