today in physics my teacher was wondering what was “off” about girl A so he kept staring at her and finally asked “do you normally wear glasses or something” to which girl A replied “no, i’m just not wearing any makeup today” so my physics teacher went on this long rant about how many studies show that men usually like women without makeup better and girl B, from back of the class, who i’ve never heard speak before stood up and yelled “WE. DONT. CARE. YOU CANT EVEN BUY YOUR OWN PANTS [referring to a previous discussion the class had where many of the boys revealed that their moms/girlfriends/wife bought their clothes} SO WHY SHOULD MEN BE TRUSTED WITH ANYTHING.” punctuating “anything” by raising her voice and slamming both hands onto the desk.
i swear to you the class went dead silent and the teacher looked like he’d been slapped while girl A had the smuggest look on her face and girl B was shaking so hard the kid next to her had to sit her back down
I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Wooly jumpers, Wellington boot, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. Her moody hues and subdued palate punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye. She is my true love.
I discovered a new Sabo modern!AU headcanon: When Sabo texts he uses an abundance of (at times really cheesy) smileys. He might or might not have gotten that from Luffy. The only one who prefers to use his smileys sparingly is Ace.
asofpjsapofksaopfk YES that’s so cute
i’ve actually always headcanoned that luffy wouldn’t use emojis at all tho, mostly just because i don’t think he’d care enough to put in the time to find the right ones and add them in :’D like, he’s the kinda person who says exactly what he’s thinking exactly when he thinks it regardless of if it comes across as rude, and i think texting he’d be the same way- all lowercase, no punctuation, no emoticons at all, just “hey sabo i want food” that kinda thing
but i can def see sabo as an emoji user, he would overuse all the really basic smileys like the smiley face and frowny face and for fun sometimes he’ll just reply in ALL emojis and hack or whoever would have to sit there and stare at the message for twenty minutes trying to figure out what on earth “
❓” means (tho this is really just sabo messing with him). or i can see ace being like “yo me and luffy are coming over tomorrow” and sabo responding with a ton of heart emojis and excited faces and ace is just like “wtf……chill out”
and yeah ace wouldn’t use them often, like maybe he’d be that kind of person who’d send the thumbs up emoji to tell the other person he agreed/understood their message but that’s it. i could also see him using them to tease his friends maybe, like sending marco the pineapple emoji lolll.
I made an X-Files picture book to give myself closure after watching the show for the first time. Then they officially announced the revival. I should have known there would be no escape from all the feelings.
*classmate gets in trouble for talking when I was also talking*
me:who am I? Can I condemn this man to slavery pretend I do not feel his agony this innocent who bears my face who goes to judgment in my place. Who am I? Can I conceal myself forevermore pretend I'm not the man I was before and must my name until I die be no more than an alibi. Must I lie? How can I ever face my fellow men? How can I ever face myself again?
A lot of people use semi-colons wrong because they know there’s supposed to be a pause in their sentence that they know isn’t quite a comma, so they think it must be that mysterious semi-colon. Usually, it’s actually supposed to be an em dash (—), which in some ways is more mysterious!
The em dash is the longest of the three dashes and most often used for interruptions. Interruptions in speech, in action, in thought. It’s also a great syntax addition for fight scenes, since it makes the narrative seem quick and unexpected and jolting from side to side like a fight scene should be. Read your em dash sentences out loud until you get a feel for how its pause compares to the pause of a comma. It’s a heartbeat longer. If a comma is one beat of pause, then I see an em dash as two beats of pause.
In this first example, the em dash is used to give an aside to the reader. It’s like a btw sort of moment, which can sometimes be replaced with commas or parenthesis. I think the em dashes are most suitable when your aside is decently long.
Her neighbor, Frank, is always blasting music.
Her neighbor—the one who always blasts the music—is named Frank.
My mischievous neighbor, Vince, seemed to have a knack for graveyard cavorting.
Vince—more often called (in a raised and angry voice) Vincent Price Ramsey—seemed to have a knack for graveyard cavorting.
Next up, here’s the em dash as a replacement for the semi-colon. Kinda like a slang or shortened sentence. Semi-colons have to connect two independent clauses—meaning each side of the semi-colon could stand alone as its own complete sentence. If you don’t want to do that, try an em dash:
I thought hanging out would be great—a chance to finally see the city, just like Aunt Lillian wanted.
I thought hanging out would be great; it would be a chance to finally see the city, just like Aunt Lillian wanted.
There was a headstone hardly a foot from where I’d emerged—dark grey stone a few inches thick and maybe as high as my knee.
There was a headstone hardly a foot from where I’d emerged; it was made of dark grey stone a few inches thick and maybe as high as my knee.
Sometimes, you can use an em dash to have a speaker correct themselves, or interrupt themselves to amend their sentence.
