“The Way of Water” Now Available in Ruminations Literary Journal

Ruminations Literary Journal At the Edge of ModernityThe brand new journal Ruminations from editor Miguel Flores launches this week, including my new short story “The Way of Water,” along with great work by Bara Ehlag, Zoe Perot, photographer Yue Song, and others.

Ruminations: At the Edge of Modernity is available on Amazon for $9.99 US.

Please support myself and the fine artists of this first issue of Ruminations Literary Journal by purchasing a copy. Miguel Flores’ Ruminations is one of very few literary journals to still make an effort to pay contributors for their work, which is essential, though difficult in the current publishing market, for art to flourish. In purchasing a copy of Ruminations, your purchase actually supports the artists involved.

“Acnoc!” — Conlang Featured Word — Tenu Tendana

Tenu Tendana Conlang feature

To Know Sumthin’

From Proto-Indo-European, Tenu Tendana inherits *ǵn̥h₃-sḱé- (“know”) in the form acnocerei. Like all regular verbs, acnocerei may be inflected in the usual ways, i.e. eio acnocu (“I know”), keia acnoceth (“She knows”), acnocensei esth (“[it] is [a] knowing”).

However, Tenu Tendana has a common slang expression in acnoc, which irregularly and illegally just chops the verb stem off and throws it away.

A speaker uses acnoc in several similar cases:

  • Simply exclaiming Acnoc! is equivalent to “I get it!”
  • Tagging acnoc? on the end of a statement is like adding on “you got it?”, “follow?”, “right?”, or “savvy?”

A New Law of Historical Linguistics

…that People Everywhere Will Use Language to Be Ironic Asshats.

I speculate that the word form originates in belittling sarcasm. 

Audio On Maneaters of Kumaon (1944) [Poem] — Reading

On Maneaters of Kumaon (1944)

Originally published in the Open Window Review issue 2.

Read about the book Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett @ Wikipedia.

Came Christ the tiger.

–T.S. Eliot, “Gerontion”

When in youth I hunted, the tiger
I tracked was not so much the prize
as was the tiger of youth inside–
to tame his reckless strength to valiance.

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shambhala Mountain Center, CO

An American Buddhist Holy Site Near Fort Collins, CO

What is perhaps the largest Buddhist monument in North America is situated in the mountains outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. The monument, a stupa, was constructed between 1988 and 2001 to house a relic from Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa (1939-1987), whom the Shambhala Mountain Center celebrates as important for his role in advancing Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

The Witches’ Circle, Sheridan Wyoming (Bellevue Cemetery)

The young people of Sheridan, Wyoming, know the ruined monument in Sheridan’s old cemetery as “the Witches’ Circle,” and little else about it is common knowledge. The only additional information I have seen on the Witches’ Circle comes from an article in the Sheridan Press weekend edition dated March 10, 11, 2012, and titled “A Place of Rest” by Caitlin Addlesperger.