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"It’s a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it’s equally assumed you’re lying your head off."

— Margaret Atwood

I hesitate to write parents who are abusive or absent because I worry that people will think that its based upon my own parents, when in fact the opposite is true. My parents are amazing. I don't mind much if readers decide that all the characters are me or Jesus in Purgatory,* but I worry when it comes to deciding they are based on other people.


*And another thing, why is Jesus even in Purgatory? If He can't get right into heaven, there's no hope for me, is there? I mean, His dad freakin' owns the place!
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This is the story I wrote for ontd_creepy:

Almost every neighborhood has a hoarder. They may have trash in their house, piled high, or, in a much sadder case, they may hoard animals. We call these people crazy cat ladies, and are generally horrible to them.

Before I was married the first time, I lived in a town with the worst animal hoarder I had ever heard about. This woman was extremely elderly, and she had not aged well. You could see every bone in her hands and the skin was peeled so tightly on her face (and almost all you could see of her was her hands and her face). I was cashier at a Wal-Mart during this time, and she would come in periodically. She was not a pleasant woman, she would snap at us with strange orders to pack only certain things together, and the orders changed each time.

I Was Born A Ramblin' Man )
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My dad was forced to get a new phone number (this isn't as good a story as it sounds) recently. And there was the typical wrong numbers that come with that. I swear our whole family gets more wrong number then is normal. He would get calls for John*. Apparently John was kind of a jerk, and my dad gets angry calls/texts occasionally from John's exes. Turns out it was a John Tucker Must Die kinda situation, where all these women found out John was dating the lot of them. John quickly changed phone numbers, leaving my poor happily married dad with all these women demanding to know why John cheated on them. Luckily, my dad's name is not John.

*I considered changing his name, as I will with most people I eventually talk about, but I figured it's common enough, and I don't actually know the guy, so meh.

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