I feel so very sorry for the woman who will be replacing me at the day-job while I’m helping Steve in his convalescence. There’s ‘way, ‘way too much work coming down on my/her desk next week, and it all has to be done at once. It’s too much to ask of anyone.
Note to self: Send Sue flowers
In other news, “Skyblaze” has moved into my jurisdiction, so that’s what I’ll be doing for the next while. In lieu of a snippet of George, have something from The Liaden Book of Dragons:
The thing to recall about Dragons is that it takes a special person to deal with them at all. If you lie to them they will steal from you. If you attack them without cause they will dismember you. If you run from them they will laugh at you.
It is thus best to deal calmly, openly and fairly with Dragons: Give them all they buy and no more or less, and they will do the same by you. Stand at their back and they will stand at yours. Always remember that a Dragon is first a Dragon and only then a friend, a partner, a lover.
Never assume that you have discovered a Dragon’s weak point until it is dead and forgotten, for joy is fleeting and a Dragon’s revenge is forever.