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05 January 2013 @ 01:52 am
I wonder why I still have a paid lj account even though I hardly ever post anything. I guess I just like having over a hundred icons to choose from (I have about 700 on my computer so that one hundred doesn't even feel like enough sometimes).

It was always my intention to start updating more often after I finished my Master's thesis (and finally got on with my life), but as it happens, I still haven't finished it even though I started it over two years ago. *sigh*. At least I only have eight more pages to go until I reach the minimum length requirement. I'm hoping to finish my first draft within the month. (And then I'm finally going to start putting to paper some fic ideas that have been swirling around in my head for ages.)

The real reason I managed to sit down to update my lj today after over a year of silence was actually a meme I simply couldn't resist answering (not that anyone else would care, this is purely for my own amusement). Copied from delfeus.

Pick ten of your ships without looking at the questions.

1. Conrad/Yuuri (Kyou Kara Maou)
2. Fakir/Ahiru (Princess Tutu)
3. Arthur/Merlin (Merlin)
4. Ren/Kyoko (Skip Beat!)
5. Abe/Mihashi (Ookiku Furikabutte)
6. Doumeki/Watanuki (xxxHOLiC)
7. Van/Hitomi (Vision of Escaflowne)
8. Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
9. Youko/Keiki (Twelve Kingdoms)
10. Tuoren/Lifang (Jinjuu Houretsuden)

I only picked pairs that I ship romantically at least to some extent (I like 3, 5, 9 and 10 just as much even without any romance). If I'd included my friendship ships, I so would have added Natsume/Nyanko-sensei from Natsume Yuujinchou, Guren and Masahiro from Shounen Onmyouji and Sai and Hikaru from Hikaru no Go instead of some of the ones of my current list.

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Current Mood: sillysilly
06 December 2011 @ 11:32 pm
Happy Independence Day, Finland!

You know what? I really love crossovers. Yesterday, I bumped into this fancomic that fuses together Merlin and the Twelve Kingdoms (Merlin characters in a Twelve Kingdoms inspired setting). That is simply too awesome for words. And for my fellow Merlin fans, I encourage you to take a look even if you've never heard of the Twelve Kingdoms. You don't need to be familiar with it to enjoy this: Shifts in Crystal and Gold by nachte. It's still a work in progress though.
Current Mood: hyperhyper
23 October 2011 @ 09:54 pm
What made my day today:


How I wish I could sing. I've always lamented the fact that I can't seem to sing one song without my throat hurting like crazy, and now I've discovered that apparently I'm not the only with that problem and apparently I'm breathing wrong. I'd love to go to singing (or breathing) lessons so that I could learn how to breath and sing properly. I don't even care that my singing voice sucks, I'd just love to be able to sing without pain and without losing my voice every time. *sigh*

I've been pretty busy with work since my last post and haven't been in the mood to update before now (yes, bad me). Because of work I've spent the last few months traveling to different work locations within and outside the city. I usually don't know my shifts until a few hours before they start and they can be pretty much anywhere in this area. The stress of not knowing when or where I'll be called to work is taking its toll on me, and I know by now that this kind of work isn't for me in the long run. I want to know my shifts in advance so that I can relax on my free time and I want to have only one work location so that I can become familiar with that. I sort of have a contract with my employer until the end of the year (I say sort of because I haven't actually signed a contract, just discussed the details of it with them), so I'll keep working at least until then and consider my option again once next year rolls around. The busiest season seems to be over now so I finally have some time to myself again (not good for the wallet but good for my stress levels). Like I feared, I haven't managed to work on my thesis at all during the past few months. At least I'm finally starting to feel some sort of deadline pressure weighing on me so hopefully I'll make some progress soon. I don't actually have a deadline, but I think I'll start looking for a new job next year (hopefully with better hours) so I have to write now that I still have some time. Should just get it over and done with.

Should also try to get over my addiction to Sims 3. It's almost a good thing that I get nauseous if I play for too many hours in a row. It's my body telling me to do something else for a change.
Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Current Music: Katy Perry - Firework
14 July 2011 @ 09:53 pm
Just when I'd resolved to give up on job hunting for the rest of the summer and concentrate on writing my thesis, I somehow managed to get a job. It's basic cashier work, and I'll be taking random shifts in different grocery stores around the city starting next week. It might mean that I won't finish my thesis in time to graduate by the end of this year, but I frankly don't care. The only reason I was in a hurry to graduate this year was so that I could put my studies behind me and concentrate on job hunting. But if I get work without graduating, I don't mind if my graduation has to wait half a year longer.

