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Critique Circle Spotlight on An Eighty Percent Solution by Thomas Gondolfi
Critique Circle – Evolution of Craft: I use to attend and even host any number of F2F critique groups over my thirty plus years of writing but often felt it was a waste of time. My stories had been read and enjoyed by complete strangers so I felt the plot and character creation was solid. What I needed was help improving my craft. Because of this I tended toward destructive critique groups – those who would point out the flaws in my work rather than pat me on the head for having written anything at all.
What I found most painful with these groups was submitting a work of science fiction to writers where the vast percentage had never read scifi nor cared. Additionally the politics of how often or how much material one could “burden other authors with” became a constant sore spot for me.
When I stumbled upon Critique Circle online and saw so many different authors participating in specific genres they cared about, I literally screamed out in pure joy. My wife thought I’d gone crazy jumping about and cheering.
Until Critique Circle I’d never envisioned using the Internet as a forum where I could get what I really wanted and needed as a writer: independent and blunt feedback with minimal politics. I didn’t know any of these folks from Adam himself so they have no reason to do anything but give me their honest and brutal opinion of any work I submit. Also with so many authors no one blinks if I can get a chapter up every week as not everyone has to crit every bloody piece.
While still relatively new to Critique Circle, I’ve availed myself of the talent here to critique the polish I put on An Eighty Percent Solution and Toy Wars before publishing. I’m currently getting feedback on my next novel Thinking Outside the Box. The input and speed at which I obtain it is invaluable.
I can’t imagine leaving this new venue and returning to the dark ages of the monthly face to face slogs to glean one valuable nugget of constructive criticism. I get more and vastly better feedback in a week on Critique Circle than I’d get in a year of attending and submitting to traditional writers’ meetings.
I’m a CCer forever!
Spotlight on An Eighty Percent Solution
CEO Nanogate works closely with other mega-corporate magnates to control everything in their path. Together they suborn governments, police, and anything else barring their way to greater profits.
As the cool, enigmatic leader of the Green Action Militia, Sonya drives the organization’s agenda through murder and destruction among the corporate elite. The higher the body count the more their cause earns credibility.
Tony Sammis, mid-level functionary, sinks further and further into the apathy of his own dreary existence as a cog in the great commercial machine. Without a say in the matter, his life will form the intersection of a grand conflict that could change or destroy the life of every sentient being in the Sol system. As a flotsam in the flood, Tony must deal with greed, terrorism, corrupt police, pathological killers, and biological warfare in his attempt to save himself and his society.
This and other books can be found at www.TANSTAAFLPress.com.
About the Author:
Tom Gondolfi has been publishing fiction for twenty years and writing it for much longer. A father of three, gamer and loving husband, Tom claims to be a Renaissance man and certified flirt. Educated as an electrical engineer and working in high tech for over twenty years Tom has also earned a living as a cook, most phases of construction, and even as the personal caregiver to a quadriplegic. Tom enjoys games and most weekends can be found playing some role playing variation, board game and/or Texas hold-em.