Live Blogging from Milford: Thursday 14th September – 6.30 p.m.

Jacey Bedford

The last day of Milford crits has arrived. We sit around the crit room with horizontal rain blowing across the wild Welsh hills outside. Five more stories to crit today.

Vaughn Stanger’s story is up first. It’s a follow on short story from one he presented at Milford in 2013. Some of us read the earlier one, others didn’t, but we have to crit the story as a standalone.

Sarah K Ellis’s story is about the complexities of human interraction and how to tell the difference between humans and synths in a future where synths are almost perfect.

Steph Bianchini’s piece is a weird cadet school story which divides opinions, pro and con.

It’s 4.00, which makes in cake o’clock. We amble up to the Plas for cake and then gather to take the Milford photograph. We try some indoor shots because the weather is showery, but suddenly the sun comes out and we dash outside and get the perfect shot.

Back to the crit room for two more crits. Terry has brought a sequel to a book some of us have read before. We finish with Liz’s story about The Ontologist.

And then Milford crits are over for another year. Tonight we discuss markets for the pieces we’ve critted this week. And tomorrow we’re going into Caernerfon for pub lunch and a trip around the castle

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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