This made me smile.
But what the post — at omnivoracious, by Susan Morris — is really about, is using body language to deepen the emotional impact of your story.
I like the specific mention of nonhuman body language. Morris mentions “How to Train Your Dragon” for that, which is fair enough; let me just add that a good example for nonhuman body language shown with words rather than pictures is (of course) Martha Wells’ Raksura trilogy.
Morris also provides a list of zillions of phrases you can use to express body language. Not sure I like that part — does that make using body language in your novel seem too mechanical? Because I think that might be the effect of overthinking this issue. Which I think might happen, with this kind of list.
But it’s still fun to read.
And I’m still smiling over the Emoticows.