Osoko natte sumimasen! I was skyping with sis, discussing Christmas gifts and getting her up to speed on recent (and not-so-recent) developments.
Hey, speaking of Christmas gifts – I went shopping today, braving the crowds to drop off mini-cupcakes and ice wine for friends, then picking up presents for everyone else on my Christmas list. Done and done. I spent some fifteen minutes expertly wrapping gifts and voila –
Note the artistry, the exquisite folds, the deft use of wax tape. If all else fails, I could probably just move to Tokyo and get a job as a professional gift-wrapper at one of the high-end department stores.
In order to prepare for my future professional gift-wrapping career, I had my first one hour session with my new Japanese tutor #1, Tomo, this evening. I know I’m making progress because I can now make people laugh in Japanese. Of course, I’m assuming she was laughing with me rather than at me. By the time I make my return trip to Tokyo, I’ll be as flawlessly fluent as those spectacle-sporting giant gun-toting anime characters I’ve come to know and love.
Hey, thanks to the gang at SFSignal.com for giving me the heads up on this site – http://www.sffmeta.com/home – a site that cross-references official online reviews of different works in the fields of Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction, generates ratings from each, then generates an average score for each book. Categories include: low and high-scoring titles for 2007 and 2008, low and high-scoring titles over the last 90 days, and, most interestingly, All-Time High and Low-Scoring Titles. Leading the pack in the All-Time High-Scoring titles is our friend Matthew Woodring Stover with the book 3 of his Acts of Caine series: Caine Black Knife. Another friend, author Joe Abercrombie, sits in the number five spot with Last Argument of Kings, the third book of his First Law series. And another friend of ours, editor Lou Anders, claims the #12 slot with Fast-Forward 2.
Tried out that new new Korean barbecue restaurant on West 4th tonight, one of those places my buddy Carl would hate because going there would require him to cook his own food. We had short ribs, spicy chicken, beef, pork, pork belly, and assorted side dishes. All excellent.