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The Princess and the Eremite

“They cry out for their Garlander: The Princess. She hopes to ably aid their need. She knows she must with heavy heart depart what she has always known, moreover fleeing through the Wood through which her people fled, rescue her … Continue reading

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Trolls-ish

I have watched the Trolls movie so many times, you guys… Help me Uh, I mean, ahem! <in universe voice> Trollish (Silampampsun Gi’impsun, Gi’impsun, Impish, or Turxulsun (archaic) ) is the language of the Troll People of the Melean Mountain Range. In its standard dialect, centered … Continue reading

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Non-Pulomic English

exxos-von-steamboldt: English needs more non-pulmonic consonants. Me: Challenge accepted! Let’s start with ejectives. I’ve noticed people hypercorrecting intervocalic voicing and devoicing all voiced stops (dim> /tɪm/ and spider > /spaɪtɚ/ ) how then to disambiguate voiceless stops (and prevent the fusion … Continue reading

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Ding ding!

And I’m back from vacation with black circles under my eyes and the Trolls sound track in my head. But I did manage have a conversation with my wife! We talked about Wallstreet. “We call Europe and Asia ‘conservative markets,’” she … Continue reading

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Speech of the Sahara Sea

  Remember the Peoples of the Sahara Seas? Well, the original creator of the Sahara Seas map, Sean McNight, liked it! “Good job,” he said. Or words to that effect. Anyway that’s all the encouragement I need to go further! The last … Continue reading

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Beta-readers for The Sultan’s Enchanter?

Friends, arkadashli, and arkadaşlar! My historical fantasy-romance-alternate-history is done…again! Three years ago, my agent told me to rewrite the first three chapters and send it back to her. Three years later, I have somewhat done so! If you’ve read earlier versions of The … Continue reading

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What if Oliver Cromwell didn’t get malaria?

…and lived to age 80, giving him 20 extra years to play proto-Napoleon in the British isles? France gets its act together to fund oppressed Catholics, especially in Scotland and Ireland, who declare independence in the chaos following Cromwell’s death. … Continue reading

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Done with The Sultan’s Enchanter!

(which is what I’m calling Charming Lies now) (and it’s just the latest round of edits that I’m done with but it’s still a big milestone, damn it! Including breaks I’ve been working on this thing for over four years!) 204 pages, … Continue reading

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The Peoples of the Saharan Seas

Just like Cody of AlternateHistoryHub, I was blown away by Sean McNight‘s map of the “Seas of the Sahara.” Sean’s map is about a future geoengineering project, and Cody’s scenario begins 7,000 years ago, but mine goes back further. Say hello to Y-DNA … Continue reading

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The Thitherlands

Japanese is great! Today I was talking with my teacher about the word yo (世). In general, it means “world” as in yo no naka ni wa iro-iro na ningen ga histyou da (世の中にはいろいろな人間が必要だ, or “in this world, you need different sorts … Continue reading

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