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When the first crash sounded Tulip paused, then resumed drinking her beer with a casual air. She gestured at Cass with the mug.

“Your boyfriend is starting another bar fight,” she said. The shattering of glass and a man’s squeal punctuated her words.

Cass glared. “You mean your boyfriend is startin’ the fight. My boyfriend exists between the hours of 10:00am and not whatever fuckin’ time it is right now.”

“Yeah, except he was your boyfriend when he bought you those chili cheese fries an hour back. Uh huh. There it is. Quit your grumbling and hop to.”

Cass went, but no, it sure as hell wasn’t quietly.

Jesse! Aw c'mon, padre, let the asshole breathe!”

***

“So which of us is gonna tell him that the shit he’s mixing is flammable?”

Either could. Neither would. Cass fished a coin out of his pocket and tossed it high into the air.

“Call it,” he sighed.

“Tails.”

“Hell yeah, between your legs you mean.” As Tulip cursed a blue streak Cass pressed his lips to old George Washington’s head. “Thank you kindly, Mr. Pres.”

***

They stood smack dab in the grocery store, for once determined to eat something other than gas station filth and fucking McDonalds. After a brief argument it was decided that Tulip would actually shop while Cass watched Jesse. That way they wouldn’t die of survey or something. Maybe.

“Is Jesse your son?”

Tulip turned, slow, meeting the old woman’s gaze with abject horror. She was a pure grandmother complete with moth-eaten sweater and glasses on a chain. Oh god.

“Jesse is a thirty-eight year old man baby with supernatural powers and a talent for breaking Guinness World Records associated with stupidity. He drinks like a sailor, smokes like a fiend, and fights like the two combined. You know nothing of suffering, ma'am. Nothing. So please take your photos and stories and just leave me to die.”

Tulip wouldn’t have thought that old legs could move that fast.

Cleanup in aisle three. Clean up in—what? Oh god, emergency cleanup in aisle three—!

“Goddammit, Jesse.”

***

Four months into the road trip they got matching t-shirts. Cass ordered them special online and—somehow—had them delivered to a random Target in Arkansas where they’d been camping in the parking lot. Without a washing machine and all they got kinda smelly, but well worth it in the long run.

Jesse now had a black tee with, “If found, please return to Cass or Tulip.”

Cass’s shirt, in big bold letters read: “I’M IN NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM CASS”

Tulip’s: “I’m definitely not Tulip.”

They kinda hoped he’d get lost someday.

***

Jess didn’t get lost. Pity. He did blow up a large barn though.

Standing before the local police—Tulip putting on her cutsie, innocent act; Cass wondering if he could bribe the sheriff with weed—they realized that there had to be some kind of united front here. For all their sakes.

“And how do you know this man?” the sheriff asked, thumbing his hand at a pissed off Jesse in the backseat of the cruiser.

Cass and Tulip exchanged a glance. “He’s my boyfriend,” they said together. And huh. Wouldn’t you know. Polyamory did wonders for scaring off pigs.

“Ha! Alright then, luv. Let’s take our asshole boyfriend home.”

So they did. They could continue bitching about custody tomorrow.

“The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” by Iron Maiden

Run over stiles, across fields,
Turn to look at who’s on your heels,
Way ahead of the field,
The line is getting nearer but do
You want the glory that goes,
You reach the final stretch,
Ideals are just a trace,
You feel like throwing the race,
It’s all so futile.

