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12 November 2007 @ 21:34
 
I am getting annoyed with Nanowrimo. I haven't had a break from work since the beginning of November and I'm worn out and not getting anywhere with my "novel". At least, not at the pace I need to go at to make the 50,000. I would need to be writing over 2300 words a day to make it now.

So I'm not sure what I should do. I want to finish it, but at a more reasonable pace. Although I'll probably feel differently about it after it's "cooled off" for a few weeks, I quite like it now. If I finish it and then edit some bits, it would make an okay short story.

I suppose I should quit Nano and take a break, really, since I only have one day off this month. And on my one day off? I thought I would climb a mountain and see the autumn leaves... If anyone wants to join me, feel free. It's this coming Saturday, I think.




In other news, I actually got Tenimyu tickets on the regular sale date! It really was very bizarre. See, kurayamihimitsu and I agreed to try for tickets for each other. She would try for a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the run and I would try for the morning of Christmas Day (not the final show, of course).

So, I tried that and the machine came back to me immediately that all tickets were sold out in about ten seconds. I tried for side seats and they were sold out too. So, noticing Loppi's unusual speed, I tried the opening show just for the sake of it. Side seats, just because I wasn't expecting anything major.

...I got them!

And, once again, Tenimyu proceeds to confound the laws of common sense.




It was my first day at the new job. It was pretty nerve-wracking, but I think I did okay.

At my on-the-job training, they sent me home with a bottle of wine. Can't be too bad...




Anime...

I watched Ergo Proxy the other night. I liked it, since the music was really cool and it's fairly atmospheric, although it doesn't help that it seems to want to be the action movie version of Blade Runner (one of my favourite films). It doesn't seem to be as dark as the scenery would suggest. I think it might be that there's too much action and not enough angsty posing and minimalist dialogue. Haha.

I noticed that it's very clearly intended for the American anime market as there is never (rarely?) any Japanese text on screen and a ton of grammatically-correct English. I suppose it's licensed, subbed and finished with over there then. Anyone seen it?

Still, like Code Geass, it has only one episode per disk. Although actually, we got the second disk of CG and found out that it has three episodes now. An interesting choice on the part of the marketing department, I feel...

As recommended by ohhh... just about everyone on my flist, we watched the second disk of that. It's an extremely infuriating anime. On the one hand, it has a lot of the things I like in an anime, although I suppose the key one would be stupidly over-the-top revelations about the characters. But the excessive jingoism of the characters and the anime in general is annoying. I think I explained my thoughts on that earlier.

My feelings on Lelouch? Complicated. I don't think he's doing what he's doing because of his essentially patriotic nature (thank goodness) but because he's a bastard, which puts him ahead of almost every other character. I have a lot of love for crazy, evil characters and I think he'll be very much so once he hits adulthood. On the other hand, I don't like seeing my favourite characters too much. Characters work best for me when you want to see them more rather than less. I'm a little curious about Suzaku's connection to LeLouch. I mean, "Suzaku" is the red phoenix-like guardian from Chinese mythology and a red bird appears in Lelouch's eyes whenever he uses his powers. Coincidence? Cute little quirk? Significant?

Wrestling...

Also, as usual, we got a wrestling PPV DVD. WWE are coming to Tokyo in February and we're going to try and get tickets (they're already on sale, but they probably won't sell out before the end of the year). I know it's not worth saying the next bit since no one on my flist will understand it, but... I'm so sick of The Undertaker. He always wins everything he's in. There's no surprise to it, no wondering. He always wins. And if he doesn't, then it's something "beyond his control", like the referee calls it badly or his tag team partner fails him.

For what it's worth, I liked Degeneration X because they're always quick to notice slashy undertones (if the event isn't being filmed!). Also Shawn Michaels is very easy on the eyes. There, I said it. There was an intense tag team match on the DVD we watched with Batista (I don't care for him), John Cena (ditto), Undertaker (bored now) and Shawn Michaels. It ended with Shawn Michaels all vulnerable and shaking from the beating he'd taken, held up only by John Cena. So cute. :P Err.. but where is HHH these days? We can only watch the PPV events because they come on DVD and have to mentally fill in the storylines.

I wonder if anyone understood any of that.

Books...

I just finished "Year of Wonders", which is a novel about the plague. I rather liked it, since the descriptive passages seemed more worthy of being described as Literature than anything else I've read recently and I loved the way the author talked about the colours and crispness of rural life. On the other hand, there were some parts that were a bit too vivid for me, usually involving bodily fluids (the heroine is a little too detailed about breast leakage and buboes). I was also a little skeptical about the way it ended, with the heroine running away and ending up as one of many wives in a harem, believing it was okay, because she could study medicine. Finally, the book ended up with questions for schoolkids. They were cunningly disguised as "Ideas To Talk About For The Reader", but I think we all know who they were aimed at. Lowered the tone somewhat.
 
