They liked it, Mikey, they really really liked it!
Now, they did have serious problems to point out -- but I knew those problems already. Like, it doesn't have an ending ;-) And that means that some of the foreshadowing is confusing. And it still has a large bit of white room syndrome (it's all character drama right now). Yep yep to all that.
But not a single person found the dialogue to be unreal, the situation to be unreal or unworkable, or really anything that has been tossed at any of my previous first drafts before. I knew that my revised drafts had solved a lot of those problems, but this is the first time that a new draft (in pretty rough form) has gotten through unscathed.
I'm taking this to mean that my craft has improved enough to get past those basic hurdles consistently. Sweet!!
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