So just to demonstrate how odd some of the critiques are, I'm going to mention two things.
First of all Dante's Inferno is coming in with very extreme reactions from judges. They either absolutely love love love it, and it's getting like 98-99/100's or (thankfully less frequently) it's completely crucified, like 40-50. Out of, now, 10 judging returns, there is literally nothing in between, which is fascinating. Clearly, I have work to do, but again interesting to see such extremes in how people receive the manuscript.
Second, I got a comment on Hell to Pay that said something like 'the details of the opening ER scene were not medically accurate, nor was the reaction of the heroine.' (Again, thankfully, this is a very uncommon comment, most were very positive.) So why do I find that funny? Because that's a code I've run before. Multiple times. As an ER doctor. In a small hospital. As a car wreck victim off the interstate rolled up to the ER. Ok, minus the paranormal hottie with a temp of 107, preternaturally healing, and tall dark and handsome part. But the intake scene, the assessment, calling out orders, interpretation, repair. Lifted from real life.
So yes it makes me giggle that a reader feels this erstwhile ER doc (fair enough it's not my day job but I have the chops) isn't medically accurate. I'm a little paranoid and wondering if I should get more education now. Think of all that medically in-accurate treatment rendered to my patients all these years…!
Now granted, I'm also known as the "Smiling Doctor" to most of my patients, since I'm mostly in a good mood. And yes, if someone has terminal cancer, I'm appropriately serious of course. But on the whole, my entire day plays like an episode of Scrubs, only I look like Sarah Chalke got pudgy and short and not blonde. Ok, so nothing like her, actually.
But dadgum, if folks really knew how bizarre some of this medical stuff was, then wow. Maybe I don't need to be writing fiction. I should be writing memoirs…. (Where I liberally interpret my husband as a paranormal hottie….nah.)
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