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Reviewer: SLWalker Signed [Report This]
Date: 24 Jul 2013 05:11 Title: 'A Message Home'

Aw, Noah. Trying to find the bright side. You convey well the disappointment and the homesickness. It really can't be easy going off like that, and so many authors treat it like these people are somehow born to space and never miss the ground. So, nice job there. The fact he has history that he thinks he has to live up to makes it even worse.

As for McGregor putting it on or really being unprofessional, I believe that the answer can be only: Both.

Reviewer: trekfan Signed [Report This]
Date: 30 May 2013 20:36 Title: 'A Message Home'

Poor Noah Cutler. He’s worried. The disappointment and worry is clear in his voice and this is a chapter that reminded me a lot of that away from home experience, you know the kind where you’re nowhere near your relatives and all you have our messages to them? This reminds me of that. He’s trying to dissuade his mother’s worrying nature while trying to keep his own at bay, but already he’s feeling down and out about things. McGregor did rib him pretty hard on the tour but that’s McGregor, no offense was meant on any personal level and certainly he recognizes the Cutler name, so he knows Noah has lineage in the Border Patrol service.

All that said, Noah is taking it kinda hard. You can’t get the grand and glorious assignments straight out of the Academy … not many do, not unless you’re really gifted and in a Federation as big as that one, being really gifted means you have to be REALLY gifted. I mean, loads beyond loads of gifted … and Noah isn’t quite that. He is himself and he got assigned a low rung ship … most officers do. It’s not like the great ones all started out being great from the beginning, they had to work their way up.

I hope Noah realizes this and I hope he pulls himself up by the bootstraps and gets ready to go. Life is not gonna be easy in the Border Patrol service … he’s gonna need to toughen up sooner rather than later.  

Reviewer: PSGarak Signed [Report This]
Date: 25 Aug 2009 01:24 Title: 'A Message Home'

It's interesting, isn't it, how in life we start off being protected by our parents, but as we grow and mature, we find ourselves struggling to protect our parents from our own, insecurities and disappointments? The struggle to live a parent's dream of a life of smooth sailing leads to all sorts of complications of its own, and now we see Noah has a secret. You captured his uncertainty and melancholy really well. Hopefully, experience will bring him some of the confidence he currently lacks.

Author's Response:

Thank you. To be honest, in many ways I could relate to Noah at a time. Uncertainty about life and the future is melancholy unless you shape it to be driven and hopeful. Noah hasn't quite learned that lesson yet, I think his secret is what stops him making that growth. And I'd like to be hopeful on his part, especially as he is the voice for so much of this story, particularly the start. Thanks for reading and reviewing, much appreciated.

Reviewer: Anna Amuse Signed [Report This]
Date: 17 Jun 2009 10:34 Title: 'A Message Home'

'Find myself. Be myself. Run from myself.' Best line ever. An apt summation of options any graduate faces after entering the real world.
A sweet and touching chapter. ;-)

Author's Response:

Thanks Anna. Poor little Noah seems very afloat in the midst of all this. So who else can he but call but his Mam!

Reviewer: SLWatson Signed [Report This]
Date: 08 Apr 2009 18:02 Title: 'A Message Home'

Ah, poor Noah! I can understand how he feels all too well; it's not cowardly. It's normal and human. It's nice to see an author actually tackle the internal struggles that characters would have to go through in order to go out into space like that. So many just pretend that there's no one left at home, that everyone's always understanding. But the truth is, people worry. Good stuff!

Author's Response:

Thanks!

Noah is the guiding voice for this story. I hope I manage to maintain that internal struggle and voice.

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