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The Centuries Unlimited Delta is done!

The Centuries Unlimited Un-hairy version (delta draft) finished at 92,000 words. Begun (revising) at 8:40am on Monday, June 8th 2020 in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy. First line: “The utility fog hung thick over Black Chicago.” Finished at 10pm on … Continue reading

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Wealthgiver Beta is done!

My experimentation with Terry Pratchett’s “scaffolding story” writing process continues, now with ingredients from the Eleusinian Mysteries! Not many ingredients. Just a bit. Okay, so remember how I wrote the alpha draft of Wealthgiver by the seat of my pants? … Continue reading

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Vassian language

(Note: In accordance with Vassian culture and tradition, Vassian words in this article are not to be embedded in English sentences.) Vassian( /ˈvəsijən, ˈvas-, ˈvæs- / also Vessian, Bessian, The Good Language, The Trustee Language (religious/traditional), and The Crypt Language (dated); … Continue reading

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Western Hellenism

Here’s scenario I spun a while back on the Constructed Languages list serve: Philip of Macedon isn’t assassinated. As Hegemon of the League of Corinth, he invades the Achaemenid Empire. Under the command of Alexander, the invasion is successful. Philip … Continue reading

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Cursive Cuneiform

Iiše tuuneetaššuiilefa Šiiuenašušuan parunašušuan Ḫunašušuan oommueetaššuan. Iišee tuuneetaššuuaniilefa Oomiinnašuušše faḫunašuun Ameetauan. If you heed me, waters and grains and houses you will enjoy. If you do not heed me, Your lands to ashes I will burn. — The Pataḫai Ḫuḫa … Continue reading

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4 Star Book Reviews: Adrift on the Sea of Rains

Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales Adrift on the Sea of Rains is beautifully written and exquisite in its commitment to accuracy. The sharp-lined realism, the towering wonder, and the depths of emotion of an astronaut who … Continue reading

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Wealthgiver alpha finished!

So I did it. I successfully used Terry Pratchett’s “scaffolding story” process. I talked about ideas with my wife, I got my hands dirty with worldbuilding, I meditated, I turned on my playlist full of Ramstein, Panic! at the Disco, … Continue reading

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Wealthgiver

So, I’m starting a new book… The Thracians were an ancient people who lived in various places on the Balkans north of Greece, and spoke a language that was (maybe) distantly related to Albanian, the Balto-Slavic languages, and Greek. They … Continue reading

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The Neo-Thracian language

Let’s think about the Neo-Thracian language. The Point of Divergence is a vision received by a early 4th-century Bessi oracle, telling the Thracians to switch from worship of Dionysus to Pluto and unite against the Christians. The oracle’s charismatic interpreter … Continue reading

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The Maiden and the Wealthgiver 1

Kori Utzemeli was 16 when she realized that the myth of Persephone was about her. “Now, the daughter of Demeter was Persephone, also called “Kore,” the Maiden. And she was carried off by grim Hades to his kingdom the underworld…” … Continue reading

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