2012 is my 9th NaNoWriMo, and marks the point where I've been in Japan for over half my NaNoWriMo endeavours. It's both strange and amazing.
I like to read and I like to write; recently I made the decision only to read books I enjoy, and write books I'd like to read. No more slogging through books from Top 100 Lists because I "should", and no worrying about viable market or whether people will think I'm "literary" enough. Each year I make a list of things I want to see more of in fiction, whether it's tropes that are misused, guilty pleasures, or whatever else. It's amazing fun and I recommend it for everyone who's bogged down with 'shoulds'.
I'm a high school English teacher in Japan, where I have lived longer, consecutively, than in any other place since leaving my parents' house for university back in 2003. Here in Japan I teach, travel, talk, read, write, learn, make R/L mistakes that a native speaker should never do, and get stared at by small children. For the record, when I say I write, I mean a lot. Ask me sometime.
If you want to chat with me elsewhere, you can find me on Twitter (lorata), read my silly poetry tumblr (poetryondemand) or brave the first draft of the actual story on my LiveJournal (lorataprose).
- Kansai, Japan
- Conversing with head people (mine and others'), reading, social justice, travel, tree-climbing, nerding out
- Favorite noveling music:
- intrumental themes (classical, video game/movie soundtracks)
- High school English teacher
- Favorite books or authors:
- Watership Down, The Temeraire Series, Les Miserables, Ender's Saga 1 & 2, Almost Like Being in Love, the Nightrunner Series 1-3, A Prayer for Owen Meany