Post List

  • 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 ...
  • Ending 2020
    2020 was a year. I went into it with several creative goals, and this blog post will serve as a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 sharpen the knives tomorrow. Diphya ovälzabeneu?Why can’t you all focus right ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Acts of Speech Is Out
    Acts of Speech is now out and in the wild in e-format. (The print is a bit delayed due to the ...
  • Poem: The Dropbox Near Sunset
    I walked an hour to the secure ballot dropbox and back, or thirty minutes each way. Here is a quick ...
  • Update: ACTS OF SPEECH
    The logistics of Acts of Speech are coming together. When I decided to self-publish a poetry book, it was partially ...
  • The Season of Expansion
    I.The void, too, bubbles:Voidless static sunders us,swelling years yawn wide. II.Follow the linelessharmony as she builds up —bursts forth — a ...
  • Skillbuilding in Verse #2: Second Hour of Waking
    8 AM — a dullsky oozing through glass,storms forecast — a lullof stillness must pass, one more hollow hourbefore work should ...
  • Skillbuilding in Verse (#1)
    Most of my poems either go by syllable count, (more or less) iambic pentameter, or a combination. This has been ...
  • I’m Doing a Poetry Book
    An update on my writing/conlang blog about a poetry book I’m putting together. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in ...
  • Poem in Reckoning 4
    General writing update: Yesterday, January 1, Reckoning 4 was released. The literary journal features speculative writing on environmental justice. #4 ...
  • Lexember 2019: December 25-31
    December 25 Heneån /ˈhɛ.nə͡ɔn/, n. Class D. Dampener, as in something that reduces noise. Plural heneåmua. Heneåni, dampened. Aheneånit, to dampen, to reduce noisiness. Heneånịfua, earplugs. Ịf /ɪf/, n. ...
  • Ending 2019
    My annual year in review post, with a focus on writing: Some stats, some project updates, reflections on how much ...
  • Lexember 2019: December 16-24
    December 16 Today’s word showcases some stuff I talked about back in 2017 — namely, that the articles in Tveshi occasionally ...
  • The Waterfall Commune
    This is a short story — 6,200 words — about a group of young adults in their 20s who decide ...
  • Lexember 2019: December 8-15
    December 8 Sau /sa͡ʊ/, n. Class D.  Journey. Sauyi /ˈsa͡ʊ.ji/, relating to journeys. Asauyit /ʌ.ˈsa͡ʊ.jit̪/, to travel. Iasau, pilgrimage. Nusauyi, culturally astute, well-traveled. Nusaukouri, someone who has made traveling a profession. Enasau, religious procession. Sauyåssị, any god ...
  • 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 ...
  • Transmutation
    crush thesecertain flower petalsthe pulp redhot beneath your fingerssticky, sweet, spicywhat it touchesit changesdeepening gracewe will ascend likedoves into the ...
  • Conlang Writing Systems: Narahji
    A Quattro pad with detached sheets. I really like the feel of this paper and how it behaves with the ...
  • 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 ...
  • #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 ...
  • 2018 in Review
    In which I review major things I accomplished this year. I wrote 321,000 words and spent ~354 hours in creative ...
  • #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 ...
  • ‘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 ...
  • As #Lexember Begins, #Eamarubhe
    https://twitter.com/kayeboesme/status/1007754259352510464 This is the language that I am building. ɛ͡ɒ̈.ˈmɑ.ˌðy.βɛbh = βr = /ɾ/ in all places but before /u/, /ɒ̈/, and /ɑ/, ...
  • Writing in Binary
    I’ve worked from maps for science fiction stories since I was in my mid- to late teens. According to writers ...
  • Writing Updates
    Before I get going: read my poem (and all of the other stories and poems) in the summer issue of ...
  • A Short Conlang Sketch: Gnaseklahi
    I’m moving a few older posts from Tumblr to my main conlang blog. This is a sketch of a language ...
  • When a Librarian Writes Conlangs
    I saw a question on Twitter that was posted on Metafilter about words for librarian in “geek languages,” which was ...
  • The Richness of Infinity: On Integrating Worldbuilding Across Time and Space
    For those of you who loved my podcast Epiphany, guess what? I’m working on a podcast called Ossia right now, ...
  • The Final Paragraph of Epiphany
    So, after 54 chapters and one cultural primer on the systems of gender in the country Tveshė, Epiphany: The Story ...
  • How I Use Pronoun Systems to Reflect Conlangs and Concultures
    So, I started doing something very different during the first decad of February — writing a story in the universe of ...
  • Reflections on Writing in 2017
    Writing-wise, 2017 was an interesting year. This is the part where I talk about a variety of projects related to ...
  • Lexember #22-31: Fried pastries, counting mass nouns is hard, and yes, there’s a word for the darkness of space
    I have a lot of lexember stuff below, most of it from Twitter. Since I have more than 280 characters ...
  • Happy Winter Solstice! (… and Lexember #17-21)
    First off, Happy Winter Solstice to everyone! ☀️🌃 In Tveshi, that would be Keshehio Oinnuporåsėo mesah! — You.DAT Winter Solstice.CAUS solidarity/hello/salutations. Indirect objects ...
  • Lexember Days #8-16: Teachers and Ancestors
    Lexember has been going well, and one of its biggest benefits is that I’ve started rendering things in IPA. Going ...
  • Lexember Days #4-7: Yes, Tveshi was my first conlang.
    I only have one LaTeX page of my incredibly poor late-teens-early-twenties dictionary decision to go in the A section. Then, ...
  • Notes on Epiphany: Oratory in Ịgzarhjenya Languages (and Iturji)
    When I was reading the 56 Hikol piece about Tehjen, I did not render Narahji in the IPA — although ...
  • Lexember Day #3
    I spent about an hour and a half working on my Tveshi dictionary and wrote up about 10-15 entries, which ...
  • Lexember: Days 1-2
    I wanted to translate “lexember” into Tveshi. It would have been an ideal Day One, but yesterday, I participated in ...
  • When Great Houses Fall
    This is (another) partial repost from Tumblr, but it’s relevant to the past few Epiphany episodes — a proverb came up ...
  • Today, We Feast; Tomorrow, We #Lexember
    Tomorrow is #lexember. I’m not a #NaNoWriMo person because, as an academic librarian, my achievable word count the month I ...
  • Linguistic Beauty Can Be Hard to Podcast
    To conclude, we believe views about the beauty and ugliness of languages and dialects are built on cultural norms, pressures ...
  • Insults in Narahji: The Noun Class Edition
    (A partial repost from Tumblr with some new content.) The Narahji spoken in Epiphany is not always internally consistent because it’s the ...
  • Starting Pangrammatike
    2016 and 2017 have been draining years. The social media cycles of alarm help us build coalitions, beg for basic ...