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Winter 2017

10 DEC 17 - (Originally posted to theanimeview.tumblr.com)

Kyo Kara Maoh - pt. 2

Responding to Comments

10 DEC 17 - (Originally posted to theanimeview.tumblr.com)

Kyo Kara Maoh - pt. 1 & 2

FALL 2017

25 NOV 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Scandal - Season 3

Ok… I like Scandal - I really do. I like all the characters (especially Mellie) and the story and stuff… but how come the sex stuff is so forced? Like, every other encounter, Liv sleeps with Fitz or Jake.

So, WTF?

The Samuel Johnson Society of the West | 19 Nov. 2017:

I attended The Samuel Johnson Society of the West’s Thirty-fourth Annual Dinner Meeting held Sunday, 19 November 2017. (Image links to the society’s website.) It was a wonderful dinner and I feel honored to have been invited.

Her Campus:

I joined Her Campus as a Student Staff Writer!

Our chapter partnered with NBC for Happy Death Day’s release! It was awesome.

I helped execute our Social Media Campaign for the #HerActivism as well as make posters for the chapter!


Attended the Amazing Launch party for Anastamos!

Sigma Tau Delta:

Leadership Accomplishments:

  1. Membership has increased by 50%!

  2. Active Participation has quadrupled!

  3. More events this year than in the last 7 years!

Amazing People I’ve Met Through Sigma Tau Delta:

Founded The Upstart Crows, Chapman University’s Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Journal:

Founding The Upstart Crows was a dream I had not considered until the summer before my last year at Chapman University.

I had been on several editorial boards by then, and was about to join a few more, but felt, in all honesty, that something was missing. We had so many editorial boards, but no unity between the different genre-based platforms. Instead, a majority of the boards available on campus were fighting to make a mark in a market that was already monopolized by the established and department supported publishing groups available. Moreover, and perhaps worse, these established groups were often seen as biased by many students–a vast majority of whom, from my interactions with peers, claimed that they would not be submitting because they felt the odds were rigged in favor of those that members of the different boards liked.

It was only when the Journalism Department dropped The Panther, our long-time established newspaper, that I saw a shift in Chapman’s student publishing community. In The Panther’s place, two new publications arose, the daily digital Prowl and Prowl Magazine (the Journalism professors support both at Chapman). For the first time in years, there was a race to see which publication would overtake the department as the new top-news for Chapman. The debate is still open, as both Prowls are making a steady rise to compete with The Panther.

The journalism department’s change was a huge moment for me because it said that the professors were listening to the complaints that many students had had about the bias of our publishing. I thought about some of the other boards I was on, and what changes I might suggest there. Soon after, I began to dream about starting a publication of my own–one that would embody the aspirations I had when I submitted a piece to Concordia University’s The Promethean my freshman year. Having just finished applying to graduate programs and looking into the professional world for internships, I considered what a fellow student might need and what I would need once I graduated. In the process of researching said internships and graduate programs, I learned that it is essential for students like myself to show involvement and achievement, whether it be by joining a club or winning a competition. This need for achievement became even more evident when I was applying to various positions and received notes from advisors that I seek out more publishing and presenting opportunities to help my candidacy.

I thought of how many other students like myself encountered this advice and felt a bit lost when our means of expression seemed to have incredibly strict guidelines for entry, and how many other majors also needed this service but couldn’t find a group to publish them on campus because their paper was academic instead of fiction or because it was an entertaining dance video instead of a live theatrical performance.

I looked at models both at school and off-campus, and soon I had the idea of an overlapping publication–one that could not only meet the interests of everyone but also provide a beneficial act to the student body. By creating a digital publishing platform, we could publish articles, stories, academic papers, and even videos or music. Moreover, because of the vastness in topics, we could garner support from various departments and expand across campus, inviting submissions and board members from everywhere.

I joined with fellow members of Sigma Tau Delta to start the group, and we set out strict guidelines for the rejection of pieces but gave narrow guidelines for what constituted the acceptance of submissions (heavily modeled after Her Campus’ student-run chapters). Throughout the academic year we expanded to 20+ board members of various majors, and while we had a small submission rate compared to our board size, it was an overall successful first run.

