Sunday, January 23, 2011

Traps & the Wind in the Willows?

I remember a summer spent on the small island of Isle au Haut when I was ten years old. It was a quiet time of playing cribbage with my grandfather, hanging out with my Mum, playing on the shore and doing a lot of reading. The Wind in the Willows was one of the books I read then, and it was wondrous strange and fantastic. I loved it. If you haven't read this, you must. One of the main protagonists, Mole (at left), is a somewhat bumbling but thoroughly adorable character. I'd even venture to say one of the most endearing creations in children's literature.

Judging from this page, the advertising executives at Squidoo and Google should REALLY read the book and be a little more discriminating about what ads are paired with what material.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Necronom - A Model Language of Magic (and how to make your own).

So I love languages, speak Spanish, and can get by in Japanese.

But what if I told you, "Val ai o Etogen Ennom." Well, there's no one in else in the world that will know what I'm saying because it's in Necronom, a language I built from the ground up. It's a model language and they're loads of fun.

If you're interested in building your own language, just for fun and complete with a unique alphabet and grammar, all you really need is a sharpie marker, a scanner, a couple programs and some time on your hands. This is just the way I did it, but there are lot of ways that you can approach the process.

  1. Choose a language to model yours on. You can start from scratch with your first language, but it will be a lot tougher. You now have a pretty solid foundation.
  2. Download the free program, LangMaker. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it you'll be cranking out vocabulary for your language in no time flat. If you really get into it, you can actually figure out the languages your language came from and what they'll become, if given time. You now have a grammar, and a vocabulary.
  3. Now for the new alphabet. Get a big stack of white paper and start making scribbles on it. When you like the look of one of the scribbles, put a box around it, scan it in and voila, you've got a letter you can input into your font program. The font program I used was FontCreator, but there are lots of free online font creators that might work better for you (Fontstruct, for example).
  4. If you're interested in learning more about Necronom and the language of magic in my book 'The Evils', check out The Language of Necronom. Of particular fun are the spells. Cast a spell!

Feel free to zip me any questions you might have and good luck!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Evils Soundtrack

Want to know what music is on 'The Evils' iPod? What are Deacon, Zoe, Kasch, Akela and Grendel* jamming to? Well ponder no more and meander on over to listen to their Evils Soundtrack at 8tracks:

Jam to the Evils' Soundtrack!

*Warning: The Necromancer King may have stolen the Evils' iPod for just long enough to download a few of his 'evil' songs.