Five Random Words

After skipping Sunday’s post (intentionally…  see my ROW80 check-in for why), let me welcome you all back today for a different:

WIPpet Wednesday

Today, as a break from the normal WIPpet ,  I decided against convoluted maths or short sentences out of context.  Instead…

Random Words - 23I decided to choose five words out of context.  😉

Amelia mentioned in her WIPpet interview about creating her own language for her stories.  Not new news because we’d chatted a bit about it last year.  But it did remind me that I have a bad habit in my WIPpets of using terms from the world of the Swan Song series (as well as my fan fictions and Release) as if everyone knew the world as well as I do.

So, to help make things as clear as sludge, here are five random words (and phrases) from my story worlds:

Calls (also called tianei)
— a physical/psychic connection between people; there are three main Calls the varia, talia and filia (body, soul, kin) and though most people believe they are divine gifts of guidance, some histories suggest they are remnants of spells that have passed from parent to child generation upon generation, effectively cursing young people to bad marriages, thus the adage “Calls draw together, but contracts bind.”

— a family of quasi-royalty in the Antia Vale; the name means “quick handed” and was taken on by the family intentionally to poke fun at the other High Houses who considered them to be upstarts and vagrants.  It holds a second meaning for a few; a common threat in the Vale is “May the Hastor find you on a dark night.”

— a royal family in the Antia Vale; name means “Fair Winds lord” which probably comes from their history as rulers of the seacoast and the number of weather mages in their bloodline

K’via estau meil dorme
— a polite greeting from a minor to a lord wishing good health and the blessing of divinity on the receiver.  Variations in phrasing depend of the speaker, receiver etc.  The most polite form would be K’via meil estau spoken with gaze directed at the ground before one’s feet.  In Courting, Alanii meets some distant cousins who greet him more casually despite the fact they are definitely not friends.  

— actually a phrase in the “old language” of tinsii used as a curse meaning “blacksouled bastard (biological sense)bled out of a witch forbidden death”

Raise a glass in toast to K.L.Schwengel hosting this bloghop.  The WIPpeteers hang out over at this  linky; come on and visit!

ROW80 Check-in

90/365 - Just feel better *EXPLORED!*

Not much has changed since last week at about this time,  Still, here’s the overview.

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  good progress here
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   whole new scene take developed and drafted
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) I intentionally blew off Sunday; after reading all the amazing Beauty of a Woman Blogfest posts, commenting and even writing one of my own (plus plotting out a second for the #Girlboner thread), I felt burnt by blogging; I chose to let go for a few days–I gave myself permission to break a rule and just enjoy myself; it was wonderful
  • maintain active sponsor participation behind one check-in
  • energize myself with more physical activity  was home and flumpy and feel flumpier now 😦
  • reclaim my writing space  tossed a bunch of old marked-up drafts
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) backsliding here; I even added a new (old) game
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  all’s well on the Westerlo front
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) nope; I’m thinking of taking this back off the list; my head is the wrong place for a lot of online stuff now

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  • Random Words – 23 (Photo credit: pkdon50)
  • 90/365 – Just feel better *EXPLORED!* (Photo credit: bp6316)
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24 responses to “Five Random Words

  1. Interesting words, thank you so much for sharing! Great idea for a WIPpet. 🙂


    • Glad you enjoyed, Kate. Thanks for stopping in. Now you have the perfect excuse for a post on the differences between mermen and regular guys. 😉


  2. What a fun way to WIPpet! I admire people who can make up their own words and make it work. I’d probably need to find some random word-generator online or something 🙂


    • *laughs* This has been years in creation, Alana. I wish I could say it was easy, but I’ve found I have spent as much time in linguistics texts as anything… and that the rules of a language don’t always make sense.


