i speak according to the book

||January BPC: Just One Word|| 1. Goal. Here are my bookish 2017 goals! I’ve got a zillion books on my TBR, and I already own (according to a count I did like twenty minutes ago) 66.5 of them. So I’m going to try to read as many of those as possible this year, so I can make space for new acquisitions.

Speaking of new acquisitions, last year I had great success buying mostly books by authors of color, so I’m going to keep that in mind this year. Plus I’d like to have more poetry, graphic novels, and memoirs in my library, and I’d also like to start my personal read around the world project–I’ve got a spreadsheet started for that one.

Oh, and also I’d like to get Faultlines to a publishable stage and start querying. That’ll get rolling in February. Super stoked.

(A table of contents will become available at the end of the series. As always, you can find the most recent posts in the posts by pear tag. This series will remain open for additional posts and the table of contents up-to-date as new posts are added.)

Part Two: Key Formatting Points

Dialogue is generally constructed of words and sentences spoken by individuals. The way it gets formatted in literature varies according to what language you’re writing in and the country you intend to market the book in, so I don’t really want to go over it in too much detail. If you’re unsure if you’re formatting correctly in your language, take a look around the internet for resources–there are lots! For our purposes, I’d like to focus on more general formatting.

New speaker, new paragraph.
Dialogue tags can only get you so far when trying to identify who’s speaking. You definitely don’t want to give dialogue tags to every single piece of speech. It’s exhausting to constantly read them, so the clearer you can make things, the better. One of those ways is making sure you follow the basic format of creating a new paragraph each time someone speaks. It’s very tempting to want to leave it all in one chunk, especially when characters’ lines are only a few words, but remember that your readers don’t automatically hear the characters’ voices in their heads when they read the lines like you do. They didn’t write it, so seeing something like:

“Where are we going next?” they said. “I think she went into the store.”

reads as having been said by the same person. The tendency with dialogue tags is to put them at the end of a piece of speech, where there’s a pause, action, or description. Even if you did put a tag with the second line in the example, the audience doesn’t know that second piece of dialogue is spoken by someone else until they’ve already read it and assumed it to be the first identified speaker. Clarity is important, and so is making sure you give the respect due to each person who speaks by giving them their own paragraph, no matter how long or short their dialogue is.

New subject, new paragraph.
Just like with narration, you can choose to break up your dialogue with new paragraphs, even when it’s the same individual speaking. In English, it’s done by leaving off the “closing” quotation marks at the end of a paragraph, and starting the new paragraph with opening quotations:

“I searched and searched through the desert, over hills and within the shadows of the great cacti that dwell in that forsaken place, but I found nothing.

“Four days later, a ramshackle house loomed from the horizon, sun shining through its slats. When I peered inside, the dog glanced at me without bothering to lift her head. She knew I was there, but she didn’t care.”

What’s happening in terms of formatting above is one speaker describes their experience; we leave the first paragraph open (without its closing “) to indicate that the speaker hasn’t stopped. The second paragraph opens with quotation marks to indicate quickly to the reader that the following is still being spoken and isn’t description. The second paragraph closes with its finishing set of quotation marks, indicating the end of the speech.

Separating long sections of dialogue is just as important to keeping reader fatigue at bay as it is in narration, so don’t be afraid to break things apart if you think the change in subject warrants it. Just be sure that you format and indicate the continuation of dialogue correctly, or your audience might suffer mental whiplash trying to reorient themselves to what’s happening in the story.

Dialogue tags are important.
It’s up to your intuition and stylistic sense to decide whether “said” is good enough for you. Regardless of where you stand in the great Said Is/n’t Dead battle, it’s still important to utilize tags. Dialogue tags are specifically one part of a larger sentence. “He said” is not a sentence on its own, but gets added onto a sentence of dialogue (”Turn left,” he said.) or a descriptive sentence (He said they needed a lever to get the door from its hinges.) that makes it complete. Those tags can be any kind of word that describes how something is said, and are used to help identify speakers. Of course, remembering not to be redundant in your tags is important, but it’s just as important to know when you need a tag and when you don’t.

