Writing Update #1

Alright! I’m here with a new series on my blog. One I know might not be appreciated by all. Why? I did a poll about whether to write about my writing, and it didn’t get overwhelming support. Or much support at all.

But I’ve been thinking. A lot. I’ve gone back and forth on it. But in the end, I decided to look at the tagline.

A collection of thoughts and polite rants on Literature and Visual Arts

As you see, I highlighted three words: “thoughts on Literature”. My work counts as literature. But! I will still write reviews, don’t worry! These posts might be sporadic, so there might not be some for months, or once every week for a few weeks. Continue reading

The Magic in This Other World is Too Far Behind 1

Tragedy may strike, and they may even be separated from each other, but Suimei didn’t want his friends to suffer. As long as there was hope, he didn’t want them to give up.

Suimei Yakagi is secretly a mage and friends with Reiji and Mizuki, but despite his talents, he had not enough time to stop what happened to the three of them and they are summoned to another world. But it’s strange. Only Reiji was supposed to be summoned and somehow Mizuki and Suimei got dragged along with the hero who was summoned. Mizuki decides to follow her beloved to face the danger of the Demon Lord, while Suimei… refuses. He wants to go home, and he will do so, even if he has to figure it out all on his own.

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Madou Soshi (episodes 1-3)

Important note! All names, including the title, are in Japanese! For those who have read the novel or comic, or watched the animated or live action series, I’ve put a list of names after the summaries to minimise confusion. Madou Soshi is the Japanese reading title of Mo Dao Zu Shi, and not me bullshitting some random title because I can’t read Chinese much anymore.
Also! Usually I write Given name Family name on characters. This is reversed this time because it just sound better. I drop family names unless I need to use them after writing it once though.

During the first year, peace remained…

During the second year as well, peace remained…
And during the thirteenth year as well, peace still remained…

MDZS JP 1-1Gi Musen (CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki) wakes up one day, several years after his death. He realises he was called for a reason, the person sacrificing themselves for something, but they missed a part in the summoning and he’s just offered the body. It’s not difficult to figure out though, and soon he’s working on taking revenge, while hoping to stay alive himself. Continue reading

J-Novel Club

Originally I was going to throw in a novel in here, but I’m so engrossed in something I’m not going to review (for now, at least) that I simply gave up, because I kept procrastinating and days before the review I was trying to read the light novel. That review will be up at a later date.

However, I realised I still had something I could review and get it done quickly! Considering my recent health issues, no stress is my highest priority and if I rather want to drown myself in something I won’t review (for now), this works out great!

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Meeting the Boyfriend’s Parents

“They’re not like psychopaths or anything, are they?”

“No, they’re not.” Sawyer’s face blushed bright red. If Luke wasn’t mistaken, he looked embarrassed. “They can be worse than that.”

Luke’s eyebrows shot up his forehead. “What could be worse than psychopaths?”

“Therapists.”

Luke’s crush Sawyer asks him out after the final exams are over. Which was for the better, because Luke couldn’t get the courage to do so himself. And over the first few months of them being boyfriends, Luke truly falls in love with his boyfriend. But there’s always something gnawing in the back of Luke’s mind and the meeting with Sawyer’s parents might just be what makes it clear what it is.

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Happy New Year and Annyversary

Well, look at that! As soon as I started getting treatment it got better. Lucky! That means I can make this annual post after all!

So Happy New Year everyone! And happy new decade as well! I’m turning 30 this year, meaning I’ve been blogging for 14 years in about half a year. Wild. When I turn 32, I’ve been blogging for half of my life. That’s even wilder.

Let’s start by looking back at the previous year. How did I do with my goals?

Reading Goal: 50 books
This didn’t go very well, but partially that’s because I spent about 4 months writing fiction instead of consuming it, and there’s also the issue with my health. I just couldn’t balance thing as I wanted because I didn’t have the structure I needed. I hate to say it, but even excluding my health, it was also a lot in the hands of someone else. I ended up at 52 unique books, including comics, on Goodreads. This isn’t entirely true because I read some children’s books I never added into it.

  • I ended up forgetting about the alphabetical books.
  • I registered 5/20 children’s books, but it should have been 7-10. So I didn’t do great.
  • I did read 50+ books though, even though it wasn’t the right ones.

Post more batches
In 2018 I post three batches, in 2019 five. Improvement! I would have liked to do better when I wrote my first five batches in 2014 though. I did keep them out of the regular schedule, so that was great! I’d say I cleared this one.

Finish 1 game
Definitely cleared this one! I reviewed three games and a demo.

Widen my view
I wanted to review a few new things since my blog has very much been dominated by anime and some comics and games. I had some subgoals and I cleared:

  • 1+ drama CD, 1+ music CD: I count the Marginal #4 CD as both drama and music, since it was a single with a mini-drama.
  • 2-3+ streaming and/or reading services: I reviewed Crunchyroll Manga and Toomics.
  • 1+ game: I reviewed four, including the demo

I didn’t clear

  • More western material: I don’t think I did.
  • 2+ visual novels: It was just one.
  • 1+ anime from each ongoing season: Haha, nope.
  • Post more extra material on Patreon for my patrons: Didn’t happen too often.
  • Post more on Instagram: Yeah, no…
  • Livetweet regularly: This wasn’t regularly but I think I did better?

It wasn’t a great year, but I did pretty decently!

So what will my goals be this year then?

Just post.
Because my life is as it is, with my web novel and a varying amount of fatigue I’ve decided to just keep up posting.

