BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 13: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Vol. 1

As we enter the classroom to discuss the thirteenth book in our light novel club, I see a solitary girl sitting on the far side of the room. Chairs and desks are stacked behind her, forming a shadowy backdrop, but she sits in the most lighted portion of the room, next to a window overlooking… Read More BtT Light Novel Club Chapter 13: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) Vol. 1

When Shinkai and Fan Art Remind You That “Gee, Nature is Pretty Gorgeous!”

I was not a particularly active youth, but I think I must have seemed like a mountain child compared to kids of this generation. I spent time outdoors most every day, and all morning and afternoon long during summertime. I walked trails cut in the desert near my home, searching for rattlesnakes and horny toads.… Read More When Shinkai and Fan Art Remind You That “Gee, Nature is Pretty Gorgeous!”

Sign Up for the “Novel Structure According to Harry Potter” Course with a Special Discount!

What I’ve noticed about so many anime fans is that they don’t have just a desire to consume, but also to create. Innovation runs through otaku veins, but without the proper skills, they’re left at a dead end, frustrated at the desire to create something of significance, but without the skillset to get there. I’m… Read More Sign Up for the “Novel Structure According to Harry Potter” Course with a Special Discount!

When a True Warrior Dies: Lead Character Deaths in Vinland Saga and Game of Thrones

How do you begin a story? If you’re developing a saga, one that reaches over many years and across cultures and nations, that’s a tale that might be big enough to begin with a type of event that could kill a lesser one: the death of your main character. Of course, he’s not really your… Read More When a True Warrior Dies: Lead Character Deaths in Vinland Saga and Game of Thrones