Penname: Lady Apostrophe [Contact]
Real name: Mariah
Member Since: 02/02/07
Membership status: Member


Name: Mariah

Beta Reader? Duh.

Likes: Writing, reading, Africa, chocolate, signing yearbooks, Mexican food, The Strokes, Wikipedia, dance, theatre, The Chumscrubber, Italian food, the Renaissance, Shakespeare, Little Miss Sunshine, brightly-colored Sharpies, moving

Dislikes: Doing dishes, Oriental food, folding socks/underwear, science, moving, idiocy, rice, Oprah, soap operas, the movie Blank Check

 Career Aspiration: Writer

Dreams: To travel... everywhere

3 Random Facts: I'm a military brat, I love watching the previews before a movie, and my favorite teachers are always the ones that other students hate.

My Stories

Chocolate Night: This was written for a school assignment for which we were given completely free reign over what to write; our only rule was to "tell a story". It could have been anything from a real anecdote from my life to a re-telling of an old myth to original fiction, and being me I chose the last option. I rather like the story, and am quite proud of it, though going back and re-reading it I realize that last year I was dangerously infatuated with hyphens and overused them greatly throughout the story. So if hyphen abuse makes you uncomfortable, proceed with caution. : P

Impossible: I decided on a whim (and sort of because I was upset that there was only one entry!) to enter the July challenge. I really just sat down in front of a blank document and started typing and this is the product. Not my best work ever, but it was quite satisfying to write.

The Graveyard: I had an idea of the mood and setting I wanted for this story for weeks, but I didn't plan anything else. Everything just came out the way it was as I was writing it. One of my favorite pieces.

 And I assure you that there will be loads more in the future.

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Reviews by Lady Apostrophe
Liquid Library by Naga [General]
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Ana, a young woman so recently in a fight with her roommate, wanders into a nondescript building in efforts to ease her flustered mind. What she finds is something at once wonderous and frightening: a library...of sorts.

Categories: Horror Fiction; Characters: None; Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 2417; Read Count: 727; Completed: Yes

Updated: 01/02/07; Published: 01/02/07
Reviewer: Lady Apostrophe (Signed)

Woah! I mean, woah!

This was absolutely--marvelous? Spectacular? Genius? I don't even know how to describe it. Horror isn't my preferred genre, but I decided to read this because of all the reviews, no matter how bad that sounds. Anyway, the point is that you got me hooked. It was...brilliant is all I can think of. I've never read anything like's so original and creative, and you write it so beautifully. Your narrative style is great--simple, yet very expressive. I love your choice of words!

"Curiously uncurious expressions" is my favorite line. :P

Great job!

Chapter 1: Liquid Library
You Are by animimares [Young Teen]
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Why were you, of all people, damned to walk through life alone? Religious and homosexual themes.

Categories: General Fiction; Characters: None; Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 3849; Read Count: 603; Completed: Yes

Updated: 05/02/07; Published: 05/02/07
Reviewer: Lady Apostrophe (Signed)

Wow. This was positively would think that such a piece would be controversial, but it's not in the least.

The best part of it is th POV combined with your writing, because you somehow manage, with great skill and grace, put the reader in the protagonist's shoes, no matter what their religion/sexuality. It was extremely powerful--even though I do not share the protagonist's sexuality, I could still empathize with her. That's an incredible feat to accomplish in writing and you've done it.

The most wonderful and most inspiring part of this, though, was your description and view of God. It seems like such a unique perspective that God would simply be all of an individual, really be a part of them, and that that person would really be a part of God, yet it makes so much sense. I think you captured it perfectly.

Great job.


Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Elkheart Woods by Fatima [Young Adult]
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Some people have secret lives that they hide from the eyes of friends and neighbors.  Mara Elkheart has a secret soul--she just doesn't know it yet.When she begins to see hidden windows and doors within the fabric of reality, Mara finds herself in dire need of the knowledge locked inside her hidden consciousness.  However, that consciousness has secrets, and there are those who will stop at nothing to ensure that those secrets remain unspoken.

Categories: Science Fiction; Characters: None; Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1443; Read Count: 273; Completed: No

Updated: 23/02/07; Published: 23/02/07
Reviewer: Lady Apostrophe (Signed)

I loved it. An amazing start. Obviously I can't wait to find out about these books, but "the man in the black coat" is giving me the creeps and therefore making me wonder...

I absolutely love an introduction that's not...introductory. You started this out by leaving open a million windows and doors for possibility, rather than expaining who, what, when, where, and why. That's refreshing. I can't wait for more!

Chapter 1: One
The Atlantis Chronicles by Naga [Young Adult]
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The previously untold story of Atlantis from its conception to the bitter end.

