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Chapter Eight: Power Play by RobinRone Chapter Eight: Power Play by RobinRone

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A very special "THANK YOU!!!" to Mr. R's class for letting me speak with you all today! I was impressed with your wonderful questions, talent, and enthusiasm! You made me feel so happy and honored to be there, and I feel very lucky to have met you all!!

I've been reading A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn. My psychologist recommended it after we spoke about my dead-but-kinda-not dreams, saying it had much the same feel. It's not the rhythm of books I usually read, and it's not a rip-roaring page-turner that I can't put down, but there's something very…whole…about it. Something that feels very empty and that makes it feel complete. Which is a very odd feeling to try to describe, and I've done a terrible job even here, but it has a good feel to me. Human. It feels very human.

It captures the oddities of behavior so well. How a stranger can say something that sets us off, but we don't know it, and it trying to get out of that bad mood we actually just keep trundling down the well-worn path of that pattern. How we can cling to what we know, and tell ourselves that we're mightier for it, and then later realize it was because we were scared all along and it was easy to feel big when we were somewhere comfortable. But the book doesn't pass judgement on that feeling. It observes it without malice, and I find myself developing a fondness for these characters in those moments that is a happy melancholy. "I can relate, brother," I think with a sad smile, "And it's okay. It's okay to be human. We both are."

It's a very simple book, but it has a lot to say, in such a gentle way that you don't realize until later that you'd learned something. The first day I started to read it, after I put it down I felt this rise of feeling, something a little like grief, like I was mourning something, but had forgotten what had been lost. And after that, I was able to figure out what my dead-but-kinda-not dreams had been about.

In a way, it's a healing book. I hope one day my own work can provide the same service. I'll get there. I know I will.

What stories have been healing ones for you?
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IzzyMonster21 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Last Unicorn is a good book.
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RobinRone Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Artist
I'll have to add it to my "Books to Read" list!  I definitely enjoyed his other work!
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Beautiful cover!
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RobinRone Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you so much! I tried to challenge myself on this one and I'm happy with how it turned out, and all the things I learned!
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
:D Welcome! You did great!
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Lyrically-Sadistic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pro artist is Pro.
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Bunnyboo1312 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Wrong! pro artist is super fantastic totaly the coolest thing i've seen for this sort of thing pro
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RobinRone Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Artist
Haha! Thank you, you're very kind. :)
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ElwenAldalinde Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Man, this is a gorgeous cover! I love the perspective, the lighting, the interplay of warm and cool colors, it's just awesome! I can't wait to find out what happens next!

A very healing sort of book I've been reading lately is C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity. I've been feeling restless, frustrated, and agitated by some of the modern Christian culture and some of the spit-take awful things some of America's churches are saying and doing and standing for. It makes me want to find the highest spot I can and shout to the world, "That's not it! All this crazy stuff isn't what Christianity is about!" I'm loving Mere Christianity because it breaks everything down to the bare-bones basics of what it actually looks like to live a Christian life. It is a very calm and quiet book that sets everything out on the table in a logical manner and never tells you you're stupid if you disagree with what it has to say. It's very grounding, like finding North on a compass or perfectly centering clay on a throwing wheel.
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