I stare into space for a moment, thinking, [Man's name]? Who is that?
"He put you down as a reference?"
I'm still thinking. [man's name]? Sounds vaguely familiar ... I knew someone with that first name in college. What was his last name ...? Suddenly, *click*. "Oh! Yes! Yes, I know him. Ah ... he usually goes by Jordan." I'm sorry, Greywolf! It was early.
Anyway, after that somewhat rocky start, I proceeded to gush over jordangreywolf for ten minutes or so. I've never given anyone a reference before, so I was sort of scrambling for what to say and how to prove it. I'm not sure I sounded entirely credible. ("And then, he walks on water!") Funny thing is, I meant every word of it. I mean, if there's one person in this world that I could say "Hire him! You won't regret it!" about, it's gotta be Greywolf. I wound up pointing her to greywolf.critter.net and sinai.critter.net (I hope that's ok, wuf!) by way of showing how much creative work he's done just for his hobbies. And in all that, I totally forgot to mention all the editing work he's done on my novel, too. :(
After various questions, she said, "Well, I guess there's not much more I could ask -- you've been a perfect reference" so I can't have done too bad a job of it. I think she may have been calling from his current employers, because when I was gushing about how creative he was, she said "Yes, we're discovering that".
Sort of a neat experience. I hope whoever it was hires you and pays you lots of money, Greywolf. :D