It's wonderful hearing from people who like what you do. I've been fortunate to have received positive feedback and kind words from people who call themselves my fans this week (imagine that–me having fans!). They aren't family members or people whose opinion I've solicited, but readers who took the trouble to let me know that they appreciate my work.
Before I put everyone else off by blowing my own trumpet, the main point I wanted to make is that a little praise goes a long way. Everyone likes to feel appreciated, be it your long-suffering other half, the postman or your doctor's receptionist, so give them a smile and a thank you, and you could make their day.
As for those whose encouraging messages have given me such a boost, you have my gratitude and I hope you always feel the same way.