There are so many people to thank, particularly the innumerable people who sent me minor corrections here and there, as well as those who carefully edited entire chapters or sections, and the countless others who sent words of encouragement throughout the process: Paul, John, Sheldon, Darryl, Brad, Robert, and Kelly, in particular.

The most rewarding part of sharing this work has been the friends made in the world of inscrutable spirits: the internet. Thanks to you all.

Special thanks go to Terry T., who helped me establish a presence on the web and has always encouraged me to be more public with my writing, to Mary B., who has been a friendly ear and eager reader for so long, and to Cody, who showed me what I was missing.