Many of you know that November is National Novel Writing Month, and those of you who have been following this blog religiously – both of you. Thanks! – know I put myself through the pleasure/ordeal of writing 50000 words in 30 days. Actually, I typically write more like 75,000 words. But since 75000 > 50000, […]Read more "Irrelevant Post: Camp NaNoWriMo"
I know there’s a Descending Stories anime. I think it’s on Tootsieroll, or whatever that service that Sony just bought is called, but I haven’t seen it. But I just finished the manga, all ten volumes, and as a story it works for me despite the fact that there’s no more than a minimum of […]Read more "How To Build a Story: Descending Stories"
A while back I posted about anime I’d stopped watching, and someone, Irina maybe, said, “You know, it would be instructive if you could tell us why you stopped watching.” Point. That fits into what I do here, looking at anime and manga from my twin perspectives as a writer and animator. Part of telling […]Read more "Stopped Reading This: Golden Kamuy"
Everyone thinks writers start with a plot and write. I don’t. I think about what I want to write about, and then cook up whatever other pieces I need. The last story I wrote was to a prompt: Frozen wasteland. From there I decided I wanted to write about a snow woman, and from there […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: Demon Slayer"
I think Toradora is a really well-constructed story, and I think I’ll write about why sometime in the not-so-distant future. But here’s part of it: it’s a classic example of stealth storytelling. Quick, who is the main character of Toradora? Is it Ryuji, or is it Taiga? Here’s how you can tell: Ryuji goes through […]Read more "Character Analysis: Taiga Aisaka"
Okay, this time I’m plugging another of my stories. They paid me! Yay!! No, it wasn’t a lot. I will not be quitting my day job this week/month/year. But my motto is “Will Write for Beer,” and I suspect my liver couldn’t handle a REAL payday! Here in issue three of The Land Beyond the […]Read more "Story Drop"
Okay, let’s throw something on the floor here: You got this high school student named Natsuo. He’s got a heavy crush on this girl named Hina. In the mean time, this other cute girl named Rui is hot for him. That’s either an Eternal Triangle or a broken triangle depending on how Hina feels about […]Read more "How to Cook a Series: Domestic Girlfriend"
Okay, so I have a writing buddy named Kate Kulig. She writes a series called the Bloody Murder Mysteries. Yeah, that’s a link to her Amazon page. I’ve never plugged her before, so this is her turn. She has a blog here, too. But here’s the real story: Kate has been reminding everyone in her […]Read more "Partly Relevant Aside: Comic Book Weekend"
I have said before and will say again that Shinichiro Watanabe treats his female characters more fairly than just about any director either of us can name. Well, Amy Heckerling, maybe. But he aways tries to avoid making them tropes, or just tropes. Even when they are tropes, they aren’t SIMPLE tropes. They are complex […]Read more "Character Analysis: Faye Valentine"
I’ve been watching something utterly inane called Teasing Master Takagi-san on Netflix. To qualify, “Teasing Master” is a title, not a verb: Takagi does the teasing rather than being teased upon. Let’s be frank: this is a one-note anime, and I have little tolerance for stuff that’s dull. If I don’t like something, Life is […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Teasing Master Tagaki-san"