The scribbled notes you see here are just fragments from a ridiculous undertaking that I've embarked upon for a series of stories that I have been writing for 13 years. I realized upon revisiting my writings (even from three years ago) that there were gigantic holes in my work that made it read like nothing more than a Lord of the Rings or Skyrim fan-fiction. This was due in part to names and phrases that were nonsensically pulled together from Latin / Sanskrit / Greek / Germanic roots but that, while interesting, were a mess, and an amateur-at-best attempt at throwing together "fantasy-sounding-names." A lot of writers do this. And the result can be awful. Great writers like Tolkien managed to put in the work to actually create their own languages to anchor their characters, places, and things in a mythology that as a result, felt real. When you read Tolkien, you believe in his world, because everything is well anchored in archetypes that have been constructed from the ground up, as any history would be. So, it dawned on me that if I ever wanted to complete my stories and not have them read like a Game Of Thrones fanfic, I needed to actually create a language for my world, and not just throw together names that sounded "fantasy-ee." I have a spreadsheet where I have begun to build sounds / prefixes / suffixes, and once I have a basic lexicon completed, I'm going to use the programming language Python to automate thousands of phrases from the root words that I will have built, and save myself hundreds of hours. Then, I will design glyphs in a couple of variations for each phrase. It's too soon to say, as I've just now scratching the surface of this endeavor, but if I am successful in this task I intend to publish the work as open-source for writers to use freely. To my knowledge, there are few if any open-source fantasy languages that are complete. If I fail to complete this, at least I will publish the notes and videos of this crazy experiment, to clue would-be fictional world builders in on how this process works. All the while, I can't help but feel that this project, while a lot of fun, is a giant distraction from the actual work of writing the story.