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Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2011, 03:07 pm

It's been a rough month for me and mine. I have started to settle in properly in Kyoto, I have seen some beautiful things and met some lovely people, and I am tired, stressed out and run-down. I have spent most of the past three days asleep, and if it weren't for the fact that I think I'm probably sleeping too much I might still be in bed now.

But! For the purposes of me not just complaining all the damned time, here is a nice thing that happened yesterday:

I was in the kitchen making myself some dinner (actually that in itself was a nice thing, words cannot express the enjoyment I got from that steak) and I ran into one of the guys who lives in my building. He said hello, how are you, I haven't seen you in about a month (I've had a cup of tea and a chat with him before). And I said yeah, I've been locked in my room for most of this month, writing a novel.

He asked about the novel. We talked about literature for a while - he said he'd studied Russian literature, was a big fan of Tolstoy and recommended that I read some, and was currently reading Crime and Punishment again; I said I wasn't a huge fan of that book, and we talked about that for a while. He asked to read something of mine sometime. And then he said that he wished he could write novels; if he hadn't decided to devote his time to political science, he'd be doing that instead. I said I've been writing for as long as I can remember. (I did not tell him that my confidence in my writing has pretty much shattered of late; I haven't stopped, but nothing's coming out right. It's like trying to do calligraphy with a broken hand.)

He gave me two Kitkats. "Then you deserve a chocolate," he said. "That one's for writing, and that one's for always writing."

Then he wished me a good night and left.

Now I have two Kitkats, and I feel a little better about myself.

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)

Hmmm... Political science: less time for writing,but you get an endless source of plots.

Also: KitKats in Kyoto! Who knew?

Mon, Dec. 5th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)

Actually there's a lot of them about - I have some in my room that are hojicha-flavoured - that's roasted green tea. You can also get them in green tea flavour. The hojicha was autumnally themed; I think you get cherry blossom flavoured ones in March.

Mon, Dec. 12th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)

This is what I get for never being on Live-Journal [this is mostly because it's difficult to check on my iPhone - and things not on the phone don't get done, also I never update because actually my life is pretty mundane and I lack the necessary way of writing to make such things seem readable - but not the point...] I miss what you post about.

So several important discoveries - I need to have Cherry Blosson and Green Tea KitKats because that sounds fascinating (and weird).
Also this guy sounds lovely and sweet (and you need a few of them around).
And finally your inital avatar made me lol (well qctm - quiet chuckle to myself - if we're being honest but that lacks the snappiness of its more popular cousin).

Also my avatar needs changing but I am lazy.