I’ve finally figured it out! This is something that’s been stumping me for the past couple of months, and it took three days of scouring the internet for useful graphs and then combining them into one of my own, here:

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Fenekere Harmonic Series

From The Fenworks

Speakers of Fenekere typically measure everything in harmonics, in relation to some wave form. Visible light, for instance, is measured as harmonics of a deep infrared wave with a wavelength of 546,000nm. But for learning the language, you don’t need to know that. Also, a little later in the fictional history, they developed a more conventional measuring system (which I’ll tackle later).

The important thing is this!

Colors and musical notes correspond, and use the same scale. The naming convention is based on that.

Harmony itself is ‘ekehele – the “Artist” of Harmonics.
Light itself is ‘erele’e.
Sound itself is nemeneme.

So, Red is generally described as the first harmonic step of visible light:
ef’uu’ekuhela ‘erile’o /ɛfʔuuʔɛkuhɛla ʔɛɹilɛʔo/ – The first harmony of the product of light.

And the tonic note (say, C) is generally described as the first harmonic step of sound:
ef’uu’ekuhela neminemo /ɛfʔuuʔɛkuhɛla nɛminɛmo/ – The first harmony of the product of sound.

Of course, with music, you’ll need to tell the musicians what key you’re in, which I’ll work out how to do some day. The important thing to realize is that the tonic note can end up being anything, depending on what this scale is a harmonic of.

Anyway! You can shorten it. If someone is confused by the short version, they’ll ask, and then you specify that you’re talking about harmonies by repeating the long version above.

ef’uu’erile’o – red
ed’uu’erile’o – orange-red
el’uu’erile’o – orange
et’uu’erile’o – yellow
ew’uu’erile’o – green
es’uu’erile’o – blue

You may note, looking at the chart in the graphic link above, that these names correspond with the numbers (and letters) of the Fenekere alphabet, and that there are colors in between. And, it turns out that Fenekere seems to have more words for Orange than any other color! But you can dial it in. Say, you want to talk about a specific hue of blue. You use the decimal system. When talking about harmonics, the Fenekere number system is interpreted a little differently.

When you say es’apuu’erileo, you are not saying, “the 6Eth harmonic of visible light” (in base 31). You are actually saying, “The sixth harmonic of the 14th harmonic of visible light.” (Though, I may need the help of a mathematician to make sure I’m getting this right).

Any, the musical notes work in the same way:

ef’uuneminemo – C
ed’uuneminemo – C sharp
ev’uuneminemo – D
eh’uuneminemo – D sharp
ew’uuneminemo – E
ej’uuneminemo – F
es’uuneminemo – G
ey’uuneminemo – Middle C

On that end of the scale, you don’t get A or B. But, there are 31 steps, and if you keep going, you do run into those notes above Middle C. It also starts to look like a regular 16 step harmonic scale up there. In any case, if you’re curious, you can refer to my graph above.

All of these notations will be entered into my online dictionary by the time it’s ready to go public.

But now I can do colors!

In other news, I’ve started work on importing most of the taxonomic tree of life into Fenekere. So, we’ll be able to talk about the yellow tiny watery theropods!

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ETA: And now it has been funded! Woo-hoo! Thank you so much everyone. The artwork will remain for sale in the name of the campaign for which it was created. Every little bit still helps.

Yesterday, I worked on an illustration in the name of helping to fund a friend of mine who is in need. All proceeds from the sales of that illustration will go toward her fund.

Well, I haven’t had any sales yet. But it’s not too late! Any revenue that comes in before noon will be transferred directly to Disa today so that she can get her belongings out of lien. Anything that comes in after that will still go to her, just after the fact.

But, here’s the cool thing. When I went to bed last night, her fund was $325 short of the goal. This morning? $65! Almost there!

Thank you! This is awesome!

Anyway, if you’d like to help out by buying the set of artwork, it’s still available at my Etsy shop.

Or, if you’d like to simply make sure that Disa’s got enough funding for the day to get here belongings out of lien (which I’d be quite grateful for), please visit her campaign and see what you can do:



I’m gonna do something here I try very hard not to do. I’m gonna ask you to share this post. You can go ahead and share it any time you encounter it, but it’s important tonight (2014/08/17).

I have a good friend. Actually, I have many. But this friend, who I have known since I worked for the brewery, who has many mutual friends with me, has recently gained legal blind status. That alone is very difficult to deal with, but she’s working hard on adjusting and has been doing an admirable job of keeping her spirits up and tackling her new lifestyle as a challenge. However, as she describes on her gofunme.com campaign, she’s stuck in bureaucratic limbo, between income sources, and in danger of losing almost all of her belongings to an overdue storage compartment rent.

I’d say “there but for the grace of the fishies go I,” but honestly, I could be facing the same kind of loss very soon! Not with my eyes, but financially. We’re both in a tough spot, but she got there first. And I would really like to help her out. But I don’t have any cash, so I created the following works of art in an attempt to sell them as quickly as possible to help her pay her rent tomorrow!

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‘eteqeye in rattan with dragon

From Grass Dog Studio

It is available in a variety of formats from my Etsy shop (including without the dragon!):


When these listings expire, I will not sell this work any more. I may sell variations of it, but this series of prints and originals are limited by time arbitrarily set by Etsy. During that time, all proceeds will go toward Disa’s fund. All proceeds. But, we really need those sales tonight if possible!

Now, a little explanation of what this illustration is about:

1. In the foreground are fronds of rattan. Rattan, aside from being rather pretty, is one of the traditional woods used for walking canes. The first white canes made for blind people were also made from wood, and it is possible and maybe likely many of them were made from rattan. Rattan is also becoming scarce. Scarcity seems like an appropriate theme for this project.

2. The fronds of rattan spell, in Fenekere (the native language of Fenmere, the Worm, fictional author of my comics), ‘eteqeye. ‘eteqeye means “The Right Eye of the Great One”, or “The Sun”. This is a little ironic, because my friend must avoid the sun in order to retain what is left of her eyesight. However, in the mythology behind Fenekere, ‘eteqeye does not go through phases like the moon does in order to maintain vigilance and keep a watch over the Earth. ‘eteqeye looks out for us. It was featured in this poem, which is rather appropriate for this project!

3. The dragon is there to make sure that you spell the word right when hanging the series.

4. I’m also working on developing a series of works where I compare natural shapes and patterns with the shapes often used to depict dragons and other monsters. This set represents the first finished piece in that series.

Now, if you’ve only got a few bucks, or you want as much of your money to go directly to Disa as possible (which I highly recommend), what you really should do is go here and donate:


Thank you so, so much.

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