Greetings. I'd like to say that the requirement for two detailed critiques of other people's work, as a prerequisite for posting your own work, is in my opinion ridiculous. The skills and mindset to write a critique are quite different from what is required when doing your own creative writing. Though both are valuable activities, to make one conditional on the other is artificial and counter-productive. I write this post in some anger at having an earlier thread of my work blocked. Inspired to write a novel, I have had some excellent feedback on the first chapter I posted. That thread has now been blocked on the authority of an admin who decided my two reviews of others work did not meet his standards. I must confess that although my two reviews were written in good faith with comments I believe relevant, they would hardly qualify as stellar literary criticism. That is simply not the skill set I possess. That this should preclude me from ever posting my work on this site seems perverse and short sighted. I hope the admins consider the harm the strict application of this policy may be doing. Best wishes and inspiration to you all.