Reviews For A Whale of a Time
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Reviewer: jublke Signed [Report This]
Date: 04/08/2011 11:17 AM Title: Chapter 1

Nancy, I love what you did with my challenge.  I never would have imagined this piece would have come from it.  I'm so glad that you didn't take it down.  And hey, a little bit of eco-education is good for us.  ;)  I know that I learned something by reading your piece.

Author's Response: Good heavens, you mean I'm actually educating? (That's hilarious, given that environmental education is my day job at the moment.) Thanks for the review.

Reviewer: Candi Gomez Signed starstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 05/02/2010 1:44 AM Title: Chapter 1

*applauds* I like this. It not only shows concern for the little whale, but it clearly shows the difference between actually helping animals and the environment and rushing ahead with what one thinks is right regardless of the actual facts.This is why research is ALWAYS a good thing: a little on Tiny's part could have avoided a lot of embarrassment and hassle. (And reef-scraping!)I love the Anderson Silence and eyebrow. (And of course, there's the Anderson Stare, as well. :P )

Author's Response: Thanks, Candi. This one did end up as a bit of a morality play, didn't it? Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reviewing.

Reviewer: Madilayn Signed [Report This]
Date: 03/19/2010 1:02 AM Title: Chapter 1

A really nice sequal to a fun episode.  I'm glad you decided to let this one stay up.

Author's Response: Thanks, Madilayn. It's the Inner Environmentalist... it keeps becoming the Outer Environmentalist. Thanks for your review. :)

Reviewer: UnpublishedWriter Signed [Report This]
Date: 10/14/2009 6:49 PM Title: Chapter 1

Now I want to write a fic about the Gatch episode!

'The Anderson Silence.' I like that.

Very nice.

Author's Response:

Look forward to seeing your whale fic posted here at Gatchfanfic. Thanks for reviewing.

Reviewer: Julieann Signed starstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 03/11/2008 11:27 PM Title: Chapter 1

I had to giggle when I read the line: When she was on the job, this usually resulted in explosions.

My kind of girl! ;)

Oh, and nice poke at "Free Whaley". ;)

I have a feeling the conversations Jason was having with the security company would have been hilarious to listen too, especially towards the end.

Nice twist on exactly who Helen really was, and finding out the full story concerning the plans for Nambu. And Anderson was actually sympathetic! Will miracles never cease! ;D

Considering all the ways the challenge you received could have inspired you, I would have never latched onto Nambu. How fun that you were able to tie this challenge into one of the more 'forgettable' episodes and bring an ending to it that was a lot more satisfying. Care to take on the Gatch Fighter episode with the cub? ;)

Last, Keep the fanfic up! I like it! :)

Author's Response: There's a Gatch F episode with a cub? This in addition to the cow? Oh, dear. Haven't seen any Gatch F so it may be a while before my inner Environmentalist (which is almost identical to my outer Environmentalist) gets a hold of that one. It just riled me up to see that poor little whale calf being abandoned to a horrible fate. That's no example to set for impressionable children... or maybe there was a handy whaling fleet nearby and poor little Nambu ended up as sushi.

Reviewer: Dei Signed starstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 03/09/2008 3:25 PM Title: Chapter 1

Dear Nancy,

I hear you on the feeling rushed thing. However, before you delete this, I thought you might want to know that this was my favourite story in the challenge.

Why? What really caught my attention was how illustrative it was of viewpoints. From the start, the trouble poor little Nambu was in (in being rescued from a quick(ish) death at the teeth of killer whales) to suffer from a slow one of starvation, the trouble engendered by Tiny's concern for the whale's fate, the delightful farce of their rescue attempt, all that's caused by limited views of the situation.  Each viewpoint presented is entirely convincing, cogent with the observable facts, but by being incomplete, actually led to more trouble.  A brilliant morality play on how difficult it is to prevent good intentions from leading to hell.

I think it'd be a pity if this little gem were to disappear.

Author's Response: Thanks, Dei. It was that 'morality play' preachiness that annoyed me about this story. As the narrative voice for this story, I remind me of Zark, and that's just disturbing. Still, my inner Environmentalist likes being let out to play so maybe we'll give in to it just this once.

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