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  • Lorinda J. Taylor
    Dec 25, 2013
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      Well, no, I have no such plans, nor to make them into audio-books (which wouldn’t work very well because of the conlangs).  Maybe if my sales to sighted people picked up, I’d think about it!  I’m glad you’re interested, though.
      Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 6:43 PM
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      Hi, do you plan to transcribe your books into braille?


      There’s a company called Brailleworks that promised to transcribe mine, maybe you can contact them about your set.


      Pen name:

      Mellissa Green








      From: conculture@yahoogroups.com [mailto:conculture@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Lorinda J. Taylor
      Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 12:50 PM
      To: conculture@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [conculture] Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge



      Yes, you’ll remember from The Termite Queen how fascinated Mo’gri’ta’tu was with the Star-Beings’ weapon-not-growing-upon-the-body – a weapon that can kill from a distance.  Unfortunately, it’s all part of the New Time that is coming!  Read more about it in the Ki’shto’ba series!




      -----Original Message-----

      From: Padraic Brown

      Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 9:13 AM

      To: conculture@yahoogroups.com

      Subject: Re: [conculture] Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge


      Lorinda J. Taylor <eljaytee2@...> wrote:



      >Re bows and arrows among the

      Shshi (termite people):  The plains Shshi

      >(the people of Lo’ro’ra and of

      To’wak) never invented them because it requires

      >vision to shoot one with any

      accuracy and the Warriors have no eyes. 

      >However, other Shshi have

      devised the use of thrown spears, an act they can

      >perform with uncanny accuracy

      because of their strong positional and EM




      Yes. As I recall from the big fight scene, even though the Warriors are without

      sight, they can still conduct themselves quite ably on the field of battle!



      >And in a later volume of my

      series we have an Intercaste Warrior

      >(a genetic anomaly melding

      Alates and Warriors) who has eyes and she has

      >invented the bow and

      arrow.  At the point where we first meet her, she uses

      >untipped shafts with feathers

      for balance, but later she adopts the use of flint

      >points.  (This is the

      Atalanta character, by the way.)


      It will be interesting to see how her discovery / invention plays out within the

      broader context of Shshi culture. I get the sense that fighting is more of a personal

      thing, a thing done between two honorable warriors in a just cause as given by

      the rulers. To bring a thing of chaos, a thing that kills from unknown distances,

      into the culture could lead to some consternation!


      This was certainly the case among the Daine, even now very strongly disavow the


      use of deadly projectile weapons in battle. They much prefer a closer, more

      interpersonal kind of warfare.









      >-----Original Message-----

      >From: Padraic Brown

      >Sent: Tuesday, December 24,

      2013 7:44 AM

      >To: conculture@yahoogroups.com

      >Subject: Re: [conculture]

      Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge


      >Nicole Valicia

      Thompson-Andrews <goldyemoran@...> wrote:


      >> It’s kind of like

      Astronomy, where I can read all the Astronomy

      >books, but I’m not going to be

      able to really grasp it.


      >Indeed. However, while it

      might be next to impossible to understand

      astronomy, understanding a bow and arrow is a

      >little easier! You could

      easily take Peter's suggestion and go to a

      sporting goods shop to find out what these things feel



      >If the staff are particularly

      helpful, they might even (with guidance) let

      you feel what it's like to pull the bow and shoot

      >an arrow. You'll discover that

      it really isn't anything like what you're




      >>>>The bows are made

      form animal claws,




      >>>I have to say this

      doesn't sound anything at all like a



      >>Ok, I’ll rename




      >I don't think renaming it will

      solve your problem. As I see it, you don't

      know what a bow and arrow feels

      >like and your confusing what

      you do know about them with what you're

      imagining in your head. Further,

      >what you're imagining is quite

      different from the real object we have some

      familiarity with. I would

      >suggest, for the purpose of

      this single aspect of your conculturing, forget

      about bows and arrows entirely

      >and focus you imagination on

      the weapon at hand. Try to make some kind of

      mock-up (even out of a

      >stick or other things

      available in your house), try to move with it and

      interact with it, describe it well and

      >give it a native




      >>>What we're saying is

      that, for self defense, a bow and arrows are

      not effective at close range.

      >>>Even if they are all

      you have! As a last resort, you can drop the

      arrows and start swinging the

      >>>bow like a staff.

      That's pretty last ditch though.


      >>So the weapon can become a

      throwing weapon,



      >?? Now you're just wallowing!

      If you're going to stick with the bow and

      arrow motif, it won't work as

      >described and it won't "become

      a throwing weapon". If you throw a bow at

      someone, chances are

      >good you won't even hurt your

      opponent. And then you will have discarded

      something that could be

      >used in self




      >> or the arrows are used

      from a distance.


      >Yes, from a distance is the

      key point here! A good archer can only loose a

      certain number of arrows

      >per minute -- 20 or 30. A good

      runner can bring his sword right up to the

      archer from fifty yards away

      >in what, 15 seconds or 20. No

      time to use that bow as intended! This is why

      we've been trying to help

      >you understand that the things

      you're trying to describe aren't fitting




      >>I guess their moral code

      is largely "do what you need to do in order to

      preserve yourself".



      >>They’d rob someone over

      food. Yemorans do that more than




      >See, now these are things far

      more interesting slogging through the nature

      of bows and arrows with you!


      >Me, I'd much rather see you

      focus more on cultural specifics and

      differences and how the characters in

      >your story deal with

      situations. Ultimately, no one really cares much what

      your weapon looks like --

      >especially if it's something

      you don't really understand.


      >But you can build a whole

      sub-plot around just this point of morality that

      you've described. Especially

      >if there is a conflict of

      moral systems in play.



      >>>>These hunters

      distract their prey with a distraction call. The

      call sounds like the rattle of a rattlesnake’s tail.

      >>>>It’s the rubbing

      of their hands.


      >>>Now that's an

      interesting snippet of life on Yemora!


      >>Yes, I forgot to add the

      Yemorans use their hands, and the Sarmians use

      their wings. Their call sounds like crickets.



      >Though I'd hazard the guess

      that Sarmian wings have finger-like









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