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 :)

Save us from the Whale

“People need a way to stave off the constant possibility that common understanding may break down.” — N.J. Enfield, How We Talk Royal tangs wobbled serenely between the softly undulating tentacles of sea anemones. Bubbles rose in a shimmering curtain. The … Continue reading

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Rotifers (1)

Behold! The Trochate Rotifers! Like all rotifers, trochates have three body segments: head, trunk, and foot. The head and trunk are supported internally by a calcified skeleton evolved from the mastax (used in basal rotifers to process food). The mastax’s … Continue reading

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Tandem: a better story

Earlier this week, I asked for writing prompts, and the inimitable Emil Minchev responded: “Remember Solo? Do the opposite” Okay, so…IN THE DISTANT FUTURE, IN THIS VERY GALAXY… A wealthy, middle-aged woman named Foong Tandem stays on her comfortable, safe, … Continue reading

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Shiftin’ shapes!

Yesterday I asked for writing prompts, and Lew Delport responded: “Shapeshifters with language that changes according to shape” and upon follow-up questioning: “No idea, you’re the writer! Seasonal, maybe?” So I got to thinking: V. nonhuman idea: alien sophonts go through … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Wada Junko

(first)(previous) Make me a lawbender All equalized Saved from the chill and heat — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” KoInu-chan reached out of the camera’s frame and grabbed the pillow shaped like the Earth. She smiled at the off-camera friend who had … Continue reading

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Tipi from outside of Tuta

I finished The Centuries Unlimited this week, so you’re getting some conlanging! This project’s goal was simple: derive the tenses (and voices and aspects) of verbs from prepositions. For example, the epic poem   Tipi-kan-tan-Tuta (Tipi from outside of Tuta) has … Continue reading

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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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