wie lieblich sind deine wohnungen

Mar. 22nd, 2017 07:16 pm
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Mirok Li, Der Yalu fließt, trans. as The Yalu Flows by H. A. Hammelmann (1956): as a young man, Li was instructed by his mother to flee north across the nearby Amnok River (a.k.a. Yalu) and escape the Japanese police, probably circa 1920. He never returned to Korea; from China he made his way to Bavaria and worked as a doctor until his death in 1950. Besides this book, which is a remembrance of his childhood---it ends quite abruptly after his river-crossing into Manchuria---Li left scraps of a second book, which Hammelmann describes as a reflection upon juxtaposing European life with his Eastern upbringing. Think about it for a moment: born around the time when the Japanese government began occupying Korea, departed shortly after the March 1 movement---and then, somehow, sufficiently at home in a Bavarian village that people came to him for medical consultation amidst the tumult of the Third Reich.

A whole paragraph of my notes-while-reading was eaten by something, probably OneNote, so I no longer have the romanized names that caught my eye. "Mirok" is 미륵, more usually Mirŭk or Mireuk, as in the usual Korean rendering of Maitreya, the Buddha; his father's given name is rendered "Kamtsal," and due to Li's childhood training in classical Chinese, I'm not sure what to do with that Wade-Gilesish ts- as filtered through German. Chŏl, maybe? Two more bits have floated up while I type---Li's father asks him once whether he has heard of the great Korean poet "Kim-Saggaz," and Li's teaching includes the works of "Mang-dsa"---that's Menzius auf deutsch, usually Mencius or Mengzi in English.

I can see why people place this and Younghill Kang's The Grass Roof together, but Kang's text is almost painfully satirical, whereas Li's is almost painfully earnest, too earnest to be much truer than Kang's. Li's account is nonetheless nearer the technically fictional yet memoirish Richard E. Kim's Lost Names (1970), as expected.

I really wish that more writers besides these men and Park Wan-suh (her preferred romanization) had felt empowered to express themselves in semi-autobiographical writing (with a visibility level enabling translation into a language I can read). It's selfish, but seriously, they're all from yangban families---why don't we have a wider representation of voices? At this point, if we don't, we won't---they're dead---unless someone's writings are discovered late.

The Name Is

Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:09 pm
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I was right about the identity of David's parasite.

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Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:21 pm
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After reading Peter Beagle's Summerlong and being Tragically Unimpressed, I made my book club read Tamsin just so I could remember the Beagles I have loved before.

Tamsin is very much a Beagle I have loved before. As a teenager it was probably my favorite Beagle, even moreso than The Last Unicorn, just because I identified so hard with sulky, obstreperous Jenny Gluckstein, a Jewish New York teenager who moves to Dorset and promptly falls head-over-heels for a beautiful eighteenth-century ghost named Tamsin Willoughby.

I described the book this way in book club. "But I don't want to oversell you on how gay it is," I added, worriedly. "I mean I haven't reread it since I was a teenager. It definitely might not be as gay as I remember. Maybe it isn't gay at all, and I was just projecting!"

...rest assured, this book is very gay. We're not entirely sure if Beagle knows just how gay it is? There are numerous moments where Jenny describes in great detail the tingly feelings that Tamsin's quirky smile and vanilla smell and tiny ghost freckles make her feel, and then adds something like "I guess I'll probably feel that way about a boy someday!" Will you, Jenny? WILL YOU?

(I mean, maybe she will, bisexuality definitely an option, I'm just saying. The book is first-person, with the device of being an explanation of Everything That Went Down from the perspective of several years later for Jenny's friend Meena to read; the structure makes a whole lot more sense if one just assumes Jenny and Menna are by this point dating. Meena is in the book plenty! Thematically paralleled with Tamsin, even! Meena's jealousy of the time Jenny spends mysteriously disappearing to hang out with a ghost and Jenny's jealousy of Meena's tragic crush on The Boy She Pines For Across The Choir Benches is a whole thing!)

