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Maggie Mills

United States

A steadfast defender of the Oxford comma

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Maggie Mills (United States) published:

Remembrance

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    It had been 10 years since he last heard a voice other than his own.  He sat in the living space, reading, when the sound wafted into the room like the scent of his mother’s bread used to.  It was, after all, his mother’s voice that he heard.
    Snapping the book shut, he stood.  Listening, listening, no voice came for three minutes.  He clenched the book tightly. Only when his left hand began to cramp did he lower himself...

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Maggie Mills (United States) published:

​Dear Sister

PROMPT: Signing Off

    A lot of people say that thirteen is a bad year.  Teenagers are entitled brats; selfish, rude, distant.  They understand very little, but of course, would never believe you if you told them so.  Mom received warnings from fellow parents: Oh thirteen?  Good luck.  Or maybe no words at all, just a firm pat on the shoulder.  When you turned thirteen, however, I saw no manifestations of any sort of teenage attitude.  All I can say is that I...

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8 months ago

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Maggie Mills (United States) reviewed:

Procrastination Man: Chapter One

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Great work! A few things to think about as you revise: First, I think that adding some more context to the robbery could help readers understand what's happening. For example, what do the robbers look like? Are they tall? Thin?...

8 months ago

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Maggie Mills (United States) reviewed:

Crisp Autumn Morning

PROMPT: Setting as Mood

Nice work! I love the imagery and tactile description that you use in this. For example, phrases like "dew covered grass" or "leaves crunch" are really great because they help the reader feel more present in your story. As you...

8 months ago

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Maggie Mills (United States) reviewed:

Her Father's House

PROMPT: Setting as Mood

Nice work! I really like the way you convey both grief and acceptance, two really emotional stages after someone's death. The way that you tied the two together was seamless, and I loved the way that you never straight-up told...

8 months ago

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8 months ago

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Maggie Mills (United States) reviewed:

Dismay

PROMPT: Setting as Mood

Great work! I really loved what you did with this, and all of the imagery was really clear in my mind. As far as revisions go, I would focus on adding just a smidge more detail to the plotline. You...

8 months ago

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Maggie Mills (United States) reviewed:

Thief

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Nice work! I love the way that you kept the true actions of the main character hidden throughout the piece. A few things to keep in mind as you revise: First, try adding some setting to this piece. Is it...

8 months ago

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Maggie Mills (United States) reviewed:

United States of American Contradictions

PROMPT: Ten Words to You

Nice job! I love the way that you made this feel personal and universal by keeping your specific emotions concealed. I can tell that you care about the country, but also worry for it sometimes, and being able to convey...

8 months ago

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Maggie Mills (United States) reviewed:

The Tree

PROMPT: My December Competition 2017

Nice work! I think as you revise, focusing on adding more thematic material throughout your piece could be helpful. How could you convey the morals you discuss in the final paragraphs within the story itself?

8 months ago