I've spent a good deal of the past week reading requested fulls. Some were just not for me, others weren't ready for publication, and some just didn't work.
Some felt like they had all the right components but the writing was simply not deft or lovely. Now, quantify that!
Maybe this will help:
This is the Williamsburg Bridge. I think of it as mine, although no one has offered to sell it to me yet. It's the bridge I walk over to get to work. It's functional and useful. While I love it, I'm not blind to the fact it is utilitarian, not beautiful.
|W'burg Bridge about 1904 when it was built|
If you want a beautiful bridge, you need to look two bridges south to the Brooklyn Bridge.
My point is this: the purpose of both these bridges is the same. The knowledge available to the engineers and construction workers was similar. One bridge was built with an eye toward beauty. One bridge was not. One bridge is a major tourist attraction. One bridge isn't (and thus has much greater utility for me and other everyday walkers!)
When I look for projects, I'm looking for the Brooklyn Bridge, a project that transcends brick and mortar, makes something heavy look light and airy, and you can walk an elephant across with no fear of a sudden swim.
And of course, it's why you query widely. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.