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There's now less than 10 days until the start of NaNo! For those who are going for it this year, are you ready? Are you going to try it on a wing and a prayer or is your outline mostly in place? :P I'm not sure which way things'll go. The Sleeping Beauty influenced concept is speaking a bit louder than the original plan for mine as it can really set the stage for Yuujou. ^^; Shall see how things go, but yes, it'll still be in Japanese. That much I'm not giving up on. :P FSU has been warned that I will indeed be stealing Ma-Ken as I've since discovered the Linux J-input isn't as robust as what I'm used to working with. (Actually, I haven't tried it out that heavily, but the main thing I've run into already that has spooked me off of using Haku is that I can't write Masako's name in one go with Haku. I have to write it as ma (chara input) sa (chara input) ko (chara input). With Windows, I can just type in masako (name input) which is much easier.) I will admit though, the Linux input system keeps me on my toes more and makes sure I'm watching what I write more carefully. ^^;



And there's just a bit over a month until JLPT. (Ginny, I'll be in T.O. from Dec. 5-9. Not very long at all. >.>) Anyone in Toronto familiar with Japantown? If it's worthwhile, I'm thinking about hitting the bookstore there. ^^;; As it is, I wonder how badly I'm going to fail this year. I haven't been studying virtually at all and the couple times I've opened the kanji workbook has told me just how much I rely on context to read. >.> I think getting badly swatted this year might be good for me though. ^^;; It might make me sit down seriously with the books and maybe also start reading things like the Yomiuri or Mainichi. I do need to start reading the paper especially for business and econ. *sigh* (Both areas I have very little interest in in real life. >.> )

As it is, I have a number of JLPT 1~2 study books as well as some JLPT1 books but have no idea anymore where to concentrate. >.> I mostly only used the JLPT2 books last year since that's what I was taking, but... There seems to be a fair jump from JLPT2 to JLPT1... or at least there does in terms of passing. I think if it weren't for the increase in passing grade as well as the added material, I wouldn't be quite so concerned, but... yeah. I'm doomed. ^^;



Otherwise, male parental's refund did indeed come through for the weirdness with the computer, and the two USB keys (4 GB) that were bought at the same time (they were on sale for $10 ea) also ended up being refunded, possibly to make up for the long delay in getting everything cleared up? In any case, since that's all done with, I guess it'll be time to start hunting for another 17" for him again. >.>

Hmmm... I happened to glance back at Jan's post for my geeky New Year resolutions:

- finish off my NaNo novel and its spinoffs
- write at least 2 more GH fanfics
- aim to participate in GH Online 2 (Sept-Oct 2008)
- finish NaNo again this year (in Japanese in prep for)
- taking JLPT1 (ha!)

What have I managed? I might've managed the second, and that's about it so far? (Have I even managed that much? Valentine's and the topic stories. Those count, right...?) I will do the last one. At least I was smart and only said to take it, not pass it. ^^; GH Online2 I chickened out of, and still haven't finished posting what I wrote for it. ^^; #4... time will tell. ^^;; As for #1... if people seriously get on my case after JLPT, I might be able to do something for it. Probably not both, but maybe one.

And... I've been toying a touch with subbing again, but am not sure if it'll amount to anything. The newest version of the subtitling program is giving some grief and is making for very slow going. I must be missing some basic setting areas. >.>



Otherwise... I think we've reached ep 3 for most of the new series we started watching. So far... Skip Beat I'll continue until ep 5 whereupon I'll either run screaming or will actually get into the story. FSU hasn't gone near the thing since the first few moments of ep 1. ^^; Mouryou no Haku is seriously starting to annoy me. In some ways the story is interesting but those girls... I'm seriously suppressing the gag reflex at times, so I'm going to drop it. FSU might continue it though. Index... is very slow going, and I can't remember if I bothered watching ep 3 or not. I think I did, but... I'll pass on it. ^^; Vampire Knight Guilty--having fun with this. Definitely will continue watching it. Vol 8 and vol 9 of the manga are coming out this and next month as will a second novel and... a fan book as well? (I think so anyway). Will have to watch for those. Unfortunately, manga 9 and the fan book aren't listed on Amazon yet. Shikabane Hime and Yozakura both don't grab me by the throat saying "watch me!", but they're interesting in their own sense. Probably will continue watching them until I get too bored or uninterested with them. Kuroshitsuji is another that I'm still watching. The scanlated manga has me half interested and half turned off, but so far I'm liking the anime. ^^; Shall have to remember to pick up the original manga from Amazon and see if that changes my opinion of it. ^_^ And my guilty pleasure this time around has got to be Hakushaku to Yousei. *laughs* I seriously need to look at getting the novels for this one. Last episode had me choking in disbelief. I can't believe Edgar said that! First episode was so cliche it was sort of funny. Ep 2 went rather corny, and ep 3 has taken the comedy even further still! Ah, it does make me laugh! But there's also enough story in it to keep me interested and want to keep watching. I suspect FSU is staying well away out of fear of what it'll do to her brain. ^^;;

In any case, my main series this time are Hakushaku to Yousei, Vampire Knight Guilty, and maybe Kuroshitsuji, semi-interesteds are Shikabane Hime and Yozakura, and uncertain is Skip Beat. Not bad over all. ginny_t, if you're reading this, have you tried watching Hakushaku at all? ^^;;


Wow. That's a lot of cuts! ^^; I suspect this post isn't overly intelligible. ^^; Ah well, it's late. ^^;
Tags: anime, jlpt, nano 2008, stuff
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