In which Rolanni may be the tiniest bit testy

Dear Google.

Please stop writing to me from a no-reply address to tell me that GoogleTalk is dead.  I know GoogleTalk is dead and I mourn its passing every day.  No, Hangouts is not just as useful, only cooler; Hangouts is an annoyance and a sham, and I would be delighted to tell you in-depth exactly how I feel about it and its non-functionality, if you had the guts to write to me from an address I could reply to.

But, no.  Anonymous scolding is all you know.

No love,

Me

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Dear Eset.

First, you tell me I need to buy a new license.  Then, I decide if I still want to use your product, and, if I do, I pay you.

Downloading the product to my laptop under the guise of an “update,” then telling me that in order to “activate” it, I have to purchase a license?  So uncool.

No love,

Me

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Dear Internets.

Please stop repeating this silly, insulting question: “How do I write believable women characters?”

The correct question is, “How do I write believable CHARACTERS?”

The answer to the correct question is, “By observing people and by exercising imagination and empathy.  These three things are your most powerful tools, as a writer.  Keep watching, keep dreaming, and keep writing until you get it right.”

Also, know that you aren’t going to get it right the first time, or the fifth time, and by the lights of some, you will never get it right.  Do the best you can.  You can start writing without knowing how to do All The Things.  Writing is a lifelong learning process, with many, many accomplishments to unlock.  The only way you can start unlocking is by starting in to work.

Frustratedly,

Me

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Dear Backbrain.

Thank you.  I believe that did in fact improve the story and moves things along more quickly.

Worth every bit of lost sleep and gnawed fingernails.

Keep up the good work,

Me

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Dear Trooper and Sprite.

Boy, are you guys workaholics.

Princess Sprite overlooking the basement
Princess Sprite overlooking the basement
Trooper takes the high ground
Trooper takes the high ground

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