Every morning I sit at the kitchen table over a tall glass of water swallowing pills. (So my hands won’t shake.) (So my heart won’t race.) (So my face won’t thaw.) (So my blood won’t mold.) (So the voices don’t scream.) (So I don’t reach for knives.) (So I keep out of the oven.) (So I eat every morsel.) (So the wine goes bitter.) (So I remember the laundry.) (So I remember to call.) (So I remember the name of each pill.) (So I remember the name of each sickness.) (So I keep my hands inside my hands.) (So the city won’t rattle.) (So I don’t weep on the bus.) (So I don’t wander the guardrail.) (So the flashbacks go quiet.) (So the insomnia sleeps.) (So I don’t jump at car horns.) (So I don’t jump at cat-calls.) (So I don’t jump a bridge.) (So I don’t twitch.) (So I don’t riot.) (So I don’t slit a strange man’s throat.)
—  Jeanann Verlee, “Good Girl,” Said the Manic to the Muse
He Said, She Said: Dialog Tags and Using Them Effectively

By D.M. Johnson

The Good, The Bad, and The Obvious

In basic terms, dialogue tags (or speech tags) are like signposts, attributing written dialogue to characters. Dialogue tags don’t need to be fancy, splashy, or self-conscious. Their primary purpose is to show which characters speak and when. The greater the number of characters involved in a scene, the more important the frequency and positioning of tags becomes.

Each tag contains at least one noun or pronoun (Carla, she, Rory and Ellen, Jets, they) and a verb indicating a way of speaking (said, asked, whispered, remarked). For example:

  • Carla said
  • Rory and Ellen asked

Tags may be extended into longer phrases describing action or context:

  • she said and wiped the dusty shelf
  • he said, looking guilty

Adding adjectives and adverbs to tags to provide specific information about the speaker or the speech—she asked warily; he said innocently. These are calledadverbial tags. Sometimes adding an adverb to a tag can be useful, a quick way to indicate a mannerism or emotion (she said quickly; he said coldly) without drawing it into a longer, descriptive sentence. As a caveat, it’s frequently suggested in writing advice columns and books that such tags be used with a careful hand; an adverb can make a tag more obvious and remind people they’re reading a story instead of experiencing it. Still, published authors use them when it fits the situation.

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Dance, this is the way they’d love / If they knew how misery loved me

Somewhere in Houston a man remembers your mouth.
In Phoenix, a boy misses your hair. Chicago, your face.
Detroit, your fingernails. Somewhere, your toes,
your laughter, the tattoo on your neck. Somewhere,
a set of flannel sheets sits in the dark, hiding your stain.
A drain chokes on a stray red strand, a doorknob
quietly kisses your fingerprint. Denver is a mile
of tombstones. New York, a hive of fresh tongues.
You toss your dimples along Madison Avenue
like a trail of breadcrumbs. A row of dainty landmines.
—  Jeanann Verlee, “Souvenir,” Said the Manic to the Muse

reasons to love chris kendall aka crabstickz

  • he’s very lovely and very genuine
  • cutest dork around
  • he’s a “RAVING BISEXUAL”
  • so so so FUNNY
  • constantly tried to keep in touch with his followers and upload videos despite going through a long period of struggling to find himself
  • so sarcastic… in a good way. he’s just so funny you guys
  • nice hair
  • good laugh… handsome laugh
  • awkward nerd (#relatable amaright)
  • talks about sexuality, gender and equality and all of that good stuff
Tokyo tower with Soraru-san

まふまふ@シュガーソングとビターステップ ‏@uni_mafumafu


Mafumafu: Went to Tokyo tower with an ipad in one hand while drinking starbucks with Soraru-san. Extremely conscious of the beautiful colour of the sky. The picture is Tokyo tower and Soraru-san’s hand.


Soraru: I like tokyo tower

そらる ‏@soraruru おいしかった 

Soraru: It was delicious