The Abject Utopian – A Novel By Me!

I’ve written a novel called The Abject Utopian, here’s my post about it

What’s this, you wrote a novel and are promoting it on your site? Talk about shameless self promotion… Listen, I worked hard on this thing and I wanted to share it with the world!

Right. So why drag me into this, you could have just done a simple post about it and not in this Question and Answer format. I figured if there’s anybody who’s going to reign in my ego and bring me back down to earth—and fast, it’s you. Besides I have a hard enough time writing normally now that I’ve started writing reviews in this QandA format…

A ringing endorsement for your novel ‘has trouble writing normally’. Put that on the back of the book! It’s a fair assessment…

So what’s this novel of yours about, is it to do with anime at all? Not in the slightest.

That’s surprising… isn’t everything in your life anime related now? I wrote this novel about 3 years ago, when I was taking a break from anime (dark times indeed).

Okay, I’m ~mildly~ more interested now. What is it about then? It’s kind of hard to break down in a succinct manner, basically I’ve been describing it as ‘lesbian sci-fi stream of consciousness’ novel.

Ah… “stream of consciousness”, so it’s pretentious? You could say that, yes.

And who’s the target audience? People who aren’t afraid of intellectually stimulating, narratively complex and sexually charged writing.

All I’m hearing is “pretentious pretentious pretentious”. I fully admit this isn’t a novel for everyone, it’s very niche, kind of impenetrable, overly verbose—

Wow, doing a bang-up job selling this thing. I just want people to be prepared for what they’re getting into, it’s one thing to release something but to ask people to pay for something you’ve written is another thing entirely… it’s difficult and confronting.

But you believe in it, yeah? Honestly I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written, I’m very proud of it, it’s got a lot of “me” in it, if not literally then hidden between the lines. It helped me deal with some pretty serious things I was going through at the time and even though it may be arrogant to say, I think it’s a worthwhile experience—assuming your an open-minded reader!

Fair enough, so do you want to put in a plot-synopsis for anything? I don’t think it’s a novel that benefits from a tidy plot synopsis…

But you put one on the Amazon page, here let me copy-paste it for you!

“What would be your perfect world? For some the answer is simple, for other’s it’s a quandary. Once there were countless alternate realties, stretching across the breadth of human imagination; a perfect fit for every imperfect vision of the world. But now, as the universe reaches its climactic zenith there remains just 77, and of that number only nine are afforded official ‘utopian’ designation. The once learned and respected organisation responsible for these specific designations has grown bloated and corrupted. The tenth world they intend to proclaim as a ‘functional utopia’ is paying for the privilege; a perversion to the founding ideals, and a promise of dire things for every innocent on every remaining world. Only dissension from within can lay waste to these ill gotten plans but the odds are heavily stacked against—both professionally and personally—for the one woman whom hope falls solely upon.”

There, was that so hard?! It’s not that it was hard it’s just that that plot synopsis isn’t really indicative of what the novel is ~like~. Yes, it’s ‘technically’ what the novel is about, but the novel is so much more than can be summed up in a couple of sentences! I much prefer the second synopsis I wrote for it, it’s also on the page.

‘Kay! Copy-paste and…

“It’s a story in three parts: telling what is, what was and what’s to come. It’s a story of three people: the aggressor, the repressor and the transgressor. It’s a story about three worlds: the world of the living, the world of the long dead and the world about to die. It’s a story in three realities: it exists in honesty, it exists in biography and it never existed to begin with. It’s a story about love, a story about loss and a story about life itself.”

Yeah, that’s suitably more pretentious, good work! Thanks?

Right. So where can people buy it? On Amazon! Here’s a link to the Australian page: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07DGYPDYH You can also presumably find it on the Kindle store? I haven’t tried searching for it but it should be all set up by now!

And what if people don’t know if this kind of book is for them? You can read a free sample on the store page, just click the cover art, it’s almost two chapters worth so you’ll definitely get an idea of whether this kind of book is for you!

Anything else to add? If you’ve bothered to read this, firstly thank you so much, and if it sounds like something you might want to read then please support me by purchasing the book and leaving a review for it on the store page—even if you hate it! Thanks again!


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The One-Liner Challenge – Untold Questions

An Untold Questions blog about The One Liner Challenge.

And what do we have here? A challenge post, specifically ‘The One-Liner Challenge’! 

Oh yeah? And what’s all that about? It’s about making snappy one-line summaries of books, and they don’t even have to be books you like, you can roast ‘em too.

Mmm, roast books *drool* N—No, not like that…

I know, I know! So, who nominated you? Ryuji Tatsuya’s Anime Corner! Thanks for picking me!

Cool, and what are the rules for this challenge?

  1. Accept and thank your challenger(s) by linking back to their post.
  2. Make a post of one-sentence summaries and or roasts of at least five books.
  3. No spoilers!
  4. Link back to The Awkward Book Blogger so she can see your post.
  5. Challenge as many or as little people as you want!
  6. Have fun!

Great, let’s get started then. Oh and I assume you’re reviewing just manga since you’re like obsessed with it right now… Don’t be so sure, I might surprise you…

Hmm, okay, first book then?

No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular (Watamote)
“How not to do high-school in a million easy steps.”

Still waiting to be surprised… Second book?

House of Leaves
“Easy to read, light-hearted romantic comedy hit of the Summer!” – No One Ever.

