Today's column was truly a pain in the tushie to write. I handed my first version to Jon because I hated it and thought perhaps he'd reassure me that it was better than I'd thought.
"Julie, this is terrible. You're a much better writer than this. I don't like it."
Huh. Guess I'm a reasonable judge of my crappy writing after all.
So I scrapped the entire draft (which had six drafts prior to it) and sat across the kitchen table from Jon while he pelted me with questions and pushed me to tell my own story (rather than schooling the world in my Profound Insights). Ah, yes - the old, tell on yourself first.
So that's what you have today. Thanks for reading. And thanks, Jon, for real feedback. I need it like a clonk over the head... which apparently I needed today.