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Bryn Hammond

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I live in Australia, where I identify as a Pom.

I also identify as a hermit. Your traditional writer-in-a-garret is what I always aspired to be. At university I chose English and Medieval Studies – but in the latter, I did the literature units until I had run out. This is telling. I never paid attention to the practical side of life and so I have stupid jobs.

I’m a happy single, these days. No pets, because I rent. Otherwise I’d have a zoo.


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Bryn Hammond Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

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Chosen for its cuteness. No story attached I'm afraid. Except that I did want to tell the world, 'how cute is this Mongol name?'

I am a serious name fan. Names are such a thing with me I flick through novels to see whether the author & I have similar ideas on what's a great name, and if we don't... I figure I mightn't like the novel either.

Temujin, Jamuqa. Toqtoa, Tarqutai. Khabul, Daritai. Ambaghai, Bultachu. There was almost no name that turned up in his story, which I didn't have a strong urge to seize upon and use. Yes, this was a significant factor in my choice of story.

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I guess the three types of research material are the scholarly history, anthropology, and the primary sources. Not in…more
Thanks for the question, Mark.
I guess the three types of research material are the scholarly history, anthropology, and the primary sources. Not in that order: the primary sources have the most to tell, about how people at the time thought of themselves, and anthropology might even come second, for the close study of culture. Still, I am addicted to getting those history books. I put them on my ‘steppe’ shelves here when I own them. You have to own them to consult them at the dead of night. And to scribble in them, which I’m afraid must be done or I’d never keep track of what’s where. The internet is a Godsend for access to academic work when you’re not in (institutional) academia. Digital resources – yay! Open access – even better! (less)
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Kathryn *Salutes* Ma'am!


Arkadagy Saparshy Thanks for Great Steppe's list :)


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Steve Evans Hey Bryn hope all is well in your world...have you ever heard of this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env... aka the voynich document? What do you think?


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Bryn Hammond Steve wrote: "...have you ever heard of this?

No... not until your blog. I'll go read about it there.


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Bryn Hammond Me too you. Right back. :)


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