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August 13 2017

what if internet comments represent the way we wish we could talk to each other in meatspace

Stop ignoring the anti-Semitic aspect of Charlottesville

dancinbutterfly:

They wore swastikas. There were members of the Aryan brotherhood. They used the Nazi slogan designed to malign Jews “blood and soil.” They zig-heiled Trump. They chanted “Jews will not replace us.”

I keep seeing this called a race riot but EVERY OTHER TIME race comes up Jews aren’t included. So start including us as not white or make it fucking clear when you talk about Charlottesville that you’re talking about a racist and anit-Semitic riot. You can’t have it both ways.

Well. You can? But Jews and Jewish allies can fucking see you when you do it. And we know you’re not a safe person.

gayantlers:

alyesque:

Confirmed that the driver of the vehical was James Alex Fields Jr, his mother has confirmed he was there for the unite the right rally as an alt right supoorter.

This is imporant. Fascists on twitter and tumblr have been posting fake info, fake names, and more all claimin it was an antifa counterprotestor who was the driver in order to shift the blame.

Charlottesville police have confirmed it was James Alex Fields Jr, and his mother has confirmed he was there as a member or the right unity rally.

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/13/543176250/charlottesville-attack-james-alex-fields-jr

Link for those wondering

zamaron:

Hey like this whole “well Nazis are just ignorant and need to be educated” shit is factually wrong. they are well aware of what they are doing they just need to be killed that’s it

August 12 2017

aljofares:

Seriously, if you think poor, white, rural folk had the money to fly and drive to Charlottesville, pay for lodging and food and all other expenses to attend a Nazi rally, i don’t know what to tell you

These folk are probably professionals in cushy positions, business owners or public employees.

petbud:

i hope every nazi is brutally murdered

splitters:

friendly reminder that nazis give up their rights as human beings as soon they become nazis

August 11 2017

Writing Tip: Don’t Be Afraid of Mixing Dialogue and Action

mostlyhydratrash:

tlbodine:

So I’ve been reading a lot of amateur writing lately, and I’ve noticed what seems to be a common problem: dialogue. 

Tell me if this looks familiar. You start writing a conversation, only to look down and realize it reads like: 

“I’m talking now,” he said. 

“Yes, I noticed,” she said. 

“I have nothing much to add to this conversation,” the third person said. 

And it grates on your ears. So much ‘said.’ It looks awful! It sounds repetitive. So, naturally, you try to shake it up a bit: 

“Is this any better?” He inquired. 

“I’m not sure,” she mused. 

“I definitely think so!” that other guy roared. 

This is not an improvement. This is worse. 

Now your dialogue is just as disjointed as it was before, but you have the added problem of a bunch of distracting dialogue verbs that can have an unintentionally comedic effect. 

So here’s how you avoid it: You mix up the dialogue with description. 

“Isn’t this better?” He asked, leaning forward in his seat. “Don’t you feel like we’re more grounded in reality?” 

She nodded, looking down at her freshly manicured nails. “I don’t feel like a talking head anymore.” 

“Right!” That annoying third guy added. “And now you can get some characterization crammed into the dialogue!” 

The rules of dialogue punctuation are as follows: 

  • Each speaker gets his/her own paragraph - when the speaker changes, you start a new paragraph. 
  • Within the speaker’s own paragraph, you can include action, interior thoughts, description, etc. 
  • You can interrupt dialogue in the middle to put in a “said” tag, and then write more dialogue from that same speaker. 
  • You can put the “said” tag at the beginning or end of the sentence. 
  • Once you’ve established which characters are talking, you don’t need a “said” tag every time they speak. 

Some more examples: 

“If you’re writing an incomplete thought,” he said, “you put a comma, then the quote mark, then the dialogue tag.” 

“If the sentence ends, you put in a period.” She pointed at the previous sentence. “See? Complete sentences.” 

“You can also replace the dialogue tag with action.” Extra guy yawned. “When you do, you use a period instead of a comma.”

So what do you do with this newfound power? I’m glad you asked. 

  • You can provide description of the character and their surroundings in order to orient them in time and space while talking. 
  • You can reveal characterization through body language and other nonverbal cues that will add more dimension to your dialogue. 
  • You can add interior thoughts for your POV character between lines of dialogue - especially helpful when they’re not saying quite what they mean. 
  • You can control pacing. Lines of dialogue interrupted by descriptions convey a slower-paced conversation. Lines delivered with just a “said” tag, or with no dialogue tag at all, convey a more rapid-fire conversation. 

