Recent Reviews for Roxanne Smolen
Watery Deep (Book) - 6/18/2009 4:34:04 AM|
Natica Galos is a colonial scout for new worlds, searching for places that can sustain life. She is haunted by visions of a man from a previous mission who died in her care. Although it wasnít her fault, Natica blames herself for his death, and the battle scarred memories get in the way of her job and her friendships. Burnt out from overwork and guilt, she returns to her home planet to celebrate her sixteenth birthday. Her friend, Impani follows her uninvited, and together they go after her long lost twin brother, entangling themselves with pirates, a sea monster, and much more.
The Watery Deep is a creative and original story with an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction and a great sense of adventure. The characters are feisty, emotional, and real, with shifting dynamics between their friendships and alliances that makes for suspenseful reading!
I particularly enjoyed the tumultuous friendship between Natica and Impani, two girls from very different backgrounds with very different strengths and weaknesses. There is spitefulness, jealously, and underneath it all, caring and compassion as they sort out their own problems with themselves and their world. Teenage angst abounds in full throttle, which makes every scene a delicious read.
Naticaís home planet of Naiad is full of vibrant imagery and alien atmospheres. Almost entirely covered by water, the cities float on coral, the taxis are air boats, and devious pirate gangs roam the waters. It is one of the most creative worlds Iíve ever read about, and makes the story all that more intriguing.
Complete with romance, adventure, shifting alliances, and good family values, The Watery Deep is an excellent story for all ages.
Aubrie Dionne, author
The Thin Path (Short Story) - 12/23/2011 5:59:57 PM
As your daughter wrote, "This one touches my heart..." It's really a beautiful story.
Father's Photo (Short Story) - 11/23/2011 4:57:56 PM
Nicely written little story. It reminded me of bits of my own childhood. Thanks for the painful memories...haha.
The Thin Path (Short Story) - 6/19/2004 1:42:15 PM
This one touches my heart, makes me think, and remember how hard it was to move away from you. The guilt that still prods us for it.
Also, how it will feel for us when Nikki leaves us, only 4 more years she will be our little girl then she will go on to her own life. It's not fair how fast it all flies by.
Still teary-eyed, Much love and missing you~ Shell
Father's Photo (Short Story) - 5/21/2004 8:11:17 AM
sad story, roxanne; but very well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :( >tears <
michelle is so blessed to have a mom in her life still; i lost mine 14 years ago, and i still miss her very much even now. michelle, be good to your mom while you still have her!
Father's Photo (Short Story) - 5/19/2004 8:28:45 PM
Omg, Mom! This is so sad. I was crying by the middle. You put me right in Tom's shoes. Excellent story telling.(sniff sniff)
The Adventurer (Short Story) - 5/5/2004 9:14:34 AM
Wow. You, my dear, are an excellent writer!
I found this not only descriptive, but also, filled with depth and meaning. I hardly know how to explain what I'm trying to say. I only know that this is excellent work. THIS is the kind of work I aspire to produce. Thank you!
You might consider moving this story to either the "Spirituality" or "Mainstream" category - I think you'd get more of an audience that way.
The Adventurer (Short Story) - 4/28/2004 8:38:24 AM
Nice write, Roxanne! Enjoyed!
(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Pumpkin and Lilac (Short Story) - 4/14/2004 5:34:01 PM
so innocent children are about such things; but they know more than we may realize! sad, heart tugging story! (((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :( >tears <
The Roach (Short Story) - 4/12/2004 8:12:47 AM
ick. i hate roaches!! i see them here in texas; but thank god not too often in our apartment; every month, an exterminator comes to spray the apartments we live in, so whatever bugs we see are very few and far between. at least this is the case in OUR place; other places have more. harrowing story!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your roach-hatin' texas friend, karen lynn. :(
what's worse than roaches are those DANGED water bugs! they give me the CREEEEEEEEEEEEEPS! *cringing*
Crazy Quilt (Short Story) - 4/8/2004 5:11:31 AM
What a vivid and eye opening story. Well told and well written.
Crazy Quilt (Short Story) - 4/7/2004 4:38:19 PM
delightful story! :D (((HUGS)))
The Thin Path (Short Story) - 4/7/2004 12:55:12 PM
nice story, roxanne! (((HUGS))) and love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D
Prose vs. Poetry (Article) - 11/22/2004 11:50:26 AM
That was fun. Thanks for the exercise and have a wonderful holiday.
Writing Blind (Article) - 6/12/2004 11:39:20 AM
You are amazing! You give a voice to those who want to overcome.
Writing Blind (Article) - 5/16/2004 6:43:31 PM
We are all so very proud of you! :) Much Love from all of us!
