dorchadas: (Dreams are older)
But I'm going to say it anyway!

Mostly of my time lately has been taken up with NaNoWriMo, studying Japanese, or looking for work. Looking for work continues to be dismal, but there's nothing I can do but soldier on. I have the JLPT on December 4, and I should pass even without studying, but I'm not trying to take a college class here, I'm trying to become a translator. There's no point in passing to pass if I forget everything I've learned.

I haven't logged on to WoW in nearly a week, and really don't feel much desire to. I was already on the fence, basically only showing up for raids and to keep my bank alt's cash flowing, and ever since the GLBT-fail on Blizzard's part at Blizzcon I haven't even felt the urge to do that. I probably would have cancelled my account already except I signed up for the one-year thing literally one day before the incident, much to my annoyance, so there's basically nothing I can do on that score.

On the NaNo edge, I need a better word than "knowledge" (as in "Lamplighter knowledge" or "Walker knowledge") for guild-specific bits of info. Secrets seems obvious, but doesn't have quite the right connotations. "Mysteries," in the old sense of knowledge hidden from all but a select group might work. I guess I can search-replace that when I'm done, though. One of the better pieces of advice relating to NaNo I read lately is, "Don't go back and edit until you've finished. How do you know what needs changing when you don't even know the whole story?"
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I keep letting ideas and thoughts slide by without writing them here. On the other hand, at least I do still write occasionally. So many people on my friends list have basically stopped.

I managed to sing a whole song in Japanese at karaoke that I hadn't previously memorized, following the furigana fast enough to keep to the beat. Though it wasn't a particularly fast song: Kalafina's 光の旋律[1]. My earlier attempts to sing Don't Say Lazy and the song listed under current music both exploded against the lack of furigana and speed, though I could manage さくらんぼ's chorus. Not surprising because it sticks in your brain worse than Gaga[2], at least if you can make out the words. 愛し合う二人幸せの空隣どうしあなたのあたしさくらんぼ。。。もう一回!

I really need to study Japanese more. Picking it up by osmosis is working, to a point, but, especially as I'm jobless at the moment, I really should just buckle down and study for a couple hours every single day. In the 10 months I've got left I could come pretty far, especially if I do manage to get into that class in the city I found on Hiroshima's website.

Every day, every moment, there's always the sense that I should be doing something else. Something more important. More likely to contribute to my life in some way. I'm beginning to suspect that this happens to everyone, to a greater or lesser degree. Much like the existential pondering about what one's life is really about (though that's a luxury of abundance, really).

I've been thinking a lot lately about the old Bungie game Myth, probably my favorite game they ever made (though I haven't played Marathon all the way through). I'm a sucker for dark fantasy, and Myth is one of the better ones, though more in terms of worldbuilding rather than morality. It's a bit like the Black Company novels, actually--the men and women of the Legion slogging it out with Thralls[3] and Soulless in thigh-deep mud while their Avatara high commanders fight badass magical duels with the Fallen Lords offscreen.

The names were really evocative as well. Balor. Soulblighter, the Twice-Born. The Watcher, Mad Goat of the Fens. Shiver. The Deceiver. The Trow, and their "melted cities" in the north. The Myrkridia, the ancient monsters that almost drove humanity to extinction, who you never see in the first game. The Avatara: Murgen, Alric, Cu Roi, Rabican and Maeldun. Muirthemne, the ancient empire destroyed by the Dark during the first few years of the war. They're obviously taken from Irish myth as a base, which was pretty new to me when I first encountered them.

Myth also brought us The Siege of Madrigal, which showed up as an Easter Egg in all of the Halo games.

