As those who watch me or read my stories may recall, my entries of 'The Human Fish' have had problems with whole parts of the chapters coming out italicized when I did not want them to. Although I lack the technical expertise to know for sure, I now suspect the problem is at dA's end. I use notepad on Windows, as everything I type there stays as I intended, though with no hint as to how a submission will come out when posted.
My earlier efforts to eliminate unwanted italics have met with mixed results, but recently I tried editing 'The Human Fish 3' fav.me/d8z9yzk by substituting ~text~ for <text> when a character speaks using sign language. To my relief it actually worked - all the unwanted italics disappeared, so I anticipate using ~~ instead of <> in the future. I may also revisit my earlier submissions that have had italics issues as well.