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A Lesson (1 Viewer)

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TITLE: A Lesson

GENRE: Science fiction, but with fantasy themes, and crime as its other sub-genre. It is a work written with a lot of literary style (symbols, metaphors) Social commentary. It's based on a culture or a decadent society.

WORD COUNT: around 2158.

Story summary: The world of this story takes place in hidden tunnels in an underground island. It is here that drinkers are judged for their crimes.

SENSITIVITY CONTENT: There is a character experiencing being drunk and not much else. Since most of it takes place off-screen or is very low-key or not visible or with no blood. (violence is not close to being considered visceral).

AUDIENCE DESCRIPTION: Teen, adult and above for its theme.

EXPECTATIONS: I am in need of feedback on the plot. It's been edited. I wonder if it needs another check. It is an old story but got praised by a magazine once but got rejected ultimately (f & sf) some years ago. The editor commented specifically about it. I still have that email with that editor. Since new venues exist I want to give it a try to see if any publisher would accept it. I don't plan on posting it in the workshop which is why I am using a betareader in this case who could help me with it. I want to keep it private.

TIMESCALE: By end of February.

AVAILABLE FORMATS: Suggest a format that you prefer.

OTHER INFORMATION: Just want to make sure it works. I tried grammarly, reading out loud with my own voice, text to speech from word 2019. I have some dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Anything feedback you think could help is appreciated.

Thank you for any volunteers who wish to help or any help that is offered.


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Hello Tim:

Thanks Tim. I sent you an email. Thank you for helping me. I will try my best provide feedback as I do try to help those who help me.

To Darren:

I respect your thoughts on this. I will pm you a reason why if necessary. It's only for this one time.

Thank you Darren for the honest reminder. I know you mean well.



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Hi Theglasshouse,

I would be delighted to give this a read.

Happy to give you an overal feeling of the piece and if required a more in depth review (may include LBL in certain areas).

I can have this done for as soon as you would like.

PM me if needed.

Thanks, see you around.

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