|Reviews for A Note from Maddie|
| Faeleen Giang Tien chapter 1 . 12/6/2013
I hate to tell you this...
But this contains no story content. I will be forced to report it...
| Robin Doerr chapter 1 . 12/1/2013
Maddie, i love and admire your courage, and i believe you are absolutely correct! Kudos to you for writing this letter! your Haters are simply phobic, of life most likely, but could be phobic of lots of other things, like incest, rape, and like homophobes, they most fear they could easily be whom they most abhor. Plz don't think about "people", just write for yourself, and for me :) preteen pregnancy is such an horrific taboo that "phobes" as i call them, can't deal with or handle it so they criticize, demonize, resort to what they know best - blame, belittle - to make themselves feel better. Maddie, from what i'm reading, you are real. and normal :). The phobes are dysfunctional and not worth your time or energy. plz devote both your time and energy to writing - it is a wonderful gift and talent! and i love it! Your dad is right - you are a natural!
| TJ chapter 1 . 11/30/2013
Maddie, I think its wonderful that you are writing. I just found your stories here and I am enjoying reading them. You know what? I was a lot like you when I was a kid. I wrote stories all the time and often people told me that I was "odd" - sometimes even my teachers! It made me feel bad sometimes but I didn't listen to them. I kept writing and am still writing today and I love doing it (and some people even tell me they love reading what I write, so I'm glad I didn't listen to the other people). I hope you keep writing. Its the people with the great imaginations and the courage to use them that make the world a great place to be! Thanks for sharing your stories with us.
| prodigywriter chapter 1 . 11/30/2013
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere!" - Melody Harrison Hanson.
Keep doing what you're doing (which from your strong personality and wonderful assuredness gives me no doubts you will) and ignore the hatred. There will always be closed-minded ignoramuses out there that live and breathe just to pick on people because they've failed themselves. Do what you love, take constructive criticism, and write write write! You're fantastic, kiddo! I wish I had half the confidence in my writing as you do.
| Rose Ann chapter 1 . 11/30/2013
Well said Maddie! I used to write when I was young I loved it, I'm not sure why ai stopped, no self esteem, no encouragement. I think you are talented, whether it it's real or fiction should not matter to people that is why writing is creative. I think you should do what you love and follow your dreams. The nasty comments you get Maddie shows you THIER intelligence , or their lack there of. Constructive critism is one thing , but the comments You shared of others who were being mean and nasty , they must really be lacking something in themselves to be so hateful to a young lady sharing what she loves.
| Guest chapter 1 . 11/30/2013
Well said Maddie :) some ppl can be rude lol I found your stories delightfully refreshing especially from someone as young as you :D you have a true talent there and hope to read a lot more in the future! You keep writing sweetie and remember even though there may be those who criticise and hurt your feelings there are those (and im sure far more) who truly love to read your stories. Today you have made a woman with depression laugh out loud and I thank you xxx
| Dyann Burian chapter 1 . 11/30/2013
Maddie, It took me awhile to find this place-I'm not to computer savvy-anyway now that I have I'll begin to read your stories...but on what you wrote here...don't listen to other people. I write too and we must listen to our heart and to the STORY THAT WANTS US TO TELL IT which is deep inside of us!
I started out awhile back to write a simple little tale-it turned into an EPIC Trilogy! I'd read what I wrote and say "Where did that come from?" As writers we just go with the flow. NEVER APOLOGIZE. If someone doesn't like it, well they just don't get it, but know that plenty of others WILL! In the end we write for ourselves. And you know what-who cares if it's fiction or a true story-if it ENTERTAINS than you have succeeded. Keep writing!
| Jackie chapter 1 . 11/30/2013
Maddie, i loved your letter that you wrote to everyone. I've read some of your stories and have enjoyed them very much. It's sad that there are people out there who are rude and heartless to others. I agree with you that kids should have an active imagination. That's what makes great stories. Keep up the good work and i look forward to reading more of your work.
| Sarah Khazaal chapter 1 . 11/30/2013
Maddie it is absolutely fantastic that you have such a positive and strong attitude!
I see no reason why people would work against encouraging your creativity.
I can already see that you try hard not to let them get to you, which is a tough thing to accomplish, but still we must try.
From reading your stories I can see that you have a wild imagination... and I can think of nothing better! Never let anyone try to stop you from writing.
Your poem 'A Mother's Blessing' is one that sounds as though someone beyond your years wrote it, and I think that is really impressive.
As for those people who say you aren't 'good', someone once said that you need to spend 10,000 hours practicing any talent in order to achieve some sort of expertise. So from what I see, you're just starting your journey.
