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Introduction (+ I need advice)

From:Quentin Read <quonton79@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 18, 2002, 0:01
Hi, I'd like to introduce myself to this group. My
name is Quentin Read and I am a junior in highschool.
I have dabbled in conlangs since 8th grade.  The first
one I came up with was Ysthol ("our language.")  It
was a bunch of bizarre-sounding words held together by
an extremely sketchy grammar.  I used it to taunt
people incomprehensibly, but gave it up after a couple
of weeks.  In 10th grade, I came up with a new
language: LanguFota.  (Fota meaning fake, as in
Faux.)It was a very unoriginal language, with almost
all the words being derived from Spanish.  I gave that
one up after a while because it was boring and stale.
In the past few months I have tried out a few ideas.
I developed a language with all the roots randomly
computer generated (has anyone else done that?) and am
now working on 2 projects: SimIE, (Simplified
Indo-European Language) and Ulm (a monosyllabic
So far I have translated the Our Father, the 23rd
Psalm, the first part of Genesis, etc. into them.  I
would like some advice about creating conlangs.
So far I have madea basic vocabulary, the alphabet,
the rules of grammar,and a few translations.  What
should I do now?  I don't want this to fizzle out
like my other ones.  I need some direction.  Also what
are some basic, widely recognized texts I can
translate besides biblical ones?  How much
does one have to do before the conlang is considered
complete?  Finally, where can I get fonts for
characters I need?  I would appreciate any advice.
-Quentin Read
Durham, North Carolina

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