writing

Language Generator for Fantasy and Sci-Fi

I’ve talked about my fascination with language before, but sometimes writers need a little help creating words that make sense in their nascent worlds. I recently found something that streamlines that process. Vulgar (pardon the terrible name) is a constructed language generator. The generator creates fully realized languages; if you were truly ambitious you could… Continue reading Language Generator for Fantasy and Sci-Fi

writing

Tsundoku: The Art of Not Reading

There is a word for not reading. Or rather, there is a term for collecting books and never opening their covers. That word is tsundoku. The Japanese word tsundoku stands for a state in which many readers find themselves. The term is actually a combination of several words. Alone, doku means “to read”, tsunde represents… Continue reading Tsundoku: The Art of Not Reading

books · Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: Toni Morrison’s “Nobel Prize Lecture”

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” —     —     — Today is the sort of day that makes me want to celebrate words in all of their beauty and all of their power. With that, I want… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Toni Morrison’s “Nobel Prize Lecture”

resources · writing

Free Online Resources: Grammar and Writing

Like any good grammar junkie, I keep a list of resources for when questions arise about the English language. The following are some free sites that I find myself referring to time and time again. They have been so helpful over the years that it would feel stingy not to share them. OWL: The Purdue… Continue reading Free Online Resources: Grammar and Writing