 
 
Far: Hellboy/John:- Intimidationfarferello on 12th November 2007 10:12 (UTC)
Maybe you should take a break from Nano if it's making you this stressed? Writing is suppose to be enjoyable and not a chore and I think writing at your own pace when you have the time might be easier than trying to rush it.

I'm also glad that the first day of your job seemed to go well, though I can't comment on the anime.

As for the wrestling, I haven't watched since WWF became WWE. I use to be a huge fan back in early 2000 but WCW got scrapped and all my favourites were dumped. I did get into WWF whilst it was shown on my TV (obsessively so) but then it became WWE and all my favourites left or changed and now I hardly recognise any of the current wrestlers. (I was also very sad when Kane took the mask off. :/)

I guess it's just not the same anymore.
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th November 2007 07:27 (UTC)
Thanks... I guess that's what I wanted to hear. It's okay to give up. November just isn't the right month for me.

Wow, someone who knows wrestling! I agree with you on all points (YES about Kane!) and I actually gave it up when WWF became WWE, but the late-night PPVs at uni drew me back in.
Farfarferello on 14th November 2007 11:18 (UTC)
Of course it's okay to give up, and you'll still write, just when you can and that way writing won't become a chore for you.

I use to be obsessed in school. The guys who sat in front of me in English and I use to talk about it. One put a figure four leg lock on me around my chair legs. It frickin hurt. :< (He was much cooler with the mask) I guess if we still had it on Channel 4 I might try and watch but all my favourites seem to have left and been replaced with nobodies. That and I still mourn the loss of my favourites from WCW.
It´s all about passion.mishi_chan on 12th November 2007 10:31 (UTC)
i`m jealous. I hope I will be lucky as well to get some tickets since I won´t get another chance than this. ;_________;

btw... we still have to talk about meeting each other, ne!? I´m in tokyo starting this saturday. *_* but i already leave for osaka/kyoto 4days after. So dec would be a nice time to meet each other. <3
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th November 2007 07:32 (UTC)
Ah, good luck then! You may want to consider toujitsuken (same day tickets) right now. I heard from a friend that the Yahoo!Auction situation looks bleak.

Saturday? It just so happens that's my one day off this month. Want to climb a mountain...? My cell is in the screened comment below, which you should get in your inbox. Be prepared to try it a few times because everyone tells me I'm terrible at picking up the phone. Later in the evening is best and texting is the best of all, if you can.
It´s all about passion.mishi_chan on 14th November 2007 09:40 (UTC)
we we´re unlucky..... nyah! ;_______________; now i have to go for yahoo auctions or try my luck at the lottery. ><

17.11.?! sounds not bad but i´ve got to talk with a friend 'cause i spend the first 3nights at a friend´s place. ^^<3 *is talking with her right now* seems it´s ok. which time would ypu prefere to meet each other and where?! i would go for something after 3o´clock. ^^

i don´t have a mobile phone in japan. ><
Thomas Vye: Code Geass Lloydthomasvye on 12th November 2007 11:43 (UTC)
XD Persue the Geass; it may start out black and white but the lines keep on blurring the further into the story you get.

Yay for the Tenimyu; I think seeing one was one of my best japan experiences. :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th November 2007 07:34 (UTC)
I'm not sure how much it could blur... Britannia turns out to be the good guys, somehow? Nippon is evil? Misguided?

I'm very happy about the tickets. I'm one of the few people I know to have ever got them from the machines!
Thomas Vyethomasvye on 14th November 2007 08:11 (UTC)
Well, lets just say that in Code Geass, once you get to know the characters, nothing turns out to be black and white. The Brittanians have some very noble characteristics, Lelouche has some very ugly ones, a lot of assumptions are made and nothing is as it seems.
aionwatha: Schu - fuck you overaionwatha on 12th November 2007 14:54 (UTC)
If I manage to sleep the night before, count me in for the hiking!!! I definitely want to go.

I'm sorry about the other day. I waited around Kichijoji station for about 30-45 minutes after I emailed you. I didn't answer your email right away cause I was having coffee with a friend and didn't notice my phone vibrating. And when you emailed me around 6:30pm I think I'd fallen asleep by then (went home about 45 minutes after I emailed/called you).

