I credit myself that I have always been the sort to appreciate a good, solid slap in the face. Not a literal slap, I hasten to add, but if criticism is due, I like to think I can take it.

However, I am human, just like everyone else, so I’d prefer it if the criticism were justified and to the point.

I am writing this having just received word from the first person ever to read Chapter One of my book. We are not family, we’re not friends (although, I think we will be), we’ve never met, she’s not on the payroll and, always important, she’s not me.

She finds my writing style “captivating” – yes, I’m quoting, and she “loved the opening”.

If it sounds like I’m bragging, it’s probably because I am. I’m certain to be back to my angsty, embarrassed self quite soon, but just for now, I couldn’t be happier.