Here’s Midnight’s Mix Tape. It includes a song by Amanda Palmer, whose music, along with John Allison’s character Dark Esther, and a Evanescence-loving, scrappy front of house manager at work, all converged in my life at the same time, and seeped into the waitress character I had in the early drafts of Cats in the Kitchen, turning her from a bubbly, annoying airhead to the wisecracking, short-tempered introvert we know and love today.