So my mom just got Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire back from her editor. The comments were NOT pretty. Phrases like Yuck yuck yuck! Oh dear! Too much! (You get the idea.)
If I got those kind of comments I would feel so hopeless. Here's my mom, looking at this manuscript, realizing how much more work she has to do. If I were her, I would feel panicked. But not Brenda Ferber, Optimist Extraordinaire.
This morning she told me, "I would much rather hear this from an editor than from a reviewer." Of course she was a tad bit upset, but she was so optimistic about it all. It was weird! She said, "Here's my chance to make the novel better." And she pointed out the nice comments. Like Good! Great! Good exchange! The story has come so far!
Sometimes her optimism can be annoying but other times it can be inspiring. There are times when I want to scream,"Can't you just be pessimistic for once?!" Other times I think, "Wow. I want to be like that. It's so cool that she can be so positive in this situation."