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skadder
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Peter walked around the massive block of marble in his studio. He stopped for a moment and examined a tiny flaw. The setting sun shone through the large studio window, turning the white marble pink. The block mocked him.
“I am in here, stone-cutter, if you can find me,” she whispered from the block--seductive tones, full of promise.
John shook his head and rubbed his forehead-it's started.This commission was going to test his sanity. He always formed a relationship with his work, but with Medusa? He considered the pills the psychiatrist prescribed, but it killed his inner artist—the muse liked him raw. He grinned.
“Leave me alone, you bitch.” Then she moved--a shadow within the stone--a sinuous body, writhing naked--crowned with snapping snakes

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quote:
Peter walked[paced] around the massive block of marble in his studio. He stopped for a moment and examined a tiny flaw. The setting sun shone through the large studio window, turning the white marble pink. The block mocked him.
“I am in here, stone-cutter, if you can find me,” she whispered from the block[implied/cut]--seductive tones, full of promise.
John shook his head and rubbed his forehead-it has started.This commission was going to test his sanity. He always formed a relationship with his work, but with Medusa? He considered the pills the psychiatrist prescribed, but it[they/agreement] always killed[different verb/ hindered?] his inner artist—the muse liked him raw. He grinned.
“Leave me alone, you bitch.” Then she moved--a shadow within


This is great. I would read on.


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Tiergan
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I liked it, liked it a lot. I was hooked.
I think Bent Tree covered everything. I must confess I didnt catch half of what he did.
There was one sentence though, about shaking his head then rubbing his forehead. The use of head twice in the same sentence caught me. Might just be me though.

Again, real nice.

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Revised:

Peter circled the massive block of marble in his studio. He stopped for a moment to examine a tiny flaw. The setting sun shone through the large studio window, turning the white marble pink. The block mocked him.
“I am in here, stone-cutter, if you can find me,” she whispered from within the marble--seductive tones, full of promise.
John shook his head and rubbed his temple--it's started.This commission would test his sanity. He always formed a relationship with his work, but with Medusa? He considered the pills the psychiatrist prescribed, but they killed his inner artist—the muse preferred him raw and bleeding. He grinned.
“Leave me alone, you bitch.” Then she moved--a shadow within the stone--a sinuous body, writhing naked--crowned with snapping snakes

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Tiergan
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Man you talk about bummed, my satalitte knocked me out. Have to do it again.

Anyways, Again, I like this.

The only thing that caught my attention was the words "snapping snakes". With such awesome, violent words before such as killing, raw and bleeding, and sinous, writhing, I found "snapping" somehow lacking. Striking? maybe. I don't know, I am probably driving you crazy.


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I quite liked 'snapping'. I considered using striking but felt that they would have to strike something to feel like a valid use of the word and as she is in the block there is nothing to strike.

I don't seem to haver garnered many comments with this piece. Not sure why?

The setting sun shone through the studio's large window, turning the block of white marble pink. Peter circled it, chisel in hand--the first cut was the hardest. He stopped for a moment to examine a tiny flaw.The block mocked him.
“I am in here, stone-cutter, if you can find me,” she whispered from within the marble--seductive tones, full of promise.
John shook his head and rubbed his temple--it's started.This commission would test his sanity. He always formed a relationship with his work, but with Medusa? He considered the pills the psychiatrist prescribed, but they killed his inner artist—the muse preferred him raw and bleeding. He grinned.
“Leave me alone, you bitch.” Then she moved--a shadow within the stone--a sinuous body, writhing naked--crowned with snapping snakes

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quote:
I don't seem to haver garnered many comments with this piece. Not sure why?

Speaking purely for myself, I think that it's well written, like most of your stuff. It's clear and vivid, and I can imagine the scene. But the title and the first thirteen suggest to me it's in the horror genre, one I generally dislike. I might have read on anyhow, but I feel no sympathy for either of the characters.

Hope this helps, probably doesn't,
Pat


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I can' speak for everyone else but I am having a hard time grasping what is going on here. Is Medusa in the studio with him or is she imprisoned within the block? Are the drugs the doctor prescribed meant to treat his mental illness or are they to counteract Medussa's curse?

