@mrpersoncat is the one you want.
EDIT: I'll still be poking on here to read journals from non-twitterers, so it's not like I'm gonna abandon it completely. "Migrated" was probably the wrong word, then <:)
Why? Well, no one can deny that thanks to MST3K, the film is certainly well-known to cinema buffs, if only as an example of just how hard it is to make a film when you don't know what you're doing, and as the restorer states, even a film as bad as Manos deserves to be seen in the best presentation format available.
As an aside, I recently saw Star Wars in HD on my mother-in-law's big screen LED set. Does HD make everything look like it was filmed like an old Doctor Who episode?
As you recall from one of our previous discussions, the Ai-Naidar commonly eat family style. So, say you are sitting across from one of them. You use the serving spoon to get some for yourself, and then–
–what do you do? You put the spoon back. Right? Except how?
For them, if you put the spoon back with the handle facing them, it’s an expression of connection, warmth, welcome.
If you put the spoon back with the handle facing yourself, it’s rejection, or pushing them away, or telling them they aren’t welcome (to continue eating/talking with you/etc).
If you put the spoon in the middle somewhere, this is neutral.
So I have observed meals where the Ai-Naidar are having conversations, and having these little subtext conversations with the tools they’re eating with. Not just between the parties speaking, but people responding to someone who’s talking to someone else by replacing the spoon in a way that suggests ‘stop that behavior’ or ‘you’re making yourself unwelcome.’
And this has a word: nep kivelu, “spoon speak.”
Spoons aren’t the only thing you can spoon-speak with. You can do it with plates and bowls and napkins too. Pouring for people is another thing you can do to spoon-speak. A good family, a good group of people, is constantly moving the utensils and serving dishes and cups so that they take turns or are benefiting others is one that has good harmony.
The language becomes different if you’re doing it with relative strangers or acquaintances, at which point the way you arrange the spoons has more to do about courtesies and hopes for establishing a rapport (or denying one, or slowing one down).
This gives me a bunch of other words:
yolikulidar - “bowl people,” literally someone you are comfortable enough with to share bowls with.
nep raina – “spoon courtesies” (more or less). The warm fuzzies you’re given by someone who treated you well with spoon-speak.
yat jurevu – “knife rejection”. Being spurned in a very unmistakable way by someone’s table speech. (This is the harshest table-speech rejection you can get. Some people might tease: “Are you sure it wasn’t a spoon rejection” in response, for instance.)
Yat, by the by, is a knife for common daily use, at the table, etc. It’s not a work knife or a ritual knife.
All this is out in the open, of course. As usual, they codify things we might not bother with.
So what about you? Do you notice yourself doing a human version of spoon speak with people? What are the rules? :)
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- Tue, 16:36: *processes orders*
- Tue, 17:07: Little Buddy, Peaches and Cream, and other Club Stripes titles back in stock at Rabbit Valley� Comics - http://t.co/Z9la80UhZE
- Tue, 17:49: Been a pretty awesome day! Holiday Shopping for my bunny mostly done!
- Tue, 18:32: Orders out!
- Tue, 20:32: Short by six envelopes... Seven...
- Wed, 00:21: I do so enjoy seeing my bunny happy. Makes all the hard work worth it.
- Wed, 07:44: *hops into Wednesday* Or was that a leap?
- Wed, 09:21: Busy morning so far...
- Wed, 09:47: First round of Rabbit Valley Orders out the door! http://t.co/kWEQ8HayHA
- Wed, 09:59: Looks like it rained overnight.
- Tue, 12:12: RT @Frezarion: Photo: cutlerish: This is, by far, the best of this type of joke that exists. http://t.co/hFjUBemkd7
- Tue, 12:13: *faxes @Inkblitzer some insurance*
- Tue, 12:15: I get paid a lump sum every time you steal my hat. *nods* //RT @Inkblitzer: I think @the_gneech is trying to sell me hat insurance.
