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x New boss management is hilariously bad, even though new boss is just my boss's boss
x Finally moving shit over from LJ for my personal and private accounts because... balls
x Toronto soon!
x Garden growing well
x Credit cards in America continue to be ridiculous. Apparently they think that me having > 25% of my yearly income available as monthly credit on one card is a good thing

jaslfk

Mar. 27th, 2017 08:27 pm
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* I bought a tonne of houseplants
* I need to produce: Japanese lessons, some fic
* I am: going to Toronto in a few weeks

HOW ARE PEOPLE?

Does anyone have prompts for Hikaru no Go, space opera, or porn they would like to see written? Or any random fandom - try me, I want something to occupy me...

especially since I am running again and feel like i have no legs
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survived hell week

battling accountants over taxes. really need to change accountants.

something something kitty

hi guys

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[edit] OKAY so I will try for something more coherent and respond-to-able. I mean, we try to journal at ourselves, but we also try to be on DW to talk to each other, eh? Talk about cross-purposes...

1. reading

I've been v. happy with my overpriced cuddle-buddy, the Kindle Oasis, and happily beta-read some stuff for [personal profile] yhlee that has given me a lot of FEELINGS. Not just over the books themselves (highly recommend, guys), but also in this sort of writer-in-writerspace EFFERVESCENCE AND COMPANIONSHIP feeling that gives me this weird SHOUNEN ANIME BURNING sense that I haven't had since I was co-writing with people in fandom, oh, a decade ago. Almost literally at this point! Which brings me back to wanting to do that more, and also to being galvanised a little to get off my ass and hopefully get something original out and published in the next year or two. If I have any of that skill at all /o\

2. ON THAT NOTE: FLIST CHALLENGE - worldbuild in the comments!

I remember dropping this earlier on in a post with someone this year, but I think it'd be fun to just drum up some fun thought-slash-writing fooling-around in the comments of post. Just to riff. I love riffing. So, this post, regardless if it's your own original stuff or fandom or just random speculation: tell me about currency.

Seriously, tho'. I was thinking about this the other night for one of my RP scenarios. Not saying this is has to be what you comment about, but how would you, say... transition a freshly post-colonial state (or one that's seceded, whatever your choice of statehood) from its (presumably healthy) parent currency to a brand new one?

CHAOS? MADNESS? BANANA MONEY? MAGICAL RESERVES OF GOLD? There are a lot of answers from history, but I'm interested to see what y'all think - without researching Wikipedia (unless you want to do that).

3. random incompetency

re: my accountants. Literally I told them, SPLIT THE MORTGAGE. They're tax filers. They had one job. They didn't do that. It makes me so freaking mad.

4. random competency

In spite of being a tiny bb at work, I have somehow magically ascended (?) to that point where random people who I only tangentially know are emailing me directly about questions that I really have no business answering.

IS IT BETTER, people of the professional world, to hide thy competency and silently progress, or to broadcast it and be laden with the masses' bullshit? ai.

5. type-code-switching

I swear to god everyone at work types in lowercase sometimes, with rare exception. So I've taken to it, a little: partially because I've also entered at varying points in the last month the FUCKS NOT GIVEN stage and wanted to vent that in my typing style. But it's strange to me to see it happening here in a post. Ha! I'm a chronic code-switcher in real life; guess that shouldn't _totally_ surprise me.

Look, I'm even doing it with italics versus _emphasis_.

holy shit

Mar. 9th, 2017 01:42 pm
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i have been at work since 9am yesterday with a 3 hour return home to nap

@yoon - i'm almost done with book 2 but as you can imagine i have not exactly had much time fml i want jedao to just come shoot me in the head or give me that no sleep thing

hi everyone
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Assignment:

  • Learn the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs
  • Get familiar with the most common ones
  • Practice hiragana and basic kanji using those


So, I've been wildly derelict in these lessons because life ate me whole, but I'm determined not to go another couple of weeks without. So in the meantime, here's a short lesson!

Transitive versus Intransitive

I'm not a huge fan of going into grammatical details in these posts, but there's no getting around transitivity with Japanese. Here's a PDF that offers an explanation, but the gist of it:

Transitive verbs have a direct object that is acted on. Intransitive verbs have just a subject.

