Fangirl – REVIEW TIME

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 
Read February 4 – 6 2017.     3.5 // 5 stars.

I fangirled over this book. Yet, I didn’t obsess to the level that I was expecting myself to. I surprised myself by reading it and thinking – I feel a little let down? I had ridiculously high expectations for this book and I feel like not all of them were answered.

What I liked.

  • It contained Fanfiction!! I mean, when you think about the high amounts of fanfiction on the web, it’s a bit ridiculous that most books ignore its existence!! As someone who’s read and written (sssshhhh) a lot of fic, I resonated strongly with Cath’s joys and frustrations.
  • The relationship that the book was centred around was quite adorable. I squealed a lot. Also, thanks to Cath’s nature, there wasn’t much more than kissing, for which I was very thankful for.
  • The characters were all well-developed and not wooden. They were all different, which = good book.
  • It was a very realistic book. (more on this later!)
  • It literally had so much nerd culture that my heart was rendered incredibly happy! The fanfiction, the fangirling, the midnight book releases – perfection.

what i didn’t like.

  • The book had some things missing. This is perhaps a little hard to explain, but the ending wasn’t resolved to a place that I’d like it to be. There were some scenes that could have been taken places, but weren’t, and therefore seemed rather unnecessary. The ending bugged me.

(and that was about it!)

There is one more thing I’d like to mention. Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is centred around realism. She writes in the real world – there isn’t always a happy ever after. The ending isn’t always fully resolved. It’s a very different writing style, and it does take a lot of getting used to.

I’ve heard someone say that you either like her books, or you don’t.

I personally enjoy her work. I think it’s different, and refreshing. I think that people go into her work not realising that it will be different, and that’s where the crux occurs. This was -slightly- me in Fangirl.

I kinda forgot it was written by the same author as Eleanor and Park???

Anyway, I went into it thinking that maybe there’d be a fully satisfying happy ending, and while it may have been happy it didn’t fully satisfy me. There were parts that I would have appreciated the inclusion of. There were some scenes that I don’t think were necessary, despite it being realistic. I thought that the book was too long.


img_0581And, in the end, I am not a romance reader – I’m a sword buckler, classics, fantasy world reader. And so I think that this book did quite well to entice me as much as it did! It’s certainly well written, and the writing was stunning.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Keep smiling,

Emmeline 🙂

HOW TO TELL YOU HAVE A READING SLUMP + reading updates

I figured I hadn’t done some reading updates in a while, and then realised I’ve read less books than I usually would. AHH WELL, said I, LET’S DO IT ANYWAY.

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Have you ever wanted to know if you have a reading slump? Well, here’s a simple formula.

BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS MONTH
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AVERAGE BOOKS YOU READ THE LAST FEW MONTHS

In other words, divide the books you’ve read by the books you read last month. If your top number is very low compared to the rest, chances are you’ve either been really busy, or you’ve got a reading slump on your hands!

I decided to test this formula on myself, and it confirmed a sneaking suspicion I’ve had for a while.

Jan – 12

Dec – 19

Nov – 11

Oct – 17

Add the above together, and we get 59.

Now we divide 59 by four, and we get 14.75. (BUT LET’S ROUND IT UP TO 15 BECAUSE MATH.)

So my average book reading count over the last four months is fifteen books. NOW LET’S USE MY FORMULA.

3 (books I’ve read)
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15 (average books read)

… well that’s wonderful isn’t it.

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So if you didn’t get any of that (BECAUSE WHO NEEDS MATH TO READ) it means that I’m a third into the month, and I haven’t read anywhere near my usual amount. I mean, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a reading slump, but those three books I did read were a struggle. I really had to force myself through them.

And that’s not how I like to read!

Anyway, what were those three books?

// Books I’ve Read So Far This Month //

The Loaded Dog (Henry Lawson) – 3 // 5.    I enjoyed this short story. It was well plotted and the characters were all well written in the short space that they were allowed! I didn’t like the racism and sexism that crept in, but obviously it’s over a hundred years old so unfortunately that’s what we have to expect. How I wish it wasn’t so!

Alice in Wonderland  (Lewis Carroll) – 4 // 5.    I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland. A couple of years ago I got to play Alice in a drama performance. This just grew my love of this book, and when I got a new edition the other day, I knew I had to reread it! The book itself is extremely crazy and random, and I have to say I didn’t enjoy it as much as I used to. I think that it was because the plot felt a little less tight than some other books I’ve been reading lately? Obviously that’s just part of the nature of the book, but it did take away a little of the magic of the story for me.

Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) – 4 // 5.     This book was incredibly enjoyable (I fangirled every few pages), and yet I still felt a little bit let down? I think it was because I didn’t like the ending, nor some of the themes present. I know that it’s all part of the author’s writing style, but I did feel that the end was very anticlimactic. Particularly with the whole Nick storyline. Anyway, if you’ve read the book you may know what I mean. I greatly enjoyed it, but I didn’t think it was brilliant.

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I do have a few reasons for this mini reading slump that I am currently experiencing.

A) I’ve been super busy lately, and struggle to find time to read. YEAR ELEVEN, MAN.

B) The internet is distracting?? I just get distracted really easily, okay, and I know this isn’t a proper excuse.

C) My life has changed a lot lately, and I kinda use my spare time to process and cope and get my brain going again. Which is a good thing, I think.

SOOOOO I’m not too sad that I haven’t been able to read properly for a while. Because sometimes I just need to make sure that I’m okay first?? I think I’ll dedicate the rest of this month to working myself out and getting properly mentally prepared for the rest of 2017.

(is it just me or where did January go???? Like seriously.)


img_0581So how are you guys? Do you have any recommendations for getting out of a reading slump?????? Cause I may desperately need your help soon, if this gets any worse. I don’t want to pressure myself but I do miss reading.

Love,

Emmeline 🙂

MY SIX MONTH BOOK BUYING BAN! (rip me)

So I decided to go on a book buying/borrowing ban, until either my birthday in August or until I’ve read all the unread books in my bookshelf.

I think this is a suitable time to shout HELP into the void.

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In some ways this was a random, impromptu decision, but in others it was well thought out and considered. I’ve known for ages that the ratio of unread books in my shelf was growing steady larger, and I knew that I would have to do something about it. THEN when I went out and bought 40+ books from a second hand sale, I knew that my TBR was really getting out of hand.

So here’s a short list of WHY I’M DOING THIS.

  1. the unread books in my shelf will squash me if I don’t.
  2. there are lots of books that I may never get round to reading unless I make myself, because libraries are distractions.
  3. I really want to read above mentioned books.
  4. my broke self can’t afford to keep up with my book-buying habit.
  5. please see number one.

My life right now is filled with regret every single time I glance at my shelf, upon which I have placed a pile of read library books in front of the unread books on my shelf.

So here’s what I’m banning myself from.

  1. libraries.
  2. bookshops.
  3. secondhand sales.
  4. borrowing from friends.

FOR……

  • six months, i.e. until my birthday because hopefully I’ll get new books.

OR….

  • until I’ve read all the unread books in my bookshelf.

Surely that won’t be that hard? Surely. *future me cries in the distance*

At the present time, I have three library books that I am planning on reading (I borrowed them before deciding on this whole ban thing) before officially starting my ban. They are the three books in the Raven Boys series, and when I saw all three of them on the library shelf next to each other in order my heart broke and I simply had to borrow them. I’ve only read the first one and can’t wait to try the rest!

SO that’s that! Six months of no buying or borrowing.

BUT WAIT.

I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE MADE TWO EXCEPTIONS.

(woops)

My Exceptions, Or the Two Books I Plan On Buying Despite My Ban:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J Maas. It comes out May 2nd and I’m sorry but I’m not waiting until my birthday to read it.
  • Berin and Luthien, by JRR Tolkien. It comes out May 4th and I’ve been looking forward to it for a very very long time! The book was edited and put together by Tolkien’s son, and I’m extremely excited to read it. MORE TOLKIEN GIMME PLEASE.

BUT APART FROM THOSE TWO I am not planning on buying any more books!



img_0581Fingers crossed that I’ll make it through the six months! I think the hardest thing will be no library visits, as I love my library. But no. I will last. I will prevail.

Have you ever done a book ban?

From a determined bookdragon,

–Emmeline 🙂

January 2017 WRAPUP

I read twelve books this month.

