Do you consider fanfiction legitimate writing?
I won the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for an H. P. Lovecraft /Arthur Conan Doyle mashup fiction, so fanfiction had better be legitimate, because I'm not giving the Hugo back.
Or the 20O5 Locus Award for Best Novelette. I'm not giving that back either.
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A Letter from “Crawly” to Azirapil
This remarkable letter of unknown provenance surfaced recently in the cuneiform collection of the University of West Wessex. Addressed to Azirapil from a Mr. “Crawly,” it appears to be begging for the other’s return to Ur from a western journey with another individual, Abiraham. The relationship between the two (brothers? business partners? friends?) is unknown, and all three names are quite unusual. The letter also mentions a Mr. Ea-naṣir in Ur; if this is the same Ea-naṣir as the merchant mentioned in UET V 22, 29, 71, and 81, then the original letter would be dated to the Larsa period, around 1800 BCE. However, this particular copy appears to be a scribal exercise; the writing is relatively unskilled, and the cuneiform is Neo-Assyrian in form. It is unclear whether the text is based on a historical letter, or if its unusual names and content were invented for scribal practice.
Tell Azirapil :
Thus says "Crawly" :
When will your time in the West be finished? Abiraham  seems very dirty, and I am weary  in Ur. [There is] a talented mirsu-maker  on Wide Street!
Watch out, for I have acquired a new friend. His name is Ea-Naṣir , and I may play wickedly with him if you do not return.
 The name Azirapil (āzir-āpili) is an unusual one. The first element, āziru (sometimes spelled ḫāziru) is a known theophoric element meaning "helper, the one who helps"; it may connect with Hebrew עזר. The second element appears to be āpilu, literally "the one who answers," but also used to mean "the one who dissents, the one who talks back." Thus, together, the name would mean "the one who helps the dissenter."
 "Crawly" is literally Našallulu (NIM.NIM), a verb that means "to crawl or slither like a snake or demon." The word is otherwise unattested as a personal name, so it may be an epithet of some kind.
 Surely not the Abraham of Hebrew scriptures, despite the similarity of name and the biblical legend that Abraham originated in the city Ur.
 "Weary" - from the Štn stem of anāḫu. The term refers to dejection or depression; in one medical text (Labat TDP 178:9), it is a sign of "love-sickness."
 Mirsu (or mersu) was a popular sweet confection in Mesopotamia. Its composition included dates, butter, and a variety of other ingredients; modern reconstructions of the recipe vary.
 There was an infamous copper merchant named Ea-naṣir in Ur during the Larsa period; several letters to him are collected in UET V. It is unclear whether this is the same individual.
ma-ti u-mu-ka ina
uṣ-ur ana ša
ú rag-giš am-me-el-le-el
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A head’s-up to all my fellow writers (fan fiction and original fiction)
So last night I get an email about a new comment on one of my fan fics. I read the email, and the comment seemed shady as hell to me. But given it was late at night, I didn’t look into it until this morning.
The comment, screen-capped from my email:
I was able to confirm that this is in fact spam--and a possible phishing scam--on this Reddit thread. The OP on that thread got similar messages on their fanfiction.net account, with the links included being identical to the ones in my comment.
So just to make y’all aware, if you got this on one of your fics, make sure you’re reporting it as spam to whatever hosting platform you’re on.
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