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My name is Jenifer and I have lived near the Pittsburgh area my whole life. I have always loved the arts, painting, writing poetry and short stories and feel that each person on this planet has a gift to give to humanity. We all try to find what it is that we are good at, and I may not be the best writer, but my hopes are that my words convey healing and hope to many and that the message is to never ever lose faith and give up. Life may be an uphill battle at times, but what comes next is miraculous and you never know what lies ahead of you. The past is the past, and once we all realize that we are shaped by the many things we may not like or that disappointed us, what comes from that is acceptance and happiness. Once we accept each other and finally see that we are all priceless gems, life is amazing and the gifts we share are meant for humanity enjoy and perhaps learn many life lessons along the way.

Story: Second Life


Lisa Rose

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Sorry, but this really isn't a short story. it's more like a jumble of thoughts in a diary. Good idea though. You need to work on your story structure. Also watch your dialogue punctuation and word usage, (accept -- except). If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Rose Burke

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Interesting way to write, almost like you're in the characters mind reading her thoughts. I love the message this piece gives. I think it needs more dialog to break it up a bit, and keep the reader sucked in. Otherwise a great read! If you get a chance check out my story This Girl and a Bartender and let me know what you think, thanks!


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This is like a profile a psychologist would write to get insurance funding for a patient. It's a good character study, but that is a piece of pre-writing or warm up that an author would do to get into the character's head in order to write a complete story. The short story is what it is. It's short, it has one goal and usually just one plot line. This is not a short story. At least not yet. I recommend that this author by "Wild Mind" by Natalie Goldberg and work through every exercise. From that material, which this piece could be a piece of, a full-fledged story may indeed emerge.

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