Things that make me Happy!

I was nominated by Lilisblissfulpages to list 50 things that make me happy

Check out her blog for read book insights and also the Read-A-Thon (Did you just rename it?) 24 hours of straight reading! I have yet to make it that long haha!

This is really a good time of year to be thinking of these things in our lives. We just pasted Thanksgiving in the states and we are coming up on Christmas. These last few years it has been good to focus on non-material things since I haven’t had the money to buy my family any gifts. I always tell them to not get me anything either. It really is nice just to be with them. I have brothers that I rarely get to see and most of the time they don’t come to Christmas so it tends to just be me and my parents.

So lets see how far I get down this list of 50!

  1. Dogs- and honestly animal in general. I love my four rescues and they are really like my children.

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    So freaking cute! The white fluff is my first adopted one when I lived in Korea 😀
  2. Writing- It is always fun to put down writing as something that makes me happy. Because if you write (hey bloggers) you know how frustrating writing can be. How you find that you used the word slowly 175 times in your manuscript. When you just can’t seem to put a comma in the write place. Also when you stare at a blank screen and those damn words just don’t seem to cooperate. Then in the end you struggled through those 500 words and you find that really fun moment where you realize you are doing something you love. Yes, happiness is a funny word to describe writing but in the end things in our life that make us happy are things we work for.
  3. My room- I get my own writing room. It really is nice to close the door and be able to have some focus
  4. Theatre- I used to act and I loved it. I still find so much magic in going to live theatre.
  5. Slow snow- Nothing is more peaceful than slow falling snow. It just kind of sparkles.
  6. Anime- Yeah this will always pop up. The stories, the characters, the abs… There really is something for everyone. I just wrote a post on why I love anime. I’m just always happy that I found it.
  7. Urban Fantasy- Gosh I love this genre. The sarcasm really is right up my alley. The action the bit of darkness. The struggle of the characters. It is something I will always enjoy reading.
  8. YA Fantasy- This is a genre that has grown so much and I wish I had this many amazing and diverse books to read when I was a teen. I love the fact that it is something that can be enjoyed for any age and there is something for everyone.
  9. The manga Mars- This was a manga that put me in a reading slump for over a month. The longest ever. Nothing I read could compare to it. I loved the tragic characters. The story. The relationship. It really hit me in a hard way and I want to reread it but I also don’t want to…
  10. Ella Enchanted- This is a ya book that I read every year. I love fractured fairy tales and I love Cinderella stories. Something about an underdog you know? This was one of the first books I read as a young girl that had this spunky female lead. I think before I was used to reading about “nice girls” I loved the character. I think it is safe to say that you will see a bit of Ella in a lot of my female characters. But with more swearing…
  11. Chocolate – This makes me a bit too happy and I think I enjoy it too much.
  12. Hak- Also I have a full post about my husbando.
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    But in case you forgot… ha

    13. Christmas trees- I don’t have one up in my house but honestly I can stare at a Christmas tree for hours. I don’t know what it is about the lights or the tree or the memories in the ornaments. It just makes me feel so happy!

14. The aniblogger community- It makes me so happy to take about anime on here. I don’t get to talk about it much in my life. I’m just so happy I have a safe place to write about anime and talk about it with others.

15. Is this the place where I have to list individual anime? hahaha Honestly 50 things isn’t much but it is a lot to write.

16. Warm socks – My feet are usually really hot but dang in the winter cozy socks are amazing!

17. Writing Conferences- I’m so lucky to go to places that really recharge me as a writer. A place where I met other writers and we check in with each other. I hope you have found a small group of other people that encourage you with what you love to do. If you don’t you can always send me a message and we can talk! I’m awkward but I love to hear about what you love!

18. The fact that I can’t make it to 50 since I rambled on too much but I know you all won’t judge me. Right?

Thank you you again to Lili for the nomination and I’m sorry it took me so long to get to doing this post.

So take some time in this holiday season to think about the things that make you happy!

Happy Watching!

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Why I Still Love Anime

I’m honored that Ty-chama tagged me in her post. She is newer to the world of aniblogging and has wonderful  blog posts. So I encourage you all to check out her blog!

In this challenge we are to:

  • Write a post about why you love anime. It could be your favourite thing about it or one of your favourite things about it, it doesn’t matter which, but just pick one!
  • You can get as personal or as impersonal as you like. You might want to write about how anime helped you through a tough time or something that it has taught you or you might want to write about just how much fun you’ve had watching it over the years. Your choice
  • Nominate three bloggers to do the same
  • Link back to this post. I would love to see what you’ve written and I may compile a list of my favourite entries further down the line

Sometimes we can have a love hate thing with anime. I don’t know how many times I quit watching something when another kick ass female character became mush over a potato of a lead male. (Wow do I have some issues haha. I’ve been burned too many times before).

