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Tom Wright distills his worldly knowledge in a book to his daughter, Tara Dactyl.

He references avoiding toxic people, the evil of white privilege, dating, manipulation, and cell phone etiquette.

Published: Moonlight Crew Publishing on
ISBN: 9781502203625
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Quick note:

If you paid for this book, you’ve been overcharged. This book is free, so if you purchased it, ask for an immediate refund. Then e-mail me at tomwright@moonlightcrew.com and I'll send you a free copy. Also, I wrote this as an e-book, so if you’re reading a print version, well, that’s kind of cool that someone printed this out.

I’m writing this book for my daughter, Tara Dactyl. But, in the interest of wanting people to know how I wish they’d comport themselves, I’ll put it up through the major distribution channels. I want people to read this and behave accordingly, thus it’s free of cost, so there’s no barrier to entry.


Hi little Tara Dactyl. You’re not even here yet, and I already love you. I couldn’t be more excited about being your dad. We’re going to do so many fun things. Maybe you’ll share in my top three hobbies: Board games, reading sci-fi and fantasy, and playing Ultimate. Maybe you won’t. Either way, we’re going to hang out a ton. It’s going to be awesome.

Which is why I’m doing this whole parenthood thing in the first place. You’re an investment, little Tara Dactyl. When people hear that, they ask if I mean that you’ll take care of me in my later years. Nope. I mean, I’m investing the years it will take to raise you, hoping that the return on my investment is that we can spend a bunch of time together.

Anyway, this book doesn’t really have a cohesive plot. It’s not a plot-driven book. Maybe it’s a reference. I don’t know. What I’m doing here is this: Distilling all of my worldly wisdom in a book for you. Lots of it is stuff I wished I’d learned sooner, instead of taking decades to understand. With luck, maybe you’ll get it a lot faster than I ever did.

This book is a living document, of sorts. As I think of more things, I’ll update the book. So it might get longer, it might get shorter. We’ll see.

How presumptuous of me to write a book of things you need to learn. Every 5 years, I look back and think of how stupid I was 5 years ago. Will I look back and think all of this is rubbish in 5 years? A lot of people will disagree with a lot of stuff in here, so they’ll think I’m presumptuous. Or pretentious.

But I’m writing this book for you, Tara Dactyl. And since I’m your father, you have to listen to me. It’s the law.

Start now

Through college, I met a lot of people who did amazing things. My roommate knew how to code websites from scratch (using PHP, not just HTML). Another roommate wrote a book and was editing it. I kept looking back, thinking if I only started something like they had three years ago, I’d already be finished.

Or I’d think, it’s 2007. If I’d started in 2006, I’d be a year along already. I finally got into a job that wasn’t really for me, but I couldn’t see a way out. Remembering all the times I’d wished I’d started a project earlier so it would be finished now, I started writing a book. Three years passed and I finished it. But those three years would have passed without me starting the book, too.

So start. Eventually those three years will pass and you’ll be finished with your project, be it learning to code, writing a novel, or restoring a car. Or