I was also planning on writing some more fic this summer, but I'll have to see how much time and motivation for that I'll have in between work and my thesis. Then again, I've noticed that sometimes when I'm really busy, I get extra motivated to use what little free time I have left on useful things (I count fic writing as useful). I remember when I was studying at WWU and busy with homework all the time, I was still motivated to spend more time studying Japanese than was necessary. Maybe it's the sense of accomplishment I get that pushes me to work even harder. On the other hand, whenever I'm not busy, I have no motivation for anything useful. *sigh*

I have a few more Kyou Kara Maou oneshots in the works and a couple of ideas for Princess Tutu that I'd like to start writing at some point. I just really don't want my writer's block to return now that I've finally managed to shake it off after eight years.
Current Mood: nervousnervous
01 July 2011 @ 10:01 pm
Fandom: Kyou Kara Maou
Title: Waiting for Dawn
Pairing/characters: Conrart/Yuuri
Rating: PG/K+
Word Count: around 7600
Disclaimer: Kyou Kara Maou is the creation of Tomo Takabayashi.
Summary: An unexpected visitor from the future forces Conrart to reconsider his feelings and his position in Yuuri’s life. Conrart/Yuuri
A/N: Thanks to kaito2426 for the beta and for patiently listening to my whining when I was writing this. This is the first fic I've managed to finish in about eight years, but since I finally feel like I'm getting my writing groove back, you can expect more fics from me in the future. Especially the conyuu kind.

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Current Mood: creativecreative
22 April 2011 @ 11:46 pm
It's been a long time since I last posted icons, but here I am again with a new batch. This post includes both new icons and old ones that I just never got around to publishing until now.

This batch consists of:

29 x Neo Angelique Abyss
6 x Harukanaru Toki no Naka de
20 x Major
19 x Natsume Yuujinchou
4 x Shounen Onmyouji
3 x Skip Beat!

As usual, you're free to use these as bases. Credit is nice but not necessary. Comments would make my day.


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Current Mood: okayokay
01 April 2011 @ 10:45 pm
Sometimes I really wish I could just stop and think for a while before acting. Especially after I start having a nervous breakdown over something small and completely stupid. I've always known that I'm somewhat neurotic about some things (for example, that my kitchenware is organized and that nothing there gets moved around too much), but I thought I'd managed to tone it down greatly over the years. Apparently not completely though.

My roommate moved out about a month ago and a new one moved in this week. She's a high schooler who doesn't yet have much stuff of her own so I of course told her that she was welcome to use my microwave, toaster, etc. But then she went and put her forks, knives and spoons in my drawer (there are two empty drawers she could've taken), among my utensils. And for some reason I couldn't stand the thought of it. I almost had a small panic attack. She happened to step out of her room right after I noticed it, so I took the opportunity to ask her if we could keep our utensils separate from each other. But after we'd agreed and separated, I immediately started feeling stupid about worrying about such a small thing. Couldn't I have waited for those ten minutes it took for my brain to adjust to the thought? Our utensils look completely different from each other so they couldn't have gotten mixed up anyway. *facepalm* I wish I had the ability to instantly adjust to new things and thoughts, but I always seem to need some time to do that. I'm dependent on my routines.

I also had a moment of panic a few weeks ago, when I bought my own washing machine and only noticed afterwards that water was leaking from where the machine was connected to a faucet. I panicked and my mom, who was with me at the time, immediately called the shop we'd bought the machine from and asked them to send the guy who'd installed it to check it. After some more phone calls I realized that a) the fault was in the faucet and not the hose attached to it, b) that I'd called the wrong people to come and fix it and c) that after a week the faucet stopped leaking on its own. Again, if I'd just stepped back for a moment before acting I could've spared everyone involved the trouble. *sigh*

In other news, my summer job situation is looking hopeful. A firm that recruits employees for their client firms called me in for an interview so now there's at least some possibility that they might find a job for me. Of course I'll still keep sending applications to other places, but I'm hoping to get something through them, because that would guarantee at least 30 work hours per week. And I could get a job as a cashier, which tends to be rather hard when you have neither the right education nor experience for it. This way I could at least get that first experience (it would be useful work experience if I don't make it as a translator).

I've managed to study a lot of kanji these last few days (I've reviewed 550 kanji and spent about 20 hours writing down study sheets). I was just suddenly struck by motivation and it still hasn't let go, which is much appreciated. From tomorrow on, for a month, I'm going to try and work on my Master's thesis at least a little bit every day. Hopefully my new-found motivation will extend to that as well.

Yeah. But that's enough writing for today. Now I'm going back to rewatching Bones.
Current Mood: embarrassedembarrassed
21 March 2011 @ 11:18 am
I confess I haven't been studying Japanese as hard as I should lately. It's easy to make up excuses (looking for summer jobs is too stressful, my mind is occupied by my master's thesis which I'm thinking of constantly but not actively working on, etc.), but I would actually have lots of time for it if I chose to spend my time better. I'm just soothing my guilty consciousness about it by watching tons of anime (which I admit, does actually help me practice my listening skills), but I should be doing more.

So yesterday night I finally got around to starting a diary in Japanese. And not one of these online diaries but one that uses a pen and paper. I understand a lot from what I hear of spoken Japanese, but I haven't gotten any practice at using Japanese since I left WWU two years ago. It was annoying to notice that even though I recognize quite a few kanji when I see them, I can't actually write that many from memory. So hopefully keeping a diary in Japanese will help me get used to using Japanese again. I'm only writing very simple sentences so far, since my skills don't allow anything more complex (and I'm sure even my first entry is full of stupid mistakes), but I'm hoping to improve with time.

Like I mentioned, my master's thesis really isn't coming along at all. I have about three pages (eight if you count the index and all the random thoughts I've just dotted down). But considering that starting a writing project is always the hardest part for me, continuing shouldn't be as hard now that I have some sort of outline. The thesis definitely won't be finished by the end of May, like I had hoped, but I'm not too concerned about it. If I can graduate by the end of this year, that's good enough for me.

I recently bought this dating sim game (Matches and Matrimony), which is basically a combination of three Jane Austen novels and you can choose who to pursue as a husband. After playing the Mr. Darcy ending I had this urge to read Pride and Prejudice again and finally bought myself the book. It's funny how I first started liking Pride and Prejudice when I watched the 2005 movie (which I really loved back then), but since then every time I reread the book or watch the 1995 British mini drama version, I keep liking the movie less and less. Not to say that it's badly done or anything, but I keep feeling that it doesn't do the original book enough justice. Too much has been cut out of the plot because they've tried to tell the whole story in only two hours.

Which reminds me, I recently bought myself the movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, because the trailer looked awesome and because it has a wonderful cast (Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrel and Jude Law in the same movie, hell yes). But the movie was beyond weird. I think I sort of understood what it was about right at the end, but I didn't really enjoy the movie because I couldn't figure out what was going on. I suppose I might like it a bit more if I ever decide to watch it again.
Current Mood: restlessrestless
21 February 2011 @ 12:06 am
Two weeks and six days ago, my thesis adviser gave me three weeks to write a part of my Master's thesis. She jokingly said that she wasn't expecting me to turn in twenty pages quite yet, so I'm wondering exactly what she'll think if I only turn in a couple of pages. I managed to write a page and a half the other day, but today I only managed to write eight sentences in the four hours I spent staring at my thesis (after which I gave up for the day because I had a headache). And now there's only tomorrow left. At this rate I won't even make it to five pages, which was the number of pages I was at least hoping to have. *sigh* I knew writing my thesis was going to be a nightmare...

I remember being at least somewhat interested in my thesis topic back when I wrote my Bachelor's thesis about it, but now it feels like I already managed to say everything I wanted to say back then. It's like I already satisfied the motivation I had back then and now my mind's just saying: "What? I have to do everything again?". But I also have no intention of changing my topic, since it (Japanese honorifics in manga) is pretty much the only topic I have any interest in writing about. My original plan was to have my thesis finished by the end of May, but I no longer feel like that's going to happen. Now I'm just hoping that I'll have at least half the text done by then. After this May, I intend to start working full time, which means that I'll have to finish my thesis in the evenings and during weekends. I suppose I can only blame myself for not writing when I had the time. Then again, I still have three months left, so hope isn't quite lost yet.
Current Mood: stressedstressed
12 February 2011 @ 12:54 am
So, apparently if you go to the North Pole, they sell Finnish canned foods there - at least according to this one Japanese drama:

(Seriously, canned seal with curry? Does someone actually sell that?) Anyway, thanks, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, for the laughs. North Pole, indeed...

I've been meaning to update for ages, but never got around to it (and the longer I waited, the harder it got) so I thought, what the heck, let's break my hiatus with something completely stupid.

Hopefully my next entry will hold something a bit more interesting.

Current Mood: exanimateexanimate