The First Bit
Hey, there everybody! This week I'm launching a couple new series that I'm going to be doing each week from now on. But first, I just need to talk about my most recent read--A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, the final installation in the Shades of Magic trilogy.
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(Update from 8/23: My newest recent read is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and I love it 10x more than Shades of Magic, but I can gush about it in Tuesday's post! Be ready for that!)
Now that we have completed that lively discussion, we can continue with the post.
Map of the Week
For the first ever map of the week, I'm gonna have to cheat and go with two maps-- the map of Verdantia that I made last week, and the one I made this week. (The one from this week is the one with colored-in territories and lables.)
"What's Verdantia?" I hear you ask. I'm starting a weekly role play game with my parents in which we are the leaders of nations colonizing this undiscovered, approximately Europe-sized continent, Verdantia, in an alternate timeline of Earth.
The game is centered around the browser game NationStates, in which you make and control a fictional nation. I used to run a nation called the People's Republic of Varagog, but I've set it aside for this.
Now I am the king of the Empire of Kjev, alongside my mom, leader of the Most Serene Republic of Orquidea, and my father, king of the Kingdom of Oakisha. I also made the region in NationStates we'll be in together, called, you guessed it, Verdantia. And personally, I really like the map I made of it!
How do you like these maps? Please leave your honest feedback in the comments section below.
And next up...
Flag of the Week
For the first ever flag of the week, I am going to, once more, have to cheat and go with two again. (I'm sorry! I won't break the rules again!) This is because I made two for Verdantia! There are four flags involved (Kjev, Orquidea, Oakisha, and Verdantia), but I only made two of them--Kjev and Verdantia.
The flag of the Kjevine Empire. I made it using this site.
The three colors--black, white, and red-- symbolize death, bone, and blood, respectively, for those are the promises of House Jorn, the ruling family of Kjevmen; if you challenge the Empire, you will suffer.
In a more figurative sense, the colors also represent determination, unity, and power, resepctively. The colors are also worn by the ruling house, whatever it may be at any given time (as said before, it is currently House Jorn. The ruler himself is King Alkaan Jorn I. You can read more about the royal family of Kjev here.)
The whtie diamond shape in the center, surrounded by the other colors, represents the joining of forces against the Empire's foes. This is also represented by the black clashing swords in the center, which also show Kjev's focus on its military.
What do you think of the flag? Leave a comment letting me know.
The flag of the Verdantian continent. I made it using the same site linked above.
The name Verdantia comes from the English word verdant, meaning a deep green. So, of course, I had to base the flag off of that. Luckily, that flag making site has a tree symbol as one of the default symbols you can choose from! The obvious choice was to set that green, and then figure out the background.
I went through many possible backgrounds, and eventually decided it needed to be one large field, or two smaller fields split veritcally, where they would line up behind the tree. So I messed with a bunch of colors, from two shades of blue, to a blue and red, and I even considered setting the background to green and making the tree blue.
At some point, I thought, Well, maybe a tree isn't the right thing; there's going to be lots of war, and changed the tree to a red flame and the background to either green or blue. The only thing that was decided at that point was that it needed green for the name and the earth, and/or blue for the ocean.
Eventually, I determined that the simplest option looked best: a green tree on a blue background. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Linguistic Thing of the Week
For the first ever, uh... Linguistic Thing of the Week (please suggest better names!), I'm going with a little quirk in the English language, and in all languages, actually, about irregular verbs.
In Proto-Indo-European, verbs having a ton of different affixes attached to them depending on the context (and creating the context) was the norm. Eventually, PIE split into a bunch of languages, including Proto-Germanic, which English is descended from.
In PG, verbs started becoming regularized, so that endings like -id and -ote became replaced by the regular endings, -ed (like walked) and -t (like crept, though that is becoming obsolete and currently is being replaced by even more regular creeped... but that's a discussion for another day!). However, the most common verbs, like to be, stayed irregular. That's why you walk and you walked, but you are and you were. This kind of thing is highlighted in a poem by linguist and writer Richard Lederer, which you can read in its entirety here (it was surprisingly difficult to locate a full copy online :/).
I don't have anything to elaborate on here, I just think it's a nice poem and an interesting linguistic quirk.
Thank you so much for reading!
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Also, starting next week, I'm going to have a new posting schedule (which is already written on the sidebar): posting two times a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays! I'm really excited to be doing this. Each post will consist of The First Bit, Map of the Week, Flag of the Week, and Linguistic Thing of the Week (please suggest better names for it!), and will really just be a look at the things I like and am interested by. The First Bit is the intro, but could also always cover a recent read, history, science, other aspects of culture, etc. It's really just The Filler Section.
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