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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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Fantasy Spelling

Today I’m thinking about spelling rules. English spelling rules are nasty, and experts like David Peterson say (with good reason) we shouldn’t try to mimic them in our constructed languages. Instead, we should use the general international spelling rules (a … Continue reading

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The History of Niwyowid

proto-Niwyowid (PNV) Xe eisi yi zuha vei yi xe yi skyay avan eyii tyi exi. /ɣe eˈihi dzi ˈzɯha ˈvei dzi ɣe dzi skjaj ˈavan eˈjii ci ˈeɣi/ “And stood his hat holding he and his wet face turned to the wind” … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: The Book of Joy

I made a promise to myself a while back to write a review for every book I enjoyed unreservedly all the way to the end. But what does “the end” mean? What happens when I use the book to put … Continue reading

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The Scifi Rock Opera

I wrote this on the bus <Quazzon Emissary> We came from a distant society To question your culture’s moralety You’ve got forty days to revise all your mores Or you‘ll become slaves to our empathy! <humans> Oh ohhhh! Tremble with … Continue reading

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Talking to aliens

Okay, here’s an idea. Not very fully baked yet. Imagine I’m talking about fishing with some alien friends, and I want to say that I’m glad my friends invited me to this interesting conversation about fishing. What I actually say … Continue reading

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How would English language develop in an apocalypse?

(in answer to this question on Stack Exchange) Oh my goodness what a lovely road you have in front of you! First of all, there’s no right way to construct your future language, just ways that are more or less … Continue reading

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Kiteworld

From the Nahua pyramid-towers to the great sandstone ramps of the Mediterranean, from the Da Peng pagoda to the minaret-trees of the Yanomami Caliphate, this is Kiteworld. Uncountable thanks to Bruce Munro, consummate map-maker and collaborator, who took my althistorical/geographic … Continue reading

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