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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Batch 12

First, sorry. This intro will be super long. Keep reading to know why. Or just skip down, if you don’t want to.

I had a poll a while ago on my Twitter about a BL webtoon batch because I was in a BL mood. It took me a while, but I finally got around to read enough to actually make a batch. I know not everyone who reads my blog is interested in same-sex romance, so I while I do want to feature more of this (like GL) and perhaps more LGBTQ+ fiction in general, I don’t want to spam people who definitely don’t like it.

That said, I plan on making another BL webtoon batch soon. As an early apology for that, I’ve added a Toomics VIP membership review at the end.

And now I’d like to make this (not at all) tiny announcement: I have actually started to write BL romance. No, I’m kidding. I’m actually (technically speaking) writing a straight romance, but that’s not the point.

Those who follow me on Twitter might already know, but I launched a web novel almost 2 weeks ago – the Wednesday after my last post. I chose to share it in this batch because, well… People let me know way back when Mini was going to be born that they wanted updates on my life. It’s not about Mini, but it’ll likely affect my blogging anyway. The other reason is that it’s LGBTQ+ themed, so it’s not that far off. The (technically straight) romance isn’t the point, but it’s in there. Also, there are definitely not straight romances in there. Like a BL couple I ship. And a headcanon couple which is totally not happening in the story.

I’m letting you know partly to market (let’s face it, it ends up being marketing the moment I mention it, even if it’s lousy marketing) and mostly because I might choose to change my blogging schedule – either the content I plan on writing about or the frequency (or both).

I also have made a poll which I’d love you to vote on. It’s both on the home page (to the left on PC, but if you use a phone it’s below the posts), and here:

Let me know your thoughts about the matter, folks!

I hope you’ll continue to support me though, and this blog is my baby so I won’t give it up. And I have no plans on getting any nicer just because I’m a kinda published creative writer now. I’m as critical of shitty stuff as I’ve always been because I’ve always been a creative writer too.

Now, please enjoy this batch. And I want to remind you about the Toomics review at the end. Let me know if you have any other services (or themes/genres) you’d like me to review. If you know me before the end of the month I can review any titles on Toomics (that are not 18+). And as always, free stuff is linked to, while paid stuff I can’t profit from is not. I’m such a bitch. But all can be found on Toomics anyway.

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Magical Lulululu/Through the Looking Glass [My❤︎Milky❤︎Way]

This is another first – we’re getting a lot of them this year – as I wanted to review a CD I got a while ago (read over a year ago) because I liked the A-side in Rejet’s PV. But I haven’t gotten around to it because Mini-kid turned out to love the A-side so much I heard it on repeat for months and couldn’t bother to technically break it down because I’d have to play the tracks on repeat myself. I’ll take the opportunity here to mention that I’m a classically trained flautist, so I have a background in music and hence might break down the music more than seems normal. If so, just let me know I went to technical. Lol.

This is part of the Marginal #4 series, but I haven’t actually played Marginal #4. Or seen the anime. So I’ll review this from someone who just happens to like KENN a lot. Or something. Lol. I mention lyrics, but I didn’t want to make this post super long and I don’t think it’s something you absolutely need to know. But I translated them and the translations can be found here. There’s also a drama, and you’ll find a summery of that below
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AMNESIA LATER

First I want to mention that this is the fan disc of AMNESIA, which I reviewed the localised version of here. The FDs for Amnesia aren’t available in English, and I played the original version for PSP, but there is a Vita version which is called Later x Crowd and is the two FDs ported together. There’s also a Switch version of Later x Crowd coming out in October in Japan.

The Heroine lost her memories as Orion (CV: Hiromi Igarashi) bumped into her consciousness. To ensure that her memories return, she needed to be stimulated. She pretended to be fine while working, studying and meeting people she couldn’t remember how she interacted with. But she somehow managed and found love.

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Batch 11

A comic batch! I’m fairly certain I promised this a while ago. Oops. Anyway, I’ve been borrowing some stuff from the library, so here goes!

I tried a new layout for batch posts while at it. Click the images to buy the volumes. If you can’t see any, change the settings of your adblocker. Let me know how this layout is or if I should change it!

Black Butler
Ciel Phantomhive is a young aristocrat in a fantasy Britain, and he is the owner of a very successful toy manufacturing company. but not is exactly how it seems, with Ciel having an unusually capable butler, Sebastian, and he has responsibilities that might be a bit heavy on his child-sized shoulders.

I’ve tried to read this before, but to some degree, it’s not my thing. I love the aesthetic of it, but despite being targeted more towards girls/young women who read shounen it’s not really targeted to me. I want to like it though. It’s the right genre, it’s the right aesthetic, it’s the right kind of art. But it all kind of falls apart for me in the story-telling itself. At least 2 volumes in. Continue reading