This is an archive of selected blog posts by Philadelphia-area writer Alaina Mabaso, and you can find my current website and blog at Fiction Need Not Apply.

But here is a selection of what readers like you have been saying about my blogging since 2009. 

“Your writing is refreshing, honest and to the point.”

“The sinister part of you is showing.”

“This is an excellently written post. Thank you for presenting this cogently.”

“That alone shows the ignorance and lack of insight into the soul of the Church you have.”

“This is brilliant. You are my new favorite writer.”

“Very interesting blog (except for all the bad words).”

“I’d rather hear a screaming kid than a complaining adult (which includes bloggers). Crap post.”

“Wow. Very well written. Nicely argued. Timely.”

“You can literally pick out the SIN within your writing – Shifting focus, Ignoring facts and Name calling. That is the SIN I refer to.”

“Thank you for sharing an honest, non-aggressive, and educated post.”

“A great, incredibly poignant, candid, moving piece.”

“*gag* *swallow* Rubbish!”


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  1. Hi Alaina!
    You reviewed a production of “Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)” that I directed last year. I loved your writing and am glad to have stumbled on your blog. Hi World! Alaina rocks!

  2. Hi Alaina,

    I’ve just had the privilege of reading “The Conjugial Culture”. Although I was already aware of the core issues you present in the book (having spent all but one year of my formal education in the Bryn Athyn church school system), I was NOT aware of just how little the actual Writings support what is being taught in Bryn Athyn’s schools – at least with regard to love and marriage and that.

    I’ll admit to having been somewhat ambivalent about “reading the Writings for myself” at the time, and so I just accepted that what was being presented as “truth” was actually what was said in the Writings. Turns out I was wrong, and that what I’ve spent the last decade or so slowly rejecting was not my religion but a false or misleading version of it posited by people pushing their own ludicrously antiquated agendas.

    Anyway, I want to thank you for having the guts to say what you did. It needed saying and it was about time someone did it. Your essay is very well written. I would love to know how it is being received in the Bryn Athyn community. I’m sure it must be causing quite a stir. So: thanks.

  3. Congratulations. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please go to my page here http://workthedream.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/the-versatile-blogger-award-and-the-tmi-award/ to see what to do.

  4. I really like how you included all types of opinions in that colorful section at the top. I expected them to all be nice glowing reviews of your blog since that seems logical, it was fun to see some insults in there. A nice reminder that any one thing isn’t for everyone, and that there’s no rule that says you have to delete/hide/deny any of the “bad” things people say. When put next to the nice things, it almost brings the reader to a Zen-like state of awareness of subjectivity! 🙂

    • Thanks. I like to hear readers’ opinions regardless of whether they agree. I will debate anyone in the comments, and if people are nasty, I just take it in stride and respond with some humor. One of the first things any writer should learn is to have a thick skin.

  5. Good blog Alaina! Really liked what readers have to say… all dont get good opposition these days, and such sweet supporters too….

    Have a nice day here!

  6. Please update to 2013, or just include some more topics. This site is wonderful, glad I found it.
    You seem to be a knowledgable, non confrontational writer, who values the opinions of your readers.
    This site is refreshing!!!

    • More topics? We’ve got parenting, centipedes, movie reviews, socio-political commentary and goldfish tutorials. I can’t really think of anything I haven’t written about on this blog. Thanks for reading! Come back anytime.

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