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2017: My year in books!

2017 was one of the best years in reading I’ve had in ages. Goodreads tells me I read 30 books, and 11,540 pages. There were a few in there that I didn’t finish, so that’s not entirely accurate, but I’m pretty proud of myself.

This pales in comparison to some of you folks, but previously I’ve averaged about 12 books a year – with some dismal years showing counts as low as 3 books for the whole year.

Some things changed in my life to allow this, as did my approach to reading.

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Music for Writing #HEROIC: THEMEX, Hiroyuki Sawano

It’s both day five of Nanowrimo, and daylight savings time. Some of us are especially grateful for that extra hour tonight to catch up on word counts. How are you feeling so far?

Here’s a favorite piece of mine that may match how badass you’re feeling at this point. You’ve got a great idea! You have great characters! You haven’t slacked yet! You’re a fucking hero and you’re going to knock this Nanowrimo shit out of the park!

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I am very surprised to declare that I am participating in Nanowrimo 2017

Yesterday, I was lounging about without a care in the world, browsing the internet and having a great time doing nothing productive whatsoever. My phone dinged that a new episode of Writing Excuses podcast was available: Nanowrimo 2017 Primer.

My first thought was a panic, “Nanowrimo? That means Halloween is almost over!”

My second thought, an unexpected jolt, “GOD DAMMIT, I’M GOING TO DO NANOWRIMO THIS YEAR.” I’m not kidding when I say last minute preparations.

Where this epiphany came from, I have no idea. I haven’t done Nanowrimo in years. Do I have an idea ready to go? About as much of an idea as what I’m going to answer the next person who asks me, “What do you want for dinner?”

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“Your Name” quenched my decade long anime thirst

YOUR NAME

I don’t know what the hell is going on in the world of anime any more, so forgive me for being late to the party here.

My last good anime binge was Madoka Magicka, and before that was… Death Note? Maybe. Did the new Evangelion movie ever come out? Did I even watch the last one? I have no idea.

It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since I kept up with all the latest shows. Until I recall that I got them all, fansubbed two or three days after airing, from an IRC channel. What even is that? Are those still a thing?

I like to tell myself that I’ve grown out of it. That’s a lie.

Deep down, I crave it. I want to cry at cartoons. I want to feel like a little kid, watching Sailor Moon transform for the very first time. I miss the melodrama. I miss the hyper comedy that only works in animation, with Japanese voice overs.

The trouble is, I’m a picky bitch and I don’t have the first clue where to find my next great obsession. In my IRC days, I would simply download the first episodes of everything airing and make my judgments based on that. That’s… something I don’t have time for any more.

So my craving has gone ignored, until it’s just a dull ache in the back of my mind.

If you were an anime fan in the early 00’s, you may share my experience. You are who I’m writing to now. Friends, my craving has been satisfied, and yours can be too!

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