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by alynnidalar
Mon 21 May 2018, 03:57
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 621
Views: 78754

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

ACTUALLY have a post on the subject of other tenses/persons to write in too: Truth be told, I don't have strong feelings on past vs. present tense. Past is certainly more traditional; you're a narrator talking about events that previously occurred. One downside is that if you have a first-person nar...
by alynnidalar
Mon 21 May 2018, 03:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 621
Views: 78754

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I've read a lot of fanfiction in my life, and one of the great benefits/curses of fanfiction is that most fanfic writers don't know anything about the "rules" of writing and thus break them all the time. Sometimes this works out really well. Sometimes this... does not. I say this because it explains...
by alynnidalar
Mon 21 May 2018, 03:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13607
Views: 744237

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

It'd depend on how the rest of a phonology is spelled, IMO. For example, if you didn't have /l/ then <l> would be a good way to write /ɭ/, but it wouldn't work if you had both.
by alynnidalar
Fri 18 May 2018, 21:18
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of
Replies: 35
Views: 6803

Re: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of

Started writing up more extensive details about the dawin system on the dalar wiki . Still got quite a bit I'd like to add (about the history especially). It also uncovered a rather serious issue in the voting system... I've always said that families vote as a bloc--that is, the family submits who t...
by alynnidalar
Fri 18 May 2018, 14:25
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 366
Views: 50834

Re: Jokes

eldin raigmore wrote:
Fri 18 May 2018, 04:27
I never finished learning the whole alphabet. I don’t know why.
:roll: [xD]
by alynnidalar
Fri 18 May 2018, 14:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1575
Views: 147327

Re: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Nope! Feel free to present it however you like. Sometimes people start with an overview of their world, sometimes they start with maps, sometimes they give us short stories or other bits of prose. Anything is perfectly fine!
by alynnidalar
Fri 18 May 2018, 01:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 56
Views: 2083

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

Have you no access to libraries? Many libraries these days also offer ebooks, so if you have a library card, you could look into getting ebooks if you don't have transportation to the library.
by alynnidalar
Thu 17 May 2018, 03:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11032
Views: 629580

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Oh, very cool! I hope we get to see these pictures!
by alynnidalar
Tue 15 May 2018, 22:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11032
Views: 629580

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've been continuing my phonological analysis of Old Tirina, and after a lot of faffing about in a spreadsheet, here are some conclusions I've come to: Theoretically, Old Tirina has geminated consonants. Practically, there are so few words that include them that they might as well not exist. I am gi...
by alynnidalar
Tue 15 May 2018, 14:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

Unfortunately I don't have an answer for how I decide a particular word feels right for a particular meaning--I go where the spirit leads. (by which I mean, I just sorta pick one. Sometimes I'm like, yes! This is a beautiful word and my subconscious thinks it fits. Sometimes I'm just like, well, I n...
by alynnidalar
Tue 15 May 2018, 03:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13607
Views: 744237

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Discworld joke, I believe, although I can't for the life of me remember the original context.
by alynnidalar
Mon 14 May 2018, 14:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 56
Views: 2083

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

^^ If you try to please everybody, you're going to end up pleasing nobody. Write what you want to read, and there will probably be some form of audience for it. (assuming your goal is "to make stuff I enjoy and other people might enjoy too". If your goal is purely "get as large of an audience as the...
by alynnidalar
Mon 14 May 2018, 03:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 621
Views: 78754

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Well, let's see, the Protheans in Mass Effect are somewhat buglike, aren't they? I should think most people relate just fine to Javik (although like most Mass Effect species, he's arguably just Sal's "human with a hat"). Certainly plenty of people have sympathy for the rachni, myself included, and t...
by alynnidalar
Fri 11 May 2018, 19:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6537
Views: 449653

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

They're sort of answers to two separate questions: "What do you do for a living?" "Oh, I'm retired." vs. "Do you still work for Llama Corp?" "No, I've retired." Like shimo says, "am retired" focuses more on the state (I am in the state of retirement as opposed to the state of job-having), while "hav...
by alynnidalar
Fri 11 May 2018, 17:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11032
Views: 629580

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Started analyzing phonotactics/syllable structure for Old Tirina. The language is kind of a mess, so I'm trying to use what I already have to come up with a better understanding of its phonology and especially to do better word generation (especially if I'm going to be fleshing it out more). Right n...
by alynnidalar
Thu 10 May 2018, 18:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

I do the following: 1) Design the phonology, and a bit of morphology 2) Plug the phonemes and syllable structure into Awkwords 3) Copy and paste the results into an excel document (well, the OpenOffice equivalent), remove any duplicate words until I have a total list of around 20,000 to 30,000 mono...
by alynnidalar
Thu 10 May 2018, 14:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

I use a variety of methods, but because I prefer to create words with etymologies, I frequently use this method: First, I try to come up with a plausible etymology. I might look at Old Tirina/Old Azen for an appropriate root, but if I can't find any (or want to create a new root), I often look at Wi...
by alynnidalar
Thu 03 May 2018, 15:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2343
Views: 138695

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Ha, just realized I never actually posted what I thought about Infinity War! Without spoilers, I will say that I didn't expect it to go at all the way it did. It was very much and very obviously the first half of a story--I saw somebody say on Twitter that they were really excited to see Infinity Wa...
by alynnidalar
Fri 27 Apr 2018, 17:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Gender-based family lines
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Gender-based family lines

I can’t see a story much longer than about two pages being premised on a system that’s provably unstable. Or, maybe, I can’t see a saga-sized novel or series set in such a conculture. Whyever not? A society in upheaval and the middle of social/cultural change sounds like a fascinating place to set ...
by alynnidalar
Fri 27 Apr 2018, 17:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2343
Views: 138695

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Gonna see Infinity War tonight! I'll have to post my impressions here afterward.

What I'm expecting, however, is something that's a bit formulaic, but still thoroughly enjoyable (as are most Marvel movies at this point). This is in no way a flaw.