Monday, April 15, 2013

Love Spring!

This. . .this is why I love Spring above all other seasons.  The gaiety of color truly gladdens my heart and the resurrection of life lifts my spirit.  I eagerly await for buds to transform barren bushes into lacy green veils and brown swatches of ground to part making way for these tiny miracles.

My crocuses have come and gone.  Their memory still makes me smile.  Soon the Lily of the Valley will  appear with their fragrant blooms.  These will be followed by azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and  flowering trees, dressing my property in a regal gown.  Nature is so beautiful and awe inspiring! 

Willkommen der Frühling
(Welcome Spring)
I hope I have that right, otherwise I think I might have ticked off a bunch of Germans.  Being of German decent, my great grandmother would be upset if I did.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

On the Giving End

A little while ago a writer friend of mine asked if I'd critique her story. I was thrilled and honored that she wanted my opinion.  Of course I said yes. 

To make a long story short,  I sent her the first 25 pages a couple of days later, to which she replied what " wonderful, thoughtful, constructive feedback . . .".  It made me smile and gush inside, feeling I had helped her. It took me longer to get pages 26- 109 to her.  She wrote back stating she'd been revising the story for the past three days and was still working on it.  Several days later, I sent her the rest.  She didn't reply back in regards to the work.  Uh oh.  Did I tick her off?  I know I can be really picky, I told her that in the beginning.  I hope I didn't cross over the line.  I didn't mean to if I did.  Was she just being nice saying those things about the first section I did?  It might be, she really is a  sweet person.  Did she never want to show me her work again?  Would she still talk to me?  Ah jeepers, my mind was going down that path of paranoia again.

Okay so it wasn't a full outright trek down that road but my toes did make contact with that path several times during the next few days.  Then I received a request from her to look over her query letter.  Hallelujah, she wasn't mad at me!  Whew.  Thank goodness.  She went onto say she respected what I did, and even though she didn't agree with everything, it made her look at her work and justify why she kept some things.  Fantastic!  I had helped her in a couple of ways, one I didn't expect. 

I'm telling you this because critiquing someone's work can be a touchy situation. You have to make sure they want an honest assessment and not a bunch of praise.  You have to deliver your opinions/thoughts/feelings in a helpful way.  Just like unwarranted praise, brutal honesty doesn't cut it here.  How to Critique Fiction by Victory Crayne, is a very thorough site.   It seems to cover everything so I won't go into it.  It does state the list is merely a guideline and very few people  try to address each subject on that list.  I know I don't, but   after looking at it, I'll be looking for more things.  If it helps me become a better critique partner, why not.

 What kind of critique partner are you?  What strengths do you bring?

For those who follow the LIRW blog, sorry for the replication.  As some of you know I've been busy with family.  Thanks for understanding.

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Hey, were you looking for me?  Yeah I know, I haven't been around lately.  My husband has been sick and I've been running around getting things done and going to the hospital visiting him.  He'll be coming home tomorrow then going for an operation in a few weeks.  So I've been in seclusion during this time.  Okay, so I've been hiding.  I'm a pro at that.  Hopefully, after he's home, I can get back on track.

See you soon.