Besides loving worlds like from Tolkien, Lewis, Nesbit, Macdonald and others , I really got a start world building from trying to create a fictional world of the lizard-folk found in the depths of the Stygian abyss in the excellent game Ultima: Underworld. In my spare time besides writing I like to doodle, play ukulele and design analog games. My favorite book is Les Miserables, and I tend to read quite a bit of older books, though of new books I lean towards fantasy and science fiction (many times young adult, since that is what I tend to write) with some non-fiction once in a while.
I'm currently reading "The Light Fantastic" By Terry Pratchett and "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee.
RT @ErinRJarvis: To sum up those 585 pages: it’s not as good as staying in the EU. https://t.co/aJIOdlPHkC4 days ago
I created a concountry (Tundria, or rather its Hungarian equivalent Tündérország = Fairy Country) at age 7 or so. Its principal language (Tundrian) came after, in my mid teens, when I discovered the pleasures of Romance languages, and decided to make my own. A full grammar and extensive dictionary are online on my web site. What books do I read? Fiction (science-fiction, classics, other stuff, preferably in the original - I am reading Murakami in Japanese right now), linguistics, archeology, history, anything that grabs my fancy. What did I study in school? Mathematics, physics, linguistics, languages, librarianship.
I've had an interest in the social sciences for as long as I can remember, and linguistics has been a primary interest of mine for some years. I have made a few languages, of varying completeness. I very much like history, and have created many worlds, both very similar to and very different from our own.
I have been interested in documentation and books and the preservation and perpetuation of knowledge for as long as I can remember though I suppose I have had little in the way of formal education by most people's standards. Conlanging is another hobby that has spooled out of control and taken me in a wide direction away from whatever its origins were. The prospects of discovering or creating something novel are what keep me coming back to this subject. The only other for which I can say the same is dinosaurs.
Activist, freedom fighter, philosopher, and poet. Hitched up on this site after being hounded from a web site populated and moderated by mental midgets intimidated by my intellectual stature. I hope I'll be accepted here!