One of the joys of authoring is the ability to vernaculate at will.
For example, I am a Carrabinoid, a member of the Carrabises. When I do something, I Carrabinate it. Unless I did it in the past, in which case I carrabinated it.
I’ve studied languages from all over this world (and a few others) and as functional as English is, it is also extremely limiting. For example, actions (verbs) have a tense (time component) but people don’t, an indication that our linguistic forebears thought identity superceded action. It doesn’t. If you want to know who/what someone is (identity) observe how they act and what they do (action). Their actions reveal their internal processes far better than their words ever would.
Some languages I’ve studied are from cultures that understand people change. Identity has tenses, actions do not. There is only “present tense”. If you want to talk about something that happened yesterday, last week, month, or year, you change the tense of the people involved because those people aren’t here, another version of them is. A kind of “Joseph does this” (I’m doing it now) and “Jaseph does this” (I did it yesterday) and “Jaeseph does this” (I did it a long time ago).
We talked about amazing stuff, and I always enjoy a good interview, whether my own or someone else’s. My favorite question in this interview was “If you could only take three books with you through an interstellar portal, what would they be?”
I did a slightly different type of interview with retired school teacher and prolific romantic action adventure (with a sci-fi/ fantasy twist) and mystery author Carol Ann Kauffman a while back.
I offer slightly different as the questions weren’t ones I normally get: favorite food, favorite artwork, perfect evening. There were the usual questions, too, and it’s my responses to the off-axis questions that amuse me (we did the interview a while back).
Responses to the common questions have changed since we did the interview. The Augmented Man was indie published in Jul 2019 and is available at most book sellers. I’ve completed the rewrite and editing of the new draft of Empty Sky and am sending it out to agents and publishers (there’s a standing offer, by the way; anybody who buys a copy and writes a review will receive an autographed copy when the new version is released. Go for it. Buy a copy, write a review. I dare you).
And the interview has one of my favorite photos of Susan (wife, partner, Princess) and me.