2012

Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:28 am
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Already the second day of the new year. Well, well, well. Happy New Year!

Got a couple of late Christmas cards in the mail, which ironically jolted me from my recent bout of moodiness. One was from an old professor who had a heart attack in the middle of last year, had surgery, therapy, more surgery, and thankfully has recovered well enough to go back to work this year. The other was a friend from Fukushima who said they're recovering and all is fine, only that her child can't play outside and they can't grow vegetables because of radiation.

Sometimes I'm incredibly stupid and self-centered. Here I am, moping about myself when I should be facing the world with spirit, as others are doing. I will do better. Not a new year resolution, but a promise to myself: For 2012 (and after), I will do what I enjoy, and enjoy what I do. Otherwise I'm just letting myself down.

Best wishes for 2012, everyone! Be of good spirit, treat others kindly, and keep hanging in there no matter how tough things get (things'll either get better or you'll develop the muscle to deal). <3

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Ah, Yuletide reveals are up.

serenissima (killalla) wrote Like Water, a Spirited Away fic for me. Thank you very much for such a lovely surprise!

I wrote Estuary Words, The Changeover. Wherein Sorry is a Wild Life Officer, and also apparently a radio station for the women in his life.

My fic was written for hazel, and by a coincidence I found via a rec list hazel's Yuletide fic, Of Woodshops and Ducks, Frederica by Heyer. It has Felix, so that makes it cool. ^__^

Other Yuletide fics:

Scymnus Diaboli, These Old Shades, The Devil's Cub, by Ione

A Great Storm in the Sjy, the Sun in the North, Taiki, 12 Kingdoms, by daphnerunning.

Snow in Spring, Ranjou/Shouryuu, 12 Kingdoms, by Jougetsu

A Clear Glass Window, at Sea Dawn, Chalion saga, by Lyonpyh
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I think one way to get back on track with the bookblogging thing is to admit that I'm reading something beforehand, instead of guiltily putting a trashy book back onto the shelves and trying to pretend I was reading something intellectual, and end up blogging nothing. So, for the record, I'm reading The Private World of Georgette Heyer, bookblog to come!

Things I can't:

1) Read more than five pages of a novel if there's no dialogue. Someone needs to talk!
2) Bow, Japanese style. I... I strongly suspect this is my racefail (one of many instances), as I teach Japanese people English and at the end of the lesson I, um... nod and chirp, "See you next week!" My other boss, on the other hand, executes a perfect 45-degree coming and going and says things like "Please work hard!"
3) Sit in a chair for longer than 15 minutes without adopting a cross-legged posture. This is why I hate chairs with armrests.
4) Go anywhere without a sweater, even though I live in the tropics.
5) Be bored with my job. I quit my last two jobs because of this. The problem is that my threshold for boredom gets lower with every passing year.

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Claude Levi-Strauss dead at 100. I'm ashamed to say that I thought he died a long time ago.

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Fic:

Overlap, Tokyo Babylon/X/Yami no Matsuei, by [livejournal.com profile] zanzou_chan

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Excerpt from The Twelve Kingdoms: The Perfect World by Fuyumi Ono, translated by [livejournal.com profile] pengisama
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In lieu of bookblogging (I just finished reading The Last Continent by Terry Prachett, actually, and feel a bit uhh about it) I shall relate another not-very-interesting wtf moment of my life.

For reasons that do not bear relating at this point, I once found myself talking about the fact that in university I once studied* The Book of Margery Kempe to a senior-level guy at one of my previous places of work. Among other things, I mentioned that she was a woman from medieval England.

HE: So which is she?
ME: Huh?
HE: Because I'm a Christian, you see. That's why I'm interested. Was she a Catholic or Protestant?
ME: *how do I even begin to explain*


*And I ended up liking Margery Kempe a lot. Even if loads of people think she hoaxed everybody else. You gotta like a woman who wrote (or dictated) what amounts to self-insert biblefic.

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Fic:

Written in the Rain, Ogata's POV, Shindou, Touya, Hikaru no Go, by [livejournal.com profile] kantayra

The Difference, Hikaru, Akira, Hikaru no Go, by [livejournal.com profile] opalish

The Song of Everlasting Joy, 12 Kingdoms, by [livejournal.com profile] canis_m

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Non-fic:

Anatomy of a Hello Kitty toy

Hexagonal London.
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Famine, Gregor/Miles, A Deeper Season-verse, Vorkosigan series, by [livejournal.com profile] lightgetsin

Oceans, part 5 and part 6, WIP, Bertie/Jeeves, Jeeves and Wooster, by [livejournal.com profile] madlovescience

Atari, Gyousou/Taiki, 12 Kingdoms, by [livejournal.com profile] canis_m

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