2021 Writing Log, Part Nine

– I posted Chapter 45 of Malice, a Modern AU Legend of Zelda fanfic based on Breath of the Wild. As you can see from the accompanying illustration created by DiamondWerewolf, it’s dramatic! It took me about two months to finish and polish the chapter, and I’m happy to be able to share it. Only two more chapters to go, and this novel will be finished!

– I published a short minicomic zine called Ballad of the Wind Fish. It’s ostensibly about Link’s Awakening, but it’s really more of a meta exploration of a certain glitch in the original 1993 release of the game, as well as a meditation on nostalgia. You can download it for free from Gumroad (here), and I’m working on getting print copies into my hands soon.

Fated, a Legend of Zelda fanzine I contributed a short story to, has opened pre-orders! The zine sold more than 150 physical copies in the first 24 hours, which was wild. Fated is a big, beautiful, and super high-quality zine with a lot of gorgeous merch, and you can grab a copy (here). You can also check out their Twitter account (here) for previews.

– I’m starting to reconsider the validity of my zines both as publications and as art objects. I think I probably deserve to have a stronger sense of self-confidence, so I submitted two of my original short fiction zines to the Broken Pencil Zine Contest. I’m not thinking about this contest as something I’ll win or lose, but rather as a cool opportunity to share my zines with people who might be interested in reading them. Submitting gets you a subscription to the magazine, which is a wonderful bonus.

– Meanwhile, I’ve been submitting original stories to a lot of venues, and I’ve been getting a lot of rejections. It’s been tough – really tough, actually! – but what can you do.

– What I can do, actually, is support people whose work is a little more niche and doesn’t fall into neat publishing categories. I’d like to start posting short reviews of minicomic zines and small-press comics on this blog, and I’ve already posted my first review of Julia Gfrörer’s short Gothic horror graphic novel Vision. I was blown away by how much I love this book, which I’ve read from cover to cover three times since it arrived earlier this week. It’s brilliant work.

– Speaking of supporting good work, I posted a lengthy review on my Japanese fiction book review blog (here) of Eto Mori’s YA novel Colorful, which is going to be released in English translation by Counterpoint on July 20. This novel has been hugely popular in East Asia since it was first published in 1998, and I think it’s difficult to exaggerate the number of people who have been moved by its message of tolerance and self-acceptance. The translator is a superstar, and I’m overjoyed that the novel is finally available in English. Or, at least, it will be soon! You can find a list of pre-order links on Penguin’s website (here).  

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2021 Writing Log, Part Eight

– I posted Chapter 44 of Malice, a Breath of the Wild Modern AU fanfic. In this chapter, I restated and emphasized the themes and conflicts associated with Zelda’s character so that the reader will understand the decisions she’s going to make in the closing chapters. You can find the story on AO3 (here).

– I posted a review of Aoko Matsuda’s short suspense novel The Cat in the Coffin, which is about a young housekeeper’s intense relationship with her sexy employer’s uncanny daughter. I’ve been a fan of this book since it was first published in English translation in 2009, and I’m happy that I finally had a chance to write a review. You can find it on my Japanese fiction book review blog (here).

– My short story “At the Edge of the Garden” was published in 3 Moon Magazine. I was inspired by the theme of their seventh issue, “Growing Malcontent,” and the concept for the story jumped into my head fully formed. “At the Edge of the Garden” is about watching a place that should be familiar and comforting grow wild and strange. This is one of my favorite imaginative spaces to explore, so it’s fitting that it’s the theme of my first piece of formally published creative fiction. The editors at 3 Moon Magazine were wonderful to work with, and the magazine itself is beautiful and powerful and just the right amount of creepy. You can download all of the issues for free on their website (here).

– I submitted an original short story called “The Fish” to Boneyard Soup, a new horror magazine (here) with an interesting sense of style. I’m starting to get the sense that this story, which is primarily about the intersections between body image and economic precarity, is probably going to be a hard sell for a horror magazine, and I’m considering submitting it to more “literary” venues that are open to genre-crossing work. Although I’m expecting a hard rejection from Boneyard Soup, I’m very interested in the magazine, especially its short nonfiction articles. I also appreciate that its stories are illustrated, and I’m thinking that it might be worthwhile to send a query to serve as an illustrator myself.  

