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Was literally explaining this concept to my daughter while watching Pet Cemetery (1991) when Gabe Runs into the street the first time and is saved by the neighbor. The clock is set for Gabe in that moment.

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I still come back to the Building a Clock course from litreactor. Always good to keep in mind.

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This is so brilliant. Thank you

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They could have used an avocado instead of lettuce. But as someone pointed out, she lasted 4.1 Scaramuccis.

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Ever since learning about the concept of clocks, I've been trying to spot it in films and TV shows. Would you consider it to be a clock when, in the House of the Dragon, the audience knows that the king's eventual death will serve as a powerful turning point for the plot?

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Makes ya proud ta be Bri’ish, innit.

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in Watchmen, the clock is a clock. Doomsday clock, but still a clock.

if any writer struggles finding a clock, is he a clock sucker? 😅

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Lettuce not forget this.

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So you're saying the countdown to the lettuce wilting is a clock? I'm just seeing if I understand.

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Love this. Def gonna add a “clock” to my latest, Acid Christmas. Thanks!

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The lettuce winning was the most Liz Truss thing ever. I see Britain as a funhouse mirror of the US (the Tory Party is the only party, etc) and I love the fact that they can jettison people who aren't popular enough. Mob rule, but with scones! Narrative tension is always enhanced by a countdown or a race, I find (though most bomb experts take issue with the big LED clock strapped to the standard bomb.)

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I'm not able to comment on the new Gloves Off post. The newest one for Pity Tip. Hopefully you get the notification. Did you write the right roman numeral? It says Round XV. Shouldn't it be XXV? Such a great story.

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Take how dumbfounded you all were that the lettuce had won and multiply it by a thousand.

That's how dumbfounded we on this side of the pond would've been if the lettuce had lost.

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I think I learned this lesson on my own a few years ago after watching Jaws for the umpteenth time.

When the shark crashes into the boat and it starts taking in water, starts sinking, all of a sudden that's a clock where we never thought there'd be one. Then when it's nearly all sunk and Brody is trying to shoot the oxygen tank, he's almost out of time and in the water. It was a pretty natural clock too, very organic to the story. Always nice when there's a clock and it's not literally a clock or a timer, in this case a movie location, their set, that transforms into an unexpected plot device.

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