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October 19th, 2019

Safeword is brussels sprouts

I had a dream last night where I was explaining to an alien that one of the most popular vegetables on earth is a root vegetable that when cut releases a stench so bad it makes people cry and burns their eyes but he didn’t believe humans would seriously eat the vegetable equivalent of tear gas and I had to tell him about hot peppers next and he basically kink shamed humanity for eating pain.

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Nizoni's speech affectation

Writing dialogue for Nizoni is an interesting challenge. She has this affectation where she doesn't use contractions unless she's really agitated, and I don't really know where it comes from. It just sort of happened in book 1, and once I noticed it I just kept it up.

Aavraak doesn't use contractions either, but in her case it's because she doesn't really understand the concept. Aavraak is a Goblin, and her language doesn't have contractions.

Though thinking about it, Nizoni has this very deliberate way of speaking, when I imagine her voice in my head. So it could be she's doing it to give herself more time to think about what to say next. Or it could be that she doesn't want there to be any ambiguity about what she's saying. And while I'm not sure if English is her first language or not, the fact that she speaks at least three spoken languages and knows how to use ASL, might have something to do with her deliberate way of speaking; like, maybe she's trying to make sure she doesn't slip into other languages.

LOL, I like that so much I'm going to make that at least one reason, and have her slip into Spanish or Navajo when she's especially upset.

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