The story I'm writing works better with boredom and rebellion as the impulse for change, but to seem 'true' to current life the characters would be provoked into anxiety.
Reconciling this, I think I might be a bit out of sync with either my generation or some aspect of characterization in an important way, and I'm trying to understand it.
I resemble this meme:
She grasped at the words, most of them unfamiliar. It had been a long time since she had used the language, really. The conversation about the bread in the market and the price of pears had not kept them sharp, anyway.
Every one of them was poetry, dripping with half-remembered meanings, the picture they painted all the richer for her lack of memory.
Her fingers traced the words until she remembered, banishing the ghosts with each fingertip, chasing them to the next hazy word.
Been thinking about interspecies communication and diplomacy a lot lately...
"So this is your alphabet. It has 26 glyphs in current use, it fits on a business card, and it makes no sense at all."
"No arguments there."
"This is your international phonetic alphabet. The alphabet of the human speech system. Can you memorize this sheet of paper?"
"Uh... Sure, yeah, if that's my job."
"Good." *phonebook-sized thump* "This is the intergalactic phonetic alphabet. We'll work up to that."
I wrote a (dystopian) thing. https://aredridel.github.io/Story/Misc/Terms%20and%20Conditions.html
Writing a teen transgender urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I study natural language processing, parsing, & graph theory.
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