  3. Wow, it looks like your languages and ideas are well developed, well researched and well executed. 🙂


  4. Wow great words. There is so much depth to your world!


  5. Oh my word! That insult is quite something, isn’t it? And so few syllabels to express so much meaning. 🙂


    • Well, it is supposed to be one of the worst things a persona can call another in my world. (And the actual phrase has more syllables, but slanged as it’s been in the story after centuries of use, it comes out shorter. The Settled people have their lazy streaks after all… and who really wants to waste the time on a real bastage. :-D)


  6. Wow, very interesting word meanings! I’m impressed by how deeply you think about your world’s terms – and a little envious! Sounds like you’ve really taken lots of time to shape your world, and that makes the telling about it all the more vivid. Great work!


    • Thanks, Xina. I don’t remember exactly where I first read the saying but it was about how all the writing an author does on a story still shows up even after the edits. So that if the original draft was over 600,000 words and the final book is only 60,000 the remaining 540,00 still shine in all the backstory.

      (I paraphrased that really badly.)

      And of course, lots of research counts too. 😀


  7. liked the random words so much – and they all make such good sense:) isn’t it fun playing with languages -do you think Toklien had fun with it – all the best with your goals:)


    • I can’t imagine Tolkien having anything but tons of fun with his worldbuilding, Alberta. It’s certainly one of my favorite parts of writing, and that’s saying a lot given how much fun my characters are to work with.

      Thanks, Alberta. BTW, I love the image you chose for your most recent post of the hands and the book. So eloquent.


  8. That’s a cool idea with the random words — when you have a culture different enough from our to make it interesting, that is. 🙂

    Congrats on your goals! Social media overwhelms me on a regular basis, so I can totally sympathize with taking a few days off. I do it myself all the time. *g*


    • Though there’s less face-to-face time on social media, it’s no less intense. At least as long as you’re taking care to recognize that everyone at the other side of the screen has feelings and the same good and bad days you do… I take off a lot more time than I probably should.

      I confess the five words idea was a spur of the moment thing that came to mind when I was feeling overwhelmed at looking at the Scrivener draft. Glad you liked it (I think).


  9. I’m impressed that you’ve managed to create your own language Eden. I would find that so hard – maybe impossible to do so I really admire those who can. Also I like how you’ve given detailed explanation of the meanings, obviously you’ve put a lot of thought into it all. Good stuff! 🙂


    • I think it was just another creative way to procrastinate (or… because I really did love Tolkien for years, my not so secret desire to emulate him). Glad you enjoyed the words though and the meanings, Elaine.


  10. Sys,

    I knew some of these, but it was cool to read these – and I LOVE the insult, and the description of the Hastors…you know I like those guys!

    Great idea for a WIPpet….and, as for breaks, sometimes, we just need one. Knowing that, though….that’s the trickier part, sometimes! =)

    See you in a bit! =)


    • Well, I think over the years we’ve traded a lot of our in storyworld words we’ve made. Some of them we even created together… so I’m not surprised you recognized them. Though, it’s “Hastor”–singular, plural… reads the same. Adding an a at the end to make Hastora would mean the present head of the house, an is as in Hastoris would be the heir of the house (in this case Val, probably your least favorite of them, mostly because you don’t know the triplet’s father), etc.

      Same works for the Dantii, the Lanii, etc….

      I’d love to see you do one of these for a WIPpet too. And yeah… breaks are sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane. Or rather not dangerously crazy…. 😉


  11. That was a real interesting WIPpet. I love reading through lexicons for things. The history behind words (fake and even real) are interesting to me.

    As for your ROW80 goals, you’re doing great. I know what you mean about not always being in a good head space for online interaction. There are days, weeks, and even months when rather than a joy it can be just taxing. And to break the rules to bring yourself relaxing and happiness is sometimes needed.


    • Yeah… dictionaries are a downfall of mine too. I’ve started to weed out my shelves a bit, but only because I started acquiring them in an electronic form. 😀

      Exactly. Some people don’t seem to get that social is social, but those who do get it… and often hide away for periods of time too. 😉


  12. “Blacksouled bastard.” I like that. It flows off the tongue rather well, though I think I might have to learn to pronounce “talisviernasali” so I can use it any time I want. Hee, hee, hee.


    • Glad to know people like it… however, if it starts becoming part of normal English vernacular, I may get a bit creeped out. Hopefully we don’t have that many people that fit that description in the world. 😀