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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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Holy fuck this show is so good I may actually die.

Yotaro. Yotaro. YOTARO. YOTARO!!!!! You wouldn't know heresy if it BIT YOU ON THE FACE but it doesn't matter because you are going to FIX THIS SHITSHOW MY BOY, YES YOU WILL

YoI

Jan. 7th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Wow. So. Uh. Those last three eps, eh. Talk about a series that's somewhere in between being baity/trope-inverty/sports-wtf.

So... anyone want YoI fic?
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Day 5: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

This time around, it's going to be fanart!

exp1bds draws the best Tseng I've ever seen. Seriously, I could drool all day.

My utterly amazing friend Crim adapted Executive Reform into doujinshi format. I'd say it's cheating because I'm technically reccing something I helped bring to life, but seriously - Crim did all of the work here, and it's entirely their own, and I can't even begin to express how amazing it is. Giant robots, giant monsters, amazing Hojo.

Meanwhile, for all that I've never quite managed to love the atmosphere of DA:I in terms of its writing - the art it generates is so fantastic, like some crazy, angular, gilted-up world of magic. Which I suppose is what it is.
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I haven't had an anime night to myself in ages, but tonight I SHALL CONSUME YURI!!! ON ICE and the new season of Rakugo Shinjuu. This post exists solely so that I can allcaps my reaction in the comments.

Snowflake challenge stuff to come later. Hi new flisters! Feel free to just jump into the comments here and hang out as well! :D

rakugoooo

Jan. 5th, 2017 11:28 am
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New season of Rakugo Shinjuu starts tomorrow! I AM READY*.


*No. I'm not. I'm not I'm not I'm not.
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Day 04: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them.

/goes to friending meme

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So I'm trying hard to make each of these [community profile] snowflake_challenge posts a little bit useful or broadly interesting. Resolutions are a pretty hard one! I've found, ironically, that the major times I've been able to keep up new habits are under extreme duress (schedule is too full, running on empty, head on fire, heart in pieces) or extreme boredom. Funny how that works.

Fandom-wise, pretty much the only time I've been successful at writing at the last couple of years has been with challenges. [community profile] yuletide and [profile] notprimetime aside, anyone have favourites they want to share?


Day 03: In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. )
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Another day of [community profile] snowflake_challenge. As part of it, I'm going to do my damnedest to comment on everyone's entries who are on my reading list. If you've dropped in recently and want to expand your circle, drop me a subscribe and I'll do the same.

Under cut: Le Guin's Left Hand.

Day 2: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. )

On a separate note, I'm going to ping off of [personal profile] yhlee's Pay It Forward meme:

Let's start 2017 off in a positive way with a Pay It Forward meme. The first 6 people to comment (and more if I can manage it) will receive a surprise from me at some point in 2017 - anything from a book, a ticket, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! It will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

(If you don't like surprises and would rather have something off a wishlist and/or some warning, let me know in your comment. The goal is to make you happy.)

If you can, post this in your own journal and pay it forward. Let's do more kind and loving things for each other in 2017, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.


I would be more than happy to buy The Left Hand of Darkness (or one of Le Guin's short story collections featuring the Hainish Cycle; it's not that I don't like Earthsea - I've just never read it) - physical or digital - for someone as part of it.

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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