A Real Neat Blogging Return!

Real Neat Return Blog Tag

It’s been a while, but it would appear that I have become really neat once more. For this one, I would like to thank Nikita Chand from xxanimexxgirlxx. Also, thanks for the questions, I know it can be difficult to put together.

Nikita isn’t afraid to say it how it is in her reviews and I particularly enjoyed her views on the delightfully bland series Isekai Cheat Magician. At some point, I need to go back and look through Nikita’s Rising of the Shield Hero reviews. Anyhow, thanks again, Nikita.

Dr Stone Episode 18 Kinro with Glasses

Rules are Rules!

  • Display the logo.
  • Thank the blogger for the award.
  • Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
  • Ask them 7 questions.

All right, it’s time for the questions…

How did you get into blogging and how did you decide what your content would be?

You might want to sit down. This is going to be quite the story! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been making up stories. I am always plotting or developing an idea. Some of my best ideas have come to me in the middle of important meetings and events while my mind has wandered off on its own. Anyhow, in an attempt to develop my writing voice and build some habits that would help me, I decided to start a blog. That was back in 2011 and my first blog was a site where I challenged myself to watch and review 365 films in a year. It was a fairly crazy challenge, but I did it and then the blog kind of faded away.

A couple of years later, I started again, but this time it was to push my author career (it’s still a work in progress) and coming up with regular content that pertained to being an author is incredibly hard, especially since I didn’t want to go down the avenue of writing posts about writing advice. This was when I realised I should tap into my other love, anime. I watch a lot and always have, so why not post reviews about them. It got quite addictive and I started to put a bit of an author spin on it when I look primarily at the story and what I think worked, didn’t work, and why. And that, children, was how the Otaku Author was conceived.

How do you stay motivated about blogging or following a schedule on a lazy day?

There’s one thing you should know about me and that is, I’m incredibly stubborn. Somehow, I’ve managed to channel this energy into my blogging and since it’s all writing and about anime, I have not had a problem with finding motivation. This is what I love to do, so it doesn’t really occur to me to not do it. I want to be an author and I want to watch anime. The hardest thing of late has been stopping myself from taking on too much. I currently have two blogs, I’m editing a post-apocalyptic trilogy, and planning a series of light novels which is currently going to be fifteen volumes long. I just get excited about an idea and can’t stop myself.

How Not To Summon A Demon Lord Episode 12 Diablo performs big spell

What was the one thing, related to your blog, that brought you immense joy?

I’m going to say the community. Bet you didn’t see that coming! For the longest time, I was blogging and not really going anywhere. I was getting six views a day, no likes, and no comments, but me being stubborn, I just kept at it. Eventually, it paid off. I now average almost two hundred views a day and I think there is a great community of bloggers who comment on each other’s blogs that I feel like I’m a part of. It’s incredibly validating to see that someone has actually read your words and felt the need to comment. I try to comment as much as possible. Likes are great, but a conversation is far better and only furthers to bond the community.

Have you ever attended a con and what was it like?

While I was living in New Zealand, I attended the Armageddon Expo in Auckland which is a full geek convention. It caters to comic books, anime, sci-fi, zombies, games. You name it, it’s there. It was fun and we got to see some demos of new games coming out. There was a nerf zombie obstacle course and lots of cosplay. It was around the time that Attack on Titan came out and there were so many Survey Corps soldiers and one or two titans. My main criticism of the event, however, was that it was just a big market place. I was hoping for more panels or similar, but there was just loads and loads of memorabilia shops.

If you could do any cosplay you wanted, who would it be and why?

I once did a 5km zombie obstacle course dressed as Thor, complete with Mjolnir made out of a plunger and cardboard. The costume was designed to be throw-away because of the mud so it wasn’t overly elaborate. I think if I was to do a serious cosplay and really put some effort into it, I would choose Roronoa Zoro from One Piece. I don’t think it would be a very hard one to put together, but I would be able to run around with three swords and his poses are a lot of fun.

One Piece Zoro

Name one anime and one manga you rewatch and/or reread without getting bored of.

Highschool of the Dead. No questions about it. I have the BD, the OVA, and the full-colour Manga. I love zombies and I love this series. It seems to get a fairly bad rap for the overly ecchi elements and there’s no denying their existence, but beyond that, it is a wonderfully put together zombie story with engaging and relatable characters. Last December, I switched the focus of this site onto Highschool of the Dead and reviewed all the episodes, all the books, and wrote up analysis for all the characters. I’m even thinking of doing something new with the series since it’s been almost a year since I last wrote anything about it.

What anime is your favourite so far for 2019?

It’s changed several times so far this year which I think is a really good sign. To begin with, it was The Promised Neverland. I loved the dark mystery and how each week it kept us guessing and trying to work out what was going to happen. Then there was Fruits Basket and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. I really enjoyed both of these series. Demon Slayer was a riot and while having some issues, the overall experience was good. Fruits Basket was just an incredibly well-told story with an incredible cast of characters. After that, there was How Heavy Are the Dumbbells you Lift? This series was awesome. I made sure to watch it as soon as it aired each week. It was so funny and amazingly uplifting.

