What a strange week it has been. Emotions all over the place, and feeling like a ship tossed on the high seas. The peaks and troughs of having a real job to go to; the agonies of intimacies and private sorrows spoken calmly into a microphone; the kindness of the engineer with his humour and support, his business-like attitude keeping us both on track. At the same time, very generous and lovely reviews for “Trapped” on Amazon UK and Amazon US are posted, which make me feel very emotional gratitude, for different reasons. For added spice there is also have the occasional disappointment from people I don’t even know, who cut off contact with me, for daring to critique their work.
Sorry, folks, but I have kinda got used to critiquing literary works, as politely as I know how, and am rather surprised, these days, to having my comments taken quite so seriously. Whatever I offer is only my opinion, and I am quite happy for people to disagree with me, without feeling the need to go for the full excision. Can we not agree to disagree and remain friendly? Not always, apparently. In the same batch of emails, comforting and lovely news far outweighs the dubious, so after a few careful deletions, I think we can all get on with our lives. It has been a very strange week.
In the mixter-maxter, I feel a lot of thankfulness, too, lately. I am so pleased and thankful to anyone who posts helpful comments, adds lovely reviews and sends supportive love. It means the world to me. Check out these lovely reviews, and add your own.
March 24, 2014 @ 9:27 am
Fran, ignore the ‘neggies’ as they far under weigh the impertous of gratitude the readers have towards you! Trapped is an amazing, seminal book! Thank you for your efforts, because without authors like yourself, it is very hit and miss as to whether the policy makers, medicals, educationalists and dare I say, parents ever really grasp what life is like from your perspective. You are so right about Gratitude Fran, even the ‘naysayers’ are clearing off to make way for more goodies coming your way!
March 24, 2014 @ 11:15 am
Gatitude is one of the most important things in life, I find, for me. It is so easy to get bogged down in the pettiness and the rush of every day. I try to be grateful that I have another day to live whatever may come (easier said than done). Yes, as said above, ignore the negative people and spend time with those who appreciate you and that is an ever growing number, I think.
March 24, 2014 @ 1:38 pm
Wonderful reviews – I guess that dealing with the negatives sometimes helps us to focus on the positives in a way doesn’t it. As for people who don’t appreciate honest and helpful reviews – well they didn’t want a review they wanted an ego stroke – writing isn’t a terribly good place to get those – so that of course makes comments on your book so much more precious doesn’t it? I hope that the ups far outweigh the downs for you.
March 24, 2014 @ 2:26 pm
Thanks for your comments! Yes, my dear friends, the ups certainly outweigh the small dips, by about 100 to 1; including lovely spring sunshine outside! xxx :-))