However, from amazing stories (Psycho Pass) to unique world building (Made in the Abyss) to freaking awesome characters (Yona of the Dawn) I have a deep love for anime.

But one thing over the last two years has really become my favorite thing about anime. It is like a secret instant friendship.

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When you meet someone who likes the same anime

Some may already have heard this story many times but I never wanted to tell people about my healthy *cough* obsession with anime. It was something that even among my friends was looked down on that I would watch child “cartoons”  or be a weeb (spoken with a sneer).

Then to make a long story short I honestly stopped letting other people steal my  joy. I subscribed to anime boxes and got awesome shirts. I hung posters of anime in my classroom. I proudly wore my AoT hoodie. Then I notices a shift. My pride in liking something drew in others.

It was like you could form an instant bond with anyone just by liking anime… And it was AWESOME!

 

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You like Yona? ME TOO!

I found students coming up to me recommending anime. I started a blog about anime and found more awesome people. I honestly feel like I can be the most open on this blog about my healthy *cough* obsession with 2D boys.

And I kid you not, just happened yesterday, during the last fifteen minutes of my creative writing class we just talked about anime. Anime is helping me build relationships with students. To me that is the most important thing a teacher can do!

Now I know that there always will be those who say that you can’t be a true anime fan for reason blah blah or blah blah… Honestly, I just have to laugh and wish them well. They are missing out of one of my favorite things about anime. The bond you can share with other anime lovers.

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Walk proud my fellow otakus!

Thank you again Ty-chama for the nomination and I hope you all take a moment to think about your favorite things in anime.

In the mean time I will tag (and no pressure especially coming from me the queen of forgetting to answer tags)

Raistlin

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The Otaku Judge

Happy watching!

 

Life is expensive for Otaku

So how many streaming services do you subscribe to? How much manga is stacked around your room? Figures? Posters? Subscription boxes?

Sometimes I look around at my room seeing the stacks on manga, see all my streaming apps on my iPad, and then I do the math in my head. Yeah, it is expensive sometimes to be an otaku.

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Sometimes I like to joke about “going illegal” as I subscribe to yet another streaming service that has an anime that I want to watch… (I think I regret getting HIDIVE for Devil’s Line lol) or movies that I want to see RIGHT NOW… I’ve learn patience while nursing my addiction and waiting for DVDs to come out.

Now that I have received a very very generous give of a psvita….

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I’m scraping together my extra money to buy games that I’ve been wanting to play for a long time… (Code:  Realize was worth all the hype).

I really don’t know where I’m going with this post, but looking at my wonderful stacks of manga I’m happy that I can support other artists in some way.

Yes, there may be somethings that I don’t get to see or read right away. Some manga that I follow and buy the volumes as they come out online. But the money… The money…

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Sometimes I have to reevaluate and look at what subscriptions I really need. I think Crunchy will probably be around for a long time. Then I have to cancel others until, you know, that next cool looking anime comes out.

In the end, I know that I want to be a writer. If I can do my part to support anime, mangakas, authors, and other artist then maybe other creatives will get more support. If that means that more anime comes to the states then that will be money well spent. More manga gets translated and published? Heck yeah!

So my hobby can be an expensive one, but it also gives so much back. Inspiration, laughter, and an awesome community that is also passionate about these things. Also there could be worse things to spend money on. Like food… jk…

I want to thank you all for supporting creatives. It can be tough sometimes when our wallets get lighter, but it is all worth it.

Happy Watching!

Only 50 in blog posts- not in years…

These last two weeks in blogger land I’ve had to play a bit of catch up with reading posts and I hope I didn’t miss any. The wordpress reader tends to be fickle like that. I am still living off the conference high and this last weekend was amazing! Not only were all the writers super friendly I met some amazing people and I can’t wait to see what they do in the future.

I’m still a bit blurry eyed since I drove through the night to get home. Paying for hotels for these conferences can be a killer so I tried to save a bit of money lol.

Once again thank you all for your supportive comments and reading your posts helped me get a bit of a break since networking can be super weird for an introvert.

The first conference, I didn’t get asked to send any pages. At that moment those editors and agents weren’t looking for a story like mine. There is a bit of luck throw in to trying to get published traditionally and if your genre isn’t being bought then it can be even harder.

However, this last conference I got a request for 50 pages to be sent. That was a nice feeling and I’m excited to send off my little pages and see if anything happens. I guess I’m better at verbal pitching which is a bit funny to me. Since sometimes it can go a bit like this…

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If any of you are familiar with the publishing word most agencies only take on about 2% new clients requests every year. So even if you get pages requested it is still a bit of a long shot. And like I said before… Most publishers aren’t buying urban fantasy right now so most agents will not want to take me on at the moment.

