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13 September 2008 @ 07:22 pm
Konomi Takeshi here I come!!????????  
I sent in my application to be Konomi Takeshi's manga assistant today.. I can't believe that I actually did it... ._.;; It might seem like I have confidence if you don't know me, or if you don't see me a lot, but I don't. I do, but I don't. I'm not sure really how to put it except that.. I'm original? ^^;; I am sure that I can do this kind of job, but I don't have confidence in an interview or talking with business people in Japanese. At all. Actually, the idea that they might call me back scares me so much that I nearly start to cry.... Eeeeeps....

Anyways, Konomi-sensei stated that he was okay with newcomers, and he wanted people that could reproduce two specific pages from PoT volume 27. So I looked that volume up in my bookcase (lucky that I had it already! It was right where I started collecting years ago) and got it out and sat down and said... 'so now, how do I do this?" I really am a beginner, in that I don't know a lot of details about how a lot of pros work. I did visit with friend Noda-sensei (mangaka for another JUMP magazine) a few years ago, and him and Yuko showed me some of the ropes, so I drew heavily on both that experience, my experience from architecture class in art school, and my own experience trying to make my own doujinshi. And voila! I learned a LOT. Or rather, taught myself a LOT. So many things that I had never really done before! ^O^ Of course, it was just copying pages that other people had already drawn, so it was simple, yet it took a lot of time and I paid so much attention to detail that it maybe took about 20 hours from start to finish? My guesstimation.. It was a lot of work, but fun in the end even if I did end up with headaches. I could definitely see myself happily doing those kinds of things every day for a while. (and get paid!)

And to work on Konomi's next project.... what a great dream!! But I am terrified that they'll actually call me and want to interview me. Scared stiff.... but let's see.... it's all up to the office staff now! Maybe they won't call, maybe they will... I have no idea. I wonder if there is any kind of a real chance here. But one thing I know for sure, I am glad that I gave it a shot, and I am really fired up to draw my own mangas now!! But.. wish me luck!! I could not have done this without the help of friends cheering me on. Especially dilettantka and Mamiko. <3<3 Both of whom cheered me on, and helped me write my resume and cover letter in japanese (or kind of wrote for me.. urk). Now I must not let everyone down, and study study STUDY!!!! (japanese)

I mailed it today. It's a 3-day weekend because of 'Respect for the Elderly day' on Monday (I solemnly swear to be slightly extra careful not to bump into any super-annoying old people on the street while on bicycle Monday!), so I could not possibly hear back until Tuesday at the very earliest, which isn't likely. Soooooo.... it's time to ANSHIN SHIMASU! (relax) Which actually means study japanese like a crazy person, and draw draw DRAW. :3 (and somewhere in there, Karoke, go to the HxH doujinshi event, Saiyuki musical, and see the 20th Century Boys movie).

And speaking of feeling accomplished, yesterday I mailed in my voter registration and registered for the JLPT level 2. One of these things is easy, the other is going to kick my ass. GUESS WHICH!?! PS: Only voting for Obama because it's the only way to keep McCain out of office. But I'd rather vote for someone else... as if it really counted, but that is neither here nor there.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on September 13th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
I hope so!!! ^O^
Yukiko: Yamachanwingmyway on September 13th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
OOo...that's so exciting!! ^^ *echoes dilettantka* You can do it!!! All the best and break a leg ^_^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^__^ Let's see what happens!
Kathy★キャシー: Dancing scared Hiyoshi and Devil Kiriharkatokathy on September 13th, 2008 10:42 am (UTC)
=O I wish you good luck Jamie! ^.^
Omg... if it was me when they call, I think I'd just pass out. xD You must be so nervous right now~ lol.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
Oh man, I feel exactly like you describe!!! #o.o#
Williamgenkischuldich on September 13th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Good luck with 2-kyuu! There's no way I'm ready for it this year. ;_; I'm so jealous!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! ^O^ I'm actually nowhere near ready myself, but I'm going to give it a try and see how well I do!
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Sankyuu!! ^O^ Ganbarimasu!
alkfhalsidjalssan on September 13th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
And all in all, and awesometastic experience!! No matter what, always keep your head up ok! :D I've always admired your cool head and cheerful thinking (thou shalt not argue with the Rea. +__+).
WE'LL SEE YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS OK!! XD *waves flags like a madwoman*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Awww thank you Rea! =^____^= I'll do my best!!
xiyu: Koizora- Rainbowxiyu on September 13th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^O^
 what'shisname . . !: Patrick - Make it up to you later!~flashboy on September 13th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Good luck with it! You're really brave to try something like that! And like you said earlier, you might not get the job but something good will come out of it anyways. Look how much you've been learning so far right?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yep!! Thanks for the encouragement!
n.: Gakutocinoberis on September 13th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)

good luck with!
n.cinoberis on September 13th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
.."with" wasn't supposed to be there..
(no subject) - hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mewgokumew2 on September 13th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Aww man, ya, if you can get an interview, business Japanese is gonna suck! I hope you're comfortable with keigo cuz anything less will most likely seem rude in that situation. ...Unless maybe you tell them ahead of time that you're more used to casual speech and ask if that would be okay. (Or are you secretly keigo master and I didn't know!?) But ganbatte~

And JLPT level TWO?! Ikinari!? Craaaaazy~! You have more guts than me. X.D Good luck!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I know what's coming for me so I don't really need the reminder... I'm really nervous but I'll definitely practice if I'm asked to go in, so at least there's that. LOL and as I said to Kat the other day, the only Keigo I know is Atobe. :P Well, not technically true but close enough! I wonder if that would work with Konomi-sensei..