So, I started walking on this bike/jogging path in town and the other day I walked for an hour and a half, bu the entire time I kept thinking of other things i could be doing like listening to music or reading or learning more about punctuation, and I thought I could get an app and listen to audio books - so which of the truly dedicated followers who have made it to the end of this poorly punctuated post (but occasionally alliterative) without scrolling past because you don’t like the music or don’t read long text posts can recommend an audio book app for me?

auli’i cravalho’s name

for those of you having difficulty pronouncing her name, the apostrophe in her first name is not actually an apostrophe! its a bit of hawaiian punctuation called an ʻokina. because hawaiian tends to be very vowel-heavy and can have multiple consecutive vowel sounds with no consonants dividing them, the ‘okina serves an indicator of a pause between vowel sounds (a glottal stop if we’re being technical).

so auli’i would be pronounced like OW-LEE-EE rather than OW-LEE. cravalho is likely an anglicization of the portuguese surname, carvalho, which makes sense because hawaii has a pretty large portuguese population. (for example, i have a friend who’s last name, loui, is a messed up attempt at anglicizing the chinese name, liu).

usually the ‘okina is removed from hawaiian words outside of hawaii to avoid confusing people who are unfamiliar with the language’s conventions. for example, hawaii would actually be hawai’i, ohana would be ‘ohana, and luau would be lu’au (there’s actually supposed to be a straight bar above the first ‘u’ called a kahako, which lengthens and emphasizes the vowel, but im too lazy to try to format that lol).

and that concludes this linguistic primer on hawaiian punctuation, have a great day y’all.

quick note to fanfic writers

So I have noticed that there are times when I read fanfic and I really enjoy so much about it - the dialogue, the characterisation, the descriptions. And then I find my enjoyment is hampered a little bit, not a huge amount, by incorrect dialogue punctuation. I realised this is a common problem in fanfic, and I figured a quick tutorial regarding dialogue was in order. I know it seems like a small thing, but I honestly think putting a comma in the place of a full stop/period makes all the difference with a fic’s readability, and the rules themselves are fairly straightforward.

First, just to clarify, a dialogue tag is a verb (i.e. a doing word) that describes how a word is said. Examples of dialogue tags are “said”, “shouted”, “cried”, etc. If the word does not describe specifically how the word is said and instead focuses on another action by the character (such as “coughed” or “laughed” or “smiled”), it is not a dialogue tag and should not be treated as such.

So, when writing dialogue that ends with a question mark:

“Have I told you how much I love you in that dress?” He murmured. (Incorrect)

“Have I told you how much I love you in that dress?” he murmured. (Correct)

The second example is formatted correctly. Remember, you only have to capitalise a word, unless it’s a proper noun (usually names), at the beginning of a new sentence. The “he” is not capitalised because it is still the same sentence and the word “murmured” is a dialogue tag.

Similarly:

“More than a few times now.” She teased. (Incorrect)

“More than a few times now,” she teased. (Correct)

Again, that whole line is one sentence because the word “teased” is the dialogue tag that is directly describing how the dialogue is being said. Notice the comma, as opposed to the full stop/period, and also the fact that “she” is in lowercase. 

If the word you are using is not a dialogue tag, you do need a full stop/period. For example:

He coughed, “you look chilly, though.” (Incorrect)

He coughed. “You look chilly, though.” (Correct)

This is because the character coughing is separate from the dialogue itself, which is why the sentence and the dialogue are two distinct sentences. Notice that therefore the start of each sentence is capitalised.

When you continue the dialogue after the dialogue tag:

“I didn’t mean that,” Oliver said, “although I didn’t see it as breaking my vows. Not when your life was at stake.”

Note the underlined commas and the fact that “although” is in lowercase. The way you test this is simple. Simply take out the dialogue tag in its entirety, and if the sentence still makes grammatical sense, you use commas and lowercase. 

Let’s test this out.  

 "I didn’t mean that, although I didn’t see it as breaking my vows. Not when your life was at stake.“

Yep. It still makes sense, so you have punctuated correctly.

Compare that to this example:

"I remember this one too,” she said. “You know, I thought you were going to bleed to death in my car.”

Note the underlined full stop/period and the fact that “You” is capitalised. This is because the sentences are clearly separate (whereas in the last example it was a bit more ambiguous). If you’re confused, just use the test set out above - take out the dialogue tag and see if the sentence makes grammatical sense.

“I remember this one too, you know, I thought you were going to bleed to death in my car.”

If you know anything about comma splicing, you will know that that sentence is most definitely not grammatically correct, so a full stop/period after “too” is in order.

