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Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
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CAPTAIN TAGON: Hello, Mister Aliss. What can I do for you?
MISTER ALISS: Do? There is no do! There is only the trying!\
CAPTAIN TAGON: Hmmm... I thought it was "Do or do not. There is no try."
MISTER ALISS: But there is "try." The attempt! And trying is the failure of the attempt!
CAPTAIN TAGON: That... actually made sense.
When you say "trying" you mean "trying your patience?"
MISTER ALISS: Yes! The patience! Only not for the waiting. The trying is of the tolerating.
CAPTAIN TAGON: So... you're upset by my crash-landing on Deck 16.
MISTER ALISS: Yes. Upset. As the tables and chairs were upset. And the diners! Much was upset. And that was very trying.
CAPTAIN TAGON: You know, I had the weirdest dream. While I was under.
MISTER ALISS: This pertains? With concomitance?
CAPTAIN TAGON: The dream reminded me that I've heard your funny accent before.
CAPTAIN TAGON: There's a caste of human diplomats on Celeschul. Raised among the schuul natives, they grow up underwater speaking Galstandard Peroxide.
CAPTAIN TAGON: When they get around to talking proper, air-breathing, Galstandard West they sound pretty much like you do.
They call themselves "Aqueousci," but we called 'em Diplobrats.
CAPTAIN TAGON: So, what's a schuul-sympathizing, son-of-a-diplomat doing this far out of water? Or are you in water over your head?
MISTER ALISS: Oh trying... Now there is only done and undone.
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