Category Archives: Wonderful, Awful Ideas

Every Friday I post weird ideas that come into my head. Or maybe they come into your head and you tell me about them.

In either case, I’ll do a little write up. It might be in-world, it might just be a description. Then we talk about it. Wait for several years, and maybe some of these ideas will end up in one of my novels :)

Five Factor Warriors: Jody Ann

(first)(previous) “Lightbringer Tamer of night Blossom of hours unleashed” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Nothing ever surprised Jody Ann Farewell. She had walked out of her flat in Kingston, scanned the street, and found the red-plate taxi that would take her … Continue reading

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What if the Mongols had Invaded Japan?

From a question on the Alternate History Online facebook forum: Kublai Khan’s invasion fleet is wildly successful, and establishes a firm beachhead on Hakata Bay, from which they subjugate the island of Kyushu by 1275. From there, they conquer Shikuku and … Continue reading

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The Lands by the Waters – An Ucaptian Myth (3)

(start, previous) And thus Obedient Ptahh built of cedar wood a boat and caused it to be loaded with things. (He) caused it to be loaded with the grain(1) and the date. (He) caused it to be loaded with the sheep … Continue reading

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Culinary International: the Rising Agent

You thought I was kidding about writing this story? The dial rotated, and deep within the device, a circuit flipped from the OFF to the ON position. Electrical current began to flow through a nickle-chromium coil. Nichrom is a poor … Continue reading

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The Lands by the Waters – An Ucaptian Myth (2)

(previous stanza) To Knowing Ptahh(1), Merciful Shamaak sent(2) an ibis. And the ibis told him, “Perfectly thou art formed, Former, the only one (who is thus). Therefore, only thou wilt survive the coming flood(3). Thou wilt live, Ptahh, thou Builder with … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Karim

(Previous) “Cloudraker Cloudraker, share your finds All your wonders at my demand.” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Karim Narimani found the answer to his prayers in a pile of trash. In this case, the prayer was, “please, God, give me something … Continue reading

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The Lands by the Waters – An Ucaptian Myth (1)

I had a very rough week, and you know what that means! Conlanging! This week, it’s finally time for the next chapter in the Saharan Seas Story. We followed the Hurrians from their homeland in Anatolia down to the Nile … Continue reading

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My Little Pony

You might remember last week when I made up a language for My Little Pony. The process taught me a lot, but what matters is I got a pretty good grammar and lexicon for the Proto-Pony language. In any case, … Continue reading

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Grimm’s Law

This one is dedicated to Melissa Walshe “Back in the days when it was still of help to wish for a thing,” muttered Jacob Grimm, “a younger brother dragged his elder brother deep into the wild woods in an attempt … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Teddy

“Landsailor Landsailor, sail on time Rain or shine, I know you can.” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Teodora Chorbadzhieva opened her medicine cabinet with pride. It was the American kind, a metal box mounted on the wall with shelves inside and … Continue reading

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