It couldn't get any more fucked up, could it?
Somehow I've come out stronger and wiser. The casualties are high but without regret.
Hopefully the next regret won't be your author, but that remains to be seen. Allowances made can lead to pitfalls. Time will tell.
It might be time to grasp onto a ledge before that fall inevitably occurs. Shrapnel is swallowed whole while casualties graze past.