On the whole that is a motto I take rather seriously. But I take this novel rather seriously as well, and I value you, my readers and commentators, very, very much. So I wanted to promise you that I have no intention of leaving this tale hanging. Sometimes real life interferes, usually because I am making a mess of things, usually because my heart outshouts my brain. And sometimes I falter because I fail at being as honest and truthful as I want this telling to be – as I NEED it to be – or because the tale has arrived at a particularely painful point.
I may falter. But if there is any virtue that I call mine, it is that I go on, to the end. I have done so in the past, and by God, I mean to do so now.