There are a couple of situations where you can get away with not having a tag. If a conversation occurs between only two people, you can set up at the beginning of the scene who’s participating, who starts it, and then by virtue of the new speaker, new paragraph formatting, your audience can easily pick up that a new paragraph will be whoever wasn’t speaking in the last paragraph. They’ll be able to flip back and forth between the two characters with ease. One caution: If a conversation continues for more than one page, consider sprinkling in a tag or two to help keep a reader on track. It’s easy to get lost when reading a lot of dialogue, and harder still to remember where you left off if you put a book down. Do your readers a favor and put in a tag if it’s been a while.

You can also get away with omitting tags if the conversation is fast-paced and who says what is unimportant. This can be particularly true with arguments between groups of people. The amount of tags you include changes the pace of your story. The more tags, the slower the pace because the more words your audience has to read. If you need a scene to speed up, consider ways to remove and slim down the use of dialogue tags. They’re padding words. Necessary sometimes, but padding all the same.

Emphasis formatting is a thing.
Emphasis formatting is when a writer italicizes or bolds words within dialogue to signal the stress someone might place on a word when speaking. I’m not going to tell you not to do it. Sometimes it’s important. But I do think it’s overused, even by myself in my posts. I get it. Just… just be conscious of it and think about whether it’s really important to specify that or not. Whatever your style is, being aware of things is half the fight to being intentional in your writing.

Next up: Story impacts of dialogue!

anonymous asked:

Do you think Eric's parents believe he was a psychopath?

According to the Mausers, Eric’s parents believe he was:

Wayne was mystified by his son. Wayne and Kathy accepted that Eric was a psychopath. Where that came from, they didn’t know. But he fooled them, utterly.

Tom Mauser’s book Walking In Daniel’s Shoes details their meeting, which is excerpted here. I still wish I could get the chance to speak with Eric’s family and learn why they accepted it. It seems like such an easy way out that Eric does not deserve in the slightest.

Is Undertaker a former French reaper?

Ah! It just dawned on me! We’ve been assuming that Undertaker was from the London office, but what if he was from, say, the Paris office or something?

We have yet to hear his voice when he drops the funeral director act. As the funeral director, he speaks in a Londoner cockney accent, but once he reveals himself to be a former reaper? His voice, accent, and dialect change… But to what? He’s not speaking French to the earl or Sebastian (yet), but he recently went to France for some business he needed to attend to, according to Diedrich. You just know Undertaker expected Diedrich to blab (to the earl) about his visit to France….

Also consider what many of us have already pointed out: Vincent, Ciel, and Frances are all French names….

This would explain why Grell doesn’t recognize Undertaker, even though their reaper timelines cross….

Another reason I’m so excited about Book of the Atlantic. We will finally hear Undertaker’s other voice….

Hazen the Hedge' according to my friend InvdrScar
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ninomiyu  asked:

Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Brother Bear, Wreck-It Ralph

Thanks! :)

Beauty and the Beast: What is your favorite book/book series?
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Linsay (a close second is Saramago’s Gospel According to Jesus Christ). 

Hercules: If you were a god or goddess, what would your powers include?
Being able to control water would be nice. Also, the capacity to communicate with others via thought (not necessarily mind reading, just picture something like having a conversation without actually speaking). 

Brother Bear: If you could become any animal, which would you choose?
This is really cliché but I’d like to become a cat. Just think about it, most people love cats and think they’re cute + you’d get to still be somewhat independent (as cats are) and lead a relaxed life. Also, cat ears.

Wreck-It Ralph: What’s your favorite video game?
TOMB RAIDER!!! Yes, don’t even get me started on that, my love for the Tomb Raider series is infinite. Tomb Raider owns my body and soul.
If I had to pick one installment from the series I’d probably say either Tomb Raider I or Tomb Raider: Underworld. 

