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November 19th, 2007 (12:32 am)
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I need some mocking. My progress has been abysmal to date, so I'm posting my current stats. ^^; Feel free to mock.



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Hopefully I'll be returning to regular programming once NaNo and JLPT are over. ^_^

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Posted by: Necie (de311_nightluva)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Blue

What is JLPT... is that the test you are having to take for Japanese?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)

Close. It's the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. I'm taking it to get an idea of my own proficiency but am not formally taking any classes or what have you. ^_^

Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
saywhat

I'm hardly in a position to mock, being that my own wordcount is about 1000 words behind yours! 頑張りましょう! <--I totally cheated and had to look up that kanji, btw. ;-D

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)

頑張れ! (Hang in there!)
負~けるな! (Don't give up!)
晴明の。。。 (Seimei's...)

Oops, that last part shouldn't be in there! :P

We've got almost 12 days to go, so let's do our best! :D

Posted by: Tam Chronin (tamchronin)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Szark - lessons

In the last two days, I have made up ground. Why haven't you???

Mock, mock, mock...mock.

(Oh great, now I sound like a retarded chicken. hehe)

Come on! Pick up the pace and put this baby to bed!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)

Mock, mock, mock...mock.

(Oh great, now I sound like a retarded chicken. hehe)


ROFLMAO! Who's doing the mocking and being mocked here?

I did manage >8k on the weekend which helped but... A little procrastination early on really does hurt on this thing. ^^;;

Hang in there! ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
GH - Cabana Boys

*mock*

Okay, enough of that. *pours tea*

I'll distract Yasuhara so that he'll stop bugging you and derailing your story.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)

Tea! *pounce*

Take him away already! He's been stealing the best parts of scenes and it seems he's bent on teasing Naru something nasty. Some of it's good because it's helping, but some of it's bad. I hope Mai catches on to something he's got in the works... ^^;

And while you're taking Yasuhara-san away, boot Naru will you? He needs to get his act in gear. Actually, Lin-san needs to speak up more too. He's not a geranium after all... >.> *sigh*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
GH - Yasuhara - sweet boy

Well of course he's taking the best parts and stealing scenes. ^_^

Happy to kick Naru, no problem. Lin, on the other hand, will get gentle coaxing and encouragement. (Biased? Lalala!)

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)

...Ouch.

And that's all for mocking.

Then again, seeing as I opted out of NaNo this year (due to extra-curricular classes) I have no reason to say anything, really.

Maybe if you take away Naru's tea he'll actually stop being so lackadaisical. Just a suggestion. As for Lin, take the computer away from him. ^o^ I'll borrow Yasuhara, if you don't mind. I need him for a one-shot I'm writing. XD

Good luck!

Edited at 2007-11-19 10:13 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 19th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
GH - Yasuhara - anything you can do

Yasu's pretty popular today. Somehow, I doubt he minds. ^_~

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 20th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Chika

I agree.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 20th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)

:P A certain aspect (my take) of Naru's tea drinking will make an appearance in this FF. ^o^

As for Lin, take the computer away from him. ^o^
O_O; You want to try taking the computer away from his while they're all out on a case?? That sounds a bit suicidal. Not necessarily on his side, but can you imagine how Naru'd react?? Eep!

I'll borrow Yasuhara, if you don't mind. I need him for a one-shot I'm writing. XD

Take him! Please!! But you can't keep him. :P

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 20th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)

O_O; You want to try taking the computer away from his while they're all out on a case?? That sounds a bit suicidal. Not necessarily on his side, but can you imagine how Naru'd react?? Eep!

I'd have to get out of town fast, I think. But what's life without a little adventure? ^_^ Umm...no, I'm not insane, just a little weird.

Take him! Please!! But you can't keep him.

I think I'd end up in a straight jacket if I kept him. Let me know when you need him back. =OP

Edited at 2007-11-20 06:44 am (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 20th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)

Wow! You're sounding a lot suicidal there! ^^;; BTW, if you're interested, I finally ULed an excerpt to my NaNo account (author=kagedreams). It's not the best since it's part of my earlier writing in this thing. FWIW, this story will be taking place ~1 month after the final novel. :P

I'll let you know when I need him although I will admit he does have a tendency to pop up when I least expect him. >.> I'm seriously getting the feeling this plot is going to max out at 35 k. Ack!

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 21st, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Who wants to play?--Made for Kracken

You're sounding a lot suicidal there!

Oh, that's just the before a test talking. XD

They do it purposely, don't they? How long do you estimate the plot to be?

BTW, if you're interested, I finally ULed an excerpt to my NaNo account.

Squee! *runs off to peak* XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 21st, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)

*laughs* I suspect they do it quite deliberately; especially Yasuhara-san. ^^; I just managed to pass the 25k mark (Yay! Half-way!) but am not sure how things will go from here. They've done all the work they were originally going to do, yet none of the work's been done, so... It really depends on how Naru reacts to the way things are going. He could decide to see things through to the end, or he could stay with his initial decision to leave. >.> He's not talking to me at the moment. He's actually a bit angry and is considering his options. >.>

Meanwhile, Lin and Yasuhara are waiting for his decision. (Mai gets no say right now. 'Sides, I think she's caused him quite enough trouble for now. ^^;) I have a few scenes I want to see come up, but the rest of the story development is up to Naru now. ^^; Could be interesting? :P

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 21st, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Harmony--Ghost Hunt

I just managed to pass the 25k mark...

Well done! You must be exhausted, though.

