Thank you so much to everyone you read and left feedback to my Young Adult intro! I really appreciated it. I may post it around LJ some more, later, once I get the chance to polish it a bit. If you want to check it out and haven't yet, you can find it HERE.
I've still got some entries bookmarked that I have to read, so if you've chatted with me at all, or left a comment, and I haven't commented on anything of yours just yet, it's because I'm still adjusting to school. You're on the list, trust me! Gonna get that done this weekend.
Still trying to think of a name for that novel. For the moment, I'm calling it City of Thorns
which is meant to be something of a biblical reference and a reference to being caged in. Sacrifice, no ability to break free. However, not entirely sure that I'll stick with it, because that doesn't seem like the book is about the city itself and... I don't know, maybe I'm just thinking into this too much, lol.
Do you guys think I'll actually finish something this weekend, as far as editing? Think I'll really send some things out? Hahaha... we'll see if I can really do it this time.
Beyond that, the goal for this weekend is to finish all of the short pieces I started and maybe post one of them:* Who We Become
* A Strange Gift
* Her Mind's Garden
* Rosa in Disneyland
All but one of those short pieces made me cry while I was writing it. XD One, in class, too! Ugh, so embarrassing. I was in the front row and everything.
Btw, I've been thinking a lot about critique. It's a tricky thing, both giving and receiving. People tend to get defensive about critique, or easily hurt, on occasion. Or sometimes, they give in too easily and forget the rule-- NEVER let someone else change your story. If you feel it's right the way it is, keep it. Not every advice given is good advice.
But what was really standing out to me is how some people will give you constructive criticism and you'll appreciate it and work on it. Then others will give it and it'll be more like, "Look how great I am. You're obviously lesser in comparison. Would you like to see my five degrees?"
This, unfortunately, is a common problem with writers who are a pretentious people in general. Giving critique is often an opportunity for a person to stroke their own ego at your expense. Critiquing should be about helping someone to be their best. If those are not your intentions going in, you have no business critiquing. I haven't had any truly bad critique for a while, but I've seen it given. Attacking someone won't do a damn thing. No one thinks you're cool!
I'm going to post on that later, but for now, here's a nifty link sroit
put in her journal, about critiquing:Etiquette for Giving and Receiving Critique
Talk to you all soon, and thanks again!
P.S. Wtf, Battle Royale
? You're sick and wrong, and yet you make my simultaneously want to write something bloody and nab me a hot Asian boy... amirite?