Fiction and Fantasy

Category: Personal

  • Kobeni: Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Dreams (Engaged to the Unidentified)

    Sentai Filmworks 2014 One of the first anime I watched was the adorable rom-com Engaged to the Unidentified. Now, sure, there are elements that aren’t for everyone; for example, there’s a strange amount of fanservice for a show so clearly geared toward straight girls. And don’t get me started about the protagonist’s clingy big sister […]

  • Storytime: “Adventures” at My First Writer’s Conference

    Photo by Rémi Jacquaint on Unsplash I’m learning quickly that writer’s conferences are all about contrast. There’s going to be some really fun things and new opportunities that get me pumped about writing. There’s also going to be some difficult things that throw me out of my comfort zone. Some… adventures, you could say. I […]

  • Storytime: My First (and Last) Summercamp Experience

    Photo by David Gylland on Unsplash The world is built for extroverts, and I’m just not one of them. This was never more evident than the time of year when kids at my church would make the annual pilgrimage to Wisconsin for summercamp. Year after year, I never went with them. When pestered to no […]

  • How Your Lie in April Impacted My Life… and How It Can Impact Yours

    Your Lie in April was one of those shows I’d heard people praising, but I didn’t check it out right away. Going in, I only had a general idea of what it was about: musicians, a young love story, etc. I had no idea how deeply this story would impact me. Your Lie in April […]

  • Confessions of a Burned-Out Worker

    A bad night’s sleep sucks. New York, USA by Hernan Sanchez Photography via Work has been kicking my butt over the past few days. It’s been difficult to get back into the swing of things after a not-so-restful spring break (I work part-time at an elementary school after-care program). But more than that, I’ve […]

  • When a Loved One Has Cancer

    Update : Added image and Editor’s Note update. Updated formatting to current blog standards. Editor’s Note, 4/26/2024: This particular story does have a happy ending. My grandma beat her cancer and has been living cancer-free ever since. Very few days go by that I don’t thank God for the gift of being able to enjoy […]

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