I've been acting as a slave driver for a friend that I work with by making sure that she stays on track with her NaNo work. It's been an interesting experience. I've never cracked the figurative whip at someone to write. ^_^;

I think next year I'll definitely give NaNo a try.

They've done all the work they were originally going to do, yet none of the work's been done...

That confuses me, but I'll assume that I'd have to read what you have to know what you mean.

Naru's angry with you, too? XOD Glad to know it's not just me who's on his bad side! XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 21st, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)

*laughs* From the past few days of writing yeah, but it's been fun too. I just wish I didn't get stiff shoulders from typing on Haku. (Bad posture)

Go slave driver! Keep your writer on track! :P Having a slave driver behind a NaNoer is probably a good idea. Some people, when they find out you're doing Nano (and find out what it is), look at you as though you're crazy or stupid for bothering to do it, which can be a bit of a downer. So having support like that can really help keep you on track. ^_^

I definitely say go for it! ^_^ I'm thinking about trying again next year if time permits. It's a bit hard to say at the moment since I'm also thinking of JLPT1 which may well need a lot of work next year. Just... maybe be a bit more prepared than I was this year. :P Next year, I'm going to think of a story concept (not necessary create my full plot though) that's a bit stronger so I don't need to cast about so much and worry about making it to the finish line. Of course, you might end up going the other way and make the plot too complicated... ^^;

I think, if I actually make it to the finish line, I'll buy myself something a little literary. Maybe a nice notebook or a new pen. :P Otherwise, all this writing's making me want to get back to Sayuri in her sandbox, but since that one's already begun... maybe Novel in 90? Shall see.

They've done all the work they were originally going to do, yet none of the work's been done...

That confuses me, but I'll assume that I'd have to read what you have to know what you mean.


*laughs* It does make sense if you've read things to where I am. It might even make sense if you think about the excerpt actually. Oops. I think I'll shut up now. ^^;

Naru's in a serious sulk right now. I can't entirely blame him considering he hasn't done all *that* much. Just... been his usual self a bit more than he usually is...? Did that make sense? I think I'm being a bit too nice with his character though and need to make him even more Naru. Silly goof. :P

I seriously get the feeling I'm going to have to up certain aspects and maybe cut out some of the banter that's been flying about in this one. ^^;; But that's an editing issue. It has no place in my brain right now... :P

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 22nd, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)

I know what you mean when people just look at you like you're weird. I get that reaction from co-workers when I tell them writing is one of my favorite past-times. ~_~ And seriously, what's wrong with that? Well, to them it's so totally weird. Why spend your time writing? Why not go to a movie or a bar?

Hmmm. Maybe I enjoy writing? And what money do I have for tickets-- no comment on the bar-- I'm afraid I just don't do well in such large crowds. ^_^ They're vocabulary versus mine, no contest. I like to confuse them.

Of course, if they were going to treat me to a movie I wouldn't say no. That includes snacks and sodas. So long as they're buying, I won't complain.

*sigh* One month to write a novel is almost nigh impossible unless you've already got most of it written/typed, I think. Most novels in and of themselves take a year or more to write just a draft.

Still, even if you don't make it to the finish line you should treat yourself. I would indulge in one of those lovely, decorative-bound journals and some nice pens that write well on the paper. You should spoil yourself a bit. ^_~ It's a feat to take on writing anything creative in a limited amount of time.

Next year, I'm going to think of a story concept (not necessary create my full plot though) that's a bit stronger so I don't need to cast about so much and worry about making it to the finish line.

So long as the plot is solid you're good. You'll always be able to go back and expand upon it later--wait, why I am telling you that? You're not a stranger to the Creative Writing world. Gah! Ignore me now-- the coffee hasn't yet kicked in. -_-

Novel in 90? What's that?

Sulky Naru! He's been more anit-social than normal, you mean? Geez...how does he not break into tiny pieces when he falls? One day, one day, he'll take that fall (pride goeth before the fall, they say).

Noo! Banter is fun! Especially when it's Yasuhara versus Naru. Hee! ^_^ But yes, editing later, go for the finish line first.

...How well do you think Naru would get along with Kyouya and Tamaki from Ouran? ^_^ I can't wait to play with that.

Methinks I'll go re-read your excerpt and see what you mean.

Good luck! Let me know if you do NaNo next year. I'll probably be doing slave driving again. XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 23rd, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)

Yeah, I'm not overly fond of super crowded places and prefer a bit more peace and quiet. The occasional night out is okay. :P

A proper draft takes a long time to write, but NaNo doesn't allow the thought / rethought / editing full drafts take. This is literally v 0.1 or less creation. ^^; I think the people who have incredibly high word counts (some people have 300k+ ?!) are probably working full time on their NaNo and had things pretty thoroughly planned out. At least that's what I suspect. I don't know how much I'd be able to type a day with that sort of plot. It might be interesting to find out. (Maybe next year, certainly not this one!) :P

Ginny mentioned Novel in 90 to me a while back. It's similar in concept to NaNo only with a longer writing period albeit a higher word count. :P The nice thing about it is that you can work on something you've already started. It sounds like the next round will begin in Jan., so I'm debating following along with it. ^^; Shall see. 90 days might be longer than I'm willing to commit to in this sort of activity. :P

Naru's sometimes being a prick and sometimes being nice. It really depends on who he's dealing with and his mood. I still need to tweak one scene where he shocks everyone in the room. Too bad Bou-san wasn't there at the time... :P

Naru and Kyouya might be able to form a partnership but it would be one of convenience and practicality IMO. I think it would really depend on whether Kyouya had something of interest to offer Naru. Otherwise, Naru's really a mad scientist focussed on his research. (Idiot! You need to get out more. :P )

Tamaki on the other hand sort of strikes me as a hyper Gene. *laughs* I think Naru'd have a bit of a tough time dealing with him but at the same time probably wouldn't be able to say no to him. :P

Whoohoo! 33k! 17k to go... >.> Please let me get through this. I don't think I'll procrastinate next year. All this catch-up is nasty hard!

