Honest Critiques

No, I mean it. REAL honest. Email your excerpts or full stories, up to 1000 words or so, to honestcrits [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk. Synopses would also be welcome. My backlog is so daunting now that I recommend not submitting anything you are not prepared to wait a couple of months for a response on.
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  • Friday, January 06, 2006


    1pm GMT tomorrow. Goddamn but I was busy today.
    Torgo, 12:18 am


    Tomorrow, tomorrow, I'll see ya' tomorrow...it's only a day away!!!

    Righttttt!! LOL!!!
    Blogger Bonnie Calhoun, at 3:25 am  
    Tomorrow...I sigh. I wait. Where has my sassy Torgo gone? Oh, where oh where can he be? He has gone to do something else I see. Oh what, oh what could it be?
    Blogger M. C. Pearson, at 6:09 am  
    I keep checking this site, amused at the comments, entertained by the wit and humor. Is it my imagination or are some of the commentors getting a wee bit impatient with you, Torgo? Kicking of gift horse in the mouth is never advisable, my friends. Life is busy and Torgo has taken on a hefty, elephant sized task, out of the goodness of his publishing heart. Although, I must admit it has been such a long time since I submitted my piece I've forgotten which piece it was. Anyway, hope life slows down a bit so you can tackle this job, Torgo.
    Blogger Hippie Chick, at 2:25 pm  
    Excuses, excuses, excuses ...
    Blogger kitty, at 3:00 pm  
    Isn't he late?
    Blogger Bernita, at 4:41 pm  
    "Men were deceivers ever..."
    Blogger Bernita, at 1:58 pm  
    Typical editor - promises broken as easily as a guillible writer's heart. Sigh.
    Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 pm  
    "Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same effing day, man." Janis Joplin
    Blogger Julia Will, at 11:00 pm  
    Been checking in periodically Torgo. Even sent you a piece myself at one point.

    It seems like you have become quite popular since you started.

    Hope you can regain some steam once this current project is all finished up with. And I continue to wish you good luck with this endeavor.
    Blogger Phoenix, at 12:06 am  
    If a day really lasted this long, I'd ask God for a recount!

    I know! It's like Groundhog Day with Bill Murray...today is still Friday!!!!LOL
    Blogger Bonnie Calhoun, at 8:24 pm  
    Since I sent mine in on August 18th, I check periodically to see what's new in Torgo-land. It occurred to me, though, Torgo, that your insight and expertise as an editor is maybe more important than tips your fans will get from a critique of someone else's work. It's obviously difficult for you to maintain the blog and complete critical day-job tasks. I can't imagine the time involved to accomplish both. Would it not make sense to post an informative tidbit about the business in general, as you've done a few times here in the past, and forget the whole crit thing? I, for one, would be interested in an honest account of an acquisitions meeting, for example. Maybe inside scoops about meetings. General info. You'd still be providing a worthy service.

    (Not that I won't take my critique if you're even close to mine)

    Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:23 am  
    August 18...
    AUGUST 18????
    Don't give him an out, Diana, he should either fish or cut bait.
    Blogger Bernita, at 3:45 pm  
    Yikes...Torgo...start asking for sanctuary...ROFLMAO...They've got torches and a rope....run!!LOL
    Blogger Bonnie Calhoun, at 9:30 pm  
    But, Diana, if he took your advice he'd have to change the title. And we writers all know how difficult that can be...
    Blogger Elektra, at 1:00 am  
    I guess that there's a real life takeover going on for Torgo.

    I'll miss the blog, if it's over. It's been fun, informative and one day I might have plucked up the courage to send something!

    Maybe I'm being too pessimistic, though...
    Blogger McKoala, at 3:58 am  
    Well, folks... seems to me that some o' y'all are forgetting that he is doing this for nothing. He doesn't get paid to read our stuff, he's just trying to help out (and vent, of course). If he hasn't got time he hasn't got it.

    D. McAfee
    Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:58 am  
    I totally agree with D. McAfee. I would hope that anyone who submitted something for a free crit is not letting the waiting hold up new writing. Waiting is hard, trust me, I know, but this is not a submission for consideration, guys. It's just a critique. Waiting for an answer on an agented manuscript that's in acquisitions: now that's hard. I stand by my earlier post where inside scoops on the business when Torgo has time to do them would be just as interesting or more so than critiques.

    Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:17 pm  
    Maybe he died.
    Blogger kitty, at 5:00 pm  
    Or lost all his fingers to a deranged rejected writer
    Blogger Elektra, at 1:35 am  
    Kitty, ya mean we're part of his ESTATE?
    Blogger Bernita, at 3:26 pm  
    ESTATE? As in $$? Is there a lawyer in the house?
    Blogger kitty, at 4:09 pm  
    Torgo, if we promise you amnesty, will you come back?
    Blogger Elektra, at 9:08 pm  
    I've got like $17 million in Blogshares....I'll give you a few mil to come back to us!
    Blogger Bonnie Calhoun, at 11:02 pm  
    I know.
    He's been abducted.
    Blogger Bernita, at 2:07 pm  
    Seriously, what if something happened to the guy? How would we know?

    Which makes me wonder, what happens to all those blogs of dead bloggers? Unless you don't mind if the blog remains on the net in perpetuity, you'd have to know the blogger's password in order to delete the blog. Most likely, the password goes to the grave with the blogger.
    Blogger kitty, at 2:04 pm  
    I think they're deleted if they haven't been viewed or updated for a while. That's what happens at expages anyway.
    Maybe he and Miss Snark are having a sordid love affair, and he's trying to keep a low profile.
    Blogger Elektra, at 7:43 pm  
    Gasp! Don't tell George!
    Blogger McKoala, at 11:26 pm  
    Maybe he and Miss Snark are having a sordid love affair ...

    Well! It would certainly serve that loony Clooney after being seen in public with Teri Hatcher!
    Blogger kitty, at 11:37 pm  
    ROFLMAO....this is too funny...hey maybe all together, we could fill in for him?

    There's a new Crap-o-meter up and running thank's to Elektra, and Bernita's on a roll will Damie.

    Torgo, I'm up to $103 mil on blogshares, I'll give you some to come back!!LOL!!
    Blogger Bonnie Calhoun, at 5:30 pm  
    Torgo - if you are still there - you may delete mine from the queue. I have revised it in the intervening months, therefore any comments would be of minimal value.
    Blogger Bernita, at 7:57 pm  

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