Not other people's reviews and critiques, mine. I've downloaded the Kindle for PC app and I'm exploring the brave new world of freebie loss-leader novels from Amazon.com. This should make me happy, right? It doesn't. It has me depressed out of my mind. In the first place, all these books I'm reading don't sound anything like mine. But they're published and people are reading them. Which must mean that mine is a pile of childish crap. In the second place, when I'm reading these novels I can't turn off the inner Writing Teacher voice. The authors in question are getting predominantly 4- and 5-star reviews, and my mind is going, "Well, okay, the plot's not bad, but oh, gosh, look at these continuity errors here, and see that convenient use of coincidence there, and oh, gosh, what a garbled sentence; I have no idea what the antecedent is, and look at all the commas missing over here, and oh, wow, the author is Telling, not Showing . . . " and so on and so on, world without end, amen. I can't stop thinking, "Golly, Ms. Author, you should've found yourself at least three more beta readers and a darn good editor before you exhibited this thing in public." And meanwhile, as I said, other people, who don't have the disadvantage of having read a boatload of writers' blogs and how-to books, are merrily gobbling these novels up. Maybe the novels I'm reading are good. Or at least, good enough. So does anyone know how to shut that stupid Writer's Craft voice off and just enjoy reading for a change? It's depressing as heck.