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Katherine Polillo originally planned to grow-up and run away with the circus, but after realizing that she had a debilitating fear of heights that squashed her dreams of being a tight ropewalker, she instead pursued a career in education. She currently teaches high school history and fabricates fictional stories in her free time. She never really out grew her imaginary friends stage, and instead has created lives and stories for the creations of her imagination to live in. When she is present in reality and not off on an adventure with her imaginary friends, she lives in a small, New Jersey town with her husband and their two spoiled rotten, ungrateful cats.

Story: Blessed Curse


Alyce Wilson

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You've taken on a difficult task in excerpting a longer work, and I give you a lot of credit for actually giving it a plausible framework. The story still needs more of a resolution, however, in order to stand on its own. I also got very hung up on the idea that the angel told the mother to protect "him" and yet, she assumed it was the daughter. From your synopsis, it appears that it really is the daughter who needs protecting, so I would suggest you remove that dialogue. This is an intriguing beginning to your longer piece! Please take a moment to read my story, "Dating Safari," and share your comments.


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It's a great plot, and you write so well. I do think you should have kept the synopsis to the section in the competition. However, it does make we want to read the full story as it seems intriguing. I particularly liked the part where Michelle's mother is confronted by Gabriel in her dream and, eager to ask important questions about world peace and the like, all she can come up with is a "Huh?" There were some spelling and punctuation errors, but it carried me along. Well done.


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Amazing, as always! Katherine Polillo has a way with words that draws the reader in and keeps them rooted to their seats. And as for the "doesn't stand alone," I think it does. You don't have to know someone's life story in order to appreciate a moment of their time.

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Need to read Destine now!

Lisa Rose

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On it's own this story does not work. We have no idea who Michelle is or why we are seeing her life in a crystal ball. A short story should stand alone, not piggyback off of something else.

Siobhan Ryan

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I like the sense of humor in this story and the fact that the author lets her hair down and writes uninhibited. The wording " but bless his heart he had kept right on chewing" is funny and I love how Michelle pops the raw cookie dough in her mouth. The second paragraph captivates, the author did a good job in the first paragraph creating interest in the gypsy woman's tent. The ending worked well, closing off where we began. This writer has good instincts, and I wish her well! Hope she will find the time to read my story, Glass slippers. much obliged if she does!

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