The Vernal Spring

Palm trees swaying in the breeze.

The clouds drifting through the tropical sky.

The spring winds are pushing them along,

As they push time into the summer.

Reef, sand, surf;

all of these clichéd staples of this climate.

I see them; I hear them.

For me the most exciting goal is not the excitement of the beach.

It is the quiet contentment of this spring day.

Or rather, not the quiet, but the symphonic sounds of nature.

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My Six Flags Trip (and other assorted memories)

 Page 1: Sadies and Prom
Page 2: Six Flags adventure
Page 3: Year-end project
Page 4: Six Flags misc.

 I feel old; high school was a while ago. Anyway, here’s a collection of fun stuff I originally made to share with my sister Chea. I wasn’t sure if I should post this stuff to my blog since it would probably be of little interest to anyone other than myself, but then I remembered that my entire blog is usually of little interest to anyone other than myself, so what the heck? Let’s take a look after the jump.

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To Ask for Nothing, Nothing to Receive: Chapters 1 & 2

Greetings! Here are the first two chapters of my book. It’s only a rough draft; it definitely needs a lot of work. As I continue writing and receive feedback (if you, the reader, would be so kind) I will revise it.

To Ask for Nothing, Nothing to Receive: Chapters 1-2

The above link is a .pdf version of the chapter. This is the best way to view it. On the next page is the chapter in regular old. text form. I hope you enjoy!

Link to Chapters 3 & 4 (coming soon)>>

Making of the Manga

Hello! While writing my second manga I wanted to make a record of the process so I could share with you. Now, I haven’t read a great deal of manga in my time nor did I read any tutorials or ask any artists. That, I think, goes a great way toward explaining how my first one turned out…. Anyway, let’s take a look at the process!

Page 1: Story of #1

Page 2: Drawing & Editing #1

Page 3: Concept of #2 and Storyboarding

Page 4: Drawings of #2

 

The first one started with a short story. Except for the image of Milo, I had no visuals in my head. Here is the original story:

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Chirei and the Catbird 地霊と猫鳥

 Amazon.co.jpで買えます。

The English version is on Page 2.

 

この漫画は、宣教師の上嶋まなみと内海みさとと田中えりかと浜町かおるに捧げます。

 翻訳書を手伝ってくれた、オリンみえさんに感謝します。

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Synesthesia

It’s time for another writing challenge! (Here’s the first in case you missed it.) This time around, writers were asked to submit a sentence containing synesthetic elements. Synesthesia is a condition in which a person perceives stimuli as if they belonged to a different sense (e.g. seeing musical colors or tasting sounds). Mixing perceptions like this can add layers of meaning or feeling to what you’re writing; we were asked to demonstrate thusly. My entry is right after the jump.

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My Six-Word Story (Is Cool)

In the 1920s, as the apocryphal tale goes, Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story only six words long. He turned out the above story and considered it his best work. In so doing, he revived interest in the genre of flash fiction. Last week an old friend challenged me and others to write our own six-word stories. Let’s take a look at my entry and a few of my favorites after the jump.

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Free Writing Exercise #3

Third time’s the charm, they say. Maybe it’s just because I was happy to be on vacation, or maybe it’s because I wrote this free writing only a month after the previous one instead of six, but I think I hit a pretty nice groove with this one. Merry belated Christmas, everyone! :D

Written December 24, 2012
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