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the brush moving with the mind

Claris (sentimentalromantic)
8 December 1977

Every day I listen to my heart
この宇宙の御胸に 抱かれて
-- "Jupiter," Hirahara Ayaka
lyric by Yoshimoto Yumi

Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
-- Mark Twain

[Emergency contact information is here; restricted to only some readers]

I just completed my MA in TESOL, and I'm about to tackle my other MA (East Asian Studies), which had been on hold. I'm studying Japanese, with the goal of fluency, but also trying to prevent my current low level of Mandarin from rusting. Having had a lot of well-intentioned but mostly untrained language teachers, I really want to be a good English teacher. That's why I enrolled in the MA program after doing the certification: teaching a language isn't easy, even your native language. Knowing it and teaching it are two totally different things!

Anyway, pardon the rant. What else ... I have a wide variety of academic and personal interests, and they won't all fit in my LJ interests list. I like to travel when I can. I've visited Japan, Taiwan, the PRC (and Tibet), Nepal, and Thailand so far. I especially want to revisit Taiwan and Japan (and maybe live there a while). I've lived in Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas (where I lived the longest), and Taiwan. Now I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband (assaultdoor), and I'd love to stay here long term. Other "real life" friends of mine of note on LJ include kyspaz, my friend since sixth grade; pts, a kindred spirit; _aurelius, whom I've known since junior high; unkyrich, a local friend and GM; jenniferward and siderealengine, our former roommates; and applechailatte, a MATESOL classmate and friend.

Communities/journals of mine:
tesol_forum: for serious teachers/aspiring teachers of English to speakers of other languages
gears_and_steam: for steampunk/industrial fantasy-related image posts and conversation
buildyourwings: for aspiring entrepreneurs and other alternatives to conventional corporate slavery
museumpeople: for museum employees & volunteers, and museum geeks at large
loveandacademia because grad school and relationships do mix
aroundfremont for the Fremont-Union City-Newark-Milpitas area
asiapop_academy for academic study of East Asian pop culture
plussizebride for "plus-size" brides and wedding parties
iclp for people interested in/associated with ICLP and Taiwan Daxue
comixgrrls: about and for women and girls in comics, as creators, readers, and characters (dormant)
elegans: for art depicting elegant women (and a few pretty men) (mostly dormant)
taipeipostcards from when I was in Taipei, Taiwan
alwayshoneymoon for assaultdoor's and my travels together, currently featuring photos from our honeymoon in Japan

If you are a gamer, you can also friend my RPG-plotting-writing-playing journal, inventedepics.

My blog for EFL/ESL students, which isn't on LJ: Readable Blog.

My blog for EFL/ESL teachers: Talk to the Clouds.

Relevant websites:
- Jenn's Books: book reviews on a variety of topics, by jennifermward
- My webhosting service
- wintersweet at del.icio.us (add me)
- Our wedding gallery/page
- Amazon.com wish list
- AddAll, the all-in-one book-finder/price comparison site
- LJ Icons I've made to share

Send Me To Japan
assaultdoor's and my CafePress shop, featuring geeky t-shirts, including the bestselling "I'd Rather be in Japan" shirt
(Or set up a free shop yourself!)

I will no longer buy anything
by Orson Scott Card due to
this lying piece of bigotry.

Click for Bay Area Geek Job info!

Mood theme by remember_nomore.
ac:ww, aesthetics, alphonse mucha, anime conventions, armchair socialism, art nouveau, asian studies, automata, beautiful things, books, bookstores, bordertown, cats, character design, charles de lint, chinese, chinese bakeries, chinese food, chinese literature, chocolate, civil rights, clamp, clip-on earrings, comiket, conbini, cooking, cooking light, cross-dressing manga heroines, dessert, dialects, doctor who, dorama, drawing, east bay, eccentricity, entrepreneurship, esl, everything2, father ted, feminism, final fantasy, fremont, gay rights, going back to japan, good restaurants, graduate school, graphic novels, grey days, halloween, heian japan, hot baths, human rights, iclp, illustration, industrial fantasy, iono-sama fanatics, iq supli, iq サプリ, japan, japanese, japanese bakeries, japanese literature, japanese stationery, japanese vending machines, jewelry, joe hisaishi, kaiseki, kimono, kinpachi sensei, kyoto, languages, li qingzhao, libraries, linguistics, long hair, m_cat, making jewelry, mandarin, manga, manhua, marriage rights, migraine relief, miyazaki hayao, museums, nanowrimo, national taiwan university, neil gaiman, northern california, oh my goddess!, oniisama e, peace, pop culture, pre-raphaelites, qiu jin, quirky museums, read or die, recipes, rement, role-playing games, royal milk tea, rpgs, ryokan, same-sex marriage rights, san francisco bay area, sashimi, science fiction, secular humanism, seeing the world, sei shonagon, sequential tart, shinkansen, shoujo anime club, shoujo kakumei utena, shoujo manga, sleep apnea, sociolinguistics, speculative fiction, square enix, squaresoft, stanford, studio ghibli, sustainability, taipei, taiwan, tamson house, teaching english, teahouses, tefl, tesl, tesol, the matrix, urban fantasy, used books, whisper of the heart, women's rights, writing, yosano akiko, yoshida brothers, yuricon, コミケ, コンビニ, ドラマ, 台大, 台湾, 吉田兄弟, 多読, 平安時代, 美学


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