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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Best of Subdee

If you’re on the internet long enough, every once in a while you make something other people like. *g* Here are some of my highlights (determined by popularity in Google Blog Search):

Saiunkoku novel translation guide
…which is a list of places where you can find translations of the Japanese light novel series.

Death Note vs. J.G. Ballard
…which Ballardian picked up on for discussion.

The Tale of Genji, Chapters 1-4
…which caught on mostly because the link was posted in the same place as a “how much did this year’s Rising Stars of Manga semi-finalist rip off Blade of the Immortal?” image comparison, which I won’t link since the image files are down. But here is a brief discussion on comicspress.

The Wall
…which is a very weird Hunter x Hunter fanfiction. I wanted to see if I could get people to read a story that didn’t make sense, just by writing well. I’m not sure I succeeded… I think this one pops up in searches mainly because there is so little decent HxH fanfiction on the ‘net (and even less that is Gon/Killua, because they are 12 years old).

I’m also proud of these communities I created/co-created or ran on livejournal:

Imaginary Beasts
An original fantastic fiction webzine I am running with Eve Shi. Originally made by the incomparable Pei Yi – we’re just keeping the torch burning.

A themed book discussion community I ran with Tari. This got a fair amount of attention, I assume because it’s very flattering to authors to see their book come up in the same list as a stone-cold classic… but mostly, of course, because of the high quality of the contributions! It might be fun to run something like this as an actual printed zine some day.

Chain of Fics
An all-fandom fanfic challenge community where each entry starts with the last line of the previous entry. Something I made following a discussion with Keraha. Sadly dormant since 2009, but we had a good run while it lasted.

Bimonthly themed fanfiction recs for all fandoms, inspired by something Tin said. I don’t read enough fanfiction to run something like this anymore, but this was the start of my “themes” obsession.


Also some very brilliant blog posts by other people that popped up while I was vanity googling myself, which you should definitely definitely read: (read the comments!)

And thus ends the nostalgia trip! :D

January 1st 2013
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My 2012 In Review

I didn't write much this year - or not much fiction anyway. I wrote my masters thesis, and though it could have been much better I am content with the way it came out.  In nonfiction land, I signed on as a contributor to The Hooded Utilitarian. Though I don't have ...
November 12th 2012
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Big Bang @ Prudential Center, 12/9/12

As promised on tumblr. This is very long, so I apologize in advance. ^^ BTW, I'm sitting in a cafe in New Brunswick next to someone using "Fantastic Baby" as a ringtone, and it turns out she was also at the show on Friday. Small world! The New York ...
September 12th 2012
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I turned in my master's thesis. It's kinda weak - I wrote the conclusion in 24 hours including searching for supporting references - but it's a personal milestone for me since it's the longest thing I have ever finished, more-or-less on time. It's 50 pages without references or appendixes (but ...
July 19th 2012
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Olympics, etc.

I am so totally out of the Olympic loop - though I heard there's an outdoor screen at the Castle Museum gardens in York that's doing public screenings of Olympic events, so I might go to that. I missed the torch when it passed through a few weeks ago. ...
July 15th 2012
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6-years-too-late review of disposable teen comedy, John Tucker Must Die

Saw this with M. It's really not too bad... if you ignore the ending, aha. Especially the casting for John Tucker is good: at first you are like, what do any of these girls see in this guy? But by the end you are like, hmm, ...


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