When we feel that we are not as good in our hearts is because we know better in our spirits, and the mind recognizes it but since spirit is beyond mind all it can say is that "I am not as good as...." (and fills the blank with whatever best the mind can come up with. Any artist worth his or her salt will realize that we are never as "good: as we see and feel ourselves inside! To this day the main aspect of my work is not satisfactory to me. However. others do like it and often say that I am hard on myself. But the truth is that what we create is always a step lower than what gives it life. So it is OK to feel as you do! In fact that is the natural condition of an artist!!!!!!
I can't believe I only found this book now (The Witching Hour) and it was written in the 90s! Lasher has got to be one of the most interesting characters ever. This whole book is gripping and amazing. Great scene, love how you did the infamous emerald, and Dierdre is so pretty! Great job!