The Lazy Worldbuilder’s Guide to Conlang

The Lazy Worldbuilder’s Guide to Conlang

This post was meant to go up last week, but burnout got to me and almost nothing went up. So, first of all, I apologize for the missed week. Here’s the post you were meant to get last week, all about how to build a language (conlang = “constructed language”) that will add realism to your world… even if you’re not a linguist and don’t care to go full Tolkien with your world’s language(s). Continue reading “The Lazy Worldbuilder’s Guide to Conlang”

The End of the World as You Made It

The End of the World as You Made It

You’ve been imagining your world the way it is “now,” whether “now” is the particular time span for a novel or even a larger time span that you’ve fleshed out around that. You likely also know how your world was made (and what your characters believe about the creation of the world, whether those two are the same or not). But have you ever considered how (or if) your world will end? Well, that’s what we’re about to look at in this post.

Does Your World End?

The first, most obvious question is Continue reading “The End of the World as You Made It”

2021 Wrap-Up and Goals for 2022

2021 Wrap-Up and Goals for 2022

2021 has felt rather long, and yet the end of the year came up really fast. I feel like I’m scrambling to get everything prepped for January and the start of the new year. As just a piece of wrapping up 2021 and prepping for 2022, here’s a recap of the year past and a look at some of my goals for the coming year.

2021: An Overview

This year was split into Continue reading “2021 Wrap-Up and Goals for 2022”

Top Reads of 2021

Top Reads of 2021

We’re approaching the end of the year, which means it’s time to take a look back, and the most fun part of that is looking back on the year’s reads! I’ve read 51 books thus far (just one shy of my goal!), most of them classics and nonfiction, and apparently most of them were good if my average rating for the year is 4.5 (thanks Goodreads).

I want to share the books that you’ll most likely find interesting, so this part one will be mostly fiction and the nonfiction that can be applied to writing, and I’ll do a part two looking at the more worldview-/theology-/life-related books on Within the Static for those who are interested in those as well. (There might be a couple of overlap books that end up on both lists.)

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Selected Stats

The Longest Book I read this year was Continue reading “Top Reads of 2021”

Creativity & Rest

Creativity & Rest

Recently I’ve been trying to navigate the concept of rest, and the balance of work and rest. Which might sound like a really silly thing to be having trouble with, but I have a tendency to struggle with balance and prioritization when it comes to projects and things to do… even if the thing to do is rest. So today I thought I’d discuss some ways that authors and other artists can rest and refill their creativity, and why rest is important in the first place. Continue reading “Creativity & Rest”