Legend’s first and so far only review comes from the person who helped it mature as a beta reader. Does this invalidate the review in any way? No, because I didn’t compensate her for her help or the review in any way. And she didn’t see the final copy until it was published.
I’m an animal lover who believes in do no harm to my fellow human being or any creature that I come in contact with, but I write stories that contain violence against man and beast. In this world where darkness and light are a part of life, it would be unrealistic and unbelievable if I didn’t. Even with this stance, I still have a moral dilemma that keeps rearing its head.
What if we could set the competition aside and use each other’s knowledge and experience to create a better place for everyone? Idealistic and naive, maybe. Still it’s something we all need to consider, especially in the divisive and uncertain climate we all seem to find ourselves in.