Dear Yuletide (2017?!) author,
Thank you for writing for me! I hope you have a fun Yuletide - if you have an idea that you want to write, the details in my letters are always optional: I'm an omnivorous reader who doesn't really have squicks, and I'd love to read anything you come up with!( The Culture, Rush (2013), The Left Hand of Darkness; Machineries of Empire )
God I miss writing.
edit: over and over I have had in my head
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
A lot of poetry recently, including Mary Oliver.
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
* 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
battling accountants over taxes. really need to change accountants.
something something kitty
 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...
I've been v. happy with my overpriced cuddle-buddy, the Kindle Oasis, and happily beta-read some stuff for 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.
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_.
- 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
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
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.
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.
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)
出る(to leave/exit)・出す(to take out/remove)
Find some more pairs of your own and practice.
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
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?
* 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?