Context is King

I watched a video last week about Librivox.  It’s a free audiobook app that provides access to public domain books.  It’s a great app and a great service, no question.  The video was addressing literacy, not in the rote context of being able to read, but in the act of reading and in the pursuit of the goal of being well-read.  The speaker’s thesis was that any book – and certainly books that survived into public domain like those on Librivox – has something you can take away from it.  Even if it is a disagreement with the author, it is of value.  Cool.

And look, before I begin, I don’t want to sound like I’m disputing that goal.  People should read more, no doubt.  And that isn’t just the author who writes professionally saying that.  That’s the national and world citizen, who knows reading – much like traveling – is a cure for prejudice, ignorance, and so many of the world’s ills. Continue reading “Context is King”

Katsucon and Responsible Presence

To paraphrase a personal icon of mine: ‘To Business!

Katsucon was, summarily, amazing.  The panels were huge hits, and then some.  I was really delighted by how the panels filled up and how engaging they were.  In years past, it’s been hard to guess how a specific panel might be received but every event this weekend was pretty much standing-room only.  It was a delight and thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out. Continue reading “Katsucon and Responsible Presence”

Rim Countries

Somewhere at the confluence of Anime Fan (or ‘otaku’ if you want to be pretentious about it) and Martial Arts Fan is the odd territory of Japanophile.  This is a person who is fascinated with, studies, and generally loves, all things Japan.  From its history to its culture to its myths.  There are other roads that lead to that strange land, but these two seem to be the most common.

I don’t know when my fascination with Japan began, but it definitely blossomed in my post-high school and college days (unlike many peers, I didn’t go into college straight out of high school).  And I didn’t study Japan all at once, I grew fascinated with elements of it.  The martial arts, the anime, the language, the history, the culture, back and forth.  Pieces at a time, really.  At no point would I consider myself a real Japanophile; merely focused on one aspect of Japan’s world, with a journeyman’s awareness of other corners of their world. Continue reading “Rim Countries”

Quick Update

There’s a lot going on!

When I sat down to write this update, I couldn’t figure out which direction to begin.  So how about all of them?

Rhest of the Time (Rhest for the Wicked 2) is nearing completion.  The manuscript is going through the last few edits and will be going to a copyeditor at the end of the week.  Assuming that goes well, it will be off to the presses shortly thereafter.  I don’t have a release date yet, but I expect before the summer.  Maybe even sooner? Continue reading “Quick Update”

Sanctity of Life

I will never understand three crimes: roadkill, animal abuse, and littering.

I consider myself fairly upstanding when it comes to the law.  I don’t break the law or break rules if I can help, sometimes even if it doesn’t matter if I should.  I don’t speed (…much), I don’t buy pirated copies of movies or knock-off toys (it’s a big problem in the Transformers world).  I believe in rules and laws. Continue reading “Sanctity of Life”