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Back to Work

 It's been a while, hasn't it?

Sorry about that. It was summer vacation here in Japan, and my personal schedule was thrown completely for a loop. Despite the fact that I was one of the few foreigners in my community to not travel abroad for the holiday, I probably only slept in my own house for about half of the summer. Visiting friends, doing some travelling around Okayama, and letting other friends crash at my place during the night all ensured that I was very busy.

And was it hot here! I ended up switching bedrooms, after finally finding a (poorly operating) air-conditioner in my house. I find myself sleeping at weird hours too – sleeping in the last afternoon (when it's cool) for about three hours and sleeping for about five from around one to six at night. The reason for the scattered hours during the evening is both the heat of the day and my noisy rude neighbours. Dramatic sigh.

I don't actually have too much too say today. I had a fun holiday, but I'm back at school now. I don't have many classes for the first two or three weeks, because all the schools are doing preparations for sports day. This is a HUGE deal in Japan. Think of it as Track and Field day to a factor of 10. It's suppose to foster community and co-operation, which we all know are really big things in Japan. (Insert reference to group oriented society here). I watched some of the practice today (practice lasts for about three weeks) and these kids were doing handstands, back-flips and balancing on each others shoulders and thighs! Not to mention trying to make a six level human pyramid. I was convinced someone was going to break a bone. And they're going to do this for two more weeks!


I do have something to say to those of you out there who are thinking about coming to teach in Japan. If any of your teachers invite you to dinner, or on a weekend trip with the other teachers – GO! I don't care how much it costs, but it will move your relationship with them forward by leaps and bounds. I was invited to Osaka with the teachers from my elementary school. I was really nervous, and didn't really want to go as none of them speak English very well, and I've never gotten along with them. That and the trip itself cost around 300 dollars! But I went, and it was fantastic! They're inviting me to everything now, and they are a great group of people. I wish my junior high school had invited me on such a trip, because it does feel like things are a little difficult right there now.

How to explain – maybe they're just not as open as the teachers at my elementary school. Maybe the communication efficiency ruins it a bit – or maybe its something that's entirely my fault like them getting a glimpse of my ankle tattoo, or I'm not spending enough time with the students. But things feel, pulled tight. I don't have that easy comradeship that I do at my elementary. I'll let you know how this develops as time goes on.

I baked them all cupcakes in an effort to bribe them into being more comfortable around me. They all liked them, but I haven't really noticed much of a change. I'm going to try to help with clean up time here at school today, and I'll let you know how that goes.


I did some travelling around Japan this summer – nothing too elaborate. Saw some beaches, a few temples – climbed a mountain in the rain and ended up on an 80 foot high suspension bridge overlooking an 80 foot high waterfall. :) It was all remarkably beautiful. I don't know if I'm staying another year, but if I am I'm going to try to get more travelling in if it's at all possible. For such a small country there is a lot to see here, and I'd recommend that anyone come here to visit if they get half the chance.


I don't have much more to say. I'm sleepy, but that's par for the course.

It's my birthday next week! YAY! 09/09/09 - is it shameful that I've been counting down for this particular one since I was old enough to learn what metric dates were?

And only one more week until the Support Stacey Auction! Double YAY!

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Thought I should do the required rant about the final three episodes of Torchwood Children of the Earth.
I'm sure that if anyone out there hasn't seen the episodes yet, they've read the spoilers. But, I still am going to do an LJ just, just to make sure that no one gets mad at me for spoiling them.
Honestly though, if you haven't seen it yet, it's your own damn fault!!! :P

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 I went to USJ! Woot! Talk about an experience.

