June

June News

  • EpicReads revealed the cover for Long May She Reign! You can find out more about the book here.
  • Long May She Reign is now also available for preorder! It'll be released on February 21st 2017.
  • I was interviewed by Kayla Dean for her Millennial Writers series. We talked about fairy tales, feminism and finding an agent, and what it means to be a "millennial writer."

 

June Writing

  • I've been reviewing this year's Hugo Nominees for Best Novel: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson; The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin; Uprooted by Naomi Novak. The final two are coming next month!
  • My newfound Hamilton obsession found me exploring how the musical deals with Eliza, and her absence from the historical narrative.
  • After watching a Let's Play of Undertale, I talked about the game's metaness and how it plays with our expectations.
  • After watching the new season of Orange is the New Black, I talked about the show's moral complexity, and whether that does a disservice to the victims of violence and abuse.

 

June Books

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  • The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. Fantasy with a really great worldbuilding and an inventive structure. Sometimes a bit slow, but a good read.
  • The Way To Game The Walk of Shame by Jenn P Nguyen. YA contemporary with a protagonist who wants to make sure we know she's not like other girls.
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. A beast of a book that definitely wants to put the science in science fiction.

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June Television

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  • New season of Orange is the New Black! This took over my life for the three days it took me to watch it all. But it was also seriously disturbing. It's been over a week since I finished watching, and I still feel a bit sick when I think of certain plotpoints. It's left me wondering whether that's a good TV experience, because of quality writing and great characters affecting me so deeply, or whether it means it went too far.
  • I caved to my curiosity and started watching Game of Thrones season 6. Certain plot points from last season affected me so deeply that I felt genuinely anxious when the opening credits started playing this time around. But I trust my friends, and the episodes I've seen so far (5, as I write this) have been SO GOOD. No sexposition, no torture porn, just good, fast-moving plot, and badass Sansa, Queen in the North. Or maybe it's just that I'm not reviewing it every week now, so I can just watch it for fun, without having to analyze the meaning of every stupid thing it does. Either way, yay!

 

June Video Games

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  • I lost a lot of hours playing 80 Days. It's a video game version of Around the World in 80 Days, except set in a steampunky alternate universe 1860s. Your goal is get around the world as fast as possible in one piece, having adventures on the way. On my first journey, I ended up on a camel trek in the desert to a mysterious lost pyramid, before falling in love with a Mongolian princess on the Trans Siberian express, staging a failed coup on a ship over the Pacific, and having my train from San Francisco held up by Jesse James. 10/10, would play again.
  • I just got Banished, which I'm thinking of as like Age of Empires, minus the whole fighting element, and with a much greater risk of your villagers starving to death. Build a medieval city for a small group of exiles. Don't let them starve. Don't let them freeze. Cry when those two goals start to seem impossible. I try to be a benevolent god, but a benevolent god would probably make sure they had enough firewood before winter instead of using that wood to build a tavern, so... maybe not.

 

June Thoughts

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  • I'm so excited for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I'm going toward the end of previews next month, and I am starting to get a bit giddy. I'm going to buy so much stuff from the shop, I just know it. I can't wait.
  • Also, Pottermore! Ilvermorny houses! I got sorted into Thunderbird, which is obviously the best house.
  • I've been Getting Serious with Japanese study again -- I've made it my goal to learn all 2200+ kanji/chinese characters needed for literacy. I've only ever learned them as they've come up in words before, not made a study out of the characters themselves. I'm about 700 in now, and I don't want to think about how many more there are to go...  but it'll be good to FINALLY have something close to literacy in Japanese, after like 8 years of on-and-off study.
  • Brexit. The Brexit. Let's not talk about that.
  • I'm once again trying to cut back on my internet addiction. Once again, I've mostly been failing. Maybe next month!
  • No one seems to have told England it's supposed to be summer. If it could stop raining sometime soon, I'd REALLY appreciate it. Kthx.