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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby Baker » 20 Dec 2012, 06:32

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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby PaulaO » 20 Dec 2012, 10:26

Oh. Wow. Wonderful resource!
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby FranW » 28 Jan 2013, 18:34

"Who Reviews What" -- a very handy source for spec fic authors of review blogs and the types of books they review.

http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/who-reviews-what-2013.php
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby PaulaO » 04 Feb 2013, 06:42

Anyone know of a good Latin (the language) resource?

I'm trying to come up for a species name for my new Humans. I don't trust Yahoo! Ask.

So far, the words I'm looking to research (and then fiddle with them to either invent a name or use one directly):
sleep
dream / to dream
dreamer
awakening
spring (the season)
butterfly
bloom (as in the act of going from a bud to a flower, that initial opening)
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby ElaineB » 05 Feb 2013, 00:41

Often new species are named after the one who discovers them. Or even famous people. I'm not sure Latin has a lot to do with it, once you have the genus. I also think it's up to the discoverer to name them, though in your case, I suppose they could name themselves.

From Wikipedia (genus and species should be in italics, but I'm not going to bother):
Aegrotocatellus jaggeri – Mick Jagger (a trilobite)
Aeschylia – Aeschylus
Aesopichthys – Aesop
Agaporomorphus colberti – Stephen Colbert
Agathidium bushi – George W. Bush
Agathidium cheneyi – Dick Cheney
Agathidium rumsfeldi – Donald Rumsfeld (a beetle)
Agra katewinsletae – Kate Winslet (also a beetle)
Agra liv – Liv Tyler
Agra schwarzeneggeri – Arnold Schwarzenegger (another beetle; I'm sensing a pattern here)
I don't know if there's a reason you'd put an "i" versus "ae." Probably male vs. female. (e.g., alumni vs. alumnae)

And Google translate might do for your purposes.
Butterfly = papilio
Sleep = somnus

But I'll bet Proof knows Latin!
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby ElaineB » 05 Feb 2013, 00:46

ElaineB wrote:Sleep = somnus

Now I see that's the noun.

Lots of options:

noun
somnus: sleep, drowse, slumbers, night, drowsiness
sopor: stupor, stupefaction, sleep, sleeping-draught, deep sleep, sleeping-potion
somnium: dream, drowse, sleep, fancy, day-dream, nonsense
nox: night, night-time, nightfall, sleep, dark, darkness

verb
dormio: sleep, be asleep, slumber, rest, be inactive
quiesco: rest, repose, relax, take rest, sleep, slumber
dormeo: sleep, rest, fall asleep, be idle, do nothing
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby Baker » 05 Feb 2013, 06:35

I have a couple of English-Latin dictionaries and a Latin primer for purposes such as these. But I make no pretence to doing anything other than half-assed: I'm a fiction writer, so I get to make shit up.
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby PaulaO » 05 Feb 2013, 06:58

I'm a fiction writer, so I get to make shit up.


lol rofl lol

Elaine, since you read it, I am thinking of keeping their species name as Homo sapiens malonis (or maloni?) but am drawing a blank as to what they call themselves.
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby ElaineB » 05 Feb 2013, 14:43

I did give you a suggestion. ;)
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Re: Handy resources for writers

Postby PaulaO » 06 Feb 2013, 12:52

Did you? See, goldfish memory. I'll go back and look.
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