So I'm participating in a round of critiques at Miss Snark's First Victim
, and it's been a good exercise. The theme of this particular exercise is "danger." I've gotten enough positive comments about my writing to re-inflate my punctured-by-form-rejections ego, and some useful areas for improvement. I'm amused to see that some people are delighted by the Beauty and the Beast twist, and others are concerned that my main character wouldn't have the proper motivation to help his captor. In fact, she's not technically the one keeping him trapped there. It was too complicated for me to explain in a few sentences. It's interesting seeing how people interpret the scene without the full context.
I had resolved to send out a few more queries before the new year, but on second thought it's probably a bad idea to do that right before the holidays, right when everyone wants a break. I'm not putting it off, really! I'm starting up again as soon as January comes. Gulp.