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2013-09-26 12.24.55

From Richard:

I’m surprised at my writing. Strangely enough, it all started when I had some casual work at a wool store, some thirty six years ago.
At that time I was reading a book called ‘Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance.’
I remember I had been given the task of opening about five hundred bales of wool in preparation for a wool sale. This involved the removal of three wool bale staples from each bale, opening a bale flap, folding it back and affixing the flap with one of the staples, the other two staples then deposited into a sack that hung round my waste. A monotonous, mind numbing job, right.
Wrong, the job gave my mind time to wonder/wander and I thought back to that book, the gist of which was logic e.g. if the head light on your motorcycle isn’t working you need to trace either backwards from the light i.e. is the bulb blown, no, are all the wires correctly joined yes, is the alternator functioning, yes, then, if the remaining wires are all affixed the problem lies in your ignition switch, alternatively, if you go the other way, you turn on the ignition and does your horn work, yes, the switch works, are all the wires attached yes, then does the alternator work yes, are all the wires affixed yes, then your bulb must be blown.

Anyway, this thought process strangely enough, stayed with me and I think on many things using this process, that is, to get from a to z you have to go through the rest of the alphabet.
So, characters and scenes must also have a logic, a way of marching to the conclusion.

Of course, all this may seem simple to all other humans out there, I only know my mind.
Does yours work the same way?

I wonder and yearn to know

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