Heh, sorry if it's here, it is still somewhat writer related. Sometime ago, I never realized that the mute person I had been looking for was right under my nose. I just relaized it through a sudden YM chat on the internet when a friend suddenly popped a question out of the blue. That being said isn't a complete blessing, because even if I do find a mute, that's only half the struggle I have in creating my character. After my interview (and believe me I had more problems pondering what questions to ask rather than understanding my friend), I begin to wonder, are mutes (or most handicapped for that matter)more concerned about simply 'fitting in' rather than the fear of shrinking away or social oppression? or could it be both? I'm redesigning my character now after her likeness but even so my character and my friend may have different circumstances and situations so I'm always left to wonder, not just about my story but my own life and her's. How about you guys? Had you had a chat with the handicapped? Did you found it inspiring/admirable or were you pitiful and awkwardly scared to even talk to them? Either way I'm not gonna blame you, feel free to be honest.