The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

My very first anime was not Pokémon, Sailor Moon, or Dragonball Z. It was Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Look it up. It was preciously beautiful (and terrifying, thanks to the Nightmare King), but as I grew from Pokémon dweeb to Moonie to anime club official, I’ve learned a few things. First off, anime is not an all encompassing term for children’s cartoons. In fact, … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

A Genre For Every Season: Spring

Goodbye to winter jackets, roaring fires, and the bitter cold. Hello to tiny rabbits, spring showers, and an explosion of green. Where pastels and floral patterns are in, and life blooms bigger and better with each rising of the sun. With the dawn creeping up earlier every day and the birds chirping a sweeter melody, how could you not want to enjoy a good story … Continue reading A Genre For Every Season: Spring

Don’t Think Twice About ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’s Quality

Kingdom Hearts isn’t just any video game franchise, it’s a series overflowing with lessons. It taught me that life is about balance, passion takes you further than you could ever dream, and distance between friends doesn’t mean distance between hearts. For those anticipating Kingdom Hearts 3, it’s only natural to feel a little wary about how great the game is going to be, especially since it took … Continue reading Don’t Think Twice About ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’s Quality

Five Tips For Aspiring Professional Writers

So you want to be a published author? These past few months, I went to a few aspiring author workshops at my local library and historical center. Two brilliant writers with endless wisdom, Cinda Williams Chima and Vivien Chien, were there to discuss tips and tricks. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned through the years, heard on podcasts, and gleaned from these … Continue reading Five Tips For Aspiring Professional Writers

Three Things a ‘Nutcracker’ Retelling Seriously Needs

It’s Nutcracker season again, and with it comes Nutcracker retellings. With The Nutcracker and the Four Realms already out in theaters, we have another rehash of the classic short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and its musical counterpart. I’m glad. I haven’t seen it yet, but whether the movie is popcorn-stuffing enticing or can’t-bear-it horrid, it’s an attempt to pay homage to the captivating, … Continue reading Three Things a ‘Nutcracker’ Retelling Seriously Needs

A Genre For Every Season: Winter

Winter is almost upon us. With it comes fuzzy socks, marshmallow-laden hot chocolate, and the biting cold. But if you’re like me, winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a soft, warm blanket and read. Maybe you’re wondering what to try. Well, instead of giving you suggestions, although I’ve sprinkled a few here and there, I’d rather speak about the best genres to … Continue reading A Genre For Every Season: Winter