It used to be that I had several friends who were very into manga -- Japanese comic books -- and one of them explained to me that the illustrators of these books had honed the use of onomatopoeia to a fine art. Every sound imaginable can be (and is) represented by a Japanese character -- "kurukurukuru" is the sound of a woman slurping her ramen noodles, "nyao" is the sound a cat makes, "doki doki" is an excited heartbeat. But one of the loveliest of all, to my mind, is the long, drawn-out sound of heavy sheets of rain falling: "zaaaaaaaaaaaaaa." That's exactly the sound outside my window right now -- not quite a hiss, but too full and continuous to be represented by our own onomatopoeia of "pitter-patter." I guess this is a Japanese rain.
NaChrisPrezMo continues apace. I've had to admit to myself that if I spent all my time on one large project I wouldn't be able to finish it in time for Christmas, so I've put it aside for now in favor of completing lots of other projects. I started yesterday on something really lovely for one of my sisters, if I do say so myself (and I do) -- just hoping she will like the color. Still trying to figure out good gifts for everyone on the list, though. Some are definitely more of a challenge to please than others, but I will persist!