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September 15, 2012
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:new: The new deadline for this prompt is October 23rd. Partly to give you all more time to mangle our mother tongue, but mostly because I'm on holiday, today is my partner's 30th birthday, and I really can't be arsed writing an article to close it off. Take advantage of my laziness. Get to work!

There's just ONE WEEK LEFT to submit to this prompt. One week to get down and dirty with the English language, 2 Girls 1 Cup style.  We've only had three entries so far, and anyway, it's not suprising Your Seperating sperm ring dimensions are smaller versus the Conventional paper measurement, so get writing now!

I've learnt two important lessons since the last transliterations prompt, lessons I feel are worth sharing. The first is that I like this place and I miss it when I'm not around. The second is that if you wait too long to release a new prompt, the Youtube video it was based on will be taken down for copyright concerns and you'll have to start all fucking over again. On the other hand, life is complex and full of surprises. And there are always more Youtube videos. So bearing all this in mind, let this serve as an announcement that transliterations is back once more, at least possibly and certainly hopefully. We'll see how we go down the road.

On that note: Prompt Exercise No. 13!

Back in 2011, our very first prompt investigated what you get when you cross really good poetry with a really bad automatic translator. Of course, mistranslation is a cornerstone of the transliterations philosophy--hunting for literature in the cracks between the smart stones of this and that. And there's nothing more satisfying than dragging meaning kicking and screaming out of gibberish.

Your first mission is to find a scrap of Engrish/Chinglish which particularly appeals to you. My favourite Chinglish website is sadly defunct, but is always a good bet. If you want something a little more unique, I have my own substantial collection of Beijing craziness and am more than willing to share. Personally, I'm going for this fruity number. For best results, your scrap of Engrish should be a noun phrase, but it's not absolutely essential.

The next step is to take your Chinglish phrase and incorporate it into a poem or piece of prose. There's a catch, though--rather than simply using the phrase as a jumping off point for explorations in English, as we've done before, this time you have to describe your piece of Engrish as though it were a real thing. (Or concept--abstract is good too.) Bring that water dessert to life for us. Make that female nursing thing breathe. Hence the desirability of a noun phrase: you're more than welcome to attempt something else, and we would rather love it if you did, but be aware that it could be a challenge.

Examples: Maybe you've chosen the phrase 'wholesale children'. One approach would be to write a short dystopia where children really are sold off by the dozen. Or you could use it as a metaphor to explore issues child trafficking. I mean, if you wanted to. If you took a longer phrase, like 'various types of dread', you could tackle several of the better-known phobias in a poem or short story. If you've chosen 'Mountain delicacies miscellaneous bacteria pot monsters'--well, good luck to you.

Submit your finished work to the Transliterations Prompt 13 Folder. All pieces submitted by the deadline will receive a journal feature from the group and myself.

The deadline for this prompt is October 15th. Happy transliterating!
#transliterations announces its thirteenth prompt, featuring magic, mayhem and mountain delicacies miscellaneous bacteria pot monsters.
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Writer
I FINALLY found one: here. This is going to be awesome.
zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh man, that's adorable. Those grass ones are the best--you never see one the same.

God, I better get around to closing this off. That, or doing one myself!
SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Writer
Three weeks later... :giggle:
zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Writer
I said I'd better get around to it. Not that I would. Although I should...
SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Writer
It's all good. :giggle:

I think everyone has winter BLAH or something. Half the groups I'm in are MIA, anyway. But I am looking forward to the next prompt, whenever it comes. No pressure, of course. :aww:
berlinBuenosAyres Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
mejor tarde que nunca. should i leave a demonstration of my failure by the universe too? i feel like i should.
zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Writer
You're doing better than me. I couldn't even remember when I'd set the extension to.
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer

You can have my private internet. Less spam and a lot more porn.
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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