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Wasn't the best of weekends, but two high points stand out:

First off, it's July 15th! Half of July over, and with it, half the summer as well. Yeehaw!

Secondly, I spent a chunk of time Saturday (consonants) and Sunday (vowels) coming up with letters for the hyarmi alphabet, then transferring them onto my computer.

It was fun making each letter from right to left, as they write in the opposite direction. (You can see them all here)

It was fun of an entirely different sort trying to actually write with the letters. Self-deprecating fun, as laying the letters out separately is the sort of thing a four-year-old cub learning the alphabet would do, whereas my attempts to join the letters like they actually write them looked more like a seven-year-old's clumsy floundering. Unless I take a year to practice, I'll certainly never write like grown-up Hileko, let alone Recorder Hallen! My brain needs to get jarred out of its rut anyway, as they don't have our obsession with writing in straight lines.

Go ahead and chuckle!

Sure feels good to finally have that done!
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amused I has bad penmanship!
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On July 16th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC), shanra commented:
Just out of curiosity, is there a reason they write bottom to top? (I'm asking since there's a reason we humans don't and I'm curious how they differ. ^-^)

Looks good, though. *smiles* I remember the very few times I tried to write dersaee (or lirveronat). It was... winceworthy. So, yes, I can definitely understand the feeling of getting that done. I found it refreshing along with rewarding. But there's still no way anyone is ever seeing the alphabets unless I get a tablet instead of a mouse to make computer drawings with.

Congratulations on getting it sorted, me dear! *huggles* Huzzah for getting things done and sorted! ^-^
On July 16th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Hebrew is written right to left, and I believe bottom to top as well...not sure about Aramaic. Anyway, in the case of the hyarmi, it's because they're predominantly left-handed. Writing with ink or chalk from left to right, top-down is just asking for a lot of mess and smudging, and they've got hair on their wrists and forearms to make it worse. (I'm sure hyarmi hate getting ink on their pelts!) Right to left, bottom to top, helps keep the left arm moving across paper/slate/whatever that hasn't been inscribed yet.

I had to scan in my letters and then exaggerate the contrast in PhotoShop Elements--there's no way I'd had used a mouse without tearing a bit of my hair out in the process. ;)

Only been after doing this for years now, so it sure feels good! This week I want to practise writing t'DoL's name until it comes easily...maybe I'll make an animation, too. =)

*hugs back* Thanks for looking!
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On July 16th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC), shanra replied:
Ooooh, I see. *nods* I know languages write from right to left and top to bottom (which, to be quite honest, makes sense to me). Bottom to top... not so much, since I'd just assume bottom to top would smudge more what with one's arm reaching over the words already written. (Hmm... Leaves the question, aside from keyboards and the like, is there any way to write without smudging?) I'm just curious. Now I'm all curious about a hyarmi writing lesson too. ^-~ But ignore me. (You should have heard the question I asked of Becca about Aekhs last. Queen of the Questions on Useless Information, that'd be me. XD)

Of course I looked! You can't make a post about conlangs and expect me to stay away from it! Well, you could, but then you'd have to post it where I couldn't find it. ^-~ *has much love for the achievement* That's such a wonderful thing to have done, especially if it's something that's been on your to-do list for so long. Good luck with the practicing! ^-^
On July 16th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Don't get me started on hyarmi writing...I could go on ad nauseum, especially with Heruvael's lessons to the fledgling and various learning/copying/understanding issues. ;P At least now I have more sympathy for Geren's floundering with his lessons in my books. I'm glad I'm not him!

*laughs* I tend to do my best to avoid the subject...perhaps part of why it's been a 'to do' for ages. ;)
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On July 16th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC), shanra replied:
Ooooooh. *grins* All the more reasons to be happy it's done from the sounds of it! ^-^

*flounders in listlessness* ^-~

Soo... Which of the letters in that alphabet correspond to which sound? ^-~
On July 16th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Definitely! =D

Heh, I should have uploaded that one too. Oh well, I'll do it for my hyarmi essay (which is up but currently locked for the duration of the months/years it takes me to do the illustrations). I'll just write about the two most significant: the one that looks like an 'O' is their 'H'--the sound for breath, for life, so it's shaped like an open throat and mouth. The letter like a sideways 'T' is their 'K'--the sound for death, for breath cut off (it usually stands at the end of words, Hileko is a rare exception to that).

I'm a long way from memorizing all the vowels. =P

Ooooh, more sparklies!
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On July 16th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC), shanra replied:
Alas for you, you won't. I haven't memorised the alphabets (can't be bothered to) and I'm not planning on taking the sheets with me just to (potentially) lose them.

You'll just all have to come over here if you want to see them. ;p
On July 16th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Ah neat--it sparkles! *is easily distracted* ;)
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On July 16th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC), shanra replied:
I love the sparkle.

And yours has moving eyes and blinks! ^-^ I'm having a moving icons period at the moment. Even if the movement is just sparkles.

(And a rabbit moment. I loveses the rabbits.)
On July 16th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
The hopping rabbit animation is very well done. =) Compliments to wherever you got it from.

*ponders* Someday I should try a sparkle or color-changing one. Would be fun to animate water or suchlike.
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On July 16th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC), shanra replied:
Ooooh... Do I hear the creative muses stumbling about once more? ^-^

It'd imagine that it'd be quite a challenge too. Fun, but challenging.
On July 16th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Not really, not with that. I have so many other avatars to get through before I even start thinking about new ones! (Like autumn--I started working on it in the spring and now it's July already!)

Most of them are. =)
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On July 16th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:

Well, how literate are they? If it's not a big part of their culture or the story, I should hardly consider it a 'priority'...though of course it's always fun to be able add to the realism of that world with created alphabets.

Just get that dratted skirt done and get writing! ;D

(How much left, by the way?)
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On July 16th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
That's what I was guessing--I didn't think the poor males would get such edjumacation. And I'm with you on the 'real' languages being hard enough. Though I should do more poking at it, I'm not very motivated to tackle the grammatical structure of the hyarmi and avarii languages. =P

Okay, thanks!
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On July 16th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
sounds like fun!!...almost...;)
On July 16th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Re: whee!!
Well, thrashing out the letters was not easy and rather frustrating--but it is fun to have it finished!
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On July 16th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC), wispywillow commented:
Oo, wow! Very nice! I can fully imagine these scribbled into wood like those little worm-squiggle lines ^_^

I'm so glad to see your creative side is stirring again!
On July 16th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
*smiles* That's what I was aiming for, and it certainly adds that they don't write 'straight'.

Thanks! I'm trying to tackle misc non-writing stuff while it's still summer.
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On July 17th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC), saiena commented:
Ahhhh, looking at the wee Hileko scribbling ^__^

Once again, you stagger me with the details, and those hyarmi are very smart, indeed. I remember having to go left-handed when I broke my right. It's just not fun.

Well done for getting it sorted *bows down*
On July 17th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
*grins* I wonder if hyarmi cubs scribble on walls or not...

Thanks! Feels great to have it behind me.
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On July 17th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC), ladylight commented:
You know, for someone who professes 'not to like' languages, you spend a lot of time on them and turn out some gorgeous things! ;D

The hyarmi script reminds me of Thai in a lot of ways, actually, which I've always considered beautiful. And it's lovely and interesting to have a language with more vowels than consonants for a change - there are veryveryvery few human languages that do the same, and most of those are defunct anyway. It makes much more sense for purring little hyarmi to have more vowels than consonants. ;)

Very nice, me dear!
On July 17th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Heh, it only seems like that because I procrastinated for a decade before touching it!

It does to me too, I just need more vowel-heavy hyarmi words. =P