… and why I don’t update my journals

They take forever to write. 写的没完没了。

Really. The last journal (spur of the moment) took me better part of an hour. 真的。上一篇日志(心血来潮)几乎用了一个小时。

比起 Twitter 上 140 字的微日志,写长篇文真的很烦,特别是还要用双语写,时间变成双倍。Compared to 140 character microblogs on Twitter, it’s such a hassle to write long form, especially bilingually, which doubles the time. I dread the day I learn how to French… 学会法语会不会更糟糕?

I actually wrote my Midwest Furfest con report in English just after the con, but I waited to process photos to go with them. I’ll also need to translate when I do publish. 实际上 Furfest 的兽展报告,展会一结束就用英文写好了,但是我当时想等处理完照片一起放上来。发布的时候还要翻译。

这就是我的日志为什么从来不更新的原因。This is why I never update my journals.

Of tropes, readers and storytellers

Binge-read the fifth book of Maoyu Maoh Yuusha for the umpteenth time tonight. 今天晚上第不知道多少次再次高速阅读了《魔王勇者》第五集。

The appendix had the author of the book discussing creating novels with the author of novelizations of Earthbound and Dragon Quest. 附录中该书的作者与《Mother》 《勇者斗恶龙》小说版的作者谈论创作小说。

《魔王勇者》是一部很奇特的小说。Maoyu is a strange novel. Originally posted on 2channel (which is like 4chan), it’s a story about the Hero and the Demon King (who’s female, and an economist) together, trying to save the world from war and economic ruin. 最早贴出在 2channel 上,它是一个勇者和魔王 (女性、经济学家) 一起试着拯救战火和经济垮台中的世界的故事。更加奇特的是,这是一部没有旁白,没有叙述,只有对话、音效和场景切换的小说,也就是剧本体。而人物的名字则是例如 “勇者”“魔王”“年轻商人”“总管”这样的职位名字。Even stranger, it has no narrations, no descriptions, only dialogue, sound effects and scene changes, in other words, a novel in the form of a screenplay. And the names of all the characters are titles like “Hero”, “Demon King”, “Young Merchant”, “Butler”. But, Richard Eisenbeis writes for Kotaku that while these prototypical roles, who are familiar to many gamers and readers, start out generic, soon they develop into deep characters in this unconventional story. 这些玩家和读者无比熟悉的角色,在这不寻常的故事中,很快就发展成了相当惊喜的人物。

The discussion observed that creating an engaging story is the work of both the writer and the reader. 谈话中提到创作令人不能自拔的故事,要作者和读者配合完成才行。所以真希会尽量拿出读者服务精神,作为作者主动把手伸过去,尽力能够拿出读者脑中已有的概念,让读者能够感受到例如“啊,魔王大人好可爱”。So Mamare would make an effort in fanservice, extend his hands as an author trying hard to invoke the existing concepts in the reader’s mind, and let the reader feel, for example, “oh, Her Majesty the Demon Queen is so adorable”.

To me this is a strange way to use the word fanservice. “读者服务”一词这样用我觉得很奇怪。一般“读者服务”总觉得有些“让读者简单的满足”的感觉,例如绘胸大的女孩子。Usually “fanservice” has that “satisfy the reader with the most expedient way possible” feel, like drawing a girl with a full buxom. Here though the word is used to describe something else. 但这里“读者服务”似乎指的是别的什么。

Tvtropes.org (a massive time-waster, never go there) is a wiki, that analyzes and catalogues elements of story telling, many which a creator can rely on the viewer respond in some way. The wiki calls those elements tropes. TvTropes.org (绝对的浪费时间,不要去那里) 是一个 wiki,主要分析整理讲故事中的元素,其中很多元素创作者可以有信心地预计观众会如何反应。With all this discussion about storytelling, it’s disappointing the page of the Maoyu characters is mostly based on how they are portrayed in the comic, instead of the novel, since it has never been translated into English. 可惜的是,虽然小说的附录有这么多关于讲故事的讨论,这个分析故事网站的《魔王勇者》的角色描述页基本上是根据漫画而不是小说完成的,因为小说从来没有被翻译成英文过。

But you can watch the anime on Crunchyroll. And you should. 但是(在北美)动画可以在 Crunchyroll 上观看。你也应该看看。

And Log Horizon, also by Mamare, is available in English in book and dubbed animation, so check that out too. 同为真希作的的《记录的地平线》,小说和动画都有英文版,也可以看一看。

Going to Midwest Furfest this weekend. 准备去Midwest Furfest

I’m going to Midwest Furfest next week, coming in on Friday night and leaving on Monday afternoon.
下周末准备去Midwest Furfest, 周五晚上到达,周日下午离开。

