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« on: May 11, 2014 12:43:38 AM »

So I'm in the middle of doing a whole series of poems and quotes, translated into circular Gallifrey (the language of The Doctor on Doctor Who), and done as mounted papercuttings. This is the last stanza from "Invictus," by William Earnest Henley. It is one of my very favorite poems ever, and means a lot to me for a variety of different reasons. AND AND AND!!! This piece was just published in the Suisun Valley Review art and literary journal!! My first publication!!! I'm excited to get the rest of my pieces done and in the gallery, woo!

Ok ok ok. So this is the last stanza of the poem. Each circle is a line of text, and reads counter-clockwise from the big circle:

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll.
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.



For this one, I translated each line of text individually so I could see the full circle as reference, and printed the images reversed. Then I broke out the good ol' protractor, compass, and ruler, and set about the painstaking task of freehanding the translation. I overlapped each line so the circles sort of wove into each other, so that the overlap enabled me to have the circles each share something- a punctuation, a word, a letter grouping, etc. So while each circle is stand alone, they all are also completely connected by shared curves, lines, or symbols.

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014 03:03:16 AM »

Wow, this is so cool! But how did you translate it? Did you use a website or some sort of software to do it? Anyway, it's awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014 03:48:44 AM »

Amazing work!
I am in awe.
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2014 05:25:39 AM »

Very cool!  And I second the question - how did you translate it?  I'd have a hard enough time translating it to French or German or something, let alone a sci-fi language that is written in circles!
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2014 07:27:42 AM »

Wow - that is so detailed and gorgeous.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2014 10:10:40 AM »

This is amazing! I'm not a die-hard fan of Dr. Who (I watched it as a kid, and have enjoyed a few episodes recently, but haven't let myself get sucked back into the series), but I just did a quick search to see how the "language" translates and found this site here.

And now, after seeing it, I'm even more impressed with this piece! The translation and planning before all of the paper cutting would have made me abandon the project in its early stages. Very nicely done!
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2014 03:29:45 PM »

Thank you! For the translation, I used a guide, plus a java translator, which gave me a loose visual of what I wanted, then once I made sure my letters and syntax were correct, I arranged it all in an aesthetic manner, trying to keep it "readable" (if someone were capable of reading it linearly).

This is the guide I used, which explains exactly how to translate it, and what each symbol means and how it applies. You'll see that there is no C (with the exception of the CH sound); you need to first translate your text using S or K where appropriate, so mine read:

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishment the skroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the kaptain of my soul.

I used this java translator, which you can download, and gives you several different visual representations of the sentence structure that you can use. I didn't keep to it exactly, but did manage to study it enough in comparison to the guide that I could pick out words and punctuation, and arrange the words appropriately.

When I arranged each line, they are each contained within a double circle, which indicates a sentence. The outer circle contains the whole sentence, and the inner circle (which divots inward where there is an empty space) contains punctuation. The whole stanza is a paragraph, so all four circles are contained within a single larger double circle, as well, to indicate their cohesion as a set phrase (see the big circle? You can see the outer double line of it on the upper left, just to the left of the first line of the poem, and it contains all four lines of poetry within it).

In retrospect, I think I could have arranged the lines of poetry in a more aesthetic manner, so they all fit against each other more nicely, but hey, it was my first Gallifrey project, go easy on me. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2014 01:55:58 AM »

Wow! That is so utterly amazing, and gorgeous to boot!

Congratulations on your publication too! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2014 06:21:39 PM »

This is amazing! And gorgeous. I admire your dedication.
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2014 12:04:46 AM »

Congratulations on the publication I forgot to say! And thank you for the link to the translator Smiley I had to pin this, I'm definitely gonna try it out!
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2014 06:31:36 AM »

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