Writing Dialogue

July 27, 2011By jaygrammar, miscelany, Writing

Hey, mom! What’cha doin’?” Tomy asked.
“It’s ‘What are you doing?’ I am getting dinner ready,” she replied.

Writing dialogue can be difficult. It doesn’t have to be. Gary shares some great steps to point writers in the right direction. I never realized the final comma before the end quote. I should have but I didn’t.

Gary Smailes shares dialogue wisdom.

This article has highlighted just the very basics of dialogue formatting. However, the aim is to give you just enough information to get it right most of the time. As with all writing rules there is some give and take in the system and sometimes the way you present speech in complex situations becomes a judgement call.




No Comments

July 27, 2011By jaytechnology, Writing

I am asked why I don’t have comment enabled. The short answer is because they take too much time.

The long answer is: I don’t have a lot of time, to even write a post, draw a picture to accompany it, and to then respond. I don’t have time to moderate and control spam (yes, I know that there are some well written spam filters). I would like to, but I am unable. In light of the time restraints that I have, I prefer to use said time for writing and learning to draw better.

[I apologies if this is offensive. I just have to focus on what the goal is and it isn’t to create dialogue. It is to record, publish, and push myself. It might not appear that I have done a lot of pushing, but I have.]

I understand that a blog is considered a interactive newsletter, a community dialogue, and a place for interaction with the author or illustrator, but I haven’t the time to devote to all of it. Maybe in the future this will change.

Until then, if you are interested in sharing with me, connect with me via or comment via my contact page. Twitter is best/quickest way to get a response. I am interested in dialogue, I just don’t have much time for it.

If you write I will respond when I am able.




Creation: Day One

July 26, 2011By jayart, Faerie-tales, humor, miscelany, story, Writing

The Creator saw Light and smiled.

Then He rent light from light—bright light torn from dark light—with a crackle. God named the new sound, Crackle. Crackle, looked around. Bright Light was next to him and knew that he was bound to her.

Bright Light saw her brother Dark Light and moved to be near him. The closer she came the further he moved away.

With a laugh he fled.

With a giggle she pursued him with Crackle hot on her heals.

There was Evening there was Morning chasing him all over the sky, day 1.



The good, the bad, and the growing

July 19, 2011By jayart, grammar, miscelany, story, Writing

No writer. No artist. No worker.
Ever got better by not doing bad work.

We all do. Bad work, when one is trying
his or her best, leads to better work.

Good designers grow out of bad designers with good eyes.

Good artists grow out of bad artists with good imagination.

Good writers grow out of bad writers with a love for words.

It takes heart.

Heart to keep trying in the face of
disappointment—in the face of self-rejection.

We must push our boundaries. We must publish
and keep pushing harder. We must display our work,
accept critique, review, and grow.



An Apocryphal Creation

July 17, 2011By jayart, Faerie-tales, humor, story, Writing

In the beginning,[1. This story is apocryphal: meaning a story or statement of doubtful authenticity—as the writer of said story, I can tell you without a doubt it is not true.] after all building permits and zoning codes were approved, the Creator crafted Sound. He created Sound first because, he thought, what good is a light show without sound? So, ere light was burst onto the scene God formed Sound.

As Light was waiting to be made he asked the Maker, Father, since Sound was born first may I be faster? To which the Former said, Sure. Thus God knew that His light show would be slightly out of sync—and Light was born.

Being birthed first Sound became slightly prideful and boasted in his older-than-light self. After bickering, like two children for an hour (even though neither kids nor time existed) the Creator stepped in between them. He saw Sound’s pride and decided to divide him into various expressions of sound.

These utterances, the Maker decided, would have personalities and physical form. So when something new would come into being; a new sound would be joined to the new creation. But, that sound would also take shape. And so, Sound would diminish in mass as he would grow in volume.

Thus, Sound became the first tribe and the first family of beings. They were charged to never be seen but always heard.


The Slaughter

July 7, 2011By jayart, humor, story, Writing

They came in droves and hordes;
they rooted while I slept.

Destroying agents of the damned appeared
with kindless hearts both black and hard.

Displacing beauty and torturing eyes;
a challenge I would accept.

I awoke with vengeance in my heart
and engaged them in my yard.

Have you ever wondered how vegetarians deal with their conscience? I mean the green blood of millions of insects uprooted; whole ecosystems and kingdoms destroyed just so some veggie-lover can gnash their teeth on some green produce? Talk about cruelty. I think there should be a law against it.








It was a slaughter, a devastation,
my battle with the weeds.

Through my might and machine;
They lost their only hold.

One by one, they fell, like warriors on the field;
with no where left to flee.

I stood and laughed as they bleed
and lost their very souls.

I have wondered about it. I mean we have PETA. But, what about PETI. Shouldn’t there be ethical treatment of insects? I think being a meatatarian is much less cruel. I only eat one animal at a time and I don’t destroy their homes in the process.

I looked on as they were looted
and pillage from the air.

As they gave up their hold,
they gave up their gold.

I laughed without a care.

Others have tried and failed
where only I have succeeded.
Today, my Lawn War was fought
and it now lies properly weeded.

The Animator Letters: Austin Madison

July 6, 2011By jayart, miscelany, Writing

Austin, You have inspired me. As I have been trying to get back into illustrating I have rediscovered the frustration that discourages—I can’t get what I want all of the time and it gets a bit tiring.
It is wonderful to read honest notes like yours. I am not working to be an animator, but as an artist it is terrific to hear other artists stories. I am looking forward to see what else the Animator Letters Project produces!

To Whom it May Inspire,

I, like many of you artists out there, constantly shift between two states. The first (and far more preferable of the two) is white-hot, “in the zone” seat-of-the-pants, firing on all cylinders creative mode. This is when you lay your pen down and the ideas pour out like wine from a royal chalice! This happens about 3% of the time.

The other 97% of the time I am in the frustrated, struggling, office-corner-full-of-crumpled-up-paper mode. The important thing is to slog diligently through this quagmire of discouragement and despair. Put on some audio commentary and listen to the stories of professionals who have been making films for decades going through the same slings and arrows of outrageous production problems.

In a word: PERSIST.

What is nice about personal notes, from professionals, is that they can be applied to so many areas of life.

Steve Ballmer runs on Windows

July 4, 2011By jayapplications, humor, technology

Paul Thurrott’s quote of Steve Ballmer:

“If you cut me open and saw what was inside,” he continued, “[It’s] Windows. Windows. Windows. Windows…” [via Thurrott’s site (link now dead)]

I hate to say what many people are thinking, but does this mean that his brain is full of malware and his body full of viruses? By the way he acts I would say this is an affirmative. (Okay, I am joking folks. But, for humor’s sake Goog… better yet bingsteve ballmer going crazy

I realize Windows is Microsoft’s bread and butter, but… this kind of thinking is called stagnation. Pumping up the crowd doesn’t make Windows better nor does it make their tablets work better and be more desirable.