My mother always told me that if you needed to critique someone, the best way to do it was in a compliment sandwich: one positive thing, the critique itself, and then end on a positive note. I’m sure we’ve all heard it before. “I really loved the introduction to your short story. I don’t understand why you claim to be a writer, and all of your craft is garbage. But you have a lovely point of view and your love of the protagonist is inspiring.” You know, The Critique. The “don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Nobody ever wants to be on the receiving end of that kind of a critique. Why do I bring all this up?