Category Archives: mistakes

Subjectivity

I have my new story just about done but I’ve been letting some nice people read it to give me constructive criticism. This brings me to the point I’m trying to make about perception and subjectivity. Two people gave me ideas on how to fix a few things and their feedback was so very much appreciated. The last person that read it loved it just how it was sent to them and said it was their favorite story of mine so far. Funny how one person can love something and others don’t.

It’s like if I go see a movie and love it but my friend thinks it’s trash, that bugs me. I’m not sure why but it does. For instance, I loved Sucker Punch and Hunger Games. Yet my friend Melissa didn’t really care for Hunger Games and hated Sucker Punch. That still bugs me to this day.

My point is, sometimes you simply have to just take the good and the bad and grow with it. If not for the first two friends, I wouldn’t have realized my mistakes in this story. If not for the third, I wouldn’t have seen how much someone actually loved it.

I’m saving this one to submit to a couple of places before I publish it because some places won’t take anything that’s been published elsewhere. Wish me luck.

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Constructive Criticism

I had a wonderful friend, who is also a writer, look at my rough draft and she had some great constructive criticism. It also gave me a few ideas as well as it allowed me to see where the holes were in my story. I’m so glad she looked at it because it sure needs work. However, I think the premise is great, I just need to work on the execution. It may be a little while till I get back to it but now I have clear direction on which way to move forward and that kind of advice is priceless.

Okay, so that was a lesson to be learned

I really need some sleep but while I’m up I might as well do something constructive. I had decided to Google myself and found the other places I have my short stories listed such as iTunes, Diesel and Barnes&Noble. What I found though was a bad review on B&N.

I have my stories listed on Smashwords and on there it lists Peaceable Kingdom as an adult story. What I did not realize is that it would not list it that way on the other places it is sold. So what happened was that someone read it for free on their Nook and was offended. Offended enough to leave a one star review and say that it had atrocious language and a sadistic plot choice.

Okay, so when I wrote it I had apprehension. I mean I use the C word for Pete’s sake! However, everything is pivotal to the plot and once a few people read it and liked it, I was less worried about the extreme adult nature. Oddly, my girl friends seem to like it better than the guy friends. I have no idea why that is either. It’s definitely something to think about though.

Anyway, that brings me to another post I’ll write later about my trepidation of using such an adult theme, C word and all. For now, I have added a disclaimer to the description on Amazon and Smashwords. That should fix any stray readers that were looking for a lighthearted story about a cute little rescue pug. 🙂