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Tim Gorichanaz

I recently graduated from Marquette University, but I'll always be a student. I'm currently earning my MA in Spanish linguistics from NYU in Madrid. Language is one of my loves in life, along with tea and Futurama. My love of language has manifested in writing. Most of my stories are based in reality but have a flair of fantasy... just like real life!

Story: Zepp's Diner


Alyce Wilson

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I really liked the voice of this piece: it creates a strong sense of the narrator. To me, it reads like a monologue or a slice-of-life, not as much a short story. I think the introduction about the Cleaners could have been condensed, and the narrator's personal background is irrelevant. I'd like to see one of these episodes he's talking about fleshed out -- perhaps the possible sexual assault -- to make it more of a story, but this is compelling writing. Please take a moment to read and comment on my story, "Dating Safari."

Lisa Rose

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Weird, but interesting, not really my cup of tea. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

mandy 33

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An interesting concept, but I was never sure if the author was talking about now, the future or the past. Still, it was nice to read something different instead of the usual genre stuff.


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Very well written. For a short story, it is quite descriptive and interesting. A little slice of life.


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Excellent narrative. Great setup with a nice pay off. Not an easy feat for a short story.

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