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Point of View: The Wisdom of Letting Go

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Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. The Serenity Prayer (above, minus the usual reference to the deity) is usually associated with Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s a reminder to those in the program that not everything is in their control, and trying to control things that are beyond us often ends in heartache. I’ve been finding a lot of wisdom and solace in that prayer lately. I’m not an alcoholic – fear about losing control (there’s that word again) as a gay … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Trusting the Reader

Does it Matter

I started in on my edits from the amazing Gus Li today for The Dragon Eater, book one of the Tharassas Cycle. Yeah, I know. Been working on this thing forever. More on that front soon. These books have a lot of mind-to-mind talk between humans and other creatures, and I signify it with italics and an en dash at the start and finish: -Are you sure that’s wise? It might be confusing for the reader.- Shut up. Can’t you see I’m writing here? -Let’s see… drooling, fingers sticky with chocolate, blank expression on your face… yeah, you’re writing.- *shoves … Read more