Categories: General Fiction; Characters: None; Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 821; Read Count: 241; Completed: No

Updated: 08/07/07; Published: 08/07/07
Reviewer: Lady Apostrophe (Signed)
Excellent! I won't write any sort of SPEW-like review since this was just the first chapter, but I do love the style and the mystery about it. I can't wait for the next installment!

Chapter 1: The Creation
Gangs by apollo13 [Young Teen]
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This is a story that almost every teenage girl can relate to. This is the story of a girl who strives to be popular, but hates the popular people.

At first, it was harmless. At first, it could be passed of as a playground fight. At first, she was hurting peoples feelings.

At first, it didn't matter. But one night, in the quiet streets of her home town in England,  Becky takes things too far...

Categories: General Fiction; Characters: None; Chapters: 7 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 10841; Read Count: 9278; Completed: No

Updated: 01/03/09; Published: 26/07/07
Reviewer: Lady Apostrophe (Signed)

First of all, I enjoyed reading this first chapter just because I'm from America, and I think it's so cool to read about a teenage girl who lives in another country. I'm constantly looking for things outside of my culture, simply because I live it every day, so this was so interesting to me.

But at the same time, even though I don't live in England, nor have I hardly any experience with normal English teenage life, LOL, I still felt like I was at my own school. You made the characters and situations so relatable. I've known people like Meg, people like Amy, people like the "chavs," and it's like Becky is an embodiment of so many of the opinions teenagers have of each other and high school life.

Great start!

Author's Response:

Oh, wow, thank you! That is just the reaction I want out of people! :) I'm glad you liked it, next chapter will be up soon.


Chapter 1: Them
An entire world exists that we are un-aware of. Unfortunatly, a rather simple girl is about to be lured into it.

Categories: Horror Fiction, July Challenge; Characters: None; Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 1391; Read Count: 741; Completed: Yes

Updated: 29/07/07; Published: 29/07/07
Reviewer: Lady Apostrophe (Signed)


I had to skip one of the last sentences because blood makes me queasy. : P At any rate, I loved this! Very, very creepy, but really meaningful, too.

I really liked the first section (the four beginning paragraphs before the little squiggly lines?), which is why I was drawn in. You went right into explaining about Jaely and her life and mannerisms, but not in a way that made the introduction seem too mundane or informative. I loved the way you characterized Jaely in that section, and the way you set the reader up for what's coming. Immediately we know that something terrible will happen to her because of her own personality, but we are left to wonder (and read about) what exactly that is...great job on that! It almost reminded me, in a weird way, of the prologue to Romeo and Juliet. Sort of.


Anyway, I really like the idea you conveyed here, that living in "ignorance" is not always the best route to travel.

The descriptions of the Underplace were really good as well, I thought. You made it seem very real... the looks of the people and the market, and even the little glimpses of the "neighborhoods" outside. I especially loved that you showed a certain social status bar; the reader knows that there are poor, lowly people AND higher-class people in this other world as well as ours, which was illustrated both in the clothing worn and the two contrasting glimpses of villages outside. I loved that!

Again, great job, and good luck in the challenge!

Author's Response:

Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it, I was worried it would be complete garbage. Thank you for my first ever review!


Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Ten Green Bottles by apollo13 [Young Teen]
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That song calls me. Am I human? Maybe. No one knows. No one knows that it's me - me that takes the children. No one knows where they go.

They just vanish.

I only came a short while ago. But it's been enough time.

Why do you fear me so? The same reason you fear the dark. The same reason you fear that strange noise outside your window.

Because you can't see me. You can't stop me.

So here is the story of a few of my memorable victims. Read it, if you must, and make up your own mind on what I am, and where they go...

Categories: Horror Fiction; Characters: None; Chapters: 1 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 2505; Read Count: 661; Completed: Yes

Updated: 16/08/07; Published: 15/08/07
Reviewer: Lady Apostrophe (Signed)

I absolutely adored this story. It was written very well! I liked the simple style, as well as the different sections telling about each abduction.

My favorite thing, though, about it as a whole is how eerie and addicting the beginning is, and how, gradually, the settings of the abductions become less eerie but still so dangerous. Honestly, the beginning was what hooked me... The imagery was perfect, and I had this incredibly creepy but really vivid picture in my head of a little girl in white on these rocky cliffs, her hair blowing in the wind, and I could literally hear her childish voice singing and I got chills. And then there were the woods, an equally creepy setting. But once you get to a nursery school and a grocery store, for God's sake, you begin to feel that sense of complete hopelessness. Like the children aren't safe anywhere anymore. I loved it!

Awesome job! Though I was yearning to find out more about this monster... *shudders* Anyway, really good work.

Author's Response:

**grins** Thank you! That was what I was trying to do - make each one more and more casual as we went along, and I'm glad you picked up on it.

Thank you for your review! :D


Chapter 1: Chapter 1