LEGO? Japanese Toys? Cartoons? I Thought this was a Writing Blog…

There comes a time in a blogger’s life when s/he must ask that essential, universal, question; Why am I here?

No, not so much in the existential way, rather the concrete why bother to have a blog and if I do bother, what will it contain, kind of way.

So here I’ve been, asking the question. Perhaps Shakespeare would have said, “To blog or not to blog, that is the question.” And it’s been the question I’ve wrestled with lately.

When I started this blog, I was fresh from a high of starting to feel like a writer. I delved right into articles about the writing craft and my series on the Hero’s Journey. Thing is, I didn’t have a lot of fun.

Why was that?

Because it was work. Because it took time and energy away from the thing I really wanted to be writing, The Veil.

So, once my series on the Hero’s Journey was done, I pretty much left this place alone. I’ve posted maybe once a month the past two or three months. The simple fact was, I couldn’t think of what to write. I’ve been so focused on trying to get to the end of The Veil that spending time and energy here seemed like a waste.

Until the other day.

Yesterday, to be more precise.

Because I saw something so cool, so fun, I just wanted to post it on my blog. Which is when it occurred to me. All the things I love, all the anime, toys, bobbles and carry-overs from my childhood are the things that make me the writer I am. When I sit down to watch a movie, an anime or even play an RPG, it influences me. For that time, I am lost and inspired and my imagination is freed from the daily grind of putting food on the table and being a good father and husband. In those moments of complete geek-tastic euphoria, my mind finds pathways in my story that I never did just staring at the computer screen.

So that’s what this blog is going to be about; the things that excite me. You’ll see toys, anime, movies, books, all the things that I love, enjoy and get excited about.

I’m sorry if that’s not why you’re here or what you want to see.

But that’s where I am right now, and it’s what this blog needs to be.

I will write posts about the things I discover about writing.

I will write posts about what I’m doing during the writing, editing and, let’s hope, the efforts to get my work published.

I hope you’ll hang around. I hope you’ll bear with my childish indulgences. I hope as time goes on, I’ll write something that will make it worth your time.

Aim for the Top! GUNBUSTER!!!

And now for a little desk inspiration for you Mecha fanatics.

Revoltech is a series of figures made by Kaiyodo of Japan. What makes the figures stand out is their large amount of articulation, and usually a large assortment of accessories. The figure you see above is number 101.  You can see a full list of the available figures on Wikipedia.

What is this glorious figure? Why, it’s the powerful mecha, Gunbuster!

In 1988, Gainax created a six part OVA series entitle Aim for the Top! Gunbuster. One of the factoids that makes this important is that it marked the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno, who would go on to create a little series called Neon Genesis Evangelion (One of my faves. You’ll see me gush about it eventually).

What I love about this figure is all the details. You can recreate virtually every major moment of the OVA with the pose-ability and accessories this figure comes with. And it’s only $27! I might, might, have to give this to myself for Christmas.