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 :)

The Days of the Week

Bounce Nakmara Three-Five-Four turned north and piloted her cradle up the ramp of the grand old university building. Where had Professor Japaljarri said he’d be? Go up the ramp and turn east, then south, then east again down the corridor. … Continue reading

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She Who is Eaten Normally

Yeah sorry, today I’m not writing about my new book deal or my new way of writing or whatever. I’ve had a tough week, so today I’m rewarding myself. Today I’m writing about generating new words in my ergo-absolutive alternate-history … Continue reading

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The Nunkish Language

Remember Violet Evergarden? Valkren Darklocke figured out the alphabet and it turns out that the cool constructed alphabet wasn’t just English with different letters. It wasn’t Japanese, either. Here’s a transliteration of that letter above: Pahhuyurekukuk, Ni acikeha ikarrikuc noka … Continue reading

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Magic Monkeys

So I’m listening to The Blood of Elves and thinking about breeding magical ability and the The Wheel of Time and all that, and I realized that I’ve never seen anybody go into the population genetics of magic. What if … Continue reading

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The Duties to the Gods of Pto’a

Tonun-uva Shyamuga kozana, maanun kromma huttun-osha amaanna. Khrhaashora ‘on wamanokha-nash shkaf-nash ‘on om’an-natosha ‘on Hagopa-na-natosha­ an ‘on mula-tosha ‘on Hunabura-natosha. If we are to obey Beautiful Shyamuga(1), we build temples to pray (in) them. Only the lazy ones flee toward … Continue reading

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Securing Emergent Thrive-ity

I was thinking about the political system of the “Present day” (2145) in The Centuries Unlimited, and also about the ways I have the English language evolving in the next ~140 years (fast+weird). The result is the following: Far’s via … Continue reading

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“The Algonquin Alphabet”

Nothing, just reading The Years of Rice and Salt. The book mentions a poster written in the three international languages of “Chinese, Arabic, and Algonquin.” And I was like “what the hell does written Algonquin look like?” In real life, … Continue reading

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The Hurrian states on the Nile

  “Iishe toon-eetasshuiilefa, shiiwe-nashusshuan por–nashusshuan hhoo’-nashusshuan oomm-eetasshuan. Iishe toon–eetasshuwan’iilefa, oomiin–nashusshe forh’–nashunn’ am–eetauan.” /i:ʃe to:ne:taʃ:əi:lefa ʃi:wenaʃəʃ:əan pornaʃəʃ:əan ħo:ʔnaʃəʃ:əan o:m:e:taʃ:əan i:ʃe to:ne:taʃ:əwanʔi:lefa o:mi:nnaʃəʃ:e foʁʔnaʃən:ʔ ame:taəan/ (I-abs learn-will-you-if, water-pl-erg-your-and corn-pl-erg-your-and house-pl-erg-your-and enjoy-will-you-and. I-abs learn-will-you-not-if, land-pl-erg-your dust-pl-erg-as burn-will-I-and.) “If you heed me, you will enjoy waters … Continue reading

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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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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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