anonymous asked:

Is there a reason you use hyphens or dashes rather than line breaks?

an excellent question - so i will try and give a real answer instead of the usual gibberish - it started as best i remember when i was doing mainly market commentary - and veered left turn like into a long ramble on aging and suicide prompted by a couple of people on tumblr srsly threatening suicide (they both had an articulated plan) - i was writing fast - no pre thought - and trying to get it all out took 3 posts - there was a lot of digression and side steps - it just came out naturally - weirdly enuff -one of the posts was reblogged by a poetry reblogger - and i started to get poets who actually followed me and read as opposed to many poets usual practice of following to get a follow back and hearts while seemingly ignoring - i do on the rare occasion write more conventional poetry but mostly i write fast and messy and dashes seem to facilitate that - its also the way i message and text (which is where i get 80% of my inspiration from i.e. i steal lines from ppls messages or come up with something that amuses me - actually - i have  a couple of songs that started out this way) - basically what im saying is i make it up as i go along  

ps  oh yeah - therez also the lazy as fuck thing 

this is the final album art for my cousin leo’s EP! hyphenated is an album that talks a lot about asian american identity, so i wanted to draw a chinese-american boy split with the image of the most awesome hero 孙悟空 (the monkey king). the animated 西游记 from 1999 is a huge childhood favorite of mine (nostalgia blast link) and i re-watched some episodes while drawing this haha. as chinese-americans, we have a long history rich with beautiful art and great stories. being chinese is WOW so cool and you should be proud!

you i’ve been thinking lately about how ginny’s the only one out her friends and family to not keep her maiden name– which seemed weird at first, since ginny’s plenty independent, has family pride, and isn’t the type to do something just because it’s traditional. not to mention she’s rather famous in her own right due to her sports career, and seeing as how she continues writing on the subject, she probably could cash in on maintaining her name.

but then i thought of how for almost his whole life harry has been the odd one out as a ‘potter’. he grew up in a family with a different last name than him, who went out of their way to single him out as an 'other’. harry never had any relatives with his name or any sort of substantial connection to family member, which only exacerbated his feelings of being an outsider. i think he would have been proud of his name on some level– it honored his parents who gave their lives for him, and certainly his name became a big part of his identity as he grappled with his fame. but still. harry was the only potter. he had no family, no one else with his name.

i think ginny would have picked up on this, though i doubt harry would have articulated it (or even consciously recognized it). she took his name as a sign, an obvious indicator to all who met them, that harry was no longer alone. she was his family now.

What’s Up with the Hyphen, the En Dash, and the Em Dash?

A hyphen (-) is used to join words (e.g., “mother-in-law”) or to separate the syllables of the same word, e.g., at the end of a line if the word doesn’t fit:

⚠️ Never put a space before or after a hyphen.

ℹ️ NOTE: When it comes to en dashes and em dashes, different style guides (e.g., Associated Press, Chicago Manual of Style, Guardian) have different rules and preferences, so if you are required to adhere to a certain style, you should consult the appropriate guide.

Style preferences aside, an en dash () is slightly wider than a hyphen, and it usually replaces “to” between a range of numbers:

  • Although it is generally viewed that a space before and after an en dash is optional, you should ask your teacher what he or she prefers.
  • An en dash got its name because it is the width of an n.
  • 💡To make an en dash on a Mac, push option and - at the same time.

An em dash () is the widest of the three. It can be used in place of a colon, commas, and parentheses:

We can also use an em dash to express the source of a quotation:

Lastly, em dashes can show that a speaker has been interrupted. (This usage will come in handy if you’re writing dialogue or fiction.)

  • Similar to the first bullet point regarding en dashes, you should ask your teacher if he or she wants a space before and after an em dash; different teachers will give different answers.
  • An em dash got its name because it is the width of an m.
  • 💡 To make an em dash on a Mac, push option + shift + - at the same time.

The above explanations give you a big picture look at hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes. When it comes to the fine details (e.g., putting spaces before and after a dash), consult your teacher or his or her preferred style guide. 👍