Recent Reviews for Todd Cheney
The Bracelet (Book) - 12/12/2009 9:24:58 PM|
As a reader, Iím the first to admit this is the first book Iíve tried to read with a Christian feel or undertones to it. That said, I was pleased to read such a well put together, thought provoking, and meaningful novel but a talented writer.
From the start of the book, the reader begins to get to know Mike, his circumstances, his feelings and most everyone can certainly feel for him as weíve all been in those shoes at least once or twice. Once Mike receives the mysterious bracelet, his whole world changes. For good or ill? Well, thatís for the reader to discover and also to decide for themselves.
The characters, the plot were all a fascinating mix that will hold readers attention and also make them begin a self-examination of their own inner selves. The book leaves the reader with interesting questions after the last page is turned which is the mark of a wonderful title.
Mr. Cheney has written a superb piece of fiction that will appeal to all readers, even if itís not usually their cup of tea so to speak. Mike Alex has an appeal that any man or woman can identify with.
The Soulstone (Book) - 4/25/2005 9:01:05 PM
Sounds Great! Glad YOU didn't give up- which means, you believed in yourself and your book. Lady,Sheee
The Soulstone (Book) - 3/24/2005 8:39:52 AM
Congratulations on hitting that goal!!
The Seventh Circle (Book) - 11/7/2003 4:18:42 AM
Sounds like an exciting fantasy adventure...well written and very escriptive...best of luck, Jim.
The Seventh Circle (Book) - 9/5/2003 12:30:16 AM
Sounds interesting in fantasy Todd. Descriptive and well written. G
The view from my window (Short Story) - 6/30/2005 5:49:42 PM
The view from my window (Short Story) - 11/20/2004 7:46:22 PM
Very detailed to the point where I can see what you see. I just don't like cold weather. Good writing, thanks for sharing it.
The view from my window (Short Story) - 8/11/2004 4:33:30 AM
Very descriptive and made me see what you were seeing. Nice job.
Jeremy's Hunt (Short Story) - 3/17/2004 7:28:20 PM
Enjoyed this excerpt very much Todd, an imaginative write that kept my interest throughout.
The view from my window (Short Story) - 3/17/2004 7:21:01 PM
A well written descriptive piece of writing that takes your reader into your world to feel not only the cold that nature brings but also connecting us with the inner cold that being alone can manifest. Well done!
The view from my window (Short Story) - 3/14/2004 4:30:09 PM
I would say the depression is from within, not without. The view from your window simply IS; having grown up in cold-wintered Montana, I remember looking out my window, seeing barren and cold, wishing it were sping with the freedom that brought.
My dad always said, "If wishes were horses, we'd all take a ride..."
I was in Chicago once, walking in a concrete forest of dilapidated buildings. The feeling was of hopelessness, empty. I hurried to get to my car, past the dinginess, but then I saw a bright yellow perky flower, strutting atop its green stem and spikey leaves. The lowly dandelion, but forever after, have thought of it as the Dandy Lion Who Roared Life IS... it changed my memory of that place.
Todd, I liked this piece... it will surely fit into something. Thanks for posting it.
The view from my window (Short Story) - 3/14/2004 2:38:12 PM
Actually, I liked this write very much, Todd. I do these once in awhile myself, just to practice observation techniques. But I like to balance cold dark observations, with sunny bright ones, and lots of nature writes.
The view from my window (Short Story) - 3/14/2004 10:58:27 AM
A cold, dark, lonely story, Todd...Hope you find warmth in future, either in friendships, or just a good bottle of kentucky bourbon...well thought out and put together, I liked this alot, Peace thru the Write, Ed & Rufuz
Jeremy's Hunt (Short Story) - 3/10/2004 6:47:29 AM
Hello! Enjoyed the reading of this very much. Your writing has a way of grabbing the reader, pulling into the story. No glitches in rhythm.
As to the storyline, I wonder how often something like this has actually happened in our world? Since the movies about the Matrix, I've been wondering how often the storyline changes for US?? Few of us compare what we think we know about history, i.e., the stuff 'everyone knows'...
But that sort of wondering is what makes us writers, isn't it. Yes!
Looking forward to reading more of your work.
For the ghosts (Article) - 10/25/2005 3:32:23 AM
For the ghosts (Article) - 10/24/2005 2:15:55 PM
Ghost writing may have its place, but I like to know "who" I'm reading. I also think new talent has difficulty emerging for additional reasons such as high profile authors who do not ghost write. Nice article. R
Another Cover (Article) - 3/30/2005 4:35:23 PM
It's very eye-catching. The space really helps with that.