I’ll be bringing my shiba fursuit, and one other “mystery” suit. I’m okay with hugs and touching, but please, no tickling! 🙂
我会带上我的柴犬兽装,还有另外一个“神秘”兽装。想摸摸或抱抱我都没有问题,但我怕痒 🙂

Out of suit, I’m Asian, male, black straight hair with a ponytail, what should be a rare sight in Chicago. Or you could just check the badge that says “Kakurady” (no badge name shenanigans). Best way to find me is sending me message on Twitter or Google+: https://twitter.com/kakurady
不穿兽装的时候我应该是芝加哥罕见的长发亚洲男性。当然看胸卡更简单,我的胸卡上写着“Kakurady” 。联系我最好的方法是在Twitter上给我发消息。

You can find the panels I’ll likely be attending at https://mff2015.sched.org/kakurady . This time, instead of spending all time at panels, I’m going to try spending more time just roaming in the hallways fursuiting and/or getting to know people.
日程安排请见这里: https://mff2015.sched.org/kakurady。这次我想试一下不要把所有时间都用在面板讲座上,留一些时间出来兽装趴趴走/和大家面对面交流!

I hope to take lots of photos! And uh… if anyone’s interested, I’d like to borrow/lend/swap fursuits? Let me know if you’d like me to try your suit, or if you’d like to try mine.

⑨ Reports of Fur Affinity’s Demise has been greatly exaggerated 说FA“时日不长”为时尚早

I signed up for Weasyl and Inkbunny a month ago! Because of the IMVU thing, you know.

My weasyl account:

My inkbunny account:

I haven’t posted anything there yet, since I haven’t taken any furry-related photos to post recently. I might go and post some pictures of Pom, though.

And I’m not leaving FA. IMVU hasn’t done anything yet, so I don’t see any reason to leave. And, despite the deluge of journals last month, most accounts I follow on FA hasn’t migrated to Wzl or IB.

I’m currently watching about 350 accounts on FurAffinity (a bit too much, I think), and I’ve went through all of them trying to see how many have Weasyl or Inkbunny accounts. Of the 350 accounts I watch on FA, just 60 are on Weasyl, and only 19 are on Inkbunny.
我目前正在 FA 上关注350左右个账户 (我觉得有点多),于是一个一个地看了一下多少有 Weasyl 或 Inkbunny 账户。这350个账户中,只有60个在 Weasyl 上有账户,而 Inkbunny 上只有19人。

To find Weasyl and Inkbunny users in accounts I follow on FA, I searched (manually) through their user profile page and journal page. FA users can add their Inkbunny account to their contact information, but there is no such option for Weasyl, so some users link to their Weasyl account in their profile. Others announce their in Wzl/IB account in journals.
这件事比我想的要麻烦。FA用户可以把他们的 Inkbunny 账户添加到联系方式中,但是不能添加 Weasyl 账户。于是有些用户将他们的 Weasyl 账户放在个人简介中。其他人则在日志中公告他们的新账户。

Of course, this is just one person’s anecdote. Many of the 350 are inactive accounts, or multiple accounts held by the same person (for multiple characters, or separate business and personal accounts). It doesn’t count people who didn’t publish their Weasyl or Inkbunny accounts, people who deactivated their FA account, or people who never had a FA account to begin with. And Inkbunny allowing only people aged 18+ to register, means a lot of minors don’t have an account. Not to mention that Recaptcha does not load for Chinese users, so they can’t register… (Maybe I should sign up for Pixiv as well?)
当然这只是一个人的经历。350个帐号中,很多是不再活动的帐号,或者是一个人持有的多个帐号 (例如多个角色分别有一个帐号,或者商务个人分两个帐号)。其中没有不在FA公布Weasyl或Inkbunny帐号的人,禁用了FA帐号的人,以及从没有在FA上注册的人。Inkbunny只允许18岁以上用户也意味着许多未成年人不会有帐号。更不用说中国的用户打不开验证码注册不了…… (是不是该注册一个Pixiv帐号了?)

Still, I think it’s clear that FA is here to stay. And while the new UI beta is not Ferrox, I can appreciate giving FA a new coat of paint that works well with modern devices.
不管怎么说,我觉得要说 FA 时日不长,还是为时尚早。

Happy Chinese New Year 2015!

2015 is the year of the goat.

I’m going to stay at home and rest, not doing anything. Although knowing myself, sooner or later I’d be out home for some reason… and then just spend the whole day outside.

At least I’ll get some nice photos about it.

2015 年是羊年。