That slave driving bit, that's *in addition* to doing NaNo yourself, right? ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 21st, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Excerpt
Watanuki- xxxHolic

Love it! Want more! Please?

What case would they be working on?

I wish Del Ray would translate the novels, at least so I don't sound like a moron by asking what's going on. ~_~

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 21st, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Excerpt

*laughs* It'll take a bit of time before I start ULing this to my journal. Up to the first chapter, things were a bit wonky and I have a couple of plot holes large enough to drive a truck through. I've never heard of government offices being open on Saturdays... >.>

This case is an original but takes place after the very last two-volume set (The Home of the Nightmare). It's in that last story that you meet Hirota and Nakai, but I'll be adding enough background from them that the you won't necessarily have had to have read them. I wasn't really thinking of much when I set up the timeframe for this one, but the timing actually creates some interesting problems and issues. I wish they'd be a bit easier to work out and write out though. *sigh*

Glad you liked it! ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 24th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
Continuing...
Out to tea

Is it just me or does space become more squashed on comments? ^_^

I think the people who have incredibly high word counts (some people have 300k+ ?!) are probably working full time on their NaNo and had things pretty thoroughly planned out. At least that's what I suspect.

O_O I wish I had that kind of time! As it is, I'm trying to get out of college (21 more credits to go! Woot!) That leaves me virtually no time.

The nice thing about it is that you can work on something you've already started.

OO! Really? That's great! That I might try. I've been meaning to revise In the Mirror.

Take a peek if you're ever interested. I wrote that for my portfolio just before transferring universities.

Naru's sometimes being a prick and sometimes being nice. It really depends on who he's dealing with and his mood. I still need to tweak one scene where he shocks everyone in the room. Too bad Bou-san wasn't there at the time...

Oh, damn, now you've got me curious! Hurry and write! =P

I was thinking Naru and Kyouya just might get along, so long as the terms were clear. Such as, he's the only one who can order Mai to get him tea. I think Tamaki would scare him. XD That's an amusing thought.

Whoohoo! 33k! 17k to go... >.>

XD That's about where my friend is. And just about where you should be.

Take a tea break. *pours tea and serves cookies* And then back to work! ^_^

That slave driving bit, that's *in addition* to doing NaNo yourself, right? ^_^

More than likely. =D It might be fun to get an outline done in thirty days. My problem is I'm so enthusiastic when I first start off that I go over board. After that, I just get lackadaisical. I need a slave driver myself!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 24th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

*laughs* You should see how it looks on my little Eee. Its screen is only 800 pixels wide. ^^;

I always find it amazing how some people who are incredibly busy somehow find the time to squeeze in something like NaNo and finish. One of the problems with NaNo IMO is that it's just before finals would strike for uni students, so that would make things tough on that front. High schoolers and the working world at least wouldn't have that added stress. ^^;

OO! Really? That's great! That I might try. I've been meaning to revise In the Mirror.

Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to hold off on reading it until after I finish NaNo. (Hopefully 3 more days will see it *done*! ^o^) I don't want the brain to get anymore ideas as I'm trying to tie things up now. Not keep adding more. >.>

*laughs* It's a shame that something written for NaNo is *soooo* not ready to be put up. I've got plot holes the size of Manhattan that need severe filling in. ^^;; Hopefully the plot holes won't munch me while I'm in that process. :P

Yay! Tea! *pounce*

My problem is I'm so enthusiastic when I first start off that I go over board. After that, I just get lackadaisical. I need a slave driver myself!

I hear you. We can get on each other's cases then. Maybe that'll help keep both of us more focussed. ^^; Anyhow, 10k more words. About 3 more days. (I figure 51k is a good minimum as I keep losing words between Open Office and NaNo's word counter. >.> ) Whee! ^o^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 25th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...
Plot Bunny

...Harsh on the eyes, yes? Resolution-wise, Renji's (desktop) screen is 800x600. The screen can support a higher one, but I don't need the eye-strain that comes with that. Now Grimmjow JaggerJack (laptop) has the 1024x780(?) resolution. Sucks that the screen with a better monitor has such a bad battery and low hard drive. ~_~ I think I'll get him a new battery soon.

One of the problems with NaNo IMO is that it's just before finals would strike for uni students...

Don't get me started. I have an exam with essay this coming tuesday and an exam (read: two 7-10 page papers on two different subjects and you can't work on the topic if you touched upon it in the midterm (which probably leaves the Zionism question out)) due on December 14th. I need to download the questions and get started on them.

