Okay, so I meet with a live critique group every other Thursday. It's like the highlight of my existence. Well, that might be taking it a bit far, but I really enjoy it. I've gone when I have raging sinus infections (I'm sure the other members were thrilled about that), I've gone when my son has pack meeting (cuz let's face it. Pack meetings are like torture), and I've gone when it's snowing like crazy mad. I'm like the post office people. Rain, shine, sinus infection, I'll be there.
Ali, Jenn and Stacy are made of awesome. We have sooo much fun. So today, I thought I'd share some quotes from last Thursday night that had me rolling on the floor laughing. And we all know that laughter is the best medicine, especially when you've got three pirahnas tearing into your work. In person. And you have to look them in the eye and try not to feel like every word you've penned is complete and utter suckage.
So we laugh a lot. It's my coping mechanism. But hey, I like being critiqued. (And I still don't have a T-shirt for that, but all in good time.)
So here are some things that were said at the group. I paraphrased some of them so I hope Jenn and Stacy don't mind. I have a good memory, but I'm no Einstein. I totally get that you might not understand them, or why they're funny, but they really are. Really.
"I can do dirty."
"The 'fill her up' freaked me out. 'Fill her up'? Fill what up? I mean, 'fill her up'?"
"I kind of like the idea of a chasm."
"Have you ever had your hair razored?" (To me! They asked me this! I'm nothing if not into razoring my hair.)
"You don't have to eat this if you don't want to."
"She's put out all this other stuff. I was wondering where the fishing line is."
"The basis of my experience with cattle ranching comes from City Slickers."
"What's with you and all your guys being obsessed with hair?"
So here's my question for you: How do you deal with critiques? Maniacal laughter like me? Major stewage afterward? (I do this too.) Is it hard to have your writing critiqued? Why or why not?
BONUS: Would you wear a T-shirt that said, "I like being critiqued"? (lol)