All of those could have been my anime of 2019, but they aren’t. There is another! Currently, Dr. Stone is my favourite series of the year and I don’t see that changing any time soon. It started off with a bang and then slowed for a handful of episodes, but as soon as Senku arrived at the village, the series just came to life. I love the mix of science and survival. The characters are quirky and engaging. It really is a great series and I’m surprised to see how few people appear to be watching it. My Dr. Stone posts are not getting anywhere near as many views as Demon Slayer!

Dr Stone Episode 12 Senku and Chrome

And now for my Nominations!

And your questions are…

Here’s the setup. You’ve just received a letter in the post. I know, how oldfashioned. Anyhow, the letter tells you that you’ve won a massive prize. It is a rent-free house/apartment of your choice for life, but before claiming your prize you must make some choices. Remember these decisions are for life too. There are no take-backs.

  1. You will need three anime roommates. Who are they?
  2. You can have one anime pet. What is it?
  3. You can have an anime vehicle to get around with. Which one?
  4. You will receive an anime robot to help around the house. Who is it?
  5. You will receive a new wardrobe. Which anime character will you dress like?
  6. For protection, you can select any anime weapon or ability. Which one?
  7. And lastly. You can have your house/apartment in any anime world. Which one?

Thanks again for reading.

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  1. Oh! Thank you for the nomination! I got caught a bit off guard there haha. I’ll be sure to get to it done in no time and the questions look really fun to answer!

    Once again, thanks you!

    • Lynn Sheridan

      No worries. I thought the Real Neat Blog has run its course earlier in the year, but Crow brought it back from the dead! I’m looking forward to you answers. I tried to make the questions more entertaining, so have fun.

    • Thank you, i’ve begun writing it and i’m having plenty of fun from the first question alone haha.

  2. Congrats on the award. Those were good answers and good question to ask your nominees.

  3. Thanks for tagging me in this. I really like this and the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s nice to get to see what people are interested in and what they like. I like seeing behind the curtain.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      No worries. It’s always nice to have someone give you something to write about every now and then, especially as it’s hard to know what people would be interested in finding out and I find it’s not that easy talking about me.

  4. This was a surprise, I hadn’t noticed that I was nominated at all! My notifications are always messed up… Thanks for the nomination! Those are some really neat questions

  5. You’re very welcome for the nomination!

    I got to learn so much from just 7 questions! 365 movies in a year sound rough! That’s honestly some great motivation/stubborn streak you have!

    And oh my God! Highschool of the Dead! I loved that anime and I was so upset to learn about the manga’s fate. I absolutely loved Busujima Saeko and was sad to realise that I’d never know how everything would turn out for her (and everyone else but mainly her).

    Thanks for taking the time out to participate and all the very best for all those writing projects!

  6. I thought I’d commented but turns out, I’d typed out my comment and then closed the tab. Such awareness.

    Thank you for participating and you’re very welcome for the nomination!

    That 365 movies per year sounds pretty rough and that’s some motivation/stubborn streak you’ve got going on for you!

    Ah, yes, I remember Highschool of the Dead. I remember being upset about the manga’s fate and a little mad/sad that i wouldn’t get to know Saeko’s fate. I have a horrible bias towards her!

    All the best for your writing projects!

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Yeah, Saeko is my all time favourite anime character and it kills me knowing we’ll never find out what happens to them. Obviously, it’s really sad about the Mangaka too.

      The stubbornness is awesome when I can make it work for me. That’s why I tend to set myself challenges all the time.

      Also, it looks like the spam filter he’d back your comments. I’ve fixed it so it shouldn’t happen again.

  7. Thanks for the nomination! I plan to work on my responses tonight. 🙂

    • Lynn Sheridan

      No worries. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  10. “This is what I love to do, so it doesn’t really occur to me to not do it. I want to be an author and I want to watch anime. The hardest thing of late has been stopping myself from taking on too much. ”

    Ain’t that just the way of it?

    It’s like a mission, and once you’re in mission mode, that’s kinda just it.

    “I just get excited about an idea and can’t stop myself.”

    I like this idea. It’s like the very concept of getting motivated to blog doesn’t apply, because blogging itself is part of a large goal which is part of your life’s mission. Are you motivated to breath? Are you motivated to write?

    The two questions are equivalent in what’s left of my mind…

    • Oh, and I love what you did with the Real Neat Blog symbol!

    • Thanks, you should check out my Goblin Slayer edition of the Real Neat Blog Award!

    • Absolutely. A crazy as it may seem, I’ve identified blogging as something that will benefit me in more ways than one and as a result, I do it. I don’t think I’ve got to a point where I’m wondering what to blog about. It’s more how can I fit in all these posts without overloading the readers.

      I spent the last year very focused on blogging, almost to the exclusion of writing stories, mostly due to time and being home with my son and I’m certain it’s improved my writing style, my voice, my writing speed, and the clarity of my first drafts. All this while building a platform where one day, I’ll be able to get my books in front of way more eyes than if I wasn’t blogging.

      Plus it’s surprisingly good fun and incredibly addictive.

  11. Um, wow? Thank you so much for the nomination! When I got to my name, I was like, “Ayyy, that’s my name! …THAT’S MY NAME!! For real??” My brain didn’t register that for a few seconds, I really appreciate the nomination. As a fellow writer, I absolutely love the way you constructed those questions. I’m looking forward to answering them!

    • No worries. I’m glad I could surprise you. My first Real Neat Blog nomination’s questions gave me the chance to weave the questions into a short story and I thought it was a lot of fun, so I came up with these to do the same for others.

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