I could see the blur of the graveyard behind him—through him—
Similar to the last example, it can be used to interrupt a sentence in order to add additional information about the sentence. Often you can use a comma in this situation, too, so try to think of syntax and how that additional beat of pause changes things. In this case, Alice has just seen a ghost for the first time, so her mind is a bit too shocked for the normal pause of a comma. Read both. Doesn’t the one with the em dash sound more shocked or surprised, while the comma makes it sound like a simple observation?
He was glowing pale—almost tinged in cold blue.
He was glowing pale, almost tinged in cold blue.
Of course, it could be an interruption. It could be someone interrupting another in speech, one action interrupting another, or a character’s thoughts interrupting themselves. Here I’ll include the sentence with the em dash and the sentence following, so you can see the thing interrupted and the interruption.
You can have an action interrupt a character’s thoughts. For the first one, Alice is in a creepy situation and completely focused on something else, so when something touches her elbow, she’s shocked out of her thoughts. For the second one, Tristan is listening for an enemy when the enemy makes a move and startles him into action.
As far as I could tell it was some kind of berry—
An icy contact on my elbow broke my resolve, and I screamed until an equally cold hand clamped over my mouth.
The night was still, and yet—
Something whistled through the air. Tristan jerked backwards, narrowly avoiding an incoming dagger.
Here we have one character interrupting another in dialogue. Pretty self-explanatory.
“I’m not going to—”
Mom’s voice in the receiver cut me off. “At least consider it.”
“After all, you’re only a—”
“If you even say girl,” I interrupted, “I’ll stab you, I swear.”
The next one is part of a fight scene, so Alice’s thoughts are interrupting themselves as soon as she thinks them. She throws up an idea, “iron,” but interrupts herself from further exploring that idea, and instead casts it out. In a fight, you don’t have time to think out long, eloquent ideas. Your thoughts should come in fragments. Stab. Punch. Dodge. Swing. Would this work? No. How about this? Maybe. The em dash can help get across this uneven jolting of thoughts.
Iron—no use. I’d dropped the knife when her damn vines ensnared me, and the nails were in my pockets and out of reach. Blood—there were possibilities there.
Continuing in fight scenes, em dashes can have action interrupt action. Don’t just throw them in willy nilly, but if you have a chance for an em dash, jump on it. Instead of a word like “suddenly,” it makes it feel suddenly. Ups the tension. Em dashes are about interruption, and what is a fight scene but two people interrupting each other’s attempts to kill the other? This is especially useful for the last line in a paragraph during a fighting scene, because it’s a nice place to have one action interrupt another.
I snatched it—slit across my hand—
And stabbed her through the heart.
His swords whistled through the air—
A clean “X” appeared on the imp’s back, severing its body into four neat chunks.
So yeah, I’m basically obsessed with em dashes and I use more of them than the majority of writers. (At 72k words, my current project has 22 semi-colons and 344 em dashes. So. Yeah. Not to mention the length of this post…) Em dashes are way cool and can add a lot to your writing even though they’re just another form of punctuation. Syntax helps your reader into the mindset you’re going for, and em dashes can be a great, powerful part of that syntax!
Punctuating Dialogue in English: A Fanfiction How-To
Punctuation in fiction can be tricky. There are some things we pick up really easily from reading, but who pays attention to how dialogue is punctuated? Not me! It’s one of those things you don’t think about until you find yourself constructing dialogue of your own, and you just do what seems rightish at the time.
When eager me first wrote and posted fanfiction online (back in 2001), the first thing that happened is that someone commented on it and told me how to punctuate my dialogue. Embarrassing, as I felt like I should have known better, but I am forever grateful to that person for steering me in the right direction. I learned a lot that day. This is me paying it forward.
I’m literally having a heart attack at the thought of Keith and Lance successfully doing the Voltron chant?? It could happen in season 2; morality is at an all time low (maybe the Shiro Shit goes down) and Lance does the chant to try and raise everyone’s spirits. He expects maybe like Hunk to help him out, so he’s startled right out of his pants when Keith is the one to speak up and finish the chant.
For a beat he just stares at Keith, who goes from feeling proud he actually finished the saying (maybe it was a running joke throughout the season) to feeling anxious because Lance isn’t responding… Did he do the cheer wrong?
But then Lance laughs, louder and harder than anyone has heard in a while. He’s got the silliest grin on his when he finally catches his breath, and by then the others are smiling too. Lance surprises everyone, including himself, when he reaches out and pulls Keith into a hug. For a moment it’s just them and their bonding moment, but then the others join in for a group hug.
Lance turns his head to say (very loudly) in Keith’s ear, “Thanks, Keith. I needed that,” And Keith is so thankful for Hunk’s shoulder that he can squash his face against because oh my god, this is it. This is the mountain he dies on. His face is on fire.