Informing as to method shifts.
Section headings in The Enfolding Abyss will be jointly numbered: the first, greater number is its position in the entire cross-book storyline, the second smaller number is its position in its book.
108 – 19
Bones of Starlight # – The Enfolding Abyss #
Draconid Pronouns: Nonbinary
The dragon species in Bones of Starlight is not two-gendered, and during the first book I couldn’t figure out how to signify it well in writing, as the common ‘they’ creates a bit of a mess with multiple characters in a paragraph.
It takes eight to make an egg. Whichever eight dragons agree on this egg. Two genders, or gender at all, isn’t applicable to these elementally based beings. In an empire partially founded upon their integration, they would not be incorrectly signified, certainly not after twenty-four generations.
I am using the pronoun structure introduced to me by Bogi Takacs at Worldcon 74:
e / em / er / eir
singular / plural / singular possessive / plural possessive
Anyone familiar with English pronouns will be able to recognize them grammatically. Syntactically, I find it better to use ‘E with a prefacing apostrophe, so it doesn’t resemble an unknown character named E.
The Enfolding Abyss and further volumes will be written with this pronoun structure regarding the dragons. Fire On All Sides may be re-released in corrected form, probably upon trilogy completion or at whatever time it becomes pressing.