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My Wimpiness and Paul's Insistence on Perfection

I have decided to learn Latin.

Partly, this is because I belong to a couple of historical groups devoted to the study of ancient Rome, and having the members become familiar with Latin is a goal of at least one of those groups.

The other, and maybe bigger, reason is because of the little Paul Graves in my head.

It is frightening how happy I feel about having made this decision--because I know that part of my joy is caused by this fictional character who is ecstatic that, at last, he will be able to ensure that his Latin is correct when he casts spells, no matter how J. K. Rowling writes them in canon.


I'm going to need Paul's tenacity, too, because I don't have it. There will come a time when I'll whine to myself that "This is too much work. I don't really need to know all of this Latin. There are other things I need to be doing. I'd rather write. Or watch TV. Or sleep. I don't wanna!"

So this is fair warning, Mr. Graves: You'd better be there when I start slacking off, as I inevitably will. I can't do this without you. This is a big, big commitment of time and effort, and I tend to work in little spurts. This will take years. So don't you dare disappear from me for a week, the way you did after you killed Cicuta--you hear me?

Your commitment to perfection had better be really, really strong, if you're so determined to drag me into it.

I'm afraid to even ask how the DSM-IV would classify my mental state. I probably sound like I'm in deep denial of the strength of my own desires and trying to avoid all responsibility for my choice. Oh, yes--and scared of failure, too.

Or maybe I just have multiple personality disorder without dissociation. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Current Mood: crazywhinging

Bene, cum Latine nescias, nolo manus meas in te maculare.

OK, my high school latin is so rusty, that i translated the first comment as "Good--with Latin our hands are in your sight." Now, as that makes no sense at all, I know it's wrong....

Latin is good. Learning any language as an adult staves off Alzheimers and protects the brain from some of the most devastating consequences of a stroke. Latin is the foundation of French, Spanish, Italian, about 20% of English, and 50% of medicalese.

Personally, I want to learn Italian so that i can understand Josh Groban's songs in more than snippets. "Without your life, without your love, what will be of me?"

And no writing is ever wasted. Think of it as developing your craft!

Essentially, it can be translated as, "Well, if you don't understand plain Latin, I'm not going to dirty my hands with you."

I wouldn't mind getting my Latin back, either. I used to be fairly fluent in it way back when, when we tried to get a maniple of Legio XX going down here.

And hey!

Totally off topic, but when can we coax a Kirebal story out of you? Story deadline for the next OOTB is August 1.


I do need to see if I can still write, don't I? It's just been so long I'm having a hard time getting started...

Writers are so wierd. But in a good way.

Amqu--LOL!!! I certainly can't argue with that. (g)