So yes, in retrospect, it turns out I still love Tamsin - even though, in retrospect, reading it now, it's a super weirdly-structured book. The first solid third of the book is all Jenny's SULKY OBSTREPEROUS AGONIZING TEENAGE FEELINGS about leaving New York, which is fine, I guess, except it introduces half a dozen characters that are super important to Jenny in New York and will never be important again. Then another character who's incredibly important to the finale of the book shows up maybe three chapters before the end, and Jenny's like "oh yeah, I forgot to mention her? But she's been here the whole time, having weird interactions with me the whole time, let's just pretend I've been talking about it, OK? OK."

Still, Jenny's amused-embarrassed voice looking back at all the time she spent as a hideously embarrassing teenager continues to ring about as true for me as it did when I myself was a hideously embarrassing teenager. I think I'm always going to love Tamsin for that.

(Also the tragic feline love story of between Jenny's actual factual cat and Tamsin's imperturbable ghost cat continues to delight.)

"Complicated"

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:08 pm
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU [Oregairu] slash : “Complicated”   [@ AO3]
RATING: NC-17; Hayama/Hikigaya.
SPOILERS:“Thus, His and Her and Her Youth Continues to Be Wrong,” “His and Her Confessions Will Reach No One,” “And Then, Yuigahama Yui Makes a Declaration,” “And, Yukinoshita Yukino Is...,” “Hayama Hayato Always Lives Up to Expectations,” and “Still, The Thing He Seeks Is Out of Reach, and He Continues to Mistake What’s Real.”
SUMMARY: Keeping a secret and keeping a boyfriend get more complicated, especially when you’re not sure you want either.
NOTES: A sequel to “Keeping Up” in the And Yet, Hayama Hayato Can Still Surprise series. Thanks to [personal profile] akira17 for the beta!

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Mar. 22nd, 2017 05:01 pm
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I recently had a brainstorm and reserved the Tumblr URL [tumblr.com profile] saltine-canadian. A little while later I decided I didn't want it after all. Are there any other salty Canadians out there who might want it?

(I also later realized that properly "salty" would be saline-Canadian; on the other hand the definition of "saltine" is "a thin salted cracker" and that is... not wholly inaccurate)

Permanent Residents, refugees, expatriates, and long-term residents also welcome to apply.

[ObMeme] icon conversation

Mar. 22nd, 2017 02:41 pm
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How it works: Have a conversation (or several) by using your icons.

Animated Victor will start us off!

(Hi in real life I'm working on Revenant Gun revisions I swear)

PSA

Mar. 22nd, 2017 11:40 am
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I'll be on Reddit's r/Fantasy on March 30 for an AMA (Ask Me Anything). You’ll need a Reddit account to participate. There’s a guide to the process here. I'm in CST but the format should accommodate multiple time zones. I'd love it if some of y'all showed up. ^_^

(I'll post a reminder on the day itself.)

There are examples of past AMAs with a staggering variety of sf/f authors, which make for some fun reading if you need a time-killer. =)

Okay, back to final revisions on Revenant Gun!
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Reading meme day. And I've been reading. Some.

Finished:

Great Short Poems from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century ed. Dorothy Belle Pollack, who translated the Greek and Latin selections (and I suspect at least some of the uncredited translations from French and German). I want to like this, especially given how many unfamiliar poems it has. And yet ... the cumulative result is a bit thin, almost monotonous. The book's large trim size for presenting small poems does not help, nor the arbitrary arrangement (alphabetical by author within period). Possibly it's the tight focus on lyrics, with minimal epigrams? Dunno. Regardless, the result is not what I hoped for.

The Improvatrice by Letitia Elizabeth Landon, an intriguing but not entirely successful verse tale. It has some excellent elements, including a female protagonist from Renaissance Florence who is both musician and painter, and some of the songs she improvises are quite appealing. There are interesting signs that what Landon's actually doing is a critique of Romanticism. And yet ... and yet ... the tale is so episodic that I found myself skimming the last third, only to find that ultimately our titular heroine dies of a broken heart -- over a guy named Lorenzo. (My reactions to that last may be more personal than yours.)