*laughs* It's a shame that something written for NaNo is *soooo* not ready to be put up. I've got plot holes the size of Manhattan that need severe filling in. ^^;; Hopefully the plot holes won't munch me while I'm in that process. :P

Tell me about it. I don't think you'll have any problems filling them. It's having to deal with eager readers including me. XD

Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to hold off on reading it until after I finish NaNo. (Hopefully 3 more days will see it *done*! ^o^) I don't want the brain to get anymore ideas as I'm trying to tie things up now. Not keep adding more. >.>

Not at all. Whenever you get the chance. ^_^

I hear you. We can get on each other's cases then. Maybe that'll help keep both of us more focussed. ^^; Anyhow, 10k more words. About 3 more days. (I figure 51k is a good minimum as I keep losing words between Open Office and NaNo's word counter. >.> ) Whee! ^o^

I'm going to hold you to that come next year. We'll have to make sure our plot bunnies (okay, okay, mine) don't go haywire! =D

Three more days is awesome! That's getting ahead of the game! Go, go! Get it done! *pours more tea* Back to writing! XD

...How do you end up losing words? Is NaNo's counter bi-polar?

Edited at 2007-11-25 05:39 am (UTC)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 25th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

*laughs* It makes for a very narrow band of text. ^^; Of course, Mokkun's a standard widescreen lappie so things look reasonably find on him... You run 800 x 600 on your desktop?? Wow! My Dad runs a similar resolution on his laptop because of his eyes, but I tend to like the finer resolutions. I think it's from all those years using AutoCAD and doing drafting. Finer resolutions helps a lot with that. :P As it is, Eee is 800 x 480. ^^; So while Renji has more in the vertical sense, horizontally Renji and Haku have the same screen real estate. ^^;

Youch! Good luck with your papers! Boy, am I glad I no longer have to deal with that sort of thing. :P

Tell me about it. I don't think you'll have any problems filling them. It's having to deal with eager readers including me. XD

Which reminds me, do you use any of the "story writing" software out there? I've never heard of them before, but apparently a number of people are using things like yWriter to organise their NaNo stories. I was wondering if you've ever tried it or knew anything about it.

*laughs* I agree getting on one another's case for NaNo (as long as we can keep the plot bunnies from breeding... well, like bunnies) would be really good. Heaven knows I needed a definite kick to get this one seriously underway. As it is, I'm going to leave one story point open for completion in sequel territory and try to finish the rest of the story in the next 10-15k. There's no way I'll be able to finish the story in the next 5-6k but at least I'll get over the finish line. :P

*pounce* Tea! ^o^

...How do you end up losing words? Is NaNo's counter bi-polar?.>

Just a leeeeeetle more... ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 25th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

Ah, AutoCAD-- I don't quite know what it's used for, but a former roomie of mine used it when she designed sets for plays. That's about all I know for AutoCAD. Pathetic, isn't it? XD

You run 800 x 600 on your desktop?? Wow!

I know. Sad, isn't it? When I got Renji, I opted not to get a new monitor and kept the crappy Compaq one I had. On that screen, higher resolutions hurt my eyes. And dad was pissed enough as it was that I got an eight-hundred dollar computer for Channukah. He definitely didn't plan on getting me one! But the old Compaq system was quite literally on it's last legs and with upcoming classes and the need to connect to the net at least for school, a new system was imperative (laptop being more expensive was out of the question). I should get my friend to send me the pictures we took of when we took it apart. Ostensibly, I wanted the hard drive and the memory. Reality-wise, I just wanted to take it apart. XD For a crappy system, it was remarkably well-built. We had to pry it open with a hammer. It still amuses me. ...I think I've babbled on this subject far too long. Sorry! Moving on now.

Is Haku's name from Spirited Away, just out of curiosity? I've been wondering about that.

Good luck with your papers! Boy, am I glad I no longer have to deal with that sort of thing. :P

*sticks out tongue* Hush you. Is it any wonder that college students are remarkably good at skimming for information? Bloody teacher.

Which reminds me, do you use any of the "story writing" software out there? I've never heard of them before, but apparently a number of people are using things like yWriter to organise their NaNo stories. I was wondering if you've ever tried it or knew anything about it.

*blinks* Sadly enough, I didn't even know there was software out there for organizing stories. ~_~ I usually don't use anything for organization other than the old-fashioned plot-line outline (yep, very old-fashioned. I swear I'm not in my eighties!) and paper. That way I can spend money on cool, fancy pens! =D They're my secret obsession. ^_^

But now you've got me curious. I'll have to take a gander on the net and see what they have out there. I don't think Shinali uses it either, but I can ask her. I'll let you what she says.

as long as we can keep the plot bunnies from breeding... well, like bunnies

Think if we separate them it'll help? Wait...don't bunnies burrow? Ah, scratch that.

Heaven knows I needed a definite kick to get this one seriously underway. As it is, I'm going to leave one story point open for completion in sequel territory and try to finish the rest of the story in the next 10-15k. There's no way I'll be able to finish the story in the next 5-6k but at least I'll get over the finish line.

You should have let me know you need a kick. I'd have been happy to provide it. XD I stop Shinali before break and ask her where she is with her NaNo writing just to make sure she's where she should be. I take this slave-driving-muse business seriously, apparently.

Leaving it open like that's always a good idea. You can always close it later when you edit, if you so desire. But still, more sulky!Naru is always fun.

You'll get to the finish line-- go, go!

You mean the counter is completely off its hinges? Well that's fabulous. Good stars that's depressing. You must be having a field day.

Still, good luck! Don't let the un-hinged counter get you down (or off track-- you ARE going to finish ^_^).


Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

AutoCAD's mostly for industrial design I think. I used it for doing such fun things as flow diagrams, piping design, and even building layout. :P

Is Haku's name from Spirited Away, just out of curiosity? I've been wondering about that.

