Okay, so I probably wasn’t going to mow today, anyway. I have real grass, the grass that was here when the bison were still eating it, and it don’t need no stinking fertilizer and it don’t need no stinking water — during last year’s record-setting drought, it stayed green long past the time when most grass and many trees in central Indiana were dead or dying — and it’s tougher than most mowers. So it takes a bit of mental gearing up to challenge this grass.
Did you ever want to know the difference between a mononoke and an ayakashi? Do you know how to escape a kappa, if one wants to eat you? Have you ever wondered if you were missing some in-jokes in your favorite anime or Asian film? (Yes, very likely.)
Yes, it’s become somewhat fashionable in recent years for critics to wave their hands disdainfully at the film which was previously held in such esteem. Fine, they can have their pretense of superior taste. And okay, sure, trends in acting have changed in the last half-century. But I still love the film.
No, seriously, I once calculated that I’ve spent maybe half a week or so of my life watching Ben-Hur. Step aside, amateurs.
I remember laughing when Patrick Rothfuss confessed to book-signing performance anxiety. (I suspect he’s rather over that by now, by simple necessity.) I hadn’t ever practiced my autograph, either. But I did read Pat’s final word on the subject:
I will be presenting a two-hour panel on Japanese Folklore & Mythology at Gen Con Indianapolis, August 19, 2012. We’ll have two hours to talk about Japanese folklore, supernatural creatures, and why it’s smart to fart at a kappa and greet your friends with, “Moshi moshi!”
Kitsune-Tsuki was awarded the Luminis Prize at the 2012 Midwest Writers’ Workshop, a three-day professional conference for writers of all genres. The judges called it “beautifully-written.” As you can see by the photo, I was pretty thrilled! Continue reading
I will be presenting a two-hour panel on Japanese Folklore & Mythology at AnimeWorld Chicago, August 3-5, 2012. Though it’s really about the fascinating creatures and stories of Eastern legend, I’ll drop in a bit about the world of Kitsune-Tsuki!