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Xangles is all about lazily ignoring long-established rules of professional literary conduct and pawning the delinquency off as radicial innovation, and this applies no less to the grammar, spelling, writing style, punctuation, capitalizations, and terminology of Frangles than anywhere else.  You might notice some strange choices here and there in these areas that would otherwise set off dozens of mental red alerts in the minds of an editor (which is probably why Frangles will never have a publisher).  Be assured these choices are intentionally meant to tick them off, though.  The choices in all these areas are the friters' opinions of what rules work best rather than which ones are established.

Xangles & Frangles try to set precedents, and in their attempts to revise and even create new mediums of prose, clearly grammar and style are no less subject to revision & re-analysis than any other style of literature and storytelling.  Hence Frangles adheres to grammatical rules just like any other, its just the sets of rules Frangles uses are ones tweaked (or sometimes overhauled) from official English conventions.  Much of the following are standard English

 The following are some rules
of what might work best instead, and in particular, what might work best within Frangles, as the fractal nonlinear structures of Frangles present style issues that manifest themselves even in punctuation of the mediums the stories are presented in, just like a large fractal can cause intrinsic consequences on a tiny part of itself.


standard dialogue sentence:
          "Skip, please go write that damned grammar blurb."
          "Skip, go write that damned blurb," yelled Mr. Flick.

standard spoken question:

          "Skip, why don't you go write that damned blurb?"
          "Skip, have you written that !@#$ blurb yet?" asked Mr. Flick.

exclamation factorial
          "Why haven't you written that !@#$ blurb, Skip?!" Mr. Flick exclaimed.

punctuation after parenthetical
          "Skip (or is it Skippy?), please go write that damned grammar blurb."

parenthetical extra thought
          "Skip, write that damned blurb.  (And don't frite anything else until you do)."

punctuation following quoted phrase
          Mr. Flick was often labeled as the "best flwoa friter in Flutonia", and quite often the worst as well.

punctuation following quoted word or phrase
          Mr. Flick--or just "Flick"--was often labeled as the greatest 'friter', which meant "frangles writer", or sometimes "fractal writer".

quoting word or phrase within dialogue
          "Skip," said Mr. Flick, "If you've finally decided on the meaning of the word 'flwoa', please vote mine the best of the 'National Flwoa Fliting contest of 2009'."

character narrating events
         " 'It was the best of times, and Skip was getting hungry.' " narrated Skip.

new paragraph of same speaker while narrating
         " 'It was the best of times, and yet the worst.'
         " 'Then, suddenly, something happened!' "

mixed narration / speech of a character
         "I'm afraid that really ticks me off.  'Twick picked up a stick and pretended to throw it at his new friend, but stopped when he forgot how to describe a thrown stick in any manner worth telling about.'  Alright, saved by the bell," Twick admitted.

When a standard English quotation continues beyond a single paragraph, a quote is left off the end and repeated at the start of the next paragraph, like this:
       "Dear goodness," barked Happy the Wonder Frog while wondering why he was barking (since dogs do bark and frogs do not), "I wonder what it would be like for a dog to 'ribbit' something that I should have said instead.  Incidentally to any freer hovering about,  I believe a totally new thought is coming on that will require a totally new paragraph to portray.
       "Nope, I was wrong, this thought is definitely a run-on tangent of my previous one, and probably wouldn't require a new paragraph.  I sure hope," Happy continued, "that neither that nor that just now didn't just screw up any local frwoa friter or freer too much!  What a needless ramble in any case!"
       In Writer's Bricks, the mechanisms and grammar of literature (and writing) are very vague and undefined concepts that need creating and revising as the story goes on (unlike the medium of established English that tries to portray that vagueness with a strict set of rules).  Hence Skip often experiments with narration by narrating sporadically in the manner that he would if someone were listening to him.  Of course, these narrations serve a crafted purpose for the local freer (you), by giving you information about what's going on through Skip's narration.  So when Skip narrates, his narration is presented as quoted within the dialogue, to distinguish from his actual speaking apart from his attempt at narration (as if he's dictating the scene on paper or reading it from a book).  When this narration hits a new paragraph, the single quote will end at the end of the dialogue paragraph and continue to the next as above, like this:
       "Ah, Darlene, a.k.a. 'my mighty nemesis Xozoro' in an obscure never-to-be-written Frangles frwoa, how are you doing today?  'Darlene looked at Skip as if he was either mad, or practicing an especially loopy and recursive narration for some local Frangles grammar blurb.  She moved to hit that red button she always hits, then paused, as if unsure whether it would be necessary to do so.'
       " ' "Stop narrating!" Darlene wanted to say, but didn't, because Skip was still doing so and couldn't possibly have predicted exactly what she was going to say with any reasonable probability of predicting it.'
       " 'Suddenly, Happy the Wonder Frog walked in the office wondering why the hell such a lengthy scene was being inserted into Skip's imaginary Frangles grammar blurb instead of somewhere more useful, like a Frangles updates section where it would be much more usefully excessive!' "
       " '...Skip ribbited.' " added Happy.
       " 'Ribbited'? " inquired Skip.
       "Yes, 'ribbited', isn't that what I said?" asked Happy.
       Note that we put a comma after the last instance of "ribbited", just like three words ago in this sentence, as opposed to the standard prose habit of putting the comma just before the word "ribbited," like that.  We think this makes more sense, because a quoted word or phrase shouldn't include the sentence structure around it that's talking about it, because you're not quoting the comma, only the word.  This seems to make Frangles grammar a little easier to read, as well.  Hence, in the sentence before that, the question mark is placed within the double quotes (because it is part of the quote; that is, Happy is posing a question), but outside the singular quotes, because Happy is inquiring about the word "ribbited", not inquiring about an inquiry about the word "ribbited".  (And so on).  
       It hasn't been established exactly when "Frangles grammar" will supersede standard English grammar, and when convention will be adhered to, but if you see the above grammar being used as opposed to your usual bland vanilla grammar, just be aware what's going on.  (If anyone feels this is a horrid and blasphemous violation of established literary conduct, they probably shouldn't be !@#$ing reading fractal nonlinear fiction to begin with.) =P