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I think the reason why so many people are liking this but not having much to say with regards to critique is that the voice is enjoyabl...

Hihi! Just now getting around to your critique from my forum thread. Apologies for taking so long but I've been a bit busy with IRL stu...




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The degree of quality in apocathary's works is such that if I saw him on the street I would make my way over to him and swiftly run him through with my blade. Let it be understood that this murder would not be motivated by jealousy, but rather an attempt to slay the beast before its blight corrupts the entirety of the written word. At present he is mercifully confined to the digital realm, but it is only a matter of time, my fellows, until he manages by coincidence or manipulation to manifest in our physical world. On that day the sky shall rain bile and the seas will heave as the Earth Mother herself attempts to eject this sacrilege from its surface. Heed my warning! apocathary will devour us all! HE IS THE DESTRO--(transmission cut)

-- darkcrescendo


apocathary's works contain sentences which are in turn made up of words. The words, in a manner which reveals their function, are entirely composed of letters which can be said to belong to an alphabet. Occasionally numbers are present, but these are rare and generally considered to be mistakes. apocathary has shown he is able to take these building blocks and place them in such a way as to construct paragraphs, however it is uncertain if this is deliberate or merely accidental in the manner of a monkey brushing up against the return key. In any case, the paragraphs are commonly found to be loosely related in such a way as to suggest an overall narrative, but these relations are often tenuous or nonsensical.



If there is one word that can sum up apocathary's body of work, it would be 'bewildering'. Bewildering in the sense that one must wonder whether he has actually read any of his work before releasing it, like a rank fart, on the wider community. My beret could write with more skill than him; has done so in fact, with George Tsatsiki quoted as saying my beret's poems 'Have a fine weave about them.' In any case, if I were apocathary I would be leaning back and having a good head scratch, literally, to check if he has suffered any brain-damaging head wounds lately.



I just think it's so wonderful to see a writer like apocathary trying so hard to improve his writing. His stories are just so...special. They're like seeing that guy with no legs crossing the finishing line at the paralympics. While he may not ever write like you or I, he's doing his best in his own unique way. A tear wells in my eye everytime I see something new from him. But they aren't tears of sadness, nor happiness really; more a kind of pity that he'll never be able to write like a normal person. Good on you, apocathary! You keep doing whatever it is you might call what you're doing!



apocathary's body of work is like being stranded alone in the darkest bar in the worst part of town, and all of a sudden a massive, tattooed guy wearing a dress comes up to you and asks you to dance. You know you gotta do it, but you also know that at some point you're going to feel dirty. Real dirty. Dirty like rape. Fist rape. Brass-knuckle fist rape. Spiked brass knuckle fist rape. By Oprah. apocathary's writing is like getting spiked brass knuckle fist raped by Oprah.



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Fri Jul 4, 2014, 1:41 AM
Sorry doodles, I'm out at the halfway point. Some paid writing came up, so I've had to focus on that for a week or so. It was certainly fun while it lasted though! Thanks for all the comments and encouragement. (:

#15 Bad Dog -- Threes challenge

"It’s just that he gets a little hot under the collar and things get out of hand, you know?"

#14 Freeway

"Oh yes, just let me solve this fiendishly difficult dee-ee and once I’m finished I can take care of climate change for you. Dickhead."

#13 G3cko

"He could sense the adbots’ interest heighten slightly as he fulfilled some other arcane recognition condition of being a human."

#12 The Golden Branch -- Child fiction anti-lie challenge

"Also in the village lived a boy called Fetch. He was called Fetch because that was all he did."

#11 Quite Contrary

"The commune smelled like what communes typically smelled like, a heady mixture of synthweed, B.O. and incense sticks."

#10 Send In The Clowns -- Clown and 527.5 word challenge

Bloody hell, the elephant’s escaped.

#9 Scraplicker

"Rust covered everything like a fine layer of mould, staining his teeth as he went over sheet metal with a serrated tongue."

#8 Passivity -- End of the world challenge [not first person, sorry :(]

"Oh fuck," Gary drew out the vowel like a phone-call doodle. "You've got that pissy tone in your voice again. Calm your farm man."

#7 Dead Scent

"She had somehow avoided the cynicism that seemed to infect those in the higher years, presumably by embracing the impenetrably optimistic veneer that she was currently displaying. Shian hated everything about her."

#6 Bounce

"I'd say it's better than sex, but they don't call her 'Triplicate Girl' for nothing."

#5 Newsreader -- Historical fiction challenge

"Sod the viewers, what do I care if they see me dressed comfortably?

#4 Milliners

"There she was, holding a flat silver serving tray in the background of a party where the hosts walked around nude to show off their temproids."

#3 Bali -- Unreliable narrator challenge

"Have you been to Bali love? Oh I love Bali, I went there just yesterday love, just yesterday. Yes, I did."

#2 The Violinist

"They worked in silence for a time, each string and peg coming loose to leave her feeling naked as his breath ran through the holes he’d left."

#1 The Futilitarians -- Username challenge

"It seems that one day, rather spontaneously, the residents of the suburb--to put it in terms they might have used themselves--stopped giving a shit. About anything."


