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 Happy Birthday, Otter
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Today is Otter's birthday. Since Otter writes the Weekly Encouragement, we couldn’t wish her a happy birthday and keep it a surprise, so the rest of the staff is posting our birthday wishes and thoughts here. If you'd like to join in, we invite you to post your own birthday wishes and thoughts in a reply to this post. (P.S. I wanted to make sure to get this up while Otter was out, which meant posting this before everyone who was planning to participate had time to get theirs to me. Sorry!)
From Ben
Happy Birthday, Otter! I’ve thanked you before for creating this site, and all the work you put into it, so today I want to remember to thank you for what a good friend you’ve been. It’s been just about a year and a half since I first showed up at one of your sites, and I was so nervous. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you not only gave me a chance, but how patient you’ve been at nudging me in the right direction and helping me learn how to be a better writer. I do feel like, somewhere along the way, we’ve become friends. When the inevitable difficult family stuff happened in the lead up to my wedding, you were there for me, and I haven’t forgotten how supportive (and full of good advice) you were. I also want to tell you how much I love Thomas Montgomery. I love the way you portray someone with an illness serious enough that it affects every minute of his life, but still make sure Thomas’ personality shines through so that he’s a real person, not just a disease. With someone as hurt as Thomas, it would be easy to just make him a lovable, sympathetic cinnamon bun. You didn’t do that. Thomas is also difficult, and at times obnoxious. I’m in awe of how you can write a character so that your love for him shows in every paragraph, but still clearly see his flaws, and how he’ll get on other people’s nerves. I feel like I have something to learn about writing and characters from every one of your apps, but Thomas is one of the ones I keep returning to.
From Bob
Otter - I’m going to SEIZE THE DAY, and tell you how I feel, because really I’m CARRYING THE BANNER of my love for you. So the WORLD WILL KNOW, ONCE AND FOR ALL how truly wonderful I think you are. Really I want to scream it from the ROOFTOP. And I want you to know I’ll stick with you for HIGH TIMES, HARD TIMES, and every second in between. Also I would totally vote you into office for the KING OF NEW YORK. And really I could write a whole thing about what an amazing person I think you are with a hundred different musicals—but I wanted to specifically use Newsies because talking about Newsies was one of the first times we actually have a conversation between the two of us. On that very sentimental note—I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for dreaming up this site, and pouring hours of effort into it. Thank you for being here every day to encourage and inspire, thank you for your dedication to the community, thank you for truly reading and working to understand every word that someone posts (in and out of character), thank you for your tireless efforts to uphold the standard of writing, thank you for always having a kind word, and for always laughing at my jokes, thank you for happily accepting my oddball bunch of characters, and getting excited when I want to create another one… Speaking of—I think it’s time I got super excited about one of yours! As a side note, that I think you know but I want to reiterate, I love your characters. Every time I read, or reread an app of yours I find something else to love about your writing and your character development. Today I have decided to let you know just how much I love: Petra Sokoloff! First off I wanted to start by saying thank you. THANK YOU for so delicately handing transgender issues without everything being negative. And thank you for not using the stereotype of an extremely girly girl as a transwoman. So often when people create trans characters they justify the trans identity by saying, “Look, he’s a boy because he likes cars!” or “she’s a girl because she likes make-up!” As someone who falls inside, outside, and all over the gender spectrum I am so grateful that Petra likes tech and gaming. AND that it’s not a huge deal. Well it’s a huge part of who she is—but there is no explanation of she’s a girl and she likes games she’s so “quirky.” It’s just who she is. And I love that. No part of this character feels forced, or like it is reaching. Secondly – and this is something that I could literally write for any app of yours—I aspire to write key and desired plots like you do. They are interesting, have opportunities for growth for everyone involved, and they focus on many different types of relationships. And finally, I just want to say I love the voice you have created in this app. Even though the majority of the app done in third person and the backstory is done in second; you have created an individual tone, and voice that you write Petra with. I hear her voice when you write, and that’s so great. - Bob

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