My Plans and Goals for 2019

I’ve done a lot in 2018, and there’s still a few days to do more.

I created and published a poetry collection. I started two blogs, Insanity’s Hiding Place (this blog) and Over the Invisible Wall. I took my novel-in-progress over 30k words. I finished my novella The Diary of Kaashif Sarwan.

Next year I want to do as much as I can.

I’ve made a habit of daily blogging and that will be continuing. Writing every day is important to me, so I will not quit.

In April I’ll be moving to apprentice with one of the business partners with Praxis. That’ll be at least six months, maybe longer. I’m going to do great work, push myself, and grow a lot personally and professionally through this experience.

January is the philosophy module at Praxis, which has a lot of reading, but it will be an adventure. That’ll kick off the new year with some hardcore thinking.

inish my novel-in-progress, Mystical Warriors. I don’t know how long it will be, I don’t know how much work it will take. But it’s taken long enough so far. I need to finish it. I’m not sure when I want my target to be for the first draft’s completion, but I want to push myself to finish it.

Make the manuscript for my next poetry collection. I don’t want to release another poetry collection for a while, but I have the start of another poetry collection. I’m going to scrap what I have and start over, though. Now that I know the basics of making a collection, this one should be a breeze. It will be much longer, though, so that might present its own troubles.

Develop Gràďlutut to a point where it’s possible to have conversations. I’d like to make short video lessons about/for the language, but there’s not enough to it yet for that to even be possible.

Develope N’Zembe, write more stories, develop more species, write more history. I have so little knowledge of the system, I’d like to change that. The worldbuilding is still so lacking, and that’s the whole point of the project. I’m creating a whole star system to host stories, and the process is fascinating to me. I already know I will never stop working on this, and I made it vast purposefully. There’s 10 inhabited planets out of 18, and a ton of moons, which may or may not be habitable or inhabited. The base language is the same, but the derivations and evolution of that on different planets will be drastically different.

These are my main writing and career goals for 2019.

Gràďlutut: Word Families and Creative Roots

This is the first time I’ve delved into the complicated realm of conlanging — creating a language. As complicated as learning existing languages are, native or foreign, creative a new language from scratch is even harder.

Before I can even introduce my topic, you need some background information to understand the context of the language.

The universe in which N’Zembe resides is polytheistic, not just in practice but actuality. There are thirty deities. When the N’Zembe system was created, for it was created, and the people of the world came into being, the deities taught them language.

Gràďlutut is that first language.

The name of the language has a few components:

“Gràďlut,” meaning “language” (derived from gràď meaning “word”) and “ut,” the possessive modification referring to the “túfalni” or deities.

The name literally means “the language of the gods.”

The other day, I was transferring my handwritten lexicon into a Google sheet and encountered this word: “unajalùntangraď.”

As we’ve already seen, gràď is a piece meaning “word.”

“Jalùntan” is a verb meaning “to know or to understand.” Una- is a prefix that modifies a verb to make it a noun. So “unajalùntan” means “knowledge or understanding.”

Combined with gràď, it becomes the “the knowledge or understand of words.” Or more simply, “vocabulary.”

It is this type of construction, modifying existing words or creating compound words, that makes language so interesting.