Numbers Game

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Back in 2008 I voted for Hillary Clinton.  Obama was an unknown to me and, while I found him charismatic, I backed Hillary because she was the Democratic candidate with policies closest to my own.  So I was unhappy, to say the least, when she failed to get the nomination.  It was also the first time that the word “super delegate” made… Read more »

Under Construction

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The Anyúvin language is undergoing some revision to reflect it’s “linguistic heritage.”   This will, of course, involve a certain degree of re-writing for the posted stories. Speaking of which, I will be moving them to static pages.  Shouldn’t impact what you see, but it will make my life easier.  Also, I will be adding an Anyúvin lexicon to the… Read more »

HonorCon 2015

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Thanks to all who attended my presentation on conlangs for fiction.  I hope these slides prove useful. HonorCon2015 However, if you’re serious about constructed languages, you should invest in David J. Peterson’s “The Art of Language Invention.”   Be prepared, there’s a lot to learn from it and it isn’t all going to fall in  place right off.  Still, he writes… Read more »

Social Justice Warrior

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I see no conflict between social justice and free speech.  Indeed, one cannot have one without the other.  Setting these two things in opposition, only guarantees that, in the end, we will have neither.  We cannot have social justice if the oppressed are not free to speak of their oppression.  We cannot have free speech if one group, by dint… Read more »

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.

Norton Knows What You Want…

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I own a Windows PC for one reason, and one reason only: gaming.  So, why is that Norton Internet Security (in its infinite wisdom) won’t let me install my gorram games?  Yeah, Steam games install and update just fine.  Stuff I get on DVDs does OK, but step away from those two paradigms and you are, apparently, screwed. What do… Read more »

On Moving On

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So, I’ve never paid much attention to the Hugos and I haven’t really been following the whole Sad/Rabid Puppies debacle, but apparently an attempt to pack the Hugo nominee list with right wing writers failed big time.  There may be hope for the world yet. I can generally get along with an old school conservative, (you know, the kind who… Read more »

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 »