Also, most AS kiddos who've had any sort of special education will have been told ad nauseam
to look people in the eye when they're talking to them.
'couse, now people think I'm weird for constantly looking people SQUARE IN THE EYE, UNBLINKING, throughout the entire conversation.
The whole fiddling with small things, though, yeah, most of us probably still do that because we're never really told to stop (unless we're, say, tapping a pencil on the edge of our desk, but usually that's more an immediate "stop" than a long-term "stop").
But yeah, the AS character probably wouldn't make particular note of the fact that they're doing AS things. Having other characters point it out could work.
Anyway, on topic. Gunplay features heavily in my upcoming grrraphic novel project, so I'm reading a lot of the guns and gunplay tropes. Main character #1, John D. Gierro
, spends quite a bit of time cleaning his revolver, for instance. Maria's shotgun is suitably abandoned when long-range shooting needs to be done (and replaced with a convenient 'gator hunting rifle - hey, it's the bayou, why WOULDN'T the boatman have a 'gator rifle close at hand?).
There's a lot of influence from Native American mythology in the story (mostly gods and mythological figures, some with the names altered slightly, primarily from Guarani mythologi. The evil spirit Tau, for example, becomes Papa Tawato, and one of his sons, Jasy Jatere/Jasy Jaterei
, is called Jessait Jettri instead. I did this pretty much only because I couldn't decide between the given names on Wikipedia, and because I didn't want to start some kind of flame war between theologist readers over it or, hell, offend any Guarani indians if there are any left), but I'm kinda Show Don't Tell with it.
edited 18th Feb '11 2:50:04 AM by MisterAlways