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Offline Skip Slocum

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I have a hand gesture question. ???
« on: April 28, 2011, 06:54:24 AM »
I have a hand gesture question.  ???

If I am holding a lightweight flaky substance in my hand, (a few wheat husks to be specific) and I wanted to drop them into your hand, what would the undulating finger action be called that I would need to use to dislodge the husks from my grip to your open and waiting hand?

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2011, 07:00:19 AM »
You could turn your closed fist sideways and funnel it down your hand and into the other person's hand.
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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2011, 07:02:37 AM »
Okay, pondering... Thank you Joe...  ???

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2011, 07:07:47 AM »
I think I'd either go with Joe's suggestion - funnel - or say that Matt or whoever trickled them into the other person's hand.  After all, grains and such like do flow like a liquid.

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2011, 07:13:12 AM »
Okay, thanks Gyp, I think I'll go with funneled then, unless or until something better comes along. Thank you gentlemen.

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PS. Trickled sounds too 'watery' for the image in my head. IMO...
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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2011, 07:57:05 AM »
I would need to see the section around this sound/action, Skip.

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2011, 08:11:06 AM »
I would need to see the section around this sound/action, Skip.

same here - the way i envisaged it was a sifting motion through the fingers of an upturned palm

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2011, 08:15:25 AM »
Trickled/ poured/ riddled through the fingers?

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2011, 08:21:28 AM »
Okay, I've finished writing the scene so I'll go post it for you to see what I mean since I stayed away last Saturday. Thank you for the suggestions, I might change what I have to what you offered.

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2011, 08:23:10 AM »
Yes, I need just a short section around that action/sound you wish to tell.

I'd do it right on this thread.

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2011, 08:39:00 AM »
Okay, I'll be right back.

'Just as Matt was about to ask Koop what was going on, the big man slowed his horse and held out his hand as though he wanted to give him something. “Where would you go to find these in the dead of winter?” Matt held out his hand and a few flakes funneled from Koop’s hand into the valleys between his fingers. The breathe of a slight breeze carried a few of the specs away before Matt could snap his hand shut.'


I was going to have Koop twiddle his fingers to dislodge the husks but it didn't sound right.

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2011, 08:39:31 AM »
dribbled

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2011, 08:42:52 AM »
I do believe the sounds/actions people have given you already show that sound/action well. The sound of grains falling does trickle/dribble/funnel. So they are well thought out suggestions. I just like to see the words around the actions/sounds to see if it is warranted to describe any further than those examples.

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2011, 08:46:05 AM »
Here's one problem, if it was the grain than yes it would make a sound but this is just a few husks. (lightweight like the husks from popcorn)

So no sound.  ???

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Re: I have a hand gesture question. ???
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2011, 08:47:57 AM »
Why do you need a sound - the whispered breath of the breeze provides background noise?