Don't fret, I was being a drama queen as usual. Although it is true I've received as much criticism as I have applause since this piece and even lost a few "friends." I've even been blocked for having published it...here!

Illumination has a bad rep among so many and this has been the case for such a long time. It's a long, boring story having to do with bending the rules and the jealousy of others because of Mehmet's success, etc. But it's also become a matter of perception and, you know, perception is a "thing"!!! Especially on social media.

At first, you were a key element, for example and now--no offense--you've been forgotten in this matter. Poof. People would have to dig deep to find any trace of you. But Mehmet, his habits, his process, how he treats people, his standards, etc., are still being discussed.

You don't have to keep your head down. You've nothing to be embarrassed about. You did nothing wrong. And there are only a few bad actors--like Jonathan Greene (someone with whom you'd normally have no dealings anyway)--who would even have you in their sights any longer, and only because of your association with Illumination and their paranoid fixations. Breathe, relax, and go on about your business which, as I see it, should be quite decent around here. And good luck with it.

As far as the current editors here... Seems they are keeping their heads down now as well.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.