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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 www.engrish.com/ 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.
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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!
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Writer
Three weeks later... :giggle:
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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...
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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:
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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.
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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.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I MAEK ENTRY

NOW YOU OWE ME PUPLIC INTERNET
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer
DENIED

You can have my private internet. Less spam and a lot more porn.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOT.
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CailinLiath Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
I still may not finish on time as I'm working 12-20hr days this week. Also I failed to follow directions.
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Is that why that's an empty muro?
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CailinLiath Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
It's a demonstration of my failure by the universe.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha awwwww!
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Writer
THANK YOU.

I was totally going to have it done today if it HAD to be done today, but a few extra days is really going to help me with editing and tweaking.

Happy birthday to your partner! :aww:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm excited to see how it turns out! And thank you!
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   Writer
I am, too! It keeps changing on me. :giggle:
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Solarune Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Writer
WHAAATT
BUT I BLITZ-EDITED AND SUBMITTED MINE YESTERDAY JUST IN TIME FOR THE DEADLINE :stare:
(Still, moar time to polish!)
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm so sorry! I feel like a dick for doing this but it's that or ignore Dan all day. As it is I'm not going to the Lijiang old town with them because I'm so tired and sunburnt I can barely walk. =/
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Solarune Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Writer
Hey fear not, I jest only! Please don't feel guilty and instead get some rest, it sounds like you need it. :hug:
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Solarune Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Writer
Usual story – I am writing for this but don't know if I'll get it done in time (or ever)... :lol:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, as we say in China: ADD OIL!
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Solarune Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Writer
I did it! Thanks for the brain fuel. :glomp:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Writer
You rock socks!
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Solarune Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Writer
You rock woolier socks more olfactively and with greater endurance! :iconepichighfiveplz:
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Solarune Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Writer
:lmao: Of course!
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futilitarian Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
'More than toilet - delicious and happy' is tempting.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Please tell me you have a photo for that.
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futilitarian Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Writer
You know it [link]
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Aaaa-ha-ha-ha. You may be amazed to find this place is a restaurant:

[link]
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futilitarian Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Writer
I'm disappointed, but not amazed. It's a shitty marketing thing (in more ways than one) and not an amusing example of engrish. :(

Plus, yanno, it now doesn't count so I'm back to the drawing board. But you know I was always going with 'Tits cafe'.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm sorry I let on, then. Basically I saw the Chinese said 'restaurant' and went 'hang on, that rings a bell...'

As far as I know tits cafes are not real things. Although they should be. So you're in the clear.
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futilitarian Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Writer
They should be

Not the way I envisage them, they shouldn't.
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Tobaeus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Writer
This prompt, I promise to get my mouth off those donkey balls and actually submit something. ;)
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Less fellate, more create!
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Avatar-720 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That site is cause much laughing.

I've narrowed my selection down to five, but I honestly can't decide which one to use (I trawled through the first fifty or so pages anyway for funsies) because they're all so good; rather like the food being served everywhere. I can't remember a time where I haven't had a craving for 'crotch steamed rice', 'Beijing style crispy colon' or indeed 'old Beijing fried enema', all washed down with a nice glass of 'cruel fruit juice' or a cup of 'defecation tea'.

I do have two favourites though, which are really too long to use as prompts so I'll just link them here: [link] [link]
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, for the first one you could just do 'nearby extraordinary telephone'...and anyway, nobody said you were only allowed to write one!

And you're not going to believe this, but I've actually seen the second one in person! It's at the base of Hua Mountain near Xi'an. I even have my own photo to prove it!
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Avatar-720 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As a Warhammer player I'm used to going by permissive rulesets. If it doesn't say I can, then I usually can't. It can be really annoying at times, like when one misses the fact that multiple entries to a contest are allowed >.< Even so, I think five (or six, with the extraordinary telephone) entries is pushing it a bit, so I'll probably write up around three.

I actually do believe that you've seen it in person, but then again, who would lie about going to China and seeing a sign that asks you to use a nearby extraordinary telephone?
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Writer
How're those three coming?
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Avatar-720 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They're not I'm afraid =| My mum went into hospital shortly after I agreed to this, and I've had my attention focussed on other things. The things I've written thus far have been the most important ones, or the ones that are the quickest to complete.

I forgot all about this prompt whilst trying to deal with mum, my own health, my family and writing things I should be writing as opposed to things I want to write.

I might have one ready by the 15th, but definately not all three.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh goodness. I'm so sorry to hear that. No, prompts should definitely take a back seat--I'm just in the habit of giving everyone who gets excited about a prompt gentle pokings near the deadline, just to check they still are. I hope things improve for you soon--if you ever need an ear with feet, I'm here.

:hug:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, it's not a contest, just a prompt. So you're not disadvantaging anyone by writing more than one response. Also, we have had people submit five entries to a prompt on more than one occasion before!

I actually live in China, so I see this shit every day. Hua Shan was special, though. I just went and looked in my photo albums and basically every photo from there is Chinglish. My personal favourite is a sign that reads 'No tossing'.
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   Writer
I'm definitely channeling Swift today...

[link]

I'm so doing this.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha! It's even funnier to me because the Chinese says exactly the same thing...

Are you going to use just 'healthy baby', or a mixture of all those phrases? You don't have to tell me, of course. I'm just a curious bunny!
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Writer
The focus is going to be on 'healthy baby,' but I am going to use a mixture. I'm really excited to start on this one, but I have to finish my short story for my class first because the first draft is due on Monday so it can be workshopped on Wednesday.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh man. I'm really excited to read it. And eek. The ups and downs of writing for classes, huh?
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Writer
I really wish I could just write this and turn it in, because it's much more interesting than what I'm writing for my class. The problem is that we have to do straight fiction, no genre fiction... and what I'm planning for this prompt is going to be a dystopian/satirical thing. She specifically said no science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal, but since I'm not sure if dystopian stories would be okay, I figure I should steer clear...
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Ooh, argh, grr. You have no idea how angry that sort of shit makes me. Tell your teacher to read this: [link]
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Writer
Oh my god. I love that woman. She is one of my faaavorite writers. I read the Earthsea Trilogy when I was around thirteen and gah :heart: She's really the one who got me seriously into fantasy.

I think it's pretty ridiculous to keep dividing the two. Good writing is good writing. Who cares whether it fits into a genre or literature? Show me something with a great world, with dynamic characters, a web of interesting conflicts, and a dragon or two, and I'm good. :la:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Writer
She's beautiful. I actually have one of her collections of poetry back home and it's a revelation.

I just think it's stupid. We keep moving the boundaries around to suit things we like anyway. Murakami is usually filed under literature despite the magic realism bent so strong it really should be called fantasy. Ditto things like Yann Martel's Life of Pi. Since when does 'literature' equal 'realism' anyway?
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