The main reason I've been thinking about it is that NaNoWriMo is coming up, and I'm thinking about doing it again this year. My current idea is to do a zombie apocalypse story in a fantasy setting. I'm a bit worried that it would turn out like the plot of Myth, but that's not too much of a bad thing. Maybe if I have a more direct source of inspiration I'll actually manage to finish a novel fragment for once instead of getting a hundred pages in and losing momentum. Maybe I should just finish my last NaNo for this one. I have five or six half or three-quarters finished novels of varying quality. When I get that far, I always get torn between editing the earlier parts and continuing writing, and eventually just lose the momentum to continue. I think what I really need to do is keep outlines of my plots to make sure that I don't lose my place, and to keep things straight when I make a change halfway through the game.

Well, I still have a while to decide.

[1]: If you don't speak Japanese, hope you know Spanish and can read the subs. :p
[2]: I don't actually hate her music, I hate how it takes DAYS to leave your brain if you hear it. Though maybe that's just me.
[3]: Zombies

i can has curry!

2007-Jul-11, Wednesday 21:37
dorchadas: (Jealous)
i can has a lot of things lately.

Anyway, [ profile] softlykarou found some curry paste somewhere, for mixing with water, and since she was at work today, I figured I'd try my hand at making it. It went pretty well, until the part where I messed up and it took an extra 45 minutes to thicken because I didn't actually simmer it during the previous stage. Once I did that, though, the sauce thickened just fine (with the addition of a bit of flour), and it turned out awesome. At least if [ profile] softlykarou is any judge. It was Japanese curry, so it was more sweet than spicy, but I can probably add more red pepper next time. The flavor was a little weak, but I'm sure I can tweak it a bit.

You missed out, [ profile] ashiri_chan ^_~

I've gotten back into writing with a vengeance. I dropped my NaNo project for about six months, for various reasons, but in the past 3 days I've written another five pages, and I have plenty more outlined in my head. Maybe I can actually finish it. It should be around 80K words when it's done, which I'm told is a good think for a starting manuscript. Whether it'll be that long when it's edited is another story...

Apartments are awesome. We'll see if I say the same thing when the bills come, though...


2006-Nov-24, Friday 16:32
dorchadas: (Jealous)

The third time I've tried it, and the only time I managed to get anywhere really past halfway. Fifty thousand words in just over three weeks.

And I'm still not done with the story. Oh well...I can finish that. This is a lot easier to write than any of my other novels were, and finishing it won't be so bad.

And hey, maybe I'll have something publishable when I'm done!
dorchadas: (Broken Dream)
Most of my posts lately have been my NaNo project. There's 35K words done if you want me to add you to the NaNo LJ list. :)

My sister got into Michigan State for Vet school! She's not sure that she's going to go yet, because she hasn't heard back from any of the other places she applied to (I'm not sure what all these are. I know Penn is one of them), but at least she knows that no matter what any of the others say, she's going!

Speaking of which, I need to get cracking on my JET essay. By Thanksgiving weekend, it'll be done. *nods*

I'm starting to see why people look back on college as the best years of their lives. I wouldn't say that's true of me (though it was hella fun), but my life recently hasn't been worth posting about as much because so much of it is the same. Not boring, or bad, just similar.

It's freezing cold here.

Dual purpose

2006-Nov-06, Monday 17:21
dorchadas: (Gendowned)
This is partially an update and partially a test of my new userpic :-p

We've picked out a time and a place for the wedding. We should be sending out invitations within the next month or so. It depends entirely on how much of my/our time is taken up with NaNoing and filling out our JET applications. Speaking of which, I need to work on my essay...

NaNo is going well. Up to 13K words on day 6. I'll be done with plenty of time to spare if I keep my current pace. I might even finish my novel, which would be amazing.

Life is good. I like it that way.
dorchadas: (Dreams are older)
First, I'll include a bit that I've learned about kanji while studying Japanese,

but I'll cut it so those who don't care don't have to read it )

NaNoWriMo begins in two days. I'm going to post all of the novel I work on here...but I'm planning on doing it under a lock, so people aren't subject to constant story spam. If you want in on the NaNoWriMo story, let me know and I'll put you in the lock.


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