Lexember 2019: December 1-7

It is once again Lexember, the time of year when conlangers work on our lexicons. Looking Back Last year, I wrote a language called Eamaru/Eamarubhe from scratch to support a creative writing project called Ossia, a story about the daughter of Salus Niksubvya who is solving the puzzle of who lived in the ancient ruins…

Transmutation

crush thesecertain flower petalsthe pulp redhot beneath your fingerssticky, sweet, spicywhat it touchesit changesdeepening gracewe will ascend likedoves into the heavenssee the downupon your skin,once red as sacrifice,now white as papercrush thesewings against thewindowpanesyour bed forgottenhands fadingmemoriesthis new shapecannot grasp On Twitter, Kaleidotrope (a specfic lit mag) gave a spam writing prompt. I’ve seen those…

Conlang Writing Systems: Narahji

Over the past few months, I’ve been doodling sentences in Narahji while working on one of my writing projects. While I am definitely writing Ossia in English, occasionally I have to stop and think, “How would this actually be said in Narahji or the other conlang it’s actually spoken in?” So I started playing with…

Publication Update!

As of today, I have a short story available in The Society of Misfit Stories Presents… February 2019 issue! In “Ash Shades,” two women survive the destruction of their landing site by taking shelter in their ship. They emerge to find a local sentient species salvaging burned seeds and must navigate communication barriers to learn what happened to the rest…

#Lexember: Kinship, Gender, Society

This is the final leg of #Lexember! If you’ve been following my account @eamarubhe, you may be interested in following me @kayeboesme, which is active more often. I think @eamarubhe may transform into an account related to the fiction monologue podcast I am hard at work on. My development of Eamaru is related to the…

#Lexember in the fatiguing darkness of winter

This week, how dark it is outside really hit me. The library where I work is in a basement, and the window in the pit courtyard has been taken away due to a construction site. We won’t get it back until at least midsummer. At this time of the year given that windowless existence, the…

‘Twas the Second Week of #Lexember

Updates from Days 8-14 of #Lexember. This includes more content than Twitter for #eamarubhe. Specifically, despite no cats being on Ameisa, I make a word for cat and use it to show y’all how plurals work in Day 12 because none of the plants on Ameisa would be as meaningful.

As #Lexember Begins, #Eamarubhe

ɛ͡ɒ̈.ˈmɑ.ˌðy.βɛbh = βr = /ɾ/ in all places but before /u/, /ɒ̈/, and /ɑ/, where it is /ð/ ɛ͡ɒ̈.m is a root for empire, and Eama, great empire, is a global power. ɛ͡ɒ̈.ˈmɑ.ðy (Eamaru) means esteemed imperial language, and ɛ͡ɒ̈.ˈmɑ.ˌðy.βɛ (Eamarubhe) is just a more pretentious way of saying the language of the Eama. This is a language spoken…

Writing in Binary

I’ve worked from maps for science fiction stories since I was in my mid- to late teens. According to writers on the Early Internet, a good map grounded a science fiction world in reliable possibilities. There was a lot about geology I didn’t know, though, until I became a geology librarian and started going to…