I've spent the entire day sneaking critiques inbetween bouts of work, since it's so slow today. It feels wonderful. It's funny, you'd think as a writer I'd want to focus on my own work, but I'm pretty invested in the stories that my fellow writers have crafted in my critique group, and getting critique chapters is like getting my drama delivered right to my door.
Sometimes I wonder if the fact that I enjoy critiquing (and people tell me I do a good job with the pen knives *grin) means I should think about a career on the other side of the fence. then I remember that part of being a good writer is loving to read. Critiquing is great because it gets my juices ready to hack and slash at my own creations.
I've done seven crits and I'm going to do at least one more before heading home. it feels so good to know I've helped people.