Welcome to the home of Alison, also known by other aliases such as “sheesania”, “Alison of Sheesania” and “me”. I am a 19-year-old programmer, worldbuilder, writer, knitter, conlanger, reader, thinker, and follower of Jesus. My passport is American, I grew up in the Middle East, and now I’m a college student in Indiana, so my geographical allegiances are anyone’s guess. Here you can find assorted creative works of mine, running the gamut in subject, interest, and level of intelligence: programs, stories, made-up languages, essays, music, knitting projects, and, of course, things related to Sheesania itself.
What is Sheesania? In essence, it’s an imaginary world, a fictional universe I’m been working on since I was about eight years old. It’s a hodgepodge of peoples, cultures, histories, languages, geography, flora and fauna borrowed from real life and then run through my brain, making up a world fairly similar to Earth overall (no magic, just the regular spectrum of human problems) but with its own foibles, absurdities, and flashes of brilliance for me to explore.
In a larger sense, though, Sheesania is the focus for the whole way I think and work – making my own things out of what I learn and experience, moving from knowing something to understanding it by using it to create something new. Working on Sheesania is how I figure out real-world culture, politics, geography, and languages, just like I figure out logic and structure by developing programs, humans and beauty by writing stories, and just how impractical and utterly cool a mistcloak is by knitting one. All my odd creative hobbies are my way to capture, play with, and hopefully understand a little of the intricate tapestry that is this fascinating universe.
As such, in addition to my own creative work, here you will also find my efforts to understand other people’s – tutorials, book reviews, analyses of video games, musical arrangements, and so forth.
Feel free to take a look around! You can look at my latest posts below for some amusing juxtaposition, or investigate the links on the sidebar to find my posts on particular topics. If you have a question, comment, objection, compliment, or signed numbered first edition of The Way of Kings for me, go ahead and contact me here. Running into random people and unexpected conversations is one of my favorite things about maintaining this website.