Happy to see the latest additions to my website now show up in @cblgh's Lieu :) I still need to figure out a way to make my lists readable for a better experience, but it's already pretty cool. It brings a nice sense of community.
If you haven't already, give it a try, it's a great tool for exploring everyone's creations: https://lieu.cblgh.org
However, it seems l'm kind of monopolizing the #TokiPona scene, haha.
I looked for the word "tokiponist" and I stumbled upon this #TokiPona game named "The Toki Ponist on the Mountain". I didn't try it yet, but it looks promising, I like how the author presents it as a part of their own journey to better understand the language.
The one thing that keeps me awake at night is trying to know if nouns in #TokiPona should be capitalized or not when mentioned in another language.
No matter if there's actually rules for this (not to mention it might be different, for example, in English compared to French), in any case, it always feels awkward.
Should I capitalize a project with a Toki Pona name outside of Toki Pona? Should "Toki Pona" even by capitalized? Wouldn't "toki Pona" make more sense in Toki Pona? Auuugh.
I have no idea what my brain did while I was sleeping but I woke up with the utterly silly idea of making an erotic interactive fiction with Twine written exclusively in #TokiPona.
Except the more I think about it, the less silly it sounds. It might be a pretty interesting challenge to use a limited number of imprecise words with no gender to describe scenes that can be understood in different ways depending on what you imagine is actually happening.
Some fellow #TokiPona speakers have decided to publish a magazine, and it's pretty cool: https://liputenpo.org/2021/02/01/lipu-tenpo-nanpa-akesi/ (my reading speed is painfully slow, so this is perfect for practice!)
Discussing #TokiPona grammar in sitelen pona (a linear glyph script) about a drawing made using sitelen sitelen (a non-linear writing system.)
This is absolutely weird and delightful to be able to do this, I never thought learning a conlang could lead to such a surreal exchange (but I realize my grammar is basic at best, I need more practice.)
I think one of the hardest things in
#TokiPona is putting words in the "right" order, knowing what looks like the right order for you can make little sense to someone else, since it's heavily subjective and context-dependent.
I mean, compound words are just consensual constructs. Some are obvious, but sometimes swapping words around implies subtle differences and really depends on the way you perceive the thing you're referring to.
One day I'll manage to spot typos a few hours before discovering them in my notifications, maybe even before hitting that "Post" button. But not today...
Maybe I should write exclusively in #TokiPona to reduce the risk?
Before I forget, on the same topic, I've written a little summary about where my #TokiPona journey is taking me.
I haven't posted about my #MusicAdvent progress since a few days, but I'm definitely progressing. I'm working on some #TokiPona lyrics, and I started to write down what I'd like to do with them. I also came up with unexpected new ideas. I think I now have 7 track drafts I'm happy enough with to iterate over, while I barely hoped to make 3.
Turns out all I had to do to come up with some #TokiPona lyrics was to keep listening to my own music until something started to emerge. Who would have guessed, heh?
I'm still far from something satisfying and most of it feels like garbage, but it's a start. Tiny drafts, tiny words that try to say something, with a rhythm.
I case you're wondering, drawing #TokiPona glyphs and writing songs in Toki Pona feel like two entirely different things, even when using the same words.
You'd think a language with only 120 words would convert nicely from any medium to any other, but no. Context and form matter so much it feels like two different languages. Music changes the meaning of words.
Computers ate my soul.
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