Transitive: (Someone) opened the door - (だれかが)ドアを開けた
Intransitive: The door opened - ドアが開いた

Once you go through a few examples, it's easy to get the hang on. Transitivity indicates some sort of direct action. Intransitivity describes state.

Transitive verbs take the particle を. Intransitive verbs take が (general actions) or に (actions that have directionality)

パンを食べる Eat bread
ペンを買う Buy a pen
人を見る See a person

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ドアが開く The door opens
人が見える A person can be seen

スーパーに行く Go to the supermarket
ここに来る Come here

Common Examples

A lot of verbs are innately either solely transitive or solely intransitive.

Transitive: 飲む・食べる・買う. It would be pretty hard to do these without a direct object.
Intransitive: 行く・来る・死ぬ

The worst of the confusion will come from remembering verbs that have distinct transitive and intransitive forms. But fear not! 90% of the time, transitive verbs have an え noise somewhere in there.

Practice: Intransitive・Transitive

開く・開ける
閉まる・閉める
見える (to be visible)・見る(to see) <-- Exception
立つ・立てる (The intransitive form is often use for something like, say, a building)
入る(to enter)・入れる(to insert)
始まる・始める
出る(to leave/exit)・出す(to take out/remove)

Find some more pairs of your own and practice.

Practice: Translate

Try translating these, switching between formal and informal, then negative and non-negative to practice your verb forms.

() indicates a part of speech that doesn't need to be explicitly translated in the Japanese

* The door opened
* I opened the door

彼(かれ) = he
財布(さいふ) = wallet

* He took out (his) wallet

紙(かみ) = paper
私(わたし) = I/me/myself/mine

* I will cut (some) paper

Verb hint: 倒(たお)・?
木(き) = tree

* The tree fell over


* I stood up
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It's kind of bonkers how busy I can get doing absolutely nothing but keeping my house and everyday life in order. @___@ This week was a lot of reading (I owe you stuff, [personal profile] yhlee!) and a lot of cleaning and a lot of cursing my body's idiosyncratic reaction to any chemical I ever put into it.

But, excitingly, I may be acquiring a cat. Possibly. Probably. The little guy has another 8 weeks before he can come home, and so I have another 8 weeks to panic about that and to tell the breeder that letting me have a feline is the worst possible thing they could ever do. We shall see...

How's everyone doing?
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tfw you wonder where your order of supplies* has gone, only to search your email and realise you failed to click the confirm order button and therefore never placed it at all... 1 month ago.

* not that kind of exciting supplies, kids.
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Belated life update! Trying not to fall off the DW bus entirely when I miss a few stops.

* Took a trip down south and had unexpectedly great weather and expectedly great food
* Reuniting with friends is such a balm for the soul I cannot even
* New kindle is evil because it is good
* Any book recommendations, anyone?
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I got a bonus; the US government took 40% of it from me; and now I... I've bought a Kindle Oasis because I... am...

I have no excuses. God I feel filthy.
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Hooome eee sbhajahajakahagahb zzzzzzzz

tl;dr

Feb. 1st, 2017 02:03 am
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- Am away on vacation, ergo the afk
- Fuck Trump &c.
- Stay healthy and hydrated and look after yourselves, people

/o\

Jan. 20th, 2017 08:07 pm
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Ah, and it's the 20th. /slinks away

It's More Joy Day in fandom, so hit me up with prompts! I WILL WRITE ANYTHING I KNOW HOW TO WRITE.
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Assignment

  • Get a general sense of how verb conjugation works: stem + modifier
  • Learn the difference between ichidan and godan verbs
  • Drill a lot

And the rest )
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Yoinking from [personal profile] yhlee:

Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• A few lines of theoretical fic
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More Japanese stuff for [personal profile] yhlee. Also available as a Google Doc for printing and editing convenience.


Assignments
  • Find something to read that you like - song lyrics, reddit, merchandise packaging... - and post that here in a comment

  • Fill out the vocabulary table

  • Practice reading your kana

  • Attempt a translation if you feel up to it! Post it here, ask questions.



