Friday, May 12, 2006


No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times. ~ Michel Montaigne

I got my contest results in the mail today, with lots and lots and lots of feedback. That was great! Even better, they ALL THREE liked Maynard! Woo Hoo! (And they all three commented on how odd it was that they did, stuff like, "You even made the rat likeable.").

Still, after reading the comments I'm not sure if I should submit Camilla immediately or quit writing altogether.

I know I've said this before, but the difference of opinions on my entry is astounding. Check this out:

My characters are wonderful!

Your H/H are both strong, likeable characters...the characters are well-defined, real and your ability to weave in the animals as characters, too, especially Maynard.

Or maybe not so much.

I don't feel any sympathy, caring for any of (the characters)...

And it goes on like this throughout. All three judges gave lots of feedback, which was great, but one wasn't terribly kind about the things that she said, and that was a little tough (good preparation for the "real world" if I decide not to chuck it all and run off to the Carribean to take up underwater basket weaving from my beachside hut).

I'm going to go and let this all soak in a little.


Tori Lennox said...

*hugs* Contests are so subjective. It's a wonder anyone learns anything from them.

Judy said...

*hugs*, too. I'm glad they all like Maynard... that's a big plus. I know you were concerned about that this go 'round, especially. I know that I've read things that other people just rave about and wonder... "why???" I think it just comes down to the individual reader... or maybe even the mood the judge was in at the time she read it. I know that there are certain times ***ahem*** when I'm a lot more critical in my reading than other times. So.. I try not to read much during those times, cause I'm likely not to like something I might normally enjoy. It would be interesting to see what other kinds of scores that judge happened to give.

Ceri said...

Glad they liked Maynard. I think its very cool that you have a unique pet, I never would've thought of something like that!

Don't you dare chuck writing! You have a passion for it and it would be a crime to give it up. Take the useful feedback and learn from it-ditch the rest.

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