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Once (by six awesome authors) – 5 // 5

The Star-Touched Queen (Roshani Chokshi) – 2 // 5

A Court of Thorns and Roses ( Sarah J Maas) – 4 // 5

Reread: To Love a Sunburnt Country (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

Reread: The Ghost by the Billabong (Jackie French) – 3 // 5

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

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Reread: The Adventures of Milly Molly Mandy (Joyce Lankaster Brisley) – 5 // 5

Reread: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

Reread: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling) – 5 // 5

Reread: We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea! (Arthur Ransome) – 4 // 5

Whisper To Me (Nick Lake) – 3 // 5

The Loaded Dog (Henry Lawson) – 3 // 5

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I really feel like I have a reading slump coming on. You know that feeling? I actually felt like that at the beginning of the month, but I stubbornly pushed through. I think it’s because I read so much in December. Now I feel like I’m tired of reading before I’ve even started.

img_0581Does anyone have any good tips to survive a reading slump?

Keep smiling,

–Emmeline 🙂

A Waltz for Matilda: Jackie French REVIEW TIME

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A Waltz For Matilda by Jackie French. Number 1 in the Matilda saga.
Read December 26th 2016.      5 // 5 stars.

Jackie French held the place of my favourite author for a very long time, perhaps the longest out of anyone. An Australian writer, she mainly writes Historical fiction and emphasises the imagery and glory of Australia throughout all her books. I think that if you weren’t Australian you would think this country an absolute paradise from her books, but they did a lot for me by crafting an appreciation for this great land, that I still have and will  (hopefully) never lose.

A Waltz For Matilda, the first in the Matilda saga, is a slow book packed with imagery and drought and the realness of humanity in the face of despair. Matilda, a girl from the slums, leaves to find her father in the ‘middle of nowhere’. The book itself spans from when she was twelve to thirty three, and is gloriously full of everything needed for a good hearty Australian story – a farm and sheep and sun and rain and historical accuracy and forbidden love and kangaroos.

I’ve read this book … five (? something like that) times now, and though I do have a few nitpicks, on the whole it has never failed to make me smile, and appreciate this lovely brown-and-green land that I live in.

what i liked.

  • Forgiveness. It plays a huge part in this book and it’s not something that pops up often in this age of paybacks. As such, I appreciated its presence and was awed at its power. It made the book for me, I think.
  • Matilda. She is stubborn and awesome, just like this land. And can I just say that I love her obsession with sheep? Because I do.
  • Its historical value. I remember reading this for the first time when I was twelve, and I was so intrigued by it that I went and researched the late nineteenth century! That’s the best type of book; books that subtly encourage you to learn.
  • It’s pretty much an all-ages book. There are themes in there that will only be picked up by an older audience, but I am quite sure that a ten year old could read this book and enjoy it!
  • The parts where annoying characters got told off by gruff old men. It’s hilarious, I’m telling you now.

what i didn’t like.

  • The realism of a thirteen year old running a farm. I know she had loving people to help her, but it was just a leetle hard to believe. I only noticed it on this read through, however.
  • Matilda’s character was hard to discern. This is something that runs through all of Jackie French’s writing, I think – it can sometimes be hard to find the traits of a specific character, to make him/her different from the rest. By the end of the book I understood her more, but there were parts where she felt a little like cardboard – a standard character, but nothing more. HOWEVER this may just be me – knowing my reading style, I could have brushed over the most important paragraph of the book and missed a huge plot development!

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All in all, then, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book and one that I highly recommend to anyone, of any age!

Have you read this book?

Keep smiling,

–Emmeline 🙂

December 2016 WRAPUP

I know it’s a little late, but here’s my wrapup for the month of December, in 2016!

I read 19 books this month. (which is a new record for me, by the way!)

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Reread: The Little Bookroom (Eleanor Farjeon) – 5 // 5

Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas) – 3 // 5

Reread: The Return of the King (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

Roverandom (JRR Tolkien) – 5 // 5

Defiant Birth (Melinda Tankard Reist) – 4 // 5

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Reread: How to Speak Dragonese (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons (Cressida Cowell) – 3 // 5

Reread: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel (Cressida Cowell) – 4 // 5

Reread: How to Break a Dragon’s Heart (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

Reread: How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

Reread: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (Cressida Cowell) – 5 // 5

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton) – 3 // 5

Reread: A Waltz for Matilda (Jackie French) – 5 // 5

Reread: The Girl from Snowy River (Jackie French) – 4 // 5

Reread: The Road to Gundagai (Jackie French) – 3 // 5

Blink and You Die (Lauren Child) – 5 // 5


img_0581I had a lot of five star books this month, and a lot of rereads! This was mainly because I reread a lot of books that I don’t plan on reading again for years; books that I grew up with and loved and read over and over again. The How To Train Your Dragon series was definitely a large part of my childhood, and I hope to do a review series on it soon. However, in the meantime I hope you all have a great new year!

