We’re taught to not judge others. It’s rude. It’s arrogant. It’s…well…it’s judgmental. But we’ve also created a society of contests and competitions where we judge others in order to rank them. Jeez, when I put it like that, it all seems a little crazy. At the same time, there is a certain intrinsic benefit in evaluating the quality of the things we see everyday. Not everything is excellent or even mediocre. Competitive standards help us to instigate excellence and motivate ourselves to be the best we can be.
Of course, when you’re a writer, submitting to the scrutiny of a contest is also one more way to flay the sensitive creative skin and expose the quivering viscera of ego beneath. Ah, but that’s okay. It’s an exercise in ego abandonment. Namaste!
I’m currently in the midst of such an exercise as my novel The Genie Ignites from Boroughs Publishing Group (and Boroughs’ graphic designer Betsy) is under consideration for the Judge a Book By Its Cover Awards in the Romantic Suspense category. This is really only about the cover, about what we see on the outside. Similar to the judging of something like America’s Next Top Model (pictured above), beauty is only skin deep. But that beauty was created by artists…whether cosmetic, fashion, or graphic. In the interest of creative excellence, I will submit to the judgment of others and ask that you click through the Romantic Suspense category here and vote for my genie….as you see fit…. I won’t judge you.