Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Tell your conlang story!

From:John Schlembach <bachalon@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 2:03
1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your inspiration?

I don't quite know how it happened. Like many others, I read Tolkien (among
many others) as a child, but I wasn't touched by the language bug though I
did try to create langauges with no success. As I aged, my interest in
science-fiction began to wane as all the alien cultures started to blend
together. I turned to fantasy and started studying a lot of languages at 16.
I was curious to see how a language would influence thought or behavior. It
was Lidaan that led me to make a serious attempt at creating my own
lanaguage for use in my novels.

2) What is your purpose in creating languages? Is it a personal art, an
anthropological experiment, a pasttime...?

It is both. I enjoy doing it as it's a very fulfilling activity even if
others don't find it particularly interesting or useful. I've found that
working with ideas, words, or phrases in a language of mine, or others, gets
me in a creative mood.

3) How have people reacted when you tell them about it?

Most people don't know. The one girl I shared it with is now building her
own; she enjoyed learning what I had to teach her that much.

4) Did conlanging lead you places you never expected it to take you?

Absolutely. I've grown as a writer and been able to hone my imagination
where it was once scattershot. It's been an extraordinarily helpful skill to
have and has payed off in some very surprising ways.



John Schlembach <bachalon@...>