Monthly Archives: June 2018

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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The Dissection of the Shmoo

“The bullet was stopped inside the shmoo’s body,” said Anne. “But it didn’t hit a bone. This thing doesn’t seem to have any. And this steaming discharge. Nothing alive could be that hot. Not while it was alive. But when … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: A Series of Steaks

So I was just innocently minding my own business, reading through the stories nominated for the Hugo awards this year, when I was accosted, wrestled to the floor, and tickled to death by “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min … Continue reading

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The Centuries Unlimited is done!

Date: 6/26/2018 Place: Haji Dimitar, Sofia, Bulgaria Listening to: Home Phillip Phillips Cover – Peter Hollens Words: 104,314 Chapters: 26 First line: She came into my life like a train wreck. Last line: Her laughter flew up to the blue sky and … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: Teranesia

Freaking Teranesia! Methalate my regulatory network, but is this a good book! Teranesia hit me squarely in the center of everything I like: speculative biology, psychological drama, and political machinations. It’s about trauma and recovery, about life going on, and … Continue reading

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Wisteria Leaves

Wisteria leaves Growing around my window Soften the sunlight

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The Sofa is Warm

The sofa is warm. A breeze from the rain outside. Grandmas have the kids.

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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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The Smell of Janki

The smell of janki Fermenting on the sidewalk. How ineficient.

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Five Star Book Reviews: Factfulness

Today one of my students showed me the new English words she’d learned last week from Factfulness, which I’d recommended to her. Included on the list were: “devastatingly,” “mislead,” and “gag.” Damn good words! Factfulness is somewhere between a book … Continue reading

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