Haruka's Diary
Chasing After Rainbows: November 2011

30 November 2011

576th post

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I guess I've been more active at twitter lately.

So, I have not even started writing any part of my stories as of late due to me being busy and worrying about serious things. My schedule is kind of tight at the moment.

Hopefully, I would have more time on Saturday onwards.

25 November 2011

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So, I have a lot of things to manage, things to do, and things that were pushed aside because of the more important things to do.

My room is gradually starting to become messy from stuff I just chucked aside just to have an item out of the way that it looks cluttered or were place in places where I completely forgot about.

Unlike earlier cleanups, I'm starting to have a clearer picture of what I don't need and being less sentimental towards things that are to be thrown out.

I have 3 separate bookshelves, and the shelve used to store my manga and video game cases is, apart from the lack of support to prevent items at one end from falling, is quite neat. The other two are messy and visibly has things I don't mind throwing out.

Quite a number that I don't know where to start. Well, I would like to get rid of the 21" TV and the 15" PC monitor (both are the CRT type; you know, those bulky things). Perhaps the DVD and PC unit from 10-15 years ago too. The TV is used for nothing more than for the DVD player I just mentioned (made redundant by other computers and the PS3) and the PS2. I hardly use any of the said devices here. Keeping it only for nostalgic reasons, but they would go if I have to clear out my room.

Also, certain buttons of the TV remote don't work, so I would need to go all the TV unit just to change channels and adjust settings. Remote is only good for turning it on/off, the volume, and certain channel numbers.

Stuff from previous cleanup
During my previous cleanup, the focus was only to clean the furniture interior, and get rid of the obvious trash. Stuff were moved around, but I never exactly sat down and check which of the things that were still kept were actually needed.

I would try to clean things up so I wouldn't have a hard time or have a lot to pack if I need to move, or to be placed in newer furniture. Clothes would remain untouched, though non-clothing items in the closet, and clothes placed in places that are in the way or being in the risk of becoming dirty would be moved.

Actual cleaning would happen when higher piroity tasks are done, and being in the mood for it.

16 November 2011

Alternate Dimension (Part 80)

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The results of the year-skipping tests has arrived saying that I have passed it. I though that the people at Hatsuya headquarters would do anything to prevent me from the endless loop of going to high school for the rest of my life, but they didn't. In fact, they congratulated me for passing it.

I wonder why they let me? Did they finally notice my desire? Are they planning to use me for something after college? Looking at the situation, I could be taking care of Kotomi's future children, whoever her husband may be. Kotomi appears to want children, but not interested in taking care of them, I could be tasked to take care of them until the youngest child is old enough. She sees having children as a necessity to replace herself when she can't live on any more, so she doesn't care about the financial burden that it comes with like most couples today.

Throughout the rest of the year, I have helped to make Nanami (Kotomi's aunt, though younger than her) feel better from her brother and parents' deaths. I've also let Inami's son spend my money on whatever he likes, but he didn't spend as much as I wanted him to.

11 November 2011

Timeframes of the latest parts of my stories

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When writing my stories, I tend to get confused as to what year the stories are currently at. Knowing what the year is, and in some cases, the exact time and date, is important for me to sort out the events that takes place in that story.

As I write a different story right after the last one, it would make things even more confusing. Even more so if at least two or more coincide with each other a lot, with one being in a different year than the other.

So, here are the positions of where the stories are at the latest part:

Story 1 (completed) - Summer 2005
Story 2 (Part 79) - Autumn 2010
Story 3 (Part 41) - early 2020s
Story 4 (Part 6) - Summer 2011
Story 5 (Part 1) - early 1990s
Story 6 (Part 11) - October 2011

Note that the protagonist of story 4 (Nanami) and 6 (Yumiko) do not meet each other at all, but both have met the protagonist of story 2 (Saeko/Itsuki) at some point. Saeko/Itsuki and the protagonist of story 3 (Kotomi) are in a relationship with each other, so the stories coincide with each other a lot, but from each other point of view. However, story 2 is slow-paced, while story 3 is fast-paced, so the amount of redundancy is quite minimal.

Currently, I'm focusing my writing to Stories 2,3 and 6. The rest are delayed until further notice. I would usually release a story part once every 1-2 weeks with the aim to release it close to Sunday, though it's subject to what I could even think to write. This week, I released Part 79 of story 2 on Tuesday. However, I don't have any plans to put up the next one yet, though the possible ideas of what to write keep popping into my head.

The stories are divided according to what I could write at a given time, so these are not divided according to chapters unless you see the word "Chapter" in place of the word "Part", which has been done with Story 1 on the Wordpress blog.. Actual end of a chapter, and division with the next, in the same part, are divided with stars in the middle or a horizontal line. Sometimes, they actually end with the end of the part it's written in, with the next being a new chapter.

So, you're probably wondering why I keep referring to my stories by numbers instead of by the title that has already been given. Well, it gives me an easier time to refer to it as I wrote them and know which was written first.

Although it's been quite some time already, the title for story 1, "An Original Story by Me", is tentative as you can tell. I'm not good at coming up with an original name that fits the story at the same time without frying my head. Title of story 2, "Alternate Dimension", would fit for the earlier parts that take place when the protagonist was in Katsura High school (school name was not given until later on) and Mihara Academy, but the latter parts of it no longer fits the title. I could split up story 2 around the time the protagonist was made to repeat high school for the first time.

Outfit Design
Well, I never though of any yet. However, once I do, it would be somewhat be forever. As to the designs of the uniforms, I haven't though of it yet. Here's what I've thought of:

Mizuho High (Winter): Unknown, but it's a huge major change from the conservative-looking sailor uniform used before Saeko Hisakawa entered
Mizuho High (Summer): Navy-blue vest, white blouse, and a bow. Skirt design is very different from other uniforms used in Mizuho, which appears identical to each other, but more similar to that of other schools.
Mizuho College: Design is different from the High school section, and resembles more of a formal business outfit. Maroon or bright red blazer with a tie. Skirt colour plain, being either maroon or navy-blue. Skirt length should not be longer than a little above the knee level, and it physically disallows the wearer to be able to run, but is able to walk comfortably. This is worn the whole year round, with the addition of black stockings for cold weather.
Other schools: Only generic ones comes to mind somewhat.

09 November 2011

Alternate Dimension (Part 79)

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After some discussion with Takagi, we decided to name the new employee of Powell Research as simply ヒトコ (Hitoko). No family name, and the given name is written in katakana. I feel strange writing it because it feels like I'm drawing random short, straight, lines. This name is clearly influenced by the nicknames used by song artists that might sing some anime songs.

Hitoko has transformed again, but it happened after the previous record of 100 hours. Nobody knows what the maximum is, and, according to the other two Hatsuya staff in the same situation, the transformation can happen more than once while asleep.

If this happens for the rest of her life, who else besides me (and possibly Hatsuya) would let Hitoko secure a job if her own identity keeps changing too frequently?

It hasn't yet be proven, but in theory, any injury or illness those three may get would disappear at the next transformation. Adding that to the fact that their physical age changes too, they could practically live forever like me, but won't survive if killed instantly or are dying and are not cured or transformed in time.

As for finding a place for her to stay, I seem to have already own an apartment unit in the city that I had already paid for in full, so the only thing left is to have someone to stay in it. So I had let Hitoko stay in it for free: I'm already receiving more money than I can spend, so I don't need more money to come in.

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帰国子女 英語能力は堪能。趣味はアニメや漫画やプログラムコードを編集。通常、あたしの小説を英語で書いてです。Grew up abroad &travelled to different countries. I write my own fictional novel on my blog.