December 5th, 2014

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Feeling Like a Damned Fool, Fugitive Swordsmen, and Ridler! (Day 4)

Today at the day job was one of those days where I felt like a damned fool. While taking a bunch of screenshots for a tech manual yesterday, I discovered that the job I'd done had not even been half assed It was a quarter-assed job at best. Plenty of stupid errors. I spent a bunch of today correcting that, and kicking myself the whole damned time.

It pretty much devoured the day and left me drained. Lucky me, I don't have to go back until Monday (tomorrow is a vacation day, yay!).

This evening, Trista and I watched the fourth Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman movie. Zatioichi the Fugitive was as fun and moving as the previous, almost as brilliant a piece of cinema as the first. The series of movies is quite fun. It follows a yakuza masseur as he walks the earth, roaming feudal Japan, trying to stay one step ahead of his enemies and getting caught up in politics and feuds as he goes. Kind of like Kurosawa's samurai "westerns," but with a cool edge of criminality. The first two films were black and white. Starting with number three, they are in glorious color, and a treat to see. This time around, Z found himself caught between several oyabun (yakuza bosses) during the festival to celebrate a young man's unwilling rise to his dead father's position. There's scheming, a romance subplot, and a couple of characters from previous films returning. The end is poetic and layered, and how can I poo-poo a dancing blind swordsman wearing a goofy grin to avoid his own heartbreak?

I managed a single writing session this evening. The Ridler! Challenge story is fast approaching its conclusion, which I think I now have a handle on. It's been an enjoyable ride, and I hope some of these characters survive for another adventure. However, there's devilry afoot, so who knows! Hopefully, I will finish it tomorrow. For next week's story, I'm taking up Ridler's new gauntlet, a thing he dubbed the Val Lewton challenge: he gives a name and a story length and I write to meet it exactly. He's going to send me more info on Sunday. We shall see how it goes!

Day's Counts
Fiction Wordage: 1100 (total this month: 6700)
Non-fiction Wordage: 0 (total this month: 0)
Blog Wordage: 400 (total this month: 1700)

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