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January 29, 2008 by Nathan Bransford 113 Comments
Josephine Damian says
January 30, 2008 at 2:12 am
All reviews and criticisms are opinion, and then there’s this little thing called freedom of speech.
Once something – anything – is posted to the world wide web it becomes public, not private, and therefore subject to scutnity and a potential subject of commentary.
Nathan has the right to control the content of his own blog – but no one – least of all someone cowering behind a cloak of anonymity – has the right to censor opinion posted on someone’s else’s blog. For the record, I support what JJ and Chro are doing on their own blogs and hope they continue to do so.
Nathan Bransford says
January 30, 2008 at 2:18 am
Guys, don’t make close comments. If anyone is concerned about this issue, please e-mail me. Otherwise, this back and forth has really gone far enough. I came up with what I think is a very fair compromise — people who want to be critiqued can be critiqued, people who don’t want to be critiqued don’t have to be critiqued.
Please — let’s all have fun with this.
Elyssa Papa says
January 30, 2008 at 2:43 am
Hey Nathan, I’m not trying to blow smoke up your a$$ but I’m a pretty new commentor on the blog (although I’ve lurked for a past couple of months, so I guess I’m new in that sense, too). But I’ve been not having a good couple of days and when I come here, it always manages to make me smile and/or learn something. I don’t know of too many agents who are willing to do these contests and treat us aspiring writers a chance to hear any feedback, especially from an agent.
So, drink away… god, I’d send you a bottle of bourbon (sp.) to your agency but I wouldn’t want to get you into trouble! Perhaps a DVD of The Bachelor TV series would be better???
January 30, 2008 at 2:50 am
I don’t know ’bout the rest of you, but I haven’t had this much fun in … since winter set in, I guess.
This is a hoot! Please, everyone, let’s keep in mind but for one obviously derranged, er, generous person none of this would have happened. Think of it as the spontaneous generation of a strange kind of poetry slam, really a novel slam.
It’s new! It’s different! It’s wacked-out fun! No one knows who or what will survive!
I’m making a point of enjoying it. Stay loose and you can, too!
A Paperback Writer says
January 30, 2008 at 2:52 am
Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, didn’t you learn from your last contest?Somewhere, Miss Snark is laughing…..And to all these people complaing about others’ comments: uh, this is a public blog, and posting work here is inviting others to read and comment.Personally, if anyone would like to comment on my entry, I’d invite you to follow the link over to my blog and post your comments there so that I don’t miss them in the mass of comments here on Nathan’s blog. I think this is a great chance to get some feedback on a piece I know it’s perfect but which I think has some promise.
Miss Sharp says
January 30, 2008 at 3:14 am
Nathan, just think of all the good karma you’ve generated with this wonderful contest. Now you can go out and be as naughty as you please and it will all balance out!
January 30, 2008 at 3:19 am
I will no longer be posting random critiques, as requested. See the most recent post on my blog if you still wish to receive a critique (public or private). I apologize for the controversy.
January 30, 2008 at 5:12 am
I’m also now only doing critiques if the writer tells me (via blog comment) that they would like me to. My apologies to those who did not welcome my intrusion in the contest and also to anyone whose feelings I injured.
Cynthia Bronco says
January 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm
I’d love a critique. The Death Chickens would like it too.
January 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm
Critique away. “The Lost Girls”. If you want me to read the crit, which would be helpful, contact me on my blog.
January 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm
Please enter in the right place!!
Jude Mason says
January 30, 2008 at 11:12 pm
Grrr! I’m really sorry. I’ve fixed it and will go to my corner. Thanks so much.
January 31, 2008 at 3:40 am
If you want me to read the crit, which would be helpful, contact me on my blog.
If you want a crit, you’ll have to come to my blog and join the queue. I’m doing over a hundred of these things, so I’m not willing to chase people around the internet in order to do them a favour. Sorry for the inconvenience! 🙂
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