Hi folks! I received my first two single star reviews in rapid succession. You might think I would be upset about it, but I’m not. As with most Renewal downsides, I’m surprised that it took this long. Along with all the other feedback, this just goes into the massive learning experience that comprises the process of discovering how to write.
The first reviewer, on Renewal 1, seems most annoyed by the gentleness of my apocalypse and the lack of character struggle. Of course, most of the internal (and external) struggle happens later in the story, and this particular reviewer has only read the first two parts. As for the cooperation of my characters and relative ease of the apocalypse, well, that’s one of the essential things that I’m saying. If we work together, we can get by. If not, we’ve got a mess. I’m sure we can all look around and see very concrete examples of how that idea plays out in our world. It was a deliberate choice I made, and I’m grateful that so many of you want to believe in the power of good people working together.
The second reviewer says that the writing is good, but the serial nature of the story is choppy, which seems to warrant a single star. Okay. I reserve single star reviews for stories that make me downright angry that I wasted my time reading them, but then for me, that’s incredibly rare. Maybe I’m too nice. In any case, this particular gripe is a moot point since I’ve long since decided that the serial release method is more trouble than it’s worth.
As always, I appreciate all the feedback. Everything you tell me goes into my consideration of how I should proceed, and whether it comes with one star or five, it helps me become the writer I want to be. Thank you One-Star Reviewers, and Happy New Year.