The JLPT Has Me Scared to 死

In one week, I will be going into Portland to take the JLPT. It's a 4 hour test that will test my knowledge of Japanese vocab, grammar, and listening skills. And, like the striving idiot that I am, I signed up not for N5 - the level that my Japanese class covered- but N4. I... Continue Reading →

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Inktober and a little NaNo

Hey all! As promised in my previous post, here are the results of my Inktober. One thing that is different between this year's Inktober and last year's, is that this year, I dabbled a bit in sequential art whereas last year, the thought of making even a two-panel comic scared me to death. It still... Continue Reading →

3 Best Books I Read This Summer

With summer comes lazy, hot evenings. And with lazy, hot evenings, comes books. Lots of books. I didn't read a crazy amount this summer, but I did read enough to pick a few favorites. And boy are these favorites worth the read. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub The Talisman is a story... Continue Reading →

nightwish was my jam: a poem

Thumping base and opera, the talk of nomadic mystics on fire content to be shut out. Those fingers of timbre and rhythm reached through my chest and spread into my lungs. They planted seeds that grew into trees and filled me up. Included in the excluded, in the crazies and dreamers with passion eating them... Continue Reading →

How to be a Good Tourist in Japan

Nobody likes looking rude but when you don't know the culture, sometimes you can't help it. It's been a bitter lesson I've had to learn going to school in Japan. I hate looking stupid, and yet, I spent my first week feeling and probably looking stupid, like 9 out of 10 times. I've been in Tokyo... Continue Reading →

Gross in a Good Way: Notes on Horror Writing

The head-tilt "Hm." When I tell people I like horror stories--horror movies, horror games, and horror books--that is the response I get. And if the conversation progresses and I say that I am working on putting more horror elements in my own stories, the head-tilt "Hm" intensifies. What most people don't realize is that the... Continue Reading →

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