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Creative Prompts 2017-02-22

Ahoi-hoi! It is time for your mid-week prompts. May the forks be with you!

I hope that you get some ideas from today’s prompts. Remember that even the act of putting your hands to keyboard or pen to paper is a win. Don’t sweat it if what you end up creating is a mess because you can also refine it and turn it into something useful later.

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Manga Review: Love So Life Chapters 71-80

Year: 2008 – 2015
Author + Artist: Kaede Kochi
Version: XscansX (English scanlation)
Love So Life Online: Wikipedia, MyAnimeList, MangaFox, Kissmanga
Genre: Shōjo, Slice of Life, Romance, Drama

It is our newest ten chapters of Love So Life, drawing us closer to the completion of the series. If you’ve been reading along with me, perhaps you feel the same level of attachment as I do. Then again, perhaps not.

In this week’s instalments, Seiji and Shiharu prepare the twins for when the Aoi and Akane go to live with their maternal grandparents. We also see the two spending their second Valentine’s Day together ahead of Seiji’s birthday. Finally, Seiji and Shiharu prepare the kids for a family gathering with their grandparents and other members of that side of the family.

Though not much happened in terms of conflict during these ten chapters, we see Rio and Takeru encouraging our hesitant couple to finally acknowledge the elephant in the room. At least Seiji and Shiharu didn’t have to content with Nao again this time around. Though, I suppose that some of that issue was dealt with during the ten chapters that I read last week. However, the lead-up is still dragging on a little bit longer than one would like.
Here I am, wondering if I was ever hung up over a boy for as long as Shiharu has been since she figured out that she liked Seiji. That being said, I am not in my late-thirties now with my teen years somewhat blurred by several decades. What I do know is that my relationship with my husband need had the same complications as that of our fictional couple.

Anyhoo, that is it for this week. I will be reading this series until the end, leaving us with two weeks left to go. I suspect that the payoff will be worth it.
If you have any manga suggestions, feel free to post them in the comments section. (Try to avoid hentai, please. I don’t have an issue with it but that is more for my personal time rather than something that I’d like to review for this blog.) I look forward to checking out some of your recommendations. I will need something to read after I am finished reading Love So Life and I will go over the priority list and your recommendations as I get closer to the end of the current manga and might even move to multiple manga each week if need be.

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Creative Prompts 2017-02-21

It is Tuesday. I have decided to do something a little different for today’s prompts, by adding a historical article for you to read instead of the usual text prompt of a quote or random thing. History can tell us a lot of things and this time around I managed to hit the day that Malcolm X was assassinated. The passing of one person can have a lasting effect for many generations to follow such as in the case of this rather intelligent, thoughtful and educated man.

I hope that these prompts can offer you something to reflect on and hopefully also get those creative juices flowing.

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World of Keiko 02/20/2017

Another week has passed. Across all of the east coast of Australia, many people were dealing with their own share of weather-related issues be it fire or flooding. Thankfully, hubby and I live in an area that is for the most part isolated from such things. There are certain parts of our township that can be cut from for days at a time when we get a downpour but most of the people around her will have some sort of plan to deal with such things.

What have I been up to blog-wise this past week? I wasn’t able to get my anime review out on time again, which leads me to a bit of quandary. Much in all as I would like to write one each week, I also know that my habits have also changed in only a couple of months. I might have to drop it down to one each fortnight instead in order to have some sort of schedule.
I seem to be keeping up with my weekday prompts, with some folks actually checking them out. The process has led to me finding some really neat resources online as well as some talented artists. That is a really neat side effect of trying to release weekday creative prompts that are diverse enough to give folks some wriggle room to play.
I have also decided to post more reviews of Asian Drama and TV shows from now on given that the storytelling style is a bit closer to what I am trying to emulate with Freak.

On the writing front, I still haven’t finished writing the first chapter of Freak Book 1. You are likely wondering what the heck is up. Well, it occurred to me that I was lacking some information about New York City, the place where the story takes place. In spite of seeing numerous shows and films set in the city, I really didn’t know much about this iconic place.
So, I went about looking at maps to make sure that I had some idea of how my characters would get around via something as mundane as public transport. I also learnt a few pieces of terminology specific to the way in which the city is laid out. It was a lot of fun but I still have more to learn. However, what I did learn was enough to get me through the first chapter.
To the word count of the chapter, I am up over 5k now. The word count has fluctuated as I amended certain things to match up with what I learned about the city and about the architecture of large buildings such as high-rise hotels. Given that a large portion of the first novel occurs in a hotel from the staffing side, it made sense to get the description of how they would travel as close to right as possible.

