A comment and a question.
First, the question: What is considered "red" ink? I am assuming it is a more involved critique of a Challenge entry. How does one get a more indepth review?
Secondly - comment: To the gentleman (sorry I cannot remember his name now) who was disappointed in not doing well in the Challenge writings of late. My first entry in the Empty and Full came in 11th; the way I felt, it was like I had won first place. But - for the "Twilight Years of Life," it was as though I wasn't even on the chart. But, I picked myself up and entered the "Summer" Challenge. Now, that was a little unnerving since, until the "All Clear" was declared, I had received about 20 views but absolutely no comments. I still have only received three comments, but that's okay. I think the key word here is "challenge." I have never written where I had a deadline and someone was telling me what to write about. I think I have probably grown more in the couple of months I've been at FW's than I ever thought possible. Except for some stories I write about a talking toad, I have never written short stories. My genre has always been poetry. No matter what I write, I try to give all the praise and glory to my Lord and Saviour and in that respect, I believe I can't go wrong.
Probably sounds like I'm preaching, but please know that I have been somewhat disappointed since I did so well on my first entry. It WILL happen! Hang in there! Each time you enter, you grow! I know I'm talking in circles and someone else could probably say what I've just said in a sentence, but I just want to encourage this gentleman to - DON'T GIVE UP! Respectfully, Laura