For example: 

“We’ve been talking about dialogue for a while,” he said, shifting in his seat as though uncomfortable with sitting still. 

“We sure have,” she agreed. She rose from her chair, stretching. “Shall we go, then?” 

“I think we should.” 

“Great. Let’s get out of here.” 

By controlling the pacing, you can establish mood and help guide your reader along to understanding what it is that you’re doing. 

I hope this helps you write better dialogue! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an ask :)

“Also,” some asshole interjected, “there’s a proper way to format long sections of dialog from one character, too. Sometimes a character is just really long-winded and you need a way to break all that talking up, and sometimes it’s just a change in the subject. Either way, to put all of that in a single quote can be a little daunting to read.

“The good news is, you can totally leave off your ending quote and continue on the next line. Tolkien used this one a lot, but it doesn’t get used as much anymore. Still a viable option, though.”

although if we’re honest there are two kinds of people in the modern world: people who openly struggle with their mental health, and people who lie about struggling with their mental health

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humansofnewyork:

“I always wanted to be a mental health therapist.  Ever since high school, I’ve enjoyed encouraging people and giving them hope.  But I lost my way.  I got caught in a world of addiction.  I lost ten years of my life to drugs.  I stopped when I became pregnant with my child, but by that time it was too late to go back to school.  I started working as an office manager.  I never completely lost my dream.  But I just put it on a shelf for thirty years.  Then five years ago I to…ok it off the shelf.  I heard a lady in my choir talking about how she enrolled in community college.  I drove there the very next day.  I was so nervous when I filled out the application.  I was so nervous the first day of class.  All the old voices were telling me: ‘You never finish anything.’  But I said ‘fuck you’ to the old voices.  And I started getting A’s.  On my first test, I got the only perfect score in the class.  I graduated at the age of 50.  I got my Masters at 55.  And just last night I completed a mental health first aid course.  I’m so close now.  There’s still fear there.  I used to be afraid of it never happening.  Now I’m afraid of it happening.  The old voices try to come back sometimes.  They tell me: ‘You can rest,’ or ‘You’ve earned a break.’  But I’m not stopping this time.  Somebody out there is waiting for me to finish because they need my help.“

yarking:

seriousjones:

the sexual tension between two gas stations on the same intersection

I’m so sick of this shit. Two gastations can’t even be on the same block without some walnut shipping them, while I can’t find a single fic for dennys/applebees with dennys bottoming.

i was questioning being an NB woman because i have it in my head that i’m either “basically cis” or confused about gender, so i tried assuming i was a cis woman for awhile, but it just felt horribly wrong. tried assuming i was a trans man and that also felt horribly wrong. i guess what i’m trying to say is that if assuming you’re a certain gender feels horribly wrong to you, that probably isn’t your actual gender

today i tweeted at sister helen prejean that i liked her book and i’ve never been happier to have a nun acknowledge me

actually, i’ve never been happy to have a nun acknowledge me until today, period

“cancel your comcast subscription” isn’t suicide baiting either, it’s just that a lot of you are really determined to see any flippant comment you don’t like as a personal attack

lavenderpanda:

lavenderpanda:

im a very physically disabled trans woman who spends most of her day in bed, and I could really use help affording food if anyone is able to help

my paypal is lavenderadnap90@gmail.com and my square is cash.me/$AmberLioness

thank you 💜

we’re super low on food at the moment so any amount of help would be amazing 💜💜💜

this is a controversial opinion apparently but like… as someone whose social anxiety is so bad that i can’t be in most public places without constantly being in hypervigilance mode, being told to “go outside” when you’re making it bleedingly obvious that your entire worldview comes from this dumpster fire of a site is not ableist. they’re not even saying that you literally need to leave the house. it’s a figure of speech that equates to “experience the world outside this website, because it’s fucking unhealthy to make this blue hell your entire life”

the only amusement park rides i like are the teacups and those spinning chair swings because they’re the only ones that don’t either trigger my fear of heights or upset my delicate inner ear

hcneylesbian:

hey if you’re LGBT reblog and say in the tags what you identify as and whether you prefer the front, middle, or back of a rollercoaster

edit: terfs don’t touch

kamalakhan:

this man next to me is on the phone and he went “are you fucking kidding me right now? are you serious?” then he got up and stood next to a cactus and went “im by my favorite cactus right now, and you’re disrespecting me like this?”

August 10 2017

amimuzino:

just throwing it out there but its 200% acceptable for my mutuals to im me posts they think id like with no need for an explanation or conversation. send that good content my way

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