I guess there's not much point to this post but to let you know I haven't died. Yet. Also, I'm procrastinating. Tomorrow I have a 5-6 page paper due on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writing systems and how they're considered some of the "worst" and "best" of world writing systems. Naturally, I wait until the night before it's due to work on it. I also have a five minute interview with my Japanese teacher tomorrow afternoon. Basically, we're going to talk about the custom of gift giving in Japan and how it's different than from the US. Should be terrifying.
Spring break is next week, so hopefully I'll be able to get some posts written. However, my biggest goal over break is to get some research done on my 20 page paper that's due at the end of the semester. Depending on how it turns out, I might post part or all of my essay, since I'm not going to pour my sweat, blood, and tears into writing the cursed thing without sharing it with the world. Here's my tentative thesis statement if you're curious:
Buddhism—and to some extent, Daoism and Confucianism—has had a distinct influence on Shinto, Japan’s indigenous religion. Most Japanese these days would have no qualms professing they consider themselves both Shintoists and Buddhists and, though we might not easily see it at first, both Shinto and Buddhism play a large role in Japanese people’s everyday lives, their perceptions of gender, and the government. From Shinto’s earliest conception, through the Pacific War, to modern day Japan, this paper attempts to show the progression and influence of Japan’s syncretic belief system.
Actually, I take that back. My biggest goal over break is to finish revising book one of my series, so that I can finish book two by my 23rd birthday in April (holy balls, I'm getting old). I'm having a lot of fun revising it, and I'm smoothing out a lot of the kinks. In some parts, it's hardly recognizable, which is great. I've already cut out about 5000 words and I'm only done revising chapters one through eight. Feels great getting rid of all the excess crap.
Sorry to those on Critique Circle! I'm ashamed I'm so behind on crits. You all must hate me.
Anyway, I hope to post again sometime soon. Perhaps on something more interesting.
How's everyone else doing?