# Formatting a book with scene markers

I'm laying out my wife's book using LaTeX; I'm using KOMA-Script scrbook as my document class, but I don't think that my question here is specific to KOMA. Between certain scenes, we have scene markers to indicate to the reader that either time has passed or the point of view has changed; standard fare in novels. It would look something like:

…and we came to the end of the paragraph.

• • •

Meanwhile, in this other paragraph…

With the layout that I'm producing, I want to introduce two specific behaviours to this:

1. I never want a scene separator as the first text on a page. If I have to squeeze some vertical spacing to fit the scene separator at the bottom of the previous page, that's what I want to do. If it's better to move some of the text of the previous page (while avoiding widows/orphans) to the new page, that's what I want to do. I'd also like to do this with as little human intervention as possible, since I'm using LaTeX as an intermediate format for the print document.

2. I want the paragraph following the scene separator to not be indented, just as if this were the beginning of a chapter.

What I have made is a command:

\usepackage{fontspec,xunicode}
\defaultfontfeatures{Ligatures=TeX}
\newfontfamily\cleffont{Apple Symbols}
\makeatletter

\newcommand{\Scene}{%
\begin{center}%
{{\fontsize{2\dimexpr\f@size}%
\z@\cleffont{𝄞}}}%
\end{center}}
\makeatother


So that I use it as:

…and we came to the end of the paragraph.

\Scene

Meanwhile, in this other paragraph…


Can I do either of these, and how?

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possible duplicate of Paragraph breaks with asterisks –  Werner Apr 23 '12 at 4:56
@Werner: I think this is not a duplicate. In the link you provided the ornament must be placed if and only if a page break occurs between paragraphs; here the situation is completely different. –  Gonzalo Medina Apr 23 '12 at 5:49
@Werner; as the asker, I looked at the other solution question's solutions and they don't do anything near what I want out of my scene breaks. I always want my scene breaks, I just never want them at the top of a new page by themselves (I want it at the bottom when there is such a break) and I don't want to have to hand-adjust the document. I agree that they're related, but the question you've pointed to didn't come up in my searches before I asked. –  Austin Ziegler Apr 23 '12 at 23:37

For 1. and 2. you can do something like this:

\makeatletter
\newcommand{\Scene}{%
\bgroup
\begin{center}%
{{\fontsize{2\dimexpr\f@size}%
\z@\cleffont{𝄞}}}%
\end{center}
\makeatother


or, to have even vertical spacing you could also say

\makeatletter
\newcommand{\Scene}{%
\vspace{\topsep}
\noindent\hfil%
{{\fontsize{2\dimexpr\f@size}%
\z@\cleffont{𝄞}}}%
\hfil\par%
\vspace{\topsep}

@AustinZiegler: try adding something like \addvspace{\topsep} right after \begin{center}. –  Gonzalo Medina Apr 23 '12 at 4:46