Jogūchya - Snap the Tail

A Jogūchya game inspired by "Go Fish" and "Uno" that is easy to understand and play.

World-Building - Sequels, Prequels, and Intermissions

Much of my secondary stories are sequels or prequels but I rarely mix the two for a single character.

Two Months in Writing

A summary of two months of stories, novels, and essays.

Lexember 31 - Hissan - relif

On Lexember 31, 2019, I present "relif" as "to celebrate surviving a difficulty."

Lexember 30 - Hissan - egys

On Lexember 30, 2019, I present "egys" as "to celebrate families coming together."

Lexember 29 - Hissan - astar

On Lexember 29, 2019, I present "astar" as "to tap the energy of the land for a ritual."

Lexember 28 - Hissan - tunas

On Lexember 28, 2019, I present "tunas" as "to tap a land for magic to build things."

Lexember 27 - Hissan - foosga

On Lexember 27, 2019, I present "foosga" as "to tap a land for defensive magic."

Lexember 26 - Hissan - lorkku

On Lexember 26, 2019, I present "lorkku" as "lands that border against another country."

Lexember 25 - Hissan - bloom

On Lexember 25, 2019, I present "bloom" as "a blood or lineage claim."

Lexember 24 - Hissan - gyusplas

On Lexember 24, 2019, I present "gyusplas" as "to make a claim on a land."

Lexember 23 - Hissan - gubbaba

On Lexember 23, 2019, I present "gubbaba" as "a moot baby."

Lexember 22 - Hissan - ogumma

On Lexember 22, 2019, I present "ogumma" as "to leave a mother's clan."

Lexember 21 - Hissan - pilmsunnad

On Lexember 21, 2019, I present "pilmsunnad" as "to negotiate a land claim."

Lexember 20 - Hissan - eestor

On Lexember 20, 2019, I present "eestor" as "someone who taps a land's energy without consent."

Lexember 19 - Hissan - meraslan

On Lexember 19, 2019, I present "meraslan" as "a tragedy that splits a tribe apart."

Lexember 18 - Hissan - dissago

On Lexember 18, 2019, I present "dissago" as "an argument that splits a tribe apart."

Lexember 17 - Hissan - aborlas

On Lexember 17, 2019, I present "aborlas" as "to split a family away from a tribe."

Lexember 16 - Hissan - clitici

On Lexember 16, 2019, I present "clitici" as "to have a family join a tribe."

Lexember 15 - Hissan - ookna

On Lexember 15, 2019, I present "ookna" as "to perform a ritual."

Lexember 14 - Hissan - gyolas

On Lexember 14, 2019, I present "gyolas" as "a tradition or convention that has been obseved for multiple generations."

Lexember 13 - Hissan - toysa

On Lexember 13, 2019, I present "toysa" as "to clean up the land before leaving."

Lexember 12 - Hissan - ca

On Lexember 12, 2019, I present "ca" as "to travel by walking."

World-Building - Telepathy

Magic is a funny beast in Fedran. Using some of the concepts I got from my various religion classes in college, I decided that no one actually knows how magic works. While there are some consistent rules that are evolving as I write, no technique or system that encompasses everything. That goes for psionics also. Psychic powers is just a different form of magic, telepathy included.

Lexember 11 - Hissan - as

On Lexember 11, 2019, I present "as" as "to move air by exhalation, to blow."

Lexember 10 - Hissan - boosly

On Lexember 10, 2019, I present "boosly" as "to walk away from a fight to calm down."

Lexember 9 - Hissan - flinork

On Lexember 9, 2019, I present "flinork" as "the violent reaction of disharmonious magical energies."

Lexember 8 - Hissan - adysin

On Lexember 8, 2019, I present "adysin" as "to accept the vows of marriage."

Lexember 7 - Hissan - oplin

On Lexember 7, 2019, I present "oplin" as "to change the frequency of magic to match another."

Lexember 6 - Hissan - gsach

On Lexember 6, 2019, I present "gsach" as "the resonance of magical energies interacting."

Lexember 5 - Hissan - gsubi

On Lexember 5, 2019, I present "gsubi" as "a marriage between two people."

