Nerdy Revelries

This is the diary of a very nerdy girl. She is an English major hoping to become a writer, a fan of Sailor Moon and Harvest Moon who philosophizes a lot. Kino no Tabi and the novels of Vladimir Nabokov are her joy. These things and whatever else may catch her nerdy, eclectic interest shall be the subject of this blog. She sometimes likes to speak in third person.


Run by the owner of the equally geeky Sailor Moon Tumblr, Jungle Garden Senshi.

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I wish people would just leave me alone and I could have an entire day of silence and no voices that I didn’t specifically click to have them play. I am just so tired.

thecharactercomma:

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!

—E

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kumacrafts:

Finally a BIG update is coming! We’ve had a lot of new stuff in the works, and we are finally ready to start accepting pre-orders!

Pre-orders will open THIS FRIDAY September 19th @ 6pm EDT (UTC-4). Please use this website to convert the restock time to your local time (enter 6pm, EDT on the right side of the page ^^) Pre-Order items will be made to order and will ship 3 weeks from date of purchase.

We will have the following NEW items available for Pre-Order:

Sailor Uranus Space Sword $25

Sailor Neptune Deep Aqua Mirror $25

Sailor Starlights Star Yell $32 These will be available in white and a limited quantity in blue. 

Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive $20

Holy Moon Chalice (v2)  $28 I decided to make a necklace that is just the top of the Holy Moon Chalice. It’s smaller, easier to wear and just as sparkly!

Sailor Saturn Bow Necklace $25 This necklace is 3d printed from a deep bluish-purple plastic with a hint of sparkles.

Lip Rods, Manga Brooches and most other items will be available for pre-order as well! ♥ We are also bringing the Sterling Silver Garnet Orbs back for pre-order.

I hope to have the hair clips available for order again within 2-3 weeks when I receive more of the metal hair clip pieces. Sorry for the delay >_< 

Oh no, I’ve been hoping she’d release the Space Sword forever!

culturalappropriationon:

geekykristie:

angelacarterofmars:

Girl meets world addresses Cultural appropriation

this is actually embarassingly wrong, though. sure, she looks tacky but this is a purely white liberal construct we’re looking at here. generally speaking, people in contemporary japan aren’t going to see something like that as misappropriation, and it hardly makes sense to even try to look at it that way because harajuku is, you know, a shopping district that sells mass produced clothing. maybe this girl is doing something else noxious in the episode, but what’s presented here just isn’t that.

there is of course a line in the sand, and in this case in specific it’s basically between nicki minaj and gwen stefani. nicki was, and maybe still does, calling herself harajuku barbie because she’s drawn a lot of inspiration for her looks from the bright, colourful styles of the district. a district in a wealthy industrialized nation. there’s no real difference between that and calling herself rodeo drive barbie or camden square barbie. gwen stefani, you know, was paying asian women to follow her around like ornaments. that’s a problem.

i get kind of suspicious when people, especially in mainstream tv, overwhelmingly go after “weaboos” as soft targets because it seems like a smokescreen to avoid going after the actually deeply troublesome and normalized acts of commodifying and trivializing marginalized groups.

also, a teacher dragging a teenage girl that hard in front of her entire class is fucked up.

I saw this like seven times yesterday scrolling on my phone and wasn’t about to start on it from there - but yeah pretty much what you said. People are ready to leap on those they perceive as weeaboos but people forget or ignore that Harajuku (and anime) is for sale.

Love of my life Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is the official Ambassador of Kawaii, as in it is a real part of her fashion-fused-musical-career as ordained by the government to promote Japanese kawaii culture and Harajuku fashions to the rest of the world in an effort to bump international attention, tourism, and sales. There are without a doubt social movements/ideas particular to the culture embedded in the different areas of Japanese fashion and act as a response to the culture - but frankly, overall, a lot of Japanese fashion is fashion. It exists for an aesthetic; it exists for expression; it exists for influence and ultimately consumption; and today more than ever it exists for export.

Sitting around and pointing a finger at every Japanese fashion labeling it as deeply intrinsic and important and special and exclusive to the culture is harmful; by doing so you are denying a contemporary creative base the autonomy to evolve and speak for itself. “Japan is a land of tradition” yeah, okay, but it doesn’t live in a fucking vacuum trembling from fear of the peeking gaijin.

What is happening here is a young girl is dressed in a fashion she cannot identify, which can be a case of cultural appropriation when “plagiarizing and/or thieving” is the mode of operation. For example: Someone latching on to a visual they saw while watching a Japanese film/whatever then went on to claim the style as their own creation and started selling it without ever acknowledging their influences or affirming the creatives whose work they are leeching from. Which is of course a lot to assume of a middle schooler to be intentionally doing. 

And that is totally Cory laying the smack down on his own daughter in front of an entire class. Double messed up. 

Bolded for highlight because I know a lot of people won’t read it otherwise.

And I think this is what bothers me so much about “cultural appropriation”, though I haven’t been able to put my finger on it before. While I understand that it is a problem, I think the term can also be overused. We live in a global society. Please don’t make it artificially xenophobic. There’s enough xenophobia in the world as it is without us trying to add more.

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Did Calvin even change?

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
How tall is Usagi ? To my understanding its said that usagi is 4"11 :I ? So you know the rest of the senshi heights, including Mamoru ?
nerdyrevelries nerdyrevelries Said:

knight-of-tuxedo:

tiny012:

mysteriousninja:

tiny012:

Here’s a character chart.

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It’s not really a good one but you get an idea. 

Edit

I found a better one!

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Here’s Naoko’s height charts too :P

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There’s also this:

:-D

It’s interesting how Naoko considers Minako is of average height. I’m just slightly taller than her and I guarantee you I’m pretty much Shorty McShorterson. Everyone towers over me. Yes, even when I was in Tokyo—they just didn’t tower as much, XD

I don’t know that Naoko actually give official heights for the girls, but I’m not sure that hers are the same as the ones used in other source materials. For example, you’ll notice that in Naoko’s notes, Rei and Usagi appear to be the same height, whereas there’s a pretty significant difference between their heights (4 inches) in the other chart. Likewise, Setsuna and Haruka would seem to be the same height even though the other chart lists them as having different heights. Finally, in Naoko’s drawing, Minako is slightly taller than Ami, whereas the other chart lists it as being the exact opposite, with Ami being 5’2” and Minako being exactly 5’. So I would be cautious of equating Naoko-hime’s commentary with the heights given in other canons.

smellslikecold:

I feel a strong connection with the Grape Spirit

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I recently opened up an online store to sell my handmade jewelry. The prices are really reasonable (that necklace is only $25, I’ve yet to find something as nice as that piece for a comparable price) and I think the jewelry looks pretty nice, too. If you enjoy jewelry, I’d love it if you’d browse through what I’m selling. New pieces are being added as I create them. I’m currently working on a really cute necklace design and I have plans to release some Blue Feather (Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons/Bokujou Monogatari themed) earrings as soon as I have the materials together. Please help me support my beading habit and check out: Bead With Me

I belch like an Amazon warrior goddess who could crush your puny mortal head between my massive, Herculaneum thighs. By which I mean really, really loud.

knight-of-tuxedo:

crunchbuttsteak:

i know everybody always makes fun of mamoru’s green jacket, but can we talk about his cow print vest from the manga?

Not taboo at all! Let’s talk about it all you want! What’s to say?

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OK, ‘nuff said! XD

Did someone say cow print vest?