It’s been a month since I’ve updated my writing log, hasn’t it? Here’s what I’ve been up to:
– I wrote the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of my original fantasy novel The Demon King. I’m posting my first drafts, as well as the comics and illustrations that accompany them, on AO3 (here).
– I wrote a short nonfiction piece called “Sympathy for the Villain: A Queer Memoir of Online Fandom” to submit to the upcoming anthology Queer Life, Queer Love. My essay is about occupying a monstrous position, inadvertently identifying with monsters, and being kind to your fellow monsters, especially when the rest of the world insists on treating you as the villain of someone else’s story.
– I wrote a short story called “The Flower Thief” for an upcoming fanzine called Ties of Time, which is devoted to the worlds of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. This story is about Ganondorf coming to Hyrule for the first time as a child, as well as his complicated feelings about the kingdom and its people. As someone with three decades of experience of moving between countries and cultures, this ended up becoming a very personal piece of writing for me, and I’m extremely grateful for the kindness and support of the mods and writers on the zine’s Discord server.
– I wrote a short story called “Husband Hunting” for another upcoming Legend of Zelda fanzine called Memorabilia, which is an exploration of the world of Breath of the Wild from an archaeological perspective. This story is set a year after Breath of the Wild ends, and it’s about Rhondson, the Gerudo tailor who moves to Tarrey Town and marries its founder, Hudson. I’m interested in talking about cultural differences, as well as the work necessary to maintaining a “happily ever after,” but mainly I wanted to geek out about the Akkala Citadel Ruins and express my appreciation for the lazy Hinox that’s always snoozing on the parade grounds.
– I wrote an original story called “Halloween Candy” for an upcoming horror zine called Midnight Gathering. This story is my take on the “creepy older woman who lives by herself” trope, and I had a lot of fun with it. I’ve also been having a good time on the Discord server, where the writers for the project have been sharing their favorite creepypasta and creepyposts from Reddit and Tumblr.
– I wrote a review of the puzzle platformer The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (here), a review of the story game Mutazione (here), and an extremely salty post about academic publishing (here). I’m much prouder of my positive game reviews than I am of my vent post; but, given the nature of social media algorithms, you can probably guess which of these pieces got the most attention.
It feels like I haven’t done much, especially when my writing for the past month can be summarized with only six bullet points, but I’m working at a pace of about one novel chapter, one short story, and one essay a week, which isn’t bad. I’ve also been working with several artists on illustrations for The Demon King while drawing some Demon King comics of my own, and I should be able to post them soon!