Live blogging from Milford 2017: Tuesday 12th September – 8.20 p.m.

Jacey Bedford

Sitting in a crit session listening to the crit going round the room. Matt’s story is up: The Shelf Stackers of Eternity. Great title. I’ve delivered my crit. I didn’t have much to say because I really liked the piece. I just had a couple of minor nitpicks. Sue next, then Suyi. Sarah likens the institution in the story to a Silicon Valley version of Amway. Terry addresses the minutiae and picks up a few things that I missed. The timer goes off after three minutes to warn you when to wind up. Some people push their four minutes to the limit, others are short and sharp. Then it’s Steph’s turn, She talks with her hands as well as her voice. Jackie next with some insightful questions. Then Val who says he’s read a different story to everyone else. He has philosophical questions about baseline reality. Tiff takes the plot apart nit by pick. Dolly has questions. Phil dittoes. Mark doesn’t say much but he’s spot on with what he does say. Vaughan is always good on structure and clarity. Liz gets the last word before Matt’s right of reply. Matt gets to answer questions and thanks everyone for the crits.

About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (, the secretary of Milford SF Writers (, a singer ( and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers ( She's also a Home Office / UK Visas and Immigration department licensed sponsor processing UK work permits (Certificates of Sponsorship).
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