Phillip M.E.
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
My name is Phill and I'm a former (:w00t:) PhD student operating out of Perth, Western Australia. I've been here on dA for quite some time, and have been involved in all sorts of activites including, but not limited to: hosting a workshop at Writers-Workshop, drunken teamspeak story deliveries, hosting multiple competitions including the Ugly and Dream Journal contests, watching almost a dozen GD/GMs do their time, being the patron of three clubs (one of which even survived), alias trolling the forums, posting ill-thought-through dramallama-tastic journal entries, suggesting about a dozen DDs, receiving four DDs myself, moving accounts once, being staff at ProsePlease, suture, Wordspill, and LitFFS, quitting dA twice, coming back twice, declaring jihad on the 'P emoticon, and much much more. I'm aligned strongly with the camp that uses dA to try and improve their writing through feedback, but I'm as open to entertainment and socialising as anyone that joins the wild and wooly world of the forums and chats!

I've been spending progressively larger chunks of my spare time working on my stories. I'll let the reader make the call as to whether the extra time has been effective. :B

I'm always on the look out for being part of collaborations with visual artists. Whether it's providing the wordy part of your comic series, or something a bit more experimental. Give me a shout if you think I'm your man (:

My publication credits include Verandah, Voiceworks, Soundzine, and 365tomorrows, dotdotdash, Fractured West, and The Geek Mook. I really want to boost that record this year with submissions to a bunch of publications, but in order to do that I've got to write the words first!

Current Residence: Perth, Western Australia

List of critiques:

22/05/2011 :bulletgreen: Comment on Amoreuse by BitchMedusa

16/05/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Thoja by BerylAlexandros

16/05/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Auckland Dreams by Cassildra

15/05/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Come On Eileen by PinkyMcCoversong

15/05/2012 :bulletgreen: Comment on Catallus by PinkyMcCoversong

10/05/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Waiting for the Train by Metarex12

10/05/2012 :bulletgreen: Comment on Ice Cubes by rockstar1009

09/05/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Street Performers by neurotype

^After NEW NEW forum thread

17/1/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Smokestacks, Trench Coats, and Silence by saevuswinds

16/1/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Timeless by Lucy-Merriman

15/1/2011 :bulletgreen: Critique on The Courier by phoenixofthenet

12/1/2012 :bulletgreen: (lol)Comment on ODE TO PINEAPPLE by Sperpy

12/1/2012 :bulletgreen: Critique on Cassette Tape by CrumpetsHarvey

12/1/2012: :bulletgreen: Critique on Monday Ch 1, part 2 by thorns

12/1/2012: :bulletgreen: Comment on Monday Ch 1, part 1 by thorns

^After coming back again (again)^


16/12/2010: :bulletgreen: Critique on Azure Glass: Prologue by AlecWolfe

7/12/2010: :bulletgreen: Comment on Given-the-Chance by GwenavhyeurAnastasia

30/11/2010: :bulletgreen: Comment on Alone Till the End by xTalithax

25/11/2010: :bulletgreen: Critique on Dolente by pullingcandy

24/11/2010: :bulletgreen: Comment on A Rare Feeling by NudeDoctor

23/11/2010: :bulletgreen: Comment on Scratch by Niallthecool

23/11/2010: :bulletgreen: Critique on Sly Razor by K47454k1

21/11/2010: :bulletgreen: Critique on The Name by clownscape

20/11/2010 :bulletgreen: Critique on Aphrodite by Memnalar

20/11/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on The Raven by art-acheiver-4eva

16/11/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on Sex, Guns and Lies by Magic-fan

16/11/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on Roots by corvuscreative

14/10/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on In Love With You by aBlondMoment

13/10/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on One - The Parents - Ch. 2 by CharredTears

13/10/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on A tourist by Niallthecool

4/10/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on Chess and Life Thereafter C1 by K47454k1

1/10/2010 :bulletgreen: Comment on Obsession and Monsters by theforsaken4

^After forum thread^


:bulletgreen:Comment on 1st draft-untitled-edit by ~lerkingshadow

:bulletgreen:Comment on Always and Forever by *xfaith-in-youx

:bulletgreen:#399607632 on The Death of Perfection by Em-E-chan

:bulletgreen:#356523694 on A Children's Novel by *essayist

:bulletgreen:#344631981 on Embrace by ~Ageotas

:bulletgreen:#343717822 on Children's War Game, Chapter 1 by ~jdskeleven

:bulletgreen:#340385060 on Hunting Darkness by =Triseena

:bulletgreen:#338196119 on Redemption Lost by ~Anglinagirl

:bulletgreen:#328802252 on Draft - Mother Nature by =bleebt (marathon!)

:bulletgreen:#327803927 on Solace by ~jdskeleven

:bulletgreen:#326811094 on Trust - Chapter 1 Part 1 by ~Varian-Nearic

:bulletgreen:#325402882 on Prologue by =bleebt

:bulletgreen:#324851091 on US2 Chapter 7: The Firewalker by =draco13

:bulletgreen:#324841443 on 9.33pm by ~CatchMe-22


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