I read constantly. However, I find 'regular' books to be irritating and there are very few that hold up to my expectations. As a result, I have standards of what I will and will not read. I rarely if ever read author comments, especially if the story is over a few years old. I don't see the point and I view them as an outlet for authors to clarify something in their stories. Why would someone waste the time later, instead of clearly explaining something clearly in a story the first time. Although, I do read footnotes, if they explain a word or phrase I don't understand.
When I leave reviews, I usually intend to express a constructive comment. Although, it seems like a lot of people believe my reviews to be flames and I haven't left very many reviews, so that says something. Before you begin yelling at me, please make sure you understand the meaning of the word "review," just look it up, I'm sure that can't be too difficult. Since most of the stories I read are "old," I don't really expect a reply and my expectations are met, for the most part. If you do respond, then thank you very much. :3
"Differentiating between Flames and Constructive Criticism and how to deal with them: You can tell the difference between a flame and constructive criticism quite easily actually. You’re CC will generally end with something nice like: ‘despite, I’m looking forward to more’ or ‘good job anyway’. You’re best bet as a writer, is to take on what they’ve said and try to improve. A flamer will tend to target you as a person, or the subject you’re writing about. In this case, all you have to do is write back and say that you appreciate their opinion, as it is their’s, but that you will continue writing. The best thing to do is be polite and you’ll generally tick them off or confuse them. Either way, you’ll be getting the last laugh." --Quoted directly from knightkitten's profile.
I look forward to reading your stories.
I might eventually post one of my own, but I would rather they be at least 70-100% complete before I even take that step.
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