On the whole, I had a lot of fun with this piece, which ended up being more personal than I thought it would be. Part of it was because I mined both personal material (ex. Old textbooks, assignments, emails the two times I got bachelors degrees) and existing writing – namely my 2018 project. PartContinue reading “Commentary and Lessons Learned: Snapshot of a desk space by the window”
A short story by JYB A textbook on the lower left hand corner. Fairly worn, the edges of the top right corner curled upwards from use. Several bookmarks are tucked into different sections with alphanumeric codes handwritten along the top edge so they peek out just so. On the inside cover is a note tapedContinue reading “Snapshot of a desk space by the window”
I discovered that NHK World has uploaded a bunch of videos – quite a change as it used to be very hard to find NHK content online. What especially interested me now was not only the content, but also that these videos offer a great opportunity to study the kishoutenketsu structure in a new format.Continue reading “Kishoutenketsu Mini-study: The Great Cocktail Quest”
I don’t often watch videos online these days but whenever I do, I tend to gravitate towards food shows. What struck me recently was the emphasis the majority of these shows place upon quality, local ingredients. It made me wonder, what is the equivalent in writing? For me, the three “pillars” of fiction writing areContinue reading “Quality Ingredient of Writing”
An interesting side effect of researching and searching for examples of kishoutenketsu has been an appreciation for the Western narrative structure. Both have their uses: Western structure is very good at getting through a series of events, moving from point A to point B, while kishoutenketsu, in my opinion, is great at revealing a greaterContinue reading “Kishoutenketsu’s Musical “Cousin””
(This post will continually be updated as I come across more examples and deepen my understanding – feel free to leave a comment if you have examples to share as well!) Since reviewing the resources I have thus far on kishoutenketsu (起承転結) in my previous post, I’ve been pondering further what has made it soContinue reading “Kishoutenketsu – Thoughts on “Ten”& Examples”
I grew up reading manga but didn’t learn about kishoutenketsu, 起承転結, the narrative structure that governs most (all?) manga until several years ago. Since then, I’ve been fascinated with the structure (even spent a whole year studying it), analyzing manga for it while also experimenting with how to bring it to life in written form.Continue reading “Some kishoutenketsu resources”
There are times when I honestly wonder if I even like writing. For example, today I sat down to write and felt overwhelmed by the amount of work still to do for the second collection. I was frustrated with the lack of time, disappointed with the quality of my work, just all around unhappy. SoContinue reading “Pre-Start Checklist”
I don’t much like talking about my morning routine. Whenever I do, the reactions I get often fall into two buckets: an uncomfortable mix of amazement and disgust (“that’s insane, I could never get up that early everyday”) or an even more uncomfortable series of questions, often determined to uncover an end goal (“so areContinue reading “Just a Routine”
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to revisit the “tea universe” again. In 2018, the goal had simply been to publish a completed piece online every week. But as is my habit, I’d tried to make it into something much more elaborate. ‘It will be my masterpiece,’ I’d thought, havingContinue reading “Reflection: Of Leaves and Water, part 2”
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