On November 20, 2016, I will be speaking to the Society of Southwestern Authors monthly forum on the subject of “Listening To Our Inner (and Outer) Critics.” The program will explore my journey as a “second career” writer and how I grew in the profession by listening to critics of my work.
Admittedly, some of the criticism of other writers and editors was harsh and not too easy to accept; however, that did not make the criticism any less valid. We can learn from our critics; we can learn from rejection; we can learn from conflict; we can learn from listening.
This blog has many posts that are critical of the handling of the Stacey Burns murder case by law enforcement. Many questions have been raised by readers and contributors. I know some police read this blog because one contributor was told by a detective it would be better to stay away from it as people on it are not who they seem to be. (That may well be the case, by the way, but doesn’t warrant “staying away from it.”)
I have not received any indication that the police are listening to their critics in their ongoing investigation of this crime. There can be only one reason for this, in my humble opinion. They must believe there is nothing to be gained, or learned, by doing so.
If I had not listened and learned from my critics, I would still be writing at the same level I was in 1998 when I started this second career. To me, criticism is aimed at improvement, but I guess there is no room for improvement in the investigation of this seven year, five month old murder case. (except it would be a nice improvement if the killer was behind bars.)