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Re: probably a bloody obvious question...

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2000, 21:23
On Sun, Aug 20, 2000 at 04:42:48PM -0400, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Aug 2000, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> > 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>
Cool... nice to know somebody else thought of the same thing too :-) In fact, this isn't the first time I've wanted to do something like this. I came up with this idea when I wanted to write about a fantasy world where the distinction between fact and fiction is blurred. So, instead of giving a straight narrative that would fix the exact facts and storyline(s), I planned to write a bunch of stories written from the point of view of each of the main characters in the world. Each story would give insight into a particular aspect of the world; however, they would sometimes also contradict each other. I myself would not decide, in those cases, which story was "true" or which had the "facts" -- either story can be true, and each would lead to a different storyline when put together with the others. It was up to the reader to decide for him/herself which storyline he/she thinks represents the "real" story.
> > YHL, unfortunately a math major
Hmm, interesting... I myself am a computer science major. I seem to have quite divergent interests -- computers, chemistry (esp. organic chem), creative writing, music composition, and now, conlanging... I guess it doesn't *have* to be reconciled with each other... :-) T