– I had a conversation with Dr. Colleen Laird about the Takashi Miike film Audition, and I had a lot of fun chatting with a good friend and respected colleague about gender and horror. Colleen wrote a grant to be able to professionally edit and produce a series about Japanese horror, and all of the videos are amazing. You can find Colleen’s YouTube channel (here).
– I participated in an online panel about the cultural impact and legacy of Sailor Moon. I was fortunate to be joined by two fellow academics and the translator of the Sailor Moon manga, and we had a wonderful time. The panel was sponsored by the Japan Foundation, and you can find the video on their YouTube channel (here).
These two projects occupied the bulk of my time during the past two weeks, but I also managed to get some writing done.
– I finished Chapter 9 of The Demon King, an original fantasy novella that I’m posting on AO3 (here).
– I’m still working on my story for Midnight Gathering, a zine of original horror fiction and illustrations. I’ll have more to write about this when it’s done, but let it suffice to say that it goes to some places.
– I had the immense honor of being accepted as a writer for Fated, a Legend of Zelda fanzine about the relationship between Zelda and Link. (You can follow the project on Twitter here.) I was nervous when I started my piece, because I haven’t written much Zelink fanfic, but the story is all but writing itself. Apparently I have some feelings about The Wind Waker, who would have thought.
– I submitted my final piece for Memorabilia, a Legend of Zelda fanzine about the archaeology and architecture of Breath of the Wild. Both the writing and the art in this zine are absolutely spectacular, and I still can’t believe I get to be a part of such an incredible project. You can follow the zine on Twitter (here) and pre-order a copy (here).
– Pre-orders for the Ties of Time fanzine, a collection of art and stories based on Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, are now open too! You can preview the zine on Twitter (here) and grab a copy for yourself (here). You can see a short excerpt from my story (here). I had the pleasure of joining a number of spirited conversations about the deep lore and character development of the two games on the zine’s Discord server, and I think this passion for worldbuilding and symbolism is beautifully expressed by everyone’s work. I’m really looking forward to being able to read through the complete zine!