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Grinding stone 
23rd-Feb-2015 06:12 pm
Back to the grindstone today. We thought about taking the day off to play Persona 3. If we're going to translate the Persona Q manga, we need to be familiar with the Persona 3 and 4 characters, after all. But then we got files. And there were technical difficulties and we couldn't work on the files today...so we decided to work on Missions of Love instead. It was fun, though. We really love that series. And Akira's done being incredibly stupid, which helps.

We also got! a large package! Tadah! We were on Bookwatch, but there were technical difficulties, so it lasted longer than usual. But resolution of the technical difficulties may or may not be why we also got a backlog of comp copies! Volumes four through six of Say I Love You!. I'm mostly happy to have volume four, because I really, really like the color scheme on the cover. And volume four probably has the most of Kai. Speaking of Kai, though, I don't know about him. See...we're kind of...we kind of hate everything, you know? And especially everyone.

Did we mention that? We took a quiz on Facebook, "what mental disorder do you kind of have?" And the result was misanthropy, and we were like, "A-yup." I feel like we've mentioned it, but maybe we haven't.

...I think we're getting off track. What I think we mean to say is, there are a lot of people who love Disney who seem to miss the point. For example, people who cosplay Sora--the most "I'm gonna be best friends with everybody in the whole wide millions of worlds!" guy you'll ever meet--who, when we're dressed as Donald and Goofy--two of Sora's bestest buds--refuse to share the tree that they're climbing. I'm really not bitter about that; it's just an example of someone who misses the point. Kai seems to be a little bit like that. I mean, how can you love Disneyland, the happiest most friendliest place on earth, and be all, "I gotta get revenge!"?

But he got over that, maybe because Mei helped him stop missing the point. I'm not even sure where I'm going with this. It's like I said: I don't know. Maybe it's just that we're tired, and it's making us bitter and not like things. Speaking of missing the point of Disney. I'm gonna stop talking now.

Today I'm thankful for getting to have chocolate chip cookies yesterday, getting to work on Missions of Love today, getting the books we were waiting for, getting some comp copies, and Page enjoying her heated cat bed on this cooler than it has been day.
24th-Feb-2015 12:28 am (UTC)
Whoa whoa, you got comp copies from Kodansha??? Amazing! Maybe I should ask about mine again. I agree with you about the colour scheme for v4's cover!

I think probably no one is completely consistent in living up to their beliefs/standards/ideals, but I agree that can be aggravating and discouraging when they (claim to) identify with something positive while showing just the opposite in their actions. I'm sorry you're feeling misanthropic and bitter, and I hope that getting some rest helps!

(you may have brought up the quiz result as a joke (or not), but it reminded me of how I find myself picking up labels for my personality and saying "that's just how I am, no helping it"... which is not always a good approach. I have to remind myself that struggling with a trait, like not being as openly empathetic as my friend so-and-so, doesn't give me a free pass to just ignore the situations I might be called on to act on that trait. It'll be harder for me than for someone it comes naturally to, and maybe I'll express it differently than my friend would, but I still have to make an effort. ...I hope this doesn't come across like I'm lecturing you! I'm definitely not trying to tell you you're wrong for feeling how you do. also, I like you both very much :) )
24th-Feb-2015 04:07 am (UTC)
Ha, ha, ha, yes! But there's a different editor involved, so that's probably a big part of it.

Yeah, I mean, it's one thing to make mistakes. I think the problem with Kai is more the type of fan he is, but since we haven't spoken in a while (we haven't translated a volume of Say I Love You since, like, November), I couldn't say what it is exactly.

No, you don't sound like you're lecturing. We agree 100%, as a matter of fact. And that's probably part of why we hate people--so many of them seem to run straight to their excuses. A few years ago, we read an article where the writer talked about people who "just aren't math people," and tells the story about how much he completely despised his first shower because it was so traumatic compared to taking baths, but you can't really get away with saying, "I'm just not a shower person." His point was sometimes you have to do hard things. And sometimes things are harder for you than they are for other people, and sometimes you don't have to do them so it's not really a problem, but sometimes you just have to get over it and figure out a way.

As for our misanthropy...we like to think it comes from a loving place. If you've ever seen Scrubs, Dr. Cox is a good example of how we feel--he's horrible and mean to everyone, and very critical, but that's because deep down he cares about his patients and he wants the doctors he's training to do a good job so those patients don't die.
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