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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: 58
Views: 7477

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: 11163
Views: 732361

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: 11163
Views: 732361

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: 20
Views: 2483

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: 13996
Views: 888019

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: 58
Views: 7477

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: 689
Views: 111762

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: 6660
Views: 538433

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: 11163
Views: 732361

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: 20
Views: 2483

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: 20
Views: 2483

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: 2382
Views: 171010

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: 1385

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: 2382
Views: 171010

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.
by alynnidalar
Mon 23 Apr 2018, 16:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1447
Views: 119110

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Most English speakers aren't consciously aware of the distinction between /ŋ/ and /ŋg/.
by alynnidalar
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 19:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1447
Views: 119110

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I saw a cute bearded dragon in a pet store the other day and thought of you. [:D] I was in the store for an adoption event (with cats and dogs), and one of the dogs was just fascinated by all of the small animals they had in the store--the lizards, the ferret, the bunnies, and especially a parakeet....
by alynnidalar
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 15:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Chimud: An Introduction
Replies: 22
Views: 2230

Re: Chimud: An Introduction

I'd love to hear more about the specific species that make up e.g. mantrels and pintrels. I really like the idea of dragons, etc. being specifically designed by the AIs to keep people from advanced technology that must necessarily exist; you could get some interesting legends out of that about peopl...
by alynnidalar
Mon 16 Apr 2018, 19:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 7477

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

The Hobbit was definitely written in English first--the famous story about its origin was that Tolkien was stupendously bored reading student papers one day, and on a blank sheet happened to write down "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit", without having any idea what a hobbit was or why i...
by alynnidalar
Mon 16 Apr 2018, 16:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 7477

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

With regards to Tolkien--not that I've ever heard. The History of Middle-Earth books go into extensive detail about his drafts, and although I've only read The Return of Shadow and that several years ago, I don't recall a mention of him writing LotR in anything other than English.
by alynnidalar
Fri 13 Apr 2018, 21:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Your Pets and Their Names
Replies: 17
Views: 2290

Re: Your Pets and Their Names

That reminds me of the stuffed rabbit I had as a child, which I named Bunny.