Well, I've finally done it. I reset my counter to zero and finally started offering critiques on Critters again. I did my first one yesterday--a short one, to ease back into it.
I have a handful of stories (many freshly written) that I'd like to get opinions on before the baby is born. With only 11 weeks left (Yikes!!! Is that all???) I really only have time to get two stories critiqued at the normal pace. I'm seriously considering trying to get a Most Productive Critter award (or two, or...) in order to give myself a boost to the head of the queue. How would I get one, you might ask? I'd have to do 10 critiques in the course of a week. I'm not entirely sure if that's doable for me, but I think if I stick to shorter stories I *might* be able to. I have yet to decide whether I'll be attempting it this week or next (Critters' weeks run Wed-Wed) but the experiment ought to begin soon. Plus, the boost in number of critiques I've done will keep me active for a little while after baby's arrival, meaning I could let some critiques filter in while I'm in baby-chaos mode and simply not worry about them until life regains a schedule. But I would like to get as many stories as possible out into the world before D-day because I'll probably be motivated to resubmit stories that come back to me during that early time, but I doubt I'll be putting together anything new--especially since I intend to give myself a maternity leave.
But anyway, I've taken the first step.