Writing Blind (Article) - 5/5/2004 9:05:19 AM
As I read your work, I wondered how you are able to write on the computer. I've appreciated your sharing this article; it's most informative. And I'm so glad there are tools that help to facilitate your writing. As for me, I don't know what I'd do if I weren't able to write. Yes, I'd concur. The support of other writers is a tool no writer should be without. I've learned so much valuable information through the sharing of other writers, and I'd like to think I've grown tremendously because of it.
I look forward to reading more of your work, Roxanne.
A thousand hugs,
PS. It's not always a good thing to have a "hatchet fizz in the goop bandana" - but it is good to have a sense of humor. I'm glad to find yours intact.
The Big Picture (Poetry) - 5/5/2011 7:24:18 AM
Like this and it is all too real for most of us. We tend to focus on the task at hand and wear blinders to all that is going on around us...often until it is too late.
soldier (Poetry) - 11/12/2009 8:40:13 AM
Horrible to contemplate. Your poem is a timely reminder of the reality of what it can mean to be a soldier. Thank you.
soldier (Poetry) - 11/12/2009 3:27:10 AM
A well written piece.take care
soldier (Poetry) - 11/11/2009 10:57:46 AM
soldier (Poetry) - 11/10/2009 6:15:53 AM
The horrors of war, the sacrifice of those who've given their all in battle, the repercussions of coming home, wounded from the fight: effectively penned, Roxanne. Thank you for remembering those who serve(d).
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla (USAF, '83-'85)
Retirement Home (Poetry) - 10/17/2005 11:44:24 AM
God. It's beautiful how the "Smolens" are all connected. But this poem is a gem and most meaningful. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace to you.
Retirement Home (Poetry) - 9/24/2004 6:53:15 PM
Mom, I liked it alot. Love the complexity of it! Great Job.
Love you bunches,
Retirement Home (Poetry) - 9/17/2004 8:19:10 AM
wonderful poem, roxanne! well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Retirement Home (Poetry) - 9/16/2004 8:54:05 PM
Well done, Roxanne. You captured the setting perfectly.
Retirement Home (Poetry) - 9/16/2004 9:30:32 AM
and it was a gift, just as this lovely poem is to us.
Continuance (Poetry) - 9/16/2004 8:47:23 AM
Roxanne, you have amazing talent. You are clearly in the top 1% of this place. I am smoldering with this emotion! Thanks...
Wanting (Poetry) - 9/16/2004 8:45:13 AM
Oh what a moment!
Retirement Home (Poetry) - 9/16/2004 8:26:53 AM
This poem belies description. It is the essence of poetry! So much vision, depth, color, emotion, and intention all wrapped together in so few, yet well chosen words. Truly wonderful work!!!
Retirement Home (Poetry) - 9/16/2004 6:14:06 AM
This poem is a gift. An insight to the sadness of nursing homes. Well done.
Therapy (Poetry) - 9/6/2004 11:34:18 AM
Mom, I like your format here different than usual. Again the depth of your words brings you to the spirit of the healing, feel better! love and light and missing you bunches! Shell
Frances (Poetry) - 9/6/2004 11:31:18 AM
Mom, This is intense and mysterious just like the storm I like it.
The chainsaw vibe and sound adds a great depth of perception.
Good work! Love and miss you & glad as is well. Talk to you soon love & light! Shell
Frances (Poetry) - 9/6/2004 10:49:22 AM
This reads like a moment in the news. Nicely done.
Frances (Poetry) - 9/6/2004 9:53:33 AM
I'm not sure how to comment on this. I fail to see the purpose or the statement that was made with a purpose on this poem, except in my mind I could hear the chainsaws.
Today is not one of my days for a concise critique. Perhaps I'm just not too bright today.
Sandie May Angel
Origami (Poetry) - 8/11/2004 8:01:30 PM
and the one and only origami I can do :)
my daughter does a lot more
both are beautiful art forms
Therapy (Poetry) - 8/11/2004 4:05:09 PM
OUCh that had to be painful.... Good encouragemnt from the poem....
Therapy (Poetry) - 8/11/2004 11:22:55 AM
My deepest thanks to everyone who sent me their best wishes. How can I help but feel better?
Therapy (Poetry) - 8/9/2004 6:32:31 PM
What an inspiring write, Roxanne. Please take good care and mend quickly! My thought and prayers are with you.
Therapy (Poetry) - 8/9/2004 2:02:01 PM
Ouch! Hope you're feeling better already.
Sandie May Angel
Therapy (Poetry) - 8/9/2004 11:56:38 AM
OUCH! So sorry to hear of your injuries; here's hoping you are on the mend and back to full speed soon! Love the format! Well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
Am recovering myself; had a nasty sinus infection. UCH!