World-Building - Hidanork Land Magic

The whole idea of the United Hidanork Tribes started with Elizabeth Moon's The Deeds of Paksenarrion. It was the first time I heard of the term taig to refer to the land itself as a distinct being capable of magic and awareness. I'm not sure about the history of the word (and my Google search isn't good enough to verify) but the idea of the taig had stuck with me ever since I read that scene.

Lexember 4 - Hissan - shik

On Lexember 4, 2019, I present "shik" as "a supernatural force that affects the world."

Lexember 3 - Hissan - kasi

On Lexember 3, 2019, I present "kasi" as "a tract of land."

Lexember 2 - Hissan - misa

On Lexember 2, 2019, I present "misa" as "a strong wind."

Lexember 1 - Hissan - soli

On Lexember 1, 2019, I present "soli" as "the aggregate of solid mineral formations that makes up bedrock or the earth's crust."

World-Building - Tent Pole Development

For this week's world-building post, I want to talk about tent poles. In this case, I'm not talking about the ones under a circus tent but ways of exploring the world through fiction and documentation (writing dictionary or encyclopedia entries).

World-Building - Magic and Trauma

Last week, I wrote a short story called I Will Hurt You Only Once. This is a story about Gichyòbi telling his young daughter about the rite of passage into adulthood such as Rutejìmo's in Sand and Blood. Both of these are about how trauma affects magic in the world of Fedran.

World-Building - Creating Hissian

So, with me writing Looking for The Wrong Thing, I realized I need to start working on the constructed language Hissian, the language spoken by the United Hidanork Tribes in the creatively named country of Hidanork.

ICON 44 Retrospective

Two weeks ago, I went to ICON for four days of fun and a lot of panels. Here are my thoughts and a few observations.

World-Building - Iterative Development

One of the first questions asked at world-building panels is "how to get started?". Starting is scary when trying to build a world intended to be used for decades as opposed to a (relatively) smaller world for only a short story or two.

October Fiction

So, I was gently pinged on my Patreon that I don't do a lot of status updates. I appreciate the reminders, so I'm going to try writing up a monthly post of everything I serialize on my fantasy website.

Writing Workshop Deadline Extended to October 15

The deadline for submission for the writing workshop at ICON 44 has been extended to October 15.

Writing Workshop at ICON

I will be running a writing workshop at ICON 44. If you are interested, check out the post.

Future Plans

An update on near- and long-term plans for my writing and updates on this site. Also status on my Pride Month challenge stories, various novels, and financial plans.

Pride Month Challenge

Over the last few months, I've been berating myself about representation of queer characters in my world. Last year, I made a list on Twitter about some of the queers that I've already introduced. Those haven't changed but I realized that I'm had not made any of those characters obvious that they were queer despite the fact they are and have been from the beginning.

Raging Alone 15: Abandoned

Hours later, Desòchu abandoned wakes up in the middle of the desert and covered in scratches. What is he going to do? How could he survive? He quickly figures out he has only two options.

Raging Alone 14: The Cliffs

Days later, Desòchu still struggles with his father's disappearance and the clan's silence. But how far would he go when he finally loses his temper?

Raging Alone 13: Grief

When Desòchu wakes up, his father is still missing and now he is fully responsible for his brother. Without anyone to comfort him or allow him to grieve, what could he do?

Raging Alone 12: Guilt

Despite having a night away from his duties, Desòchu can't get over his guilt about leaving his brother with his father. He decided to head back before something went wrong.

Author Intrusion and Naming Languages

This week I submitted chapters three and four of Raging Alone to the writing group. There were some good points made but one of the ones that the entire table brought up was the names. I figured that I could use the tool I just wrote to find out how bad it was.

Raging Alone 11: Drunk

With some of the teenagers from another clan leaving in the morning, Desòchu hopes to get a few more hours to enjoy before resuming his duties with his brother. That meant waiting for his father to come back and hope that he wasn't too drunk.

Author Intrusion - I've Been Here Before

When it comes to projects that I probably will never finish, Author Intrusion is probably right up there. Most of the time, it is because I keep restarting because I learned significant lessons. This last week was one of those cases.

Poem - My Father's Ring

On the thirthieth day of National Poetry Month, I present a poem about battle and fighting for a cause.

Poem - A Child is Born

For the twenty-ninth day of National Poetry Month, I wrote about poem about my son's first breath.

Poem - Love Among Girls

For the twenty-eight day of National Poetry Month, the theme is forbidden lesbian lovers.