Happy 2019! Goals and Updates

Happy 2019 everyone! As you all know, I’ve been MIA for most of 2018. I’ll get more into some of the details, and it looks like “Where in the World is Zel?” might become the replacement of my Sunday Salutations post. It’ll be more of a quarterly update.

Looking back at my last post like this, I was obsessed with My Hero Academia. I’m still very clearly NOT over this phase, as I’m still very very active in keeping up with it. I also was heavily invested in Hakuouki. Unfortunately, I have yet to finish all the routes of the both of the games, but I plan on getting into it again, but I have been invested in some things as of late….more on that soon.

FanFiction

Since my fall into My Hero Academia I’ve actually delved deeper into the fanfiction fanbase and am also in contact with a lot of content creators in that regard as well. I was also very heavily into HakuoukiI haven’t finished those games, but I have written quick one-shot stories based on routes I’ve finished.

I have mainly tried to stay anonymous with my fics due to their very NSFW content. But you know, the more I get involved with the fic community, the more I’ve realized it’s hard to make the correlation between my work due to use of username. I’m in a debate to keep pushing this pen-name or creating a pseudonym from that main account. I shouldn’t feel ashamed of the content I create. I like what I like, and really, no one in real life knows much about this blog much less my interests outside of architecture.

I really love creating stories, even if they’re not original characters of mines, taking those personalities and placing them in different situations and finding out how they react in in these alternate settings has been so fun to create and explore. This and my Hakuouki writing has really shown me, that I LOVE to write stories. That my mind is full of these alternate worlds that just want to be written. Even when I’m listening to music, songs will pop up and I’ll imagine a scene unfold, or an entire story. So I write. I’m always coming up with ideas; but sitting down to write them. That’s something I really want to do this year.

You can find my Hakuouki fic here on the otogehanami website: (I’ll be posting it to my ao3 account soon as well)

“With You There is Only Spring” by Zel

My latest fic, is actually about BakuDeku (NSFW) and has by-far been my most popular of the three that I’ve posted regarding my favorite ship from the series. If anyone is really that interested, it’s called “Sober” and can be found here:

“Sober” by erza_mikazuki

I’m currently in process of writing two multi-chapter fics that I want to focus on this year featuring BakuDeku while the other focuses on KiriDeku. The stories are so different and the world building has honestly been interesting to say the least.

It All Leads Back to You

The moment Izuku Midoriya’s name fell from Tomura Shigaraki’s lips, Katsuki’s urge to protect kicked into overdrive. Protecting the love of his life was non-negotiable, even if it meant breaking both of their hearts.

For every action there is a reaction. As the two live lives in parallel, everything Katsuki does in life is in correlation to Izuku’s. At the core of everything Katsuki is: it has and will always lead back to Izuku.

Basically an alternate universe in which Izuku remained quirkless and Katsuki learned what it really meant to be a hero. It’s got a lot of angst and heartbreak in it, as I’ve found myself crying over certain scenes.

Under the Shadow of the Sun

In the midst of war and political unrest, samurai Eijirou Kirishima serves as Daimyo Overhaul’s retainer. Eijirou could not be more unhappy with where his life has taken him. But that all changes when the most beautiful and most rare of Geisha’s appears and leaves him breathless.

I’m collaborating with a friend on this because I wanted this story to be more than just a love story. We’re still trying to figure out where to pull our historical references from but it’ll obviously have its own BnHA spin to it.

Art

Over the summer of 2018, I had started doing a sketch a day as many of you saw on my twitter feed. I’ve decided to carry that on in 2019. I’d really like to get better at my skills, so I’ve decided to take on at least one fully realized digital drawing per month. Since my friend and I have been really invested in our Geisha AU, we thought it’d be a good exercise for me to draw our BnHA boys this year in some form of a geisha. So, that being said, I hope to create some great portraits, paintings that do our boys some justice.

