Wasn't nearly as epiphanic as last year's [friends-locked], but then, I've been pretty centered over the last 12 months -- a lot of my friends had really horrible 2008s, and in many ways I've been in the eye of the storm. Not a lot to talk to gods about when you're largely where you want to be. Also, I've recently been working through some epiphanies that are orthogonal to $deity. (That post is in progress and I simply need more writing time. :-()
* One large difference between gods and dragons is that, by and large, dragons don't have to deal with ordinary people.
* For a wanderer, telling stories is an act of community service. People settled in the community are the ones who best build it; wanderers are the ones who turn people's thoughts outward, generating hope and exploration and expansion.
When there are a lot of thoughts crowding my brain, I tend to lapse into a sort of shorthand where I get out all the important bits but not a lot of the context. I'm trying to work on that. I hope you guys will let me know if this turns oblique enough that reading it is neither entertaining nor educational.