Skull Island Bestiary - New Solo ProjectI realized recently that my Skull Island series is enjoyable and varied, and many of the creatures are quite good (and well received), but that really it is not loyal enough to the source material to be considered proper Kong material. Skull Island Reborn is a huge project in and of itself that I am glad to contribute to, but involves significant deviation from the source material, and many many species that were invented especially for it, to fill out the fauna completely. So, I just compiled a list of prominent creatures featured in the original Willis O'brien King Kong, the Peter Jackson King Kong, Son of Kong, The 1976 King Kong remake, Kong: King of Skull Island, and the recent novel Doc Savage: Skull Island. I intend to give credible, loyal portrayals of these creatures in this series, whilst also giving them identities and affinities that are acceptable in the sense of Speculative Zoology. So, expect Kong to be an ape, this time, expect giant spiders and crabs (with some explanaMore Like This
Saurocene Journals: #1 We finally finished setting up camp at around 18:00 at the bottom of the canyon. At this point, we were free to move around and explore; an unusual circumstance as we are usually constrained to camp by the presence of large predators, but this deep into the canyon it seemed unlikely that we'd have anything to worry about. At about 19:00, I was examining some trilobite fossils on the canyon wall when I heard Rosy screaming down by the river. I arrived just in time to see something rather large and tan-colored swimming off downstream. Rosy was unharmed, but was clearly shaken by whatever she observed. She described it as some sort of snake, at least 5 meters long, no thicker than a man's leg, and sandy-colored. It leapt off the bank when she nearly stepped on it. We have been on alert hoping to see another ever since, but so far have had no luck.More Like This
AuxLang Project 7: Word morphologyVERBAL CATEGORIESMore Like This
Verbs form the core of sentences, describing what's going on in an utterance, while nouns work as their arguments (I wrote more about arguments in Part 5). There's a huge variety of information that can be tacked on verbs by inflection or by supporting words such as auxiliaries, but for the sake of simplicity I'll reduce direct verb modification to a minimum. Additional information can always be supplied by the appropriate modifiers.
The most common grammatical categories applied to verbs are voice, mood, tense and aspect. The voice or diathesis describes the relationship between verb and argument; in languages with accusative alignment (see "Morphological alignment" in Part 5), such as English, the main voices are active and passive; in languages with ergative alignment, such as Basque, they're passive and antipassive. Since AuxLang emplos an active-stative alignment, the argument that performs the action is already marked through case, so there's no ne