Miscellaneous update: When The Moons And Mirrors Rise is going well, and I finished uploading The Faithful Ones on Wattpad. I’ve also been super stressed over Tournament Of Minds, but it’s been a lot of fun too.
I’ve been doing a lot of work in Elven lately, just to get to know it better — although the consequence is getting my languages mixed up in my head and when I speak. I’ve been writing (extremely) short stories in it, and I’m thinking of making a collection of them just for fun, what do you think?
Elven is the first language I started making, as a secret language between my friends, although we never got far with that. We were in year five, and I wanted a language that wouldn’t be too hard to understand without the dictionary. Well, it’s progressed far beyond that, but the usual way I make up words came from that, which is to rearrange the word and add to it and take away form it until it’s something new. In year seven I wrote the first version of The Faithful Ones and decided to just use my secret language for the elves instead of making another one, because I’d already called it Elven. That story has always felt familiar because of my personal, physical presence in it, so it’s no surprise that it amplifies Elven’s importance to me.
“I’m as much here, the Leopardess Elf, as I am with my notebook open and pen in hand. I wanted to be a part of this world.”
P.1, Chptr. 12
Elven is also the only language I use outside of its story. I often write things in it on my hand, or when I don’t really want others to know what I mean. Mostly it’s just a language only I know, but some of my friends are learning it and it’s so fun to have conversations in it. Or even just to yell things in Elven at people who don’t understand, since it’s so fun to watch them try to guess what I’m saying.
I love the elves in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, and when I first read it in primary school I decided I wanted to be an elf — I was never quite human in the first place. So I took the chance to be one in The Faithful Ones, to be more like who I want to be, and I found it gives me more courage and a feeling of comfort in that.
“Jes and I are the same person, mostly. I suppose part of me is the version of Jes she tries to be; brave, wild, adventurous, more kind, more forgiving. Sometimes there is no barrier. Hopefully one day we’ll be the same – I am built from the wild joy. The wildness is courage, confidence, a readiness to stand up for what is right and never back down, an energy. Jes wants her life to be built from that, so she can fight for her Creator in a world of those who don’t believe in Him, stand amongst the broken and help them look towards a Healer. But that starts with little things, like this story, like the songs we sing, like caring for others.”
P.3, Chptr. 35
Stay safe, and have a good day!
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