Still, if the preponderance of the feedback on the Grange chapter is that it needs to be re-written, I can do that. It feels like I'm rewriting the whole bloody book as it is. Ah well. The plot changes and pacing improvements more or less dictated that I'd have to re-write the book. Time to stop whining about it and just do it. I think that's the most important thing about critique group feedback. It shouldn't get in the way of your writing. You can learn things from other writers (great writers steal after all) by critiquing their work and doing the things they do well. And other pairs of eyes are useful for spotting inconsistencies and typos. But they can't write your story for you. Some of them will try to. I'm trying to ignore them. Writing my stuff the way I envision it is how I'm going to get better
Writing is a learning process. I learned a lot writing Smooth Running and it works as a story, I think. (if I can just get Baen to agree or disagree I'll be able to get that published or revised and sent out again). I learned more doing Angel Odyssey. I imagine my third book will be even better.
Ok, back to the keyboard. Time to make that klackety klack sound.