what about richard knight? or will he be returning soon enough that too much info would be spoilers.
Richard Knight is a big teenage street thug, with a big teenage street thug's mindset. He thinks the purpose of life is the acquisition of money, narcotics and sex, he thinks drug dealing and pimping are the single most lucrative careers in the world, and he has never had any sort of honest religious or spiritual moment in his entire life. The current plotline (in case you hadn't figured it out) is based around a bullshit story he concocted for the cops on the spur of the moment. He generally doesn't make plans that involve living past 25. He is, in short, a stereotype, and isn't self-aware enough to be aware of this fact.
And I'm not giving you any more info than that because, yes, Richard is currently scheduled to be a fairly major influence in Jamie's life.
also you said before that each room is colorcoded. are the selected colors symbolic at all?
Not too much. It's mostly so that you can tell at a glance where people are (and, more importantly, so I can tell - I have a lot to keep track of!). I did intentionally make Ellen's room red colours and Jamie's blue colours, because those are their theme colours (in case you hadn't noticed). Max's apartment has the same carpet and floorplan as Ellen and Jamie's, because they're in the same building.
what do ellen's sisters do?
I'm interested in the fact that you asked what they do before you asked any other questions, like their names.
Ellen's older sister, Susan, went to art school and picked up a degree in English, but then married a fairly well-off real estate agent, and is currently a stay-at-home mom of three with a half-written novel she hasn't touched in about two years.
Ellen's younger sister, Mary, was motivated by her mother's cancer, and went to med school. She burned out and dropped out after two years, and is currently a gas station attendant who suffers from well-hidden intermittent bouts of depression.
what was ellen majoring in before she dropped out?
Comp Sci. After her messy breakup and drop out, she discovered that, in the computer field, actual experience and technical certifications tend to count for more than a standard four-year college degree. She picked up her A+ and a few Windows-related certs before Lily offered her a position at Overdrive. Lily pays for Ellen's continued education and certification, to help her stay current. At this point in her career, Ellen considers college to have been a waste of her time, and wishes she'd dropped out sooner.