I found a "crit partner" through The Rose Trellis at The Wild Rose Press. She's amazing! I sent her 180 pages of that thorn in my side---Blue Velvet---and some questions about where it might go, and in just over 24 hours, she was back with some excellent ideas! She is also retired, so we will make a good team, I think.
Today I've finished charting changes and deletions in FPSS. Also, the new prompts for the writing forum have arrived, so I need to get busy making notes for a draft due by the 10th. This forum is also turning out to be very beneficial. (Interested? Contact Linda Barnett-Johnson at email@example.com ) I posted the final of my short story and immediately had a comment from another forum member about places the thing needed to be expanded---which was exactly what I was thinking and intend to do. I was limited to 2000 words, but the contest has a 4000 word limit, so I can really make a difference in the story. There is a March 31 deadline for this contest.
Also, a writing newsletter to which I subscribe had links to two free hour-long telephone seminars---Your Next Step on the Road to Publishing Success and Overcome Your Blocks to Sales and Presentations. Since I just went with magicJack internet phone, the calls will be free, too. Check out the website for the seminars and look into magicJack, too Hey--free is free---and until I make my first million (<--picture me laughing madly), free is the only way to go!
All in all, it's been a most satisfactory day! Lady is curled contentedly beside me here in the study. It has been a gloomy, wet, windy day, and when we went out awhile ago, there were snow flurries! She says that is NO WEATHER for a Lady! (It is still coming down on my daffodils and budding Bradford pear tree!)