I have a silly little plot for a fanfiction short story, but could use help with the shorthand.
A character who does not know shorthand finds a note in shorthand, picks up a text book, looks at the alphabet in the front and sets to work.
Naturally, he gets half of it wrong, and hilarity ensues.
Or he writes something in shorthand and gives it to someone who actually knows it, but I think misinterpretation is less likely in that direction.
The rest of the plot is wide open. There are tons of characters, of all ages and relationships. They go on all sorts of adventures. The enemy organization is large and varied.
I’ll start with a list of words or phrases, and see what sort of note would fit the words and the characters, before writing the note.
A study-list with concepts not on the alphabet page is tucked in the back, so he gets some advanced things right — or more wrong. Some of the most commonly used shortcuts aren’t obvious, which opens it up even more. (L could mean ‘all’. TH-A could be ‘that’ or ‘they’.)
The challenge would be to make it work for both shorthand enthusiasts who don’t know the show, and fans of the show who don’t know shorthand. I might end up with two versions, one for each audience.
If anyone has ideas (or anecdotes), I’m open to them!
(by cricketbeautiful-1 for everyone)