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I have been panicking like a crazy thing over the past couple of days. As I may have mentioned in my earlier entries, I'm getting ready to leave for Japan on July 24th. The mandatory pre-departure orientation is on the 23rd, and while I haven't finished all of my packing yet (or even pulled everything that I need out of my drawers to put into my suitcases), I'm equally worried about my mom moving out by the end of August. I know that if I just leave my stuff as is, I'll lose a ton of books and various knick-knacks that are pretty important to me, so I've been trying to figure out what to do with them.

One of my friends has offered to hold onto some of my books, which is reassuring -- but I'm wondering if it might be more sensible to put some boxes into storage instead. And then there's the question of how many books I'm going to bring with me to Japan. I doubt I'll bring much manga with me (after all, it's not exactly in short supply there), but what about all the books I've grown up with, from the novels I bought in high school to the illustrated hardcover stories I received as gifts from family friends as a kid? I don't want to pack too much, but at the same time, I don't want to forget anything that I might regret later.

The kicker is that we're only allowed to bring two suitcases with us, so it's not like I can cram the entire thing with books and be done with that. Decisions, decisions; I'm going to have to give this issue some more thought, and fast.
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I am conflicted! For the past couple of years, I've used LJ as a means of keeping track on other entries, rather than writing any of my own. But now that I've signed up for Dreamwidth, I feel that I should make some kind of effort to start blogging again? For the time being, at least. I'm not sure how long this pattern will last, but as long as I feel this way, I might as well make the most of it.

In bulletpoint:

1. Now that my Linguistics class has ended, I'm looking forward to reading more books for fun again! Not that LING 118 was dull, but I missed that feeling of poking around my bookshelves and pulling out something that I meant to read some time ago. On my list of Books To Read That I Will Probably Forget About Unless I Write Them Down are:

The Yiddish Policemen's Union: because I still haven't read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay yet. And am still somewhat ashamed of that.

Purple Hibiscus: two years ago, I went to a writing conference near Binghamton. (I found out about this through word-of-mouth advertising; if my creative writing professor hadn't mentioned it, I would have had no idea it existed.) On that Saturday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke there. I thought she was remarkably eloquent, but completely forgot about everything she said once classes picked up again that Monday.

Still, my friend bought one of her books there, and after doing some Google-fu yesterday, I managed to pull her name up again. So! I'm planning to read this the next time I'm in a bookstore and I get the chance.

The Kandy-Colored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby: Could you resist something with a title like that? I bought this one at a book sale! And I have read some of the essays. But I've never finished it, and with a name like that, this book deserves more.

2. Certain professional writers frown down upon "(superlative)-ly" words. And in my infinite wisdom, I (completely) disagree with this. I mean, overusing words like "tremendously" and "definitely" may make the text buckle under their weight. But cleaning up text can also go in the opposite direction. After a certain point, the text isn't clean, it's downright threadbare. And then there's no textual weight left to begin with.

I am prepared to be a lonely dissenter.

3. I miss using emoticons in my entries! I'm actively resisting them at this point, because I want to try writing entries with a cleaner voice at the moment. But it just feels weird to me.

I think bell will be the only one to read this entry!


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November 2011



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