A few of my friends asked me last week if I would want to come. Never one to turn down a chance at rollar coasters, I jumped at the chance. We left at 6 a.m. Sunday morning, drove 30 minutes to the train station, and took three trains over 2:30 hours until we got there. It wasn't that bad, I slept most of the way.
The park wasn't even that crowded. School technically isn't out yet at the schools (not until the end of this week) so although there were a lot of regulars there, it wasn't the insanity that you usually find at theme parks during the holidays.
It was about 5000 yen to get in, so this place is cheaper than the parks back home as well. Highly enjoyable.
Our first stop once we got inside was the Shrek 4D adventure (anyone ever wonder what 4D is exactly? Is it a technical term or just theme parks trying to seem cool?) Strange fact - all of the signs and images were in english, but the dialogue was in Japanese. So we saw Shrek speaking Japanese to a Japanese donkey while standing next to a sign that said welcome to far far away. Weird, and a little hard to follow.
After that we rode the Spiderman ride. This ride is AMAZING, I loved it in America and I love it here. Same thing though - Japanese dialogue. LOL! I heard a Japanese spiderman! He sounds very posh. ;p
After that we tried The Backdraft ride. Big mistake - most of the 'ride' was just explaining how Backdraft was filmed, but again it was all in Japanese. We got to watch Kurt Russell's lips fall out of sinc with the Japanese dialogue as he spoke. -_-;;; We did get to see a neat fire show at the end, but the weather was scorching and the hot fire didn't really help matters. This was probably the only ride we didn't enjoy.
After that, Back To The Future! Have I mentioned yet how weird it was seeing my childhood idols speak Japanese? No? Well, let me mention it again... WEIRD! Watashi-wa baka desu...
After we went to Jurassic Park - my second favorite ride. Got soaked (water ride after all) but with the heat we'd dried off within five minutes. I think the anamatronics was better here than at home, because I was actually freaked out a few times. I love dinosaurs...
Then we went and saw a show - they were showing about 30 minutes from the Wicked Musical. We were excited because we thought it would be in english! And one of my friends is obsessed with musicals.
The musical had a multiple personality disorder. It kept jumping from english to japanese and back again, usually in the middle of sentences! Despite this, I really want to see the real thing back home now, because from what I was able to gather it looks amazing.
Lunch... I tried to order a cheese burger but ended up with some weird, hybrid spicy fish beef burger... heh... I think I'll just stick to french fries in the future.
The Terminator Ride was next. Let me tell you, there is nothing better than watching a Japanese Terminator say 'I'll be Back-o'. ROTFL! Still fun, and the pre-show (even though we had no idea what was going on) was fantastic. The woman went hyperactive on cue. Suddenly all those crazy anime villians makes a lot more sense.
Jaws, which was fun. Although a friend of mine kept taking pictures and getting in trouble. Then spiderman one more time before we headed home. At this point it was 5:30 and we were all exhausted. It took us longer to get home because the wait times between the trains was quite a bit. By the time I walked in my door it was around 11p.m. Oh, it usually costs 25 dollars for the trains, but we cheated on the way back and only had to spend 1.90!
No one was there to take the tickets once we got back because it was so late! So we only had to buy a ticket one way! Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Well, I've been here for four months now and I'm starting to think of what I'm going to do when I get home when the year is up. I'm thinking more and more about P.R. or publishing. I still love radio, but with the economy I just might not be able to get in. I'll still keep it up, maybe start another show, but not full time until I have a means to support myself.
Life continues regardless. Anyway, I'll update more soon.
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Torchwood Children of the Earth 1 and 2

I caught up on the two new Torchwood Episodes last night. I'm surprised to say that I really, REALLY enjoyed them!

Long story short, I watched the first two seasons of Torchwood before I fell head over heels into Doctor Who. My first few weeks (months?) In Japan I had no internet and no cable. Risking losing my fragile grip on sanity, I asked a friend of mine here if she had any DVDs I could borrow. 

What Doctor Who is to me, Torchwood is to her. So I trekked home with the two seasons firmly tucked under my arm and retreated to my house for the next few days.

I enjoyed it. Not obsessively, but I was regardless quite happy. Owen was a prat, Jack was sex personified, Gwen was a little too Mary Sue like for my tastes, Tosh was fun and Ianto... oh, Ianto. I watched each episode twice and then returned them throughly satisfied. I asked if she had anything else.

I walked home with the four seasons of Doctor Who and fell into the Tardis. I haven't found my way out yet. 

So I was looking forward to the new episodes, but not with the same fervor that I'm looking forward to the next Doctor Who Episodes.

Imagine my shocked surprise! (Okay, maybe you don't have to imagine because everyone is feeling that way, but still...)



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A little about me

 Well, I figured I might as well write a little bit about myself. It makes sense right? Fan journal indicates that this is a journal about some form of fandom that I appreciate - therefore I should say something about the I whom the fandom seeks.

Yeah - that made no sense to me either. I'm not very good at the whole 'Doctor Rambling' thing yet.

Anyway, not much to say really. Journalist, like reading - is out of practice when it comes to fictional writing (ask me to write you an article and I'm all set). 

Oh, and I live in Japan!

That's my claim to fame, right there. Still - not much of a claim to fame but at least it's something!

I've been here for just over three and a half months now. I'm teaching english the south.

Kind of ironic that my obsession while in Japan is Doctor Who as opposed to the Anime I used to enjoy so much as a younger kid. Ah well.

I'm enjoying it here quite a bit, and I would really recommend it if anyone wants to give it a try. I have another blog on talking about how I came to be here and giving pretty detailed instructions on all the stuff I had to do in order to get where I am.

But this is a fan journal damnit! And I will try to keep the more logical ramblings at bay when I work on it. 

If you want to check out the one about my time in Japan, let me know and I'll give you the address. 

Anyway - still working up listing all of my recommendations. Eventually I'll actually organize them, but until then just point and click whenever you see one you like. Doesn't seem like much point in organizing them yet since this blog is so new and no one is going to be taking it serious yet. 