I am going to comment on your second attempt because I do not like the third. Still, I believe a slight change in order of events is needed.

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Peter >circled< I like this change the massive block of marble in his studio. He stopped for a moment to examine a tiny flaw. The setting sun shone through the large studio window, turning the white marble pink. The block mocked him. This last sentence needs moved for a better impact
“I am in here, stone-cutter, if you can find me,” she whispered from within the marble-->seductive tones, full of promise.< this part feels wrong ot me. It feels telling
John shook his head and rubbed his temple-->it's started<. italicise This commission would test his sanity. He always formed a relationship with his work, but with Medusa? He considered the pills the psychiatrist prescribed, but they killed his inner artist—the muse preferred him raw and bleeding. why bleeding? Is it a metaphor or are you being literal? He >grinned<. Shouldn't this be grimmaced?
“Leave me alone, you bitch.” Then she moved--a shadow within the stone--a sinuous body, writhing naked--crowned with snapping snakes

I do like the snapping snakes. It's a nice, and accurate, visual of Medussa.

How about this...


Peter circled the massive block of marble in his studio. It mocked him. He stopped for a moment to examine a tiny flaw. The setting sun shone through the large studio window, turning the white marble pink.
“I am in here, stone-cutter, if you can find me,” she whispered from within the marble. Her seductive tone was full of promise. John shook his head and rubbed his temple.
It's started.
This commission would test his sanity. He always formed a relationship with his work, but with Medusa? He considered the pills the psychiatrist prescribed, but they killed his inner artist—the muse preferred him raw and bleeding. He grinned.
“Leave me alone, you bitch.” Then she moved--a shadow within the stone--a sinuous body, writhing naked--crowned with snapping snakes


As far as the hook goes, yes it does and I would read on but I would need some clarity on the next page to keep reading.

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Its started was italicised, if you cut and pasted it into your own post you would have lost that bit of formatting.

The only reason I didn't give it its own line was it pushed another line out of the 13 lines.

I thought 'grinned' was a more insane response for him when replying to a block of marble which may or may not have actually spoken.


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I really have very little to say about this from a constructive standpoint. It's concise, well-formed, and says quite a lot about the main character just from how Medusa speaks to him. John only speaks five words, but his entire personality is explained in dripping detail by how you described the environment.

Nice work. I, too, would read more.


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Its started was italicised, if you cut and pasted it into your own post you would have lost that bit of formatting.

so it was, my mistake.


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NICE!!! See, a comment.

There's very little technically wrong with it, and very little storytelling wise as well. I'm hooked. MORE send me MORE. NOW!!

I was able to connect with Peter, although that's a pretty boring name, and the concept of his seeing the creation in the stone before it happened pretty quickly. Those are nice common images that are executed well enough to push it out of cliche.The statute being Medusa and her talking back, drew me in further. The idea that the world around him thinks his connection with his work is unnatural (ie the psychs and the drugs) was a slight hook.
His attitude in the dialog, which was just about perfect dialog, and the image of Medusa moving in the stone was it, I want MORE.

On techinical points - I like the image of "snapping" better than "striking." With snapping there is more foreshadowing, I think. Right now the snakes are trapped and can't strike, just snap impotently until he releases them. The 13 promises that they will be released.

Again, good job getting the story moving and catching my attention.

So, is it done? Can you send it to me? MORE please.

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Just a couple of comments. "snapping snakes" does NOT work for me. It makes them sound like dogs. Snakes don't snap unless they strike, and if they're striking I'd say so. It would also give a completely different image, of course, all of them sort of stretched out in one direction, as in a strong wind . . . I doubt that's what you want. In short, snapping is a good, threatening word, but it just isn't snakelike. I'd suggest "coiling".

"It's started." As usual, this sort of quoted internal monologue felt false to me--not false that he would think it, but false that he would think the words. "It had started" would work better for me. The italicized variety is more popular, but I think less effective. (My opinion is that the italics have gained popularity partly because they are less effective. The technique is noticeable. It draws attention to what the author is doing, so that people say, "Wow, I like what he/she's doing. I'll do that too." The other does its work invisibly. People absorb it without stumbling, so that have no clue how the author is creating his/her effect or even that the effect has been created. They just absorb it, unawares, and read on.)

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