I would describe my stories as "cute." That is to say, as a general rule someone will be able to read it all the way through without forcing themselves and at some point the corners of their mouth will turn somewhat skyward. That makes it "just okay" at best. I read some of the critiques on this board and I think, "Are we reading the same story?" I have a friend who is a GREAT fiddle player. But, I don't like fiddle music. So, what I learned from him is that just because I don't like something doesn't mean that it isn't great. For example: "Oasis" by davidm https://www.writingforums.org/threads/november-2018-short-story-contest.159911/ was the winning story in the November short story contest. I have no clue what that story is about. What am I missing? That being said, how do I generate more emotional involvement with the reader? Any suggestions, even wrong ones, would be helpful.