And I’ll try to share how things are going relating to my web novel. Which you can find here, if you’re interested! I post it every other Wednesday with the first chapter of the year in a few days (January 8th)!

I’m also working on a side story, which can be found password protected on my personal blog. All posts on my personal blog are pw protected actually, but I give the password out to friends and people following my private Twitter account. Your best bet to get the passwords is to follow my account.


So… For now, I’m focusing on getting a few months ahead so instead of schedule January and forward, I’m scheduling posts March, April, May, February, January, and then June forward. Hopefully, I’ll have my posts ready before the last Sunday this month, but we can only see if I make it. I will post batch posts and some “unscheduled” (set to Friday and/or Sunday) posts outside the regular schedule. Batch posts are as always posts with 4-6 titles within a category or theme, and other posts might be recently released titles. Games will still be older releases, but books, comics and anime should be things I can fairly easily access to post more frequently.

Thank you for supporting me through 2019, and I hope you will support me for another year, or even another decade.

Announcement: Hiatus due to Health

I’m currently having some health issues that are outside the norm. I’ve been dealing with them for about three months, but it’s been getting worse and I can’t handle the blog. I haven’t been able to put together the December post, and I am fairly certain I simply can’t make that happen. Which means there will be no post at the end of this month.

I should have a procedure to see if doctors can find what’s wrong on Monday, but I can’t way when I will be better and I am fairly certain the Beginning of the Year post I tend to post on the anniversary of the relaunch (January 5th) will be belated as well. I also don’t know if it’s going to be rescheduled and if so it may take longer for me to receive treatment.

If I’m up for it, I will write the January post, but if I can’t handle the stress I’ll just secretly (or not so secretly) write posts to get ahead for when I’m better.

For now, I’ve also put my web novel on hold because I can’t handle the editing, so it’s not just my blog. If you follow my personal Twitter, you’ll get various updates, but also access to my personal blog. I’m a bit restrictive who I accept, but if you read this blog you very likely fall within the group I accept. My DMs are open though so just drop me a DM if you want to just chat to check up on me.

I hope you all have wonderful holidays and stay healthy. I will do my best to just rest and get better.

And if you have any ideas for 2020, feel free to let me know. And, I suppose, see you in 2020. Until then, check out the blogs Twitter or Instagram accounts. I’ll get better at updating Instagram while I’m resting so you get some updates every once in a while.

…probably.

 

In Another World with My Smartphone 1

I was supposed to post something a week ago, but I was drowning in how much writing I had to do. I even had this post written as a backup plan and everything, but I just forgot. I realised yesterday that, hey, Sunday this week is DECEMBER. So, sorry for the late post, but here we got what I could manage!


My granddad told me to be a good person, the kind of person who forgave other people when the made mistakes. By all accounts, Gods were people as well. Probably.

High school student Mochizuki Touya was on his way home from school when God accidentally hit him with lightning, killing Touya. Due to the circumstance, God revived him in a new world (mostly) with the societal development of the middle ages. But not without a little bonus. God granted Touya a favour, letting Touya bring his smartphone as a functional device, and giving him a little stat boost. Now it’s time for Touya to live his new life in the medieval, magical world, with a smartphone in hand.

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The Sound of Your Voice

Ethan Hyun is the team leader of an editor team at Sam Publishing and is a very nerdy person. He loves comics, games, animated shows, figurines and recently he’s been into audio dramas. And better yet! He’s going to work with his favourite voice actor, Jimmy Kwak, after the company decides to publish an audio drama based on a book they’re published! But their first meeting was horrible, as Ethan injured Jimmy while on the train, and Jimmy thought he’s stalking him. Soon, however, they get along and when life almost throws them both onto the street, they end up living together and learn more about one another.

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Batch 13

Here we got a second BL webtoon batch with titles from Toomics! I haven’t gotten tired of men falling for each other, so bear with me. I promise I’ll post something else… eventually. I just need my romance fix every once in a while, and BL, GL, fantasy romance and dark/bittersweet romances tend to hit home better than the average shoujo romance (but needless to say Kimi ni Todoke and Ao Haru Ride remains my favourite romance titles to date.)


I Like You (by Momopia)
Andy Goh always ends up bullied at his school and he recently changed schools because of it. Of course, some boys make him their gofer and make him pay for their drinks and food, but as long as he keeps doing it, he’ll be fine. Right? But it’s while he’d hurrying back to the classroom he accidentally sees Jesse Baek confess to the mathematics teacher that he loves him. In desperation, Andy says he likes Jesse and somehow, for some reason, the two ends up being a couple. How will Andy get out of this mess now? How will he break up with the school’s top dog?

There are only 21 chapters so far in English, so this is very much a first impression kind of thing, but this is pretty darn funny. Bullying aside, that is. And the shitty math teacher. And Jesse’s tendency to not respect boundaries, but he doesn’t seem to take any hints that Andy doesn’t like the guy (and it’s pretty obvious why, when you read it). Er… Wait… Why is this funny? I guess most of the jokes just hit home and the teenagers are very much teens. So maybe it’s kind of cringe funny? I don’t know. This is set in a boys’ school so for once it fucking makes sense there are like no girls! It bothers me when I read BL and for some unexplainable reason, girls/women don’t exist. Another thing I do appreciate is that Andy does notice that Jesse isn’t as terrible as he thinks and that he isn’t going “I ONLY LIKE GIRLS!” but instead has a moment when he goes “Wait, but I never liked a girl either!” It’s completely unrelated to my general opinion on this webcomic, but I can appreciate seeing a demi-romantic-ish character that isn’t supposed to like one or the other specifically every once in a while.

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