Career

I have a lot going on in terms of content creation, and trying to be more active on my blog again. But once again, I may be off and on here just because I really need to spend more time studying and passing these exams. I had promised myself to get licensed before the age of 35, and honestly I’ve only gone 2 years to go. So, wish me luck in that regard, geez.

Otherwise, I’m going to try to get one post a week out somehow or other, somehow schedule some things in advance. I will have to really try to stick to some kind of schedule.

Other General Housekeeping

Otherwise, life’s been good. I’ve been working on my health since last summer and can officially say I’ve lost 20+ pounds since I’ve embarked on my weight loss journey. I don’t think it’ll be something I account for on the blog, but last year I just felt really really shitty about my appearance and how I felt in general. It’s gotten better, and the doing something about my weight was definitely a key factor.

I’ve also started up a new bulletjournal for the year, so I may just have a follow-up post regarding those layouts? Don’t really know if anyone would be that interested.

My cousin and I are also picking up photography together, trying to master and really get the most use out of our fancy camera’s.

And another cousin and I literally just signed up for Japanese classes today, so that’s another thing I’ll be looking forward to doing this year!

Looks like there’s lots to do in 2019. It’s another busy one, and I hope I accomplish half the things I’ve written here. I figure by speaking it into existence it should happen.

Looking forward to another great year with all of you, and thank you so much for sticking around!! ❤

Another Announcement

Good morning everyone! I have a bit of an announcement to make a.k.a. Shameless Self-Promotion. I’m making some moves around here at Archi-Anime. I’ll be adding some stuff to the page as soon as I finally have time to do it.

But, aside from that; as you guys know I’m part of the PR team for the OWLS blog group and run our FB page. Due to my activity on FB and realizing I don’t want my blog to cross with my real life I’ve decided to launch a facebook page of my own!

Archi-Anime’s Facebook Page

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It’d be great if you guys would like and follow me there as well! 🙂 I’ll be posting a lot more anime content that’s not necessarily blog related there. Like links to articles, images, among other things! 🙂

Another outlet for us to connect outside of the blog! 🙂

Anyways, thanks of listening and hopefully I’ll see you on Facebook! ❤

A Short Break 

Hello friends and ani-bloggers. Due to being sick among some other personal things; I’ll be taking a short break to get my life re-organized.

I’ve put some real life stuff off for too long and need to take a week or two at most to get my priorities re-aligned.
Please bear with me! I know I’d been on a roll since the beginning of the year, but this break is needed for my career path.

I’ll still be active on twitter and on comments, but for the most part I won’t be posting content. But don’t despair, that just means more awesome content is just around the corner!

So in the meantime I leave you with two of my fave gifs of Mako-chan and Vash in hopes to cheer you up in my absence. See you in a week!

Happy New Years! A Look Back and More

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous and safe NYE celebration! I’ve been a bit MIA due to family events and the last few days have been spent exactly like: vash-sliding.gifI can always rely on Vash to encapsulate how I feel. My last two days I was ill with food poisoning. I could barely look at food or eat anything. Way to end the year right?

Looking back at what I’ve accomplished with this blog in 2016 has been quite a feat considering how old the blog actually is (a bit over 3 years?). I’ve pretty much found my niche for blogging due to the reignited love I have for anime. I’ve managed to hit 100 followers in the last few MONTHS of the blog- something I clearly could not gather over the previous 2.5 year leading up to it. I’ve also managed to connect with a bunch of people in the anime wordpress community via comments and the resurrection of my twitter account allowing me to meet an amazing group of friends from everywhere that continually inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing(shout outs below). And while I struggle to find the balance to write about both architecture and anime – the few posts I’ve gotten through have given me positive feedback in my ongoing series: ANI-Reality. 

Before I post anything related for 2017, I still have my last 2016 post which is an awards post discussing what I found to be the best of 2016 – that should be up some time this week. Hope you look foward to it!