- Tue, 12:16: Cha-CHING baby! // RT @Inkblitzer: *eyeshifts left, eyeshifts right, steals @the_gneech's hat* *jauntily worn*
- Tue, 12:25: Time to Lay "The Selfish Gene" to Rest: http://t.co/h18MwrbDcM
- Tue, 12:31: RT @feministallies: White Hot Rage http://t.co/NBGvhiL9sB
- Tue, 12:40: #TMITuesday: I have hair.
- Tue, 13:22: Followup Thought on Comics and Stuff Generally http://t.co/5tSii2ZYYL
- Tue, 13:22: RT @thegizwiz: Suppose Amazon delivers by drone. If u BUY a drone, do they send a drone carrying a drone? Or 1 with a note "This is the 1 u…
- Tue, 13:30: Hey, old germ of an idea I never did anything with? C'mon, we're headed over to Google docs for some brainstorming.
Back in 2006, when SJ was coming to a close and I was looking at the whole writing thing, I invested in a copy of Dramatica Pro, a piece of software that hails itself as “the ultimate creative writing partner.” I banged around with it some then, with mixed results… and by “mixed” I mean “not very much in the way of useful.” I did write a lot of stuff– 1200 words detailing the childhood of a character who ended up being cut from the book for instance. Oops. But I didn’t get much actual story from it all, among other things because I kept getting hung up on all the jargon the program was throwing at me.
The software, you see, is based on the “dramatica theory” of storytelling, which is a slippery hodgepodge of narrative structure and pop psychology meant to appeal to the kind of writers who think The Hero of 1,000 Faces is the One True Book of Writing.  So to get the most use out of the software, you have to A) understand, and B) buy into the whole dramatica model, which treats characters as “types” and lays out all stories as an interplay of relationships between those types (and gives you the prescribed “right answer” for said relationships). It’s all very abstract, which it would kinda have to be as a unified field theory of plot, and at the same time comes off as a straitjacket. “If your protagonist is a Perceptive type, then the opposing concept is Fate.” That kind of thing.
As far as the actual plotting of the story goes, it seems to mostly be a modified snowflake method, starting with a one-sentence tag line, expanding to a one paragraph synopsis, and so on. However, I never actually got that far using Dramatica Pro because I always got bogged down in the character section, trying to shoehorn one character into the “Impact Character” role, another into the “Guardian” role, etc. Instead of just a relatively simple list of who the characters are and what they’re about, mapping the characters to the various types is supposed to show how they relate to each other later, guiding the story structure and blah blah blaaaahhh forget it.
So for now at least, I’m sticking with the snowflake method. It worked pretty well for my NaNoWriMo novel, I just need to get better at thinking in terms of more “novel-length” stories.
 For the record, The Hero of 1,000 Faces is a great book and has a lot of useful insight. But it’s a scholarly study of world mythology, you’re not supposed to use it as a paint-by-numbers formula for screenplays, everyone in Hollywood. ¬.¬
Several of you have asked, and yes! I would be delighted to receive cards. The jaguar and family can be reached via Studio MCAH’s business address:
4522 West Village Dr.
Tampa, FL 33624
My old PMB address is no longer functional (though it’s forwarding to the new one until the end of the year). Those of you with my personal address, that remains the same.
I must say here that even if I get not a single card I will be full of the squee, because somefolks made me a Wikipedia page and if that isn’t a fantastic Christmas gift, I don’t know what is. *pets it happily* *beams*
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“He says he’s not dead. I believe him. If he were dead he’d be in a much better mood. I’ve never heard him so annoyed.”
“What, do you have a telephone inside your head?”
“A language spell. We can write words in each others’ minds.”
“That must be wonderful, being able to talk to your true love whenever you want.”
“True love? My best friend, maybe.”
“But you’re going to marry him, you said?”
“I don’t know yet!” So then I had to explain how mating flights work, which took another three plates of breakfast.
“So you’re supposed to go off somewhere and have a lot of sex?” she asked. “With the boy you’re going to marry, and five other boys too?”
“Exactly,” I said. “Six other ones for me, but that’s nontraditional and mostly a mistake.”
“What if you get pregnant?”
“I won’t get pregnant, that’s a mammal trick and I’m not a mammal despite that I’ve got an udder like yours today. If I lay any fertile eggs, I’ll burn them, of course. My husband should be one of my dragonet’s fathers. But that’s usually what we do anyways, burn fertile eggs I mean. We live a very long time, we don’t want to have many dragonets.”
