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
If you’re a Sumerian geek you may truly get a kick out of what I found today browsing the internet: a reference to OM/AUM in Hymn 31 of the Sumerian chants on a blog called The Spiritual Sun. What? Not so surprising to me. But first, let me clarify by reposting here some of the … Continue reading Om, Sumerians and the Sumero/Tamil Connection
When I tell people that I write and like to study a culture that was born around 6,000 years ago, they invariable start making jokes about mastodons and caves. In actuality, the Sumerian culture was considerably developed, exceeding military technology that took the Egyptian culture a thousand years to reinvent. Sumerians also had a complex … Continue reading Sumerian Currency
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