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Meditation on Scores Followup

February 7, 2014
Posted at 6:12 pm

First off, I got some wonderful feedback, both on scoring and on my writing. When it comes to feedback I'm like a puppy, on my back -- it rubs my tummy!

I also got some scores, for which I am truly grateful (they were good scores, after all).

Now, maybe I need to clarify my thoughts on scores.

As they are now on SOL they are, to put it mildly, a very blunt instrument. By that I mean that there is nothing really to learn from them. There's no "why" behind a particular score other than, if it is a 10 it's good, if it's a 5 it's mediocre, if it is a 1 someone has it in for you.

Most of my scores, I admit with a bit of a blush, are 8s, 9s and 10s. I'm honored, grateful, and humbled.

But there are a few 1s, 2s and 3s. Some people just seem to get their rocks off by dropping the 1 bomb. Maybe every story they score gets it. To them I offer a single digit,and you know which one it is.

The old TPA system had its flaws, I guess, but at least you had some idea WHY someone did what the did. A low T? Spelling errors, grammatical errors, etc. Assuming, of course, that the scorer knows what he/she is talking about.

Low P score? No plot, or boring. A for Appeal is totally subjective. But at least there was some meat behind T and P.

Low T? No, don't go buying those patches and creams they advertise these days on TV! Take more care, run your spell checker, then read it for things like the "there, their, they're" problem.

I have a rant in mind for those kinds of boo-boos, one in particular, but I'll save it for another time.

Meanwhile, I thank everyone who's voted for Dee STP and all my other stories. I value your feedback and respond when I can. But be aware, if it is Anonymous and there's no return address I can't gush back.

Thank you all for putting up with me.