This past week has been fruitful for me in many ways, and by fruitful I mean productive. Before the release of Birth of Blackheart, I had worked on its sequel conservatively; mostly outlining. With that said, I am proud to announce that writing of the second novel is underway with the prologue already complete.
My expectation is to have the second novel done within the year. What kind of workload does that entail for me? At least 2000 words a day!
I’m back with another iteration of this language series, and this time, I’ll be giving you a bit more information on the Verisi language. What will we be looking at? The alphabet. As you’ve already been familiarized with the language’s vowels and consonants, it should be a simple reference to the picture below, which is the first letter of the Veri alphabet:
The first letter we have on the Verisi alphabet is Awe, written as seen above. The second letter is Eh, written exactly the same way as Awe, but with a strong press of the brush above it. As you will begin to notice with the coming revelations is that each letter has two iterations. One without a dot, as seen with Awe above, and one with a dot, as seen with Eh. They are nearly identical, but are very different.
Since this post was short, I should have the next four letters posted shortly.
It has been far too long since I last posted, and I apologize for the lengthy delay.
I wanted to leave a quick post in the interim as I gather my thoughts for part two of my On building a language from scratch series. The topic of this post? Why, the FIFA World Cup of course!
I’m a big football (soccer) fan, and as such, I can’t help myself from getting excited during these World Cup days! I’ve been rooting for the Stars and Stripes since 2002, and I have no plans on stopping anytime soon. With Mr. Klinsmann at the helm, I feel the USA has a strong foundation when confronting the strong teams within its “Group of Death”. My predictions? The USA takes the games from Ghana and Portugal, and ties against Germany. Round of 16, here we come!
For one reason or another, I convinced myself to create an entire fictional language when writing Birth of Blackheart. Has it made my world more rich and exciting? I darn sure hope so.
The first of many languages that came to me was the heavy-sounding Verisi (Veriotz, as the wonderful Shushana would correct me). At first, I really didn’t know how I wanted the language to sound, and much less how I wanted to approach its alphabet. I debated whether to imitate one of the many human dialects, with similar vowels, letters, and pronunciations. I also tossed an idea around to have it be something never before seen. How did I decide? It was simple. I looked at the Veri objectively, and based on a myriad of factors, I asked myself the following question.
How would these dark-skinned, feline-looking creatures come to life? How would the sounds of their powerfully-projected voices cause others to whimper?
And so Verisi was born, a language far older than any human dialect, was born. I’ll be adding the Verisi alphabet soon, but for now, I’ll leave you with the vowels and consonants.
Verisi Vowels and Consonants
awe | eh | uh | ew
va | fe | ra | la
ee | hee | se | ze
ko | so | en | we
to | do | je
As the title states, this is only Part 1 of my On building a language from scratch series. Each post should go deeper into the madness that is Ashkar.
It has finally happened. After months of preparation, my first novel, Birth of Blackheart, has released! This is definitely a momentous day in my life. I hope you all enjoy reading the novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I’d like to take a moment to discuss some things Birth of Blackheart. First and foremost, I would like to go off the record that the novel will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and many other book retailers soon. In addition, this is my first book, and I’m sure it still needs a lot of work. My promise to you, the reader, is that every new book will be better than its predecessor. If you’re on the fence of purchasing, go ahead and check out the free sample (40% of the novel for free!). I’d love to hear your opinions!
I’ll be taking the next week off from any form of writing (including blog posts). I should be able to squeeze in a second post this week, hopefully by Thursday or Friday. What will be the contents of this post, you may be asking? I was thinking along the lines of…the Veri alphabet.
Again, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me make this a reality. I hope you’ll become a part of this, too.