– Speaking of which, the illustration that I submitted to Analogies & Allegories was accepted for publication! This magazine has a lovely aesthetic, and I submitted the piece to them just because I wanted to express appreciation for the theme of their most recent issue, “Rejuvenation.” You can access a digital version of the magazine (here), and the editors were kind enough to allow me to share my illustration via Twitter (here).       

– I edited, reformatted, and reprinted It Never Happened, a collection of strange and creepy flash fiction. I relisted it on Etsy (here). I also edited Ghost Stories again and sent the third edition of the zine to the printer. If all goes well, I should be able to relist this title next weekend. It’s a bit embarrassing that it took me five months, but I’m happy that all of my zines are finally back in print.

– Along those lines, I set up a page (here) that has short summaries of all my zines, as well as links to where you can find them.

– I sold my third piece of original art on Etsy! This is so, so cool. If you’re curious, you can find the listing (here).

– And finally! I’ve recently been replaying the 2017 story exploration game Night in the Woods, whose depopulated and mostly abandoned Rust Belt setting feels very relevant to the summer of 2021, when people are beginning to go outside and take stock of neglected public spaces that have been transformed by evictions and business closures. I’ve been interested in the pandemic-related work published in Entropy, which is one of my favorite online magazines, so I decided to submit a short essay about Night in the Woods to their indie games editor. He got back to me right away with excellent feedback, and the essay was just published (here).

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2021 Writing Log, Part Seven

– I posted Chapter 43 of Malice, a Modern AU Legend of Zelda fanfic novel based on Breath of the Wild. This chapter marks the beginning of the final story arc, and it’s accompanied by a gorgeous illustration by Mehkuno (who is on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Tumblr) that depicts Zelda, Link, and Ganondorf descending into the sewer tunnels underneath Hyrule’s central government office towers. You can find the chapter on AO3 (here).

– I submitted the final draft of my story “The Legend We Create” to Fated, a Legend of Zelda fanzine about the relationship between Zelda and Link. The zine is very close to entering its production stage, and its social media team is doing an amazing job promoting the project. You can follow along on Twitter (here).

– I submitted the final draft of my short story “Ms. Weaver’s Halloween Candy” to Midnight Gathering, a forthcoming anthology of original horror fiction and illustrations. I’ve gotten a chance to preview most of the work that will appear in the publication, and it’s bright and colorful and refreshingly different from the usual “horror” aesthetic of many small-press magazines and anthologies. I’ll post links to the project’s social media when it goes live closer to Halloween season, because it looks amazing.

– I finished the first draft of “The Kumo Diary,” the story I’m submitting to the Carpe Noctem zine of historical vampire fiction. I have to admit that I’m not actually all that into vampires, but I’ve been wanting to write a story about a Heian-period vampire for years now. I mean listen, Prince Genji somehow managed to survive his many anonymous encounters intact, but the only reason he wasn’t lured inside a creepy mansion and eaten was because he was lucky. In any case, I’m thrilled to have such an amazing opportunity to bring my self-indulgent dream of writing this story to its sordid fruition. The anthology is currently showcasing its contributing writers and artists, and you can follow along on Twitter (here).

– I applied to be a writer for the upcoming Breath of the Wild Fairytale Zine (on Twitter here). I’m really excited about this project, as well as the two pitches I submitted to them. The first is a retelling of the Minotaur myth with Zelda and Link cast in the roles of Ariadne and Theseus, but with a more gentle tone in line with the Hayao Miyazaki movies that inspired the world of Breath of the Wild. The second is a silly play on the Yamata no Oroshi myth from the Kojiki as told by the incorrigible Master Kohga, who will clearly be making the “legend” up as he goes along.

– I edited the horror-themed flash fiction stories in my Haunted Houses zine, made a few cosmetic edits to the layout, and printed a second edition. If you’re interested, you can grab a copy on Etsy (here).

– I also edited and reformatted my Haunted Haiku zine, which I relisted on Etsy (here). Although this zine was popular enough for a second print run, I allowed it to sell out because it was expensive to send via first-class mail. Now that I’m shipping everything with Media Mail (which is cheaper and faster than first class and allows me to use rigid mailers), the relatively larger size of the zine (in terms of its page count and perfect softcover binding) is no longer a problem.   

