• WRITING

    How a Pantser Learned to Plot

    I used to be a pantser.  Time was writing by the seat of my pants was the only way I could imagine getting any writing done. This particular approach to the writing process worked for me for a very long time. That changed, though, when a medical condition which seems to have affected the way my brain works, left me unable to focus or effortlessly string my ideas together. I very quickly learned that to keep being a writer, I needed to change my whole approach to the art of writing stories. I needed a system. At first, I was at a loss. For years, I had balked at the…

  • ANIME & MANGA

    Red Data Girl

    Red Data Girl is the brain child of Noriko Ogiwara. The fantasy novel series was adapted into an anime which aired from April through June of 2013. As the story goes, Izumiko Suzuhara is a 15-year-old girl who was raised at Tamakura Shrine, part of the Kumano Shrines World Heritage Site. She has the unfortunate disposition of destroying any electrical device that she comes into contact with. Yearning to overcome her shyness, she chooses to try living in the city. She enrolls in a school in Tokyo, accompanied by yamabushi-in-training, Miyuki Sagara. As the story unfolds, she learns that she is a vessel for a certain deity and that Miyuki is her assigned…