The rest... )
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I've got a Japanese post coming up tomorrow, but today I just lazed around the house and planned for the garden. I've got gardening problems. I think living in NYC for four years with almost no windows led to a deep desire to plant all the things whenever I have access to sunlight. This year I'm chucking some stuff out into the elements; winter-sowing, or whatever.

Also just painted my nails and hung about and - just right this instant - got a message from my father saying "love you enjoy the last days before the crazy nut president." Ah, gotta love it. At least I'll always have home to flee back to, even if home has its own problems.
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Day 9: Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want. Done and done.

Day 10: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme.

Oh, I don't think you're ready for this jelly... /laughs Actually, that's not true! I'm a big fan of tropes and trope inversion, but I don't actually write a whole lot of it, which is something I'm hoping to change in the coming year.

Segue: in terms of writing, it's hard to look back and pick out patterns sometimes. I've been in fandom more than half my life at this point, and I've been creating for a vast majority of it. And as much as it sucks to watch the years tick by, what's fascinating - on a meta-level - is looking back at your own fannish history and seeing how you've changed. In some ways, it's deeply embarrassing - there's a lot of stuff in my journals that I want to lock or delete or bury deep in the ground - but there's also growth (as a human being, as a writer) and constancy (the more things change, the more things stay the same). I feel crazy lucky to be able to have the benefit of this kind of geological record of myself.

Meta aside - motif-wise, I can't escape from urban and structural landscapes. Just slapping on a "worldbuild is my kink" bumper-sticker isn't quite true: I love worldbuilding when I'm co-writing, but when I'm on my own I think it's the cityscape or the office-entity-scape that I like to poke at. The fuck-you-structural things. Of the stuff I've written, the one fic I love best is all about urban development; the one fic that AO3 loves best is a finance-firm AU.

It's enormous fun to play with the larger picture and see how that affects characters. I think it's why I deeply like characters like Rufus (FFVII) and Balthier (FFXII) and Gregor/Simon (Vorkosigan). They're all integral to or deeply affected by their superstructures: Rufus, by virtue of being Shinra, is the superstructure. Then there are structures themselves: the Turks, the Judges, ImpSec. Prince of Tennis is divided up into schools; Hikaru no Go and Rakugo Shinjuu are all set in and around some sort of association. Homestuck's 100 made up Structural Things, especially relationship structures, are why I've read a lot of fic in that fandom without caring much at all about the canon proper.

*g* I think I'm going to cut myself off before I keep ranting. Got a trope you love? Talk about it in the comments! I'd love to, uh, comment worldbuild...
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Day 08: In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.

I write decently; I've got lots of executive function; I write in British English.

/sniggers That last one is the cross I'll die on, apparently.

The household has been battling intense exhaustion; I think it may be some sickness, but it's hard to tell when there's so much general Stuff That Makes Us Feel Exhausted. At least it's a long weekend!
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[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 06: In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

  • A remix!
  • Someone to illustrate a project with me. Any project at all!
  • Someone to co-write something with.


On that note, if y'all did a day 6 and have requests - link me, please! I'll include stuff in my Pay It Forward challenge if there's anything I can possibly accomplish. :)
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All righty. I'm throwing together some weekly learn Japanese stuff for [personal profile] yhlee, and I'm posting it here for anyone who wants to play along.

This week's post is about hiragana and katakana. I'm going to focus more on drilling and just getting vocabulary out there than how to memorise the shapes and forms; there are many good resources available on Google for that.

In general, I'm going to try to convey what was useful to me as a learner and the methods I used to help brute-force my way to reading competence.

I'm going to try to keep the kid gloves off and throw in real words, with real difficulty, sooner rather than later. The faster we jump into the hot pan of reading real sentences, the faster we'll get to the kick of getting a mental reward for our efforts - without which learning is kinda hard.

Hiragana, Katakana, and Drilling )

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A universe of unmapped grief and love
And new master light is beyond
The pleiades and plow and southern stars.

O soaring
Icarus of outworld, burn bright
The traceries of known skymarks,
Slide the highway planets behind
Your clear waxed wings.

Go conquer the everywhere left
Beyond your sad confinement
In a predicted bonehouse,
Witch thrown riddle of flesh
And water.

O soar until nothing
remains but great glittering holes
In the black godspun shirt over your head.

- John Fairfax