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08:15 am: I'm off!
I'll be heading for the airport today in just a few hours. I'm mostly packed, except for the cheese, which I will try to put in my carryon since my two large suitcases are full. (Darn weight limit.) I had to take out about 12 pounds of reference books that I was planning on hauling with me, since they were too heavy. As it is, both of my suitcases are around 67-68 pounds, by my parents' scale, so I'm cutting it close. My parents will probably mail the books to me later, so it's not a huge deal.

I stayed up *way* past my bedtime last night watching Return of the King, which I hadn't seen at the theater because I didn't want to pay Japanese ticket prices (average $18) to watch it. It was a lot of fun. May I just say how much I love elves? ...Except for that one moment when Aragorn was describing his plan for like five minutes, and Legolas finally said, "You mean...a distraction?" Not too quick on the uptake there, but still very pretty. (Why can't I have an elf for my very own? I think I deserve one. I really do.)

In other news, I discovered they make crochet hooks with a hook on each end, and you work through loops held on the hook as if you were knitting, switching from one side to the other to zigzag back and forth. Of course, this means I had to buy a couple to try it out. Yes, I'm thinking of as many ways as possible to fill up the time until school starts.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 29th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
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I know you arrived safely. How is everything? I'm working on a new web site for the exchange program and am considering putting a link to this site. I see this as fairly personal, perhaps more for those who know you to keep up with what you are doing. Did your Mom mention another website you do? I'm looking for a link that has personal stuff but also interesting for those who might not know what you are referring to. Nina
From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 5th, 2004 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Aside from taking an incredibly long time to get internet set up at my apartment (it'll probably be next week), things are okay. I'm currently using a public access computer at Lala Port. I'm going to post quite a long journal entry when I finally do get online again.

My main website is http://www-personal.umich.edu/~weyrbrat

The site I wrote during my time as a JET is http://www-personal.umich.edu/~weyrbrat/Japan/ (but it's pretty skimpy, just some pictures and links and a couple essays)
From:searaw
Date:July 31st, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC)

In the City of Glass

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^__^ I read your summaries for "In the City of Glass".

See: purr.

Out of curiosity, do you plan on writing fanfiction for it?

More to the point:

PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!

^__~ That is all.

>>Seara

P.S. I still adore/miss your YYH fic. Fox and the Phoenix. *sigh* 'Nuff said.


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On an entirely different note, good luck on your trip! Much fun, I'll bet.
From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 5th, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC)

Re: In the City of Glass

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Thank you, I just discovered the series this spring and absolutely love it to pieces. I'll be posting the summary for the latest volume, #17, hopefully as early as next week.

I do have a fanfic idea in mind...but I don't know when (or if) I might have time to write it.

I keep planning to go back to finishing some more YYH, but new projects keep cropping up all the time. ^_^; If I can at least get Prince of Thieves finished...one of these days...
From:searaw
Date:August 9th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)

Re: In the City of Glass

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*g* You've no idea how ecstatic I am that you're still writing. *waves Amparo banner* ^__^

Out of curiosity, where on earth did you find it? (I'm rusty on the concept of Japanese novels vs. manga.) Is it one of those not-yet-translated (and-may-never-be) series? ...If so, I'll buy it anyway. Sidney et Nobuyuki pretty. *nodnod*

O__O YYH? Do! Totally do! I remember you had a list of fics you were planning on doing and I remember loving one or two ideas. If you decide to write for the fandom again, I'll definitely back you. Tootoo long since anyone's written for it. Wah.

^__^ Good luck.
From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 10th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)

Re: In the City of Glass

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Out of curiosity, where on earth did you find it?

Amazon Japan's recommendation list. Actually...as ashamed as I am to admit it, I often buy Japanese books based on the cover pictures. When Disallow cropped up on my recommendation list, I checked out some of the cover pictures, but I was turned off because the characters were always smoking. Eventually--like, nearly a year later--I decided to buy a used copy of the first volume just to see if it was any good, and I was hooked. (Another good series located in the same fashion is called Flesh & Blood, about a boy who falls through a wormhole into an alternate dimension and takes up with Francis Drake's pirates. I waited for a friend with a hankering for pirates to read it and tell me if it was good.)

Is it one of those not-yet-translated (and-may-never-be) series?

Probably. Occasionally, novel series are turned into anime (such as Kyou Kara Ma-ou) and from there converted into manga (like Juuni Kokki), so there's always a sliver of a chance, but I doubt City of Glass will ever fit into that category.

If you decide to write for the fandom again, I'll definitely back you.

Thank you. That's very encouraging.
From:searaw
Date:August 10th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)

Re: In the City of Glass

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*Again, going to sound stupid* What's the difference between a Japanese novel and manga? I mean, I would assume the novel has pictures (or in this case, characters) and the manga has pictures, but your summaries have very, very pretty pictures (otherwise, I probably wouldn't have bought the "the-Boy-Has-Unruly-Hair-Down-to-His-Ass-But-He's-Gorgeous-I-Swear" claim.

*Frustrated with self* I can't find it on Amazon Japan. *Makes disgruntled noise* I'm hopeless, I so am.

Thank you. That's very encouraging.

You're welcome. ^__^ I'm sure I'm not the only one, obviously. *With Arthurian tone* Thy name is a Legend.
From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 10th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)

Re: In the City of Glass

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What's the difference between a Japanese novel and manga?

A volume of manga is a comic book, so it's essentially all pictures. A novel is just like a regular English novel...except almost always much thinner and smaller, averaging about 250-300 pages. I usually read bunko paperbacks, which are a convenient size to carry around. The novels are generally illustrated with about five pictures, though that number varies. The artists chosen to illustrate the novels are often manga artists, so it's possible to see strong similarities between novel illustrations and manga.

I can't find it on Amazon Japan.

Here's the URL for the first volume:
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4062552361/qid=1092191051/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_10_6/249-6121464-2505957
From:searaw
Date:August 10th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)

Re: In the City of Glass

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*big grin* You're too cool. Really. *GLOMP!* Whee!

Thanks for handling my uninformed-ness. ^__^;;
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