Chains are the building blocks of crochet. Without them, nothing happens. No afghans, no scarves, no amigurumi (crocheted animals and other creatures). The chain is essential. It’s the foundation.
It’s a bad idea to run with scissors, but it’s more or less what a writer does whenever she edits her work. Oh, sure, she may have her red pens. Blood may spill across the page. What’s the intent of it? It surely isn’t to watch a river of red unfurl. (Okay, maybe it sometimes is. Editing can be viciously enjoyable.)
“Writing is an act of community. It is a letter, it is comforting, consoling, helping, advising on our part as well as asking for it on yours. It is part of our human association with each other. It is an expression of our love and concern for each other.” — Dorothy Day