I don't expect anyone to closely study this personal writing system, but I describe it to clearly
show that it is a writing system.
Just as it is handy to learn and remember the letters of our alphabet in their standard ABC order, I have arranged the Moop system of "sound categories" into a standard order, but not related to the ABC order.
I arbitrarily defined and placed vowel categories first followed by consonants ordered as they appeared in a standard phonetic table. This order was based on natural groupings according to how each sound's vibrations were made and in what particular part of the voice apparatus.
Some MOOP sound categories arbitrarily consist of just one sound, e.g.: sound categories #2 (schwa) and #16 (see below), but most have 2 or more sounds, e.g.: #1 (the "generalized short vowel": a, e, i, o, u--except schwa), #5 (the "y" diphthong: ay, oi, ie, ee) and # 12 (s, z) .
I have developed far more shapes than the 21 that would represent the "sound categories" so I allow each sound category to be represented by a slowly growing number of "alternate shapes."
English has a cursive writing system as well as a printed one. Likewise, I have three MOOP
"modes": "hovering," "linearly connected" and "solid shape." In practice I freely mix them up
and moreover have recently added to them, in a subordinate way, a kind of personal
"shorthand" and a personal variation on ordinary cursive writing.
I represent numbers using the base 4 system which only uses 4 digits: 0, 1, 2, and 3.
Since most sound categories embrace more than one sound and each sound category has several alternate shapes, a given "spelling" could represent a number of different sounding words and a given word could be "spelled" a number of different ways, for example:
I list the 21 sound categories:
1. The "generalized short vowel" including a,e,i,o, and au; as in cat, get, in, hot, caught.
2. "shwa," the lazy, most middle vowel, usually written "upside down e": as in the o of collide, the a of asleep, the e of the.
3. Short vowels plus "r" as in fir, car, soar, where.
4."w" diphthong: ow, oo, oa as in cow, food, and boat.
5. "y" diphthong: ay, ie, ee, oi as in say, pie, meet and oil.
STOPS: VOICED / UNVOICED
6. b /p
7. d /t
8. g /k
9. /t as in button (when pronounced "but'n")
FRICATIVES: VOICED / UNVOICED
10. v /f
11. th (then)/ th thin)
12. z /s
13. sh as in shoe/ si as in Asia
15. ch as in choose/ j as in Joshua
18. ng as in sing
19. L and r (the "r" without preceding short vowel)
20. w as in win
21. y as in young