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Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:03 am
keaalu: (Memento Vivere)
NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. I fell asleep instead of do ANYTHING last night. While part of me is well-rested and fairly alert for its-not-even-8:30-am-yet, the other part of me is flailing around going "aaaugh I still haven't QUITE got my plot down and there's still a planet without a name, not to mention the notdragons don't have a proper word for their species and I have NO IDEA how I'm going to name them since their language is unpronounceable and I can hardly call them Huffsqueak or Clickfart (although now I kind of want to)."

SO, ideas:
(I'm not going to post my plot, for obvious reasons.)

Cast:
Blink (obviously; fessine)
Skydash (femme. No relation to the rainbow variety, also notapony)
Rae and Aspazija (on Hesger only; they do talk a little by radio, maybe)
Viveka (kiravai, pen; "Beautiful voice") and the esu'imi
Captain Jadiga si'Danukat (medusi) and family (Truda (f), Saloma(f) and Miers (spur)) - captain of police frigate
Kainda si'Needsasurname ("Kay-IN-dah") and family (Lunete (f), Egils (s), Grieta (f) and 3rd (f))
Capt. Ivir (kiravai, cob; captain of warship patrolling the Imperial border)
Captured Gok (not sure if this will EVER have a name)
Various notdragons - a green one that is (reasonably) kind, dark red one is leader of colony.

Planets:
Neolithic notdragon colony; within Imperial territory so it needs a kiravai name, ia'Something
Planet with a Gok colony; I want to call it something silly and "romantic" like Mist or Fog or something. (I quite like "Fog", actually. Hmm. *ponders*)

...I'll probably add to this as I think of things.

Notdragons

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 02:02 pm
keaalu: (Memento Vivere)
Way back when I started thinking about the plot for this, I’d decided that the antagonists would be ‘reptilian’, and I didn’t want yet-another-biped, but the more I scribbled the more they started to look like dragons.* So I sat down and started designing things last night, to see if I could take my large hexapod reptile with bad breath a little further away from dragons, and for now, may I present:

Farting Notdragons )

I HAD set my Dreamwidth up to automatically crosspost to LJ, but it didn't seem to want to this time. I'm not sure if it's a change that's been made since the latest LJ release, or DW just couldn't connect? Will have to investigate.

Kind of want my scrolling "subject entry" box back on LJ, too. *sad* This tiny floating menu that I never use is really annoying, and everything takes sooo loong to load.

"Notdragons"

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 01:41 pm
keaalu: (Memento Vivere)
Way back when I started thinking about the plot for this, I’d decided that the antagonists would be ‘reptilian’, and I didn’t want yet-another-biped, but the more I scribbled the more they started to look like dragons.* So I sat down and started designing things last night, to see if I could take my large hexapod reptile with bad breath a little further away from dragons, and for now, may I present:

Farting Notdragons )

Memento Vivere

Monday, 28 January 2013 11:34 pm
keaalu: (Memento Vivere)
OK, so, I have been a little naughty. I know it's still only January and I have a whole pile of other creative projects staring at me, but sometimes you just have to obey the muse, correct? I'd like to at least get something akin to a plot down on paper before my muse sits down and goes back on strike because work.

Thus, I give you, Memento Vivere (LJ). Yes, the title is intentionally similar to Memento Mori because well, I want it to be a sequel. (I was editing my notes for MM when the muse bit, soo...)

I just don't want it to turn into a re-run of "Adverse Camber" (which is undergoing surgery on the plot). Right now, I'm wondering if I can amalgamate a little of the old plot for "Sundiver" into it - I really want to be able to use that idea, haha. (See here for some notes.) Plus, the main character in those notes has a name that sounds a little like the title - Viveka, which means "Beautiful Voice" (humorously, she's a mute (and possibly deaf?) kiravai) but I'm sure I could make it a play on Vivere somehow as well ("to live"). Perhaps she knows about the creatures/Frond's people, I don't know? She needs some way for me to relate her to Blink's plot. I'm not normally a big one for gods and magic (too much handwavium, I always end up having to science it up; I have the same problem with werewolves) but the "esu'imi" (which unfortunately seems to look a lot like a creature out of Dungeons and Dragons, even though I've never played it in my life) has always sooort of been related to the monsters of kiravai myth. (Holy run-on sentence, Batman.) Perhaps that would help me get around that?

