Gilgamesh was a Sumer king

Of him the tablets proudly sing …

Son wanted to talk about Gilgamesh today. It was fun reading him a summary from online and snarking about it. (Like, if Gilgamesh could survive walking across the bottom of the sea with stones tied around his ankles, how can we be sure he wasn’t already immortal?) And we about the first recorded fanfic, too, “Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld.” That was a fun conversation.

No words today either. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow …

Inktober prompt was “filthy.” I drew E. coli from a glass sculpture by Luke Jerram that was at the Chazen Museum of Art. The sculpture is not filthy; it’s gorgeous. But the bacterium itself tends to be found in less than clean environments, so it seemed appropriate.



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  1. Neat picture and lol on the fanfic.

    • Thanks.

      Part of the Wikipedia write-up on tablet twelve:
      The contents of this last tablet are inconsistent with previous ones: Enkidu is still alive, despite having died earlier in the epic. Because of this, its lack of integration with the other tablets, and the fact that it is almost a copy of an earlier version, it has been referred to as an ‘inorganic appendage’ to the epic.

  2. Your E.coli is beautiful!

  3. I’m envious of your drawings. Every year I think I want to do Inktober and every year I just don’t do it. Not that I’m any sort of artist but it would be fun, I think, to just do it.

    • Aw, thanks, Connie!

      I was really nervous when I first did it because everyone I saw participating was a professional of some sort. Since than, I’ve seen a wide range of styles and abilities, but doing that first post was harder than submitting my first short story. 🙂

      You really ought to join in. It’s not too late!

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