Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Jeanette Talks About Reader Response - Virtual Luncheon - Final
Jen gulps down a bite of Raspberry Cheesecake. "I'd love to eat more, but I'm taking home a large doggie bag - make that husband bag. Why do you think I ordered two desserts? So, I can take home a writers' husband perk to Kev. Besides, who has time to eat when the company is so fascinating?
"As far as trial/error lessons are concerned, how many hours do we have? I've learned people don't always like what you write or understand that writing is a valid calling, like preaching or missionary work. They may even send a letter to the editor, telling him they didn't like my column.
"I've also learned that many people listen and are helped by my meager offerings, and that is so gratifying and humbling. People want to grow and know God better, and I feel so privileged to be a small part of His family, helping Him cover the earth with His word.
"And lastly, I learned that you don't know unless you ask. If I'd been shy about asking to do this column, te Lord could not have opened the door. I stepped out in faith and He said, "Yes - go for it!" He's so sweet like that."
I put down my pen, and give Jen a quick hug. If I could reach Rhonda from where I'm sitting, I would hug her too. "I appreciate both of you for the laughter, the encouragement, and the sneaky zings that get me thinking. Thank you for allowing me to pepper you with questions throughout the meal."
Jen and Rhonda exchange a conspiratorial look. Jen angles herself toward me and says in the sweetest voice, "Don't worry. We've got plans for you, Susie. If you think you're off the hook, you've got another guess coming."
Oh no, what have I done???
Questions for the Reader: How do you handle criticism and praise? Now, it's my turn for your evaluation. How did you like this virtual luncheon interview? Did it hold your attention? Was it too long? Don't hold back. I really want to know what you thought and if you have any suggestions. :)