Language is a fascinating phenomenon. Use the right words and you can create a powerful movement (“I have a dream”); use the wrong ones and your reputation might forever be ruined (“I am not a crook”).
George Orwell understood the power of language when he introduced the concept of newspeak in his dystopian novel 1984. By creating a new language and eliminating some words in favour of other, new ones, the fictional totalitarian regime from his story created an effective tool of manipulation and submission.
Shakespeare invented many words to help convey what others could not. Tolkien built an entire world based on philology. His friend, Lewis Carroll, too loved to play with language and used it to create Wonderland.
It is his work that inspired this domain (writingdesk) and logo (a raven).
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, ‘Why is a raven like a writingdesk?’
Originally, the question was supposed to be just that: a question. That did not stop people from finding answers.
My favourite answer would be: Because Edgar Allan Poe wrote on both. I do not know who came up with it, originally, but I love both the pun and the literary reference. And thus an idea was born.
Though as a child I did not understand the nuances of language as a tool, I have always loved stories and I have always loved language as a toy.
As my aspirations to become a writer, a published author, have not faded, I figured it was time to start playing with language again. No judgment, no critique, just fun.
This website will become my platform to do so. Mostly for my own amusement, but perhaps eventually for others to enjoy as well.
I do not think my words are likely to leave more of a lasting impression than words written in sand. But of all the lofty purposes of language, creating joy sometimes seems a bit underrated.