That is the question. I have to hold up my hand and confess that I am not a sweetness and light sort of person. What? I hear you cry. Surely not. But tis true. I'm Mrs. Negative according to my other half. Definitely a glass half empty person and not a glass half full. Well, to be honest, I never leave half a glass of anything, so that analogy is a bit redundant. But I am critical. I was brought up by a mother who always pushed me to do better. That can be a good thing and a bad. Bad when nothing is ever good enough. Bad when every little achievement is pulled apart. Good when it instilled in me a need to always keep trying. But balance is the thing and I didn't have that when I was growing up.
So now I find it easier to pick fault that I do praise. I rarely think anything is perfect because generally, it isn't. It can't be a coincidence that a couple of my many jobs have involved inspection of some sort - in other words finding fault (and also stuff to praise) in other people's work. My very first job - if I don't count the disaster that was serving tea and coffee at a motorway service station - and I don't!!!! - was inspecting business tax records. Imagine how I was loved. I don't think anyone ever loved me for any of the jobs I did - but I do get love from readers who like my stories and I'm grateful for that every day that I breathe!! You made my dreams come true- but I'm a still a grump at heart.