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Re: probably a bloody obvious question...

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2000, 20:42
On Sun, 20 Aug 2000, H. S. Teoh wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 20, 2000 at 03:59:31PM -0400, Yoon Ha Lee wrote: > [snip] > > Hey, anything's good. Culture/location is almost automatic, since any > > conlang I make is going to be intimately tied to a story, and > > culture-building *is* something I take time with. > > True enough... I find that designing a language is so much easier when you > have a cultural backdrop to help you make linguistic decisions. Without a > conculture to go with it, a conlang can easily become an ad hoc mosaic of > arbitrarily-chosen linguistic curiosities, often quite incoherent.
> But as for stories... I have the problem that I can create storylines well > enough, but I can't *write* a story in an interesting way... (yeah, what > *am* I doing on this list, eh? ;-) One idea I had to get around this > problem was to actually write the story in the conlang itself, or at least > present the story as a collection of manuscripts, book excerpts, recorded > dialogues, etc., all written in the conlang, that gives a somewhat > detailed picture of the conculture and its history. In fact, by carefully > choosing what to include, the collection may well become the "story" > itself.
I've thought of doing that, but I write for publication (three sales, two published) and no *way* would I find a market. What I'd like to do with the current project and any future ones, though, is have a website (eventually) with a learning-grammar, reference grammar and short stories/poetry related to the culture in question. I think I'd better get my bachelor's first, though. <G> YHL, unfortunately a math major