Category Archives: Writing

Posts about writing in general, my work in particular.

Working Image

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So, I ran across (and bought) a couple of Christy Grandjean’s “wolf people” prints.  This is my favorite, since it comes so close to how I imagine the Anyuvin.  Not precisely, but scarily close.   I’m seriously hoping she’ll do a book cover for me. In the meantime, you can see more of her work here.

Notes on the Anyuvin Stories

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The Anyuvin stories use a romanized (latin letter) version of Varindjo, the Anyuvin language.  Most readers will find it relatively easy to pronounce Anyuvin words if they remember a few simple things: /c/ is pronounced [ts], as in “nuts” /č/ is pronounced [tʃ], as in ‘chair’ /š is pronounced [ʃ], as in ‘shall’ /ž/ is pronounced [ʒ], as in ‘treasure’… Read more »

On Stories

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“And it’s a human need to be told stories.  The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.” Alan Rickman The Anyuvin universe grew out of what was supposed to… Read more »

K’moran Animals: The Ašo

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The ašo (ah-shoh) are a family of camel-like animals that had been bred to some very specific uses by the Anyuvin prior to the Čiruk invasion.  The largest of the species, and the one that goes by the generic name ašo, is a beast of burden bred to move a family’s encampment from one šigari (waterhole) to another.  It most closely… Read more »

The Mane

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This is a Chrysocyon Brachyurus, or “Maned Wolf”.  This is what kicked off the notion that the Anyuvin were maned.   I have no idea why it struck me so.  The ears look a bit overly big, but a wolf with a mane?  Cool. Then I decided to go with something more lion like, but, without the heavy lion body, it… Read more »


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Back when I was trying to build up background on the Tevarin, a race in the Star Citizen universe, I started building a language for them that I wanted to be gender neutral.  This, of course, required a gender neutral culture.  So I was stuck trying to design a species that would naturally evolve such a culture.  Complicating matters, I… Read more »

Arms and Armor of the K’moran Period

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Anyuvin kobu (armor) of this period was designed to be light and easy to move in.  The early Anyuvin warriors were mounted lancers and the small ketašo (keh-tah-shoh) they rode (think Mongol horse) would not bear the weight of heavy armor.  Favoring speed and endurance, the Anyuvin used minimal tack and limited themselves to a bridle and a light, flat,… Read more »

Tevarin Stories

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So, basically, I’m pulling all the Varindjo based work out of the Star Citizen universe and moving it into my own little writer’s sandbox.  What was my ‘Tevarin’ writing is getting reworked and reposted under ‘Anyuvin’.  I still plan on doing writing in the SC universe, but the Tevarin stuff just got too far from what’s going to be in-game,… Read more »

Beginning Šačidjun

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Introduction Šačidjun, more often called, simply, šači, (pronounced “shah-chee”) is a game remarkably like the Old Earth game Backgammon. The name means, literally, “Corners and Points Game”. The Pieces There are two sides in a game of šači: veradi (summer) and tameg (winter.) Each side has eight raža (light) and eight čadra (shadow) pieces. The design of the pieces (shape, imprinted… Read more »

Amneth and Elia

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon, ( a very common place in tales such as this,) there lies the land of Y’kwala, a lush and temperate land set within a ring of mountains that sparkle with diamond blue glaciers. And in Y’kwala there still live the first race of people, who are shapeshifters, and from which all… Read more »