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Are You in Danger of Becoming an East German Judge? (Reprise)

It’s that time of year again!  Since so many of us are judging Golden Heart entries right now, it was suggested that I re-post my blog from last year about how to decide what scores to award.  So here goes!

In an effort to remain politically correct, first let me apologize to all East Germans who have gotten a bad rep from the Olympic judge whose lowball scores garnered a perfectionist stereotype for them.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve never read a perfect novel.  During the course of a story, I invariably find a typo, punctuation error, or notice some characterization or plot problems. Even one famous, bestselling author, whose name I won’t mention, mistakenly used the phrase ‘combustible engine’ instead of ‘combustion engine’ (and her editor let it slip by).   My apology to this author if she actually meant the engine was highly flammable.

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  • Elizabeth Langston: You’re right–and it is a powerful lingering impression as the last phrase....
  • Darynda Jones: I like what you did here, Beth. I also like the first one. I like the line “determined to...
  • Elizabeth Langston: So I said to lead with city-keeper, and I didn’t do that. Let me take another stab....
  • Darynda Jones: Great pitch, Jenn! I love what you did with it, Beth. This stuff is so hard. LOL
  • Elizabeth Langston: I think this pitch is in good shape. But if I could try anything, I’d want to lead with the...

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