I like to think that when I come across a word I don't know while reading or in conversation, I
a) Intrinsically know what it means or b) Look it up then c) Use it myself.
When it comes to emoticons... Not so much. I pretty much only have these at my disposal:
:) to show I'm happy
(or sometimes a :o) for extra emphasis) :D to show I'm really happy :( to show I'm sad :'( or :') to show that made me shed a tear ;) as a knowing gesture (but honestly, I always wonder if maybe people take this as a "just kidding," thus negating my comment.)
..... AAAAAAAAand that's it. My emoticon vocabulary is seriously stunted. And let's face it. Sometimes you're leaving a comment on someone's blog, and you just need something more than a smile, frown, or a wink. I need an arsenal! Not a plastic bow and rubber arrow!
Are you an emoticon intellectual? Help a girl out?
Or are you as emoticon illiterate as I am?
(And will someone pretty please explain what the letter J means?)
I write action / adventure books for middle grade readers, and I'm represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties. I have two books released-- SKY JUMPERS and THE FORBIDDEN FLATS (both action / adventure, for ages 8 and up, with Random House Children's Books). I love happy kids even more than I love cookies, I make lists as often as I eat lunch, and I love having every light in the house on almost as much as I love writing.