And here's the little dragon that goes with the award...I'm naming him "Norbert."
http://www.flamingnet.com/bookreviews/newreviews/newbookreview.cfm?title=The Third Eye
Philip took the simple act of pouring water as a particle of narrative and demonstrated how it can be effectively used in a variety of ways to convey meaning in a text.
An enlightening talk! Now if I could only use it effectively in my writing....
This reminds me of a poem I'd studied in school:On His Blindness
By John Milton
When I consider how my light is spent constantly
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait."
The Third Eye
Published by the Dundurn Group
http://www.dundurn.com/Available October 2007
For Tara and her brother, Suraj, the year since their mother and grandfather fled the village of Morni in the middle of the night has been a nightmare. Their new stepmother is cruel and deceptive, and the village itself is lacking a healer. What’s more, men of the village have been disappearing, often returning in a strange, altered form.
When a new healer, Zarku, mysterious man with a third eye possessing strange power, suddenly appears in Morni, all are mesmerized by his magic-all except Tara, who sees through his evil disguise.
With nothing but her own courage and wit, Tara tries to find her missing mother and grandfather, the true healer, in time to save her village. But along the way she must enlist the help of the god Ganesh and the lord of death, Yama, or she, like others before her, will fall victim to Zarku’s third eye.