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There is no mention of Valentine's Day in the body of this post

I missed reene's birthday yesterday. Happy birthday!


I've concluded that one of my writing problems is autism.

That is: I tend to focus on a goal, and ignore all impediments, even impediments that shouldn't be ignored. One of the curious characteristics of autistic children is that they don't seem to recognize other people as individuals. An autistic toddler crossing a room will simply walk over another person. Focus is great, but that's overdoing it.

I think that describes a problem I have writing stories. Story has to get from A to D, so it goes from A to D. My critters say, "Hey, what about B and C? You can't just ignore them." I re-read the story, and yep, I ignored B and C, but by god, the story got from A to D all right.

I've read stories with the opposite problem. Story has to get from A to D, and it goes A, B', b, sub-B, B+, C, c', c-minor, V, sub-M, back to B, etc. It may or may not ever get to D. I've done that occasionally, but in general, I seem to have the opposite problem.

I suspect authorial autism is one cause of plot holes: in his focus on how the plot twists and turns its way to the conclusion, the writer ignores all the other things that might happen, even very obvious things that will occur to any alert reader (who does not have the writer's foreknowledge of how stuff has to turn out). It probably also leads to 'character holes', character development or action at point D which is unconvincing because B and C have been left out or sped over.

I doubt there's a general solution. Awareness of it and alertness to the problem may help.


Writing: still trying to do final fixes on the bat riders story. None of my crit group liked the autofeed blunderbuss. I loved the autofeed blunderbuss. *sob*

*covers his eyes and shoots his darling*


Shoggoth in Paradise update: Day 13. Triple daily feedings of kryptonite, adamant, and mithril flour and water continue.


OU
o(su)
meaning: push, press, stamp

後押し == otooshi == (noun) pushing, backing, boosting
押売 == oshiori == (noun) high-pressure salesmanship


Left radical is one of the radical versions of 'hand'. Right radical is 'shell/casing' (甲), which acts phonetically to express 'push'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Hand pushes shell.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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