Monday, June 2, 2008

I Feel So Proud

I have received my first hatchet job (by motonousmuse).

Now, I've never considered Magician's Merger to be great writing. It's an experiment more than anything. What can I produce if I don't give up? Everything about it is geared to keeping me writing. I post as soon as it's beat into decent form. The writing gets one or two polishes before posting. I don't have an editor, etc.

But, Jeez, this person makes me sound illiterate.

(If you are enjoying the story, don't worry about it. I'm not discouraged.)


Sam said...

Congratulations! Now you've arrived :-)

Anyway, I am looking forward to the next chapter.

Gia said...

Hehe. As a person obviously on the exact opposite side of the spectrum, I guess I'm expecting that your skill will improve with time. But for the time it takes you to keep the posts up, I really do like what you do!

And I've read a lot of books. But being somewhat educated doesn't spoil this story for me at all. Could it be better stylistically? Well, yeah, now that I think about it, but that's what every writer strives for. You can't expect most writers to produce a classic every post...

It's better to just write and get it out there. Think of all the writer's who had great talent and potential, but never wrote a thing because they were afraid or perfectionistic or couldn't stand criticism. I value what you're doing here, so it's easy for me to read leniently and just love the concepts for what they are, brilliant.

rabababa said...

Some online authors have editors, and even people who check new posts for consistency with the story as previously posted. That clearly yields a technically superior product.

But your system works, too. I'm glad to see more frequent posts to find out what Art does next. If I can help with the technical details, I am happy to do that.

Xenophon Hendrix said...

You've been a help, rabababa, thank you.

bill said...

to criticize the criticism, the hatchet man should have given some quoted text examples showing exactly what he was talking about. Next he should have shown how he thought the quoted text could be improved.

If he had done this, then we could have all either agreed, disagreed or perhaps even learned something!

Overall, I rate Hatchman's criticism one out of a possible 5 stars

Hal said...

I am enjoying the story very much, but become to absorbed in it to make a good critic. I much agree with gia, I "read leniently" and enjoy a good story. And as Bill said, really good criticism shows how to improve your writing.