Another fantastic meeting last night with nine people attending and all six DropBox submissions critiqued by the end. It’s still early days but I think the twice-monthly meetings are working well. We’ve had a great turnout at both meetings so far with maybe 1 or 2 fewer submissions per meeting. That means we’re finishing on time without anyone missing out and we’re getting through more critiques.
We seem to have agreed upon a slight modification to the ‘pen spinning’ house rule, as follows:
- We start by critiquing those DropBox submissions carried over from the previous meeting.
- Then we critique any new submissions from writers who didn’t have anything critiqued during the previous meeting.
- Then we critique everything else.
- We spin a pen or toss a coin in any or all of the above cases, if need be.
This actually sounds a lot more complex than it is. In most cases there’s no need to spin a pen at all, it’s immediately obvious which submission we should start critiquing.
Let me know if you have any further comments about this change. I’ve updated the House Rules (rule #7). I’ve also added some further clarification about erotica (rule #15).