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Writers are endlessly hectored with the Chekhovian maxim to load up their stories with vivid visual elements and gestural cues that are supposed to be "universal", automatically invoking in a reader's mind what is being seen or a character thinking/feeling. A few quick points:

1) From another character's POV: "<Character> furrowed her brow for some reason. She blushed and sat back, clenching her fists, gritting her teeth..."

Yes, the author actually put in "for some reason", perfectly stating my reaction. A reader might be left wondering what this daisy-chain of visual cliches is meant to convey; that they might later be associated (through dialogue or action) with internal states seems irrelevant, because the reader has already popped out of the narrative.

2) Who ever said that visuals are universal? Gestures, expressions, and reactions are in fact not universal across cultures. Assuming as much could create misunderstanding or offense, requiring a story to be retooled for different markets.

3) Not that there are all that many "readers" blind from birth, but with the advent of audiobooks, listening to the above passage conveys zero meaning, a storytelling failure. Considering the world's 40-odd million profoundly blind "readers", and another 240+ million with low vision, might not overreliance on visual elements and cliches prove problematic, even discriminatory?

4) Even readers with pale complexions might be at a loss understanding what the author is implying by the character's blush; these days, darker-complected readers might end up abruptly changing their understanding of or even sympathy with a character.
The Craft of Writing / Re: Call Yourself A Writer?
« Last post by Michael Sussman on December 01, 2018, 09:46 AM »
Personally, I'd steer clear of the topic, since it sounds unlikely that your family will ever provide any validation on this issue. Either that, or say it with pride, and pay no attention to their response.
The Craft of Writing / Call Yourself A Writer?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on December 01, 2018, 08:27 AM »
I'm back again with something that is consistently discussed between us, but first a little bio:
My writing has been regarded for as long as I can remember as "something Fiona likes to do", but that's about it. My family actually think that my passion is immature, despite never having read it. Often my mother has merely said "I know you take it seriously, but it is only for children. Can't you consider writing something, well a little more grown-up, like the adult you are meant to be?"

Anyway, my stepdad is 80 in a few days time and his children are due for a visit, as well as relatives on mother's side. One of them is a journalist, "a real writer". I'm unemployed & despite spending a number of hours a week doing what I love, it's dismissed.

So my question: Would you call yourself a writer in front of family?
Kidlit Good News / Re: GRIMORICON: Pathway to Terah arrives!!
« Last post by Pons on November 30, 2018, 09:06 PM »
Congratulations and Best of Luck! :star2
Research / Re: Small infraction
« Last post by JFriday on November 30, 2018, 06:49 AM »
I'm on a community Youth Aid Panel which works with kids to keep them from getting a record. I see youth (14 to 17) with minor arrests which would keep them out of some schools, jobs, etc. if they went through the courts. The community has to have a YAP and the arresting officer and victim have to agree to put the youth through this program instead of through the court system.  If they complete the program, they have no record.

These are some things we've had which would be considered minor but still give them a record:

1. Smashing mailboxes or other minor destruction of property
2. Graffitti
3. Attending a party where there is underage drinking marijuana/ or being arrested for underage drinking/marijuana (not if a car is involved, though). Pennsylvania is a guilt-by-association state, so just attending a party where there are drugs or underage drinking is an offense. Most kids don't even know that.
4. Petty theft (like make-up from a drugstore or something from a neighbor's garage or yard)
5. Trespassing

That's off the top of my head. If you need more, let me know.
Research / Re: Small infraction
« Last post by Vijaya on November 30, 2018, 06:32 AM »
Golly, I know something about small infarctions :grin3  They're called misdemeanors. Ex. Writing defacing public property. See, I was a writer long before I knew it.
Research / Small infraction
« Last post by hairaplenty on November 30, 2018, 05:19 AM »
What would be a small infraction that a teen boy might make/get that may go on his record and may mar an otherwise good reputation but not send him to the pokey?    :innocent
Magazines & Ezines / Re: School Magazine of Australia
« Last post by Ev on November 30, 2018, 04:54 AM »
Hugs to you, Gbug.  :hug
Kidlit Good News / Re: GRIMORICON: Pathway to Terah arrives!!
« Last post by Vijaya on November 29, 2018, 07:51 PM »
Kidlit Good News / GRIMORICON: Pathway to Terah arrives!!
« Last post by bryan-suever on November 29, 2018, 04:36 PM »
I'm so happy to announce that my first self published book is complete and available for everyone to enjoy. I've been working on this one for a year now and am so happy to share it with the world.

Currently in the process of finishing up book two in the series. Can't wait to get the whole series out there.

Thought i'd share the blurb with everyone:

A mysterious book leads to an adventure of a lifetime...

Twelve-year-old Ethan knows it all, and if it doesn’t involve fantasy or video games, he isn’t interested. On a trip to an antique store with his father, Ethan comes across the mysterious book, Grimoricon. Unaware of the secrets this book holds, Ethan soon finds himself in the unfamiliar world of Terah, a world that brings to life all the wondrous and terrifying things from Ethan’s fantasy books.

Aided by a teenage huntress named Nera and her bear companion, Ethan must travel through this unfamiliar world of magic, danger, and intrigue all in an attempt to find his way back home.

However, dark forces have learned of Ethan’s arrival and are seeking to capture him before he can find the doorway between worlds. It will take all of Ethan’s courage and the help of his friends to overcome this enemy and open the doorway.
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