So I start going through the email and find one waiting for me that has no topic, no salutation, and the very first sentence is as follows:
First off i would like Diane Duane to respond not some hired help.
Then a critique of some timeline issues in the YW books ensues, in a rather brusque and cranky tone. The mail then ends like this:
Respond or I will send an email a week for as long as it takes to get your attention.
And that’s it: signature, but no “thanks for your time” or anything of the kind. (eyeroll) Sorry, [name omitted]. The Lady Mevrian and I are of one mind in this regard: “patience only and courtesy shall get good of me”, especially when somebody’s work day looks like mine.* So [name omitted] gets one of the form letters which my long-suffering part-time assistant composed….