Another Cover (Article) - 3/26/2005 6:17:59 AM
actually, i like the space
Cover Examples (Article) - 3/25/2005 7:36:51 PM
Cover Examples (Article) - 3/24/2005 8:58:13 PM
Yes. I love this. My eye goes right from top to bottom. Middle balance is fine to my eye. Judge a book by its cover, huh? Well once there was a rookie cop who saw a prisoner, in bright orange jump suit, driving a big Mercedes down the street. The cop pulled him over. To his horror, he discovered the driver to be the most respected judge in the city on his way to a Mardi Gras party. The cop ended up on desk duty, and thereafter he swore he would never again book a judge by his cover
Another Cover (Article) - 3/24/2005 8:53:43 PM
There's a lot of space in the middle. You need some way to draw the eye between the title and the imagry. Maybe longer grass or gradually fading color....
Another Cover (Article) - 3/24/2005 7:11:23 PM
I love the font on the title. Grabbing. I agree, too much space inbetween. Is it possible to move "The Seventh Circle" under the word "Nature"? From this display, I didn't know that was a hooded figure and the army. Very dark. Does it show better in person?
Congratulations on your continued success!
A Writer's Guide for Editors Forced to Reject the next Unparalleled Masterpiece (Article) - 10/25/2004 12:15:12 PM
My all-time favorite rejection is when they return requested material by saying, well written and enjoyable but sorry, doesn't fit our profile at this time. Then why'd you request it?! They do have to wade through a lot of material and I think when we start getting those nicer responses it means we're getting closer to being someone they'd work with. For the rest - I cross them off my list - permanently! (grin) Thanks for sharing!
A Writer's Guide for Editors Forced to Reject the next Unparalleled Masterpiece (Article) - 8/11/2004 9:22:05 AM
ROF you hit the nail on the head. The other one I love is "We have read your novel with great interest but we cannot publish it now." when can you? I'll be back.
Or "This has potential." To do what become the weapon with which I choke you?
A Writer's Guide for Editors Forced to Reject the next Unparalleled Masterpiece (Article) - 8/11/2004 4:29:21 AM
A truer rant has never been written! Thanks for getting that of my chest.
A Writer's Guide for Editors Forced to Reject the next Unparalleled Masterpiece (Article) - 8/10/2004 7:06:42 PM
Oh soooo true, Todd!
I have a stack of rejection letters piling up in my basement. Some are over 25 years old! Anyone want them??? I was going to get rid of them years ago, but then I thought...
if my basement floods, they'll soak up all the moisture...
or if we get a new puppy and we need to 'train' them....(you get the picture!)
I'm tempted to send them all back with my own form letter stating that their rejection letters are "lacking in originality and plot, but thank you anyway and good luck in the editing business".
Then maybe I'll add a footnote stating that I am now a published author with 2 novels under my belt, have had 2 regular newspaper columns and numerous poetry published, scripted a TV commercial (produced and aired in 2003) and that the CEO/Executive Producer of a leading film company is considering Whale Song for a movie option!
To all the editors who wrote my rejection letters:
Some of you are probably not even working in the same field, whereas I am still a writer writing. Hmmm...look who's a "dedicated writer" now!
The Lazy Poet's Mantra (Poetry) - 1/13/2011 11:39:56 AM
The nuicence that_________
Gets in the way of
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 4/8/2008 10:17:17 AM
Most deep concepts are always best said in few words...you speak
what so many need to hear but afraid to say out loud. Thank you for speaking for them...great poem!
In the Sky (Poetry) - 3/7/2008 12:33:44 PM
Read lots of your wonderful poetry. You are yourself and show it in your writing and you are going to go far in life. The 60's were a lot better than now I think in some way, but thanks for writing inspiring poems and all. Take care and chug along and keep sane in this mad mad world.
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 2/3/2008 11:30:15 PM
You have said much in very few lines. Well written.
Commercial Schism (Poetry) - 9/22/2007 6:58:29 PM
Making Me Think.....Yep Very Thought Provoking Piece
In Joy, In Peace, In Grace, In Harmony of Love
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 9/22/2007 6:48:00 PM
This Is A Very Short Poem Indeed!
And Also Deep-I Love It!!
In Joy, In Peace, In Grace, In Harmony of Love
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 9/9/2007 1:54:37 PM
I love the closing lines especially.
I wish I could speak into.
So nicely done. Thanks for sharing ;)
((Hugs and LOve)) ~SilentDream
Commercial Schism (Poetry) - 12/6/2006 7:40:15 AM
Heard and felt! You say it so well!
