I’m not a delicate flower.

I do use a pansy as my profile picture on Facebook, but that’s because one of my favorite parts of living in Seattle was the fact that I could always find pansies in bloom in November and December — completely confounding those who use “pansy!” as a slur meaning soft and weak.

That aside, I am not a wilting hothouse vine, needing coddling. If you dislike something of mine enough that you’re willing to slap a single-star rating on it, I’d appreciate knowing what you didn’t like. The characters? The way I used a particular phrase or word? The fact that I [put in/left out] something you [hate/love]? I’m not aiming to please all of the people all of the time — that’s entirely impossible — but if I’ve got an area in which I could improve, then I’d like to know.