“Gates of Ivory, Gates of Horn”

A few years ago, I decided to write something that spoke to the experience of growing up Neopagan — one of the only stories I have written that is entirely disconnected from the main far-future universe I worldbuild in. It happened because one of those pitch hashtags (designed to get literary agents’ attention) was showing…

Twenty Poems: Intersections of Life, Polytheism, and (Platonizing) Sensemaking

One of the puzzles with having a somewhat lively religious blog is that there is more incentive for me to post poems there than there is here, where my reach is smaller. However, in the interest of not having them buried beneath prose blog posts in which I dissect passages of things I’m reading, I…

“Longing for Water”

I wrote this short piece back in 2017 when I was working through worldbuilding for the main universe I write in. Most of the stories I write are related to a specific set of story arcs. “The Waterfall Commune” and this piece, “Longing for Water,” however, are one-shot pieces that are a bit like character/cultural…

Website Updates and Current Projects

This weekend, I spent a bit of time updating my main website, kayeboesme.com. I switched from a hard-coded HTML5 site to a WordPress-based one. Pangrammatike will still be the place where I blog about writing, though — I love the name of this blog, and it feels cozy. The “Read My Work” and “About Kaye”…

Ending 2020

2020 was a year. I went into it with several creative goals, and this blog post will serve as a reflection on what happened during that grueling, exhausting year and how these goals changed. 2020 Goal Recap At the end of 2019, I said that in 2020, I would: Write at a rate of 700…

Lexember 2020: Coming to the End

Day 23 Kño /kɲõ/, package.Gnabikño /gnɑ.bi.ˈkɲõ/, warehouse district.Kñoäi /kɲõ.ha͜ɪ/, to pack. This becomes to send if the object takes the -ös suffix. Il ịmlatyas mes Tærin ademlzabe il kño åku.Your (pl.) packages are in [the Goddess] Tærin’s hands now. The verb to be is conjugated informally with the ade instead of glabde stem, with the mlza plural third person subject and the immediate present marker -be…

Lexember 2020: Week 3

Day 16 Välit /vɑ̤.ˈlit/, 1. to focus; 2. to carve; 3. to sharpen.Elt /ɛlt/, repetitive.Ënselt /ɛ̝̤n.ˈsɛlt/, monotonous. Il loft välssarri kolbhe.I [will/expect to] sharpen the knives tomorrow. Diphya ovälzabeneu?Why can’t you all focus right now? I tæsonas lịrelt välssa omnivæk.I focus best with repetitive music. Day 17 Vögnar /vo̤g.ˈnɑɾ/, climate.  From xovö, air, and nar, life, with the compound link -g-.Vögnaradrak /vo̤g.ˈnɑɾ.ɑd.ˌɾɑk/, thermostat. I ümi bæk agla ku vögnar Narahjịkmu.The Great Canyons’ climate prohibits much…

Lexember 2020: Week 2

Day 8 Kabsi /kɑb.ˈsi/, to light. Irregular root kazi /kɑ.ˈzi/Osnet /os.ˈnɛt/, destruction. K’ibånibhe kazisus.We (excl.) lit the oil lamp. Kazi æ kaz nakyæla Sabahjen — bhet i besun æ i kaza, i osnet æ k’ega.The Sabaji Tveshi confuse [the words] to light [kazi] and wet [kaz] — thus fire and water, destruction and birth. Day 9 Ịbsje /ɪb.ˈʝɛ/ 1. An arduous task. 2. A task that someone doesn’t want…

Lexember 2020: Week 1

This Lexember, I decided to work on Narahji because I felt like it was neglected. Here’s what I’ve been adding to my lexicon. Day 1 Tson /t͡so͜ʊn/, artwork. Hjutson /ʝu.ˈt͡so͜ʊn/, the study of art, art theory, art critique. Tsodzo /t͡so.ˈd͡zo͜ʊ/, mass entertainment, art for pleasure, often derogatory. Oëmatsa /o.e̤.mɑ.ˈtsɑ/, a word to describe art that…

ACTS OF SPEECH Paperback

The paperback of Acts of Speech is available for purchase. It has been listed automatically on Amazon and on the more ethical alternative Bookshop.org. To order from another source (I highly recommend your local independent bookstore), you will have to call the bookstore to express interest — it’s in the main book ordering database that booksellers use, but…