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09 November 2012 @ 02:53 pm
I always kept all of my entries public out of some kind of determined vulnerability (the desire to wear my heart on my sleeve) but it's been over two years since I updated here, and in some ways I'm now quite a different, more private, person. So most new entries will still be public, but if you happen to want to read the ramblings of my 15 to 20-year-old self, and the more personal bletherings of the present, leave a comment here and let me know :)

If you're stumbling upon this journal for the first time: hello! Here are five semi-pertinent facts about me: my favourite foods are inari zushi, okonomiyaki, and roasted red pepper pasta; I read a lot of (fan)fiction about guys falling madly in love with one another; I'm hoping to become a Japanese-French-English translator; I think I'm possibly a Gryffindor, even though I always wanted to be a Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff; and I would like to one day be able to run a marathon.
Mood: pensive
12 January 2017 @ 06:48 pm
Muchacho by Emmanuel LepageCollapse )

ノルウェイの森上、下 by 村上春樹Collapse )

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellCollapse )

Carry On by Rainbow RowellCollapse )

Uprooted by Naomi NovikCollapse )

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn GardnerCollapse )

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan CainCollapse )

Pug, l’apprenti ; Milamber, le mage ; Silverthorn by R. E. Feist, translated by Antoine RibesCollapse )

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie WillisCollapse )

(53. I also randomly re-read HBP during the year for an intensely competitive pub quiz in a series of of quizzes with one per book. Our team of two came in third place – I was half grumpy about this and half proud, as we only dropped two points. I didn’t have time for a full 2016 HP Re-read, but I’m planning to start 2017 off right by getting straight to it :D)
Mood: touched
Music: We Know The Way - Opetaia Foa'i, Lin-Manuel Miranda
01 January 2017 @ 08:53 pm
Backwards and ForwardsCollapse )
Mood: contemplative
Music: Shall We Skate - 松司馬拓 and The Soulmatics
02 January 2016 @ 09:32 pm
2015 Retrospective, Onwards 2016Collapse )
Mood: contemplative
Music: End of an Era - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
30 October 2015 @ 06:35 pm
The fact that there's no real internal record of the time you spend asleep used to really freak me out - if I could fall asleep one night and wake up the next morning with no true concept of that time having passed, then I was paranoid that I could wake up one morning and discover that years had gone by in a similar way. Time does seem to be flashing past; it seems only a month ago that I was making New Year resolutions, and it sometimes feels as though I'm just treading water. There haven't (so far) been big events that mark the year as different and new, yet I realised that there are small signs of progress that are just as important - if not more - than the shinier examples of change.

~ I've held down a part-time job, and been promoted
~ I've almost met my goal of saving a six-month buffer/emergency fund
~ I've kept up running in spite of injuries and illnesses and slow progress
~ I've read six books in French and one in Japanese, plus over 40 in English
~ I've spoken in, listened to, and/or read in French and Japanese every week, alternately (except for during the annual Harry Potter re-read :) )
~ I've been to visit my girlfriend's family in America with minimal anxiety, being more myself around them that I've ever been before, less intimidated and worried that they'd disapprove of me
~ I've bought new clothes (including Harry Potter Alliance t-shirts!!)
~ I've listened to new music (really into klezmer at the moment)
~ I've drawn again for the first time in years, experimenting a little with some charcoal that a friend gave me over a year ago, then going back to pencil
~ I've got tickets (as of five minutes ago :D) to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, despite the fact that the ticket website is a complete mess and it took a bloody hour, grrrrrrr, but also yayyyyyy!
Mood: contemplative
Music: An Awakening - Matt Berry