Just re-uploaded the Echo 4 manuscript so I could add a second author’s note. Should be added in a day or two. Here it is:
*Second Author’s Note (added 12/9/2018): I’ve thrown in a few exchanges where certain characters display aversion or attraction to the idea of homosexuality or transgender people. These dialogues are meant to be thematic tools in which I emphasize a dualistic viewpoint in relation to a nondualistic viewpoint, depending on the character and how that character perceives reality. None of these scenes are meant to be a statement for—or against—homosexual or transgender people. I have met many awesome and badass homosexuals, and a few that I did not care for. I haven’t met any transgender folks, but I imagine they break down like any other demographic: the majority are great, and a few not so much.
I’m kind of exasperated that I have to state this outright, but I understand we’re living in a turbulent time, and that disclaimers and redundance are often necessary in a time of turbulence. So apologies in advance if you find any of the dialogue offensive. It was not my intention to condemn or champion a specific demographic, simply to use the idea of sexuality to underscore the themes I’ve woven into this story.