The Official Writing Challenge
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12/12/05
A beautifully haunting piece. The scene is revealed as if a journalist's report. It seems almost hisorical. And, in its realism, it would be too unreal if the father had said anything nice or meaningful besides his last comment. Nicely done.
An effective telling of a tragic tale. As a suggestion, it might help the reader in a case like this to italicize the portions from the letter. Sad - and yet this made me think about the reality and depth of hope, or the lack of it, as it guides the human heart. Well done.
12/15/05
1894 Ottertail, Minn. I am wondering if this story is indeed true. Very well written; and, of course, when I cry-that means it's very good, because it touched me to the core of my being. Thank you.
It probably matters little whether this tale is true or not since you've made us beleive it's true and made us cry. Well done. Loved your opening scene by the way.
12/17/05
The ending was stellar - so simple yet realistic. Good writing.