"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
- Isaac Newton (1642-1727) in: Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1676
The giant in this case was Descartes. Later the same quote would be used to describe Newton himself by Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. Each generation builds on the work of the last.
Giants are not revered for their size, but because of their ability to see further.
I take a lot of praise for my work and because I am human I enjoy it. Because of who I am I also take it with a bit of surprise. Afterall I like to write stuff that I like, it amazes me that others might enjoy it too. But I understand that nothing I, or anyone else does, exists in a vacuum.
Ghosts of Albion would not exist at all had it not been obviously for the creative talents of Christopher Golden and Amber Benson. It is their world, they define it, shape it and tell us how the characters live in it. The rules for the game exist because of C.J. Carella. Not only did he write the Cinematic Unisystem game that Ghosts uses, it was his Classic Unisystem game WitchCraft that inspired me to want write for Eden in the first place. Will Ghosts sell better than WitchCraft? I have no idea. Will people like it more? I know some do, others feel WitchCraft is still the superior game and I will not fault them for that.
Even taking all that into consideration I had help of editors, playtesters and general advice.
My various Witch books are the same way. As are my academic and professional lives.
Standing on the shoulder of giants is not about reverence of people, but rather acknowledgement of their work, of their contributions and why that work has helped make our lives a bit better.
We stand on the shoulders of giants so that one day others may stand on ours.