Critiquing my new Critique group*

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Here are some reasons I love my new critique group.

  1. It’s small, and we can get through everything in 90 minutes.
  2. Nobody gets defensive (which helps with #1).
  3. I agree with 90% of their comments**
  4. We all live within a relatively short ride of each other***

I hope they also bring good snacks, but that might be too much happiness.

*With apologies to my old ones, because they were also quite wonderful.

**So they are clearly brilliant and insightful.

***Unless it’s rush hour, because, you know, Northern Virginia.

In re business calls

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Writers, do you believe the woman sitting next you making business calls on her cell for over an hour in your favorite coffee/writing spot should get a life sentence without hope of parole?*

*Rhetorical question

From the World of Editing

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Three things I have learned while editing my current WIP

  1. I spend too much time on “Where to put a comma” websites.
  2. And I promptly forget whatever rules I learned on those sites
  3. My chapter numbers are out of order
  4. There is a reason people hire editors*

Did I say three? See what I mean?

*She said, preparing to hear from editors who catch all the spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors in the preceding lines.

In which I demonstrate great bravery

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I hit the submit button on a query page. Only those of you at #amwriting and similar #s will understand the significance. Also a few people who are spending their time productively instead of fooling around on Twitter.*

*If you’re reading this, you’re probably fooling around on Twitter, so ignore the fact that I referred to it as “fooling around.” You’re probably gathering important information by watching funny cat videos.

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

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My Mac message autocorrect function had absolutely no problem with Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland. Yet it turned Mi Sheberach (a Jewish prayer for healing) into “Midge era he.” Although I can’t prove it, I bet Mi Sheberach is used many more times around the world every day than Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland.*

Except in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland**

**On second thought, probably there too.