Recommendations: May 2022

Fiction

An Incomplete Account of the Case of the Bird-Talker of Yaros by Eleanna Castroianni (Podcastle)

I think of my grandfather by Jonathan Duckworth (The Deadlands)

Mal de Caribou by Becca de la Rosa (The Dark Magazine)

One Day the Cave Will Be Empty by K. J. Chien (Fantasy Magazine)

The Cheesemaker and the Undying King by Lina Rather (Lightspeed Magazine)

The Fruit of the Princess Tree by Sage Tyrtle (Apex Magazine)

The Projectionists by E. M. Linden (The Deadlands)

XY by Lucy Zhang (Fireside Magazine)

Writing Update: May 2022

I was so busy with moving this month that didn’t do any plotting or outlining for Samael until the 22nd. After that, I barely wrote anything until the 29th. I got a decent chunk of Issue 17 plotted out, and now I know how to connect it with the next section of the story. Provided that nothing as time-consuming as moving comes up in June, I should be able to get back on track with regards to outlining.

I also started writing down notes for a story that’s been bouncing around my head for a few months. I still need to name one of the protagonists. For some reason, naming these characters has been more difficult than usual.

A minor update to Askeisk

<< Askeisk, a Scandinavian language (part 3)


This is probably one of the most minor updates I’ve made to a conlang, but it affects a large number of the nouns and adjectives.

Previously, nouns inherited from Old Norse nouns that ended in –r (like fiskr & and hundr) ended in –ur in Askeisk (fiskur, hundur). After thinking about it for over a year, I’ve decided to drop the –ur ending entirely.

In-universe, it’s supposed to look like a “middle” between the continental North Germanic languages and the insular ones. Now it’s starting to actually resemble that.

Thinking about rewrites and sequels

I’m thinking about rewriting The Land of Two Moons. I’m also thinking about writing a sequel to it.¬†And I’m also thinking about writing a sequel to The Book of Immortality.

These aren’t new thoughts. I’ve been thinking about writing sequels to The Land of Two Moons and The Book of Immortality since I finished the first drafts. Every once in a while, the thought pops into my head. I don’t actually have plots that could be used for sequels, just brief scenes and snippets, but plots are something that take quite a bit of work for me. If I wanted to write a sequel, I’d have to spend quite a bit of time outlining a plot.

As for rewriting The Land of Two Moons…there are a lot of things that didn’t make it into the story. And since it starts off as a comic and makes the transition to prose after chapter 6, it’s inconsistent. There’s no real way for me to make a collected version of the story if I wanted to.

But is it worthwhile to do any of these things? I have so many other stories I want to tell, and time spent on these is time I can’t spend on others.

I think I’ll re-outline The Land of Two Moons and see if I can stuff everything I had to take out back into it. That’s the first step of a rewrite anyway, and once I’m done with that, I can see if I still actually want to rewrite it.

Camp NaNo April 2022 Results

I won Camp NaNoWriMo around 11:30 PM on April 30th. There wasn’t any real reason for me winning that late, aside from procrastination.

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It looks like I spent as many days not writing as I did writing. Most of that writing was done on weekends, due to me being busy with home-buying things on weekdays.

I didn’t get as much done in April as I would have liked, but I do know where I’m going next with Samael. Considering I was having problems with that before the month started, it’s quite a good thing.