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23 November 2006 @ 11:28 am

I really am an emo bitch sometimes aren't I? My mini-hiatus kinda lasted long enough to get a decent night's sleep and then pump myself full of caffeine and write a lot. Not as much as I wanted to, still have a huge hurdle to overcome, but at least I have most of the characters I need in place right now. Apart from the zombies. They're just being contrary.

I was on a roll yesterday and then realised I'd been awake for about 23 hours, forced myself to sleep (not easy after four pots of coffee) and now... have lost the groove a little. The radio is insisting on playing crap today (seriously, Cornershop followed by Oasis followed by Jarvis Cocker? What's next, Keane? Oh lookit that...) and my shuffle is being much more random than usual so I'm going from Louis Armstrong to Led Zeppelin to Beth Orton to Radiohead. I'm just being contrary. Hey, maybe I'm one of the zombies I'm avoiding writing...


Right, back to find out what Julian's been up to and finally get him to confront Anne-Marie... After this cup of coffee...

Almost forgot - I've been contemplating changing my LJ name (getting a rename token thingy). I'd like something non-fandom related I think, or at least non-specific fandom. Any suggestions?

Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Garbage - The Trick Is To Keep Breathing
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: buffy behind you - mewhiskyinmind on November 23rd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)

It's worse when I get the "Can I show you this, Sho?" line - over and over again...

I hear the word 'show' and I think someone's talking to me, it's just wrong. I had a german teacher once (she wasn't very good and I learned more from reading Im Westen Nichts Neues surreptisiously than I ever did in her clas) who always knew when I was not concentrating and would throw in the word 'schon' into whatever she was saying just to make me jump.

I really need to change my name....
JG: BX by dothestarswyoujgracio on November 23rd, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
Can I show you this, Sho?

I like Shona. Not a very common name, is it?

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: saltire - mewhiskyinmind on November 24th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
It's not especially rare but I don't currently know any other Shona's. I went to school with two others (not in the same class) and there was one girl I knew at Uni (hence some of my older emails being 'shonar' - she was 'shonad'). It's a traditional celtish name, although the spelling varies depending on how celtic the parents want to be. It's actually the celtic equivalent of Jean.

draconin: Huh?draconin on November 24th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
I've always been a bit sceptical of these "***** is the celtic/chinese/whatever equivalent of *****". Usually the supposed equivalent has absolutely no resemblance to the name. I mean, how do you get "Jean" out of "Shona"? :D
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: buffy//abstract - mewhiskyinmind on November 24th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
Hee. Ready?

Shona > female version of Sean (or Shaun if you prefer that spelling)
Sean > celtic version of John
John > male version of Jean

draconindraconin on November 24th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
Ugg... I hate to admit it but that actually does make sense. Interesting.
I did a unit on the history of language many years ago as part of my degree, looking at how language evolved over time from Proto-IndoEuropean to modern. I suppose I shouldn't be even remotely surprised over something as 'simple' as you've outlined. :D
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dw//this icon likes bananas - martoufmarwhiskyinmind on November 24th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
I love looking at the roots of language, I even considered focusing on it when I was at Uni in St Andrews (until I was de-matriculated for actively not going to any classes...).

It helps that my mum's name was Jean so I've pretty much known the breakdown of it since I was old enough to know my own name. (Bizarrely enough I wasn't named after her, it was only later that my parents found out the roots of the name!)
draconindraconin on November 25th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: Can I show you this, Sho?
In my case it was just interest. I was doing a mathematics degree (University of Western Australia) and taking an extra year to do it which meant I had time for some extra units for fun. I'd done German in high school so I took German in 1st & 2nd year plus units in Philosophy of Science & Philosophy of Education. The German was a bit of a waste of time since, never having gone there, my vocabulary has gradually faded. The philosophy has helped unexpectedly quite often though. Most recently when arguing morals with naol!
The history of language development was interesting but not to the point where I'd have considered specialising. My interest is primarily in science and mathematics.