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A Red King dreaming universal realities, he has always been blessed with superior creative, analytical and physical abilities, singing voice, and love; but, so far, he also has been equally cursed - a magnet for lesser parasitical entities with hidden agendas, contacts/capital, and petty schemes, a life replete with accidents/ills and arbitrary barriers. So, like Alice with the Red Queen, "it (took) all the running (he) could do just to stay in the same place." Happily, as the curse's inertia lifts and dissipates, the undying blessing is increasingly liberated to move omni-directionally, exponentially out to limitless horizons... but as his body ages, the products of this emerging freedom become harder to capitalize, to realize and market. Now, not unlike Alice, he finds himself in a looking-glass land of dueling illusions and circuitous logic trying to convince those living in the Red King's dream that he is "real." -- W.P.