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10/19/16 05:33 pm - It happens

I'm at 96,400 words now (probably can hit 100,000 tonight, ya~y, might even finish Part 2 of 3 soon), and I had to take a break just now to watch "For the first time in forever" from Frozen.

It's just occurred to me how my main character, Tobica... she's such an Ana. XDDDD


Okay, not totally like Ana, but they've got a similar level of energy which makes writing her fun. And today wasn't quite another 10,000+ words day like I hoped, but I'm at 100,450 words now, so that's accomplishment enough for the day.

Granted, I'm probably going to take out huge chunks of everything related to one of the characters who is still the most difficult for me to get a handle on, but I'm pretty happy with out some of the other scenes I wrote today are looking. Okay, well, no, a lot of them were wrapping up and defusing the high tension of the previous chapters and helped it transition to what is going to kick of the last plot arc, so while they're not the best parts, they're soft and sweet and necessary. And also I say "last plot arc," I still have flashback material and set-up to write, so I'm still on Part 2 of 3 for a while.

So anyway, yeah. Still have a ways to go. But it's going.

10/12/16 09:03 am - Pfffffthahahaha

While I know there's plenty of scientific explanation of biases, I do like to believe that some sorts of clairvoyance exist. To add to my list of examples, a certain friend of mine--whom I have known for the greater portion of my life now--and I have often had an odd link, especially in our dreams.

Yesterday she had a silly dream about me visiting Colorado again and she picked me up and then she introduced me to her new cats, I started acting like a cat and stubbornly wouldn't answer her and even climbed to the top of her closet and she had to coax me out before she could shake my shoulders and tell me to snap out of it.

Yesterday, about the time she was sleeping, I was picking out dates for my next visit to Colorado, and asking family members about if they'd be able to pick me up from further airports. I told a small handful of people what dates I was considering, and I thought about telling this particular friend, but decided I'd hold off until I firm up my plans. (And then I went home and played with some annoying cats.)


Also, streaming things is basically a joke, and I'm better off working on my novel (77,806 words and hopefully a lot more than that by the end of the day). There's been some improvement since my 16 hour battle with the digital world to watch the new Tri movie; it only takes me about 2 or 3 hours to watch an episode of Thunderbolt Fantasy. Two episodes to go, and I still love it.


Also, I'm dragging myself out of the "I'm still adjusting" phase and pushing myself into the "groove" of things. I had two lovely tea outings last week and two martial arts lessons so far, and I want to start private Mandarin lessons by the end of this month. As I have not set foot outside of Shanghai since arriving, I'm going to take a day trip to Hangzhou next week to finally see my beloved city in its so-called most beautiful season, especially since it's a good spot for enjoy osmanthus flowers (which I looooove).

Although my trip to Colorado in winter will take up most of my time off for the year, I've tentatively decided I want to go to Mongolia in the first week of May (because it looks like that's my only other long break this contract year), go to Sichuan next fall, and go to NZ/Australia for a potentially shorter winter break next year). So maybe it wouldn't quite be in time for my birthday to be a summer birthday, whatever. But anyway, yes, Mongolia. It might be a short trip, but I've already found some nomadic excursions that look like they're about the right length of time and price. (Now I just need travel companions. :D)

10/7/16 03:54 pm - It's like the moving process keeps going and going

First, an ode to my first laptop, Zescyl, the white one my grandmother gifted me with when I was 16 in celebration of my high school graduation a few months earlier. It didn't have WiFi but it was fairly reliable, and one autumn day during graduate school, my sister told me how she needed to replace yet another laptop due to damage they had been suffering at the hands of a small child. I started feeling thankful for how long Zes had lasted me--almost six years at that point--and then suddenly the screen went black. Zescyl had not died, but was blind. So blind by that point. Thankfully I had a monitor to borrow until I could replace it, and a few weeks later, I had Azur.

Azur was... sort of shiny at first, and since my sister happened to have a matching laptop, once we lived in the same house again we went out and got stickers for them together. But Azur gave me frustrations... so many frustrations... Azur continues to give me frustrations...

After six years of use and trying my hardest to hold out for 6.5, I could not stand it anymore, and Zebulon arrived yesterday. Although I wanted to try a different brand, it turns out the new and improved version of Azur was the choice that made the most sense. Unfortunately, Zebulon only speaks Chinese, and he thinks he's really snazzy with his Windows 10 getup. I can already tell he's a bit of a brat.

I'm trying to get Azur to share some things with Zebulon, but both are being a little frustrating, especially since I'm doing it via the internet, which is already pretty slow here. Watching something would keep things slower, so I figured I'd send myself my word doc first, but Microsoft Office tells me it's busy and that this "won't take long." Haha, right.

I'm at 75,000+ words now, by the way. It's sorted into three semi-standalone sections (not long enough to be their own parts in trilogies), and I'm in the 2nd section now. My progress has slowed down a lot, and I've not been as productive on it this week as I hoped. Still doing my best on it.

I was really tempted to make a Tumblr comeback yesterday. I drew some responses to Asks I got, and I'm really looking forward to posting the sad one because I know everyone is going to love/hate it. Buuuuuuut the scanner is not working either.

