This book was fifty years in the making. Over this extremely long stretch of time many people have had a hand in shaping it; starting with my creative writing mentor, Ms. Maren Elwood, whose book, Characters Make Your Story, is still available some sixty-five years after its first printing. The many others who contributed their time and energy to get this work finally published are far too numerous to mention by name; however, to all of you I offer my sincere thanks. May Kwan Yin shower her blessings upon you and may Kwan Koong watch over you.
Dorothy Hom, 2014