– I sold my second piece of original art on Etsy! This was the original Copic marker piece that I used as the base of the digital version (here), and the listing is (here) if you’re curious. I’m honored that someone would value my work enough to spend actual money on it, and I’m filled with gratitude and motivation.

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2021 Writing Log, Part 6

– I presented a paper titled “Link Is Not Silent: Queer Disability Positivity in Breath of the Wild Fancomics” at this year’s (online) meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. My paper was part of a panel called “Representations of Disability in Japanese Videogames,” and I was honored to have my work included with that of Rachael Hutchinson, Mimi Okabe, and Ben Whaley, all of whom are luminaries in the field. Perhaps it’s weird to say this about a panel at an academic conference, but we had a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the lively discussion during and after the broadcast.

– My review of Yoshiko Okuyama’s monograph Reframing Disability in Manga is up on the Pacific Affairs website (here). This insightful and highly accessible book offers both fascinating case studies and thorough discussions of social and legal contexts. The author’s emphasis on positivity, as well as her candidness regarding her own positionality, provides a nice window into Disability Studies, and the textual format of the book facilitates its accessibility to a diversity of readers, including readers outside the field of Japan Studies. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested for a number of reasons, but it would probably be better just to say “please check out my short review” rather than try to summarize them here.

– I published, promoted, and mailed out copies of The Legend of Haiku, a Legend of Zelda fanzine that I’ve been working on editing and formatting for a few months now. This was a huge project, and it was an incredible experience to work with so many talented poets and artists. You can read more about the zine and find links to download a free copy on the blog post I made about it (here).

– I submitted a short story called “Mount Hiei” to Fantasy Magazine. “Mount Hiei” is a story about two young monks apprenticed at Enryaku Temple who discover something awful inside the mountains north of Kyoto, and it’s a Ken Asamatsu style Lovecraftian twist on Japanese folklore very loosely based on the childhood of two characters from the medieval war epic The Tales of the Heike. I think this heterogeny of influence might be a hard sell because it’s a difficult sort of “diversity” to get behind, but I’m still submitting the story to big-name magazines because I’ve been working on it for years and would like to share it with people. It’s actually really good, if I do say so myself.

– I submitted another short story called “Don’t Eat the Fish” to Frost Zone Zine. The zine (which is actually a professionally edited print magazine that’s also published as a digital edition) has a distinct editorial voice that privileges the sort of quiet and literary dark fiction I’m interested in, and I hope this story will be a good fit for the publication.

– I submitted a piece of flash fiction to the online magazine Burnt Breakfast. I really admire the format of Burnt Breakfast, which pairs fiction and poetry with striking images in a way that facilitates appreciation of creative work on social media. I’ve been following them on their Instagram account, and it’s been a lot of fun to get occasional bits of strange and interesting flash fiction in my feed.   

– I submitted an illustration titled “Ruins and Regrowth” to another online magazine called Analogies & Allegories, which is also active on social media. I follow their Instagram account and love their aesthetic, and the “Regrowth” theme of the next issue spoke to me, especially because I wasn’t quite ready to stop exploring this theme after my “Different” comic (posted here) about trauma and recovery. This is the first illustration I’ve formally submitted to a publication that’s not a zine, and I’m a little nervous. Even if I’m rejected, though, the art still exists, and I can still post it on my personal accounts.

– I posted my first listing for original art on Etsy (here). It was an ACEO card with ink and Copic marker fan art of the character Sensei from the dark fantasy manga Girl from the Other Side, which is one of the weirdest and saddest yet most wholesome stories I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. A friend bought it along with a copy of the Legend of Haiku zine, and I’m incredibly grateful for their kindness. This is my first art sale, and it’s a big step forward for me! I’m currently working on two more ACEO cards that I hope to post listings for soon, and I’m curious to see whether there will be any interest.

– Now that I’m taking steps away from a purely academic career, I decided to post an alternative CV in the form of a page called “Creative Work” (here) on this blog. Considering that I only started submitting my stories and comics to various venues about six months ago, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot.

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2021 Writing Log, Part Five

– I edited chapters one through four of The Demon King, an original fantasy novella about a garbage wizard and his awful friends. I sustained heavy psychic damage from some of the typos and inconsistencies I found, but the story isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s really fun to read, but I don’t know whether I’m saying this because the story is actually good or because it’s bespoke to my specific set of interests. In any case, you can read the draft (here) as I continue to edit.

