Aaaaand it's the last Friday of April!
So this has been a week of affirmation and encouragement all around, and I'm feeling glow-y. Next week will bring info for our May Secret Agent Contest and a small in-house critique, because we need one of those, don't you think?
Several hours after posting yesterday's "87 Hearts" (in which I waxed dramatic about the black state of my own heart), I received a finished critique from Adam Heine, the newest addition to my crit partner brigade (well, it IS a brigade).
"Don't read it until you're ready," was Jodi Meadows's sage advice.
Forget "ready." It's been a crappy few weeks and I needed something--ANYTHING--to sink my teeth into.
I don't know if any of you have ever had the experience of laughing your way through in-line edit notes. All I can say is--Adam is a master at weaving insightful, DEAD-ON suggestions with the most hysterical side comments I've ever seen in a Track Changes bubble. We're talking fake dialogue and everything.
I tore through the entire thing (yeah, there were A LOT of notes), and now I've got a wonderful document titled "Adam Notes" for easy reference when I finally sit down to revise this puppy.
(No, you can't have him. Go find your own endlessly witty critique partner.)
Anyway, it was such a turning point in my month that I wanted to publicly praise him. (Just don't press too close. He doesn't like crowds.)
Thank you, Adam! You're a genius!
As for the rest of you -- what wonderful experiences have you had with edit notes? Any huge eureka moments? A life-changing comment that shone sudden light on exactly what was wrong with your story? Funny typos? A crit partner who proved to be the first person to really GET your story?
Or do you really hate edit notes and dread them like acne on prom night?
Looking forward to your comments, as always. And have a delightful weekend!