Jim Butcher is a friend of mine, in a very vague sense. Okay, he's more like a friend of a friend. He's a fantasy and urban fantasy writer. He's got a television series starting on the Sci Fi channel on January 21st, which is a big, hairy deal.
And back in December he had a self-doubt day like all those of us who write and he posted a string of negative reviews of his books. It's here if you want to see the way a best-selling fantasy author gets slammed.
And all I can think is, hell, if someone like Jim, who has an unarguably successful career, can rack up nasty, negative reviews, what makes anyone else think they won't? And if he can keep going, then so can we.
(No, I didn't get a negative review. Just musing.)