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?
- Current Location:on the couch, where I belong
- Current Music:Pandora's Catherine Wheel station