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Random Norwegian Thoughts

Bein is “bone” and “leg”. How do you know what you broke?!

“Ikke” being added to make anything a negative. It’s such a fun word.

I love that “bart” is moustache, because I think of it as the French transport network. Not what you want on your face.

If “jern” is an iron, how is “rivjern” a grater…?

Fours. It’s the bloody fours that keep getting me!

“Jeg legger meg” – it’s translating it as “I go to bed” but I’m much preferring “I lay me down to sleep” because it’s a sorely under-used phrase.

The multitude of English words, pronounced in a uniquely Norwegian way: blind-date is probably my favourite so far!

The app was very insistent that I know how to say “hospital”, “sorry”, “soup”, “I am allergic to peanuts” and “umbrella”. I don’t really understand what it’s using for those choices, but I hope it thinks I’m ok…

I’m enjoying the imagery I’m using to remember some of the words: “korke trekker” is definitely someone climbing a wine bottle.

And for some WHAT THE HELL, NORWEGIAN? “Appelsinjuice.” It’s fucking orange juice. They even have a word for orange (“oransje”)!! And apparently that doesn’t apply to juice?

On the plus side: I’ve managed ten minutes (and often more) for the past month! I’m slowly getting there; I’m starting to learn phrases and be able to put more sentences together, and one of my aims for the next month is to start using more Norwegian in everyday life – which also has the bonus of making my partner speak it more, too.

Now: jeg lager og drikker kaffe, because I think I need it after so many words!

(Ps. I’m using an app called Drops, which has been great so far!)

MAP COLOUR MAP COLOUR MAP!!

Fiiiiiiinished! It’s a map of the GreenSky Worlds by the astonishing Tom Parker, and I adore it.

Colour map of the Greensky Fantasy world

We’re planning on adding it to the current GreenSky books (six in total) plus having it in the remaining four!

Now, a quick tour…? If you want to see more of Meton and the mountains, try Green Sky & Sparks – which, incidentally, is 99p in the UK and $1.99 in the US! Aleric, the Plains and Meton are Grey Stone & Steel and High Flight & Flames.

Any of the following can be read as stand-alones, so if you want more of The Mage’s Centre, Derah and Aden (and the oceans) try Salt Winds & Wandering; Tao and a murder mystery is Empty Skies & Sunlight.  Huish and the desert is Desert Sands & Silence, and there will be more desert – and more exploring! – in the seventh book, Far Heights & Horizons.

The eighth will be the desert between Reyan and Torth; the ninth is the forest around the Mage’s Centre and Belmont; and the final is back to Meton, and some familiar faces.

So – thank you to Tom for doing the map: it’s been a ridiculously fun experience and I can’t recommend Tom’s skill and professionalism enough, along with his fantastic drawing style! I hope everyone who reads the new books is going to enjoy being able to see the places they’re reading about!

Inspiration from the Internet

In a creepy or not-creepy vein, however you want to take this…

It reminded me of the line in one of the Science of Discworld books, when Ponder Stibbons suggests that the scientists could record speakers and then future generations could listen to their ideas; “Listen to the voices of dead men?” says the scientist, outraged. Just a reminder that there’s always other voices in those spaces between things…