I bought a new notebook and decided to have some fun with it. The Latin, “et sic itur ad astra et umbra,” translates to “and so we go to star and shadow.” image

And on the back I added some more quirky Latin. The H.M. is the common abbreviation for “His/Her Majesty” and “regina huius locus” means “queen of this place.” “Cave verbis filii mei” translates to “beware the words, my children.” The back font is uncials, while the front is my take on a wacky style I saw online. image

Some practice with the Greek alphabet in uncials. The tiny letters to the left are the lowercase. The scribbles beneath each capital are the names of each letter and their counterpart in our alphabet. I used French pronunciation marks because I am most familiar with them. They are such elegant letters… IMG_3707

An early, early practice of mine with Roman script. “Senatus Populus que Romanus” was the catch-phrase, if you will, for the Roman Empire, translating to “the Senate and people of Rome.” For any Percy Jackson fans, yes, this is the acronym the Roman demigods of Camp Jupiter have tattooed on their forearms. IMG_3212

On April 21, I attended a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall given by the phenomenal singers of the LA Master Chorale. I was so moved by their song “Where Your Bare Foot Walks,” that when I came home, I had to make a manuscript. As a choral performer and writer myself, I hope I have done them and Rumi justice. IMG_3558

A good friend of mine just had a birthday, so I made her this piece. It is her favorite quote from the Norwegian show “Scam.”IMG_3557

I’ll admit it was the first time I had written the f-word in a beautiful, fancy font.

For a larger work of mine on how the English monarchs consistantly tried to claim the French throne: the Latin for “By the Grace of God, King of England and France,” the coveted title. Written in Blackletter and Roman capitalsIMG_3425

My newest practice with uncials. The phrase is Latin for “in death a gateway to life.” Interestingly, the Roman god of doorways and passages is Janus (Latin pronounces j’s as i’s) and it is from him that we get the month of January. IMG_3214

I first saw the phrase as the title of a painting by Sir Joseph Noel Paton in an art book my mother had (below). I later used ‘mors ianua vitae, schatzi’ as the closing line for a poem I wrote called ‘My Love Lies Safely Dead.’ IMG_3270

This is a passage from the piece “In Dreams,” written by Howard Shore and performed by Edward Ross in The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring. 

The lyrics were so hauntingly beautiful, I had to put them on paper. Below is the original song, and even if you are not a fan, I would invite you to listen, if only so you can know what was going through my head as I made this manuscript.

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