Got five more critiques from Critters before my story rolled off this week's queue. I was feeling pretty confident with my rewrite and actually thinking of packaging it up last night to send out, but thought "I might get a few more crits trickling in. I can wait another day." Boy, am I glad I did. One of the last crits to come in pointed out a typo that I, Matthew, and twenty-four other readers had missed. Yikes. But now, really and truly, it's ready. I think. Out it goes!
Received an "open letter to our authors" from the Phobos Books editor. I don't know what information contained in that email is supposed to be public, so I'm not going into details here, but the upshot is that they're releasing a bunch of manuscripts they've been holding, including a novelette of mine they've sat on for over a year. I don't think I've done more than glance at that story in two years. I opened it up to see if I wanted to do anything to it before sending it out again.
Holy Mother of Bob!
I lopped off three hundred words in the first pass alone. Apparently I've learned a lot about writing tighter in the last couple years. So, yay, I've got proof that I'm improving as a writer. But there's a certain trepidation I have about opening files of older stories to read through again, especially the ones I've sold that are waiting for publication. Will I cringe when I see them? I hope not.
Anyhoo, did several more passes and the novelette, now at short story length (barely), is ready to go out again. *shove*
And finally, here's a bit of blurbage from C. Dennis Moore's review of Ascendancy of Blood from The Swamp:
"Foster’s got this style, this way of phrasing that makes you forget that you know what’s going to happen, and instead get lost in the flow of her words . . . . She’s a very good writer and I hope we start to hear a lot more from her."