Therapy (Poetry) - 8/9/2004 11:22:09 AM
less of the pain
than of the knowing"
I love the depth of those lines. It is nice to read you again. You have been missed. I hope a speedy recovery is yours.
Therapy (Poetry) - 8/9/2004 11:13:10 AM
OW--hope you're feeling better soon! you will rise, stronger than before
(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
and i thought a pinched nerve was painful--ow, ow, ow...
Not Even Time (Poetry) - 6/19/2004 1:34:13 PM
I agree, while reading this it does paint a portrait. I love the line about the long bodied insects, this adds movement to the paint but only breifly. Really beautiful SAVING IT! Love ~Shell
Final Harvest (Poetry) - 6/19/2004 1:30:03 PM
Mom, Intresting form and subject,I like it very much. Love you~Shell
Her Father's Eyes (Poetry) - 6/19/2004 1:26:49 PM
Wow, this is so intense! A great write, very fluid and driving you to read on. Love ya~ Shell
Her Father's Eyes (Poetry) - 6/18/2004 2:33:09 PM
powerful, heartwrending write--the repitative "her father's face, her father's eyes" just enhance the drama--vividly described--BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Her Father's Eyes (Poetry) - 6/18/2004 10:24:12 AM
A wonderful, free-flowing, well-composed write - greatly enjoyed!
Her Father's Eyes (Poetry) - 6/17/2004 5:37:18 PM
This is a beautiful write. Excellent images.
Final Harvest (Poetry) - 6/14/2004 1:36:18 PM
Ok very interesting style as I have dome my double take here and see it fitting in nicely.
Very intersting and something I might try down the road
Final Harvest (Poetry) - 6/12/2004 9:30:14 AM
Original in form and captivating overall. Thank you for this offering, Roxanne. Love and peace. Regis
Final Harvest (Poetry) - 6/12/2004 3:54:02 AM
I like your form here. It really holds my attention.
Final Harvest (Poetry) - 6/11/2004 10:31:05 PM
Wonderfully creative. Love the style as well as the content. Great job.
Final Harvest (Poetry) - 6/11/2004 8:46:15 PM
excellent! i like the format and motif ...
Wanting (Poetry) - 6/6/2004 1:04:49 PM
This is so much deeper than cold feet, love the sensation differences here, great write. Blessings~Shell
Origami (Poetry) - 6/6/2004 1:01:47 PM
now folded in time, love it! Blessings~Shell
Desert Rain (haiku) (Poetry) - 6/6/2004 1:00:41 PM
nice one Mom, I too wish I could write these, still trying
Desert Rain (haiku) (Poetry) - 6/4/2004 6:37:37 PM
Desert Rain (haiku) (Poetry) - 6/2/2004 12:28:01 PM
Having lived nearly 3 years in the desert, I must say, very well done...I much prefer my eastern living though :)
Desert Rain (haiku) (Poetry) - 6/1/2004 6:12:25 PM
Love vegas... lol. Nice one.
Desert Rain (haiku) (Poetry) - 6/1/2004 4:57:45 PM
Desert Rain (haiku) (Poetry) - 6/1/2004 4:11:30 PM
Retrospect (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/28/2004 5:27:23 PM
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/28/2004 5:26:47 PM
This provides the reader a beautiful, peaceful image. Nicely done.
Origami (Poetry) - 5/28/2004 4:04:00 AM
Lovely write, has a mystic quality.
Wanting (Poetry) - 5/26/2004 8:44:29 AM
Cold feet can be a good thing. Wonderful poetic insight.
Origami (Poetry) - 5/26/2004 8:43:41 AM
Wonderful description. Enjoyed.
Origami (Poetry) - 5/25/2004 8:29:01 AM
Roxanne, nice Haiku. Very well thought out and written.
Wanting (Poetry) - 5/25/2004 8:05:19 AM
Oh Roxanne, wanting, needing, loving touching must go on till those feet get warm - you vixen you. Bill
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/25/2004 6:55:15 AM
First of all, I love the dynamic name Roxanne. If I analyze it I find a firm, but gentle sound to it; frome someone who is one with the universe and writes from the heart to produce succinct poems like this one. Be good, be kind, go softly with the wind till we meet again. Bill (wolfman kojak) Oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh!
p.s. Come over to my lair sometime
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/23/2004 2:17:13 PM
Super here as the pic matches the words
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/23/2004 6:31:21 AM
Mom, so lovely, I love your haikus!
They say so much with so few words.
The depths the words strike is incredible.
Merry Met! Love, Shel
Retrospect (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/23/2004 6:27:06 AM
Mom, simple beautifully vivid with the picture~ exquisite!
Makes you want to reflect to enjoy the sunny spots.
Brightest Blessings! Shel
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/23/2004 6:04:17 AM
I like the subtle message in this. Beautiful work, Roxanne. Thank you.