Parents do seek to create a wonderful world for their children, but even more splendid is to give them explanations that increase their intelligence and ability to discriminate right from wrong. In Buddhism, we speak of what is to be given up and what is to be taken up. According to the Dharma, what is most difficult to give up, even if we try very hard, is our ego-fixation, this grasping on to “I”. Therefore, we are guiding our children in the wrong direction if we encourage their self-centeredness. We should teach them what is really useful.

17th Karmapa

from the book “Traveling the Path of Compassion: A Commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva”

anonymous asked:

Look, according to you you're 18 which is still young, you need to accept you're apparently quite ignorant about things like religion and culture. You need to read a book or two before considering yourself equipped to talk about politics on here. You don't know very much so when you speak its evident

I have a feeling who this is, lmao.

How about coming off anon, and having an actual discussion? Don’t be a chickenshit.

The Christian Perspective on Homosexuality

It naturally depends on what your faith or beliefs is, since people of different religions perceive things differently, according to their holy books (i.e Bible, Ko'ran, etc)

If you don’t have any beliefs in any particular “deity” then I should say that, this doesn’t relate, or apply, I guess to you in a certain sense

Now, though I have done my share of time studying other “religions” I can only talk from a Christian perspective, since I have never come across anything in the other “religions” regarding the subject of homosexuality

So, the thing I must put out though is that, realistically speaking even in a social or a worldly view, homosexuality is still considered to be immoral or unacceptable

Putting that aside, in Christianity, it promotes or focuses love towards other people regardless of what “their” sin is since all people are considered sinners and therefore have no right to call others out on it

But also, a lot of verses say to “love your neighbor even your enemies”
which doesn’t imply to *love the sinner*, and hate the sin*, but to simply love the sinner, Period!

*Personally, its contradictory since loving the sinner but hating the sin, doesn’t make sense since it implies that you accept the sinner though he sins,
it doesn’t complement nor support each other so, you cannot hate the sin but love the sinner, Also putting the fact that Jesus never said a statement, its questionable*

Though it is true that some “certain” Christians do not follow this statement,
you cannot lump people based on their individual opinions cause that is impractical and one sided

Look at what the sources of where their “religiousness” comes from (i.e.) Each religions respective “holy” books

If they fail to do those things that are stated in their respective “holy books” then they are not following it, not being “proper” believers and are also cast away from the “actual” and “legitimate” ones

Its as if I’m saying that the entire Muslim community is violent, because ISIS is Islamic

People should be mindful of this, cause you will look ignorant

Being a “religious” person, I myself find it offensive to see people of the same “religion” to do something stupid against the Homosexual community…

Personally, I am against the idea of homosexuality

But that doesn’t mean that I have “right” to judge them or force my opinions on them

I do not hate gay people nor do I accept their way of thinking..
I am just against what they believe, not “who they are as a person”
They are people first, gender second…

So are Christians against the LGBT community, or homosexuality as a whole? Without a doubt yes!

But, we do not seek to aggressively force you to stop nor claim that hell is your destination in the afterlife, etc. at least the informed Christians don’t, I don’t know about the stupid ones though

And we (Christians) are also called to love you, since you are a sinner much like all of us…

We have no right to judge you or persecute you…

Looking at it in a more social point of view, its not okay to be gay


Well, that’s my opinion at least…


All of my books consist of witnesses’ evidence, people’s living voices.

Svetlana Alexievich

Image via Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images

Congratulations to investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich, who’s been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature! Alexievich is the first writer from Belarus to win the prize. Alexievich won “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,” according to the citation for the award.

On her personal website, Alexievich explains her pursuit of journalism: “I chose a genre where human voices speak for themselves." 

See more here.