Ongoing:

I Shall Seal the Heavens by Er Gen continues on -- I'm up to around chapter 1180, approaching the sum of what's been translated. Which is part of the reason for my slowing down -- another part being, the initial new venue of book 7 did not excite me, though what was made of it did indeed turn out tasty. (No "and yet" for this one ... yet.)

Plus various rounds of poetry both lyric and narrative.

---L.

Subject quote from "Time After Time," Cyndi Lauper.

Wednesday Reading

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:50 am
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This week, I've mostly been reading a book for anonymous review. And I read an issue of Time and one of Entertainment.

I am unsure whether I will ultimately be recommending the fanfiction story I'm reading right now. It's not bad, but I'm not desperate to get back to it, either.

I want to read a lot of things, but am apparently not doing so right now.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:59 am
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1. I posted more manga! I'm excited about that.

2. I had a ton of interviews today and I have a bunch more Friday and Saturday, so I didn't make any final decisions today, but I was really impressed with one guy and he seemed keen on the job, so I probably will hire him at least. (And he was one of the ones who answered the Craigslist ad, so that was definitely money well spent.)

3. I played some Zelda tonight and finally reached Zora's Domain! I also did like four shrines on the way, plus opened up Lanayru Tower. Oh, and killed a Hinox.

4. I get to sleep in tomorrow! The bad news is that the reason I get to sleep in is because I have to work until like 3:00am, so I'm going in around noon. But I'm still glad I get to sleep in, and also it means I won't be there for the morning delivery, which I hate.

5. Sleepy Chloe!

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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 5 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Mame finally confronts Sou-chan about his past with her sister.



Chapter 15: A Woman Is a Woman

And here's a full volume download for those who want it.

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Mar. 21st, 2017 09:54 pm
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Okay, this is bizarre.

So yoga has been going so well (not just the practice itself, but the routine of getting equipment together and getting to a class on time) that I've recently moved on up to Aquafit which is a really gentle form of exercise done standing chest-deep in a swimming pool. There are usual Aquafit classes, which are basically aerobics in water, but I do Water Works, which is for people with injuries or impairments and has no cardio element. It's the kind of class where I am visibly 20 years younger than anyone else (and usually it's more like 40-60), and when I pay my entrance fee the pool staff double-check that I know it's not a workout class. But it's what works for me.

So I went to Aquafit today, and... had a good time. I felt energized and rejuvenated by the experience, my mood didn’t bottom out, I felt motivated and engaged the entire way through, afterwards I felt good about socializing with people in the hot tub, my pain wasn’t any worse when I left the pool, and tonight my muscles ache faintly from exertion but my other types of pain are actually reduced.

WHAT THE FUCK

This never happens to me. Like, I’m waiting on tenterhooks for a massive flare-up tomorrow because exercise never feels this good.

This points to my overall problem always having been “pushing myself too hard and trying too much”. I have always experienced normal exercise as painful, gruelling, and disheartening. Meanwhile, since I became disabled, all of my physical gains have come from doing the least amount of exercise possible and stopping the moment the pain gets worse. It's been a real process unlearning "push through the pain".

So can I just say, FUCK the physical education establishment for telling me that I’m lazy and any failure to achieve physically is because I’m not trying hard enough, and teaching me that a combative relationship with my body is normal and desirable.

Agh Yargh Gyaahh

Mar. 21st, 2017 08:16 am
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I could not tolerate political anything I tried to read this morning. I'm still going to send my daily emails to my reps, though. Not sure of the topic - such a bounty to choose from!

I email letters (through their websites) rather than call because 1) I am at dayjob in a shared work environment; 2) I feel much more in control of my message when it is written; and 3) I can easily edit past letters to make new, even more enraged letters.

I want an app that always replaces the face of Jeff Sessions with a giant poo emoji.

Good things:

1. I finally made a needed dentist appointment for a chipped incisor. Appointment is tomorrow.

2. I saw the Adorable Tots both Sunday and last night, and introduced them to pumpkin in hot pot, which they liked a lot.

