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Katie Blakey is an artist trying to find her place in the world. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys writing in multiple genres. Although she has never been published, she dreams of becoming a published author one day. She especially enjoys reading classic and postmodern literature.

Story: Take Care of Those You Call Your Own


Lisa Rose

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Your story is a good combination; sad, but uplifting at the same time. I, like Amy, think that music speaks to us on a far deeper level than we think. If an old song on the radio catches your ear, it's almost like you are transported back in time to where you were and what you were doing the first time you heard it. I throughly enjoyed your story. The part I liked the bes? Ross listened. It sounded just like Amy. It was as if she were speaking to him through this record. Again good story. 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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I really enjoyed this piece. Your characters are realistic, and relateable. I especially liked how you lead readers into thinking Ross was suffering from a different kind of heartbreak before finding out the truth. Overall a great read! If you get a chance check out my story This Girl and a Bartender, thanks!

Lt. Dano

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Brilliant. A very excellent story to tug at heartstrings and emotions everyone can identify with. My only criticism is the prose needing to be more "artfully smooth".

C. John

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Very emotionally descriptive but not too descriptive, I felt drenched in Ross's experience!


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I like how detailed the story was and how it was easy for the reader to really get into the story!


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Very much liked the twist ending (on a positive note, no less).


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Very much enjoyed how you express the depth of emotional struggle. Your language is simple but powerful. Great writing! Looking forward to reading you more.


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Having lost that kind of friend while in high school, the emotions and reactions were hard to revisit, but are realistically represented. Liked the use of interior and outer dialogue. Looking forward to your next story.

M.J. Milner

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Really good use of dialog- excellent internal life development of your character. I enjoyed it!

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