I agree — hearing what people honestly think of your stories is the only way to improve your writing, which is what I personally am here to do! Where I run into trouble, I think, is when I write for myself — write selfishly, that is — and don’t consider the reader quite sympathetically enough. (Adam Johnson has a great quote about this, where he describes how he writes as if he expects the reader to bail on him after one lazy or static sentence. Your work needs to entertain!)
Anyway, that would be amazing, if I could hear your thoughts on a different piece, one that felt different in hard to identify ways when writing it. Here it is, if you’re up for it. Thanks again.