– Petra

wanting someone for their mind doesnt make you a sapiosexual. it makes you a regular person

i know thats hard for sapiosexuals to accept because they think theyre a special minority of humans for being attracted to the mental aspects of a person over physical. cause usually according to them everyone is shallow & only cares about looks (which to an extent is true people do unfortunately consider attractive people to somehow be more valuable) and nobody apparently cares about their singular idea of “intellgience” anymore

the bottom line is. sapiosexuals fetishize(?) the stereotypical brand of intelligence. the book reading, well educated, “proper” english speaking, good with academics, type of intelligence and act like stereotypically intelligent people are superior

tl;dr: sapiosexuality is a flawed and highly bullshiterous concept full of pretentiousness and elitism

from the full text of that post on puritan names:

Thomas and Elizabeth Pegden, residents of Kent during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, named their first four sons after the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. When Elizabeth gave birth to a fifth son in 1795, they decided to continue this theme by naming him after the next book of the New Testament, and thus he was christened Acts-of-the-Apostles Pegden. According to one source, his nickname was Actsy, “for the Vicar of Boughton has heard a parishioner speak of her uncle Actsy Pegden.” An older relative bore the name Pontius Pilate Pegden.


All of these are trumped, however, by a Puritan girl who, when asked for her Christian name, replied, “Through-Much-Tribulation-We-Enter-The-Kingdom-Of-Heaven, but for short they call me Tribby.”

the new armor “can change color, shape itself into weapons (blades, guns, etc), glide planes, rockets, whatever. tony’s an engineer, the suit is an all-in-one tool set.” according to the USA Today interview “bendis and marquez collaborated on giving stark a new high tech outfit with a helmet reminiscent of an old school medieval knight” “it’s like a brand-new kind of technology but it still brings out the classic iron man" AND IT INCLUDES ROLLER-SKATES

i mean COME ONNNNNNNN this stuff actually celebrates the legacy of the character and it’s coming after the endo-sym ~superior~ armor whose reasoning was “[tony] would be self-indulgent, vain and over-the-top. i’d seen a picture of a chrome luxury sports car and thought that was a pretty good example of over the top. we wanted to lean into the narcissism, selfishness, and glam of this altered tony stark with a super-sleek, LED, futuristic armor, and the mirror-quality of chrome fed into it perfectly.”

now we’re actually BACK to celebrating tony as a heroic inventor like, i am JUST. have you guys been reading bendis’ interviews i’m still really!!! oh my god, from that recent interview with marvel that i was screaming about yesterday

“i’m fascinated by the mixture of the analytical and the creative, which is what an inventor is. there are people who are analytical geniuses and then there’s creative genius, and right in the middle there’s inventor genius. that is very fascinating. and i tend to, in my free time, read books or biographies about those kinds of people. i just tend to gravitate to them, and it’s about damn time we just hunker down and try to help tony become the man he wants to be.”

did you guys catch that


excUSE ME but brian michael bendis gets SO MANY COOKIE POINTS I’M SORRY

Harry Potter According To Harry (featuring James, Sirius, and Remus)

Harry Potter and the year my headmaster gave me my father’s old invisibility cloak and promoted my bad habits.

Harry Potter and the year my father’s death inadvertently allowed me to speak to snakes.

Harry Potter and the year I learned my wrongly accused of killing my father godfather is boning my teacher/dad’s other best friend/a werewolf.

Harry Potter and the year I actually had a father figure in my life.

Harry Potter and the year I had two dads for a while.

Harry Potter and the year I learned my father was an asshole (and that’s okay).

Harry Potter and the year I finally saw them all together and became a godfather.

Today my mom told me something that piqued my interest as a languages lover.

She was listening to the radio and she heard this interview to John Peter Sloan who is a British actor and comedian who also opened up some schools here in Italy and published books for those who want to learn English.

According to him, a native teacher is needed only when the learners have already reached a certain level and acquired some skills. For those who are beginners, he usually employs Italian teachers who can of course speak English because he says that in England you don’t study grammar, not the same way we study the grammar of our own language and so it’s more difficult to find English teachers who would be able to actually explain grammar.

So now I’m very curious. Is this true? Do you English native speakers have, like us, at least two hours per week where you study the grammar of your language, its rules, its structures, the use of the verbs, pronouns and so on? Or is it something you just do at elementary school and that’s it? How does it work?