I have a rule about not using italics for emphasis in prose. In dialog, sometimes, when I don't trust the rest of the writing to convey exactly where the character put the whammy, but even then I wonder if I could get away without them. In prose? Probably always a sign that I'm not trusting my writing.
Your mileage may vary. Your prose style is not mine. Adjectives may settle in shipping. But that's a rule I have for me. I was pondering it today while revising a sentence to make the emphasis fall naturally where I wanted it.
Promotion: girlsavesboyfic for the Girl saves Boy Ficathon. Since we're in the Buffy fandom (or many of y'all reading this are, at least), the trope works this way fairly often for us. But we could always do with some more girls saving the boys they love! Or like in a friendly sort of way.
Bonus pr0n: Taste the Sea. NSFW in a big way. Not always to my taste; probably won't be to yours either. But it's definitely the female gaze on lovely male and female bodies. For example.
Tumblr is a strange place, you know that? Lots of images flying around, being reblogged. It's far more of a scrapbooking place than a journaling place. Culturally quite different from here. I find it amusing how very old-fashioned and stodgy LJ looks as web technology in comparison with Tumblr, which uses AJAX in various lovely ways. LJ & its clones are so very very ugly and slow in comparison. Not sure what it means.
harmony033 tagged me for one of those answer-these-questions memes. I obediently answer them.
What song are you currently addicted to?
Aarktica, "Young Light", on At Sea.
What's your favorite season?
If I were still in New England, I'd say fall, but the part of California I'm in now doesn't have anything remotely resembling fall. So I'll say early spring, when it's stopped raining but the hills are all still green and growing.
What's the latest movie you watched?
"The Addams Family", which my husband had never seen before. This tragic gap in his cultural knowledge has now been filled.
What is the one skill you wish you had?
The skill of being able to sit down and work on a single story until it is finished. Please can I have this skill nao?
What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
Ha. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Probably will remain so for years yet.
What's your favorite musical instrument?
The analog synthesizer. Or software simulation of an analog synth, since the real things are temperamental.
What web sites do you always visit when you go online?
LJ, Tumblr, Daring Fireball. The usage "go online" seems quaint to me; am I ever really offline at any time these days? Only when traveling, and thanks to smartphones, not even then.
What was the last thing you bought?
A soy latte, while out grocery shopping yesterday.
If you win 10,000 bucks today, what would you do with it?
Bank it, so as to extend my period of glorious unemployment even longer.
Last concert you went to?
I cannot even freaking remember what that would be because it's... ten years ago now. I've just stuck Ulrich Schnauss's SF tour date on my calendar, though, because I'd like to hear him play live. Even if his most recent album was a snoozefest, his first is one of my desert island disks.
What could be one of the best things to happen to you right now?
Somebody could appear with a big cup of hot coffee, fully-leaded. Darn it, I need to get up and go make some for myself.
What's your favorite food?
Do you want to learn another language?
In the sense that I want to learn everything there is to learn, yeah. Not specifically at the moment, though.
Five things you can't live without.
Hyperbole ho! My husband. My Macbook. My Vibram Five Fingers. A pair of comfortable jeans, properly broken-in. A supply of contact lenses.