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Jeffrey Bolden

I really hate doing biographies, but whatever. Listen, if you met me you'd love me. I'm a Scorpio born in 1987 in San Diego, CA. Spent all my life on a nationwide tour because I'm a rockstar and my mom was in the Navy. I've performed (lived) in Hawaii, Japan, Tennessee, New Orleans, Rhode Island, should I really go on. Probably not. I don't want anyone envious. I want you to love me, like you'd love my work. Writing is life, my soul swims with music serving as its ocean, and my mind only desires to be free. So set me free, vote for me. GIVE ME MY WINGS!!! I also love chicken wings by the way, favorite food vote for me.

Story: Control System


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Keep writing, keep living, keep loving. - Frank Ocean
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I just get to it, start writing. I usually see much of the story occur like it would be if I was watching a movie or something. It just flows out of me naturally.



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You write well and show a good grasp of language. There was lots of description, but for me, too much. Like the way you described physical features in the middle of conversations, was distracting. There were a few words wrongly used: brash, instead of brashness; slow, instead of slowly; genuine, instead of genuinely. And 'wined' was one I didn't understand- probably you wanted to say something else. There were overlong sentences like the one that began, "Ari's ear moved closer to the sounds..." It took up almost the whole paragraph. There was also confusion with the names Ashley and Ari while they were speaking. It is advised that writers use names that begin with different letters. I had trouble following and understanding exactly what was going on, and I suspect it's a much longer piece? Keep writing- we all need improvement!


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What a relief to read a story that it is literate in terms of its grasp of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. I am not a fan of sci fi or fantasy, but I could still get into this storyline because of the vivd description.

Roses Are Read

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So creative, each story line kept me wanting more. Ari is such a relatable character. I love the last paragraph! Keep up the good work!

story lover

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Didn't get it.

S. E. Cates

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It's such a good concept, but it lost me fairly quickly because of repetitive descriptions. It just seems like it needs to be edited.

Lindsay Davis

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You have a talent! This is amazing Boosie! I'm so so proud of you! Keep writing and never let anyone get you down! Don't stop going after what you want as an outcome!

Tommy Bhong

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I appreciate your writing. Keep working hard. Thank you for using me as an inspiration. You have a gift, never deny it. With hard work comes great success. Never stop chasing your dreams.

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