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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.
Amiya: Jolin Tsai #4xamiyax on September 14th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Best of luck!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
Rachel K: happy thoughtsrkold on September 14th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Good luck!!!! I think it would be wonderful if you were chosen. Who know the fact you're a foreigner could work to your advantage, particularly if he wants to do another series with a character who needs to speak some English.

And I'm glad to hear you are voting! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^ I am kind of hoping for the same thing, which is why I sent in a picture of myself with it, lol. :3 :3
Raynermundist on September 14th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Best of luck lady!

I know you well enough to agree with what you said about yourself, but you know I'm the same way too (remember, deemed "intimidating" by people who don't know me). The good thing is that we're also alike in that we push ourselves pretty well when we know what we want.

Just keep the idea that you can do this. Even if the opportunity seems scary I have faith in you. =)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^

Yeah.. we're both people who when we have a goal, will push and pull and find a way to make it happen. ^^ (even if it takes forever, in my case XD)

I'm scared to death, but if something did come of it, then I would be really happy. I can only hope from here on out! ^^
Meganhk_panda on September 14th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Good luck!!! You can do it! ^__^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
--[pieces of sweet stars]--: matsumoto to giveshaeisdorky on September 14th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Wow that is awesome! I wish you super good luck with the job!! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you! ^^
thoughtsarefree: omgabby_gaby on September 14th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
Suge!!! hope you get the job! ^_^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^ Me too!
Francesca {フランチェスカ}: Kobato 'so cool*fantasy2004 on September 14th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I know you can do it, I wish you the best of luck. I really do hope what you been wishing for years. XDDD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^ I really have no idea what will happen, but we'll see!
cryduchatcryduchat on September 15th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Geri ★ ヅェリ: [Pinky:st] Pucchi_____just_me on September 15th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
yeah i'm late in reading this, but good luck! i hope you get it, that wold be so cool to work for Konomi Takeshi-sensei!! :Db がんばれ〜! and also good luck with the JLPT level 2!
astrorainfallastrorainfall on September 17th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Good luck!! Gambatte, ne!

I don't know how you do it but you juggle a gazillion things AND study for JLPT 2...sounds you got nerves of steel. ^_^
mei_sanmei_san on September 19th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
Wow that's pretty awesome. From those photoes I think they look great! Well I for one never thought copying other people's work is easy, but you sure learn a ton of techniques! Haha you made me want to practice drawing more!
Mon☆Monmony_chan on September 21st, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
GO JAMIE! GO! \^o^b

That really sounds so exciting~!!!
Good Luck~!!! \^o^/

You are a really cheerful and hard-working girl~ (even if it was copying what another artist draw, because that's a harder than it sounds). That's why I think that everything it's going to be ok, for you :D

Don't worry much and always do your best~!!! \^O^/
(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
omg... THATS AMAZING!!! I never knew mangakas actually did that. THATS SO COOL!! Good luck with everything!! ^^ ~~
(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
by the way this is x_mimioreo xD.. the one that comes and goes every once in a while (: