Grayson Wright
Diminished time to ourselves away from teenagers?
Wed Jun 6, 2018 15:20

Gray thought about the issue of the connections between alphabets. “My guess would be that they’re related,” he said. “If - sorry, I’m tripping over myself here - if we look at alphabets as just...someone made up a shape and said ‘this sound goes with this shape’ - okay, capital ‘h’ you could come up with for both, I guess, and ‘T,’ but lowercase A doesn’t seem as...much like something you’d just both independently make up to make the same sound? But it could be a mix of both - borrowing back and forth before they settled into permanent alphabets?”

He did not quite suppress a chuckle at the idea of solving his publication problem by starting a literary journal. “I never thought of that one,” he said, and listened with some interest as the librarian described himself as a would-be essayist.

“That’s about how I feel about novels,” he offered. “One day I’ll have something that actually needs to be written down - until then, it’s - just - a thing I do.”

Not writing it down at all had always seemed unnatural to him, at least for as long as he could remember. His mother had once suggested that if he would just communicate with people, he might not feel the need to write anymore, but his former career had made that thesis seem tenuous: he’d always been working with people and it had made him want to produce more and better, not less, as he responded to other writers, worked with sound artists and voice actors and marketing. This had required a lot of cooperation and communication, and he had been good at it. Now, though, he was still communicating a lot and writing less. Maybe it was something to do with the nature of the work.

“What sort of topics do you think there should be articles about?” he asked.

Apparently, the thoughts of teenagers were not part of the list. “You could have a point,” he acknowledged. “This year they’re probably mostly boring - all about the Ball and stuff. But if I know what they’re doing, maybe I can figure out how to tell them things so it sticks in their heads enough to get them through exams.”

  • I plead reasonable stabbiness on the grounds of diminished..Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Tue Jun 5 08:28
    “That’s interesting… Although very confusing,” he commented, as Grayson mentioned the not-quite-crossovers of the two alphabets, If one was going to have a different alphabet, he would have thought... more
    • Diminished time to ourselves away from teenagers? — Grayson Wright, Wed Jun 6 15:20
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