I only have one submission left to read! Yippee!
It's all part of my devious plan. If I finish the submissions, then that leaves more time for my own writing through the rest of the month. Here's the strike though: too much space between the written critique and the verbal critique. So I have to be extra, extra written...if that makes sense.
The good news is that if something consistantly bothers me through the month about a story/novel excerpt, then I know that it's a real issue and should definitely be brought forward.
So here's my question of the day: Is it better to do critiques early and get 'em done? Or should you wait, possibly waiting until the last minute, so that the story is fresher in your mind? Or do you blame the writer--if they didn't write a memorable story, then it's not the critiquer's fault, right? (Hee, hee...always gotta pass the buck...)