I had to put a very pointed Admin post up at the Alexander-the-Great-Slash list. After wasting my precious time re-formatting several completely screwed up and nearly unintelligible fanfics last night and approving them to the list, one of the authors (who can clearly barely speak or write English) wrote and asked why we had taken her italics out. Seems to think her story makes no sense without the italics.
Note to anyone writing anything he/she thinks is worthwhile: If you can't make yourself understood without italics and special characters and a Deus ex Machina god appearing to explain what you're really trying to say, you should take up another hobby, such as needlepoint and leave the writing to someone else.
I'm already feeling a little bad about my post. But just a little, mind you. (Stop laughing, Joey!)
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger, May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed, I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens, Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance, Living might mean taking chances, but they're worth taking, Loving might be a mistake, but it's worth making, Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter, When you come close to selling out, reconsider, Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!