3. I gymmed yesterday, after taking Friday off due to sleep deprivation.

4. Saturday, I am meeting friends for dim sum, followed by a WWI art exhibit at PAFA, followed by my other birthday orchestra ticket, Britten's War Requiem.

5. Ms. 8 liked the way I wrapped her 5 pound dumbbell: encased in a fuzzy medium blue sock, tied off with a sky blue ribbon with a tiny dark blue squishy frog semi-concealed within the bow.

6. I am making good progress on reading my review book.
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Recommend me a good Kdrama for beginners. ( [personal profile] coffeeandink  )

Limiting myself to kdramas I’ve seen that are also on Hulu or Netflix (I know you have Netflix from comments made in the past at your DW, and I’m just guessing as far as Hulu goes), though both have taken down most of their kdramas (both that I’ve watched and otherwise) over the last year or so.:

On Netflix: Hello My Twenties (previously Age of Youth, don’t know why Netflix wanted a new name) which is a slice of life series about 5 female college students who are roommates, except in this case, one or more MIGHT be murderers, there’s at least 1 Secret Lifestyle and 2 Secret Pasts between them, plus one who can see a ghost that may or may not be the ghost of a murdered person. A few others that netflix has that I liked but didn’t exactly love are Descendants of the Sun (romance between a doctor and a soldier, pretty straightforward and simple but enjoyable, but sometimes prone to pro-military propaganda), Goodbye Mr. Black (modern day retelling of Count of Monte Cristo), and Be Arrogant (webdrama about 2 women who open an online shopping store after their mutual cheating boyfriend robs them and runs off.) Go Mrs. Go is a drama that I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t watched. White Nights (previously Night Light) is a recent drama that Netflix has the first half of (I think they can’t add the second half until a certain amount of time after the international broadcast finishes, or something like that). What I’ve seen is a good thriller about a businesswoman with huge schemes and plans and a parttimer who she brings into her inner circle and starts grooming as a bit of a mini-her/femme fatale. I can’t actually recommend it though because I don’t actually recommend things until I know whether or not they have good endings.

On Hulu: Most definitely Healer, a thriller/romance about a mercenary, a spunky reporter, and 80s underground radio station, political corruption, and spunky journalists. Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which is a revolutionary youth sageuk about a crossdressing girl, political conspiracy, and feuding political factions at Sungkyunkwan, the school for scholars and future government officials, is a drama I loved and would normally highly recommend (despite it having a lot to do with more serious sageuks becoming less popular and fusion youth sageuks that are heavy on idols and lighter on sageuk pros and historical veritas largely taking over the genre, but that’s another matter), but shortly after I finally got around to watching it, the lead actor was involved in a rape scandal where multiple women accused him of rape over a longish period. He was found not guilty, but with Korean rape laws, it largely meant “we can’t convict him under the current laws, but he probably did it.” (That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful, and the only bad thing I’ve ever heard about any of the others was that one time he got in a fight with police when drunk-which was worse for his career than exposure as a possible serial rapist was for Park Woochun.) For “liked but didn’t love,” hulu also has another thriller, Liar Game, about a reality show where people have to con each other out of millions of dollars. T’s on the absurd side, but fun and the leads were pretty great. Oh My Venus is a romcom that I liked in spite of it being a makeover plot, but the leads more than made up for it. The Master’s Sun is a romantic dramedy about a woman who sees ghosts and a man who keeps them from bothering her because she can’t see them if she touches him. I Hear Your Voice, Empress Ki, and Tree With Deep Roots are dramas hulu has that have been highly recommended, but I haven’t seen them yet. W: Two Worlds is a metafiction fantasy drama that was really really popular last ear. I started out really liking it but lost interest about 2/3s through, but most people I know who watched it loved it till the end. Hulu used to have a huge selection of kdramas but lost most of them a year ago when DramaFever’s license expired (this might be changing, as ive noticed a couple dramas on hulu have been moved to the DramaFever channel, which had been deleted before), so I think everything else I’ve seen that they used to have was taken down.. They still have the best selection outside of Viki or DramaFever, who hold licenses for most kdramas and cdramas that have been licensed.