– While I was in editing mode, I went back and edited the stories in Night of the Final Day, a collection of five short pieces based on Majora’s Mask. I know it’s a bit weird to say this about my own work, but these stories are pretty good, especially the last one. I planned for this series to include thirteen stories, but I ended up dropping a lot of side projects when I started writing The Demon King in November. I might return to this series one day, but I figure that it’s probably for the best to go ahead and label it as complete for the time being.

– I wrote and submitted the first draft of my story for Fated, a Legend of Zelda fanzine. You can follow the zine’s progress on Twitter (here).

– I finished an almost-final draft “Ms. Weaver’s Halloween Candy,” the short story I’m submitting to Midnight Gathering, an upcoming collection of original horror fiction, comics, and illustrations. I’m really proud of this story, which is the most Stephen King thing I’ve ever written. More on this project as it unfolds.

– I wrote and submitted an outline for “The Kumo Diary,” the short story I’m putting together for Carpe Noctem, an upcoming collection of illustrated historical fiction about vampires. The outline was approved by the editors, so I started writing the story, which is about a Meiji-era scholar who has discovered an interesting medieval manuscript. This is something I’ve been wanting to write for years, and I’m enjoying myself immensely. You can follow the project on Twitter (here).

– I submitted a review of Yoshiko Okuyama’s monograph Reframing Disability in Manga to an academic journal called Pacific Affairs. I’ll post a link to the review once it’s live, but let me summarize by saying that it’s a wonderful book and an extremely welcome addition to the body of scholarship on Japanese media and popular culture.

– I posted a review of the game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (here).

– I recorded my panel for the 2021 Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, which involved a ton of preparation in terms of editing my paper, putting together a slideshow, and practicing the presentation itself. I’ll post more about this closer to the conference itself, which is at the end of March.

– I redrew an illustration of Balthazar from The Demon King to track how much progress I’ve made on my art style during the past year. When I put the images side by side on Twitter (here), the difference is striking. I mentioned this on the tweet thread, but being able to leave a toxic work environment made such a world of difference to my self-confidence, which in turn bolstered my level of creative energy. So much of developing a creative style involves experimentation, and it’s hard to take risks in any aspect of your life when you’re constantly being judged and criticized. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that changing my job changed my entire life.

– I started drawing three comics during the past few days. I made something of a breakthrough when I realized that, ironically, it’s much easier for me to visualize images through words. I therefore started writing out formal scripts along with storyboard-style annotated thumbnails, and this has made it much more comfortable for me to make progress on the art side.

– And finally! I picked up the Legend of Haiku zine project again! I don’t want to jinx it, but it feels good to be making progress again.

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2021 Writing Log, Part Four

– I finished the tenth and final chapter of The Demon King! This is only the first story arc of a much longer project, but this is a good point to step back, do some editing, and then take a breather. I’m going to start editing next week; and, while I do that, I’m also going to start thinking about how to create graphics to showcase each chapter. In the meantime, you can find the story and its illustrations on AO3 (here).

– I published an illustration in Hello 2021/Goodbye 2020, a collaborative zine put together by the organizers of the DC Zinefest. You can download the full zine for free from the DC Zinefest website (here).

– I wrote a lengthy review of Hades (here). To summarize my 2,200-word post, I think the game is amazing.

– I submitted my translation of Hiromi Kawakami’s short story “Summer Break” along with a short introductory essay to the Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies. You can check out the back issues of the journal on their website (here).

– I submitted a short story to 3 Moon Magazine, which I learned about from their account on Instagram (here). I appreciate that this is more of a zine than a “literary journal,” and I love their aesthetic. You can download back issues of the magazine from their website (here).

– I submitted a writer application for Sealing the Darkness, a Legend of Zelda fanzine put together by some of the people who run the Linktober art challenge. This involved writing three pitches for stories based on their prompts, and I had a lot of fun. Since they’re only including five writers, I’m almost positive that my application won’t be accepted, but honestly, I think I’m okay with that. I’m probably going to write the stories anyway, and the zine already has a lot of amazing people onboard. The social media game of the creative team behind the zine is strong, and you can follow the project on Twitter (here) and on Instagram (here).

