Kare First Love, Volume 1 by Miyasaka Kaho Review

Kare First Love, Volume 1Kare First Love, Volume 1 by Kaho Miyasaka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This title was recommended to me by GR.

What I thought at first: Oh she seems like me when I was younger. Afraid to speak up, letting people walk all over her.

What I thought next: Wtf? This Kirya dude is a piece of work. His friends are asses, he kinda is too.

What I thought after that: The non friend girl seems nice. She should be friends with her rather than the girl she’s actually friends with.

What I’m thinking now: The premise is interesting and I can definitely see myself reading more of this manga. I don’t quite like how the hero and heroine’s relationship started though. I don’t care how good his intentions are/were…that just creeped me out.

So I give the first volume 4 stars. The story and art are good, but the dynamics of how the relationship is starting? Nah I didn’t like that at all.

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Ten Years Later

In 2012, I wrote about 175,000 words. I don’t think I’ve ever written that much before then. 2012 was the year I started to taking my writing seriously.

Most of this word count came from my verse, The Mondian Chronicles. This particular verse started in earnest in 2011, but I had had the idea since I was at least twelve or so.

For the longest time I didn’t know what genre TMC fit into. It wasn’t really alternate history as it didn’t deviate from any known history. No, TMC is heavily inspired by real history, but the people themselves are entirely fictional as is their world.

One of my friends mentioned it was fantasy since the world was made up. I was hesitant to call it that because honestly this world REALLY doesn’t have many fantasy elements  aside from a few appearances from dead characters that could be taken as hallucinations or dreams.

But this year I figured out what it would be: mannerpunk or fantasy of manners. I was so ecstatic to learn that there was a label for my story.

BUT anyway, I wanted to post a piece from the series here. I don’t write this or any of my other serials in order though. But this piece takes place after the main action of the 1120s when Henri, Marguerite’s father,  did away with her mother leaving her and her older sister without their much loved Maman. Marguerite is around 20 in this, having been born in 1121.

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What should I title you?

Hey guys! I was looking over some notes for my TRW verse. A little background, it’s an alternate history where Princess Charlotte of Wales (cousin to Queen Victoria and original heir to the British throne) didn’t die and lived to become queen. I’m kind of mixing genres potentially with this series. It’s kinda gaslamp fantasy/steampunkish if that makes any earthly sense haha. It’ll be likely a mash up of the Regency and Victorian eras.

Anyway I just wrote the second piece in the series. I don’t have a title for it and I haven’t posted it anywhere else because it doesn’t really fit with the guidelines of my usual place. So I thought I’d put it here. I’d love to here what you think of it

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On Races and Species

I was just thinking about fantasy fiction. I’ve been reading it for a long time and I love the genre to death.

But something that I’ve been finding myself somewhat of a problem with is, I guess you could say, taxonomy?

When authors, readers, publishers, and the like refer to the different types of groups of creatures, more than likely I’ve found, they describe them as different races.

I have a bit of a problem with that.

I see vampires, werewolves, fairies, and other non humans as a species. They have similar origins and similar abilities right?

While with races, I see that as a different type of the same species. Like you can have a vampire that’s from another country than where the story is set. I have a vampire named Euphie living in Indiana, but her roots are Scottish.

Does that make any sense? I just see the two classifications as two different things. I’ve just been thinking about that lately and I thought I’d post about it here.

99 Problems

I have a tad bit of a problem. I tend to pick up certain books, read them for a certain amount of time and then put them back down.

I say put down because I usually leave them lying in various locations in my bedroom. I admonish my mother: “Don’t mess with that. I’m reading it.”, to which she responds: “How are you reading it, if you’re at the computer?”

These particular books usually don’t get finished in a proper amount of time, but continue to lie around until my mother gets frustrated and puts them back on the bookshelf.

On my Goodreads these books have a tendency to languish on my currently reading list. One of them had been there since mid 2010, yet I was sure I was going to finish it. I’m going to finish it right?

I guess you could say I dropped them. Most of them I have the intention of reading at some point, but at the moment they weren’t right, you know what I mean?

So today I decided to clean up my currently reading list. I divided them into two categories: Finish at a later date and attempt at a later date.

There are only two on the attempt at a later date. These are ones I have to prepare myself for, set out a certain amount of time and devotion to read. Both of them Russian classics.

The former are ones that I’ll most likely pick back up when I get back in the right mood.

So my currently reading list went from a massive 30 down to 11. Sure that’s still a lot, but much more manageable right?

Yes I’m a slightly OCD, why do you ask?

Chansons

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about writing and books in general. It’s a constant in my life that no matter what other hobbies I may acquire, I always come back to those two.

For the last thirty minutes, I’ve been thinking about my novel, Song of Delilah. I had a hazy idea of what I wanted the novel to be about, it grew from something I had heard years ago. But only now I am actually starting to vaguely piece together ideas to make a coherent whole.

I’ve been looking up some medical issues that will occur in the main story. My original idea seemed really far fetched, so I scrapped that, but in searching for a suitable illness for my main character it brought me back to myself.

I’m not going to go into detail, but I will say that my own issue may very well come into handy while writing this book. I can foresee my heroine, Delilah, having the same thoughts I’m having at the moment.

This concludes my major developments in writing. Thank you and good night.

Honestly…

I’m usually not this bad at updating my blogs. I swear I’m not but if you’ve ever played a Sims game, then you know how it goes.

Then there was the health problems I’m still dealing with. Things are getting resolved, but things have gotten a bit more hectic in the past few weeks.

But I’m proud to say that I think I’m getting back into my writing mode. I’m starting smaller than I usually set my goal at, but hey anything is better than nothing right?

And I have an idea for a ~novel~. I have another novel tentatively titled Song of Delilah that has been on the back burner. I guess you could say I’m still working on researching it and it has a lot of kinks. Not to mention I haven’t actually written an actual word for it yet.

But still things are coming along. I’m trying to make some changes in my life. I’m trying to be more focused, I guess you say. So like my writing, my life is a work in progress as well.

That’s all for now. I’m not going to make any promises, but I think I might be back a little sooner this time.

I Keep Falling Behind

I haven’t been reading as much. I keep starting books but none have really captured me, you know what I mean? But I just started a biography and I hope I can finish it.

I’ll be back soon. No matter how long I stay away from my beloved books, I always return. Always.