Thinking about dragons

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I was feeling non-writer creative today, and made this. I like it so I decided to post it. I took the picture last year sometime while out on a trip with friends. The main reason I took the picture was because a while ago near the same spot, I took the family blueberry picking. At the time I had told the kids the place was very near middle earth (which the adamantly refuted because obviously middle-earth is in New Zealand, and we don’t live there). Since this looked like the dead marshes to me at the time, I took the picture to try and convince them I was right. The text says something mundane in a now-defunct version of Petath, the writing system of the Jai people in my book. I think it’s more fun not to know.

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9 thoughts on “Thinking about dragons

  1. I like the look of the letters for the language. It’s very pleasant and flows nicely.

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    • Thanks, I got the idea from Kalmyk (a mongolic language) and Mongolian, when I was researching languages and writing systems. The sample is an alphabet, the new version is an abjad with diacritics for vowels, like Arabic and Hebrew.

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  2. Tori J. says:

    I love it! The letters look very cool and the landscape is beautiful and mystical, especially with the mist.

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    • Thanks! The picture was taken about an hour and a half north east of my house. It’s actually in a saddle between mountains, and when the fog lifted that little valley overlooked a little cluster of houses, which are about the only thing for miles. In spite of being little more than a half mile off the highway, you could hang out in this spot all day and never see another soul, except the stray Snowshoe hare ptarmigan or, if you’re very lucky, moose. The dragon silhouette is actually made up of bits of the letters, stretched and skewed in to the right shape and size, then blurred to obscure how much it doesn’t actually look like anything.

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      • Tori J. says:

        That sound so peaceful and serene. I can’t believe you can see moose there! I’m guessing you live somewhere up north. 😀 Wow it’s so cool that the dragon is made up of letters! I wouldn’t have known at all but that is a really interesting hidden detail. I can see you put a lot of work into this artwork and it shows in how great it looks.

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      • Yup, way up north. I live in Alaska.

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      • Tori J. says:

        It must be freezing right now! It’s still pretty cold here in new York so I can’t imagine what alaska’s like.

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      • Actually, this has been the warmest winter I can ever remember. I never even had to shovel the driveway. Spring is on track for being about 6 weeks early this year. If I’m not mistaken, you’ve gotten all of our bad weather… Sorry about that.

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      • Tori J. says:

        Well I wouldn’t have expected that! Yes, it’s been one of the coldest winters here. I had to shovel the driveway about 5 times XD

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