As for my 2017 plans for this blog. I’m going to be continuing the blog series I’ve already started: op/ed of the week, and ani-reality. However, I will finally be adding Fantasy Friday (or Fantastical – I haven’t quite decided yet) which will be architecturally related but still tied to anime. I’ll also be adding Man Crush Monday and Women Crush Wednesday. These posts were inspiried by fellow blogger melinanimeland‘s 25 Day Male Challenge. Since I struggle to do a daily posting (i.e. my 30 day challenge), I decided that it was probably a better idea to make it weekly. I’m including women because why not, it’d be nice to feature some strong independent female characters to contrast the possible fangirling of my monday inspirations. I’m probably am drawing this from my 30 day challenge and also well because.. Erza.). I’ll also be adding more architecturally charged posts throughout but won’t be tied to a specific series as well as more anime reviews and probably including more manga and otome on here as well.

Its going to be an ambitious year, but I hope to continue doing this blog as I’ve found the last few months to be incredibly fun to write and discuss with my peers. Thank you all to my followers and my newfound friends!

Special shotouts to:

Thank you guys for the inspiration and the great discussions and open minds. Here’s to another year of blogging and further discussions! Cheers! Looking foward to what 2017 has in store for all of us!vash-the-stampede.gif

 

 

TWITTER RESURRECTION

I was never really good at the whole Twitter thing – but since I’m trying to become more active on the blogging scene, I thought the timing was right to bring it back. Because, reasons. More like for the sake of blogging and archi-anime.

So, I may comb through all the blogs I follow and start mass following you all. Please follow me back 😀

https://twitter.com/heyitszel

I’ll try to be consistent with this too! Thanks for reading and thanks to my followers as well! Hope to see you in twitterverse!

a re-introduction

 

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lol and this blog will probably help me with my photoshopping skills 

This blog is always undergoing changes as I keep trying to find something of focus; although the underlying theme of my blog has always been Architecture. The first phase was to chronicle my time at SCI-Arc – most specifically when I was studying abroad in Japan and going through my last year of school in thesis mode.  The second phase was when I wanted to write about Architecture and Feminism — which was right after I graduated and starting working in the architectural field.  But I barely wrote anything if nothing at all and left my blog untouched for a really long time.  

It was a random run-in with a high school classmate that got me into the idea of blogging again. I had gone to my first anime convention in Oakland called Kraken-con. As I was leaving I saw a familiar face and decided to stop and say hello; I thought it was pretty cool running into someone I knew. We caught up a little bit and he told me he was there taking photos of cosplayer’s for his blog. When he said “blog” I was intrigued and proceeded to ask him questions about it.  Our conversation ended with me saying something along the lines of “I’d love to be apart of that!” I didn’t think he would take my offer seriously, but a few days later I got a message from him asking what my focus would be if I were to contribute.  I had asked what he wrote about and he said his topics ranged from anime, conventions, and gaming.  I told him I would probably stay within the anime category since I was new to the con-scene and I’m a light gamer; then I was officially added as an author.  I’ve only had a few posts published so far; but it got me to thinking: why can’t I write as easily for my own blog?

I guess I was intimidated by own blog for awhile.  The topics I kept choosing were just so overwhelming; I didn’t know where to even begin. I started thinking maybe I should switch it up again to something that comes more easily to write about; so why can’t I relate the two things that I really love and enjoy the most: Anime and Architecture.

Which brings me to the structure of this blog. And hopefully it’ll stick this time! There is a split in my obsession with Architecture and Anime.  So this blog will try to marry both these loves of mine.  Some days I’ll write about Architecture, and some days I’ll just write about Anime. And some days it’ll be a combination of both.  Lately I’ve been looking at the environment, the urban setting, and the buildings these characters occupy in anime and I’ll find something architecturally fascinating about it that compels me to research about it and write about it.  I’ve always been inspired by architecture’s ability to evoke emotions and it’s ability to inspire innovation. Anime is a great medium in which I can exercise my critical thinking as I feel like that’s what I miss the most about being at SCI-arc (and school in general).

 
Thus Archi-Anime is born.