Saturday, November 3, 2012


I'm slowly accumulating more words. They are still fairly disorganized at this point, but it's early days yet. I've passed the 10% milestone, so I'm pretty happy about that.

This evening, I stopped by Banka, one of my favorite coffee shops in Wakkanai. I did some writing there and watched part of the Fighters-Giants game. The Fighters (the Hokkaido) team are in - well, I don't know what it's called, actually. It's the champion series. I'm not much of a sports fan, but even I get excited about things like the home team playing in the championships! The Fighters were down by 3, but then someone hit an awesome home run that brought in 3 runs. When I left the coffee shop, though, the Fighters were down by 1 again. I hope they catch up and win!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Transcribing interviews sure takes a long time. I've discovered a few things.

1. I should not be left alone with a bag of my favorite rice crackers.
2. NaNoWriMo is the best time for doing anything besides writing. Everything takes on a glow of fun.
3. I tend to, I tend to say things twice when I'm talking.
4. My friends have some fun stories!

The good news is that I'm on track with NaNoWriMo daily targets! Yay!

And, most importantly, a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite brother!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012


Well, I'm a touch behind (should be around 1667 each day), but I need to go to bed! Planning to get some good interview transcribing done on the train tomorrow. I better make sure that my headphones are packed!

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One of my favorite NaNoWriMo traditions is staying up until midnight to get a quick start on my new project. I've usually had something marinating in my head, and I'm always eager to get started.

Life has been a little overwhelming lately, and even though I was excited for NaNoWriMo to start, I didn't quite have the same fire this year as I usually have. But this evening, as the clock slowly moved toward midnight, I felt the excitement brewing. So by 11:56, I was definitely pumped. By 11:58, I had a cup of peppermint tea ready, and by 11:59, my fingers were poised over the keyboard.

Well, I've written 738 words and I'm calling it quits for the night. This girl needs her beauty sleep!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

One of my favorite days

Today is one of my favorite days of the year! It's NaNoWriMo Eve! For anyone who doesn't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's a time where people all around the world try to write a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. But this year, I'm a bit of a NaNoWriMo rebel. This year, I'm putting together a collection of stories of experiences people have had in countries other than their own. I'm excited and also a little overwhelmed! When I sit down and start writing at midnight, I won't be just creating a world out of my own head, I'll be writing actual fact!

50,000 words of actual fact...eeeeeeeek! No having characters wax on and on about the poetic beauties of an ice cream cone just to take up space. Eeeeek! Well, it's either going to be awesome or a flop. Let's all hope for awesome!

By the way, if you or someone you know might like to be interviewed for this project, please let me know. I will accept pretty much anyone with a story to tell.

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Greetings from the school bus

Good morning! I'm headed to school on a pretty October morning. The nice thing about overnight school visits is that I get to go to school well-fed. Come to think of it, it's really too bad that we don't have boarding houses anymore!

Here's what I saw this morning as I was getting on the bus:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


On my way to Rebun this morning. Lots of tourists! Not so many as in the summer months, but this group seems extra excited for some reason. Rishiri is pretty today, so we are all lucky.

The thing about Rishiri is that it is always different. I never get tired of that view.

Today, the winter sea seems to be in full effect. Up and down and up and down and up and...well, you get the picture.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A beautiful fall day...and good news

First, the good news! I hope that you are seeing images and text interspersed instead of all images being at the end. Yay! On the Blogger app on my phone, I can't control the order or location of images. But now, I can, thanks to my tiny computing thing.

So, yesterday was just a gorgeous fall day. I had lots to do around the house, but really wanted to take advantage of the nice weather. After lunch, I hopped on a bus and made my way downtown, where I started hiking uphill towards Wakkanai Park.

There were some beautiful leaves. I thought the yellow and red together was rather pretty.

I continued hiking through the park and towards the 100 Year Memorial Tower. From the ground to the tower is about a mile, but most of it is pretty much straight up. I love the views of Wakkanai from the area around the tower.

I didn't linger too long around the tower. I was eager to get to the trail. So I headed up behind the tower towards the trail entrance via a gravel road. It was then that I remembered that gravel roads in minimalist shoes are a little ouchy. But then I got distracted by a pretty view, so it was OK. Can you guess what that pretty view was? If you guessed Rishiri, you are right! It was one of those afternoons where Rishiri is barely visible through the haze.

On these kinds of days, Rishiri reminds me of something from a dream. There, but almost out of sight.

Ha, now that I think about it, I was at a point where I could see the sea in both directions. Here's the other way:

I continued on hiking, down hills and up hills (we need a nice bridge).

Eventually, I decided to take a break. I brought walnuts, water, and my Kindle. Don't worry, I didn't eat the Kindle. Haha. Anyway, as I was enjoying my break, I remembered something. The Instagram (photo sharing app) weekend project this week is to try to take a self portrait. As I looked around at the 3 benches, I realized that I was in a good spot to try to do a self portrait (I could rest the phone on a bench).

This was my original attempt. Nice and sweet, with Kori.

But then, I think I temporarily lost my mind. It was action time! First, I thought I'd try a handstand.

It didn't work out very well.

So, I decided to try jumping off a bench and got these gems:


Finally,when it seemed that all hope was lost, I picked up my phone after a jump, and saw this:

I was very happy! And a little tired from all that jumping. I still had quite a long way to hike before dark, so I packed up my stuff and went on my way. It began to get cold as the afternoon went on. I continued going up and down hills.

Then I came to the gazebo where I had stopped with some kids I went hiking with before. Wouldn't this be a pretty place to sit and read?

I started descending for good once I passed the gazebo. One thing I like about going on a solo hike is the fact that you can just relax and let your senses all take in the surroundings. To be honest, I didn't use taste much!

Eventually, I came to a fork in the trail (for taste? haaa). I wasn't sure which way to go. One way looked like the trail I'd been hiking on, and the other was dark forest. As I stood there pondering, I heard a crashing that was definitely NOT a sparrow. This was a large animal. My adrenaline rose a little, and then the large animal turned out to be a jogger. Well, I knew it wasn't a sparrow! I then headed down the dark forest path, thinking it might be fun. It was really dark!

But when I came out, I had another lovely view of Wakkanai.

Then it was time for one final descent and ascent. Unfortunately, the final descent was really steep and muddy and I wound up taking the express method for a portion of the trip. But then I picked myself back up for the last part of the descent, which involved ropes and a ladder. Yay.

Finally, I was back to civilization and sooo tired. I knew I was pretty muddy, but I decided to take a bus anyway. Of course, the bus was full of people when it arrived. That rarely happens in Wakkanai. I finished up my evening with some soup curry at Cafe Zazie. It was tasty after a long hike.

I was really glad that I went out to enjoy the day yesterday, because today was overcast. But now, I still have quite a lot on my to-do list. Oh, well.

Wow, if you made it this far, I'm impressed! Thanks for sticking with me!