– I finished editing and rewriting “Mount Hiei.” I’m going to let it sit for a week before looking over it one more time and sending it off to an online magazine called 34 Orchard.
– I edited Chapter 40 of Malice and posted it on FFN.
– I also edited Chapter 9 of Malice, as well as Chapter 10. I had to make two retcons, which was a bit embarrassing, but better late than never!
– I’m extremely fortunate to have been able to work with the incredibly talented Mehkuno on an illustration for the fifth arc of Malice. This project was a lot of fun, and the finished piece is the perfect blend of a Hollywood movie poster and a late 2000s anime DVD cover. It’s gorgeous.
– I saw one user’s set of prompts on the Multifandom Drabble gift spreadsheet and got really excited. I wasn’t able to get the prompt fills in by the deadline, but I’m happy to have gotten started on a (somewhat) longer story that I hope they’ll enjoy. I’m going to let another of their prompts sit for a bit and return to it in October, as I think it will be seasonally appropriate for Halloween.
– I sent copies of my zines to The Soapbox, a zine library that’s right in my neighborhood. Once everything is back to normal, I’m looking forward to visiting them in person, especially since they’re only a ten-minute walk from my apartment. It might even be worth applying to join their studio, because it would be nice to have a dedicated physical space for art and community.
– The Japanese embassy in Washington DC asked me to give a (virtual) talk about The Legend of Zelda and Japanese religion as one of their sponsored panels at this year’s Otakon , and of course I said yes. This week I put together a small packet of promotional materials to send to them while exchanging emails to work out the details. My talk about The Legend of Zelda and Japanese religion is titled, appropriately enough, “The Legend of Zelda and Japanese Religion.” I used to care a lot about clever titles when I was younger, but these days I’m much more interested in search engine optimization. Anyway, the talk is going to be based on a lecture I prepared for my giant “Japanese Culture in a Global World” class last fall, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.