So, in summary: 

~use a COMMA and lowercase when using dialogue tags such as “said”, etc.

~use a full stop/period and capitalise the first letter when using verbs that are not dialogue tags (such as “smiled”)

~if you’re unsure when splitting dialogue with a tag in between, take out the tag and see if it makes sense as a sentence on its own. If it does, use commas and lowercase, and if it doesn’t, use a full stop/period and capitalise.

I hope that was somewhat helpful! Grammar is a strange thing - you often don’t realise you’re doing something incorrectly until it is pointed out to you, so don’t feel bad if you realise you’ve been wrongly formatting dialogue all this time! :) It’s not a huge deal, but it honestly makes such a difference for me when reading a fic and not having the flow of the story stopped because I’ve noticed the same mistake being made over and over. Anyway, my inbox is always open if anyone has any questions about this or anything else. I used to beta a lot back in my HP days, so if you’re unsure about anything grammar-wise, I’m your girl. (I mean I’m not your girl - I wasn’t making a pass at you or anything. Or maybe I was…)

So I’ve realized that a lot of reverse crushes au basically just switch Marinette and Adrien’s personality so I was wondering how it would go it they acted instead more the way they canonically do and here’s what I have so far (feel free to add your headcanons)

• Adrien being hopelessly in love with Marinette and, since she’s not awkward around him, they are friends BEST FRIENDS

• So he flirts with her all the time and she mostly just brushes it off but sometimes she flirts back since she thinks he’s not really serious about it bc they’re just friends joking around (basically canon ladynoir)

• and Ladybug having this massive crush on the guy she’s supposed to work with but it takes a long time for them to actually start working together because whenever he tried to talk to her she would get all flustered and start stuttering and run away but he eventually gets used to it and accepts that that’s just how she is and it’s okay because she’s nice and really brave when in battle mode

• for marichat it’s just chat trying to impress his crush but (unlike with Adrien) Marinette.exe stops working everytime he flirts with her and he’s just like !!!!!!!!

• and ladrien is just Ladybug laughing, bickering, teasing and joking around one of her best friends and finding it all hilarious because that dork has NO idea, and him wondering why ladybug is never that comfortable around Chat and deciding that he really likes that side of her and that he’s going to try to get her to be more like this with Chat

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  • *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?
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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.

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Is video game voice acting something you want to pursue going forward?
Well yeah, I enjoyed this experience a lot. I want to be loyal to Lexi, obviously. I’ve been very lucky insofar as I’ve managed to cross mediums my entire career, like stage, and theatre, and film, and tv, and now, computer gaming. I would like to keep on doing all of them for a very long time. Not 275 years, but a long time.

in all seriousness

i think fleur and hermione would spend several years in france

and they wouldn’t move to england until they have kids, and when they do, fleur teaches them perfect french and they’re little wee bilingual children

so whenever the kids want to tell fleur something “secretive” they tell it to her in french

and it isn’t until they’re 10 when hermione just breaks into laughter because they’re whispering french back and forth and she’s just like

“your mother and I spent four years in france, i can understand every word you’re saying”

cue mortified looks from chilren

“she’s the brightest witch of her age” fleur says, sipping her cup of tea

“yeah, sure muman”

and its not until the kids both go to Hogwarts do they hear all the stories about their moms because before they thought their moms were just witches and both were very modest about their past

so the first year they come back for winter break they’re like “mum you get attached by a trOLL?!?!”

and the second year “unCLE HARRY FOUGHT A SNAKE?? YOU WERE PETRIFIED??" 

and by the forth year the teachers are like "oh and fleur delacour came from beauxbaton” and the kids are like “we know, we know, mums told us the story of how they met a million times”

until they come back from winter break and is like “Maman yOU FOUGHT A DRAGON???”

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. 👍

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“Gee, Mister. You must know Wedge Antilles really well. What’s your name?” “Luke Skywalker, at your service!” — Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron Special