Tarcuna waved her hands. “Back up, back up. You lost me at ‘one of my child’s fathers’. How many fathers does a dragonet have?”
“Three. Well, one to three, but usually we figure on three,” I said around a mouthful of steak and pea pie.
“I’m going to ignore the biology weirdness there. Any biology that has giant flying lizards that breathe fire is crazy. But I know sex. How does the sex part of that work?”
So I explained about how drakes have three hemipenises each, small, medium, and large, and I don’t but I have claspers. And when a drake and a dragoness love each other very much, or at least are willing to tolerate each other’s close company for long enough to assuage some lust, they can …
“I sort of get the idea,” said Tarcuna. “All three male members go into the same female member?”
“That’s why it’s claspers. I’d squeeze them closed on the smaller ones,” I said. “Or spread them wider for the large one.”
“Convenient, that, though I do pretty well for a wide range of sizes myself without any strange appendages. But I guess what I really don’t understand is … if a dragonet has three different men — drakes — as fathers, and you’re married to one of the three, do you go have adulterous sex with the other two?”
“Oh, heavens, no. Dragons don’t do adultery,” I said, reflexively checking my veriception blocks even though Tarcuna doesn’t have that sense. “My ova should be two-thirds fertilized at the end of the mating flight. That’s the real point of having sex with all my fiancés so much now. Well, that and trying all the drakes out.”
“You want three fathers for your dragonet? More to the point, your husband doesn’t mind sharing with two others?” asked Tarcuna.
I sighed. “It doesn’t matter that much for dragoness babies. But drakes with three fathers have a better chance of being all pretty and fancy than drakes with fewer. That’s very important. Pretty drakes have a better chance of getting married. So yes. My parents mostly hatch eggs fertilized by Cterion — he’s my father — and the top two drakes in their mating flight. Whom they haven’t seen for several grosses of years, in some cases. I mean, several-and-a-half centuries.”
“That’s pretty strange. Male people don’t like the thought that their wife’s children aren’t theirs. Besides, how do you even tell who the fathers are?”
“Analysis spells. Not very hard ones,” I said.
“Spotty, I don’t know that I exactly believe all your stories,” she said. “Maybe you’re a person. You’re a shape-changing lizard, I think I got that part the other night. But I do know love and jealousy, it’s part of my job, and what you’re saying makes no sense.”
“Why on Mhel — or Hove even — would love matter?” I had to ask.
“Well, on Hove, it is customary in most civilized parts of the world to get engaged to someone you love,” said Tarcuna. Then, a bit archly, “Should you be lucky enough to fall in love with someone to whom you can become engaged, of course. Not everyone does.”
“That’s utterly backwards. I need each of my children to have three fathers, and falling in love with one drake would only make that so much more awkward. Besides, I don’t have that much leeway about who I get to marry. It would be unspeakably awkward if I fell deeply and truly in love with Csirnis, say, and then came in second and had Arilash snatch him up first,” I said. “No, our way is best: marry first, and fall in love with the one you marry.”
Tarcuna rubbed her cheeks. “I suppose it sounds convenient if you can manage it. It doesn’t make much sense to me, emotionally, but I suppose it doesn’t have to.”
I couldn’t force the thought of loving someone to make sense to me either, so I pretended to have the secret wisdom: “Just act like they’re true and all will be well.”
Dragons shouldn’t swim.
Swimming is just like flying, except that it’s a lot more chilling. Also a lot more effort. Flapping your wings underwater is hard. And dangerous — you can actually break wingbones if you do it wrongly and strongly enough. Also you can’t breathe water.
Unfortunately, most dragons love to swim. I don’t know why. Osoth is the only other dragon in the mating flight who has the proper opinion of water. In his case I wonder if it might be a necromancer’s affectation. As if he’s saying “The dessicated liches of the animated dead can’t swim, so in solidarity I shall not swim either.”
I don’t care what his reasons might be. I’m going to award him a fiancé point, right now, in absentia.</p>