CN: misogyny, discrimination mentions, etc. (Toby Young and Boris Johnson) I didn't do a lot of writing during the winter break (refusing to use the term 'vacation' is a form of resistance, however mild). But I did a decent bit of planning, and I have increasing confidence of what will happen in the middle part … Continue reading An Update on My Writing: Politics, Society and Literature 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzP4kQhlPBY Sometimes it feels like I've got a war in my mind I want to get off, but I keep ridin' the ride I never really noticed that I had to decide To play someone's game or live my own life And now I do I wanna move Out of the black (out of the … Continue reading Returning to University: Not-being-happy and breakdowns.
^ My theme song for 2017. "I rose from the almost dead" ^ My quote of 2017 CN: suicide, anxiety, OCD 2017 was one fucking rollercoaster of a year. From outside, it is easy to conclude that 2017 has gone perfectly for me and I should be happily proud of my (academic) achievements. But being … Continue reading Reflections on 2017 and Goals for 2018
Note: possible spoilers are in white Anohana is a tale of grief and recovery, love and jealousy, and of course, friendship. The main characters are make a close-knit group of friends as children, with Jintan as the leader of their group called the "Super Peace Busters", and Menma who is loved or envied by all. … Continue reading Review: Anohana
I had grand plans to post every week this holiday and even write enough to schedule some for later. As it turns out, I barely wrote anything. Mental health recovery, getting a job, going on holiday, learning a new language, filling out forms and getting vaccinations and packing for university, reading for university, meeting new … Continue reading Why haven’t I been posting and where have I been?
Lan Yu (2001) tells the story of a poor university student, Lan Yu, who agrees to have a one night stand improve his financial situation. However, he falls for the wealthy businessman Chen Handong instead of the man he is supposed to service. The story is a struggle between Lan Yu's desire for a loving … Continue reading Review: Lan Yu (2001)
I love LGBTQ fiction, and I love LGBTQ representation in the media. But despite the increase in LGBTQ representation in the media, for a long time I still felt left out. And it's only recently that I realised why. When I flick through description of gay novels, they appear either to be endless remakes of Dorian … Continue reading LGBTQ Fiction: Fitting In and Non-Binary Representation
Tsukuru has always felt less than his friends, less deserving of his place in their close-knit friendship circle- unlike his friends, his name is colourless, and he sees this reflected in his lack of personality. However, one day his friends suddenly cut contact with him and never speak to him again. 16 years later, Tsukuru begins … Continue reading Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2B5Ck8mCXL.jpg I have to admit, the book doesn't exactly draw you in at first. But as I got past the first few chapters I really began to enjoy the book. The book if full of happy and sad moments, and it deals with themes of: gender identity, coming out, bullying, poverty, family and friendship. I … Continue reading Review: The Art of Being Normal, Lisa Williamson
"Holding Up the Universe" does not stand out as a particularly good or bad novel. The two main characters grow and become more accepting of themselves by the end of the novel. However Jack's repeated use of "broken" to describe himself as someone affected by prosopagnosia is unnecessary and out of place. Although it's interesting … Continue reading Review: Holding Up the Universe