January 9th, 2018


Article in Pidgin

A while back, BBC announced a new program to translate articles into a dialect of Pidgin for its African viewers. I heard about it a while ago and I'm pleased to see this example about education.

*laugh* But you can tell it's really translated, because they missed a word.  There's a phoneme that British English uses but Pidgin doesn't, because some African languages don't either; Black English often makes the same substitution.

"Kaduna government bin don plan to sack more than 21,000 teachers for di state because dem no pass di competency test wey e set give dem."

Look at the rest of the article and you can see "di = the," "dem = them," etc.  So that should say "dan" instead of "than."

Yes, I could read the whole article and grok most of it.  I only missed a few words.  I'm still trying to figure out the exact tense markers.  "Don" is "done" and usually a past or completely finished action, as in Black English.  The article also uses both "pickin" (cited as coming from "pequenho" in Portuguese, but closer to America, the root is given as pickaninny) and "children."  However, "wey" is new to me.  I'm really having fun comparing this to other pidgins I have encountered.  Hawaiian Pidgin uses "wen" from "went" as a past-tense marker.  You can hear "What we wen hit?" and "It stay jammed under the fender" ("stay" = "still," a continuing marker) in Lilo & Stitch.  Jamaican Creole uses "pickney" for "children."

Apparently someone is making a style guide for a standardized BBC Pidgin.  I would love to get my hands on that, or even just a good-sized glossary.  With a very little help, I could write enough of this to use in dialog, like I have some of the other descendants of English.

Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 9: "My Fanworks"

Day 9

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

My Fanworks

My most popular fanwork is undoubtedly the series Love Is For Children (MCU / Avengers).  I got the idea from Natasha's line in the Avengers, when I realized that nonsexual ageplay would help the Avengers heal from their mostly-awful childhoods.  So Phil cobbles together various cooperative and therapeutic exercises to create Game Night.

Frankenstein's Family is a gothic fluff series inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's novel.  Victor and Igor make a baby together, literally, and over time they develop a queerplatonic relationship.  It's also an exploration of what would really  happen when you put two geeks over a village full of uneducated peasants.

The short story "What Fireworks Are Like" explains why John Watson detests them, in language that Sherlock can understand.

The vignette "Off the Rack" explains what temptation finally seduced Dean Winchester into torturing someone in Hell.

The vignette "A Rendesvous with Death" is ekphrastic fiction inspired by this picture, and features Batman's response to White Nose Syndrome.

Shared Worlds and Open-Source Fandoms

If you're looking for a new fandom to write in and/or mix with your current fandom(s) then here are some options:

The Blueshift Troupers is designed as a science fiction setting for creators and characters of color.  It features upbeat tales of galaxy-roaming rescue.

Schrodinger's Heroes is quantum science fiction about saving the world from alternate dimensions, with a highly diverse cast.  If you like cats, see LOL_HEROES, it doesn't require much context.  The Crossovers page features mashups with Sherlock Holmes and the Hulk, among others.

The Ursulan Cycle is genderbent Arthurian Cycle.  Almost all of the characters are female, and they have all kinds of adventures.

What are some of your favorite fanfics, by me or other people?

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Continue and Persist

#45 orders Macmillan not to publish a book he dislikes.  Macmillan moves up the publishing date.  \o/

If you have pocket money, I recommend that you buy a Macmillan book and tell them that you support free press.  You can preorder Fire and Fury or pick something else.  Just go encourage these folks for standing up to the big orange bully.  I should probably buy a copy myself -- I'm not keen on reading something that depressing, but I do like to buy banned books.

EDIT 1/10/18 -- The letter of persistence has now been posted.