Sponsored Release: WN, V.6, Ch.142

First of, thank you for all the shout outs and well wishes people have sent since yesterday – it’s nice to know that people care. For those of you who didn’t read yesterday’s announcement and have been staying away from the news, there was a terror attack in central Stockholm, killing at least four people and seriously injuring several more when a truck was driven down one of our busiest shopping streets. I’m back in Sweden for a brief period so I had actually been at the exact place in question almost exactly 24h earlier. . . . What an odd feeling. . . .

But, today is a new day and I will go shopping in central Stockholm after lunch. It might seem like a silly thing to do and a bit of a shallow statement when people have lost their lives and all, but I refuse to let fear rule me – I refuse to let terror win. I will go to town, I will spend money in the stores that are otherwise likely to loose customers because of all this, and I will stop and pay my respects to those no longer among us.

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Right, on a brighter note!

I managed to get a chapter done early (like, 33 hours ahead of schedule!) so, sponsored by an anonymous donor well over a month ago, here is Chapter 142: Heart Strings – Enjoy!

Also, although I’m not permanently back in Sweden things have started to settle down a bit more. Thus, I will attempt to go back to the 1-sponsored-chapter/4-days schedule but I make no promises that it will succeed. As such, I will keep marking the next scheduled release 7 days from the present release for now, so as to not get anyone’s hopes up too high ^.^

I’m okay…

But the terror has reached Sweden… 

Today, just before 3 p.m. Swedish time, a madman (or woman) in a stolen beer truck drove down one of the most populated shopping streets in Stockholm, finally crashing into into the large shopping mall I visited less than 24h earlier. It is still unclear how many have been hurt or even killed by this, but the city is paralysed as trains and buses have stopped moving and people are asked to remain inside.

It’s a horrible thing. To think that there are people who wish to harm others, out of simple ignorance and hate. I cannot even begin to imagine the rage that is required for someone to think that the best way to for them to get their opinion across is to kill their fellow man! 

I would like to say that I’m angry, that I have nothing but hate for whoever did this awful thing – and the others who have done similar things before – but, as I write this, I only feel sad…

Sad for those who have lost their family members today. Sad for those who will feel unsafe when they leave their homes tomorrow. Sad for those innocent children who, years ago, came to this world as pure as anyone else, but somehow ended up in a truck, mowing down a steet with an intent to kill.

Tomorrow will be a hard day in Stockholm. Many will perhaps choose to stay home, shying away from the world and the dangers there. Others will be overwhelmed by anger and grief, desperate for someone to blame for what has happened. I can understand both reactions, but I hope that most will take the opportunity to turn to their fellow man and talk to them. The terror touches us all, one way or another, and when some choose violence to force our silence and “obedience”, only our solidarity and openness can guarenty their failure. 

Take care, and don’t let fear rule you. 

“Weekly” Release Time: DD ch14

He who waits for something good, can never wai-. . . oh who am I kidding!? He who waits for something too always waits to long (especially at the current snowy.pub)! But hey, better late then never still counts 😉

Here is chapter 14 of Dimension’s Door – “Hostile” Contact

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Enjoy!

Oh, and a few more Japan-achievements unlocked:

  1. Get treated to vegetables/food by old people (#LovelyOldLady)
  2. People assume that Sweden and Switzerland is the same place and that I’m simply explaining it wrong due to my poor Japanese (#OldLadyStillLovely)
  3. Listen to drunk Japanese people who – assuming that I don’t speak Japanese – talk shit about me, foreigners in general and women in particular (#JerksBeEverywhere)
  4. Smiling, wish drunk Japanese people “a continued pleasant evening” in Japanese and walk away (#NailedIt)

Weekly Release: WN ch.139

So, today isn’t Sunday, but here is the weekly regular release, this time for WN, Chapter 139: The First Trial’s Premise – enjoy! Better late than never, right?

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It’s shocking how hard it is to make up the few days missing to set the schedule right! I have a bit less to do this weekend though so, fingers crossed…

For those curious, here is a brief summary of what I’ve been experiencing since I arrived in Japan:

So, after a 16h flight (via Frankfurt) I arrived in Osaka one early morning last week. I had the misfortune of ending up in one of the unreconcilable seats, so I had managed two or three hours of sleep at most, but I somehow managed to by bus tickets to Kobe (in Japanese – victory!) and got on the right buss.

Once in Kobe, my first work day started right off the bat so it wasn’t until ten o’clock in the evening that I finally crawled into bed. I didn’t mind much tough – I’m in Japan after all and I had eaten a cheap yet delicious Ramen for lunch and equally delicious local dish for dinner whose name I’ve forgotten.

Since then I’ve unlocked quite a few achievements here in Japan:

  • Buy a “A-set” lunch (anime watches will know what I mean) – unlocked!
  • Experience 8:00-22:00 workdays – unlocked!
    (though I am allowed to leave at around 19:00)
  • Get lost in the Japanese subway – unlocked!
  • Random people great you and start talking with you on the street, just because you’re tall/blonde – unlocked!
  • Eat more macha-flavored snacks than medically advisable – unlocked!
  • Awe locals by drinking several servings of sake and still be fine – unlocked!
    (man there is some really good sake in Kobe! I only had like three servings – aka 3×18 cl bottles – but the look I got was one of veneration)
  • Get chased down the street because you left a tip – unlocked!

Last weekend we took a work trip to Nagoya. Among other things, we visited the “Toyoda Automated Looms” museum (the original product that Toyota made before they started with car manufaction) – fascinating machines and invention history! Did you know that the looms of today typically use either water or air pressure to weave the fabric, rather than sending the thread back and forth with a shuttle?

This weekend, I will visit a local dojo for some aikido training and perhaps visit an onsen (hot spring) – as well as write, of course ^.^ – next week I’ll start some late evening Japanese lessons to improve my fairly meager language skills.

In general, March is going to be an interesting month, I think!