Q: You'll never get anyone to use this language, you know.

A: That's not the point. The purpose of this language is to study symbolism, metaphor and etymology, and to draw little pictures. I'm just trying to see how far I can go using only pre- established symbols, without inventing signs out of whole cloth. I don't expect anyone to actually use it. (Although deaf people might like to have a written language that isn't based on the sounds of words.)

Q: These signs are too complicated and too difficult to draw.

A: I might eventually do what the ancient Egyptians did, and simplify the glyphs into a demotic shorthand. That is, I might reduce each glyph to a few core squiggles. Right now, I'll aim for maximum recognizability rather than ease of drawing.

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