Technology really hates me lately.

For what it's worth, I can get photos off my phone.

9/29/16 08:00 pm - IKEA is a four letter word


I gave it a chance, I browsed the store a few times, I assembled a bunch of the furniture, I basically filled my room with it.

But let the record be clear: I hate IKEA.

9/28/16 01:53 pm - Because memes

You know the drill--Describe yourself in three fictional characters.

Bishamonten (Noragami)

Miho (Fancy Lala)

Hotohori (Fushigi Yuugi)

9/25/16 10:11 pm - Digication.

THE WHOLE INTERNET HATES MY COMPUTER RIGHT NOW. If it's not one thing it's another and another. I have been trying for two hours now to watch Kokuhaku, and I am very slowly 6:43 into it. This is after signing up for CrunchyRoll for reliable streaming, which was after discovering that PayPal forbids me to access my account until I jump through some very stupid, geographically limited hoops, trying to log on to LJ to vent about this and my password not working (which is why I'm typing this in a different program right now and will copy and paste it later), and in general, MY INTERNET IS TERRIBLY SLOW so I need to pause very minute or two to let it load.

SO ON THAT NOTE, while I need to pause it anyway, I might as well do a play-by-play here with my reactions.

Spoilers so many spoilers spoilers everywhereCollapse )

(like, yeah, please don't spoil anything for the last 2/5ths of the movie)


EDIT: It took 16 hours of frustration and patience, but I have now seen the whole thing (unless there is anything after the ending theme, which I have yet to see because everything is going so slow). So here we go! The rest of my pause-by-pause!

Tento-feels and a whole lot moreCollapse )

9/13/16 06:32 pm - Okay. So I'm a teacher now. Or at least I'm acting like one.

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle....... or at least that was the song going through my head.

Sooooooo........ I still gotta get used to this and speaking in ways that my students will understand, but I've got good kids so far in the three classes I've taught. My other three classes start next week. For now I'm just trying to remember everyone's names, and I had them write some notes for me on what they want to get out of the class. For as hard as it was to pry much interaction out of some of them, it was really nice to see their notes, and that so many of them want to get better at expressing themselves!

Okay!! I'm here to help!


I've already loosened up a lot, though I think I could have stood to be looser in the drama class I taught today. They'll eventually loosen up too. We're going to have fun. We're all going to learn things. Somehow we're all going to put on a play.

Four of them.

In order news, I'm slowly adjusting. I'm little by little getting more of a rhythm in my schedule, and I'll have more of one once I'm in full swing teaching. I'll start adding activities like Chinese lessons (in the morning at a place right by my work with teachers I got along with really well at the free lesson, yaaaay~), and some kung fu somewhere, somehow, for some price, and when I have the time and money, tea lessons. The tea things worked out very nicely, I was telling a couple coworkers on the subway that I want to learn more about Chinese tea, and the British guy who runs the tea house with his Chinese wife overheard and gave me his card. Turns out it's not far from my apartment, and when I found them one Sunday afternoon, we had a very nice conversation.

And this morning I made matcha for seven of my coworkers. It was a bit clumsy not having all my usual tools, and something did not taste satisfactory about the matcha, but the motions of preparing the tea for people really brought me back. The person who I was in Japan is still there inside me, but very necessarily overshadowed by my Chinese speaking, drama-teaching self.

We have a few days off this week (and then a make-up day on Sunday, which apparently is A Thing in China) for the Mid-Autumn Festival/Lunar Festival. This has always been my favorite Chinese holiday and this is the first time I'm spending it in China. But it's going to rain, so.........

I will probably write several thousand more words of fiction of the following days, but I'll probably work on lesson plans as well. And then I've got more Razzle-Dazzle to do next week.

9/9/16 10:17 pm - Oh crepe



With the exception of a brief 6:30am jog around the neighborhood, today was my first day off exclusively spent at home.

I'm needing to dive into different areas of creativity. I have a lot--a lot--of creative work waiting for me in the office this week, as well as students to impress (I need soooo much genki). I need to think in terms of marketing, work place harmony and dynamics, program development, classroom management, lesson planning, and more obviously, with good sense for choosing/editing/writing scripts and envisioning theater productions.

So this weekend I sat back down with a novel I started on recently. I wrote the first scene on an evening in June, had edited it a couple times since, and I added more while I was chilling in Saitama. I opened it up again last night to review it, organize some notes, start drawing a map, and then added a little more to get me into a new scene.

And today I wrote 9000 words.

It feels great. It feels so great that I sang and danced about having cheese for my pasta while I was--for the first time here--cooking my dinner. The cats worried about me. I was having a blast.

Now I need to get ready to go up in front of 160 10th graders tomorrow (and more nervewrackingly, the teachers and my predecessor/coach) and convince them that a theater class is worth taking.


8/27/16 02:18 pm - Nihao, I'm alive

Quick update, as this is the first time in over a week I've even bothered turning my computer on. I made it to China, my roommate's cats like me, work looks fun but daunting, I went to the emergency room for food poisoning, and I'm still not unpacked.

And I still haven't seen the new Akatsuki no Yona OAD. This makes me sad.
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