That is it for this week. Before I go, though, I would like to get a shoutout to Civil who is a writer that I connected with on Twitter a few weeks ago. Civil writes some really good short fiction and recently started a Patreon page that I highly recommend that you guys check out. I leave you guys with the following song by the outfit Telepathic Teddy Bear:


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Creative Prompts 2017-02-20

It is the beginning of another week. I hope that you had an enjoyable and productive weekend. Here’s hoping that today’s creative prompts will give you some ideas to have fun with.
To mix things up a bit, I decided to roll a 1D20 three times for text prompts to give you some extra options. After all, fantasy magic isn’t all cantrips and turning people into toads. To contrast this, I decided to use a punk rock song. And last but not least, you have a piece of B&W fantasy art to get those cogs working.

Best of luck with your creations. As always, I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Also, if you find my prompts useful, feel free to drop me a line. Now get to it!

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TV Review: Please Love the Useless Me Episode 03

Year: 2016
Episode: Episode 3/10 of completed JDrama series adapted from a Josei manga series (English sub version)
Other Names: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai
Online: Wikipedia (Re: Manga), MyDramaList, AsianWikiIMDB, KissAsian, DramaCool
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, Drama

We are now up to the third episode of the rather adorable Please Love the Useless Me. I know that it has been a few weeks since I watched the second episode but I figured that it was time to get stuck into the show again. Yes, I will attempt to watch some more Asian drama series in upcoming weeks. This will likely cut into time that I would have spent watching anime. However, I think that it will be worth the effort, especially given that anime and live-action tend to make use of different storytelling techniques. Yes, this will likely include both Love O2O and Goblin.

In the third episode, Michiko Shibata (Kyoko Fukada) goes out on a date with Daichi Mogami (Shohei Muira). She also purchases her first bit of lingerie at a shop where Kurosawa’s ex Akira Ikushima (Maho Nonami) is manager after Ayumu Kurosawa (Dean Fujioka) comments on the granny panties that he saw hanging up to dry in her room. Michiko’s coworker Yuki Kadoma (Hinako Sano) gets stuck into her about not chastising Misaki Nakajima (Risa Naito) for slacking off and shifting her work onto other people. Michiko finally puts her foot down after a pep-talk from Kurosawa the night before. During their second date, Mogami asks Shibata to go out with him from now on with the intent to marry.

This series continues to hit all of the right notes for me and I have to admit that I like it a lot more than Something About One Percent. We see the odd friendship between Ikushima and Shibata, with Akira willingly taking on the role of “big sis”. I really like the rapport between these two characters as I did in the manga, along with how the live-action adaptation continues to deal with some of the other relationships from the manga.

There is not much to add beyond what I have said already. Seriously, if you are looking to watch a cute comedic drama then you really should consider giving this series a watch. It is freaking adorable. While you are at it, feel free to check out the manga.

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Sunday Playlist 02/19/2017

This week’s theme is “future love”,  a collection of ten electronic tracks that deal with the weird ways that relationships will be dealt with in the not-so-distant future. Yes, the two tracks by Auquid were deliberately added. I felt that both offered a distinctly different “feel”.

  1. Dust by Numback from Swing [Russia]
  2. Life on Jupiter by The Nuri from Music Box [Germany]
  3. Bliss by Oniric from Dreams of Nowhere [France]
  4. Ragnarok by Auquid from Anarchy [Ukraine]
  5. All or Nothing (single) by Beat Laboratory [Great Britain]
  6. The Mind is a Complex Thing by Ben Drake from Written in the Sky [USA]
  7. In Da Summer [Jazzy Summer Remix] by Café Del Chillia from Best of… Café Del Chillia [The Netherlands]
  8. Who’s Your Baby (single) by Capashen [France]
  9. Do Geese See God_ by Circa Vitae from Circa Vitae EP [USA]
  10. When the Body Wants by Auquid from Within [Ukraine]

How will humanity deal with human attraction in the future? Many writers and futurists have their own visions of how something so simple will be addressed. Some of these ideas are absurd whilst others suggest unique and beneficial ways in which we can perpetuate our species whilst dealing with diminishing resources due to problems such as global warming.
How much will computer interfacing play a part in dealing with these needs? We’ve recently seen an upsurge in this subject being discussed in the media and in pop culture for decades. How do we address the need for human connection whilst also dealing with security concerns?
Human expansion into other parts of the universe will likely be a consideration as well given the physical constraints on space travel and the colonisation of other worlds. Is it feasible to construct colonies on the likes of our Moon in the not-so-distant future? Does the idea of living on another world or in space appeal to you?
On top of this, we see an ageing population with their own share of problems. How will we address their own physical, social and mental needs? How much will these methods affect those used to address the needs of younger people?

English: by victor Orly

English: by victor Orly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the comments section, I would love to hear your thoughts on how you would address the very human need for companionship in the future. I have my own thoughts on the subject but I am curious as to how many of you have ideas of how to deal with this very human problem. I look forward to discussing this subject with you.

You can find the playlist here.