People appeared to like the low key detail. I'm pleased as that is what I was aiming for. I've worked the dishwasher job (to this day I hate lasagne dishes). I'm prone to looking and enforcing random patterns on things, but as an entertaining diversion rather than compulsion.
I don't do dialog that well, so having a character who didn't speak much suited me.
Someone couldn't understand why Jules is attracted to Danny. She's new to the restaurant and doesn't necessarily have preconceptions learned of how the others treat Danny. She is also a good person. They exist. And Danny is cute-but-shy which can be attractive. This was one of those 70/30 things. Only a small proportion of how I saw the characters made it in.
I've never seen Groundhog Day, not read Curious Incident but it does reinforce my opinion that innovative thought is not my strong point.
The ending. I like that it didn't sit comfortably with some people. It was quite tricky to write. I had two possibilities in mind. One is that Danny is crazy/dreaming and the world is in his head. I didn't like to write this one down as it is too close to 'and it was all a dream', which I am allergic to due to overindulgence as a teenager. The other is that Danny really does make the world. This was appealling as I'm a bit Michael Marshall Smith fan and one of his trademarks is putting the ordinary side-by-side with the unheimlich (for want of a better word). I wasn't happy with anything I wrote that made that explicit though. I would love to say it was a conscious decision to invoke Barthes' concept of death of the author and deliberately leave the space for the reader to 'write' the story. What actually happened was the rain cleared and we went to the pub for beer and fried bread snack.
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