July 2016 competition reviews and critiques.

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Step back in time, review the stories entered in the July competition, and post your thoughts for discussion.

This could be achieved either by posting the review on your own WordPress Blogsite with a link to that site posted here in the form of a comment, or by directly posting your whole review here below.

14 thoughts on “July 2016 competition reviews and critiques.

    1. As my disreputable friend appears to have been banned from commenting here (and not before time), he has asked me to post the following on his behalf.

      “A belated thank you for your kind words and for finding the time to review the stories … not easy at this busy time of the year.
      As I have already commented elsewhere, everything that i know about Pokemon is in the story. Perhaps in cases like this we should add the following to our stories in the form of an afterword
      “In the preparation of this story the writer is pleased to acknowledge the technical and detailed assistance provided by google in general and Wikipedia in particular.”🙂
      But I find that this part of the story writing exercise can often be the most rewarding part, and in the far off days of library visits the reference section was always my favourite area … that is where knowledge lay. Atiller16.wordpress.com”

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    2. “A belated thank you for your kind words and for finding the time to review the stories … not easy at this busy time of the year.
      As I have already commented elsewhere, everything that i know about Pokemon is in the story. Perhaps in cases like this we should add the following to our stories in the form of an afterword
      “In the preparation of this story the writer is pleased to acknowledge the technical and detailed assistance provided by google in general and Wikipedia in particular.”🙂
      But I find that this part of the story writing exercise can often be the most rewarding part, and in the far off days of library visits the reference section was always my favourite area … that is where knowledge lay.

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  1. WordPress of course allows us all to comment on an author’s site. I don’t know what is intended by the TCWG page but I suspect the intention is that all comments are posted to it. Clearly copying to both is not an easy task for everyone but WordPress does give us all a common format. Maybe we need a WordPress advice page for the TCWG (I find the WordPress help pages boring and hard to follow).

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    1. Hi Peter.

      I’m always happy to help with WordPress problems so I think your idea of a Help Page on this site is a good idea.

      One of the problems with WordPress is that it is quite a learning curve for those who are unfamiliar with it and there are so many different ways of doing things. I’m by no means an expert but I am probably more familiar with it than some members.

      I’ll try to collate some of the problems I’ve been asked about so far but I need to know what sort of problems are causing frustration.

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    1. Thank you for this review, Peter. It’s always interesting to read your thoughts on the stories.

      With regard to the incident in the restaurant, I’m always surprised at how in the best or maybe I mean the most expensive restaurants, fellow diners and staff do not usually “make a fuss”. An extreme case – once one of my elderly relatives choked on a piece of meat and I had to rush round to the other side of the table to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre as she couldn’t breathe. The staff and other diners completely ignored this drama. The head waiter did come to the table shortly afterwards to ask if everything was all right. I didn’t know if he was referring to the near death experience or the food!

      And yes, your assumptions about Julia were correct. I’m pleased you liked the ending, I was a little worried in might not have been entirely clear.

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      1. I’m sure that the head waiter’s only concern was that you might take it upon yourself to attack an elderly relative again Araminta. I’m sure it was the sort of restaurant where such behaviour was frowned upon. Given your description of the event as a near death experience I would also assume that diners dying in the restaurant would be considered a real faux pas should it occur at all but certainly before the port.🙂

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    2. Thank you for your comprehensive review of the stories Peter, and in particular the sympathetic manner in which you approached my own ‘red-top’ tale.
      The Pokemon details that appeared therein are the sum total of my knowledge of this somewhat banal activity (thank’s to wiki), and it was desperation that drove me to use it as the unlikely time-busting drainpipe. Like most competitors I found the subject difficult, possibly because in recent years time travel has become a well worn journey in many branches of the entertainment market.
      Nevertheless, our writers.managed to supply a good selection of variations on a theme and are to be congratulated.
      One of the problems of writing short stories is not what to put in, but once the story takes off, what has to be left out. There is also the added complication of which character the story should revolve around.
      In ‘Wormhole’ I chose the obvious candidate, the transported..
      But with hindsight, my sympathies were with Benjamin Judd the Furnisher, and told from his perspective the story could well have provided an opportunity to add a touch of unworldly quirkiness to an otherwise stereotypical time travel tale.
      Perhaps next time.

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      1. Pokemon locations are already a source of controversy Atiller. It was an inspired storyline. I’m having great difficulty with Seadam’s theme!

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