I'd love to hear your expert (or not so expert!) opinion on whether I should put a capital letter after a colon, and whether I should put a comma before the word "too".
So, it seems as though sometimes you put a capital letter after a colon, and sometimes you don't. The Online Oxford Dictionary has examples that all have small letters after the colon, but Wikipedia seems to think that this is generally the case with British English, whereas with American English, there is more likely to be a capital letter after a colon.
My gut feel is that if there's a whole new sentence coming after the colon, then I should capitalize it, but if it's just a list, or a sentence that wouldn't normally stand on its own, then I shouldn't capitalize.
What do you think of the following sentences?
#1) I hear Tora’s voice in my head: Bend your knees, arch your back, thrust your opponent right off.
#2) Their colors shift rapidly in protest, cycling through an endless palette: lavender—magenta—burgundy—sienna.
#3) And then I notice something else: a solitary figure standing on the other side of the ravine.
The comma before (or not?) the word "too"
I've read several English forums and it seems that, these days, with a comma or without a comma are both correct (though people seem to think that in more formal writing a comma should be used). I searched the word "too" on the Online Oxford Dictionary and found this sentence as two of their examples: is he coming too? and she is a grown woman, and a strong one too. So, no comma there...
I am more inclined not to put a comma before "too", because it feels to me as though it interrupts the flow of a sentence. So what do you think of the following examples? Would you include a comma?
#1) I toss my bow away and dive toward him too, knocking his sleeping form to the floor.
#2) ... and I look down. Nate looks down too. "Actually, I think..."
#3) Yes, they get scared too. Anyway, the really evil ones...
#4) I have to admit I'd like to know the answers to those questions too.
Thank you in advance for your comments!