Lessons from Balticon

When I first decided that I would write my next blog post about the things I learned while I was at Balticon over Memorial Day Weekend, I expected to write about crafting a fight scene, gender-flipping in stories, crafting a villain, or designing a cover. But then I...

Building Words, Part 2

Welcome to the second part of my journey to creating a language with the help of The Art of Language Invention by David Peterson. If you missed the first part, you can read it. If you missed it and don’t want to read it, just know that that “Saykehee” is the name of...

Building Words

After my last post (What’s in a Word?), fellow Scriptor Brooke Johnson recommended a book to me. It was The Art of Language Invention by David Peterson. I’ve been working my way through it, creating a language for my faeries as I go. Peterson’s method begins...

What’s in a word?

I’m currently reading a book called The Art of Happiness. It’s written by Dr Howard Cutler in conjunction with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and it’s been really fascinating me. The most recent thing to blow my mind was the revelation that there is no word for...

Alpha, Beta, Gamma: Readers of Prepublished Works

Before a book is put up for sale, several people should have already read it. Obviously the writer and editor are on this list, but so are people not directly involved in the publication process. Some will have been given a final version of the book for review...