February 6th, 2009

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Foster care, repressed memories, delusions

I'm writing a story in which a young woman is made aware that she is repressing memories from childhood. She needs to seek out her mother for answers. Her mother is delusional.

Setting: Present day, USA. If a specific state matters (I didn't realize it would), then Kentucky I suppose.

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Thanks in advance!
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A British man's office in WWII Hungary

Haven't Googled too much as I don't know what to look for! (And things I've found, like embroidery, seem generic.)

Situation: it's April 1944, so about 2-3 weeks after the Nazi invasion of Hungary. A British man has been working in a British-run school in Budapest for over a decade. The novel's opening scene takes place in his office; the other character is his Hungarian servant (female), who has burst in to tell him that the Nazis are at the door of the school.

I would like some way to show, through the way the room is decorated, that we're in Hungary. This could be as small as a few items sitting on bookshelves or the desk. As the British man is very interested in Hungarian culture, and has done a bit of traveling in-country, he could easily have 'peasant' items that would be dismissed by locals as not worth displaying.

Depending on what POV I tell the scene from, I can probably have the servant remarking on his Hungarian (i.e. he's clearly agitated as he's mispronouncing words), but I'd love some visual clues. Could even be a tray with his lunch on it, come to think of it.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Long-term, irreparable damage to the leg requiring a cane?

I'm working on a character (male, early thirties) who had to have suffered some sort of accident or disease -- preferably an accident, but a disease will be suitable if nothing else fits the bill -- during his mid-childhood that caused him permanent and irreversible damage to the right leg. I searched around Google ("Irreversible damage to leg", "cane use irreversible"), but the only things that were remotely helpful were medical journals.

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