A few years ago, I was watching a Let’s Play of Final Fantasy IX for a different kind of nostalgia than I can get playing it myself. Though I definitely played the game a lot as a kid, I also spent a considerable amount of time watching my oldest sister play through. Following a Let’s Play gives a similar feeling to that (though the gamer behind the camera in a Let’s Play is less liable to call me annoying and tell me to go away).
There’s no denying that the world is experiencing some exceptionally elevated stress right now, in some places more than others. With corona virus on the rise and quarantine and isolation measures in place to mitigate its spread, we’re all finding ourselves stuck at home and much in need of entertainment and distraction.
A piece of writing advice I see tossed around various writing communities is that “said is dead” and writers should strive to use a variety of alternatives. This, in my personal opinion, is terrible writing advice, and a mistake I made way too often in my early writing. The biggest issue is that it largely misunderstands the purpose of “said” in dialogue tags and, more to the point, it misunderstands what makes dialogue tags in general effective.
I’ve been an avid reader of young adult literature for many years now, and there are a lot of reasons I keep coming back to the genre. There’s often a rawness and a realness to the voices of these stories that I haven’t really found in most of the adult or new adult literature I’ve read. It has an infectious energy. There’s also an appeal to the coming-of-age story versus reading about someone more jaded and experienced. But that’s not to say that YA is without its flaws. More and more as I read YA, I find it a bit… same-y.
“This [blockade] is having far-reaching impacts on businesses of all sizes in all parts of the country. […] Rail lines are in effect the circulatory system of the Canadian economy. We're talking about impact on business imports, consumer goods, items for export, perishable food items, Canadian natural resources and manufactured goods, Canadian grain, the chemicals that are used to de-ice planes or in water treatment plants in various communities, propane for communities in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. […] We are hearing from companies that this is extremely, extremely challenging for their operations.” Senior director of transportation policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Ryan Greer speaking of the Wet’suwet’en blockades. (Flanagan 2020)
The incredible ingenuity of South/Mesoamerican indigenous peoples