UPDATE: I just found out about this new manga and I can’t wait to read it. Here’s a synopsis:
Edo Japan, Tokugawa Shogunate. A boy goes into the forest and is mauled by a bear. Carried back to the village, he brings with him more than just a bloodied body—he brings back a deadly disease which becomes known as the Redface Pox.
Only the country’s men are vulnerable, and within eighty years, the male population has fallen to about a fourth its former number. Women assume most of the roles usually performed by men—they even become Japan’s rulers. Men, meanwhile, have become prized, privileged commodities that are carefully cosseted and protected. The most beautiful of these men get sent to the Ôoku as concubines of the fabled Inner Chamber of the Tokugawa shogun. This is the story of these prized men…and the remarkable woman whom they serve.
The Ōoku, by the way, refers to the section of Edo Castle where the women connected to the reigning Shōgun resided; mothers, wives, concubines.
I gotta read this one! The first volume was published this month and subsequent ones are forthcoming.
End of UPDATE. 🙂
Dew point. Most of the time I could care less what the dew point is (which is the temperature at which the air can no longer hold all of its water vapor, and some of the water vapor must condense into liquid water).
But when that darn dew point gets over 60, which it has been the last few days around here, and gets to 70 which it did yesterday, man, do you feel it. Like breathing water. Yuck!
Below is a chart showing how we humans perceive dew points. Of course, in late fall and winter, when that dew points drops below 50, you also feel it because the air is so dry it feels like your skin is cracking. That’s when I have to keep a bottle of lotion around all the time.
75°+ Extremely uncomfortable, oppressive
70° – 74° Very Humid, quite uncomfortable
65° – 69° Somewhat uncomfortable for most people
at upper limit
60° – 64° OK for most, but everyone perceives the humidity
at upper limit
55° – 59° Comfortable
50° – 54° Very comfortable
49° – or lower Feels like the western US a bit dry to some
I’ve experienced a few above 70 dew points and it really does feel like the air is just soup. Almost like you can’t breathe it’s so thick with moisture.
Anyway, we’re supposed to get back to more comfortable dew points by tomorrow.
I’m currently reading the manga Emma and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
Not only is it beautifully drawn but the romance is lovely and would, I think, make a charming movie. (I read that it’s been turned into an anime but I think it would also make a nice live-action movie).
The author, Kaoru Mori. extensively researched the Victorian era and it shows in her beautifully detailed drawings. There are scenes that tore my heart, such as this one, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I’m working on my vampire story but I’m taking my time with it. There’s no hard deadline on it so I can submit it when I want. I had planned to submit it today but there are still a few things I’m not quite happy with. And I’m not submitting it until I am nearly 100% happy with it since I know I will never be 100% happy with anything I write. 🙂