With love,

–Emmeline 🙂

2017 TBR

I want to read a LOT of books next year. And as I have three gazillion things happening in my life aside from books, I don’t know how plausible it will be. But guess what? I’m going to try anyway. Because impossible goals are fun things.

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2017 To Be Read list

  • Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo
    I’ve read Six of Crows, and while it wasn’t my fave, I’m really looking forward to reading its sequel!
  • Throne of Glass series – Sarah J Maas
    I’ve only read the first one, and I’m simply dying to read the rest! The first one was so well done and I enjoyed it to the end of the earth and back. I hope the rest of the series will be the same.
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
    I have wanted to read this one for ages. THIS IS THE YEAR.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses series – Sarah J Maas
    I was given the first of these for Christmas, and can I just say I’m awfully excited to try them, given they take up 64% of my bookstagram feed?
  • Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
    It’s worth noting that as SEASON FOUR OF SHERLOCK IS COMING OUT (HELP) I might as well do a reread of some of my favourite stories of all time!

 

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  • Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
    As I am such a large fan of How To Kill A Mockingbird, I should probably definitely read the sequel.
  • The Simarillion – JRR Tolkien
    I WILL READ THIS BOOK NO MATTER HOW HARD.
  • Blink and You Die – Lauren Child
    This is the final book in the Ruby Redfort series, all about a girl who cracks codes for a secret agency. My sister and I have been following this series for ages and she just finished it, and won’t stop going on about how good it is! This will definitely be one of my first reads of the year.
  • Raven Boys series – Maggie Stiefvater
    I have read the first one and it is magnificent. I honestly am dying to read the rest of the books!

img_0581And there you have it, my To Be Read list for 2017! I hope to read them all, and many more.

What do you plan on reading next year?

Keep smiling,

–Emmeline 🙂

 

2016: my year in reading WRAPUP

Ahhhh it’s the end of the year!! Where has the time gone?

My year in reading was … interesting. I had a huge slump in the first six months where I read hardly anything (well, I did read War and Peace and Anna Karenina… but it felt like not much when you read two books in six months). But then in September I discovered Bookstagram, and all of a sudden I was reading again, starting a blog, starting up Goodreads, buying books, obsessing over new fandoms … and back to being Emmeline.

I read 77 books this year.

1

My Brilliant Career, Anne of Avonlea, Mao’s Last Dancer, War and Peace, Bee Hunter.

2

Huntingtower, Anna Karenina, Pick Your Poison, Dresses of Red and Gold, Bonhoeffer, Yellow Poppy, The Saga of the Volsungs, Le Morte D’Arthur, The City of God.

3

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, How to Train Your Dragon, The Snow Child, The Treasure House, Act of Faith, The Bone Sparrow, The Ghost by the Billabong, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

4

The Consolation of Philosophy, Anne of Green Gables, The Count of Monte Cruiso, Black Forest Summer, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Crusoe of Lonesome Lake, Delerium, Pandemonium.

5

Requiem, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Summer Secret, Always Emily.

6

Vanishing Girls, Eleanor and Park, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Jewel, Four, The Raven Boys, Geek Girl, Six of Crows.

7

She is Not Invisible, The Coral Island, The Fellowship of the Ring, All the Bright Places, The Sea of Monsters, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Titan’s Curse, The Two Towers, Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves.

8

My Story: Workhouse, Anna and the French Kiss, A Rose for the Anzac Boys, The Decameron, The Little Bookroom, Throne of Glass, Return of the King, Roverandom, Defiant Birth.

9

How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse, How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale, A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, How to Break a Dragon’s Heart, How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero, How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury.

10

Blink and You Die, The Road to Gundagai, The Girl From Snowy River, A Waltz for Matilda, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

And there you have it, all the books I read this year!

img_0581This year was a year of reading and writing and growing. I’m so thankful for everyone I’ve met who’s encouraged me, whether by written word or face to face. Thank you humans for simply existing. For everything.

Love,

Emmeline 🙂

2017 READING RESOLUTIONS

Hooray for 2017, a new year, a new start, a new beginning! 2016 was a bit of a nightmare world-wise, and to be quite honest with ye, I don’t think that 2017 will be much better. However, regardless of whether or not the world will explode, I hope that in the New Year I’ll be able to read a lot more. Here are my FIVE Reading Resolutions for 2017.

  1. Read 100 books

    I feel like I will seriously regret this decision at some point, as I have already set myself up for an extremely busy year non-book-related-wise. But guess what? Impossible goals are my friends.

  2. Read one classic a month

    I was brought up on classics – I started reading Arthur Conan Doyle and LM Montgomery at ten, and have never looked back. Therefore, I don’t want to lose the wonderfulness of reading classics just because everyone else on Instagram is reading YA. No. I am aiming to read at least one classic a month and nothing is going to stop me.

  3. Try and stay on top of that TBR

    I am perhaps the only bookworm that doesn’t have a planet of books to read. That said, ever since I started bookstagram the list has been growing steadily … and I’m hoping to stay reasonably on top of it.

  4. Finish all the books in my bookshelf

    This has been something I’ve been meaning to do for AGES. Also, a quarter of the books in my shelf are classics, and so I would really like to get to them soon.

  5. Stay ahead on here and Instagram

    This one is last, but most certainly not least. I absolutely love updating this blog and my bookstagram account, and I really don’t want to let it go down to the dumps just because I am starting uni fulltime.

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I am honestly ridiculously excited for the New Year and what it will bring. I am starting Uni fulltime, working towards my writing degree, which I’m aiming to finish in two years.*

That said, I really don’t want to let my reading go. For the beginning six months of this year I had a HUGE reading slump, and only managed to read a few books for school, ones that I had to read. That stopped when I discovered Bookstagram, and these last few months have been wonderful for me.

So over the next year, I want to stay on top of myself. Reading is a wonderful way for me, an introverted teen, to relax and just stop. And I don’t want to relive those first six months again.

*I know I’m a crazy person. Just let me and my impossible goals be impossibly ridiculous 🙂

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What are your goals for the new year?

With that said, happy new year everyone! I pray and hope that you will have a blessed year full of reading and books and fandom merch and candles. Now go out and make your own story a great one!

With love,

Emmeline 🙂

Making a Language: Part 2

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Hello again humans! Welcome to Making a Language: Part two, in which we wrap up this mini-series with a final dose of linguistism!*

If you haven’t yet read part 1, find it here!

Without further ado, let’s jump in from where we left off 🙂 Starting with number five.

*I don’t think that’s a word. Well, I guess it is now.

5. to be

And we’re back with more verbs! Thought you were done with the sticky things, did you? Ha ha harrrr. No. We’re not.

Your language is coming along – you’re learning heaps (hopefully), you know what you want it to sound like – and then you come along the word be.

The word ‘be’ is very important in the English language, in all its forms. Just close your eyes and think of how many times you use it. Not just the word ‘be’ either – was, is, will be, am, are…

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You get the picture. (no pun intended.)

You need to decide right now whether or not you want it in your language. Make a conscious decision, and stick to it.

When I was creating Samaan I forgot to enforce my decision, and it was not pretty. I had already decided that I was not going to use the word be, but then I came across is and are and lost my head. I completely forgot that they are forms of be and invented words for them. It was a month later when I realised my mistake, and by then to be had already crept into my language. It was too late. I was overrun.

Unless you want the word ‘be’ in your language, you need to make an effort now and go and look up all of the forms of ‘be’. Do it. Now. Print them out. Keep them near you. Make sure it doesn’t sneak in like it did to me. Keep an eye out for that pesky word and its forms, or you too will be attacked and ambushed and defeated and forced to surrender.

I may sound over-dramatic, but take the precautions now and be aware of the problem before it happens. And it’s perfectly okay not to have it in your language, heaps of languages don’t have it and get along fine.

However, if you do want the verb ‘be’ in your language, look up all of it’s forms and variations and do some research on the thing. There are about a million inconsistencies with this word, and it makes it harder that it’s not even a verb – it’s actually a connecting verb, or some such nonsense. I don’t know, it doesn’t make sense to me – to me it’s just a verb – but apparently it’s not, so we have to take extra measures towards it. *

So look up the forms and variations and do some research, and then make up words for it. Now. Do it. Do it. Do it. You will thank me. It is the most common verb – even though yes, I know it isn’t really a verb – and you will use it the most, so it’s important to know what you want it to look like.

* At this point I may have let out some of my vent up anger towards ‘be’. I’m sorry, just not a big fan. However it will be a lot easier if you put it in your language. Just so you know.

6. Word order

Now, even if you have decided that your language is not going to be dependant on word order waaayyy back in step one, you still need to do something about it.

