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So the other day, I wrote a story and even polished it up a little. Yay! And that’s when it occurred to me that in the last year of novel work, I have completely and totally lost all of my critiquing connections. Of course I still have my vaunted First Reader, and brother-man JED, to both of whom I am eternally grateful, but I used to frequent sites like Critters and Baen’s Universe’s slush boards (which don't even seem to be working right now) to get feedback advice from a wide variety of readers with a wide variety of perspectives. Now, not so much.


It’s not that those sites have fallen off the map-- it’s more that I have. Each of the sites I’m familiar with essentially require (whether overtly or through practicality, in the case of Baen’s) you to review a bunch of stories before you can expect to get reviews on your own. While this is a perfectly reasonable request, I just don’t have the time anymore to review 3 to 5 stories a week to get one of mine reviewed three months after I write it (okay, that was directed straight at Critters. Some of the other sites aren’t nearly as bad, but the same principal applies).


So now I am in the market for short story critters. My output is way too low to join a regular group, but I’m hoping to find someone else out there in the same position, who produces a story every once in a blue moon that they’d like to get an objective opinion on and who wouldn’t mind doing the same in exchange. If anyone knows of such a person, send them on over!


Utterly unrelated note: played the Tomb Raider Underworld demo yesterday. I will say that it’s fantastically gorgeous, and despite some rather frustrating camera issues, it’s good to see Lara back to her old-school tomb raiding archaeology-be-damned hijinx. But because I am a bizarre person, what really annoyed me was when I pulled my way through a jungle to find two separate groups of not one but three tigers waiting for me. Seriously, people, is one tiger not enough to keep Ms. Croft limber these days? I mean, tigers are solitary animals, they establish a range and chase other tigers out of it. They don’t wander around in freakin’ hordes looking for adventurers to narf on. Let’s get some scientific accuracy up in this piece, please?


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Nov. 23rd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Your tiger rant made me chuckle.

I'd be happy to crit your short story, no strings attached. Any chance it can wait until after 12/1? Email me if you're interested. wintereclipse at comcast dot net.
Nov. 25th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I don't put strings on free critiques, so of course it can wait! Thanks, you rock!
Nov. 24th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Always available! but possibly my opinions would be too relative...
Nov. 25th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
I will definitely send it your way, I could use as many opinions as I can get!
Dec. 1st, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hear your cries JP. With my novel ambitions I can hardly do short fiction and review to get myself involved in other groups, so I am with a limited number of people to help me with editing. If you ever do a group thing, I want to be counted as a possible entry.

Anyways og I doubt my machine will handle Lare Croft, but I love the game concept and am a fan by association more than anything else. ;)
Dec. 2nd, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I cheated on the Tomb Raider thing by using the Xbox 360 version. My computer can barely play Peggle. I desperately need a new one, but the odds of that happeneing are vanishingly slim at the moment.

If'n I ever do get a crit group together, I'll be sure to let you know. Given that if I put out a story every three months, I'm on a roll, the odds are poor right now, but hopefully my output will increase sometime soon. Somehow.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Mine is speedy you know when you have to multifunction like watching a movie, downloading, searching the net, hearing music and typing all at the same time and yes with slight variations I have been doing these activities all together.

Anyways, if you need a once time crit deal one story for the other I will be glad to do that one too. ;)
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