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J. K. Langham

Born in 1946, Janice has taken several writing classes enabling her to complete a 400+ page memoir and a transcription of her husbands autobiography. She has also given several Journal Your Life classes at the local Council on Aging and is near to publishing a book on Memoir Writing based on those classes. Janice lives in Leavenworth, Kansas with her husband Don and her dog Foxy.

Story: Falling Trees


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I've tried outlines first, but when I am hot on a story I don't stop till I start correcting and re-writing. I know I'll have a lot of re-writes anyway, and I don't want to lose the story. Better than losing something golden forever.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
As a novice writer, I relish criticism of my writing. Though some seems irrevelent, most improves the stories I write.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
If I could re-submit, I definitely would change words, sentences and paragraphs. Every time I re-read I seem to be re-writing! I've changed this answer already! :>)


Lisa Rose

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I enjoyed reading your story. The events are like a row of dominoes once set in motion they continue to fall. Man takes away the forest from the mountain lion in return she has to find another source of food and ultimately they are forced together again in a fight for survival. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Tammy A Evans

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One of my favorite story lines so far, aptly titled. I enjoyed the logical progression and tragic conclusion of the "fallen" theme. The habitat felled by man, the biker as prey by nature, the cat hunted down in retaliation. I would love any feedback you could give me on my story "The Sun and The Star" if you have the time!


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I really enjoyed the story and because I also love the woods, the story brought back the memory of trails and the scent of pine. I was really expecting a bear attack instead of a big cat.

Janie R

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Great story.. Enjoyed it very much.


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I have read many short stories and this one fits the bill for me. Very descriptive with the cat's thoughts and the humans' also. A very enjoyable quick read.


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Great story! I appreciated getting the view point from both sides, from human and from the natural world. Good pacing and dramatic tension. Hope to see more from you in the future!


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Wow, had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't really decide who I was pulling for! Good action, I was pulled in and not let go!

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