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“Goblin Phonemes and Irregular Orcs”

The inestimable Viergatch had a dream about me in which I wrote a book called “Goblin Phonemes and Irregular Orcs.” This book must come to be! But where to start? Perhaps with lentition, the process by which consonants become more “vowely.” … 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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Humans are to zebras as giant floating brain-jellyfish are to humans

https://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/162663268025/viergacht-danbensen-showerthoughtsofficial Ooh! Ooh! Okay. Creature idea! A giant floating brain-jellyfish that can move very slowly but across any terrain. In the past, they crafted darts which they threw with great distance and accuracy, but in the past 10,000 years they … Continue reading

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Lazy-ass Fantasy names

A follow-up to yesterday’s post about lazy vrs. rigorous fantasy names: You know what bugs me? Fantasy names for things with obvious predecessors. Like fantasy-Japan being called “Naponia” or something. Bleh! It’s so lazy. Especially when obscuring those predecessors is … Continue reading

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Fantasy Names, Lazy or Rigorous?

  http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/157898384130/my-11-year-old-was-asking-me-why-i-say-that-i-put Thanks for the question, totally stranger whom I do not know! I actually had exactly that experience today! I tried to read a book with bad fantasy names, put it down, then, berating myself as cynical old curmudgeon, … Continue reading

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Just a bit of fun with magic knives

http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/157452199175/brucesterling-i-would-buy-one-of-these-if-i When the Becalmer looms over you, shadows writhing on its talons as it reaches toward your pituitary gland. But the handcuffs that they used to chain you to the chair are iron. With an effort of will easier to … Continue reading

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DeoThriller

On the northern slope of Mount Olympus, lightning struck out of the cloudless blue sky and an oak tree burst into flame. Glowing brighter than should any normally burning wood, the trunk split. It revealed a perfectly unharmed human baby. … Continue reading

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Queen of Pawns

“Oh I am altered now for good altered now for good Shield these eyes no more shield these eyes no more” –Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Have you heard of Moral Foundations Theory? It posits that people have 5 (or maybe 6) … Continue reading

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Self-replicating Talismans

http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/154672173585/i-have-a-philosophical-question Here’s the text: In books like Garth Nixon’s Abhorsen, and even in Spellwright, some person (human, spirit, or god) has to read the magical signs and understand them in order to “translate” them into magical action. That’s magical-as-human-language. In … Continue reading

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7 8 9

Oh my God, I am so sorry. http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/153552863425/bogleech-pemsylvania-idk-why-im-confessing (in case you can’t see the embedded text) I made up stories about (numbers). 5 is a neurotic authoritarian who wants everything just so. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. Ah, so … Continue reading

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