– I’m super excited to announce that pre-orders are open for The History of Light and Dark, a fanzine devoted to Ganondorf. I contributed a short story and a short comic about Wind Waker Ganondorf to the zine, which is suitably powerful and massive. You can follow the zine on Twitter (here) and pick up a copy from their online store (here).

– Pre-orders are also open for Memorabilia, a stylish fanzine about the archaeology and architecture of Breath of the Wild. I’ve got a story about the Akkala Citadel Ruins there, and the other stories, essays, and illustrations are gorgeous. You can follow the zine on Twitter (here) and pick up a copy from their online store (here).

– Pre-orders are still open for Ties of Time, a sweet and charming fanzine celebrating Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. I contributed a short story about ten-year-old Ganondorf sneaking into Hyrule Castle, and the other stories and illustrations are similar journeys into the unexplored corners of Hyrule. You can follow the zine on Twitter (here) and pick up a copy from their online store (here).

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2021 Writing Log, Part Three

– 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!

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2021 Writing Log, Part Two

– I’ve been putting together my first academic video, which will be included at the beginning of a panel about Sailor Moon hosted by the Japan Foundation. I’m extremely honored to be in gloriously sparkling company for this event, which is going to be broadcast live next Thursday, January 28. It’s totally free, and you can register for it (here).

– I finished Chapter Eight of The Demon King, an original high fantasy adventure comedy novella. I’m posting my first draft on AO3 (here).

– I submitted the final draft of my story for the Ties of Time Legend of Zelda fanzine. I’ve been editing this story almost every day for the past two weeks, and I’ve felt like a blacksmith hammering away at the draft so that every word is as sharp as it can be. It’s been an amazing experience to follow the progress of the stories and illustrations that will be published in the zine, which is going to be stunning. Preorders will be open soon, and you can follow the zine’s progress on Twitter (here).

– I’ve also been hard at work polishing the story I’m submitting to the Memorabilia Breath of the Wild fanzine, which you can follow on Twitter (here) and on Tumblr (here). The work that the other contributors have been sharing on the zine’s Discord server is phenomenal, and I want my own story to achieve the same high standard.

– I was invited to contribute to the Carpe Noctem anthology project (here), which is dedicated to illustrated historical fiction about vampires. I started working on my story, “The Kumo Diary,” which is set during the Heian period, and I’m having a lot of fun with the preliminary research. I’ve also been working on a few pitches for digital bonus short stories and really enjoying myself.

– I returned half a dozen peer reviews. For what it’s worth, I’ve finally started to realize that it’s good to divide my comments into what should be seen by the editor and what can be shared with the author. All of the manuscripts I reviewed were (graduate seminar papers probably? and) not yet ready for publication, but I tried to give positive and concrete feedback. I hope I was able to help the authors push their projects forward or identify better venues for their writing.

Unfortunately, I had to crap out on two big professional obligations during the past two weeks, which isn’t great, and I’m running weeks behind on two other important projects. I don’t know what to say, except that trying to work during a pandemic isn’t getting any easier. We’re all doing the best we can, I guess. Good luck to all of us!

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2021 Writing Log, Part One

This year I’d like to continue my biweekly writing logs. The end of 2020 didn’t bring much closure for me, as I’m still working on a number of unfinished projects, but this is what I managed to square away recently.

– I wrote the intro to Chapter Eight of The Demon King. I’ve been slow at posting this chapter because I’ve had my hands full with other writing and editing projects, namely…

– I edited my story for the third Ties of Time zine check-in.

– I edited my story for the second Memorabilia zine check-in (and posted some research notes).

– I edited my story for the first Midnight Gathering zine check-in.

– I submitted an original short story to Twisted Sister.

– I submitted an original short story to Scare Street.

– I submitted an essay to the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

– I played a visual novel called Root Letter and wrote a lengthy review.

I also started using the Stories and Reels features of Instagram. I am laughably bad at both. As I learn my way around the platform, I’m using its features to track three daily art projects I’m working on during the month of January…

– The first page of a two-page fantasy comic
– A design of a secondary character from The Demon King
– An illustration inspired by the upcoming Linktober sword zine

I’ve also been working on the Legend of Haiku zine, but the project has been stymied by two major obstacles. I think I’ve figured out how to handle the first, but the second is going to take some work. Still, I’d like to prioritize this project and have it finished by the end of the month.

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2020 Writing Log, Part 37

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!

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