Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Does This Hat Make My Head Look Big?

I like you very much. And you like me, I'm pretty sure. I can tell because you're ever so kind with encouragement and compliments and well wishes.

You do wonders for my confidence. You inspire me greatly, and you flatter me.

But you're giving me a big head, and that just won't do.

So, to balance things out, could you maybe call me a name or somethin'? Pass an insult or criticism? Something to bring me back down after all your great comments?

Because I'm resolved to keeping my feet on the ground. I don't ever want to assume too much, or lose my appreciation, through any part of my journey, especially the further I get. Thanks and humility are incredibly important to me.

So I need you to stop bein' so stinkin' nice.



Lori said...

I don't think anyone is passing gratuitous compliments to you. You are the only one who can help keeping your head straight, I believe. It is your own spiritual quest.

Isn't it weird how so many times appreciation and compliments seem like too much to handle?

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

I haven't got nothing to say but wonderful things about you! Can't think of anything bad even if I try!

Kavita Saharia said...

Visit my blog and see how bad i write(if it is at all called writing) really write well accept it ...and we have a right to appreciate you as much as we want.Hugs.

Rebecca Nazar said...

I strongly suspect I may not like your favorite perfume. Of course, most give me headaches anyway.

How's that? ;-)

Jessica Nelson said...


Well, your head hasn't gotten too big or you wouldn't be worried about this. :-)

Janna Leadbetter said...

Lori - Very insightful! Yes, I do agree. Thanks for the smart look into it.

Donna - That doesn't surprise me, you sweet thing, you. :)

kavita - I'm working on acceptance! ;)

Becca - Fair enough. :P

Jessica - *snicker* I suppose you're right! Thanks for pointing it out. :)

CKHB said...

Are people being "nice" because of your flash fiction piece? Because we ain't don' you no favors there. That was a LOVELY story. The "hollow, sacred space between my neck and shoulder"? A tale of a little girl brave and generous enough to do hair donation? (Locks of Love, perhaps?) I adored it. There's nothing "nice" about telling the truth.

Anonymous said...

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

There, I said it!


Janna Leadbetter said...

CKHB - Your comment is perfect. I feel whipped by your blunt answer, and then hugged by your compliment. Thank you.

Rafael - Nice job. You may be excused now.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

I don't have anything bad to say about you! Are you kidding? Just accept kindness when it comes, because there's enough bad out there to go around. Ugh.


Oh, you could take off your word verification. I hate those things. There. I said something. :D

Tess said...

Okay, I'll give it a go:

your blog is, um....

no, nothing bad to say there.

let's try again:

your picture is,

no, got nothing bad to say there, either.

Oh! I know,here goes:

You're too dang cute!

There, how was that?

Deb said...

Your hat looks like a perfect fit to me. Sometimes we have to wear something for a while before we feel comfortable in it. ;)

Susan R. Mills said...

I'm sorry, but I've got nothing! I can't think of one bad thing to say. I haven't made it over to look at your flash fiction piece. I'll have to do that now.

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Lol, Jessica is right! And there's no way I could say something bad about you. I love your blog and your kindness always shows through. So, sorry, no bad words today :)

Jody Hedlund said...

I feel the same way at times! My writer friends are so encouraging! But since writing brings a lot of discouragement and waiting, I guess we're all just trying to make up for it by remaining positive! And I love it! :)

JLC said...

Hey! Stop being such a knucklehead and just accept the fact that you are awesome. ;)

Anonymous said...

You know, most people fish for compliments. I have a feeling you'll never need to. You write well and you have a good heart.

Oh wait, you didn't want a compliment. My bad. Hmm. A name you ask? Then a name you shall have. I shall call you.. the Qualmanater!

Deb Shucka said...

I think you should store the goodness away to rely on during those times when other voices might say other things - as they always do for writers.

The hat you're wearing looks perfect on you. :-)

Fragrant Liar said...

Okay, but you asked for it.

Wench, what do you think you're doing?

Is that good enough?

Heh,heh, I don't even know you. Yet.

Nadine said...

I can't stop being nice. It's my nature!

Terri Tiffany said...

Get used to it! You are one nice person:) ANd I've met you so I am telling the truth!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Lady - I know, I understand the frustration. I've had some doozer spammers, though. Ugh.

Tess - Well okay, I guess it'll do. ;)

Strange Fiction - A very good thought!

Lazy - I hope you liked it!

Cindy - Thank you very much!

Jody - I think it will help in the long run, don't you?

JLC - Ha ha! Yes, ma'am. *grin*

Cel - Ooh, I like it! How scary am I, eh?

Deb - It's an excellent idea. Will store it up!

Fragrant Liar - What an awesome username! Thanks for coming by. :)

Nadine - I guessed that about you. ;)

Terri - Yes, you know first hand. ;)

Melissa Amateis said...

Fine. BE that way, Janna!


Diane said...

You're cute.... I mean not cute... :O)

Lisa Dale said...


Just connected with you on Twitter (A fellow women's fiction writer) though my books always have a romantic element too.

I loved this blog post. Always fun to connect with other bloggers. Will def subscribe!

Lisa Dale

The Unbreakable Child said...

Enjoy the day, Janna! : )

Janna Leadbetter said...

Melissa - Ooh, you're so mean! ;)

Diane, thanks! And welcome. :)

Lisa - Good to see you here! It's a great connection to have.

Janna Leadbetter said...

Kimmi - Thanks, dear! And you, too.

Janet said...

Make a grammar or spelling mistake and I'll pick it out for you. :D Would that help? But first you have to make the mistake.

Capri K @ No Whining Allowed said...

OK, you Elvis nosed cactus puppy!!!

Veggie Tales.

Janna Leadbetter said...

Janet - That'd do 'er. ;)

Capri K - Nice! *grin*

Jewel Allen said...

When it rains kindness, put out a bucket, I say.

What goes around comes around.

Capri K @ No Whining Allowed said...

Now that I THINK about it, I believe it was CACTUS nosed ELVIS puppy!!!

Melanie Hooyenga said...


Janna Leadbetter said...

Pink Ink - Great idea! I'm goin' to get a bucket now. :)

Capri K - Right. *snort*

Melanie - Glad you're back!

septembermom said...

Positivity makes the blog world go round! You're a gem :)

Janna Leadbetter said...

septembermom - Thanks! (You don't know how badly I want to make a "sparkly" joke, a la Twilight!)

Stephanie Faris said...

I think you're awesome! Embrace your awesomeness.

Janna Leadbetter said...

Stephanie - Thanks! I think I can try being awesome. ;)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hey, good try Janna girl, but there's no way you can make me say something bad or uncomplimentary about you!

Janna Leadbetter said...

I'm glad, Ang.