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Rose Valenta

Rose writes a satirical column called “Skinny Dipping,” which spoofs current events. She believes that in a past life in England, during medieval times, she was a trusted member of the Counsel of the Jesters. She compares the daily humiliation of experiencing Murphy’s Law with “Sitting on Cold Porcelain” - also the title of her book. Rose is on the Board of Directors for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) and the Robert Benchley Society.

Story: Shenanigans on Mischief Night


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Edit your work; then, proofread!
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I always outline it first, using the "bubble" method. Then, I let the characters build the story.



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Even though I believe the finest writers come from Taylor, Texas, you had me laughing out loud, girl!

A L Motsy

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A nice story.


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Nice story


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Nice story... had fun reading :)


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I found the story interesting. Some of the thing I could relate to when I was a child and went out on mischeif night. I grew up not far from the Jersey Pine Barrens so the Jersey Devil is no stranger to me either. All in all a good short story.


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Rose, you continue to amaze and impress me with your wide range of writing abilities. Your story is delightful. Good luck with the contest.

Perfect short story for middle school classrooms

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Ah....the ups and downs of adolescence. Thanks for reminding me that I would not like to relive those years. Keep on writing, as I would love to see what is happening in this young girls life today. I remember how it is hard to look to the future as being anything positive when you are dealing with these issues as a kid. This story could help teach kids about one of the top issues in today's society, bullying. Look forward to reading more of your work!


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Rose, you rock! Hope your funny, heartwarming tale wins. (And "boo" on people posting a bad review then using it to promote their own story. How cheesy!)


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What a delightful tale! Writing is also great story telling and this one is full of diversity and lively entertainment. Congratulations for a job well done!

Frances Bell

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'A' for effort but 'F' for story. It seems someone told you 'writing' is like telling a friend about something - it isn't. Writing requires forethought, construction, plot, character, conflict (drama) and most of all editing! This is full of expositional dialogue which didn't flow naturally and too many irrelevant details which didn't advance the plot but distracted from it. The plot was non-existent. Sorry, this is obviously a very 1st draft and totally unoriginal.

Shenanigans on Mischief Night

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Nice, young adult piece of fiction well-told. Not a lot of surprises, but certainly a fun romp and a treat for Halloween. I enjoyed the crafty humor and the sense of fun. And that's what good story-telling is all about.

Meat & Potatoes Lady

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I have met Rose, and I must say, she is a natural comic and humor writer! This little gem shows Rose's wit and creativity -- great job Rose! Let us know when you win!


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look, let's just cut the and give Rose the prize now :-)


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Love it. Classic Rose stuff. Fun and witty, just like Rose.


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It's fab. It's marv. It's crazy. Well, I must go now.


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Story is clever and concise. Most enjoyable! No doubt about it, humorist and author Rose A Valenta is a great talent!

Lisa Rose

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I'm sorry, but, I didn't enjoy your story. It was hard for me to follow and seemed to be without a plot. Maybe it would have been better if the teens had gone on the hunt for the Jersey Devil instead of soaping cars. Please, read my story, 'Drift Away' and let me know what you think.

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