*laughs* Yep. That's exactly where I chose his name from. ^_^

I usually don't use anything for organization other than the old-fashioned plot-line outline (yep, very old-fashioned. I swear I'm not in my eighties!) and paper. That way I can spend money on cool, fancy pens! =D They're my secret obsession. ^_^

^^;; Me too. I really like being able to write on paper, but often switch to the 'puter because I can type faster than I can write. (Especially if I want to be able to read things again later. :P ) I love nice pens. Not necessarily high end fountain pens though I really like them too, but I also love funky coloured pens and stuff, too. :P I'm thinking about taking Haku with me to Vancouver when I do the JLPT along with a journal and pen to have fun with. :P

Think if we separate them it'll help? Wait...don't bunnies burrow? Ah, scratch that.

Hrm... Keeping each one isolated might help, but I wouldn't bet on it. I keep thinking of Schroedinger's cat only with plot bunnies. >.>

I must've had a bad HTML tag in there when I described the counter. >.> From the way things are described in NaNo's forums, word count will vary depending on how the counter treats hyphenated words and special characters. That's why the count will differ between MS Word, Open Office, or even Google docs if you use that. (I used it as an emergency back-up location. :P )

Beyond all expectation, I managed to force the case closed today at just over 50k. :P I did leave one plot point open for now. I'm not sure if I want to finish it before the Epilogue or have the Epilogue the Epi for this story and make the continuation a separate continuation. (If that makes sense.) I think the thing I *really* wanted to write for this story was the Epilogue, and I ended up writing it before the end of the case. ^^;; Ah, the case itself was so meh. The banter was much more fun, and I'm hoping the "second half" will be much more interesting. Still, I really like Naru's reaction at the end. ^o^ He's definitely not sulky!Naru there, but ohhh... I like. :P

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 27th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...
Plot Bunny

...MAZEL TOV on finishing! ^_^ Most impressive to do 40k in 4? days. I'm very happy for you.

AutoCAD sounds like fun to play with! I don't think I'll be trying it anytime soon.

I did try with one story to compose it solely on the computer... that might have been Genbu no Miko, Kagome-- but it didn't work. I found that while it was nice being able to simply type it on my computer, some of the finer points just didn't make it in... and I'd get bored before class and sometimes in class waiting for others to finish the assignment that I'd just take out paper and start writing. So with SoL, I simply decided to go back to my original routine: paper and computer.

I love nice pens. Not necessarily high end fountain pens though I really like them too, but I also love funky coloured pens and stuff, too. :P

I'm not big on fountain pens-- even though I think they're awesome and add a nice, classical touch for things like hand-written letters and invitations, but mostly, I stick to the funky gel colored pens. I do have a few fountain pens, but I have no clue where the ink for them is... and I know the dogs have found a few (the big red spot on gray carpeting with one of the ink wells near by was a dead give away. ~_~) so I hid them...a bit too well, apparently.

So the counter isn't bi-polar, just picky on how it views things. Make sense. Unless of course it just decides to not except word counts, for some reason.

Ah, don't forget, once you recover, you can fill plot holes and expand! Red pen, here you come!! XD Red pens are made of some much awesome.

That must be one heck of an epilogue if it's the reason you wrote 40-50k in four days. ^_^ Then again, I got the idea for Shades of Lust from a picture in the manga. Page forty-five in volume six, I think. How's that for odd?

Still, I really like Naru's reaction at the end. ^o^ He's definitely not sulky!Naru there, but ohhh... I like. :P

*grumbles* You love to torture your fans, don't you? Just for that... *points to icon* XD

I'm shameless. XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 27th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

Thanks! ^_^ I wrote 40k in 9 days, but it was still quite a lot of work and took some willpower to stick with it. ^^;;

WRT AutoCAD, it's not the sort of program I see most people "playing" with. In my brain, when I work with it, I tend to think in terms of polar coordinate math or geometry. I don't think of PhotoShop or CorelDraw like that, but CAD programs? Yeah. Mind you, that could just be the way I used it. :P

I think my love for fountain pens comes from having dabbled in calligraphy for a bit. I even used to be a guild member for a while although I was completely lousy at it. :P Still, I love how some nibs write. ^o^

Sounds like you've hidden your inks in an extremely safe place! ^^;

Eep! Don't remind me about the editing pen. >.> There's *so* much work that needs to be done on that thing it hurts to even think about it. >.<;

:P Never underestimate the fun of a single scene. *laughs* It's seriously stretching things a bit, but it seemed like too much fun not to have Naru do something like that. I wonder what Yasuhara-san thought and if he expected something like that to happen... ^^;

I tried to take a look at the scene you mentioned, but I'm not sure I have the right image... I was looking at the J version since I have no idea where I buried E vol 6. >.>

*grumbles* You love to torture your fans, don't you? Just for that... *points to icon* XD

:P Well, I am thinking about posting a J version of the epilogue because it's so much fun, but it would lose so much if you tried sticking it through a translator. ^^;; And when I think how long it'll take to get that far in editing compared to where I need to start... *splat*

Ah well, I'm debating doing an adult ed class on creative writing for the hell of it now. Not sure if I'll actually do it though as it's evening classes at the college. (While the downtown campus would be okay, the main college campus is a pain to get to. >.> ) I figure it could be interesting and may be helpful for setting up for NaNo next year. :P I'm debating going for a higher personal word count than 50k, but it would really require that I have a stronger plot in mind. ......Actually a *plot* would've been useful this time around too. :P

I still love your plot bunny icon. ^_^ Just don't have it breed too much or you could end up being buried under all that fuzziness. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: November 30th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

You know, I hate that school piles all the work at the very last minute.