Keep doing what you're doing! You have the promise of even more interesting stories in your bright future!
| jlfuss21 chapter 1 . 11/29/2013
Good on you for sticking up for yourself. Never stop moving forward in your writing. Fiction is a powerful tool and mastering it is not an inborn gift, it's a developed skill. Over time, you will continue to grow as a writer, but for now, you're doing pretty damn well. It takes guts and brains to write out your feelings as well as you have here. Keep doing that - don't let anyone stomp on you, don't let anyone tell you that what you're doing isn't important. It's hella important. Keep going.
| GeriKerr chapter 1 . 10/24/2013
Maddie...Kids and adults can be cruel, even your dad can agree with that.. There is one thing in life we should try and think about and that is the positive life brings us..
I hope you read this next part...
To use myself as an example, I was a child who used to be afraid to go home, I also faced some nasty kids, some older than I and some a bit older.. Sometimes I would hideaway and cry, and sometimes I would have gotten mad and fought back... I figured as I got older that this was part of growing up, we all face the rough with the smooth.. My mother used to tell me that a lot growing up, and for some reason it sunk into my mind.
I used to worry and complain about those I hated at school and those who I felt were just mean and my mother said to me - "If you keep worrying about who doesn't like you or who is putting you down, then you will only get yourself worked up and stressed over it, do NOT allow yourself to go through that..show them all what you are truly made of and show them that you do not and will not give a damn what they think of you, just raise your head high and focus on the things and people that do make you happy" ...
It took a while for me to follow my mothers advice, but after sometime I became carefree and I ignored the negative people and I stuck with what made me happy... It was my life so I figured why should I allow anyone put me down and make me feel bad about myself? Why should I show them I care? Why would I give them the satisfaction of knowing they got to me? They are not worth it... The only people I should show interest in are those that are kind, those who are fun and even those who can be most honest with me and give me constructive criticism in order to help me get stronger and constructive criticism is the best and most helpful kind... I realized this a while ago.. I am a lot happier now than I ever was..
When you write, you allow yourself to create some wonderful things, and I think you already know that. I find that when I write ( when I get the chance ) it allows me to forget some negative things in my life, and it allows my own imagination to flow..I am happy when I do it.. Writing fiction for kids or even adults ( it doesn't matter ) as long as it is interesting, leaving them hooked and reeling or more, that in my opinion is what counts...
I sometimes love to write some funny stuff and bit of comedy, it puts me in a better mood, then sometimes I like to write a bit of childrens stories, for my daughter, she loves them, and because she loves them, thats what makes me happy..This is why I write, to make others happy and if they are happy, so am I..
Anyone posting any nasty comments are not worth your time, just delete them as you go and move to the more positive comments as you continue to gather more inspiration.
You are a lucky girl Maddie, you have the talent and most important of all, you have a loving father who is always there to support you... I only wish I had your luck growing up, I only wish my dad was supportive.. Keep going Maddie and never stop, if writing makes you happy, then cling on to it...I will leave honest reviews of my own to your work..I hope you read them and perhaps on occasion take note...
My 8 year old daughter Becky struggles with writing, she has trouble using her imagination..Sometimes she cries when she cant finish her work, so I am helping her...I think she needs lots of practice.. I will be reading your work out to her and hope that some of your work inspires my own daughter to practice writing, but her little mind drifts and seems to find computer games more distracting !
Anyway, keep up the good work Maddie and to heck with those who are bent on annoying you, just ignore them and focus on what makes you happy...
All the best
| Cathy Dickens chapter 1 . 10/9/2013
I think it is great that you write. I love to read I probably read 5-9 novels a week. I have always wanted to write and have not had the courage to do so. It is not easy to put words onto paper, and you do it quite well. I believe a a good story is one that keeps you wanting to go on, and there were quite a few of your that did. I also think it is great that you had the courage to put this letter up. People can be cruel and unfair, I think you are amazing for doing what you want and love to do.
| shelaghc chapter 1 . 10/9/2013
You tell 'em, Maddie!
Even if I didn't know who your Dad is, I'd know he would be proud of you.
You keep writing and keep standing up for yourself. You're an impressive young woman.
| michelle chapter 1 . 10/9/2013
I wonder what these people think of adults who right fiction. Do they think that they are delusional? I have read a few of your stories and they are cute. Don't listen to those haters. If you enjoy writing, continue to hone your skills. Write. Listen to other writers but always follow your inner voice. I can tell by this that you are truly your father's daughter. And I don't think you could ever disappoint him. Especially if you ignore people whose only aim in life is to bring others down. Keep it up, Maddie!
| bethjd33 chapter 1 . 10/9/2013
I have three kids - 12, 10, and 7 - and they all have the best imaginations. My 12-yr-old son is BIG into making movies - stop-motion and live-action - on his 3DS and even entered a short film in a contest recently. That's all he does with his time - he makes movies, writes stories, and draws pictures. My 10-yr-old son and 7-yr-old daughter make me laugh constantly with their imaginative antics, jokes, goofing off and just plain kid stuff. I have never told any of them to stop doing what they're doing or what they like doing because I support them 110% all the way no matter what. Please don't ever let anyone tell you not to do what you like doing or that you're not good enough. As I tell my kids all the time, what other people think of you is none of your business. :) You keep plugging away and you'll go far. I have faith. My best to you.