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Ending Music: Apparat - “Goodbye”
Before The Walk:
Let’s Go For A Walk:
NO IT’S FINE I LOVE CRYING AT WORK.
I honestly didn’t even realize I did it until I read this article (thank you writeworld for the link). I read the article, knowing that I probably use things like cried or exclaimed more than is generally accepted. When I finished the article, I flipped over to the novel I’m working on, and found the word exclaimed no less than 4 times on one page (and I hadn’t even finished writing the page!). Then I read the last few pages and found announced, called, cried, retorted, replied, grinned, and a truly ridiculous number ofexclaimed and 6 instances of the adverbial dialogue tags (along with several grey areas).
Help! I’m trapped in a cycle of dialogue abuse!
First of all:
(Thank you to peachtoadstool [this link is NSFW] for pointing out that “your” should be “you’re” in this gif. You’re a peach!)
Secondly, for us, the easiest way to stop overusing said bookisms is this:
- Take every instance of a dialogue tag that isn’t said or asked and change them to said (for statements) or asked (for questions). No adverbs after the dialogue tags either, just said or asked.
- Where that looks weird, like when a character is shouting or sobbing or whispering, get rid of the dialogue tag altogether and make it obvious with description who is speaking without coming out and saying “Karen said” or “Danny asked”.
- Instead of “Karen said”, try something like this: “I want you out of this house! I can’t stand the sight of you!” Karen paced around the kitchen, that familiar vein throbbing in her forehead, and I worried that she might start hurling knives.
- Instead of “Danny asked”, try: Hannah tried to slip out of bed without waking Danny, but he grabbed her hand. “Where are you going?” It was his sleepy voice, breathy and thick, with a slur only she could understand.
- At least once in every run of dialogue, try to find a place where a line can stand alone without any dialogue tag or exposition around it.
- If you’ve done all of these and you now feel like there are too many saids and asks, read this article and this article, and, if you still want to, go back and sprinkle in a few more colorful dialogue tags or add adverbs.
We hope that helps!
S/he’s just not that into you
oh man oh man I am totally mad impressed with Jake’s expression in this. Hell actually that whole image is really solid, like fuck there a lot of emotion in that. Jesus. Dirk as well, fuck and Roxy and just all of it.
These are really well expressed.
right in the feelings
this body language oh my god
Lord. My favorite part of this is how Roxy and Dirk’s eyes are closed. Like they’re willfully shutting out how bad this is for everyone? I know I’m reading too much into tiny details but hopeless unrequited love… is my jam…
I still don’t get how they managed to identify Dave and Rose as their brother and mom.
So when Dirk and Roxy said they never see their Bro/Mom around, they really meant it.
They’ve never actually ever met their guardians. Ever. Rose was dead centuries before ectobaby Roxy arrived on Earth, and so was Dave.
That’s why Dirk has a tattoo of SBAHJ. That’s why Roxy writes fanfic for her mom’s stories.
Because their parents artistic achievements are literally all they have of Dave and Rose, save for Roxy’s ability to watch Rose through the appearifier.
I think the general fannish consensus right now is that Dave and Rose left messages and letters and resources for them, after sensing that they would come (since it’s still entirely possible that alpha Rose and Dave retained, if not their full memories, then enough at least to think - hey, I think there’s two missing here. Or if not, there’s a fan theory that the game kind of makes sure the guardians know they’ve got a kid on the way before the kid lands blah blah.)
I almost kind of see Dirk and Roxy being raised with like a Karkat-Sufferer like arrangement. The Sufferer’s cult, what was left of it, ensured that Karkat wasn’t culled and that he got a lusus. And maybe whatever was left of the human resistance (who, come on, Dave and Rose were totes legendary figures in) had been told, hey, there’s some kids on meteors, make sure they’re safe. Tell them we love them.
Plus I mean they look really really alike and time shenanigans and nonsense and UU or uu could’ve always told them etc etc.
Oh, no, how did I miss that? God…. I really like the idea that the two kids growing up in a troll controlled environment had Ancestor-like relations to their guardians, though. That’s really cool. Aside from the heart wrenching sads it’s giving me.