Hey! There we go an actual novel book, but of course it’s something out of the mainstream that most people probably haven’t heard of… Third book?

How To Build A Dungeon: Book Of The Demon King
“Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon—and immediately have sex with them?”

There’s probably a reference in there I’m not getting… Fourth book?

A Song of Ice and Fire Series
“When you take out the sex and violence it’s really just a lot of long descriptions of what people are wearing.”

I actually know that book! Yay, something relevant to me, even if you did just roast it… Fifth and final book please?

Food Wars!
“Just what every recipe book is missing, a heaping serve of anime tiddies! (also great story, characters, etc)”

Are they still called ‘anime tiddies’ when they’re in a manga? What do I look like a tiddie expert?

Please stop saying ‘tiddie’. No you.

Anyway, that was interesting! Yeah what a fun idea for a post! I enjoyed that!

So now all that’s left is to nominate people! It’s so hard to keep track, and I don’t want to spam people with too many things to do, so if you want to do this challenge yourself leave a comment below and I’ll edit the post to put your name here:

Fair enough. Thanks for reading everybody and have a good day!

5 Things I Learned or Want to Learn From Anime – Untold Questions

An Untold Questions blog about Things I Learned or Want to Learn From Anime.

And this is? I straight up stole this blog idea from RemyFool, but basically it’s just a list of 5 things that, like the title says, I learned or wanted to learn because of Anime. It’s like a thought exercise or something…

Okay… so this is just a blog post and not an awards thing or review. Yeah! Pretty much, I mean when I want to talk I’m gonna’ talk!

Should I be worried? Well if things get a little R-rated, a little risqué, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Fair enough, so what’s the first thing?

#5        (I want to learn to…) Write a light novel.

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This quote applies to SO many things in life.

This one seems obvious, at least to me. I’ve written a novel, but a western novel, and as much as I love it for what it is, a part of me just desperately wants to write a light novel for Japanese audiences (and of course Western otakus). I’ve got a few ideas that are itching to get out, but of course the hardest part is actually getting started and sticking with it. (Anime that evoked this reaction: A Sister’s All You Need, Eromanga-sensei)

Light novel, huh? I bet it’s something perverse knowing you… Shhhhh.

#4        (I Learned…) How to cook Japanese food.

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Rice cooker is king.

I’ve always been a bit of a gourmet, I do all the cooking at home and that’s no exaggeration; the kitchen is mine and will always be mine! Watching anime though taught me a lot more discipline in the kitchen than I was used to and my cuisine has improved all the more for it. Also my love of rice has increased a hundred fold because of anime! (Anime that evoked this reaction: Food Wars, Toradora, Himouto! Umaru-chan!)

Okay there rice boy, what’s next?

#3        (I want to learn to…) BE MYSELF! 

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Yes, that’s me, admiring the oppai that adorns the streets of Akihabara.

When I was last in Japan and specifically Akihabara I felt so at ease with who I was that it was like a revelation. But then returning to the west I became introverted again, afraid of admitting who I was to the outside world. Yes I still wear anime shirts to the grocery store, sporting best girls on my phone case, but I’m still super aware of people around judging me for it. I just need to learn to be myself and not care that someone is looking at me weird for it. (Anime that evoked this reaction: A Sister’s All You Need, No Game No Life, OreImo, Yuru Yuri, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

I’m judging you, but not because you’re an anime fan, but because you’re a pervert. There’s a difference. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

 

#2        (I learned…) that nipples are really sensitive!

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Yes. Yes I do.

Okay this one is kinda dumb, I just wanted to say something rude… but you know what, anime seems really obsessed with the power of stimulating a woman’s nipple! Maybe it’s just because they’re allowed to show a nipple being “entertained” but not the other spot of a woman that is sensitive to touch. But yeah, the nipple can produce a pretty strong reaction, that much I’ve learned for sure. #TMI (Anime that evoked this reaction: Valkyrie Drive, High School DxD)

Good to see I wasn’t off base with that pervert comment before… It’s just the human body, man! There’s nothing perverse about it, man!

Quiet, hippy! And what’s number one, dare I ask?

#1        (I want to learn to…) Live a life that’s not dependent on corporations. 

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The simple life, with not a Paris or Nicole to be seen!

This one is perhaps the most unrealistic, and the most vague, and the most not me. I mean, who am I kidding, I love being able to buy anything online at the touch of a button, or have the convenience of fast food chains to feed me or something as easily forgotten as the worlds entire knowledge on a phone. But a part of me wants to live the simple life, a life not ruled by schedule and not assisted by powerful corporations that offer the world at the expense of something personal. (Anime that evoked this reaction: No-Rin, Dagashi Kashi)

I kind of feel like you cheated with this list. What do you mean?

Well, there’s certainly a lot of abstract concepts here. I expected things like ‘I want to learn how to play Shogi’. Oh but I do want to learn to play ‘Shogi’! Except, well I know I won’t because I haven’t learnt actual Chess, so Japanese Chess is just as unlikely.

And it wasn’t particularly R-rated, either… Well it’s not like I can learn how to be in a monster girl harem. That’s a precious gift that few are afforded!

Well that’s enough of this for today! If you got this far, congratulations! And feel free to steal this format of questions like I stole it from RemyFool! Thanks for reading!