I've decided it's best I separate my Japanese study into a different blog -- that way it will be clearer for people looking for a certain thing, also that will keep me motivated to keep posting on both blogs (in both subjects).
So please visit Nihonashi!
I'll leave my original Nihonashi posts here for a couple months for sentimental reasons :)
I really need to concentrate on my writing. I've participated in the NaNoWriMo contest for two years now (2008 and 2009), I find it's very effective in getting me to write (a lot). However, I tried out the Script Frenzy in April, and didn't reach even half the goal. That's pretty bad! Also, I submitted a manuscript to Tor, as they were the only publishers I could find that accept unsolicited (meaning no agent) submissions. It took them 4 months to get back with a form letter (sigh). Though I expected it, the rejection still hurt! I really need to work harder.
Wish me luck.
If you are unfamiliar with it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, where you set a goal with yourself to write 50,000 words in the month of November. See their site, nanowrimo.org, and participate next year! It's built entirely of your own motivation, and if you finish you know you have the drive to continue all by yourself. That's the hardest part of writing for a lot of people.
Script Frenzy is an associated program where you write a 100 page script in a month. The only reason I even got to 40 pages was because scripts run so... so.. vertically. I'd never written a script, though, and it was fun. It also allowed me to develop a really cool story plot (helped by my sister). I'll tell you about that someday.