Monthly Archives: November 2017

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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Maintaining that Sense of Discovery

I’ve been collecting author processes for a while. It’s one of things I always ask other novelists when I get the chance. Do you just start writing and produce incomprehensible garbage that you then go back over and revise a … Continue reading

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Ropes Course

Happy birthday to Simon Roy! He makes scifi comics and has a Patreon. Yup. Go give him money and read his stuff. And if you want something more to read, here’s a new Fellow Tetrapod story. “Shambling ape!” Cawed the … Continue reading

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Asking Why

Here’s how I got rid of my writer’s block today. I was having trouble with The Centuries Unlimited because I realized there was a plot hole in my outline. I came up with a fix, but that introduced new plot … Continue reading

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