On Sun, Nov 19, 2006 at 09:56:12AM -0800, Gary Shannon wrote:
> It's intersting that a lot of conlang projects, either solo or
> collaborative, often get off to a flying start but then sputter and
> die after a short while. I guess that's why I have so many
> sketch-langs and so few "mature" conlangs.  There's that exciting
> first rush of enthusiasm when a new idea takes hold, but then, for me
> at least, my attention span fades when it gets down to the point where
> massive amounts of "clerical" or uninspiring repetative work needs to
> be done.  At some point I have to sit down and slog through the list
> of all the fruits and vegatables and coin words for them all, and that
> sort of work can just get sooooo boring!

This needs not be so. If you look at natlangs, many, many words have
extremely interesting etymologies (actual or folk alike). Working out
the tiny details of how each word came to be, along with other related
words and the anecdotes behind them, can be very interesting indeed.

Of course, the caveat is that this level of detail will require several
lifetimes to get the conlang anywhere near the scale of general utility,
so perhaps this is just another side of the same problem. :-)


The only difference between male factor and malefactor is just a little
emptiness inside.