The bravery in the title however does not refer to the proximity of the sharp, fast-moving ax-head and his feet, but in the confidence in his work.
As a novice carver, I take only the tiniest chunks and scrapings from my work, terrified not that I will lose an appendage, but that I will make a irreversible error and remove a piece I need. Training has given Mudana confidence.
But, as a writer, I can be brave and type stuff I'm not sure works. Typed errors are far less likely to remove a finger and are far easier to repair.
Time to be brave and pound out some words, and 50,000 more in November.