Looking for a little word choice help- suggestions appreciated, thanks! How would you interpret the word mortal-ly, as opposed to mortally? Or would the hyphen just seem distracting to you? Would it make sense to you as an adverb form of mortal as in "subject to death" (also like the "very intense' definition, though not referring to mortal combat or fear)? With or without some addition of word to clarify that meaning? I don't usually feel this picky over a word, but its kind of critical to the theme, contrasting the subtle beauty of human mortality and risk-taking with an endless, yet life-less security- I'm trying to describe hands, human ones, in the particular instance, but I think I'm going to run into the same problem elsewhere in the same story. "She had come with a human to this place- a human whose hands were supple and altogether gentle, if not particularly soft- [hands] mortally real, she described them to herself as the machine-nurse's mechanical ones plucked at her strings." (I'd think "really mortal" would work- except that really has the same distancing from real, as mortally does from mortal. Coughing in the dust of English vocabulary's speedy evolution). Context is A Tune Through Time, if you care to read any of it on here: http://www.writingforums.org/threads/a-tune-through-time.138502/#post-1341804 Wow, if you read all this and bothered to respond for just one (albeit critical) word... Thank you!!