My Brief Stint in Print

11855510_10153451464036007_2015173388_nThe last few weeks have been a whirlwind of numbers and spreadsheets but there have been a few exciting announcements along the way which had made the whole thing worthwhile. Alongside this cacophony of chaos, there has been one unexpected surprise which has really given me a taste of a world I never thought I’d get to be a part of.

I entitled this post ‘My Brief Stint in Print’ because that is exactly what it was. Around about two months ago, after a particularly long and rough day at work, I allowed Jack to convince me to write a letter to Neo Magazine, a magazine that I have been obsessively purchasing every month for the past year and a half, just to let them know how much I love what they do and how much their writing has inspired me to embrace my fandoms in as big a way as possible. It was one of the hardest emails I have ever written. I agonised over it. Every line felt wrong and every compliment, exaggerated, but I finally settled on a draft and, before I could second guess myself, I pressed send.

I didn’t get a response from my email and, to be honest, I hadn’t expected one. As time wore on, I forgot I had sent it at all, I continued going about my daily life and, on the release date of the issue 139 of Neo, I wandered down to the WHSmith and picked up my copy just like I always do. It wasn’t until I was sitting at work in my lunch hour, munching on a sandwich and flicking through the magazine that I stumbled across something I really wasn’t expecting… there it was, plain as day, my letter in print!! Not only was it printed in the magazine BUT it was the star letter and I had won myself a free copy of ‘Space Dandy’ Season 2. I was so beside myself with excitement that I called practically everyone I know to tell them about it.11850783_10153451463976007_2008605787_n

In order to claim my prize, and because I was so overwhelmed with joy that I wanted to thank whoever chose my letter, I sent an email to Neo Magazine and spoke to their lovely editor, Gemma. As per her suggestion I sent in a 200 word reader review and got some much appreciated advice in regards to my future plans.

Now that August has rolled around I am very pleased to say that I also have a piece featured in Neo Magazine issue 140 too!

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As someone who is usually quite frightened of revealing herself and her writing to people on a wider scale than my humble blog and my wonderful followers, having something in a magazine at all is a pretty major accomplishment for me and I am astoundingly overwhelmed by the very thought of it. I feel like these last two months have given me a taste of just what joy writing can bring me and I hope to carry this feeling with me for a long time ^.^

HAL – A sweet tragedy

HAL – A sweet tragedy

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It’s unlike me to deliberately go into something with absolutely no knowledge about the subject matter but ‘HAL’ was one such occasion; I chose it based on character design alone, Io Sakisaka’s character designs to be precise. Having loved the art and story in every one of Io Sakisaka’s manga, I was immediately drawn to that familiar style which was so obviously present in Haru’s design, and I am so glad I was. ‘HAL’ is a sweet tragedy set to the backdrop of a harmonious balance between advanced robotics technology and traditional Japanese landscapes. The story centres on Haru and Kurumi, a young couple separated by death following a devastating plane disaster. I’ve always been fond of medium that deal with the, ever present, issues of grief and depression in new and creative ways and I now count ‘HAL’ amongst my selection of favourites.

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In this futuristic universe where using robotics in therapy has become almost common in the medical industry, one particularly ambitious scientist has discovered a binary equivalent for Human Emotion. Can he meld this with an android and save the lost and horrified Kurumi from her deep depression? Continue reading