One of my goals for this year was to take JLPT2. I am not at that level yet, but I am going to try hard and see how well I do!
(no subject) - gokumew2 on September 15th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Katrina: flighty temptresseveranangel604 on September 13th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and excellent, I also just mailed out my voter registration this week! This election is way too important to not take part in!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Well, I actually don't think that our votes count for squat. Look at Hayes, Harrison, and Bush (who were all elected president despite losing the popular vote). -_-;; We don't even decide the president so what is the point? But at least my vote counts for other things, and those are what really matter. ^^
Sana-chan: that's how you knowsana_chan on September 13th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Good luck!! What an awesome opportunity! I hope everything works out well for you :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Me too! ^O^
go15goreshi on September 13th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
OOOHHH!! I wish you all the luck in the world!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Arigatou gozaimasu! ^O^
Deanna: dragons DOALA!dr4b on September 13th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Good luck.
I am also taking JLPT 2-kyuu, and I'm going to fail, I'm sure, but that won't stop me from studying a lot anyway.
The good part is, supposedly 2-kyuu makes you business-able in Japanese. So, that means you should survive an interview by the time the ordeal is over anyway!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
Yay, we're in the same boat!! ^^

Yeah, you'd think so... well, I hope so! At least studying has more than one application!!
Vickytoldtojoinlj on September 13th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ganbatte~!! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Emily: hxh- our universeludicmelody on September 13th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
That's utterly brilliant. I hope you'll get the job. Because god knows you're a wonderful artist~
I want to know what his next project is. :3

hxhdoujinshievent~~ I want to go. D:
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! ^____^

(It was a really small event, but there were a surprising number of cosplayers ^^)
Athena Zandrite: Bisuke - tee heeathenazandrite on September 13th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Good luck indeed! It looks smashing, the copy I mean.

HxH doujinshi event O_O WOW! I wish it was popular over here !!

Do you have something specific you dislike about Obama or his policies?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! =^____^=

The doujin event was really small, so I think that I spent about 10 minutes before I'd looked at all of the tables. The HxH fandom is really small now, sadly. ;o;

Mmmm well.. I honestly haven't researched his policies in-depth, so I don't know a lot about them. But basically, I only want to vote for a candidate who will legalize gay marriage and has said so outright (and not meaning Civil Unions, I mean marriage). Since he hasn't said it, then I don't really want to cast my vote for him. It's kind of simple, but the issue is so important to me that it overshadows any other policies.. -_-;;
(no subject) - athenazandrite on September 15th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on September 16th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
v_rozouvan on September 13th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I do, but I don't.

I think you are confident in your past actions, but when it comes to the future, or rather what might happen in the future, then your confidence "drops". Nay?

I really am a beginner, in that I don't know a lot of details about how a lot of pros work.

How do you work? Is that scotch tape I see in the two top pictures? What's that for?

I paid so much attention to detail that it maybe took about 20 hours from start to finish

The tennis ball .. there are "streaks" (smear) lines .. which (I guess) is supposed to make it look as if it is going high speed .. Did you actually recreate their placement one-to-one .. i.e. not randomly, but instead making their direction and length the same as in the manga?

I solemnly swear to be slightly extra careful not to bump into any super-annoying old people on the street while on bicycle Monday!

I get the impression that the "super annoying" old people just stand in the middle of the street or something. Or do they wait until you are passing, and jump out at you? ;)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, the tape was for taping the envelop shut. ^^

Well I tried hard to recreate what was on the manga line for line, but in parts I didn't think that it was necessary (speed lines, etc). As long as it game the same effect and wouldn't look noticeable than I took liberties.

And YES the old people really do move suddenly in front of you, and then walk really slowly in the way. Not just old people, but everyone.. It's kind of annoying.. >.>//
v_rozouvan on September 13th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
By the way, and I quote dilettantka, you CAN do it!

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^O^
Soniaaoi_honoo on September 13th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
GOOD LUCK!!! I'll be cheering for you. :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^O^
Anguilaelectragretchen on September 13th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Super Ultra Good Luck!! \(^u^)/
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^O^
James Pickenstolarin on September 13th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Good luck, Jamie-chan! (Or would it be sempai? *rubs his chin*)

That sounds really exciting tho and I wish you the best of luck!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Hehee, thanks! Though it's not 'sempai' until you enter the same career path as me. ^^
(no subject) - tolarin on September 17th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Amy: MIZUKI My Fandom Likes to Sweep Aroundkoibito_moon on September 13th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
good luck! that is awesome!!! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
Janellechibi_rei on September 13th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yay for taking the leap! :D I'm cheering for you!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^O^
Chacolechaco on September 13th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good luck with everything!! *____* I think it's really amazing :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you! ^O^