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New Worlds: Names and Their Meaning

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I originally thought I would get through the topic of names in a single post. (More fool me.) Let’s move on to what names mean. On the wall of my … Continue reading

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New Worlds: What’s In a Name?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Continuing on from the discussion of phonology, I want to get into names — not how they sound, but how they’re used. When I’m reading, I see a huge number … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Phonology the Easy Way

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’m not likely to get too deep into the subject of conlanging — constructing languages — in this series. It’s a topic that can literally fill a book on its … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Measuring Time

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Before we get to the post itself, a brief housekeeping note: for this Patreon, I’ve committed to four essays a month. But as you may have noticed, I post on … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Four Seasons, or Two, or . . . ?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) “I miss seasons.” I hear this sometimes from people who move to the San Francisco Bay Area from the East Coast or the Midwest of the U.S. Truth be told, … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Natural Disasters

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) When “natural disasters” wandered through my head as a possible thing to post about, I found myself thinking, Is that really a worldbuilding topic? Aren’t natural disasters more of a … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Shape of the World

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’ve been re-reading the comic book series Elfquest lately, the setting of which is usually referred to as the World of Two Moons — for the very simple and obvious … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Introduction

When I’m on a panel, or giving an interview, or answering a reader’s question, I often find myself saying that I’m “putting on my Anthropologist Hat.” You see, I spent ten years studying anthropology — first as an undergrad, then … Continue reading

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