Happy New Year!

…and 2020 is FINALLY over.

You can’t blame me for being relieved, even on my blog’s 7th Annyversary since the relaunch. It’s really been a long year. Too long. It’s been 366 months. This year has really been one of a kind. Yeah. I don’t want 2021 to be like that, but I’m not having high hopes.

No, we’re not.

So what’s been going on this year, aside from the obvious? Well, I’ve been sicker, but I also began sharing posts about writing. I expanded to audio dramas and books about fiction. I reviewed my first live-action show. Continue reading “Happy New Year!”

Madou Soshi (episode 5)

SPOILER WARNING! If you haven’t listened to episodes 1-4, this review may spoil things for you, even in the thought section where I try to avoid spoilers. I suggest reading the reviews of Madou Soshi episodes 1-3 and Madou Soshi episode 4 before this one.

“If drinking within Cloud Recesses is forbidden, I can drink on top of the wall. That way I won’t break the rules, right?”

“Like I’d let you!”

“Hey! Are you looking for a fight!?”

Gi Musen (CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki) wonders what on earth could have happened during all these years for Ran Bouki (CV: Satoshi Hino) to be so different; he’s fine if Musen touches him, he hides alcohol in his room… Thinking about these oddities, he remembers their first encounter that eventually would lead them to this day when Bouki just won’t let him go.

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How to be Ace: A Memoir of Growing up Asexual

Growing up isn’t easy to begin with, but when you break the norms, it’s extra difficult. In How to be Ace, Rebecca Burgess tells her experiences of being asexual, and someone dealing with anxiety, in comic form, sharing the experiences of growing up.

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The Weakest Manga Villainess Wants Her Freedom!

Huh? What just happened? Why do I feel like I’m floating? Is that a truck in front of me? Was that the sound of me being hit by a truck? Oh. Crap.

One day, a second set of memories struck Elle very suddenly. It confuses her, but she realises one thing: She can’t let herself die first out of the Four Grand Mage of Analia—or else the strongest Grand Magi (and the man the Demon Lord chose for her engagement), Julius, will mock her! But with her past memories comes not only the knowledge of her pathetic death but also the values she once upon a time had grown up with. With these in mind, she sets off to escape death, and find true freedom.

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Love Unholyc (Part 1)

Mir is an Unholyc, an unholy being that is half human, half demon. However, she’s not quite mature yet, but will have her coming-of-age ceremony during the Black Sabbath; in seven days. For it, she’ll need a partner. Strangely enough, she has a letter from the great Dorian Gray (lol), who wishes to help her, telling her where to go. She goes there and finds not one, not two, but three partners. However… they’re human.

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Young King Arthur And The Round Table Knights

“I know what a king is. But even so, it still doesn’t change who I am. I’m still me. And to me, everyone is equal.”

While he’s on an errand, Arthur hears that the Choosing Ceremony is to take place and he goes to see who the new king will be. All of his excitement drops to dread when he, in a try to save his cousin, by accident draws the holy sword Excalibur out of the anvil.

In shock and disbelief, he’s brought into the castle, his relatively safe life turning to a life of hard decisions, vicious nobles and assassination attempts left and right. Will Arthur crumble before his life as king truly begins, or get killed before it happens?

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Writing Update #4

I haven’t written any of these in a while. So I thought I’d give you a general update.

First, about my health: It’s still terrible. I’m holding on, and will be seeing a doctor next week. I hope to be back fully in 2021.

That said, I still work on Beyond the Horizon. I recently finished editing episode 11 and am almost done with the first extra episode. I was planning on being finished a month ago, but my health being as it is, there’s not much I can do about that. Continue reading “Writing Update #4”

Hiatus for unknown amount of time

I hate it every time, but here’s another hiatus notice.

I mentioned issues in December that were seemingly resolved. Well, they weren’t. Since the end of January I’ve been struggling and I’m back to a place where I just can’t keep up with the blogging, because on top of my health I need to focus on getting some income due to sudden expenses I have to make.

This doesn’t just involve blogging though; I’ll put Beyond the Horizon on hiatus as well. I will continue with editing BtH book 1, but I can’t continue to post book 2 and later until my health issue is resolved. It just adds stress to an already stressful situation. Continue reading “Hiatus for unknown amount of time”

The Horror Writer

“What on earth makes you write such horrible things?”

As an author, don’t you just hate that?

This quote really resonated with me. While I’m not a horror writer per se, I have dark and disturbing themes, and supposed-to-be chilling and at times downright frightening scenes in my stories. Depending on which work you look at I may write about abuse, torture, slavery, horrible deaths, human sacrifices… I think you get it. While it’s not particularly often, I have people wonder “Why do you write about [insert something]?”

However, this book isn’t about why (horror) writers write what they write. Nor is it about the what. It’s about the how.

Yes, this is a book on how to write fiction and things related to being a writer. A bit of a behind-the-scenes, if you wish, for the fiction you may or may not read. Continue reading “The Horror Writer”

I almost didn’t write a title for this post… (Beyond the Horizon Episodes 17 & 18)

…so I’m letting you know about it in the very title, because I’m terrible at this title thing.

Every time I sit down with these to write an intro, I think about just how inappropriately appropriate the episode titles of my story are. Many of them can be applied to the world we currently live in. “When it Rains, It Pours”, “Stand Your Ground”, “All Wounds Heal, Some Leave Scars”, “Cause and Effect”, “Challenges”, “Anxieties and Embarrassments”, “Fear”, “There’s a Limit to Everything”, “Choose Your Friends Wisely”, and “Silver Lining” all are things we either feel like is happening or are things we experience and need to keep in mind right now. Some are, of course, more figurative.

If I had known all of these and many more would have been applicable to the year after I wrote the first 92 episodes that I wrote (almost all titled too), I would perhaps have named them very differently. I only thought about how they suited the episodes and not how they would potentially be applicable to the world starting from December 1st and later. I wrote 60.5 Part 3. at the end of November after all, so the past 8 months are (un?)fortunate coincidences with these titles.

But, as the title of Episode 18 goes: My Words are Mine Alone. These are the words I chose, and they will remain my chosen words. Well, for now at least.
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