At the same time, I hate that work has to stay open to odd hours because of "holiday shopping."

Give me a break.

Anyhow-- my little pity fest is over. Back to your regularly scheduled program.

Thanks! ^_^ I wrote 40k in 9 days, but it was still quite a lot of work and took some willpower to stick with it. ^^;;

Work and will-power aside, you did it-- and that's what counts. ^_^

I didn't exactly excel at maths when I was in high school and what not. I was always good in everything but. So I don't think AutoCAD and I would get along very well. ^_^;

I tried Calligraphy-- not great, but it was a great thing to try and teach myself. I'm not exactly sure how safe my inks are if I can't find them, though. :P

J-translation?! Oh the horror of not being able to read Kanji! *mourns* Well, let's put it this way, any language really, including Hebrew. It's easy to "speak it" in my mind, but saying it out loud? Open mouth, insert foot, pass professor. ~_~

Speaking of Kanji, if I copy/pasted an answer to a question that a friend sent me on face book (I told him I couldn't read Kanji!), could you translate it? Extra review for the JLPT. ^_~ Okay, I don't trust Babel Fish where he grabbed it from, either.

I tried to take a look at the scene you mentioned, but I'm not sure I have the right image... I was looking at the J version since I have no idea where I buried E vol 6. >.>

I'm a bit confused... the story I linked you to?

Ah well, I'm debating doing an adult ed class on creative writing for the hell of it now. Not sure if I'll actually do it though as it's evening classes at the college. (While the downtown campus would be okay, the main college campus is a pain to get to. >.> ) I figure it could be interesting and may be helpful for setting up for NaNo next year. :P I'm debating going for a higher personal word count than 50k, but it would really require that I have a stronger plot in mind. ......Actually a *plot* would've been useful this time around too. :P

Writing classes are fun! ...Boy, do I sound like a child. Bleh. From that, there's nothing to lose-- even if it repeats basics you already know. Writing-how-to's don't necessarily change, but it's always fun to refresh. At least that's my opinion. That was my sole purpose for taking the low-level creative writing class before leaving Florida.

What University? Seeing as I know very little about Canada, how far a trip would it be? I know with my uni I'm way far out. I have to leave at least an hour and a half early.

Aww, don't sell yourself short; you had a plot. I'm sure of it. You wouldn't have had a story for NaNo without it. =P As long as the story sticks together somehow. Now if it doesn't...er, yeah. ^^;

I try to keep that one contained. It's actually in a cage. XD

The bunny actually belongs to my friend in the Netherlands. Her journal is dedicated to him, and I asked if I could use a photo of him for the icon. He's so cute! I'd have a bunny...if the dogs wouldn't look at it like: Oh! Food!--or even worse, Oh! A new, interactive toy that actually moves? You're the best! *is shot*

Okay, I'm going back to study for my make up test. I bombed it horribly and the professor's being gracious enough to let me retake it.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

You know, I hate that school piles all the work at the very last minute.

At the same time, I hate that work has to stay open to odd hours because of "holiday shopping."


*laughs* 'Tis the season... ^^;; Personally, I prefer online shopping now because going in person is too horrific WRT parking. The mall I usually visit is currently undergoing renos so the parking area we usually use is completely gone. I'm so *not* going. :P

Speaking of Kanji, if I copy/pasted an answer to a question that a friend sent me on face book (I told him I couldn't read Kanji!), could you translate it? Extra review for the JLPT. ^_~ Okay, I don't trust Babel Fish where he grabbed it from, either.

*laughs* Not practice for the JLPT but I can definitely take a look now that it's over. ^^; Might not be able to get back to you about it until I get back to Mokkun though. Haku's screen's a bit small for that sort of thing sometimes. ^^;

[I tried to take a look at the scene you mentioned, but I'm not sure I have the right image... I was looking at the J version since I have no idea where I buried E vol 6. >.> ]

I'm a bit confused... the story I linked you to?


You mentioned that I think it was Shades of Lust that was inspired by one specific scene?

Writing classes are fun! ...Boy, do I sound like a child. Bleh. From that, there's nothing to lose-- even if it repeats basics you already know. Writing-how-to's don't necessarily change, but it's always fun to refresh. At least that's my opinion. That was my sole purpose for taking the low-level creative writing class before leaving Florida.

Well, I haven't done creative writing for prose since... junior high? HS we did some minor poetry, but little else. Otherwise, I was strictly in the sciences. ^^;

What University? Seeing as I know very little about Canada, how far a trip would it be? I know with my uni I'm way far out. I have to leave at least an hour and a half early.

? You mean for me to take the creative writing course? The one I'm thinking about taking is at Mt. Royal College. Oh, colleges in Canada are different from US colleges. Over here, while some do offer accredited bachelor degrees, they're often more vocational career oriented. MRC is ~20-30 mins drive from where I live (about the same drive time as the uni), but I have no idea how long it'd take to get there by transit. It's only accessible by bus. >.>

Okay, I'm going back to study for my make up test. I bombed it horribly and the professor's being gracious enough to let me retake it.

Hope your make up test went well! ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: Continuing...
Harmony--Ghost Hunt

*grumbles* Tis the season-- for all the grumpy customers. I had a lady throw a plastic bag at me Saturday when I told her she couldn't keep it. *shrugs* Hope her day-- life-- gets better.

