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Anime Review: Rising Impact July 06th, 2024

Rising Impact is a shonen sports anime about a third grader who is really ridiculously good at golf. This is a review, along with some thoughts on shonen sports anime and what makes them tick. Spoilers for the first season follow. I don’t watch a ton of anime, so tend to just go in blind to ...

The Current Works-in-Progress List June 30th, 2024

Cross-posted from my tumblr. Inspired by this post by @a-memory-a-distant-echo, this is a list of ongoing works-in-progress, where “in progress” I will define as “I have added at least one sentence in the last year as an indicator of actual mental load being used”. This does not include worldbuilding or planning documents, which spring up like ...

Book Review: The Ministry of Time June 29th, 2024

I picked up The Ministry of Time when I was in Berkley. It was prominently placed, it had a bold and colorful cover, and I’m a sucker for time travel of any kind. When I brought it up to the counter, the cashier told me that it was one of her recent favorites and really ...

Movie Review: I Saw the TV Glow June 28th, 2024

Spoilers follow. Content warning: death, transphobia, homophobia I don’t review most things I watch. I’m a writer, not a reviewer, and most things just sort of pass by having been consumed and thought about in a way that I don’t feel the need to share with others. I’ll be upfront: I Saw the TV Glow did ...

Adventures in AI text generation (pt 3 of ?) May 31st, 2024

This is not really a blog post proper, more of an update to an older set of posts made a year ago. Since that time, newer, bigger, and better models have come out. I gave a little talk about what it’s like to work with the AI and where my frustrations with it lie, particularly ...

Book Review: Metropolitan Man May 30th, 2024

It’s been 10 years since I wrote Metropolitan Man, and last night I read it for the first time in almost that long. Since writing it, I’ve written over 4 million words, and hopefully, grown as a writer. I’ve also forgotten parts of the story, so was looking at it with as ...

Why to Write a Sex Scene May 29th, 2024

This isn’t a blog post about how to write a sex scene. I haven’t written many of them, unless you include erotica, and in erotica the whole purpose of writing and reading is different. Here, I’m talking about sex scenes that exist within novels, ...

Book Review: Sanderson’s Secret Projects May 07th, 2024

This is a review for all four of Sanderson’s “Year of Sanderson” books: Tress of the Emerald Sea, Yumi and the Nightmare Painter, A Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England, and The Sunlit Man. Because these are all their own books, they’ll have their own sections, but this is at least partly a review ...

TV Review: The Client List (NSFW) May 07th, 2024

This is going to be a short review of a show from 2010 that I watched three episodes of. I would normally not review something that I watched so little of, and let it fade away like so many other shows that either aren’t good or aren’t for me, but this one is somehow sticking ...

Game Review: Balatro April 28th, 2024

The short version? Balatro is my game of the year right now, and there’s very little hope of anything else replacing it. I have my gripes, which I’ll get to, but it executes an interesting premise far, far better than it needed to. Roguelite Poker The basis of Balatro is making poker hands. Every hand is worth ...

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