||[Oct. 28th, 2005|09:08 am]
I've written a lot of words over the past couple of days. I feel a bit burned out. (Just over 800 words this morning - bloody Cal and his bloody reticence to admit his flaws.)
I guess this is bad right before NaNoWriMo.
While full speed ahead on Familiar, I'm also trying to work on the flow for Sacrifice. Right now I'm struggling with what people would call themselves who have a language, but never developed it - it was thrust upon them. I'm currently going in the direction that they would call themselves words that related to their looks or their habits, but that has the problem that it could be really irritating to the reader.
Also, a good name for the main character under the system would be "Scar", which has all sorts of unfortunate connections. Blast you, FMA!
I picked up a copy of Memories of Empire from a local B&N and have begun reading it. Found the first typo. Sheesh. However, I really like the writing.
Thoughts... not... coming... together...
What do you mean by never developed it/it was thrust on them? Were they conquered? How long have they been speaking this language? Does any of their old language remain?
My recommendation would be to look at real-world examples of people forbidden to speak their original language. Slave populations in the Americas come immediately to mind; I'm sure there are other examples.
Memories of Empire sounds familiar. Like I ought to know what it is, but don't. What is it?
The people in this story did not have a language, nor really any sort of conscious thought, until they attained this language about six months ago. They have an instinctive grasp of using it to describe concrete concepts. They have acquired some higher level words like 'emotion'. As they become aware of a need to describe an abstract concept, they naturally think of the word to describe it, as if there was someone standing next to them saying 'oh, that? that's called this.'
Memories of Empire is ketsugami's first published book.
Y'see, it's things like that that send me into all those incoherent spitting envy rages.
Anyway, as for the people in the story... I don't think that's a challenge I'm up for. Good luck to you with it.
worked, and is still working, really hard for it. His second book is due to be published in March '06 as well. I'm sure you can do it if you're willing to put the time in.
Thanks, I think I'm going to need it. But the story is finally beginning to settle in my mind.
2005-10-29 04:52 pm (UTC)
#$%$%& typos $#%@#$&. They say it won't happen again, but fat lot of good that does me... ^_^;
I was wondering who was cursing in my journal. ^^ Yeah. Have you read the Amazon review from the guy who takes Medallion to task on the editing over the course of two and a half paragraphs?
You see, this is another thing that ticks me off. Everybody DESPERATELY NEEDS competent copy editors, and they all refuse to admit it, as a result of which there are no jobs for copy editors.
No one likes to admit that they make mistakes. There are some extremely vocal and obvious people who exemplify this trait, like Anne Rice.
I was referring more to the publishing companies than the authors, but, yeah, that's part of it, too. Mostly I think it's the modern corporate attitude to quality control, which can be summed up basically as "What's that?"
Yeah. Ironically, that's my friend Pete. ^_^; I hate to think what people who DON'T know me are saying.