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/22/2004 8:13:48 PM
Lovely, and yes indeed ahhhh "Natural" Persistance!
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/22/2004 5:50:29 PM
Nice poem, Roxanne.
~ Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu ~
Persistence (haiku) (Poetry) - 5/22/2004 5:45:14 PM
You are an inspiration
Blank Verse (Poetry) - 5/19/2004 9:16:17 AM
writers block seems to be a theme for many a writer.
Well done :)
Blank Verse (Poetry) - 5/18/2004 7:29:28 PM
Some great lines. I especially like, "give
it part of me" and "It doesn't know
when I am done it will be just as blank."
Night Time (Poetry) - 5/18/2004 7:26:07 PM
You capture the expression of fear perfectly. Great write.
No One (Poetry) - 5/18/2004 6:41:03 PM
So much truth here about when we are alone.
each time I read this the message became even more clear to me.
Night Time (Poetry) - 5/16/2004 6:29:02 PM
This is so intence...brings you back to those nights after watching a scarry movie, all alone! Your words are riviting Love it!
Night Time (Poetry) - 5/14/2004 9:49:10 PM
Roxanne, this poem held me riveted by the intensity of the fear inside it. Your poetry brings light into your words. I really, really loved to read you. Hugs Bill Murray
Night Time (Poetry) - 5/9/2004 9:53:56 AM
Too Late (Poetry) - 5/5/2004 8:55:35 AM
Oh, THIS is good. Thank you.
Papa (Poetry) - 5/5/2004 8:50:42 AM
Beautiful work, well expressed.
Blank Verse (Poetry) - 5/5/2004 8:48:28 AM
"It doesn't know when I am done" <-- excellent line!
Night Time (Poetry) - 5/5/2004 8:46:43 AM
The fear here, apparent. This is good work, Roxanne. Good to read you.
Night Time (Poetry) - 4/29/2004 4:36:33 PM
Raw fear, at times too scary to read on.
Blank Verse (Poetry) - 4/29/2004 2:45:32 AM
I wondered what happened to my baby photos,great write.
Blessings to you,
Blank Verse (Poetry) - 4/27/2004 9:03:21 PM
that's what happens when you write with disappearing ink ...
Blank Verse (Poetry) - 4/27/2004 7:00:26 PM
Blank Verse (Poetry) - 4/27/2004 6:14:45 PM
I love the photo! very humorous.
There's something special about the way you recited this verse. Almost as though the words echoed from the page.
Well penned thoughts. Lisa
No One (Poetry) - 4/20/2004 9:24:41 AM
I can relate this.....such a realistic write....excellent!!!!!
No One (Poetry) - 4/19/2004 5:06:28 PM
Realization......is sometimes too hard to except, but with it comes wisdom........well done........pax A
No One (Poetry) - 4/19/2004 4:35:17 PM
excellent write, roxanne! (((HUGS))) and much love, your texas friend, karen lynn. :)
Going Home (Poetry) - 4/17/2004 11:42:57 PM
You paint this so well that I feel I am there. Thank you for this creative tapestry, Roxanne. Love and peace. Regis
Going Home (Poetry) - 4/14/2004 4:01:16 PM
wonderful description, so vivid i could see it clearly. you have a knack for story telling
Papa (Poetry) - 4/8/2004 7:40:34 PM
This is the kind of poem that reminds me of my grandfather when I saw him work. You've brought back a nice memory for me.
Papa (Poetry) - 4/8/2004 7:31:54 PM
Beautiful poetry Roxanne....I'll be reading back through your work when I've a chance. :)
Dark Horizon (Poetry) - 4/8/2004 1:23:02 PM
Dark Horizon (Poetry) - 4/7/2004 6:59:09 PM
Heartfelt, beautiful sentiments and meaning. Thank you, Roxanne. Love and peace to you. Regis
Dark Horizon (Poetry) - 4/7/2004 6:39:21 PM
This was so lovely and deeply moving, such memories,
Dark Horizon (Poetry) - 4/7/2004 5:50:17 PM
Roxanne, It is fortunate for the world that the heart knows not blindness.
I can almost hear the song of the gulls and the love that inspired it.
Thanks for sharing this,
Dark Horizon (Poetry) - 4/7/2004 5:47:13 PM
Great write. It brought back a lot of memories to me. I think I know that place.
Not Even Time (Poetry) - 4/3/2004 12:19:03 PM
I agree with Anne. You paint a perfect portrait, Roxanne. Love and peace to you. Regis
One Frozen Moment (Poetry) - 4/2/2004 8:01:34 PM
Beautiful writing...welcome to AD......
Not Even Time (Poetry) - 4/2/2004 7:46:34 PM