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Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community:

With My Conlang, I Would Not Fail, by Sean F. Larson

In all the talking and back and forth talk, my principal said something. Thinking about it now, I am sure that it was just an off-hand comment. But he said, "He is going to have to invent his own language to graduate from high school." and the light bulb went off.

Invent my own language? YES! I'm going to invent my own language! I had no idea anyone had ever done this before. I had taken French, and I understood grammar, but I really had no idea how to create an entire language from scratch.

Tags: Constructed languages


Previous post: Salvage - Part 2 of Landed, by Topcode

They went to homebase and unpacked and set up a tent. as they stepped outside they heard a bang. It was an escape pod that had launched and was quickly destabilizing. It was pulling up but not in time. A loud crash sounded as it smashed into the shore, then skidded around before rolling down the slope… and into the water. Fortunately for whoever was inside the flotation activated and kept it from sinking.

Tags: Fiction, Science Fiction


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    $\begingroup$ How can we upvote that dude's work. Its excellent. $\endgroup$
    – kingledion
    Dec 23 '16 at 1:29
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    $\begingroup$ @kingledion authors thrive on comments, and I encourage you to leave him some on his posts. If you don't have a Medium account already, you can log in with Google, Facebook, or Twitter (like you do here on SE). I'm sure he'd welcome feedback! And yes, I agree that Jasper's work is excellent. (Tease: there's more coming.) $\endgroup$ Dec 23 '16 at 1:57
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    $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Do upvotes carry between blog post updates (have 24 accumulated over time or are they all from this one?) I'd ask elsewhere but we have no meta-meta-worldbuilding. $\endgroup$
    – Zxyrra
    Dec 23 '16 at 22:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra they accumulate over time. Instead of creating a bunch of individual meta posts, which would get out of hand, we're editing this post with each new blog post. Votes probably shouldn't be interpreted as votes on the specific blog posts. (If you want to know how those votes have changed over time, you could use the data explorer. But that won't tell you if that's why people are voting on this meta post.) $\endgroup$ Dec 25 '16 at 1:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra You reminded me of this meta xkcd $\endgroup$ Dec 29 '16 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ awesome work, great to read :) $\endgroup$
    – Sandy
    Feb 8 '17 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ Hopefull I might resume and finish the later part of story that I started medium.com/universe-factory/…. I think it's archived, am I too late? $\endgroup$ Jul 4 '18 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ @KaranDesai great! It's still there, ready for you to pick it up and continue when you're ready. I'm looking forward to it. $\endgroup$ Jul 4 '18 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I'll submit draft asap on Medium $\endgroup$ Jul 5 '18 at 3:30
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    $\begingroup$ I like the Dr. Strangelove reference. $\endgroup$
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    $\begingroup$ Dang, have we really written that much? I'm impressed. And thanks for putting this together. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
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    $\begingroup$ We've written a bit, yes. (The volume is why I didn't add author names to this list -- I was already doing enough typing/cutting/pasting. If anybody else wants to, feel free.) $\endgroup$ Oct 19 '16 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ What happens when this post hits the character limit? :-) $\endgroup$ Oct 24 '16 at 0:52
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    $\begingroup$ @rand al'thor Add a second post. $\endgroup$ Oct 24 '16 at 9:41
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor yes, as Bellerophon said, when we hit the 30,000-character limit on this post we'll just have to add another answer and divide up the entries. :-) $\endgroup$ Oct 24 '16 at 23:32
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    $\begingroup$ Going forward, we could consider dividing this list by month, especially if we plan to increase our output. $\endgroup$
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  • $\begingroup$ @Secespitus thanks for adding all those author credits! $\endgroup$ May 3 '17 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio No problem. I hope I got them all right with the second edit. I couldn't find/remember a username corresponding with Evan Hoffman Conlangs for Non-Linguists though. $\endgroup$
    – Secespitus
    May 3 '17 at 13:48

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