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 11/21/2006 3:20:01 PM
You capture the thoughts, emotions, and desires of many with this short but deep, introspective write. Well Done!
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 11/3/2006 8:34:09 AM
Introspective and insightful. I like this poem. R
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 10/5/2006 3:03:42 PM
A great poem about longing.
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 10/3/2006 8:55:21 AM
There is such a wide scope for readers to place their own interpretations to your three considerations that I really think the title does not do the poem justice. Yes it is a short poem but the simplicity of the statements may give poeple much pause to consider how they relate to one or more of those statments. Perhaps the poem should be entitled 'I wish I could' or something a little more puilling than the rather pragmatic but unrevealing 'A very short poem'. Love the poem - but please consider changing the title.
To arms (Poetry) - 9/6/2006 1:32:36 PM
glad i came across this, much is spoken here and how very well cried out, with the sanity needed in times so unravelled, thank you for this!
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 8/12/2006 11:00:42 AM
Simple and Ingenius, you've brightened my day.
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 7/20/2006 5:49:04 PM
Gorgeous poem!! May wishes come true!!!
Love, Suzie :-D
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 6/15/2006 8:22:30 PM
A very short poem that says a whole lot. Nice!
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 5/17/2006 2:48:06 AM
Just perfect! Enjoyed,
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 5/4/2006 9:01:08 PM
Very insightful. Is this part of your book?
Lawn Street (Poetry) - 12/21/2005 5:10:40 PM
Thank you for sharing your poetry. Best of luck with all your writing ventures.
Mehari Listen (Poetry) - 10/16/2005 1:13:48 AM
Nice freestyle. Enjoyed.
Procrastinator (Poetry) - 10/15/2005 4:31:06 PM
This makes sense. I kick those kind right out of my life
Mehari Listen (Poetry) - 10/14/2005 4:41:43 PM
Okay, I'm having a dumb moment. I don't understand this poem.
Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
In the Sky (Poetry) - 8/18/2005 4:17:42 PM
Oh so true! Well done, Todd!
Reach (Poetry) - 4/27/2005 11:33:21 PM
Let the ghosts rest. Go for reality!
Reach (Poetry) - 4/19/2005 11:06:46 AM
Follow your dreams,
believe what you do not see,
follow your heart
and it will lead you home.
Reach (Poetry) - 4/19/2005 7:09:32 AM
Absolutely. We've all fooled ourselves ito seeing what isn't there, or refusing to see it until we learn the hard way.
Reach (Poetry) - 4/18/2005 4:11:42 PM
isn't that life for sure. great poem
You see (Poetry) - 3/5/2005 7:24:26 PM
Very good poetry. Glad I came back to do some more reading!
In the Sky (Poetry) - 3/1/2005 6:27:40 PM
This is my first visit to your work. Intriguing and beautifu.
In the Sky (Poetry) - 2/7/2005 7:36:53 AM
How right. Keep going forward. Don't look back. Life always works out, I think
In the Sky (Poetry) - 2/6/2005 7:39:05 PM
a wonderful sense of perspective in this poem ...
In the Sky (Poetry) - 2/6/2005 5:16:06 PM
fantastic write...I didn't want to come down...well done
In the Sky (Poetry) - 2/6/2005 2:52:10 PM
I like the imagery here too and feel like just flapping my arms to touch one of those clouds.
In the Sky (Poetry) - 2/6/2005 2:41:37 PM
Beautifully imaged, especially love the lines,
"...and in the folds of nimbus
we will speak...." <------------------EXCELLENT!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
To arms (Poetry) - 12/2/2004 5:42:56 AM
This is better than the other one I read. However, words won't stop bullets. Somebody said "it's dangerous to be right if your government is wrong" or words to that effect. Anyway, your point is well made.
The Good Citizen (Poetry) - 12/2/2004 5:40:51 AM
I'm a political sort of person. I can't imagine not voting because my boss wouldn't like it. I asked for, and got the day off, on election day.
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 11/20/2004 7:56:43 PM
I find I can do that by going within. I like this write. It's short and deep.
The Good Citizen (Poetry) - 10/23/2004 4:38:58 PM
This is one that I want to take and run with, editing a bit and adding my own two cents. Really like the first four and last four lines. I guess it's my political enthusiasm that wants to plug in my own words in the middle. You may have started something, since my muse died of "shock and awe." Don't worry, I won't plagerize this, I'll just play with it for my own satisfaction. Thanks for the inspiration!
The Good Citizen (Poetry) - 10/18/2004 7:48:42 AM
Good sarcasim. I think most everybody feels that way from time to time
The Good Citizen (Poetry) - 10/17/2004 2:46:34 AM
Otherwise known as the sheep theory.
