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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 5: "Resources" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 5: "Resources"
Day 5

Recommend a fannish or creative resource. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Oh, goodie goodie gumdrop! I love resource posts.


Poetry

How to Write Serial Poetry

How to Lead Poetry Discussions

List of Poetry Forms

Science Fiction Poetry Handbook and Twenty-One Novel Poems by Suzette Haden Elgin
Bow to the master. Instructions and examples for SF poetry.

Appreciating Speculative Poetry

These reference books live on my desk:
Creating Poetry by John Drury
The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco

Do you need fanfic poetry to dissect? You are welcome to use mine. Frankenstein's Family is all fanfic poetry, and there's some in Love Is For Children and Schrodinger's Heroes.


Fiction

Science Fiction Writing Series
If you love SF, you'll love these books.

The Howdunit Series
Originally meant for mystery writers, please note that several of these apply to any genre where people get hurt, especially Body Trauma, Deadly Doses, and Armed and Dangerous.

The Fiction Writer's Silent Partner by Martin Roth
Beat writer's block to death with this.

International Name Lists
Global coverage.

Behind the Names: Personal Names
Global coverage.

Behind the Names: Surnames
Global coverage.

How to Write Fanfic

TV Tropes
All the tropes and how to twist them.

The Aarne-Thompson Index
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Or you can go hardcore and read the originals.

"The Six Layers" a teaser from Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Want to understand literature? Read this. Want to write things that don't fall apart when you sneeze? Build from the core out, not the surface in. I've just taught you more than most writing classes will. I know, I've taken them, they're patchy and can be good or awful.

My "how to" writing posts on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth

Do you need fanfiction to dissect? Feel free to use mine. Much is collected on AO3, but there's more on Schrodinger's Heroes.


Xenolinguistics

Excuse me while I let my hobbyhorses out of the barn. Fly, my pretties! Live like somebody left the gate open!

Constructed Languages
List of Constructed Languages
Put the bottom rungs on the ladder.

Language Creation Society
Other people like what we do.

The Language Construction Kit
Covers all the basics of making a model language.

How to Create a Language
The nutshell version.

Designing an Alien Alphabet
You'll need this too.

Conlang Word Generator
So much faster than doing this by hand.

Aliens and Alien Societies
The big picture.

The Languages of Middle-Earth
Bow to the master. I liked Frodo before liking Frodo was "cool."

The Klingon Dictionary
Targets scattered all over the place!

Tenctonese Alphabet
From Alien Nation.

"Darmok"
Did anyone else start yelling possible translations a few minutes into this episode?

Torn Tongue
See an example of my work; I was a major constructor for this one. I don't mind if you dissect this too.

The Arrival
Great xenolinguistics, but also, one of the best nonlinear plots I've ever seen and great fanfic fuel. If you haven't seen it, just go buy it. It's better without spoilers.

How to Communicate with the Future
But let me cut this down to size for you: press your important words into clay, bake, and drop in the nearest landfill. All life creates waste, it's always informative, therefore every archaeologist knows to look for it and middens are magnets.

How to Communicate with Aliens
Just in case you ever need this: memorize a set of basic math concepts that you can illustrate, be able to draw the solar system and some people.


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