Strange Horizons is buying my story "Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery." Yay! This was my week 3 Clarion story. Special thanks especially to Nancy Kress and Kelly Link who believed in this story, and my Clarion 2004 buds who either loved it or hated it. Story will be out March-ish, 2006 per Jed.
開墾地 == kaikonchi
(noun) cultivated land
|Somewhat obscure origin, per Henshall. Right upper radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'stop and stare'. Left upper radical is a character only found in Chinese, used to represent a number of different mythical beasts. Its upper elements are derived from a pictograph of claws, its lower element is one of the radical forms of 'dog/beast'. In this character the two upper elements together act phonetically to express 'difficult'. The lower element is 'earth/ground' (土). Earth that is difficult to cultivate is virgin land. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Stop and stare at clawed beast on reclaimed ground.'|