I'm also thinking along the lines of Frond's people not wanting to help Blink, because they blame her for Frond's death. (I think she was quite young, didn't really understand what she was doing, and should have gone "home" instead of hanging around in Surkea.) So Blink has to win back their friendship - maybe by helping one of them, I don't know. How do you help something powerful enough to reshape the world at an atomic level?

Lastly, my icon is based off this colour scheme from FusionBeads. It seems to have become the MV colourscheme as well.

...all right, so, that was just supposed to be me linking to my new community where I'll be uploading chapters so I don't forget about it. As ever, I talk too much. Stream of consciousness plotting, mayhap.

I really wish those people who sit on usernames and never use them, never even update them ONCE and post NO comments... wouldn't. XD

Birdies

Monday, 16 April 2012 06:30 pm
keaalu: A hummingbird (Haeckel birdie)
(belatedly) Crossposting from my LJ

First, artiness.
Halli Halli
A sort of sketchy, "working doodle" of Halli. I'm still trying to pin down the species' final look; they're even LESS birdy than they used to be. She's descended from a flightless alien bird, for want of a better description.

She's of the "sanuki" race, which means she's fairly strikingly coloured - primarily reddish/russet in skin-tone, with paler areas around her eyes and on her cheeks, dark lips and a dark stripe up her nose and over her head.

Aron, the little male/"drae", is clavare; he's a lot paler, with darker eyestripe. (He reminds me a little of a badger. :P)


And some more pictures of "my wildlife".
Great tits Great tits
As in, the bird. And all right, OK, it's 3 shots of the same bird - but that foils my desire to make puns.
Hop-along Hop-along
You can't tell from this photograph, but this adorable little ball of fluff only has one leg.

When I first saw it, one leg was dangling pathetically behind it, and it looked like a huge effort to perch on anything because the leg would catch on things. The leg looks like it's possibly dropped off altogether, now. :( It doesn't even look like it's tucked up in its fluff, just... gone. Everything is still a huge wing-flapping effort, though. I suppose it must be really hard to balance.
Hop-along Hop-along
My one-legged robin lunging for a crumb that's fallen down off the fat-ball holder. I put out a whole dish of food (you can see it in my pigeon photos), but apparently the fat-balls are better.
Hop-along Hop-along
"What'choo looking at, anyway? Stop taking photos, person."
Hop-along Hop-along
Action shot! A fluttering lunge for another morsel. Seriously, this poor little bird goes to such a huge effort to feed itself; it must be exhausting.

I've not actually seen him/her for a few days, so I'm a little worried. I keep putting food out - the pigeons aren't eating ALL of it - but I've not seen either "Hop-along" or its mate recently.
Hop-along's friend Hop-along's friend
They're either mates, or just... unnaturally pacifist. They don't fight when they're together at the feeder, at least.
Muted Sun Muted Sun
On one side of the flat, the sun was peeking out through a really heavy, black cloud.
Twinkling Rain Twinkling Rain
That feeble, clouded sun gave some beautiful twinkling rain...
Evening Rainbow Evening Rainbow
...and on the other side of the flat, a full rainbow! (Although it was so much brighter and more beautiful in real life.)

There's a pair of pudgy little dunnocks going crazy out there as I type this. We've just had another hailstorm - I think we've had... five or six in the last few days? - so they look rather windswept and buffetted around, like they have huge poofy skirts on.

