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I've finished the first page of that Japanese academic paper I'm working on \o/ That only took me a few days. 9.3 pages left to go. According to Mnemosyne, I scraped/mined 48 sentence fragments for studying from that page; I hope that number will go down a little bit for the rest now that I've got some of the fundamental vocabulary and grammar points, but there are some words that are unlikely to repeat. Like 歯車(はぐるま|haguruma) and 滑車(かっしゃ|kassha), gear and pulley (talking about the construction of Babbage's Analytic Engine). (That pair drives me up the wall, by the way, because 歯車 uses the kun reading of 車 and 滑車 the on one. But at least it's not as bad as 売上高, which uses all kun readings even though it's a compound word, and which tripped me up so badly the first time I tried to read it.)

While I'm on the topic of Japanese, I finally got around to making myself a Tenso account in order to buy doujinshi from Japan. One from Pixiv Booth - that one I was nervous about because of my obviously foreign name (even wrote it in latin characters) but it went through just fine and was delivered. Then added another last night because I found out that the person who did the genderswapped Yuri-as-in-f/f on Ice art did a full-color book on the concept, and I am weak /o\ And I ordered, uh, a lot from Toranoana. It's all so cheap per book, even with international shipping! Which I way overestimated at first. I dug through almost every single page for Yuri on Ice on Toranoana, and while it was overwhelmingly Victuuri with some OtaYuri and a smattering of Yuuri/Yuri and Victor/Yuri, I was pleased to find that there are a few rarer ships in there, along with some gen ones. I think I ordered a Seung-Gil/JJ doujinshi with nice art, at least one EmiMike book, and a long gen Victor backstory book; I also saw several Phichit/Seung-gil books, and even a Phichit/Celestino one just popped up on there, it looks like. I even bought one thing that wasn't Yuri on Ice!

Mm, I just like physical fandom media. Digital is good, too - I have plenty of scans - but it's not quite the same as curling up on my couch or laying on my bed with a book and no screen. (Except my phone. I use doujinshi for language-learning, too, and even if I don't feel like it at the moment, sometimes I want to look a word up.) There's just something about the way that zines and doujinshi and the like physically communicate enthusiasm for a source. After I bought stuff, I wandered around the genre tags on Toranoana for a while, just seeing what was out there - Undertale, Tokyo Babylon, historic RPF, Vocaloid CDs, original cooking manga, even one on how to make a 'can piano' out of used aluminum cans.

Oh, and are there any active language-learning comms here on DW? Or even something like [livejournal.com profile] linguaphiles? I tried some interests but couldn't find anything that was being used.

I haven't gotten around to checking out everything I might be interested in this anime season, but tonight I watched Kimi no Na Wa/Your Name with some friends.
Cut for spoilers, though they are very vague )
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So those 'abortion=genocide' people? Apparently they were also 'abortion≈holocaust' people. Yeah. That got some pretty incoherent raging from me when I read that. There were a lot of people unamused by the whole thing, between the harassing walkers-by, the photos of aborted fetuses prominently displayed, and the awful comparisons.

Leaving the fail behind, I had a really good day today~ I got up this morning, went out to get the paper, checked the mail, and found all three of my expected packages! A doujinshi from one of my new favorite circles, a book (Death From the Skies) and a game (Pokemon SoulSilver). Yes! Played for six or so hours today already.
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[In English: It's snowing~]

I was surprised to get up to let Whisp sit on the porch and see snow coming down. I didn't think that it was cold enough for that yet! It's only barely starting to stick to the brick, but the lawn is getting pretty covered up.

I had my kanji final on Thursday - it's going to be graded harshly, but we got the test ahead of time to practice. Yesterday I submitted my final big paper for the English course. An argumentative essay about fanfiction, it was really fun to write.

I hit 50k words on the 27th. I still need to finish my plot, though. I think it's more of a 70k~80k word book, although I'm not entirely sure. It'll finish when it finishes, I suppose... and I still need to edit my previous two. I'm planning on doing that when my English course is done.

This morning I lazed around in bed for a little while, thinking about the ships my characters can make (from book 1 and theoretical VN). Like, "A&C and B&D might be the official ships, but A&B would make a decent couple. A would be eternally patient with B, who would really like having someone she could convince to do almost anything with her, although in the end it would be more like their regular friendship. Not B&C, though. She'd get too impatient at him, he'd be too shy when it came to anything romantic..." Is this weird? *laugh* It's fun, though.

Oh, and I bought some YnM doujinshi from Yahoo!Japan Auctions. It was more expensive than I would have like, but the doujinshi themselves were cheap (¥300 each) and it was of a pairing I love. (Any guesses? Heh...) The first time I looked, too. Planning on writing a review of the shopping service (Crescent Shop), which was overall positive.

Aaaand finally, I'm really excited about the announcement of volume 12 for YnM! And I found this blog post from someone in Japanese: "Yamimatsu new book! I can die now!Wait, I can't die until I read it (line break) I love Yamimatsu!" With a few more exclamation marks. (And it seems that the release date is this person's birthday, too?) For some reason, it made me really happy to read that (besides the fact that I could). I guess fangirling (even if it's a guy? I'm not sure...) is universal ♥
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Day 12, with more Comiket. None tomorrow, though - my mom's had enough and I don't see anything that looks terribly interesting to me.
Day 12: Comiket part 2 )
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Oh hey, I managed to survive Comiket!

Day 11 - Comiket part one )

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