Tea with TobyHi there, and thanks if you're bothering to read this.
It's not going to be usual journal. I'm going to ask you to just think about doing something really, really incredible. It doesn't take a lot of time, or a lot of effort but if you just understood the difference it would make...
You see, tonight, I've been switching my blog entries from the last two years over to deviantART. I was doing this because... Well, for anyone that doesn't know, I have terminal cancer and when I pass my blog will probably be taken down. I just wanted the posts to go somewhere. And no, don't panic! I'm not going to ask you to read 3 years worth of blog entries.
I'd just like you to read one. And if you could just consider donating blood or bone marrow(stem cells)... I mean, i don't think there's any hope left for me, but if there is, i'd be grateful if someone would be willing to give me that chance. It's not like most people think, so if you'd just give my post a read, you might find it's not as terrifying
We are looking for more critics to join the team - remember, the more we have the faster the critiques will get done. Critics are more than welcome to still submit their own work for critique by the others.
Critics need to commit to at least one critique a month.
If you want to be a critic, or know of someone who does, please note me (magicaljoey) with a note titled GNC Critic.
is back in action. Head on over and become a mentor, a mentee or a buddy!
I hope that all is well with you.
On our main page is a list of the critics and what they critique. This is to let you, the members, know who is who. Hopefully you will visit their pages and browse their works, as many of them put in so much effort here and desperately need comments on their own work. You don't have to be a critic to leave a positive comment, so go make their day.
On that note, if you ever feel that a critic has been unduly negative in their critique, or if they are critiquing you in person and not your work, please note MagicalJoey (with a note appropriately titled so I know what it's about) and I will try to solve the problem. Remember though, that a good critique sometimes has to be harsh, and you posted your work for critique. If the work is especially meaningful to you, and you know that you can't accept anything possibly 'negative' in a comment, then don't submit it here. Remember: we critique everything that is submitted --> except for pieces that flout the rules. (Rules can be found further down in this journal.)
Please also note, that as we are a critique group, we don't promote your works. If you are looking for more exposure, please don't submit to us and waste both our time and yours.
I also want to ask you, as members, to try and bring new members in to the group. I am sure that you have many watchers and friends who would like constructive comments/critiques on some of their work - invite them to join us. If you can't physically invite them, then get them to come to our page and click 'join'. Requests to join are automatically accepted (I think) and if they aren't I accept all join requests.
We critique EVERYTHING you place in the folder. If you don't want a critique, don't submit.
We are not a group here to promote your work.
We try to not take school/university essays, as it is not really our job to critique and proofread them for you. This rule can be bent on occasion.
We appeal to you to please place something in your artist's comments that tell us anything you specifically want us to focus on when we critique. It makes things easier for us when we have a guideline.
We accept only original writing - if you post something that is not yours you will be reported as an art thief.
We DO NOT accept any Fan Fiction.
We have no word limit on prose entries, however, bear in mind that the longer the entry the longer you will have to wait for a critique.
We only accept one chapter of a story at any given time.
We do not accept epic descriptions of violence, sex (erotica, smut), religious views. Please apply mature filters where appropriate.
When we critique a piece, we aren't saying that it is aweful or terrible - we are simply saying that there is room for improvement.
When we critique a piece, we are giving our opinions, not a mandate or law.
When we critique a piece, we try to critique those that can be improved upon. Those with work still to be done.
When we critique a piece, we research what we are saying.
When we critique a piece, we put a lot of effort into what we are saying, sometimes taking hours to write the critique.
When we critique a piece, we don't expect you to change everything we suggest. If you do, good, if you don't, the main point is that you learn for next time.
When we critique a piece, we are as respectful as we know how to be.
When we critique a piece, we try to keep in mind that we are fallible, and no matter how much research we may have done we may be wrong.
When we critique a piece, we are aware that our own work may need just as much critique as yours.