I think I mentioned it before, but I’ve been very busy judging submissions for the Golden Pen contest (it’s the one that preps authors who wish to enter the Golden Heart contest run by RWA National.)
I finished reading and commenting on the three submissions today, and–although it was an interesting and rewarding exercise–I’m glad to be done. They helped crystalize for me what’s problematic with my own writing. And being a judge showed me just how far I’ve come as a writer over the past year or so.
Hopefully, the authors will take my well-intentioned comments to heart, and not brand me the “East German Judge.”
And… fingers crossed… the three judges who will be reading/have read my submission were kind and constructive in their critiques.