Don't you have my phone number from caller ID?
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th November 2007 07:41 (UTC)
Great! If you look above, there *might* be one more person coming... We'll see. Can't wait to see the autumn leaves. Takao is so beautiful then.

I don't... I looked all through the records, but there was nothing. You were like a ghost... Sorry for making you wait. ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 16th November 2007 08:24 (UTC)
Just to let you know that my phone has been cut off for some reason, probably relating to credit card expiry. I will phone you around ten tomorrow morning from a payphone and find out your plans?

I don't know if I can receive texts or not.
aionwathaaionwatha on 16th November 2007 12:03 (UTC)
Ok! I'll be waiting for your phonecall then.
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th November 2007 02:12 (UTC)
...And then I remembered I don't have your phone number!! I"m so sorry!!
Mew: Geass - LuluSuza swordgokumew2 on 12th November 2007 16:08 (UTC)
So what ep of Geass are you up to now?
Lelouch is so frickin' awesome. He's a very complicated character and only becomes more so as the series progresses.
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th November 2007 07:44 (UTC)
Number three... just one more ep left on the disk.

I like him very much. He's pretty much the only character I do. ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 12th November 2007 17:50 (UTC)
Aww you're so lucky! I got nothing (except for a funny girl stomping out of the store) and had to pay almost double for a single seat at auction. ;_;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 12th November 2007 17:52 (UTC)
Oh, and you're going to Takao? Iiiiina! I was planning on going next week sometime, since that's the only chance that I have. Actually, this Saturday is design festa if you want to come. It's one of the most interesting things I've been to in Japan, and my friend Liz (I don't know if you've met) has a booth there!
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th November 2007 07:49 (UTC)
Love to know the story about the girl stomping out of the store. Isn't it funny how you can always tell who's there for Tenimyu tickets? They all have a certain "look" about them. The ones behind me were debating whether they should ask me to get tickets for them too... they decided not to because I couldn't speak Japanese. Heh.

I'd love to go to the design festa, it looks pretty cool. But I don't know how many chances I'll have to see Takao in autumn, so I think I'll go while I can!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): PoT - Ryoma I want it allhinoai on 14th November 2007 09:28 (UTC)
LOL even more than buying them, whenever I go to a Tenimyu show, I can tell whom out on the street is going to the show (I would guess with a 90% success rate, seriously!). They have a certain "look" in the way they dress, and maybe it's something else, too. But I can just look at girls and go, "I bet they're going to Tenimyu too!" It's also easy to tell the fans in the audience from the kankeisha (not as easy since some kankeisha cross over, but). It's so weird! Can you tell, too? Most of the people I've talked to don't seem to understand, but it's just.. so easy to tell!

LOL, the story with the girl in the store... Well, the Lawson's by my house put the ticket machine right in front of the door. So if you stand there, it constantly keeps the door open. It was annoying, I don't know why they'd do something like that. Anyways, I walked in and saw that there was nobody in front of it. Yay! There was a girl milling about in the magazines in that general area, but she wasn't waiting at the machine like I would have done. Well, I went straight there of course, and stood in front of it. After about 5 minutes, I sensed her standng rather close to me behind me. (I would have moved in the first 2 or 3 minutes if she had said anything, but she didn't. Her loss after that.) She didn't say anything at all, and about 5 minutes later I heard a really loud sound over my headphones. It was the sound of someone opening and closing their cell phone continuously, like they were annoyed! I was sure that she was waiting for Tenimyu and felt kind of nervous, but really, if she didn't say anything soon after I came up and started using the machine, then it's her loss. I'd been waiting for 15 minutes and I wasn't going to move or be intimitated. So this sound continues until about 10-till. Then suddenly I head SUPER-loud SUPER pissed-off steps stomping out the door. I saw her out of the corner of my eye jump on a bike and race off. At that point, I was glad that she'd left because I didn't want a confrontation, y'know? I wouldn't have budged at that point, but it would have been really uncomfortable. It was actually funny, because she sounded like a spoiled child having a tantrum, the sounds that she made! XD;; Damn I wish that I'd gotten tickets though. ^^;;
strawberryjoy on 12th November 2007 18:16 (UTC)
blueandflawless sent me a copy of The Kite Runner that had discussion points at the end. They weren't terribly good points.
Williamgenkischuldich on 14th November 2007 07:53 (UTC)
I'm not sure that any study questions published WITH a book could be any good. I think the study of a book should involve pulling it apart and seeing how it works, which might include criticising how the author has done certain passages and presented certain ideas. All the questions in the back of the book I read implicitly praised the author.