She approached me as if I was the good Lord himself and said Tell me the best ways to build my platform. I sighed inwardly, having heard that honest plea too many times now. I caught her eyes and answered Its a hard business being alive. Find someone or something to love and love the hell out of him or her or it. This will nail down your failure, giving you something solid to say to us. I went away grieved for she was young and lovely, and now disappointed.