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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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A Thracian quote

Ve na dorre pont ăn na terrpe. Skărrkes ko roffes. Nerrai ko spelles ao. Ssonke ko lărra. Ve lide mănno ta ve santo dizammass. “To us is given all that we need. Silvers and swords. Men and their words. Blood … 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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A Thracian Saying

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A Thracian Saying

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A Thracian Curse

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September Newsletter: The Vacuum Brush

So there I was, tiptoeing off the one non-creaky floorboard, executing a graceful leap to the tile floor of our apartment’s cloak-room, trying not to wake up Pavlina. It was like my fifth trip to the bathroom, and it was … 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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Thracian Translations

Here are three of the four Thracian inscriptions. I translated two of them differently from the official translations, and of course there’s a lot I’m assuming. Question marks show stuff I’m really not sure about. What do you think? SEG … Continue reading

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Thracian sound shifts

The fun part of writing my cave-Thracian story is of course getting the chance to reconstruct the Thracian language. I poured through word lists, looked up cognates, shook, stirred, and here’s what crystallized. Proto-Indo European > Thracian (examples) Notes *bʰ > b (*bʰébʰrus > berbrus “beaver”, *bʰuǵ … Continue reading

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