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 10/6/2004 11:57:56 AM
i really dig this.
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 10/5/2004 10:16:36 AM
this makes sense in the middle of this day. I'd love to show down and address some issues
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 10/4/2004 11:13:08 PM
A Very Short Poem (Poetry) - 10/4/2004 12:07:51 PM
Sometimes they are all different, and sometimes they are all the same.
God's in (Poetry) - 8/9/2004 5:43:37 PM
Very inspirational and to the point. Good write Todd.
To arms (Poetry) - 5/15/2004 8:51:45 PM
Ah yes WRITERS TO ARMS! :O)
Before (Poetry) - 5/8/2004 6:40:42 PM
yesssssssss........the empty page.......that we could begin our story on again.......this is so inspiring.......hmmm food for thought........I must save this.......ty pax.......
Before (Poetry) - 5/6/2004 11:10:11 AM
We all long to return to our innocence days, quickly forgeting our haste to leave them. Good poem. Thanks for you comment.
You see (Poetry) - 5/4/2004 6:23:58 PM
This is a good one...I like it.
Before (Poetry) - 5/4/2004 6:21:23 PM
Splendid write. Sometimes, we all wish ,at some point, we could go back. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Before (Poetry) - 4/18/2004 12:39:23 PM
We all sometimes wish we had an empty page, and could start all over again; but, alas, we don't.
Wanderer (Poetry) - 3/28/2004 3:52:18 PM
yes, this one has a dire overtone as well as an allegorical feel and it quite makes one think, you know?
Most intriguing, thank you, Todd,
A Brief Telephone Conversation (Poetry) - 3/28/2004 3:50:09 PM
love this idea, and yes, very well done...
God's in (Poetry) - 3/26/2004 1:21:46 PM
God's in (Poetry) - 3/25/2004 9:04:50 AM
God's in (Poetry) - 3/20/2004 6:17:54 PM
for a beautiful short write
Top Dog (Poetry) - 3/20/2004 4:10:00 AM
Excellent write and so right on!
Belief (Poetry) - 3/18/2004 3:42:43 PM
Quite interesting, I understand it well for my highschool self.
God's in (Poetry) - 3/18/2004 1:09:15 AM
SO little says so much Todd, TY
God's in (Poetry) - 3/13/2004 12:37:58 PM
Inspirational verses that are a tribute to your faith. Love and peace. Regis
God's in (Poetry) - 3/13/2004 12:08:07 PM
Beautiful! You write inspirational in such a few words :-)
God's in (Poetry) - 3/9/2004 9:56:11 PM
small particles are magnificent once we turn them over to Almighty (not Bruce,. . . God).
keep expressing Todd,
cynth'ya lewis reed
God's in (Poetry) - 3/9/2004 5:36:34 PM
The diversity of font color does well to emphasize the truth of your message. Very enjoyable.
Wanderer (Poetry) - 3/8/2004 2:51:08 PM
Interesting, sinister tale, told very simply. It sounds a bit like our local social club! But seriously... I like this one a lot.
God's in (Poetry) - 3/8/2004 2:49:24 PM
Short but meaningful... very profound. This was worth reading a few times over.
All the best,
God's in (Poetry) - 2/14/2004 11:51:30 AM
So beautiful and humble! Thank you!
God's in (Poetry) - 2/14/2004 10:39:07 AM
Selah...a powerful declaration.
God's in (Poetry) - 2/14/2004 10:31:42 AM
A beautiful poetic expression of atomic theory.
Platitudes (Poetry) - 2/13/2004 1:53:37 AM
Whoa some heavy thoughts there, good one m8
Platitudes (Poetry) - 2/12/2004 6:18:53 PM
Platitudes...I find that hard to believe. And if so, they are superb.
Platitudes (Poetry) - 2/12/2004 5:59:37 PM
Hard to decide what to do in life, so many people, so little energy!
A Brief Telephone Conversation (Poetry) - 1/27/2004 5:16:21 AM
well done ...
Eulogy to Scary Bug (Poetry) - 1/26/2004 5:33:32 AM
You are so funny,this one made me laugh and laugh,a beauty!
The Shovel (Poetry) - 1/26/2004 5:29:02 AM
I agree with Trixie....'Bravo'.
The Rose (Poetry) - 1/26/2004 5:26:55 AM
A Brief Telephone Conversation (Poetry) - 1/24/2004 7:19:49 PM
Well done and expressed well in verses.
Green to Gray (Poetry) - 1/9/2004 3:10:19 AM
How very true this is,I like the way you think.