In the end, I feel this lovely feeling of hope inside of me. I know it is a long hard road to get published, but I’m so excited about writing and my book that I just can’t help but feeling happy. For each form rejection letter I get and add to the pile I just feel even more motivated. It is weird… Last year a rejection would have crushed me. But I’ve come to realize that writing is what I love and as long as I am writing the other thing tend to fall to the side. Giving up isn’t an option. Not writing isn’t an option. Just have to keep going.

Now that my conference trips are done for now, I’ll be back to the regular world of blogging and watching anime. This was kind of a weird 50th blog post…

But!

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I will share something special with you all! I went on deviant art and found an artist to draw my main character in my book! Jéssica Pegoraro took on my commission and did a beautiful job! If any of you want her email for commissions just shoot me a message and I will send it your way!

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I know it may sound a bit silly, but I wanted to get my main character drawn… She had been living in my head for so long it is really fun to see her. I may commission the rest of my main characters as well.

So I will get back to writing and anime watching and I hope you all have been well!

Happy Watching!

Spring Roll

It is a theory that if I mention food more people will be likely to click on my post? Did it work? Before I leave again for another conference I thought I would talk about a few of my favorites so far this spring season.

  1. Wotakoi:  Love is Hard for Otaku

I am so happy that I saw some of you posting about this, without your posts I never would have watched or heard of this anime. For me this has been the top show that I’ve been looking forward to each week and I’m so sad when each episode is over.

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I love the fact that this is a romance that is out of high school. It is nice to see something with adults. Also the main character is really easy for me to relate to. I know what it is like to hide what I’m interested in so I won’t feel judge. It was a slow process (now that I have anime posters in my classroom the cat is out of the bag… no going back). She reminds me of myself.

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When she meets a guy who knows that she is an otaku… It is hard to admit your love for something. Being judge by others is a real fear. I think the more I step out and admit to my weirdness the more free I feel. It took awhile to get to that point.

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This anime has the sweetest romantic moments and the humor so far is laugh out loud hilarious. If you aren’t watching this anime, you really are missing out. So I hope you give this one a shot.

2. Crossing Time episode 3

Okay so my number 2 choice is a single episode. This one is all shorts and the first two have been eh… I’m so happy I stuck around for the third one though. I think it is because I’m a teacher, but this one was cute and funny and if you don’t watch any other episode from this anime take a shot at the third one.

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Although I probably only think it is funny since I’m an awkward adult…

3. Megalobox

After getting a few comedies in I am really liking and totally buying the badass moments that this anime gives me. I am eating it up.

I love the dystopian-like world. I’m liking the character. The music is on point. I’m really hoping this one delivers in the end. I’m all on board with gearless Joe.

 

Those are my top three so far this year, I’m still watching a lot of the others but I wanted to shout out these three quickly.

Personal Update:

Conference one is done and I’m leaving this afternoon for conference two. I got my rejections last week. They liked what I had but it is not what they are looking for at the moment. So I’m dusting myself off and headed out again.

I just want to say thank you to everyone for your kind words of encouragement while I was gone. Coming back to seeing your reasons why made my heart so full. The rejections didn’t hurt so bad when I saw how I’m surrounded by such wonderful and dedicated people. Thank you for listing your reasons. I’ve felt so uplifted this week and if I need to collect 1000 rejections before I get a yes, I know I have an awesome community in all of you cheering me on.

Thank you and Happy watching :).

Not really about anime…

Life, life, life.

This past week I feel like my face looked something like this…

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I have some news and this is more of personal life than anime, I just wanted to mention that this weekend (starting today I get to leave after school lol) and next weekend (starting next Thursday) I will be going to pitch my book.

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So yeah, even thought my first pitch isn’t until Friday morning, I can already feel the butterflies forming in my stomach.

To say I’m distracted it a bit of an understatement. I just wanted to put a quick note here to say I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth and I hope I don’t fall too far behind in reading your awesome posts. However, I will have to delay my Yona posts a bit since it didn’t get finished in time :/.

I think my mind was too busy thinking about the literary agents reactions…

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Why did you pitch this nonsense to me?

I tend to be slightly super dramatic in my head…

So four pitches in two weeks. Whew, just typing that made me start shaking…

Well, in this life you never know what will happen. I’m prepared to the best of my abilities and in the end I hope I learn from it.

I will hopefully get a chance next week to catch up a bit more, but you know I’ll still be watching anime too haha!

So Happy Watching and I hope you find something good this week!