Dec 092010

I don’t like making too many posts that are not tutorials, however I feel like this is pretty important.

If you need help with Corona and Lua, you need to let me know.

I get that that sounds simple enough, but some of you still have trouble asking for help – or you feel bad when you do – and I don’t want that.

In the past week I have had no less than six people request help from me and worry that I will either think they’re stupid, get annoyed with them, be bothered by the amount or kind of help they want or feel like they are asking too much of me.

Sine I started writing tutorials this has happened so many times with so many different people; and if you’re reading this you could very well be one of those people given that more often than not, people find it difficult to ask for help or worry that they are imposing.

I want to make this absolutely clear; I have never been annoyed with a single one of you, nor have I thought you are asking too much or that you are stupid. Ever.

While I can’t always help you all, I always want to.

I love the fact that after only two months I am considered somewhat of a go-to-girl for problems you’re having – and I love being able to help you.

When I first started with Corona I had trouble making a lot of things work – and while not typically an emotional person, when I spent hours sitting here failing to make things work I would cry out of frustration. The number of times I wanted to break my laptop is nuts. I once punched a door.

I hate feeling like that. I’m the type of person who sees someone crying in the street and can’t help but go and give them a cuddle and do pretty much anything I can to make them feel better; I hate to see anyone sad.

My point is that I don’t want you to struggle and I don’t want you to feel frustrated, angry or upset.

If you want help, I’m begging you – just ask me. I don’t care if it’s a huge problem or a minor one. I don’t care if it’s simple or if it will take me days to work it out for you – I am always willing to give it a go because I want to help you.

As an Indie Developer I believe VERY strongly in community. Now that I am at Corona (while still visiting GameSalad) it is my community – and as such I want to help it flourish and thrive. I want to help you make your ideas come to life; whether that means fixing a typo you can’t find amongst 2000 lines of code or helping you implement scenes/screens in your game or app.

I love helping all of you and I love making a difference. I will never, ever be annoyed at you or think you are too demanding or that you are stupid.

The absolute worst thing that could happen when you ask for myself is either 1) That I am unable to fix the problem, because while I’m good I am still learning too, or 2) I take a day or two to get back to you because I’m swamped.

Although my own formal education is nearly non existent, (I’m a drop out. I didn’t even finish half of highschool,) I am still fairly intelligent and I place great value on knowledge – because of this I firmly believe in the philosophy that in order to learn, one must constantly ask questions – and I encourage you to do so.

If you need help, ASK. Not doing so robs you of the opportunity to get a hand and a new friend and it robs me of the chance to help you, which I want to do.

If none of this applies to you, I hope you will forgive the long and rambly post – I simply wanted to reassure all the worried folks out there that they needn’t fear any of the above mentioned things.

Your friend,

Peach Pellen :)

PS – Add me on Twitter and FB for easy communication if you need me, or email me – it’s my name at gmail.

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