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...

The Science of Science Fiction

When people ask me about what I do, I often say I have the best job in the world. I get to make stuff up for a living. And, yeah, that’s pretty damned awesome. But it’s also a somewhat flippant response along with being an incomplete one. Being a writer...

Where Have All the Villainesses Gone?

“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered...