Cortiian word of the week: Faran

Cortiian word of the week: Faran

Faran Spend more than five minutes with a group of Cortiians, and one of them will probably find themselves a cup of faran. It’s as ubiquitous as coffee on Earth, but probably tastes closer to a cross between chai and Spanish hot chocolate. Faran is more a bad...
Cortiian word of the week: Akrushkar

Cortiian word of the week: Akrushkar

Akrushkar, pl. akrushkari The akrushkari come up a lot in the books based on the Cortiian Base. They’re the Councils’ enforcers, bodyguards, and most of the rank and file of the Cortii know almost nothing about them beyond their function. Think of them as...
Weird happenings and a new genre

Weird happenings and a new genre

First off, to quote one of my favourite Terry Pratchett characters, ‘I Aten’t Dead.’ But I promised weird happenings, and indeed there have been some, starting with Facebook deciding that my old account that I’d had since 2006 or thereabouts...
‘The End’ smells good

‘The End’ smells good

The End smell The End. I’m so close to writing those words on the rough edit of Elemental Conflict that I’m pretty sure I can smell them. And dat smell is good. On the other hand, I ripped the guts out of the initial draft, added bits, changed bits, and...
Where do you come from? Nationality and confusion

Where do you come from? Nationality and confusion

Nationality and confusion Oh, and I almost missed the only possible theme tune for this post: Rednex ‘Cotton Eyed Joe‘, aka ‘Where do you come from, where do you go?’ I had an innocuous conversation with a colleague a little while ago, and the...
Live it, survive it, use it

Live it, survive it, use it

No idea about anyone else, but my life occasionally gets a thematic earworm. Example: have you ever learnt a new word, and then the damn thing pops up everywhere for a week or so? Yeah. Kind of exactly like that. The past couple-three weeks, I’ve been getting...