Novel workshop went well. I definitely know a little more about how I need to structure my novel. I won’t do the past/present thing anymore because that’s just too much. Character development, though. I FUCKING NEED THAT SHIT.
So here’s the first part of my novel opening. Let me know how everyone liked it. Copyright: Me.
Is this girl really going to try and say she’s taken four years of Chinese at a college that only teaches two years? Really? I’ve technically taken every Chinese language class available there. Unless she’s talking about our Confucius Institute, which offers more class, but those have to be paid out of pocket and do not give any credits. They’re just for those interested in going further with the Chinese language.
Also, is she really going to fight with me over a certain Kanji/Hanzi that can mean different things in both Japanese and Chinese? Even though I’ve had 4 1/2 years of Japanese language learning?
I’m not a native speaker of Chinese or Japanese, but don’t try and act like you’re the only one here who’s learning.
I’m $4000 into this Japan trip. Only need $800 to go, and I don’t think I’ll make it. I’m seriously torn up about this. I’m so close and it’s still not looking good. Plus I forgot to renew my plates, so there’s more money down the drain.
So I decided to quit trying to go to Japan. Because of bills and random money problems, I’d end up having to pay $1000 (not counting the travel grant I may/may not have gotten). I’m bummed. Very bummed. I’ve been wanting to go there since I was younger. I made friends in college who moved back to Japan after graduating, and I’d love to see them, but I guess it’ll all have to wait.
On the plus side, my boyfriend and I will use the money I’ve saved up to take a small trip in the summer to Chicago and to see his mom in Indiana. In the end, I think it’s best that I use that money creating memories and moments for both of us, instead of just me. He’s been depressed lately since he’s been trying to find a job, but hasn’t had any luck with any place. He feels like a waste of space, so we’re going to take a trip together to get our mind off of the stress.
It’ll all work out. I hope. For now, though, I just have to focus on schoolwork and I’ll be okay.