*laughs* Not practice for the JLPT but I can definitely take a look now that it's over. ^^; Might not be able to get back to you about it until I get back to Mokkun though. Haku's screen's a bit small for that sort of thing sometimes. ^^;

Speaking of the JPLT, how did it go? Were you completely burnt out at the end? I saw you got a complimentary dessert. Never argue with free sugar. XD

Here's what he sent me as answer when I apologized for pronouncing his name wrong. オーケーです

You mentioned that I think it was Shades of Lust that was inspired by one specific scene?

^^;; This is why I should sleep at night like normal people do.

It's actually the picture of Mai and the start of File 2 on page forty-five of volume six.

Poetry and I are not friends. But during middle school I had major writers block. Not a thing to write. >.<
Changed in high school, though.

Well, I haven't done creative writing for prose since... junior high?

Do you mean for original works? Because your fanfics are prose too, yes?

Out of curiosity, what's a bachelor's degree worth in Canada's job world? There are federations/organizations I'm looking into for jobs for when I graduate that are in Canada (and truthfully, I want out of retail and out of the desert.

MRC is ~20-30 mins drive from where I live (about the same drive time as the uni), but I have no idea how long it'd take to get there by transit. It's only accessible by bus. >.>

Erk! Good luck!

The make up test went very well. My grade went from a low 72/100 to an 83/100 leaving me with a B for the semester, minus the final. XD

The problem, my professor says, is that I know more than I can use.

My last Hebrew professor in Florida didn't teach any structure, or grammar, or syntax. How exactly can language be leanred or used without that?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Continuing...

*grumbles* Tis the season-- for all the grumpy customers. I had a lady throw a plastic bag at me Saturday when I told her she couldn't keep it. *shrugs* Hope her day-- life-- gets better.

Yeouch. Not good. >.> Of course, the holidays just brings them out in droves. >.> I think I'll stick to online shopping. ^^;

Speaking of the JPLT, how did it go? Were you completely burnt out at the end? I saw you got a complimentary dessert. Never argue with free sugar. XD

I have no idea how it went. Worse than I should've done though. >.> I think burn out had some part in that, but I'm thinking about writing NaNo next year in Japanese instead. It'll keep me in the right mind frame, at least in part, for the JLPT. ^^; Free sugar is good. Free frozen sugar when it's snowing... ^^;

Here's what he sent me as answer when I apologized for pronouncing his name wrong. オーケーです

"That's okay" or "it's okay". :P

It's actually the picture of Mai and the start of File 2 on page forty-five of volume six.

Ah, okay. I'll take a look again when I get back home. ^_^

Do you mean for original works? Because your fanfics are prose too, yes?

I meant in terms of for a class. Except for the one poem, HS was all English lit rather than prose. Not hugely fun. ^^;

Out of curiosity, what's a bachelor's degree worth in Canada's job world? There are federations/organizations I'm looking into for jobs for when I graduate that are in Canada (and truthfully, I want out of retail and out of the desert.

Depends on the field and where you got it. Oddly enough, some US unis/colleges and their degrees aren't recognised here. I ran into one guy who did Engineering in Texas who was working retail because his degree wasn't recognised and he couldn't get his P. Eng. because he didn't want to work in petroleum. Likewise, a friend got her education master's in California (IIRC), but she's working at a private school because her degree isn't recognised by the education board here.

MRC is ~20-30 mins drive from where I live (about the same drive time as the uni), but I have no idea how long it'd take to get there by transit. It's only accessible by bus. >.>

Erk! Good luck!


You're telling me. >.> City council decided against having the train run to the college. Granted the line wouldn't've been built for a number of years, but that's just mental. It's one of the main post-sec institutions in the city and they're not running the train there. O_o

The make up test went very well. My grade went from a low 72/100 to an 83/100 leaving me with a B for the semester, minus the final. XD

The problem, my professor says, is that I know more than I can use.

My last Hebrew professor in Florida didn't teach any structure, or grammar, or syntax. How exactly can language be leanred or used without that?


Congrats! ^o^

Languages are funny that way aren't they. You can use x amount but chances are you really do know much more. I have to admit, I'm a bit curious as to what you learned from your prof in Florida though. O_o Listening maybe?? There's not much left beyond those. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: December 4th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
And again, because it's getting squashed
Plot Bunny

Even my new monitor doesn't like how squashed it gets. How picky!

Yeouch. Not good. >.> Of course, the holidays just brings them out in droves. >.> I think I'll stick to online shopping. ^^;


They're like vampire bats. The other day, one of my co-workers got a customer who wanted her money back but her receipt didn't match the items she was returning. She got nasty. *rolls eyes* We have no problem giving customers their money back, just bring us the right receipt.

Online shopping is the way to go.

Worse than I should've done though.

Be positive. At least you did it. And that's an accomplishment in and of itself.

You should write in whatever language is easiest. Just expect pokes to translate. =P

Are you going to take JPLT1 next year, then?

"That's okay" or "it's okay". :P

...I thought that's what he'd found, but I wasn't sure. From the tone he used when I asked him face-to-face, I thought it might be something like that. But then again, the comment "I think you'll be surprised with the answer I found." is hardly reassuring. *promises to kick him the next time she sees him* Er... you didn't see that. XD

Ah, okay. I'll take a look again when I get back home. ^_^

When I told yamikakyuu that picture inspired Shades of Lust, her reaction was hilarious. Thus saying, I look forward to seeing yours. XD

I meant in terms of for a class. Except for the one poem, HS was all English lit rather than prose. Not hugely fun. ^^;

Ah! I see. I misunderstood the first time, my bad.

