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by Jay Kantor 4 months ago in family · updated 3 months ago
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? THIS or THAT ?

I am a noted Stick-Figure-Artist, who can't even stay within the lines of Paint-By-Numbers. This fabulous artist said that the inspiration for her gorgeous watercolor was when she asked her friends their 'CHOICE' of favorite childhood treats. Some said "Hostess-Twinkies—Others Helms-Truck Pastries," hearing the tweet of the Bakery trucks coming down their street, from their stomachs even before their ears.

Darcy's Motto, Quote: "If it ain't Chocolate, why bother?"

Abstract art and oil paintings, even photography stills, hang from the walls of galleries while viewers may stand for very long periods mesmerized by the meanings—'Eye of the Beholder' is often quoted. Or even films have their 'Target' audience with messages. Ask the artist-presenters, "What's This?" They will invariably say: "What do you think it means?" Certainly a short story may be a lot less 'cerebral' when it comes to "Interpretations." But, you get the 'Picture'.

How do you see it - What do YOU pick out in an article?

It has occurred to me, by having this huge Vocal Media national exposure, I know that it's not my option when I'm 'Out-There' to control any 'perceptions' readers might have after viewing. Although, this is all strange and new to me, as a lifetime completely-scrutinized-biz-writer; very tedious. I'm just a 1st time "Goof-Writer" for the fun of it: Nothing more! I could say it's a strange phenomenon, but it's not, it's just human nature; with so many reasons for personal reactions. What does it speak-to-you?

As an author, I know I have little control over the circumstances affecting the reader. For example: What may be on their mind at the time or, are they 1/2 concentrating = skimming or pre-thinking an article? Or, even worried about what they are making for dinner while simultaneously viewing my "Schpiels?" Often not a lot of concentration there. Who could blame anyone? Having just noticed this I'm ruminating on it; can't change what I don't acknowledge! None of my writings create anything other than passing interest. No story is everything to someone, we all differ.

— Pieces of the Piece - Perhaps? —

Simply, it's just amazing to me how one person may relate to, or what they may hone-in-on—or not. No matter how hard I try to direct them or state: "Of course this is a metaphor," before I preface this or that. In itself, I always strive to make the 'piece' more-clear.

My Matzo-Balls = Your Dumplings: Same recipes just different demographics. For instance: The Interpreting of Social Media articles by describing explicit videos with 'Twist-Interpretations' in all ways to see if there are any 'Takers' — there always are ~"Cultural Exchanges"~

In our 'Business' detecting perception and body Language is imperative! Often, it's mandatory to actually read-into what is said: Perception Trumps Reality — 'The Tells'.

People have said directly to me that my 'Calling-Card' is way off target: Why don't I say it This Way or That Way to better introduce my short stories? I've been told, "Seriously, it should be about 'This not That', I only read-on with your stories to see what silly statements you are going to make next." But, I'm thinking, it may not be about them: If I say it in another fashion, other readers won't 'Get It' the revised way, either — Happy Medium?

I'm sometimes way off target! I could stand and explain intent and meanings all day long. Then be told, out of the blue, "NO you really want to say it like this, it would make a better story." As Ricky Nelson once sang 'Garden Party', "I can't please everyone, so might as well please myself."

A very odd thing to me — I'm seeing-hearing that by being 'Out-There' how even my own thoughts aren't correct — of course for my own good.

— It isn't a compliment if I have to pay it to myself —

Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, Cal

'Senior' Vocal Author


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Jay Kantor

Retired: Write for "The Kids Someday"

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