When we first began listening to Night Vale, we were outsiders looking into this strange town. We didn’t know how the dynamics of the town worked. We were interlopers entering this strange town with no knowledge of what to expect. And this is precisely why Alice Isn’t Dead is so strange to us now. We have gotten so used to the weirdness of Night Vale and understanding the random strange events that occur on a daily basis that having a ‘normal’ protagonist in Alice Isn’t Dead is so foreign to us. The tables have turned; we are now the citizens of Night Vale wondering why this truck driver is so scared about this strangeness that could almost be normal for us.

stormwolftori  asked:

Why is it that people always say to get rid of adverbs? Every time I write a sentence with one now I get paranoid that it's suddenly 'bad writing' and spend way too long trying to work out another grammatically correct sentence without an adverb...

Hello stormwolftori,

Stephen King, in his book “On Writing” writes: “The road to hell is paved by adverbs.” Which is why this is a good question, as adverbs come up a lot when describing “bad writing”. It kind of makes you wonder why they exist if they are so terrible to use. If adverbs are overused or used incorrectly, they can weaken your prose, but to say every use of an adverb is a “writer’s sin” is a bit of an oversimplification. Adverbs should be used with caution but never avoided altogether.

Since the definition for an adverb is: A verb that modifies another verb or adjective…the easiest way to catch an adverb in your own work would be to ask yourself, “Does this modify a verb or adjective?” If the answer is yes, then you have an adverb, and you may need to identify a few things to see if it can stick around and earn it’s keep on your work. As an extra tip, if you are still having trouble identifying adverbs paste your work into All adverbs will show up in light blue. This site also has a few other handy tools for identifying other “bad writing” issues.

An adverb should be removed if it commits one of these three “sins”

1. When used as a dialogue tag

This is when an adverb is used to describe how someone said something. Eg. “Why are you such a dork?” He asked, playfully.

This example breaks the “show don’t tell” rule of writing. In this example how he asked the question is told to the reader, when his “playfulness” would be better shown to the reader. Eg. He poked me in the belly and smiled, “why are you such a dork?” he asked.

2. Weak adverbs

This is when an adverb is used in place of a better verb to describe something. Once you’ve identified your adverbs ask yourself if a stronger verb can be used in it’s place. Eg. “The coffee smelled warmly” this is a weak sentence…but “The smell of coffee warmed the room.” Is stronger. By replacing the adverb with a strong verb (warmed) the sentence is strengthened.

3. Intensifiers

Intensifier adverbs are absolutely, really, very terrible. Beware of words such as: absolutely, really, etc. as they are only there to intensify a verb. They are rarely necessarily, and a lot of the time they are annoying. With Nanowrimo coming up intensifier adverbs will likely make their way into your work (they do help with word count and may be added subconsciously for that reason). It’s okay if they do, just make sure you catch them in your edits.

Keep in mind that adverbs can add depth to your writing, just make sure they are earning their place in your work before letting them stick around.

Happy writing :)


This latest episode was…uncomfortable to say the least. The episode did not follow the same format as the episodes usually do, considering that it was all in the form of phone calls and that it was not broadcast on his radio. But then that begs the question, how did we, the listeners, hear it? It was confirmed in this episode that the September and April monologues were actually special episodes on Cecil’s radio show, so if this was not on his show, how was it broadcasted? Who decided that all of us should listen in on Cecil’s phone calls?

There were other unsettling parts of the episode aside from the information that it provided. The opening voice was clearly not Joseph Fink. I’m not sure if it was Jeffrey Cranor, since the only times we’ve heard him was really when he played Carlos in early episodes, so I don’t have much to compare it to. The voice also ended with “And hey…we appreciate you” rather than the usual “And hey…thanks” which threw me off. The episode was not opened up with a mysterious quote by Cecil, but rather by an autonomous voice, yet another strange change. At the end of the episode we did not get to hear a goodnight in any form; all we got was the strange call from who I assume to be Chad. Even on the WTNV YouTube channel, the picture they used for the episode was in a different shade of color than all of the other videos they had posted.

Overall this episode unnerving and it didn’t have anything to do with the content and information of the episode at all! What worried me was simply the format of everything that this episode had to offer and what it could mean in regards to Cecil and Carlos’s safety, as well as that of the whole town.

Eu preciso que coisas novas e boas aconteçam urgentemente na minha vida. Pra não surtar de vez. Pra não me perder de vez. Pra poder ser eu outra vez.
—  Psicologia dos Vencidos.
Religious Symbolism between Desert Bluffs and Night Vale

*Note: This theory will primarily focus on Christian symbolism or religion in general, as I am not as well-versed in other religions. If you have ideas of other symbolism you would like to add, please reblog and explain.

What do you think of when you think of Desert Bluffs? A smiling God? Corporate business? StrexCorp? And what about when you think of Night Vale? Controlling government? A creepy atmosphere? Radio? Well which one feels more like heaven and which seems more like a living hell? I would assume that most fans would say Night Vale is heaven compared to the horrors of Desert Bluffs. But in actuality, Desert Bluffs is as close to heaven as Night Vale is to hell.

When you think of heaven, what do you think of? Typically light and happiness and life and fun. And what about hell? Typically dark and fear and death and horror. Well in Desert Bluffs it’s insanely bright, everyone is happy, everyone is brimming with life and they’re always having fun, even when they’re working. And, of course, they have the Smiling God. But in Night Vale, it’s darker there, everyone is always afraid, people die every day and there are elements of horror everywhere. Throw in someone who fell from heaven and decided to start his own place of living to live up to heaven’s name and you’d have a similar representation of Lucifer.

Oh wait. That’s what Kevin did, right?

Kevin aside, it’s clear to see the parallels. The most recent episode, featuring a creature literally from hell invading Night Vale only strengthens this idea. I’m not precisely sure if this was entirely intentional or not, and if it was then I’m not sure what it is supposed to mean. All I can tell is that the Strangers may have a better chance at harming Night Vale than I had previously considered.

When Strex invaded Desert Bluffs, it gave it everything: new social structure, a new economy, a new way of life, and new morals and ideals. It provided everything that religion and a loving god are supposed to grant you. But when the Strangers invaded Night Vale, they planned to take away everything they loved and leave them with nothing, just as is typically represented when souls go to hell/other religious equivalents. If Strex was able to create one half of the metaphor with Desert Bluffs, then the Strangers should be sufficient in creating the other half with Night Vale.


January 9, 2006 // The Loft @ Earthlink Live

“Perhaps the hardest concert ticket to get a hold of in 2006 will come down to this warm-up show for The Strokes impending First Impressions Of Earth tour. With this date (one of only four in America) being announced at the last minute and held at a small club that holds only a couple of hundred, tickets were scooped up in minutes.” - Chris McKay (source)