I can’t tell you how to do this, or give you the rules to do this, or even stress enough how important this is. But this is something that you need to consider when you make up a language. So just… just think about what you are going to do about word order. Experiment with some sentences. Make a decision, and even if you don’t stick with it, at least you have some sort of idea of what you are doing.

Here are some things to think about, to get you started:

  • what order will words be in when you describe something?
  • if you’re using pronouns, what order are they with the verb?
  • say you’ve got more than one different noun – how are you going to write it?
  • how are you going to say that ‘this person did something’?

 

Come up with a loose diagram for word order, and then you’ll be happy, and your language will be happy too 🙂

 

7. Making up words (finally!)

I don’t know whether you already started making up words – goodness knows it took long enough to get to this step. This step is both the best – and the worst.

It is the best because you get to make up words, you get the excuse to make random sounds and sound like a whale, and you get to use up more time preparing for your story than actually writing the thing (aka procrastination). It is the worst step because there are only so many sound combinations our brains can come up with before it gets tired and begs us to go and watch netflix.

But anyway, you know what sounds you’re going to use, you know what the types of words are, you know what your alphabet is, you know the format – let’s go, right?????

Just wait one second – how are you going to write these amazing words down?

My advice: start out with everything in alphabetical order. Or you have doomed yourself for the start. I cannot stress enough how frustrating it is to have to search through a long list of words simply because you didn’t have the things in alphabetical order.

Everyone has their own system, and their own thing that works for them. I personally have a different Word Document for each type of word (verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc). Then in each doc I have an alphabetically ordered list of English to my language, then my language to English. Ye-es, it does mean I have to write every word I make up twice, but it does prevent me from giving a made up word two meanings in my language. Which you don’t want.

Work out what works for you, and stick with it.

 

8. One more thing to consider (another thing?!?)

I know, there’s still one more thing, but I’ll be quick. This is possibly the most important thing to consider when making a language.

Now I know that we probably all hate inconsistencies in language. We hate the icky spelling rules that are contradicted 90% of the time. We hate the grammar rules that are always disobeyed. We hate the Microsoft word that tells us “Emmeline, that is not how you spell that word” and you’re just yelling at the screen because, “ahhh, yes it is and I know that my own name is spelled Emmeline not Timeline thank you very much!”*

But. Here’s the but. The inconsistencies are what makes the language realistic.

I went into creating Samaan thinking that I was not going to have any inconsistencies. It was going to be all fine and dandy and I most certainly was not going to create anything that would make it difficult to learn.

This is not how it works.

Because you see, we need inconsistencies in our language. We can create an Esperanto like language, yes, but is it going to be realistic at all? No!! It’s going to be icky and yucky and not real at all. And we want realism, that’s the entire point. We want real, real life (yet fictional) characters to speak this language every day. They’re going to buy things with it, chat to a friend with it, sing songs with it, and use it. And if it’s going to be real, then it needs some inconsistencies and differences and exceptions.

It would be good, as you are writing and creating this amazing language that you are going to create, to keep this in mind and make a few inconsistencies and contradictions to the rules every now and then. Keep your culture in mind and you’ll do great.

And that brings the steps to a close. You have the letters, the alphabet, the knowledge of the different types of words, an idea of the word order ……..

Now all you have to do is write!

I’ve given you the tools, but not the rules. There is only one rule – that there are no rules! As long as you have an idea of how other languages do it, you can work out your own way of doing it.

You’re all set! Just don’t forget my hard and fast motto:

IF IT DOESN’T WORK, THEN MAKE IT WORK.

There is no reason why you can’t create an amazing, Quenya worthy language (if not better – I mean, it’s not like J.R.R. Tolkien even finished his elf languages). All you need is a little bit of patience and a good sense of humour.

So that’s it from me! I hope you enjoy your linguistic journey as much as I have.

–Emmeline 🙂

 

* Once again, I may have been letting out some anger. This time at Microsoft word. But seriously, I know how to spell my own name! Honestly! (and it autocorrects to Timeline Every. Single. Time.)

Here are some great resources that I’ve found on the web – useful for extra research.

How to create your own language: Council of Elrond (this one’s really useful) (and it’s a pretty cool Tolkien site too)

The Language Construction Kit (this one is invaluable. Highly recommend. Wish I had found it before I started my colanger journey.)

Fantasy Alphabets: Springhole (an interesting read on alphabet making)