Along the same lines: here's a clip from something I'm working on. ***** "Thank you, Sergeant." Jarrod reached for the doorknob, reeling slightly as the floor lurched under his feet. The sergeant raised a hand, halting him. "Syg was popular. Things will be ... hard for a while." "I'm used to things being hard." "That's not the issue. You're a bit of a lone wolf, guardsman. Not that I blame you. Not all the lads warm up quickly to Andurens." Gilroy sighed. "Some have parents as fought in the last war." "I think it's my nature, actually." He'd never had many friends. How could he with a father like Seth? Gilroy ran a hand through his close-cropped hair. "It doesn't matter what kind of swordsman you are. You won't survive long in the guard without the good will of your colleagues. You've got to trust your fellows before they'll trust you." I trusted Danior once ... and Syg trusted me. Bleeding lot of good 'trust' did either of us. Jarrod nodded, struggling to keep his expression bland. "Yes, Sergeant." The sergeant gazed at him for several more moments, his expression unreadable. "Dismissed. Go get some rest." ***** So I'm using actions and observations of the pov character to 'tag' the dialog here. Is this appropriate? I also am using an untagged 'internal' thought passage, indicated by italics. I've seen lots of authors doing this, and I like getting an occasional 'look' at a deeper thought processes of the pov character (makes me feel like I'm there, rather than merely observing), but is it considered inappropriate in some circles?