Meet Kubaba. She’s a Sumerian Queen. Although it’s been a while since I’ve been working on my Sumerian project, all the same interesting information about Sumerian culture keeps on trickling in to me. This one is about the first Sumerian (or maybe Akkadian?) queen, ergo first queen in recorded human history. Meet Ku-Bau. She’s a … Continue reading The First Queen in Recorded Human History?
I haven’t done this in years, but I thought I might test out the query and new opening of a novel I had at first given up on, and that I recently revised. Wish me luck. 🙂 If you’re interested in participating in the contest, here is a link. I would really appreciate comments … Continue reading Son of a Pitch Query Contest
Thanks to my friends for bringing my attention to this awesome video about my favorite historical character. Enjoy… Continue reading Gilgamesh: explained
Reposting this amazing recording of the Gilgamesh Epic in its original Akkadian. I should point out that the earliest version of the Gilgamesh stories were poems written in Sumerian, not in Akkadian. The Akkadian version (written hundreds of years later) is the best known complete version. Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the … Continue reading Gilgamesh in Akkadian
Are you interested in listening to Sumerian music with its original instrumentation? Some time ago, I shared a post about The Gold Lyre of Ur project, which is an assembly of music put together from the most ancient written music ever, annotated by… you guessed it: Sumerian musicians. Today I have discovered that there is … Continue reading Sumerian Music In The Modern World
Hey had to absolutely repost this from The Laughing Squid: a tablet dating back to circa 1750BC containing a written complaint — the precursor to the Amazon review!! Thank you Laughing Squid for this wonderful tidbit. An Ancient Babylonian Customer Service Complaint Inscribed on a Clay Tablet Around 1750 BC by E.D.W. Lynch at … Continue reading Sumero Babylonians Invent Customer Service
In formal venues, I have presented and written about the necessity of research in fiction, the caveats, the immersion process, the repercussions of altering history or fact, the responsibility of writers to glean detail in the most absolute accuracy. But for this post, I want to talk about the fun part of interacting with facts (or … Continue reading Composite Characters: Fantasy Meets Real Life, Real Life Alters Fantasy