BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 48

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Kaylee: “So how come you don’t care where you’re going?”
Book: “‘Cause how you get there’s the worthier part.”
– Kaylee Frye and Shepherd Book, Firefly, “Serenity, Part 1”

This weekend, we bid farewell to Ron Glass, remembered by all of us Browncoats as Shepherd Derrial Book in Firefly and Serenity. Mr. Glass had a decades-long career in television, including a starring role in Barney Miller, but it’s as Shepherd Book that he became a legend. Tributes have come in from Joss Whedon, his fellow cast members, and fans all over the world, and now it’s my turn.

This hit me, hard. I was late getting on board with Firefly, but once I did, it became one of my favorite series ever. I felt the pain that every fan feels when I learned how such a brilliant series was cut down so quickly by idiots that didn’t understand it, and I’ve told countless people about the miracle that was Serenity, the movie that shouldn’t have happened. I love Firefly more than my words can express, and Book was a key part of what made it so different: in keeping with the space Western theme, he was the man of faith in a lawless frontier, a classic archetype given a new twist. There were the numerous hints and signs that he hadn’t always been a Shepherd, of course, with a later graphic novel confirming his checkered past, but that’s mostly background material. In the series and the movie, Book was a counterbalance to Captain Mal’s cynicism and lost religion, a decent man trying to apply the lessons of the faith that saved him to the family he found himself with. He had some of the greatest moments of the series’ brief life: the “special hell” line in “Our Miss Reynolds”, his admitting to Zoe in “War Stories” that while the Bible had some specific things to say against killing people, it was “somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps”, accidentally terrifying River by unleashing his hair in “Jaynestown”, his heartbreaking death scene in Serenity, and his first meeting with Kaylee in the pilot, which I’ve quoted above. I can’t choose a favorite.

Of course, as I’m preacher’s kid, Book has always reminded me of my father. My pop is a constant reminder of the good things about faith and religion, and how they can transform people for the better. It would have been easy to show Book as a stereotype, a cheap metaphor, or a way to spout pseudo-profound lines to the audience, but no. Book was flawed and layered, as all good characters are. He struggled with his faith, just as I know my dad has struggled with his… but in the end, he always refused to let any ugliness he witnessed change him for the worse. Just like my pop.

Mr. Glass was a practicing Buddhist. As such, I feel it’s appropriate to try to focus not on the sadness of his passing, but the new journey he’s been sent on. That’s part of why I quoted that particular scene up above in tribute; I think he would have approved. Go well, sir. Thanks for sailing with us for a while.

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  • Tasakeru Book II Chapter 6: 7 pages done
  • Shattered Skies Chapter 22: 7 pages done
  • Photo projects: Effects/background

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 47

Book I‘s manuscript has officially been sent off to the copyright office! Next stop: publication! After a few months of waiting for it to go through the system, of course.

I started rereading Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, one of my favorite series ever, and I put down a few thoughts about it at the link. Other than that, it’s been a slow week. The petsitting business is finally picking back up, but I’ll try to have another chapter of something out during my downtime this week.

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  • Tasakeru Book II Chapter 6: 5.25 pages done
  • Shattered Skies Chapter 22: 5.5 pages done
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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 46 – Coming Out

Dear readers,

I’m using this week’s entry to publicly come out as asexual. This is something I’ve mulled over for quite some time now, but I feel it’s more important than ever to stand up and be proud of who and what you are. I’m doing this not for attention or adulation, but because I think it’s right. There’s more on the subject at the link below.

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Thank you for your support.

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Music Page Update: Autumn Afternoon

I’ve uploaded a new song to the Music page called “Autumn Afternoon”. It’s a gentle, mellow guitar theme for Zero and Hanami’s relationship.

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BHS Blogress Special Report: Day One

I’m not gonna lie: yesterday was bad. Really bad.

Last night I had a major depressive episode. I quite literally owe my best friend VDrake my life for talking sense into me. Last night, the foul little voice of my depression came back hard, screaming at me that all was lost until it was all I could hear.

This morning? Well, it’s too early to tell. I don’t exactly feel better, but I feel stronger. Hardened, if just a bit.

I work with words. I’ve been thinking about some of my favorites.

“Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me…”

I’m thinking about Firefly. I’m going to watch it again, and try to convince my folks to join me this time. In Joss’s own words, it’s about “living in defeat.” It’s more appropriate than ever now. Good old Captain Mal with his famous rally cry at the end of Serenity: “No more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.”

“Do you hear the people sing? Lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light
For the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies
Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise!”

I’m thinking about Les Miserables, in particular those words from the finale that never fail to give me chills.

“As long as one heart still holds on
Hope is never really gone
And I hear them saying
You’ll never change things
And no matter what you do, it’s still the same thing
It’s not the world that I am changing
I do this so
This world we know
Never changes me
What I do is so
This world will know
That it will not change me”

Those are words from a song Garth Brooks wrote after Oklahoma City, his hometown, was bombed by Timothy McVeigh. I will always remember the first time I saw him perform that song on a crappy old TV in a middle school that I hated… it’s the only memory of that place I want to keep. His eyes were like he was looking right into my soul. When he finished, the room that had been making jokes about rednecks and pickup trucks before he came on was stone silent.

“Don’t forget
Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you
As long as you remember her
You are not alone.”

And those words are from Madoka, the words that I’ll cling to in the coming days.

Those are other people’s words, but they’re words I live by.

Last night was terrible, and at the time I wouldn’t get through it. But now the morning’s here. Now it’s time to stand back up and continue writing my own.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 45

This week: another preview of the magical girl photo project, a delightfully strange and beautiful new anime called Flip Flappers, and a frank discussion of a less-delightful, far more disappointing turn from a series that’s trying to be Madoka Magica but missing the mark.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 44

Happy Halloween!

Good news: the Book I Appendix for the digital edition of Without a Name is finally complete! Now the copyright process can begin in earnest. Fingers crossed as I embark on the final steps to official publication!

In other news this week: a flying-pigs moment in Precure Figuarts news, and paying one last tribute to the man who was Frankenstein (“That’s Fronken-steen!”)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 43 – Photo Project; Allons-y!

This week, there’s a sneak peek at my long-in-the-works magical girl photo project, my full acceptance into the Doctor Who fandom, and a sudden and terrifying turn from a currently airing magical girl series… but not the one you’d expect.

I’m also adding the Book I Appendix to my list of works-in-progress. Still aiming to get it finished by the end of the year.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 42

Not much to report other than finishing Shattered Skies Chapter 20. Thanks for bearing with me last week while I dealt with emotional stuff, I appreciate your concern and well-wishes.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 41 – Change

Today marks four years since I lost my beloved cat, Sierra, so I’m forgoing my usual activity reports to try to sort through my thoughts. Other than that, all I can say is that I need some alone time right now, so thanks for your patience.

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