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I’ve been doing a lot of investigating into gardening. Did you know you can make plumper roses with a mixture of bone meal and blood meal in aerated soil?

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I suppose an overt example would be Patrick Bateman from ‘American Psycho’. His body of knowledge being the clothing people wear, their haircuts, the restaurants they frequent, etc. I only recently discovered that Ellis actually made the clothes combinations in the book actually quite weird. Something that a reader whose savvy with the topic may notice but which is probably gonna go over the heads of most readers.

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I have a folder called "Random Characters Talking." If/ when a "character" starts "talking" I write down all the stuff they say. The next step is to find out the context and environment in which the character was talking—which often becomes part of the story.

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If one were to be candid, one might say that they initially thought the picture heading this post was of chicken nuggets. One might further add that this is a rather unfortunate insight into their own Kentucky scented body of knowledge.

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I often wonder if you can reverse engineer someone's lens by what they take at a buffet or a salad bar.

There is a friend, who I hung out with often when we were younger, who would always get three plates of food if at a buffet. He wasn't poor nor obese. The gluttony on someone else's dime used to get me worked up.

Probably said something about my lens

(Btw, I'm using that idea - Salad Bar Rorschach test)

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In what way is a child narrator different? Just a narrower view with less knowledge? More of their nature and less of what theyve studied?

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I must say, that opening describes dicks in such a beautiful way. It rivals the epic opening to A Tale of Two Cities. But with dicks.

And I haven't read Slaves of New York but I imagine prostitutes see the world differently. In terms of marks, johns, tricks. There was a scene from Monster where Aileen was looking around a diner or bowling alley and figuring out the fetishes of a few men around her. IDK if any of this relates to your point, Chuck.

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Do you ever do interviews with people who have specific work or educational backgrounds or from certain countries when you are creating a new character?

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Had a question for you, Chuck. This is a really simplistic explanation. If you had a story where a character states they have to do a certain amount of things, like finish three tasks, or find four items, is that a clock, since accomplishing/obtaining the final thing means the story will finish?

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My body longs for knowledge

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