Where have you all wondered off to?
I don't have anything to do, but don't feel like not doing anything. Such an awful paradox. >.> It's very hot and I'm mostly just waiting around until 2:30 for then India vs. West Indies cricket match, because then at least there will be something to watch. :]
Soo . . . without further ado, Soraya's TQ:
I've noticed that some authors on MNFF only respond to some reviews, while others respond to all, and some don't reply to any of them. What do you think of that? Do you reply to all your reviews? Why or why not?
I am one of those who hasn't responded to all. I am generally an easily distracted person, so it often takes me a few days to respond to reviews. And sometimes a bit longer than that. I have some reviews that are a few years old and it seems a bit pointless to go back and answer them now, especially since they're mostly from members who are no longer active on the site. In those cases though, they are reviews from my friends and I probably already thanked them through another medium. Or I just trusted that they knew I loved and adored them to infinite amounts anyway. XD
Now, I respond to all of my reviews because I have nothing better to do. >.>
I think generally the people who don't respond to reviews are very busy, easily distracted, or don't know how to properly express their response to the review. I have been all of those and I've reviewed people who are all of those.
In some cases, responses to reviews are the author defending/explaining the "problems" with his/her story. Although, I have done this too, I realise that I'd actually prefer just a simple "thank you." I point out "problems" because I want to help the author improve his/her writing and the story, not because I want to attack his/her story or anything. *shrugs*
And I guess I'll answer my own TQ as well:
How do you choose the stories you review?
In short, what Jess said. >.>
I sometimes feel bad that the stories are review are ones I consider "good" and my reviews are mostly me heaping praise on the author with one or two nitpicky things. I wish I had the patience and the ability to kindly phrase criticism so I could review the "bad" stories and help out the authors who actually need help. *sigh*
I tend to review stories that are darker and heavily emotional. What can I say? I love picking out gorgeous metaphors and squeeing over them.
baah, it's hot. I sweating from just sitting. :[
Also, extremely belated CONGRATULATIONS! to Jess for her first and second place wins in the last Great Hall challenge. You ROCK!