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Jan. 13th, 2014

Naturally I've started off my nice quiet year by going back to uni for two weeks to get a language called Hieratic under my belt. Actually technically that's a lie, hieratic is a script, middle Egyptian is the language (same language as hieroglyphs if you're interested) and seeing as I already know middle Egyptian because of hiero, it's been really easy. It's fascinating because these two different scripts for the same language develop concurrently in Egypt because hieroglyphs, whilst beautiful, are really a pain in the ass to write. All the major touristy things that people immediately think of when they think of Egypt are usually decorated with hieroglyphs but everything else, all their literature, administration, personal correspondence, basically all the bits that I study, are written in hieratic. That's my really nerdy way of saying I'm having an awesome week :)

Some ridiculous part of me also decided it would be fun to sign up for trope bingo this year, (I blame torakowalski, who has an absolutely lovely looking card, can't wait to see what you write for it!) as if I didn't already have too many ideas in my head but not on paper. Oh well, hopefully this will be a good impetus to get back into writing again.

Gonna drop my card here just in case I lose it which is entirely possible.

There are some great ones on here and some that have me going 'how the hell am I going to write that?'

poor communication skills virginfic mind control fake relationship immortality / reincarnation
huddle for warmth sex pollen fork in the road handcuffed / bound together against all odds
bodyswap au: romance novel FREE

locked in rivals to lovers
road trip first time / last time metafiction amnesia genderswap
kidfic chosen family rites of passage / coming of age au: college / highschool au: space


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Jan. 13th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
I like old Egypt script too! Actually I like it more since The Mummy series with Brendan Fraser. :)
Jan. 19th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
In all honesty, I can't stand the mummy (which is a pretty big failing for an Egyptologist) because I hated the scarab beetles! Luckily for me, scarabs are symbols of good luck and don't actually eat people from the inside out. I teach hieroglyphs at uni so I get to sit in on the lectures and every year I watch the professor show the new group of students that clip from the mummy where they are all fighting the mummies at the end and Jonathon has to read out the spell to put them under Brendan fraser's control but he doesn't know his hieroglyphs very well and he's only just in time. I'm not entirely sure why he does that, other than as incentive to learn them properly in case one is every set upon by hordes of marauding mummies...
Jan. 13th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I love your nerdy way of letting us know you love your week so far, and your studies. That's great. And you make us wiser.

What is that card for? It seems very confusing and a lot of things going on. Are you suppose to write fanfiction using all of it, or just bits?
Jan. 19th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Sorry, only just catching up on comments now. The card is for a challenge called trope bingo and it works like any other bingo game, you write a fanfic story (though I think original fiction would be fine as well, it's just that these sort of tropes tend to appear in fanfic most often) for each square but the idea is to write five of them that make up a line, horizontal, vertical or diagonal, which is a bingo. Or you can go insane and try to write something for each square on the entire card. The only hard and fast rule is that each story can only count towards one square. So say I wrote an amnesia story that just happened to be set in space, I couldn't count that as two squares, I'd have to choose one or the other.
It should be fun but I'm wondering when I'm going to get the time to do it...
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Jan. 19th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
thank you and you're right, the challenge of writing something that is a bit out of left field is definitely the fun part.
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