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How To Raise An Over-Achiever

When exceptional is all that's good enough

51 total reviews 
Comment from LaRosa
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Congratulations on your win, Rachelle. And, I like your use of the letter 'x'. Good job, Saxman...nice combination of creative ideas and picture too.

 Comment Written 01-May-2019


reply by the author on 02-May-2019
    Hahahaha! Wow, LaRosa! I haven't been called only "Saxman" since eighth grade gym class (the football coach was our teacher. He never called ANYONE by his or her first name!!)

    Thanks for the well-wishes. I appreciate it very much. xo
reply by LaRosa on 02-May-2019
    tee hee... I remember calling my mom Mrs H....
    We were on a swim team and there were so many kids calling their moms and they all would turn around or none would so we'd just yell: "Mrs H...." and it was so normal til we went other places. People just thought we were weird. :)
reply by the author on 02-May-2019
    Oh, I love it!!! That's adorable.
Comment from Colin John
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Sorry I did not notice you won once more,
this must be getting an Allfull bore ,

I mean it's not even a second or a third this time
You win by a margin and it's all in rhyme

So I did not spot this today but I send a clear horray . Good luck for next time .
I have to go and spend a dime . Xx

 Comment Written 01-May-2019


reply by the author on 01-May-2019
    Oh, Colin, you little sweetie, you, thanks! I appreciate the congratulations very much. xo
Comment from Maria Millsaps
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Impressive, I love the beat behind the poem, like a cadence of a daily mantra, or an affirmation. Are you poking fun on the Avengers??? Keep up the good work.

 Comment Written 16-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 16-Apr-2019
    No, I'm poking fun at the Saxmans!!

    I appreciate that you noticed the beat of the poem. EXCELLENT catch! In fact, I think you might be an Honorary Saxman, Maria. lol

    Thanks for this review very much. I loved it.
Comment from Sandra Elizabeth Williams
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It's a good thing on one hand, but on the other hand it can be cruel. So, if our little overachiever actually does not do as well as he/she anticipated, the little one will be traumatized...and may do drastic things.

It goes without saying though, that when everything goes well, the feeling is glorious!

I'm just saying.

Best wishes in the contest!


 Comment Written 16-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 16-Apr-2019
    I couldn't agree with you more. It's a ton of pressure. Thank you for the astute, spot-on review. I appreciate this feedback very much.
reply by Sandra Elizabeth Williams on 16-Apr-2019
    You're very welcome.
Comment from Raul1
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You did well on writing a poem that doesn't make sense out of proportions. I think that it is interesting. I like this poem. Thanks for sharing! Good luck in the contest!

 Comment Written 16-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 16-Apr-2019
    Thanks, Raul. Could you explain what "doesn't make sense out of proportions" means, though? Thanks.
Comment from rama devi
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Oh my, I can relate to this intensely. It's just how over-achievers are trained, for sure. My whole family suffers from this very same psychology (which I do believe is prevalent in most affluent New York Jewish families, actually). My mom starred in Broadway plays and my dad was extremely high-achieving and successful and ambitious and expected perfection from his kids. I remember being ten years old and getting all As on a report card, with some A-pluses and ONE A-minus. He tapped his finger accusingly on the A-, glaring at me with fierce intensity, and then fumed, saying, "WHAT'S THIS? This minus sign is UNACCEPTABLE."


Your line: "Enough's not enough. Always do more." made me giggle because my dad had a sign posted on our fridge that read, DO SOMETHING in big bold capitalized font.

The satirical overtones coupled with the musicality in your rhymes and internal rhymes so well timed nudge this to a six. I rarely give a six to acrostics. Well done!

I visited this from your profile, so even though the contest is blind, I know who you are, and I can see from your history of working teaching the creative and performing arts, you fit this model too. We have a lot in common!

Warm Smiles,
rd

 Comment Written 15-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 15-Apr-2019
    Yep, we had the same childhood...and for the same reasons: affluent, NY, and Jewish. (I came home from taking the SAT's, and my mother was waiting for me on the front steps. "Well?" she asked. "I'm not sure," I said, with so much trepidation in my entire body, "but I think I may have missed one on the math." "Let's hope not!" she barked and huffed away into the house.)
reply by rama devi on 15-Apr-2019
    Sounds utterly familiar! I figure, being from Rochester, you had a similar upbringing. I also lived in Dobbs Ferry for five years in the middle school years. Growing up on Central Park West was like being from another planet, sometimes!

    Big warm smiles!
reply by the author on 16-Apr-2019
    Oy! I can't even imagine it!! (Yet here you are, triumphant! You ARE an over-achiever!!)
reply by rama devi on 16-Apr-2019
    Yep! You too! :-)))
Comment from Ideasaregems-Dawn
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I don't think I want to comment on content because I might not agree, but I have to say that your title drew me in, and I was not disappointed. This is an excellent poem, IMHO. :) Good luck in the booth.

 Comment Written 12-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 12-Apr-2019
    I understand. Would it help to know it's not written as a source of pride, just truth? It's been hard work my whole life to be the best I can be 24/7!

    Thanks for your feedback. I do appreciate it, Dawn.
Comment from dragonpoet
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The description you create with your last name is the way everyone should strive to live. But sometimes overachievers overdo it and burn themselves out.

Good luck in the contest and keep writing

dragonpoet

 Comment Written 12-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 12-Apr-2019
    Truer words could not be spoken, dragonpoet!! It's a noble enough goal, I guess, but it's exhausting to maintain. Thank you for the wise and astute review. Very much appreciated.
reply by dragonpoet on 12-Apr-2019
    No problem. Enjoy the weekend.

    Joan
reply by the author on 16-Apr-2019
    I'll do my best -haha, get it?!
Comment from Jannypan (Jan)
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You did a good job with your contest entry, Mystery Author. Good job with the prompt. Your lines read smoothly with a good storyline. Thanks for sharing and best wishes. Jan

 Comment Written 11-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 11-Apr-2019
    I appreciate this, Jan! Thank you for the uplifting and encouraging feedback!
Comment from Rmocruz
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This is a clever and very well rhymed verse presenting a positive
message of excellence. The artwork selection pulls it off perfectly.
I found this verse to be a pleasant contest entry.

 Comment Written 11-Apr-2019


reply by the author on 11-Apr-2019
    I'm glad you liked it, Rmocruz. And I liked your very nice review. Thanks!
reply by Rmocruz on 11-Apr-2019
    You're welcome, thank you as well.