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Bulgarian words for try

Sorry I don’t have much for this week’s Wonderful Awful ideas. Just four Bulgarian words that might all be translated as English “try.” Opitvam se (опитвам се) is related to pitam (I ask). As in opitah se da pobedya, “I … Continue reading

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Junction Radio Interview!

I appeared…was audible?…on Bulgarian National Radio last week, where I talked about my life and work in Bulgaria and my upcoming book, Junction! Junction, as I describe it, is Turns out the word for Junction’s genre in Bulgarian is about … Continue reading

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Spring Sense Impressions

Happy Gyulovo Week, everyone! This week, between Lazarov Saturday and Orthodox Easter, covers almost all of the events of my nearly-finished historical fantasy The Sultan’s Enchanter. It’s during this week in early spring that Elena, the witch of Gyulovo, makes … Continue reading

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Beta-readers for The Sultan’s Enchanter?

Friends, arkadashli, and arkadaşlar! My historical fantasy-romance-alternate-history is done…again! Three years ago, my agent told me to rewrite the first three chapters and send it back to her. Three years later, I have somewhat done so! If you’ve read earlier versions of The … Continue reading

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The Vbyinu Sea

It started with the corvids of Bulgaria, of which there are many.  Then I turned to awkwords, a random word generator I’ve played with before. One fun technique is to give the program a bank of sounds and a model for … Continue reading

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Bulgarian has words for:

to wake up completely: разсънвам се (razsanvam se) Raz-san-vam se glosses as “apart-dream-verb reflexive” something like “I break up my dreams.” You can add the same suffixes and prefix to buzh- (the root for “wake,” cognate to Sanskrit “Buddha”) to get разбуждам се … Continue reading

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The Bulgarian of Moana

Yesterday my wife and I took our older daughter to see Moana ( Смелата Вайяна – Smelata Vayyana – Vaiyana the Brave). It was a great movie, my favorite since The Princess and the Frog, and I really enjoyed the translation. … Continue reading

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Learning Bulgarian: Vacations and Governments

Remember last week? Well here’s some more Bulgarian vocab! Obrashtam se kam (nyakogo): Turn to (somebody) for help Dezhuren-on duty (from French, de jure meaning “of day”) Pikolo-a bellhop (from Italian, piccolo meaning “smallest”) Funny how English also imported both words, but with different … Continue reading

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Learning Bulgarian: vacations

Here’s a new thing I’m doing: typing up my notes from Bulgarian classes, with highlights that might be interesting for you language-nerds out there. Today we talked about vacations. Here are some interesting words: Stanyavane=check-in, from nastanyavam (to check in), from the … Continue reading

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A morning in April

I got some nice comments about the last autobiographical thing I wrote. That one was in the style of Neal Stephenson, so how about some Bruce Sterling for this one? Note: I changed everyone’s name except mine. “Stop!” Dan screamed. … Continue reading

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