Thursday, July 13, 2017

What Heian Means To Me

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[This post has hyperlinks. Please feel free to click away!]

As a fan of Japanese culture, I go all out, going beyond the constraints of Anime and Manga --and this makes me a Geek, for those who still can't tell the difference with the term Nerd. 

I also tend to read, when time allows me, a lot of English-translated Japanese literature. I try to gravitate towards the contemporary but keep returning to the classics. 

When others claim to have read Shakespeare, I can say I have read "The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon". I blame publisher Grove Press for this. [The parent company is Grove Atlantic. Please check them out]
Grove Press is heavily reference and history title but do not let that daunt you. Their books are amazing, you will learn so many things in such enjoyable competent writing and they are quite friendly on Twitter too! :)  

"The Story of Lady Li" a Tang Dynasty short story, from my Grove Press collection of ancient Chinese literature -- during this dynasty, short stories had grown in popularity at this time, as well as some kick-butt jade sculpturing, I might add -- and this tale inspired me to write "Su Ling", which after some rejections, became my first published short story. 

But all roads lead... As the saying goes. Chinese culture was my gateway to other Asian cultures and their medias. Japanese animation, called anime (pronounced an-nee-may) by its fans both casual, intermediate, and hardcore, soon got me researching Japanese lit. 

Let me remind you that it's because animation from Japan is so thorough and steep in its cultural background, that it maddened me to watch these cartoons and struggle to understand what the meaning of this was versus the meaning of something else. 

Fast-forward to community college, and not only did I discover someone's discarded The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon, but reading this Heian Dynasty diary by an actual court lady was one of the most exciting books I had ever come across. Reading historical letters, diary entries, and somebody else's thoughts from a given time period has been the one thing that has kept history alive for me. To understand that history is not just a boring class of memorization of dates, tidbits, and figures. 

There were many references to the pillow book. The more I dug into the diary, I began to search for more information. Especially when Lady Murasaki came up and I learned she was the author of The Tale of Genji, the world's first novel. Yes, that's right. A Japanese noble woman invented the novel! 

And because it was a time that even women of high status could not learn the written language that the men could, many women invented their own lettering system and used this 'female alphabet' to write down in their diaries, write to one another, and write stories, as Lady Murasaki did.

This particular blog post was a long time in the making. It also explains why it is so hyperlink-heavy. I will speak more on this in another post. Please bear with me. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Life is becoming stranger than fiction

More political strife when people are now mentioning the White House TV drama being ordinary and plausible.

House of Cards
Mad Men
Moby Dick
And comic book villains
Mortal Kombat
The modern-day Mafia
Red Mafya (what Russian organized crime is called)
La Costra Nostra
The Godfather
The Twilight Zone
The Eye of Sauron (from the Lord of the Rings)

Absolutely ridiculous that some screwed up people still think this is all normal. And I don't digress...

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Website Birthday Celebration continues...

Happy Birthday, Tabber the Red!

The website has updates but more will be here on In Pretty Print and The Angry Goblin

Links to birthday celebration goodies (will go live soon) on the website and blogs:

Free coloring sheet downloads and web banner downloads 
and purchasing vibrant art prints!

Please celebrate with me by downloading free swag and buying prints! (More updates! More stock! More to come!)

Purchasing my artwork helps maintain web hosting and to advertise my writing! The more help I receive, the more I can continue to be 'An artist living the writer's life'!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

"Tabber the Red" turns 11!

For the month of July, my official website will be celebrating its 11th anniversary! Come visit and party with me!
Tabber the Red official site

Friday, June 9, 2017

Latest Publication News and Updates!

My comic strip "Geek Muses: Writer's Block & Inspiration" has been accepted by The Tishman Review
EXCITING. Will provide more info when it comes!

Also, remember that whatever I have published is on "The Angry Goblin" blog as soon as I receive news.