I mentioned this earlier, but after getting good feedback on a first chapter/short story (I wasn’t sure what it was at the time) I started expanding it into a full novel. This has been a little outside of my usual genre, fitting more into the “New Adult” category (who knew I had anything but middle school kids in my head) though the supernatural/fantasy bit is still a part of it. I’ve been really excited about how it’s been coming out. I’ve been getting something written almost every day, and even had a few days where I wrote several pages. There are still a lot of holes, things I want to add but not sure how to weave it into the story, and basically just a lot of filling out needed. I have to keep reminding myself that first drafts are never that great, all I have to do is reach the end. Which I think I will. Let’s see what happens.
I’ve also figured out a story I want to try working on for NaNoWriMo. For now I’m figuring out a plot skeleton (I don’t want to get overly detailed, that only ever kills it for me) and maybe some alternate POVs, since I don’t know that the plot is full enough to last through 50k words. But I’m excited, since I haven’t taken part in NaNo in a couple of years.
For reviews, I’m finishing off a longer review/article on the anime Beck for a series on The Fandom Post. Meanwhile my review for Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan volume 21 was recently posted on the website.
So that’s me. Other writers, what are you scribbling away at?
This week two of my manga reviews were post on The Fandom Post.
First was the twelfth volume of Kimi ni Todoke, a truly fantastic shojo romance story. I’ve reviewed random volumes of this manga, and had to make up for the blank spots with library rentals. I love it so much that now I want to own all those volumes I’ve already read.
The other review was for Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan volume 6. I’ve been reviewing this series for a while, and while it kept getting better it’s kind of evened out. Still, it’s a pretty decent shonen story, when they keep to the demon stuff and ignore the fact that the main character is still in middle school.
I’ve fallen behind on this again, so let’s take a look at my reviews from the last couple of weeks.
First on Suite 101 I wrote a review for Sad Monsters, a humor book by Frank Lesser (who happens to write for Colbert Report). Because I’m apparently on some list at Penguin this book was sent to me randomly, but I’m glad it was. Written in short chapters with styles ranging from diary entries to Craigslist ads, Sad Monsters sets to prove that monsters are just as sad and messed up as humans. With all the paranormal romance stuff going around, it’s pretty relevant, and funny.
Next is Sketch Monsters, a kid’s comic that originally previewed with Power Lunch. This one was really cute, and funny, but I think I enjoyed Power Lunch more.
On The Fandom Post I wrote a review for Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan volume 4. I wasn’t a fan of this Shonen Jump title at first, but I’m glad to say that it just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to review the next one.
I can’t say that for Psyren, which I reviewed for Suite 101 just the other day. Even though a lot of Shonen Jump manga tend to prove themselves after the first volume, this one was just so dull that I don’t care to see where it goes from here.
This week I actually managed to get two reviews written and posted (I’m getting back into the swing of this, I think). The first was for the second volume of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. While still not my favorite shonen manga of all time, I think it’s starting to grow on me. I’ll be reviewing the second one, to see if it still sticks. You can read my review on The Fandom Post.
The second review was for a comic I read a while ago, but I put off writing about for some reason: Mameshiba: On the Loose! This is a VIZ Kids comic based off the little bean dog merchandise. It’s cute, but definitely, definitely for children. This review is on Suite 101.
Also, if you go to the Suite 101 Graphic Novels/Comics page, you’ll notice that I’ve been named Topic Editor. Fun! Except I’m really the only one writing in there. This is an extra downer since the topic includes subheadings like Classic Comics, which I know next to nothing about. If there are any of you writers out there who would want to write for the Graphic Novels/Comics section (or you know someone interested) you can apply through Suite 101 (I have no say in whether you’re hired). If you have any questions you can leave a comment or message me.
This week I reviewed two manga titles from VIZ Media. I managed to squeeze in a review of Cross Game volume 2 by Mitsuru Adachi on Saturday last week. This manga is really great: the characters are awesome, and I’m riveted just watching them hit foul balls. Check out the review to see the other reason why you should read this manga about baseball.
Then I read Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, which was considerably less fun than Cross Game. It was just a dull manga about demons, with a lot of problems that add up. Read my review to see what I felt was poor about it.
Nothing new is up for Mania, since I’m still waiting for a package of new review books. But when that comes, I should have reviews for Kurozakuro and Sumomomo Momomo.