Well, it's been a month now, and I think I can speak for all the committee when I say that we're having a blast being able to look at all the reviews you guys take your time to write. So many of you are so awesome that it's really difficult to evaluate, but the system we've got seems to help. So, enough of my babbling, right? Let's get down to business.
This month we actually had a big tie that we had to resolve, so first, honorable mention goes to Haylee/xhayleexblackx and Britt/bertiebotsbeans741. These girls did a great job!
And now for your finalists. These three SPEWers turned in all of their reviews and monthly requirements on time, and they also truly went the distance with the thoughtful feedback, which was diverse and helpful, making for some very constructive reviews. Your finalists for January are:
And the winner is...
(PS It's not me this time. I made sure!)
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So, let me be the first to congratulate our cute VP and throw the confetti, since I am the original keeper of confetti. -throws confetti!-
And some of our notes on Jen's reviews for fuzzy/warm commemoration purposes (our reviews of your reviews, if you will):
We'll be back with more review tips and treats for all of SPEW next review period. It was great to see a) more people get their reviews in for the month of January, and b) a marked improvement of what were already awesome review skillz! Don't forget, reviews are due in just about 9 days... (Depending on when you actually read this.)
-She commented on style of writing, plot and characterisation, and gave concrit where she thought it was needed. Also, she did it in a very friendly and helpful manner, giving reasons and tips of how to change it. No ramblings or play-by-play; an amazingly well-rounded review.
-This review was better than just ‘good’. It gave very constructive and helpful criticism, but also expressed what the reviewer liked about the story. It was polite when giving criticism, but still got the point across in a way that was helpful.
-The reviewer commented on both plot and characterization while giving helpful feedback. The reviewer made the review personal, but still professional. The reviewer also commented on how the author’s writing had grown, which was a nice touch.
-The reviewer touched on quite a few things and really took the time to tell the author what they thought about it. It was constructive and expressed solid and helpful thoughts on characterization.