I'm a Canadian currently living in a small village outside my hometown and working for a tour company. I write in my free time, what little of it that isn't taken up with traveling and hanging out with my friends. I appreciate all comments but I am especially grateful for any criticism. I am somewhat oblivious and often need to be hit over the head with something before I notice it. 
I'm also, despite the fact that I hate poetry, a published poet.
Okay because I keep getting requests for it I'm going to warn you about my critiques. When I critique I am incredibly mean and nit-picky. The worse the story is, the nastier I get. I am also brutally honest about it. Emphasis on the brutal part. Please bear this in mind when asking me to look at your work. I'll do it, but there's a high likelihood that I will tear your story apart. Also possibly your pride and your soul. You have been warned, so please, don't yell at me later if I critique your work or say I didn't tell you how bad I'd be. I have.
Since I hate the constant posting of everything I do to it, if you want my tumblr account just go to laurendmsmith.tumblr.com . It's half blog-half writing website but there's a place for questions in case any of you have ones you want to ask. You can also ask anonymously if you like.
Thanks for reading!
Reading order for the Cinderella series: Cinderella vs. Prince Charming, Cinderella vs. the Fairy Godmother, and Cinderella vs. Happily Ever After. The Step Sister vs. Cinderella is kind of number four.
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Fighting for the Strange

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Description: Fiona feels like she's finally settled into St. Lawrence Academy. The sight of her classmates changing into centaurs, harpies, and merrows doesn't faze her anymore, and she's been careful to use the words Phasms or people. She hasn't forgotten that...

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Just done reading "There's an invisible man sleeping in my bed ". That too in 2 days. I really appreciate the wonderful job you did and Colt is amazing! I was hoping he would turn visible in the end though ^_^

I guess I didn't do a good enough job of showing Fiona's mental state through this. It's something I'll have to pay attention in the edits. 
      From the start of the book she's been in a pretty delicate emotional state, one of the reasons she latched onto Meredith so quickly. Her mom died only a three weeks before she came to the academy, so she's still messed up about it. Meredith became sort of her emotional centre, someone she could put her trust in and who'd be beside her while she adjusted. When she goes into a coma, Fiona loses that. 
      Chay is the only other person she's really close to, so his, in her mind, throwing away their relationship and ignoring everything he knows about her simply because she isn't a Phasm cuts all the deeper. She let herself believe it wouldn't matter, that he'd accept her, even knowing about his prejudice. In some ways, Fiona's a bit naive. She also hadn't seen much of Chay's prejudice first hand. Meredith had, which is why she was always warning Fiona about him.
      I hope that helps explain her reaction and thanks for letting me know what you think! I'll definitely be paying attention to expressing her emotional state better when I'm ready to edit.
Had a crazy weekend so only one chapter this week. I'm hoping to get some more done next, but we'll have to see. Anyway, enjoy the new chapter of Strange!
Sorry for the brief absence. I've been busy with my new job. I'm hoping once I get settled I'll be able to update more, but with a 45 minute commute each way, I may be reduced to mostly writing on weekends. But we'll have to see.  Anyway, enjoy the new chapter of Fighting for the Strange ^_^