Summer's here, and everything is about as unpleasant as you might expect most of the time. I only just got back from hanging out with some friends before I got ambushed (the term is figurative) by some of my neighbors.
All good, but I kind of have stuff to do - not the least of which is to work on some stories.
I was a little weirded out by one thing though. Apparently, the girl who does the local paper round has been hospitalized, and her brother was doing the round instead. Fair enough. When I asked what was up with that, he told me without any god-damn hesitation that his sister had a UTI (urinary tract infection). One bad enough that she was hospitalized.
That's absolutely awful news, but I still can't help but snicker and shake my head. If she knew her brother had spread the information over the neighborhood, she'd probably castrate him with a soldering iron the very night she got back. Graha!
has published some fan-writing based on Tai's Story and you might as well check it out!
Though I suppose I should release a more formal statement on the matter, I'll put it here: I don't mind fan-fiction of my finished projects provided all credit is given and maybe even a link to my own page and/or the original story. As for unfinished projects, I would really rather nobody attempted fan-fiction of them yet.
Fan-fiction of unfinished projects can lead to confusion amongst the community, and can lead to disappointment for both the writers and readers of fan-fics if the canon works deviate from the direction of or the expectations created by the fan-fiction - and worse, the author may end up determined, tempted or even forced to make such deviations as the canon work continues.
Tai's Story is still iffy, honestly, because I have a sequel planned. But I think I can handle it.
It's a great honor and makes me feel ambivalently proud and humbled to have people talking about fanfics of my worlds and characters. It's just that I would like to avoid confusion, disappointment or issues with ownership (either genuine copyright conflicts or assumptions that I was in any instance unoriginal and "copied/borrowed/was inspired by" fanfiction), etc, etc. It'd be very different if I was a well known author with a dedicated website and a name for myself in the furry community.
Which reminds me of something for another journal... a fun experiment! I'll come back to that later!
Recently saw a new anime, called Mirai Nikki (Future Diary). Not entirely sure what to think of it. It did play with my expectations a little, though.
The problem with anime in general is that judging a book by its cover is so very easy, and yet such an incredible mistake. If someone was to give you the basic rundown of the show, it sounds quite poor. There are a lot of traps that you can fall into. Ultimately, you never know unless you check the particular anime out - western movies are more easily and justifiably disregarded based on first impressions. Perhaps I'm only saying that because I am a westerner though. Eh, who knows. Or cares.
This particular show is a brutal psychological thriller that manages to throw you some fun curve-balls. It's a "shonen" anime, which is, loosely, a category of anime that is aimed at young males, but is by far the most popular category, read by all.
In an example of the oddness of western censorship and classification, this show, which would by definition be intended for an audience of mid-teens (with main characters in the early-mid teens), would be R18+ and censored. May want to note that few Japanese kids are crazy murderous criminals.
Mind you, they're pretty weird about the whole sex thing too. Ironically, in the opposite direction to how many of you are likely thinking (millions can die brutally onscreen but a shonen anime won't dare let a full-frontal penis-shot into the mix, and the characters are almost as asexual as bricks). In this particular show, the main character gets seriously embarrassed and makes a huge deal out of seeing a young lady his age in her underwear. Repeatedly. And not because she was deliberately flirting or exposing herself, but because she just was getting changed. It's a god damn human body, get over it! Frankly, I'd only stop beating such a neurotic little dork long enough to drag him to the psychologist for his obvious repression and shame issues. Meanwhile, he's relatively cool with watching her eviscerate people with a combat knife.
On the flip side, there is an overt lesbian girl and a closeted gay boy. Who is actually one of the coolest characters, in fact, but, you know, spoilers. Which already should earn this show some respect.
Decent music, excellent voice acting, impressive visuals. Certainly worth looking at, but as the story builds towards the climax it becomes rather depressing, confusing* and emotionally intense, before ending on a surprisingly dark & sour note. I've only seen the latter half or maybe more of the show but that's enough to give it a tick in the "recommended" box. I should definitely add, though, that it is not perfect. Not in the least. It has shades of Neon Genesis and many people know I do NOT hold that show in high esteem - and Mirai Nikki does share some of those criticisms. Oh, and it says something that the most popular/important character in the story is the one character most ridiculous, selfish, unlikeable and precisely the kind of crazy 'yandere' bitch you'd never want to have around you in real life at all, and that makes everything just awkward in spite of her back-story (and she's also a crazed, unreliable maniacal murderess who the main character should have shot in the back of the head ASAP).
But it was a fun and mature enough ride that I'll throw the name out there for people to check out if they're looking for something to watch.
OK! Now I'm off to type stoopid crap for class and have a few beers. By myself. Alone. ... Don't judge me.
* -- not the "good" kind of confusing, by the way.