Just a brief interruption before I answer the latest questions - I’m replying to my brother’s latest email, in which he said “By the way, you very nearly received an email from me some weeks ago asking if you could think off the top of your head what a pterodactyl went like, because I was having great difficulty getting it right. Luckily though after about an hour of walking around the campus squawking and stickling my elbows out at strange angles I was able to capture adequately what a pterodactyl goes like.”
This is the kind of thing we talk about. Anyway, it set me off on a train of thought that I thought I’d share:
"I’m glad you were able to establish what a pterodactyl goes like without my assistance, because I’m not a great expert on the subject. You might think I know all about pterodactyls because of the trolley-pushing one that appears in that splendid DJ Shadow video representing the ace and seven of diamonds, but in fact that was a copyright-avoiding substitute for Dac, the pterodactyl in the fairly good cartoon Dinobabies who constantly mocks and taunts the other young dinosaurs for their inability to fly. The ace of hearts and queen of clubs, incidentally, is represented by Flapper, the pterodactyl in the excellent cartoon Dink The Little Dinosaur who constantly mocks and taunts the other young dinosaurs for their inability to fly. So I suppose that we could come to the conclusion that what pterodactyls go like is mainly along a bullying theme, but perhaps real ones were different from anthropomorphic cartoon characters.
It’s not possible to get the two confused in my head, incidentally, because they in fact have very different psychological profiles despite the superficial similarities in their roles in their respective cartoons; Dac is genuinely convinced of his own superiority and feels entirely justified in making fun of the ‘groundlings’, whereas Flapper is deeply insecure about his small size and physical weakness, and feels that the only way to make the others pay attention to him is to constantly harp on about the one way in which he’s superior to them. This makes the two behave in very different ways when I put them into mental stories representing packs of cards, and the whole thing is so fascinating that I think I’m going to have to go and talk about it at length on a memory-themed forum."
See, when I’m posting here I try not to use so many big words - sorry if anyone was confused by that. Anyway, the personalities of the characters in my head really do have a big effect on the kind of sequence I create, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned that enough in posts about the subject before now…