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gg: Right. Are you always taking
mental notes, as you go through your
jb: Not as much as I probably
should, because I find myself
desperately trying to dredge up
a memory that I thought would
have been a good idea. And I don't
always write them down, but I do
always keep a sketchbook around,
I usually have one in my bag or my
pocket and try to write down ideas.
But a lot of the times, they really
do write themselves and it's more
exciting that way, to not have an
idea of, "Oh, wait, I should make
sure that this small detail comes
out in one of my stories in the
Instead, I know that I've seen these
things, so I must be taking some
sort of unconscious mental notes of
them in order to remember them.
It's more like when I'm writing
the story than I'm almost trying to
remember how it happened, even
though it didn't necessarily happen
to me. I'm trying to write down the
story as if it were a memory, even
if it didn't really happen in any
specific order. I may or may not
have ever experienced that sort of
gg: You've got to be extrapolating
from memory but changing the
context or changing the situation.
jb: Yeah, because these are all
things that I've either witnessed or
thought about it, or obsessed over.
When they come out, it's usually
surprising, and hopefully it will
work [Groth laughs], I hope that
they fit into the story.
gg: This is how things would
unfold if you actually sat on a park
bench and watched pigeons for 20
jb: Yeah, exactly, which never really
happened. I saw the chicken bone
being feasted on by a couple of
pigeons a couple of years ago and
that was just the seed for a story,
but a lot of the stuff in that story,
just sort of came out of that story
as I was writing it, which worked
gg: It seems like a great way to work,
really. It gives you free play. I'm
always leery of people who create
vast blueprints, and then follow
them assiduously [Bennett laughs],
rather than letting the story itself
create more opportunities.
jb: It's very limiting of course, and
I really want to get away from it,
at least for a little while, and try to
bring two things together at once,
so I have another style of working,
at least. Because I really don't like
being tied down to that and making
the same sort of stories.
gg: I look forward to a story from
you with two people in it.
jb: Yeah. [Laughs.] It'll happen, I
think. I don't know if it will be any
good, but it will happen.
gg: A cast of two, or a cast of three.
jb: I think I'll make that jump,
hopefully for the next story, I don't
know, I haven't even gotten started
on it yet.
gg: We could put that in the press
jb: Yeah. [Laughs.] So we'll see,
we'll see. I'm working on it. I just
feel like I've hardly been doing this
at all, even though I've been doing
it for a few years now.
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