"Hello Mitali, chiming in from India, where the Diwali celebrations are deafening. I greatly enjoyed this discussion, even though I did wonder about your point number 10, and the apparent ban on food metaphors to describe skin color (which I personally see as loving and positive). But then, I remembered that the whole discussion is meant in the context of the third person narrators's point of view in a novel. Thanks for sharing this with us."
Here is Mitali's response:
"Hi Katia, number 10 is mainly because food has been so overdone in ethnic description that it almost sounds cliche. The point being that we're writers, so it's time for some creative new linguistic play."
OK, so I had it right, regarding the need for writers to stretch their writing skills and imagination, but (and maybe this is me, being my usual non-compliant self) I still like the food metaphors, for the reasons mentioned before. Maybe I can keep some of them, and try and introduce them in more creative ways.
Have I ever mentioned how I tend to resist and balk when told that I shouldn't do something? Tell me to do something while giving me a good reason why I should, and I'm right there with you most of the time. But tell me : you should not do this, either because it's not done, or because it no longer is, and this cocky contrary little Katia springs up with a hand on her hip and goes : "Oh yeah, says who, and why?"
That alter ego is sometimes right (if only in the sense that it pushes me to think more, to question, to challenge), sometimes dreadfully wrong (as in simply being a manifestation of a rather stubborn streak.) And it usually takes me a while to figure that out. So, I will continue thinking about this... which is all good, anyway.