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Rec #3

 Title: Signing Up
Author: Michelle V
Summary: Post Journey's End. A new reality sets in for the Doctor and Rose.
Rating: PG-13
Why Recommend:
This made my piece with Journey's End. It tells the story of Rose and TenII in the immediate aftermath of Bad Wolf Bay. It tells there story with angst, romance and even a bit of humor thrown in. This is the best (canon) Journey's End fic I've read. The the end of season four upset you, read this - you'll make your peace and maybe even become a fan of good old Handy. (Two parts - link is to the first one)
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Rec #2

 Title:  A Long History

Author: Jess L'Rynn  

Summary: Boy meets girl, the eternal tale, as old as time. Before the beginning, the story starts with the answers at the center of the circle. Now Complete.

Rating: M

Why Recommend:
This is my canon. Simple as that - Jess L'Rynn should be the main writer for Doctor who, because each of her stories is better than quite a few of the canon episodes I have watched (several times.)
This is an epic length story that jumps to before the beginning, adding fantastic depth to the relationship between The Doctor and Rose. 
What if they didn't meet when they were 19 and in their 9th regeneration respectively? What if they met long before that. What I would give to see this as a television series!
The sequel to this story is in the works now, so check that out as well.

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Rec #1

Title:  Just One Day

Author: Asano

Summary: It takes just one day for the Doctor to realize just how much the universe can unravel, and just what lengths he's willing to go to in order to save it and the people he loves. TenRose and a surprise.

Rating: M (but only the last chapter - otherwise, teen)

Why Recommend:

Three Doctors - do you need anymore reasons? Okay, how about this... three Roses. This is a fantastic story, drawing from moments in Rose and the Doctors past, present and future. Of course, each one is a different regeneration and it's hilarious seeing how they all interact with each other.
(Actually, this was the first time I read a specific pairing and I really got me hooked on it. Three guesses what it is *coughiconcough*)
It's fluff at it's finest, but with a very well written plot (that just happens to involve the end of reality) thrown in just to shake things up. The writing style is excellent, and it had me laughing, crying and squeeling at least half a dozen times. Each. Yes, quite a feet but so worth it.
Read it, you won't regret it! 

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It begins!

I love fanfiction.

I have since I first discovered it when I was eight years old and I found out that there were ways I could get my Sailor Moon fix even though the t.v. no longer aired any episodes past season 3. (Something about lesbian Sailor Scouts :P)

Then crossovers began, and I am very ashamed to admit that for a long period of time I absolutely adored Sailor moon/ Gundam Wing stories. I hunted for hours – weeks – days; pretty much the hours of 3-5 p.m. during my teen years were dedicated to hunting for these fantastical pieces of literature.

Wait… can you call fanfiction literature? I think I will, just because there are quite a few out there that I enjoy more than books.

I almost flunked out of middle school, because I also discovered RPGs around that same period of time and the hours of 8-10pm were also otherwise occupied. There wasn’t really room for schoolwork in all of that.


Weeellll, as time went on I eventually had to re-enter the real world. I went to Highschool, fell in with a group of friends who were the `OH MY GAD I ONLY GOT 90% ON THIS EXAM I WILL NEVER GET INTO UNIVERSITY` group and discovered that I actually cared about school. University came and went, I studied journalism and history and did fairly well.

And then I somehow ended up in Japan.

Yeah, there’s a few steps missing in there I’m sure…

And it was here that a lovely friend of mine asked an seemingly innocent question – ‘Amanda, have you ever watched Doctor Who’



Time and space divided cried with protest as the TARDIS tore a hole in my sanity and dragged me back to a time and place where fanfiction was my life.

I suddenly remembered – how could I ever forget – how much I adored these worlds? Alternate realities were there were happier, better, or get plain different endings to how the canon was suppose to go.

I learned the new lingo – smut, fluff, OTP, etc and I picked my favorite pairings.

But there was one slight problem – hunting for decent stories was a lot more difficult than I remembered. Or maybe I just did’t have the same amount of time to dedicate to the search as I did when I was younger.

Lj and Dw certainly made things easier, and I was able to find Master Fic lists and what not – but there weren’t to many recommendation lists.

By this point I’ve lost count of how many times I scourged Imaginary_iby and Isiscaughey rec lists. (They are fantastic by the way, if you don’t feel like looking here yet check those out! I will be linking them.)
Anyway, I will eventually link to rec_lists but I need to start somewhere, so this is just a greeting. Expect a selection to be up soon. 

I do plan on writing myself soon, but I figured for my own benefit as well as anyone else’s who might want to check out this Lj can find a list of all the fanfictions that I think are well – FANTASTIC!

So check back often if you like, and welcome to my fanjournal.