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Review:Indigo Seas says:
The first thing that springs to mind when I'm thinking about what kind of feedback I can leave is: goodness, that flow is marvelous. I mean, you've got little interrupters that break it up, but they're done on purpose and they're simply masterful. I can see your careful crafting at work, and I love it. (And by the way, the parenthesis around "four" were brilliant. Kudos.)

Anyway. You are such, such an accomplished writer. I don't know if I can convey that in a little space like this review, but I'll try. You have so many lines in here that are just absolutely stunning. And I could feel your careful crafting, too. I'm the type of person who sits and really thinks about the lines I want to create, and some of the ones you've created are just... wow. Either you're just very naturally talented (and I envy you completely) or you do, in fact, spend a lot of time on them. Either way, the writing is just.. fantastic.

Your voice is really, really strong. I think that's part of what makes this so unique: it doesn't go by the wayside because I can feel your passion, your feelings. Writers with a unique style are sometimes rare, and I absolutely love that you seem to have found your own here.

And oh, goodness. Characters. I love them. You've taken somebody that we know, yes, but you've completely spun her into something three-dimensional and just... marvelous. Of course she's lost her children; it makes so much sense that her students would be her children, and yet I've never seen that before. So gold star for you, dear, on both character depth and originality.

So, this wasn't helpful at all. :P I'm very sorry that I can't really critique this, but I simply didn't find anything to critique. I thought it was absolutely lovely; the length, the description, the flow... Bah. Genius.

xx Rin

Author's Response: Um, THANK YOU. Also, kudos to you for being the only reviewer to point out the parentheses around four - so intentional and no one picked up on it. Ha! I'm not sure if that's just so minor that no one felt it necessary to mention or if no one noticed but you.

I am blushing right now. Seriously. I mean, I'm always so pleased to get reviews and they're fairly positive, but to hear someone call me accomplished makes me all giddy, so thank you for taking the time to tell me that. Sometimes writing is a frustrating hobby and yes, it does take me a long time to write - every sentence is carefully thought out - so little boosts like that go a long way to help.

I have been writing for many years and I like to think that I've found a style that I'm comfortable with and that's it's obvious when a reader is reading one of my stories that they know it's mine, you know what I mean? That, to me, would be such a huge accomplishment.

Ahh, I'm so glad you liked Minerva. She's such a fabulous character to write - so strong and brave but her heart is just as soft as she is hard. The idea of her students being her children came to me while I was writing my short story collection - Portraits of Courage - and it just seems so natural. She never had children of her own and she spent so many years watching these students grow up from awkward, gangly 11-year-olds to adults. How can one not become too attached?

Ha, I am okay with not helpful if it means I get to read this glowing review. Thank you so much. I can't get over how sweet you are. I loved reading this review. :)

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