Archive | January 1, 2016

Something like a year in review


I wrote 308,414 (or thereabouts) words in 2016.
[2014 total words: 422,180]
Of those:
39% were for $ (Patreon, submissions, commissions, freelance writing work)
47% were for Audience (blog posts, prompt calls, challenges, writing prompts, serials, “more please”)
13% were flat-out for fun (stuff that jumps out that nobody asked for & I’m not sure anyone will like)

From July-December
10% of my writing was for Patreon
8% for commissions
19% for edally
12% in novellas/novel projects
10% for something you’ll see next quarter
4% blog posts
13% submissions
25% everything else.


Fluff text for Queen’s Necklace
“Company” in No Place for Us
“Lifeblood of the City” in Bloodlines
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Do You Feel What I Feel


Edally Academy: Completed The Angry Aetherist and began The Missing Treaty
Jumping Rings: on indefinite hiatus since June
Addergoole: the original series: Being moved to wordpress, slowly.
Rin & Girey: a new draft is happily underway
Language for Reiassan (Rin/Girey, Edally): Well underway.

I should do this monthly in 2016 so I can remember where I stand!

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January Theme Poll!

Hello! It’s time for the December Theme Poll!

These polls determine the theme for Patreon writing for the month, spurring the prompt call and from there several stories.

Want to check out my Patreon? Look here.
For just $1, you can read all the Patreon stories; for $5/month, you can prompt in the prompt calls!

Don’t have Dreamwidth? Please feel free to vote in the comments.

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Discovery Part Five

Discovery Part II
Part III
Part IV

Otondyoo was not pacing.

Otondyoo was not pacing, because they were close enough that they could see the foreign ship, and that meant the foreign ship could see them.

Otondyoo wanted to pace, because the foreign ship was crewed by – not Bitrani, they didn’t look quite like Bitrani, but still – by tall people with sun-chapped redness over pale skin, hair in brown and blonde and a fiery red Otondyoo had never seen. Their clothes were in blue and grey and green, cut in strange ways, the pants only to the knee, the shirts leaving their arms bare. They must be freezing.

The Emperor was smiling, and if anything, that made Otondyoo want to pace even more. It was a vicious smile, not a diplomat’s face. “Did you know, Otondyoo, that there’s a particular artifact in the imperial treasury that claims to be able to read the color of a person’s aether?”

“But people don’t have aether, sir. The scholars determined that…”

“Indeed. Of course.” The Emperor’s smile grew. He passed the telescope to Otondyoo. “Tell me, what do you think they’re feeling right now?”

Otondyoo had already looked at all of them. “I think they’re cold, sir.”

“Look again.”

Obediently, Otondyoo looked again. “Their leader… I think their leader is worried. He keeps looking at us and then back to his first mate. And to the Calenyena-looking one they’ve got on the aft rigging.”

“Indeed. Do you think they were expecting to find someone else?”

Otondyoo dropped the spyglass down to study the armament. “If they were, sir, they might have not been expecting them to be friendly.”

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(need an Icon) #Languary Day One: Rough set of Phonemes

The Language of Whispers (Working Name) – Working Phoneme Set

The Language of Whispers has what we can call Liturgical Whispers, a working language used for texts and ceremonies, as well as at least three modern dialects: Heretical, Rebel, and Institutional, which include some phoneme shifts in each.

This may not be a complete list, as it only has 22 11 consonant sounds and 5 vowel sounds. But it’s a start.

I based the set off of a gibberish language I’ve used from time to time.

ssuhssuh nuhbahr nuhchuh nihbah nuh sseedush…

labial labiodental dental alveolar alv-pal velar glottal
stops (p)b t d

fricatives f(v) θ ð ss sh

affricates pf ch j
approximants   l

nasals m n

Added a couple when I made it a table; they’re in bold. Dialectical differences are in parentheses.



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