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catPlease meet Molly. She now officially represents me on various discussion boards where I hang out.  I never felt comfortable using a personal photo  in my posts, because having my face pictured next to my words felt, well, too personal for me.  (It’s probably a deep-seated flaw in my character, but I have been camera-shy since a very young child.)

Since I’ve used an avatar for a while now, I’ve tried more than one. The first I liked very much, but no one else did. I decided to change it one day when I stumbled across an electronic discussion suggesting it was a very poor choice.. (It was the head of a turkey, so possibly they may have had a point.) So it came down to be replaced by another image. But I didn’t much like that one. And then one recent day there she was, Molly, the avatar of my dreams.

My inspiration came from the avatar of a fellow forum member. She has the picture of the face of a white dog with a tiny tip of her pink tongue reaching up toward her nose and a glorious wig of pink hair, which cascades elegantly down her shoulders. It is darling!

So what do you think of my Molly? Do you like her? Would you read books written by her? And what about you? Do you use your own photo, or do you, also, hide behind a beloved image?

And please forgive me for filling this page with such nonsense, but I really, really like Molly.

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