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  • My best friend tells me I am the most WYSIWYG person she's ever met.

    WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get

    She has been my best friend for almost 40 years now, and yet she doesn't know me.

    Take this photo, for example. What you see is a tree. And maybe what you get is a tree -- that's up to you, of course. You know yourself best.

    What I get is
    -- an ancient being with multiple eyes and deep knowledge to impart
    -- an alien being that's a breeding ground for emeralds
    -- a tree that changes color depending on its emotion

    And that's just for starters.

    In my head, I'm a pirate. A spy. A powerful courtesan. I am deaf. I am blind. I have supernatural powers. I'm part robot, part aching human. I'm a rock star singing under bright lights onstage. A fierce mountain lion. A brilliant detective. I have a singing voice so beautiful that people weep. I am Chinese. I am Indian. I am Neanderthal. I am a red-tailed hawk flying on thermals and searching for mice.

    I am everything ...

    ... except WYSIWYG.
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