Well, my personal demon space (the craft room), is sort of clean now.
It only took me about 3 hours.
So this year I discovered UfYH. We’re going to give it a go.
Most of my house is fairly clean, and I’m trying to get to the point where reseting the whole house takes half a day (I’m looking at you, Monday!)
For now, I’m sitting down the hill at work. I got the inside of my car, trunk and all, cleared out, and now I’m trying to get it clean. Cleaning your car while out and about is a natural 20/10. You can only stand so much.
I’ve decided to leave the last 37 stories (last two lessons) unwritten. I have a feeling that by the time I get that far I’ll enjoy writing them. Plus my hand is killing me and I decided to add nearly 100 kanji into RevTK today.
On the upside, stories through 2005 written. Woot! Victory never tasted so sweet!
I just did the math.
That’s how I put it anyway. Anytime I need some encouragement I do the math and figure out how far I’ve come or how little is left to go.
From my last two posts it’s easy to figure out that I hate writing RtK stories. On the days I’m writing them I don’t do anything else japanese wise because it takes too much time.
So I did the math on my stories.
I don’t write more than 70-80 stories in a sitting (day) so if you split up the chapters I have left (39-56) I only have nine more days of writing to do and ITS OVER. FOREVER.
Sometimes you just need that little extra push. Never mind that there are hundreds of kanji left to study in those seven days of stories. I don’t think of it like that. No, I have nine days of writing left and at this point that’s all that matters.
I figure maybe a month left total. A little longer if you figure on getting all those kanji to four or more reviews.
Eventually they might even move beyond five reviews. Won’t that be nice.
Now off to the gym like a good little monkey.
On the other hand, writing the stories sometimes comes with an amazing sense of accomplishment.
Today I wrote 100 stories even. At least, that’s the way I figure lessons 35 and 36 together as.
Now I’m telling myself that I can do lesson 37 today as well. What’s another 30 something stories when you’ve already done three times that number in one sitting. I started out to do just lesson 35. You can see how this one goes.
I’m tired, cranky, sweaty, and my hands hurt, but I’ve accomplished enough today to keep me going for many to come.
And I’ll keep going. Because if I don’t that will mean I wasted an entire day off doing nothing laundry and something I didn’t enjoy. And only the laundry would have a point.
Sometimes, it really is pure spite that keeps you going. I’ve reached the point where I’m terrified to stop, terrified to lose the momentum. Who knows if I’d ever get it back.
My happiest day on this journey won’t be the day I put that last word into my SRS, it’ll be the day I finish my last story. Because once you’ve done your stories you’re more than halfway there. The rest is all window dressing.
You know I had actually forgotten what a pain in the ass this was.
I’ve finally caught up with myself (to where I was before I contracted the suck) and now I’m having to write stories again.
I have a pretty good insight to why people start cracking around 1300 in this book. Sigh.
I’d also forgotten how much I was going to have using my iPod touch as my only dedicated computer resource. My PC is in pieces and this thing doesn’t even a keyboard.
On the upside, the park I study in during nice weather now randomly has free wifi and the desktop wouldn’t have done any good there anyhow.
So, I’ve written stories up to 1265 and I’ll be finishing up through 1320-40ish before the day is over.
It looks like a three day schedule is going to be the best way of going about this. One day to write stories, the next to transfer to kanji.koohii and study, the last to add them into Anki and k.k.
Never more than 50ish at a go, never more frequent than every other day. Any more than that and I’ll get buried under reviews again.
So, that’s our up to the minute update. With apologies for any typos or freaky autospell corrections that I didn’t catch.
So like many people I kinda crapped out on the Kanji. I don’t even have the excuse of burn-out, I just got too busy during the holidays last year.
I restarted my RtK journey on 3/24/11. It’s 5/12/11 now, and I’m almost completely caught up.
But I got lazy and did it anyways.
All sorts of personal stuff got in the way of my kanji studies, and before I knew it, I’d lost much of what I had.
Now I’m redoing things, one step at a time, and speeding through for the moment. I expect the first 4-500 to go fairly quickly, and to have to do a bit more study on later ones.
I fully intend to be all caught up to where I started slacking in… two weeks? Give or take. The reviews, of course, will kick my ass, but I’m well able for them.
So long as they don’t take more than an hour at a time!
I’ve learned a valuable lesson I’d like to pass on to anyone who does their RtK stories both on kanji.koohii and on paper.
Don’t forget to make sure you keep both up to date! I wasted a ton of time yesterday typing in around 300 stories, but I’m getting myself right now!
On to lesson 31, Axe Murderer! Run!
Also, I’ve found that putting on my favorite TV show to talk at me in the background helps me to focus more. I’ve seen SGA so many times that I glance over during the interesting bits, and then go right back to RtK when I get bored. I’ll be a good girl now and go wash dishes, but I’m determined to at least make a dent in the next chapter tonight, possibly even finishing it.