British-English Lit or American Lit? I did both in high school and come American Lit I was ready to tear my hair out and scream. Other students kept it muted on how boring they thought it was. I was like... how did these people get published much less remembered?! This is boring!

Yes, I am actually American. Sordid, isn't it? XD Ah, well, I never was one for conventionalism. I liked Shakespeare best anyhow.

Depends on the field and where you got it. Oddly enough, some US unis/colleges and their degrees aren't recognised here.

That actually doesn't surprise me.

I'm working on a specialized religious studies. So I'll hope that's worth something.

Ah, Texas. I see a lot of Texans in Arizona. Their summers are similar. Which means me listening to wimps complaining about a small amount of humidity, grr, snarl.

City council decided against having the train run to the college.

O.O Stark raving mad! Were they smoking something when they decided that?

Congrats! ^o^

Languages are funny that way aren't they. You can use x amount but chances are you really do know much more. I have to admit, I'm a bit curious as to what you learned from your prof in Florida though. O_o Listening maybe?? There's not much left beyond those. ^^;


Thanks! I'm pleased that it went much better. I reserve the right to tell people chatting outside that they need to shut up when people are taking test. That's the biggest reason that did so poorly in the first place.

What did I learn from my former professor? Hmm... I'd say the most I learned was conjugations of verbs, nouns, and adjectives. I don't know if Japanese works the same way--I'm still in the process of learning--but Hebrew is a gender dominated language; so nouns, verbs, adjectives, and numbers all have to agree. Yes, there are masculine and feminine numbers.

Crazy, isn't it? That's practically the extent of what I learned. She didn't teach the verbs according to their classes or anything else. So it was one big jumbled mass that made no sense.

Now I can actually "talk" in coherent sentences. Except for yesterday when I confused the word 'room' with 'friend' and accidentally said I had four friends living with me. The teacher asked how many friends were living in my house.

Professor: "Cama chaverim b-bayit?" How many friends do you have living in your house?

Me mistranslating: "Yesh li arba-ah chederim b-bayit."
I have four rooms in my house.

Professor: "You have four girlfriends living with you?!"

Me: *blinks* "Wait. What?"

~_~ I don't even want to know what the professor was thinking when I said that.

Anyhow! I've babbled enough, I think. Time to sleep. Lilah Tov!

Edited at 2007-12-04 09:06 am (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 7th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Re: And again, because it's getting squashed

*laughs* I'm back on Mokkun, so things don't look that bad. :P

I have to admit, I'm always amazed at how rude shoppers can be. >.>

Writing the JLPT was actually informative. This year was one of the few years when I was a bit panicky on a test compared to usual, which is quite self-defeating. I'm hoping the exposure will make it easier to handle so it won't be so bad next year. >.>

You should write in whatever language is easiest. Just expect pokes to translate. =P

Are you going to take JPLT1 next year, then?


*laughs* GH fanfic is one of the things that is easier to write in Japanese than in English for me because the characters' speech styles are more pronounced in my head in Japanese. ^^; That said, I wouldn't expect translations though. :P

I think I will. Pass or fail, I'm thinking JLPT1 would be good to go for next year. (Provided I study that is. If I don't study JLPT2 will become shaky as well since my language level is rapidly going downhill.) ^^;

British-English Lit or American Lit? I did both in high school and come American Lit I was ready to tear my hair out and scream. Other students kept it muted on how boring they thought it was. I was like... how did these people get published much less remembered?! This is boring!

British, American, and Canadian Lit. >.> British lit was fun. I really liked reading parts from the Cantebury Tales and Faerie Queen. Shakespeare was okay, too, but Gr. 11 and 12 were pretty dull for Eng. since it was more rote learning and dull stuffs. Actually, come to think of it, there was a fair amount of Canadian content in our lit studies. *shrug* I think I had more fun (and headaches) with French lit. :P

[City council decided against having the train run to the college.]

O.O Stark raving mad! Were they smoking something when they decided that?


*laughs* That was my opinion and reaction too. I mean, what city doesn't run train service to the post-sec institutions?! However, our esteemed City Council has decided that more people would be served by ramming the line up the middle of the west rather than running it to the college (southern part of the west part of the city). I guess the best we can hope for now is that a subsequent council will decide to run a feeder line to the college that'll feed into the main western line or something. >.>

What did I learn from my former professor? Hmm... I'd say the most I learned was conjugations of verbs, nouns, and adjectives. I don't know if Japanese works the same way--I'm still in the process of learning--but Hebrew is a gender dominated language; so nouns, verbs, adjectives, and numbers all have to agree. Yes, there are masculine and feminine numbers.

Ah, okay. Sounds like my first few years learning French. A bunch of flash cards with miscellaneous pronouns and conjugated verbs. We didn't even learn how to conjugate the verbs for different pronouns at that point. (Gr. 5&6) >.>

Japanese is and isn't gender specific. It's not like say French where words are either masculine (ex. un stylo (a pen)) or feminine (ex. une télévision (a t.v.)), but there are word endings that women use (ex wakarimasen (I don't know/understand)) compared to what men use ('wakaran'). Mixing them up makes for rough-sounding women or effeminate men. Or the truly bizarre foreigner speaking. ^^;; Thankfully, there are no male or female numbers in Japanese. ^^;;

In any case, it's dinner time! *goes hunting for food...* :P

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