Hello! My name is Milith Iusiguto. I'm an 18-year-old intersex girl whose personality can be summed up by the phrase "manic pixie dream bird". I am very passionate about my interests, the biggest of which include 18th and 19th century British literature (specifically Romanticism, the Brontë sisters, and Emily Dickinson); European, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian history; languages, linguistics, and conlangs; flags and vexillology; graphic design, colors, and fonts; and intersex issues. Below, I've included sections to further explain each of these things where I feel that they need explaining. Some of my less-serious interests include personality psychology, genealogy, birds, music, and fashion.
I think the description of Enneagram type Four ("the Individualist") is the best description of me there is. I'm also told by the Myers-Briggs test that I'm INFP ("the Mediator"), which I would also agree with based on what I've read about it. My Oldham type is Mercurial, my humour is melancholic, and I'm chaotic neutral, Ravenclaw (according to my friend who, unlike me, has read the Harry Potter series), and my tropes are (at the risk of repeating myself) manic pixie dream girl and shrinking violet. Obviously, I have a need to define my personality in this way. Anything else can pretty much be picked up by talking to me. (I'm comfortable talking through the Internet, but in real life I'm super shy unless I've gotten to know the person.)
My favorite two books of all time are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I would say I like them equally for different qualities, though I always mention Jane Eyre first, for the sole reason that I hardly remember Wuthering Heights and have to reread it. I first read Jane Eyre in the 10th grade for no apparent reason besides the image the title and cover conjured in my mind. I loved it so much that I read it during classes and at night when I should have been sleeping. From there, I discovered Wuthering Heights. Both books are full of emotion and wistfulness that is the quality I find most endearing about them. Long story short, I have a lot of feelings about the Brontë sisters' writing.
I am also an avid fan of English Romantic poet John Keats, and yes, the rumors are true, I will trudge through hell and high water to spend my life with him in matrimony. (As such, it was lucky the name @fanny-brawne was not taken on Tumblr already, so I could use it for my literature fandom blog.) My other favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. They called her "the Myth" because she never left her house. She writes with an otherworldly innocence that makes each poem like an individual raindrop or butterfly or snowflake. (Again, I have many feelings about this.) I was introduced to her in my literature class in the same year I read Jane Eyre.
I've had an interest in languages since I was three years old, when I took interest in a copy of Learn New Testament Greek by John H. Dobson. I consider myself a native reader of Greek, since I started reading it at such a young age and developed the skill alongside my ability to read in the English alphabet, in as much time. I don't understand much Greek, though, but I have an idea of how it works and I can actually form a good deal of sentences. After mastering the Greek alphabet, I wanted to learn how to read Russian, but I felt uneasy at how the letters looked, and decided to stop when I became convinced that my staircase was haunted by the letter Д.
My other "pet language" would be Gothic, which I fell in love with in a very roundabout way. Out of nowhere, my interest in languages turned to the Germanic family, which I think started with Old English. That progressed quickly into Icelandic. Something about how archaic it is really drew me to Icelandic, as well as the fact that many people in Icelandic actually believe in elves (as do I). Regardless, a number of details led me to believe Iceland was a perfect "dream land" for me. This lead me to Gothic (which also led to the creation of a Vandalic conlang that I'm not working on anymore). I'm proud to say that I am, while not intermediate, close enough to it that I could at one point translate whole songs into (imperfect) Gothic on the fly without having to look very much up—and I'll bet that that's more than most living people could say. I am excited to invite other people to learn it. (Psst.)
For those who don't know, a conlang is a constructed language. The Wikipedia article is as good as anything for an overview of the concept.
The first "conlang" I ever made was sort of a prototype for my current project Branchidian. I put "conlang" in quotes because it was really just what's called a "relex", and all of the words were simply corrupted English words. If I can find records of it, I will gingerly add them. It was at the time associated with a fictional ethnic group who I would later attempt to trick people into believing was real. It progressed through failed attempts at a heavily simplified and almost slurred version of modern Greek to become Branchidian (which is nothing like the original in literally any way). Originally, they were Japanese, because of course they were. Somewhere along the line, I decided to make them some combination of Greek and Iranian, which is pretty much where it's at now. It is now the language of the Branchidae (see here and here), who were resettled by the Achaemenid Empire into Bactria.
My other current project is called Loegrish, which is a Brythonic language as it would have been spoken in the region known to the mediaeval Welsh as Lloegyr, or much of modern-day England. (Essentially, the parts that were not speaking Cornish or Cumbric.) The inspiration for this was mostly my excitement on finding out that the Welsh had such an exotic name for England. I really just wanted to use the name for something.
This is, of course, the study of flags. Vexillography is the creation of flags. This is another domain in which I used to be prolific, but my interest has waned over time. I'm really trying to get back into it. The quality of my recent flags has definitely seen improvement since my heyday back in about 2013, but it lacks to enthusiasm and the drive. Still, I do create good flags; my favorite flag that I have created myself is a redesign of Estonia's flag with more character that better indicates the Finnic origin of that country. My two most successful flags are the Gothic flag (which I created in 2016 after getting input from the Gothic speaker community) and the gray-asexual pride flag (which I created on June 21, 2013).
About this Website
This website represents a mix of all of the topics discussed above and more; it's not a coherent unit based around one subject. I actually created it for the purpose of being able to host whatever I thought needed to be online. As a consequence, there is no real way to navigate the site. There used to be a menu to the left of each page with a directory of pages that I thought were well-done or important in some way, but I scrapped it for a number of reasons. I'm hoping to get a search bar soon, but I'm very new to all of this, and I have no clue what I am doing.
This website is very new, and so I am still in the early stages of learning about website-building. This also means that there is very little in the way of satisfactory content. The only things you'll find so far that I consider up-to-date with my style, interests, views, and personality are my Home page and this page. I do have some other pages, very few of which are ready to see the light of day. However, I am satisfied with what must have ended up my most popular page by far. That would be my Gothic Language Masterpost. I am constantly linking people to it in an effort to get them to learn Gothic if they've shown any interest.
Beyond that, the content of this website will mostly be concerned with the following:
- my conlangs. My current works in progress are Loegrish, a hypothetical survival of Brythonic in modern-day England, and Ashkula (or Branchidian), the language of a Greek ethnic minority in Bactria and Sogdiana.
- old/historical languages. As could be expected, the majority of these will surround the Gothic language, including a course in it that I have been preparing.
- vexillology and vexillography. You might see my flags here occasionally. I am also preparing a page that lists flags to correspond to each language, in homage to a Wikimedia Commons page I visited constantly and also got taken down by accident. (R.I.P. Linguistic Flags!)