By an unknown artist of the English School.
oil, circa 1840.
Over time, every occupation (and each niche within it) develops its own casual dictionary, its own vocabulary and vernacular, its peculiar set of acronym and slang.
I remember puzzling over such basic but new-to-me terms as man titty, TSTL and Mary Sue.
So when I was told recently that I maintained "good continuity" in my writing, rather than barking triumphantly like a dog who discovers a skunk under the front porch, I circled and sniffed around the phrase suspiciously before retreating to my cushion. I sat there, cuffing at my ear, wondering if I should whine or wag my tail.
Because of the perennial presence of various intent young women trotting about with clipboards during my brief career as a fifth-rate actress, I was dimly aware of the meaning of continuity in film terms. I told myself that didn't mean squat. Interpretations do not necessarily transfer from venue to venue and the plain meaning of a term is always subject to industrial nuance.
This time, however, it seems that it does. Close enough, anyway. Seems continuity is the formal term applied to the degree of internal consistency in a work. In fact, I knew its necessity, I just didn't know the name for it.
More than brown eyes turning blue, or an only child who suddenly acquires siblings , continuity means the natural what ifs/yeah, buts/hey,wait a minute -- those questions which might be raised in a reader's mind -- are pre-empted and satisfied within the parameters of the stated reality.The if this, then this makes sense.
Shit-eating grin. I have "good continuity."