[personal profile] skygiants has pretty good rec posts for Healer, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Age of Youth at their dreamwidth, along with several other kdramas, so that’s also a good place to look.

All in the Family Exchange Letter

Mar. 21st, 2017 08:42 am
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Dear Writer,

Thank you so much for creating a gift for me! I guarantee I'll be thrilled with whatever you write, so please don't stress about your assignment. I promise I'll love it. I've offered up some ideas for my requested fandoms & relationships, but don't feel tied down by them. I'd rather you create something that makes you happy and that you're proud of than one that you're not excited by even though it incorporates all of my likes and prompts.

So, first off, as you can tell by the salutation, I requested only fic for this exchange. Sorry! I'm in a reading kind of mood. Maybe next time, artists and vidders.

Now, for my preferences. I'm pretty laid back and read a wide variety of stories. Any rating is fine with me, too. I just really enjoy seeing what writers can do with interesting ideas and premises. But I know none of that is very helpful in an exchange, so…

General likes:
  • Lighthearted fluff, emotional devastation that has a happy ending, action-packed adventure, snappy dialogue and banter, food descriptions, fight sequences, and complicated relationships.

  • Canon-compliant fic. If you want to write a fic that can slide into the canon, great!

  • Canon-divergent fic. If you want to write a fic where Character X didn't die, that's awesome! If you want to write a fic where everything is the same as in canon except, I don't know, Death comes stalking the streets one night a year and shenanigans ensue, have at it! I'm really easy here, guys.

  • Maybe you like writing AUs? In that case, I enjoy high school athletic team AUs, university AUs, tattoo and piercing artist AUs, and ABO that examines and/or subverts the trope's established conventions. (For ABO, I'm more interested in the worldbuilding aspects and ramifications for this exchange. Well, I'm always interested in that but moreso here given the nature of my requests.)

  • Or are you into crossovers or fusions? Stick to Pokemon Go. You'll never go wrong with Pokemon Go. :D

General dislikes:
  • Non-canon character death

  • Infidelity

  • Non-canon genderbending

  • Noncon (dubcon is fine)

  • First- or second-person POV

  • Crossovers & fusions except for the one case noted above. ;)

And now for the requests!

The Requests - Naruto, One Piece & RWBY )

Thank you so much again, and I hope you have fun with your assignment! :D

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Daily Happiness

Mar. 21st, 2017 02:05 am
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1. Our old HDMI switcher box stopped working a while ago, probably due to the cats knocking it off the TV table too many times. So that meant if I wanted to play Zelda on the TV, I had to unplug the Apple TV and plug it in directly (the second HDMI port on the TV is also not working, so we can't just have them both plugged in directly), which is a pain, so it kind of kept me from playing as much as I wanted to (though I was also busy with other stuff).

But I finally remembered to order a new one from Amazon and that came the other day, and today when we were at Target I got velcro sticky things to affix it to the TV stand so it doesn't get knocked over by cats (also got some for the Apple TV, which has also been knocked down many times but is apparently sturdier). So now we can have them both plugged in and easily switch between them (and the X-Box One, though that doesn't get much use)!

2. I played Zelda a bunch this afternoon! I haven't played for like a week, and between watching Carla and the Let's Play I've been following, I am now having a hard time remembering what's stuff that I've actually done and what I've just seen done. Doh. But I did do a lot today. I finally got Link's first memory! And did some small sidequests. And explored a bit more. I think tomorrow I'll head off to Zora's Domain (though I might take a long and winding route and stop at some shrines on the way).

3. I didn't get as much translating done as I'd hoped, but I did get some housework done.

4. I posted manga! Though I just realized the month is nearly over and there's some stuff I haven't even started on yet, so I'd better get on that...

5. I was home with the kitties all day and they were super cuties but somehow I didn't take any pictures. Luckily I have tons of backstock!

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