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Apparently, furries have been roleplaying in my book's review section on B&N.com, entirely missing the political point of Foo Foo.

BAD DOG.
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Epic battle music is epic.

#startrek  
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Nifty!
Shakespeare's Globe Theater aims to take the Bard's iconic play to every country in the world. It will perform everywhere from prestigious theaters to Pacific island beaches.
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Hooray! My new Kindle DX arrived in all its grayscale glory.

This is actually a much bigger deal than it ever needed to be.
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Writer's block sucks.
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A newly posted blog-type-thing.

#linguistics #language #procedural  
As of late, I've been spending far more time tinkering with linguistics for my tastes. For instance, I took a three day diversion from a paragraph to figure out the linguistic rules set just to establish a two word phrase fro...
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I'm not entirely certain what it says about me that I had to invent a whole language just to give a name to a particular style of toga.

Meh, it'll come in handy later.

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Is there anyone out in G+ land who is a) into conlangs and b) interested in giving feedback on mine?

#conlang #writing #feedback
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Thanks for passing this along, Victoria.
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Ikol nonae harr prómes laeb Nuranda okuron chah!

(Which translates, roughly, to 'My new Nurandan language is almost finished!')

In my fantasy novel, the language is an ancient, dead language (much like our Latin) of an empire that once spanned from sea to sea. All the other 'high' languages (the ones used principally by the nobility) are descended from it. It's taken me about 10 days to hammer it out, and it's standing at about 1100 words thus far.

Literally, it reads: Is my new language from Nurandi finished almost.

#conlang #language #fantasy  
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Hooray, I'm writing again!

My Kindle is a huge part of my writing process, and when my old Kindle died, it stopped the new writing almost dead cold. I didn't drop it, I swear the damned thing jumped, which probably says something about my reading habits but that's a story for another time.

After I write new material, I have to have it read back to me. I'm funny like that, but what I'm listening for is the work's meter, which is Poetese for cadence or beat. Even though I'm writing fiction, I often try to hit specific beat patterns within the structure of a sentence, so even if it isn't poetry outright it at least sounds like it. Lacking a secretary or a means of imparting an education upon my cat that doesn't include a spray-bottle, the Kindle's text-to-speech function has been invaluable. After laying down new material, I have My Girl Kindle read it back to me, make notes in the document and go to sleep. The next day I have it read the new stuff back to me one more time before I correct the mistakes in the source document and make any other quick edits before moving onto the day's new material.

During the downtime, I went through several iterations of 'text-to-speech' software for the PC, looking for a way around this technological writer's block. None of them worked, because they all used software that assumed I wanted a screen-reader and not a text-reader. I couldn't find one to my liking that would run in the background while I edited in another window. Two computers would solve the issue, and I have two, but one runs Linux and the other runs Win7. I should have scouted harder for text-to-speech on Linux, but by then I was so frustrated that I decided to just take a break and do some world-building.

Though, as the words begin to flow with regularity again, in this quiet moment of reflection, I find myself pondering upon a single question.

What the hell are you going to do when this one dies?!

#writing #writingprocess #kindle #texttospeech
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+Patrick Riot I use it while Scrivener is running.
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Lou Reed, you will be missed.
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A writer in search of a pen.

I refuse to categorize myself into a genre, so let's just go with Fiction.
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I create worlds and then destroy them.
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  • North Carolina State University
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