In my look ahead at this September, I mentioned that I was going to start doing media reviews: namely, doujinshi reviews. So far, I’ve posted two reviews: one for Irodori Aqua’s Arrested Love Vol. 1 and another for Irodori Sakura’s I Want Only to Love Your Body, which comes from their LGBTQ+/Queer friendly imprint. Both have been so well received, with Irodori contacting me privately to express their joy at seeing my “highly detailed” reviews.
This has led to me being approved for more reviews: namely, Irodori Sakura’s Mine-kun is Asexual and Why Does Love Do This To Me?, two titles that I thought were really important to review, especially as someone who’s ace-spec. As before, I’ve been provided with copies for free in exchange for an honest review. You can look forward to the first of them next week, with the last being in a fortnight from them.
But that’s not all the news I have! I’m happy to report that now, that’ll be including manga (and light novel!!) reviews from a major publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment!
This came about, largely, because I took a stab in the dark, which is something I’ve been doing a lot lately. Yesteday -that’s Sept. 3 for readers in the future- I decided to message Seven Seas via their contact page. Cue me getting contacted a few hours later, which resulted in me being added to the press list.
While things are still being finalized, I expect that I’ll dive right into reviewing, especially because Seven Seas puts out most of what I’m reading these day. Those reviews will most likely come at the pace of 3 or so a month: more if it’s a series I’m following, less when life and my day job take priority. There might be a time when I can manage one a week, but… I’m pacing myself.
I’m also currently in talks with Lilyka -a Yuri-focused doujinshi publisher- to start doing reviews for them. I contacted them earlier this week and got a reply: now, it’s mostly seeing if they’ll add me to their press list, and seeing how I can best help them with my reviews. It’s all very exciting, and still will be, regardless of how things shake out.
(Oh, and I contacted Yen Press too: almost forgot that! I haven’t gotten a reply yet.)
One thing I’ve said a lot to myself this year is that things keep surprising me, though I’ve had the luck to -largely- say that in a positive way. I’m very fortunate to be largely untouched by the pandemic: I’ve lost a few people this year, but it hasn’t been due to COVID-19. It’s been other things, hard as they are.
Still, things keep surprising me: earlier this year, I formally became a translator with my work at Siliconera, though I’m still aspiring in terms of having regular work. I also joined Anime Feminist in May, which really has been such a boon. There’s dozens of other little things, too, but by and large… 2020 has been far more gentle with me than it has with millions of others. It’s something that’s always buzzing at the back of my mind.
While being between jobs still… sucks, if I’m being honest, I’ve still got a lot of hope. And honestly, doing these reviews really make me feel like I’m putting good, worthwhile work out into the world.
And really… that’s what’s important to me until I get to the next chapter of my life.
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