Edit on 16/04/2012:
Panic over! Hop-along was back in the feed dish tonight. :) Balancing a little easier, too, looks like. Phew!
keaalu: (MM Blink)
(Posting this because I'm sure I'll end up losing it if I don't.)

I've been doing a little work on how the laima species functions, socially, and realised that I hadn't really thought about how their naming system works - I was just giving them first names and nothing else. This caused me 2 problems:

Firstly, for a society with three genders, you can't easily use Mr and Mrs. Mr and Mrs and... Mrs? No, that's not going to work.

Secondly, for a society that puts such a heavy emphasis on an individual's social standing and political importance, it would be strange for them to NOT have any system of indicating whose family you're part of, particularly if it's an important family.

So! I finally sat down and worked out how it should be structured.

Basic structure:
First name (capitalised), prefix’ (not capitalised), family name (capitalised)
The prefix is the determiner of whether an individual is married or not.

For unmarried laima:
Name su’MName - unmarried medusi (this is relatively unusual) - e.g., Pabishka su’Ventni
Name a’Name - unmarried spur or fessine - e.g., Valdis a’Verdi, Liega a’Salvon

For married laima:
Name si’MName - married medusi, head of family. - e.g., Pabishka si’Ventni
(si and su are intentionally similar. Most medusi like you to THINK they’re married and accumulating a big harem, even if they aren't, yet)
Name si’MName-name - married spur, takes the medusi’s family name and hyphenates it in front of his own - e.g., Valdis si’Ventni-verdi
Name ro’MName - married fessine, just takes the medusi’s family name. - e.g., Liega ro’Ventni

Notes
No medusi have hyphenated names; it is considered to lessen their social standing to take the spur’s family name in addition to her own.
Most medusi tend to be referred to as "Madame Firstname", e.g. Madame Pabishka; they only use "Madame si’Surname" in official documentation.
All children take the medusi’s surname.
keaalu: Three colourful speech balloons (Coloured balloons)
(Posting this because I'm sure I'll end up losing it if I don't.)

I've been doing a little work on how the laima species functions, socially, and realised that I hadn't really thought about how their naming system works - I was just giving them first names and nothing else. This caused me 2 problems:

Firstly, for a society with three genders, you can't easily use Mr and Mrs. Mr and Mrs and... Mrs? No, that's not going to work.

Secondly, for a society that puts such a heavy emphasis on an individual's social standing and political importance, it would be strange for them to NOT have any system of indicating whose family you're part of, particularly if it's an important family.

So! I finally sat down and worked out how it should be structured.

Basic structure:
First name (capitalised), prefix’ (not capitalised), family name (capitalised)
The prefix is the determiner of whether an individual is married or not.

For unmarried laima:
Name su’MName - unmarried medusi (this is relatively unusual) - e.g., Pabishka su’Ventni
Name a’Name - unmarried spur or fessine - e.g., Valdis a’Verdi, Liega a’Salvon

For married laima:
Name si’MName - married medusi, head of family. - e.g., Pabishka si’Ventni
(si and su are intentionally similar. Most medusi like you to THINK they’re married and accumulating a big harem, even if they aren't, yet)
Name si’MName-name - married spur, takes the medusi’s family name and hyphenates it in front of his own - e.g., Valdis si’Ventni-verdi
Name ro’MName - married fessine, just takes the medusi’s family name. - e.g., Liega ro’Ventni

Notes
No medusi have hyphenated names; it is considered to lessen their social standing to take the spur’s family name in addition to her own.
Most medusi tend to be referred to as "Madame Firstname", e.g. Madame Pabishka; they only use "Madame si’Surname" in official documentation.
All children take the medusi’s surname.
keaalu: The sketchbook project (Sketchbook Project)
I copy/pasted this straight off my LJ, where the pics are hosted, so I might have to tweak some code when I get on lunchbreak XD

Pictures under cut! )

Edit: Haha, typical. The border that LJ refused to show on the style I use comes up just fine on here.

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