Reject (Poetry) - 1/9/2004 3:08:27 AM
Yes,very true,another excellent poem.
You see (Poetry) - 1/9/2004 3:07:29 AM
Oh my oh my oh my,this one was such a treat to read,I just LOVE your poetry,you really are excellent.
Top Dog (Poetry) - 1/9/2004 3:04:54 AM
An awesome wise perfect gem I am ssssoooooooo glad I read this one.
Best wishes always
Emperors of Darkness (Poetry) - 11/8/2003 5:10:16 PM
Fantastic, Todd! I especially like that "the Dark shall fall," as I believe is shall. Visit me sometime.
Love in Christ~~
Emperors of Darkness (Poetry) - 9/30/2003 5:46:24 AM
Ending is excellent.
Eulogy to Scary Bug (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 3:30:57 PM
This was amusing and ironic because I just had a confrontation with Scary Bug's uncle, Harry Spider, this morning in MY shower! Sadly, I didn't mourn him at all after he met his end with a disposable razor! This poem is great! I really enjoyed reading it and am inspired to write one of my own about my experience with one of the biggest, ugliest, hairiest spiders I have ever seen here in Costa Rica, or anywhere for that matter! Thanks for the inspiration and the smiles!
- J -
You see (Poetry) - 9/21/2003 3:21:49 PM
Todd, this is very good. I really like it. I'm going to read more of you!
- J -
Eulogy to Scary Bug (Poetry) - 9/16/2003 7:16:05 AM
Oh this fairly cracked me up LOLOL, what a write, what a topic. She says still laughing,..I wrote one called the bug, but it wasnt one you could smack out with a bottle, it smacked me around for 48 hrs LOLOL
Youve put a smile on my dial tonight Todd, TY
Eulogy to Scary Bug (Poetry) - 9/15/2003 12:56:07 PM
*sheds tear for scary bug*
hysterical, vivid, imaginative write
but i'm afraid i'd act the same way *i hate scary bugs...especially cockroaches and spiders >cringe <*
(((HUGS))) and love,
Eulogy to Scary Bug (Poetry) - 9/15/2003 7:12:46 AM
So Adorable! So Yecch!
Love your lively imagination.
Eulogy to Scary Bug (Poetry) - 9/14/2003 10:31:45 PM
very cute and different
The Shovel (Poetry) - 9/11/2003 10:22:55 AM
Dead Men Don't Talk (Poetry) - 9/8/2003 4:34:45 AM
The Lazy Poet's Mantra (Poetry) - 9/8/2003 4:34:14 AM
A Masochist Viewpoint (Poetry) - 9/8/2003 4:33:31 AM
The Statue (Poetry) - 9/8/2003 4:32:58 AM
A Masochist Viewpoint (Poetry) - 9/6/2003 7:25:38 PM
creativity shall keep you afloat...
A Masochist Viewpoint (Poetry) - 9/6/2003 12:17:20 PM
Interesting write; well done! :D (((HUGS)))
A Masochist Viewpoint (Poetry) - 9/6/2003 11:45:04 AM
I'm not sure this is how their view points, but then again who am I to know this?
A thought-provoking piece...
May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
A Walk That Way (Poetry) - 9/6/2003 12:26:37 AM
you have a talent for provoking thought Todd. and wonderment in meaning. G
Belief (Poetry) - 9/6/2003 12:24:13 AM
now this one made me think Todd. Quiet interesting. G
Guardians (Poetry) - 9/4/2003 8:38:47 AM
Oh, This was wonderful..makes me want to read your book!
Guardians (Poetry) - 9/4/2003 8:38:18 AM
a wonderful read
Expectations (Poetry) - 9/3/2003 11:36:24 AM
mmm...now this I like. This is an excellent commentary on this age of conformity and refusal to accept reponsibility...god forbid you show individuality...just follow the crowd...you will be okay...
Excellent job here!
Expectations (Poetry) - 9/3/2003 11:03:28 AM
Expectations (Poetry) - 9/3/2003 5:16:15 AM
I keep losing socks.
Your poem was very witty.
Expectations (Poetry) - 9/3/2003 4:15:28 AM
somedays life would be great if there were no expectations but than again I rather enjoy a good challenge...this took me back to childhood. Don't, No, Not Now...good one Todd! ~Z~
Expectations (Poetry) - 9/3/2003 2:47:23 AM
yeah, keep it simple
Green to Gray (Poetry) - 9/1/2003 10:19:15 PM
You have a profound perception of life.
Taco Stand (Poetry) - 9/1/2003 10:11:35 PM
interesting title....interesting poem
Green to Gray (Poetry) - 8/31/2003 4:53:21 PM