I found this at Sheryl's. She's on hiatus right now from blogging but is promoting the Third Annual Delurking Week. It's just a way to encourage lurkers on blogs to step forward and leave a comment... even if it's only to say "hi".
I've sent A God-given Husband to Marianne for critiquing (thanks, M!). It's always good to have a fresh pair of eyes, especially when you've been living with a story for so long. She has been able to see things I just didn't... even things I know better! I've also sent a hard-copy off to a reader friend. S. doesn't write, but she reads voraciously and so I'll get another view.
Since I've been writing with an eye for publication, I find that I'm a lot more critical of what I read than I was before. It's hard for me to "turn off" the editor part of my brain and just read solely for pleasure. I keep wanting to get a red pen and mark up the book!
It's good to have A God-given Husband at this stage though. I was going through some old papers I'd stuck back and came across several unfinished projects. Some of them will work out well into short stories (and I need to get started on a few more... one of my goals is to submit a short story once a month).
I also have Fiona's Dream I'm determined to complete. Lizzie's Song is going to have to wait. A short story I wrote several years ago ("The Sixth Day"... took first place in a writing contest) is begging to be extended. That's one reason I was going through those papers. SOMEWHERE I have all the notes I made when I was first started thinking about doing that. I was in touch with a friend in England at the time who really helped me see the bigger picture. Unfortunately, he has fallen off the face of the earth (I really hate that when online friends just disappear... sigh). Anyway, I digress, I can remember in general what we had talked about, but it would be great to have the details. I'm sure they will turn up. That's one reason I'm refinishing the desk... so I'll have some place to keep all my writing stuff. Right now, everything is scattered. I have piles next to my recliner, a plastic file holder stuffed with writing magazines and notes, a pile to the side of the computer desk and writing books in three rooms. The desk is almost finished though. A little more sanding, stripping the decorative work and a few coats of varnish and it will be good to go. Then we can work on getting my laptop and I can free up the desktop.
I need to go work on the edits for A God-given Husband so I can keep up with Marianne. I think she missed her calling! :-)
Have a great day.