I hope that someday, as an alumnus, I will see The Upstart Crows be what I dreamed it could become. Large, open, and running various subsections for the various forms of publications that it can host. From hard-hitting student journalism to entertainment, I’m sure the publication will be able to grow and thrive with the proper care and support from the Chapman community.

29 OCT 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

This would have been better as a Tweet, but: I think the most unrealistic thing about The Good Doctor isn’t that the mc is an autistic doctor. It’s the idea that all these leading female characters are sleeping in fancy underwear/bras.

21 OCT 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

“Gilbert and Gubar collaborated influenced the advancement of both the study of women writers and feminist literary theory. They trace a female literary tradition and thus combat what they term women’s ‘anxiety of authorship,’ while seeking for a feminist poetics to rescue many women from the obscurity caused by their exclusion from male-dominated anthologies.

Their work The Madwomen in the Attic argues that in the past and up to the present, the women writer’s creativity has been identified virtually and completely with men. So, their aim is to locate a place where women’s writing can be heard.

The anxiety of authorship is a feminist theory developed by Gilbert and Gubar that can be read as a revision of Harold Bloom’s theory of ‘anxiety of influence’. They define it as a radical fear undergone by female writers that they cannot create. They cannot be precursors and that the act of writing inevitably isolates her from male forefathers and destroys her. This anxiety is further followed by other anxieties that the literary forefathers will subdue her voice and identity as a writer, escape the dilemma she faces in defining her subjectivity and potentials.Bloom claims that a young poet suffers from the anxiety of belatedness, thereby being unable to successfully rival his literary fathers. But Gilbert and Gubar revised Bloom’s male-centered model to make into account the experience of literary daughters. They argue that women writers like Jane Austin, Emile Dickinson do not fit into Bloom’s theory, as there are no material precursors under the male literary tradition. So the literary daughters have the anxiety of authorship imposed by the pervasive view of writings as only male activity- the pen as a metaphorical phallus.

Unlike to the literary sons who suffer from anxiety of influence, the literary daughters’ anxiety of authorship is positive, and creative, offering them less competition and more grateful connection to their foremothers. However, the literary daughters’ deep sense of insecurity of writing can be found in their infected sentences of uneasiness and repression. But their creativity free from the anxiety of influence helps them to begin new and unique women writing tradition with freshness, novelty, radicality making distinct from male writing. They create their own poetics because of the anxiety of authorship."

20 OCT 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Examples of Collaborative Digital Humanities Projects


  • Historical antecedents: creating critical editions

  • Supporting technologies: grid computing, XML editors, text analysis tools, annotation tools

  • Example Projects:

As Peter Robinson observed in his commentary at MLA a few years ago, the traditional model for creating a critical edition centralizes authority in an editor, who oversees work by graduate assistants and others. However, the Internet enables distributed, de-centralized editing. To create “community-made editions,” a library would digitize texts and produce high-quality images, researchers would transcribe those images, others would collate the transcriptions, others would analyze the collations and add commentaries, and so forth.

Explaining the need for collaborative approaches to textual editing, Marc Wilhelm Kiister, Christoph Ludwig and Andreas Aschenbrenner of TextGrid describe how 3 different editors attempted to create a critical edition of the massive “so-called pseudo-capitulars supposedly written by a Benedictus Levita,” dying before they could complete their work. Now a team of scholars is collaborating to create the edition, increasing their chances of completion by sharing the labor. The TextGrid project is building a virtual workbench for collaborative editing, annotation, analysis, and publication of texts. Leveraging the grid infrastructure, TextGrid provides a platform for “software agents with well-defined interfaces that can be harnessed together through a user-defined workflow to mine or analyze existing textual data or to structure new data both manually and automatically.” TextGrid recently released a beta version of its client application that includes an XML editor, search tool, dictionary search tool, metadata annotator, and workflow modules. As Kiister, Ludwig and Aschenbreener point out, enabling collaboration requires not only developing a technical platform that supports real-time collaboration and automation of routine tasks, but also facilitating a cultural shift toward collaboration among philologists, linguists, historians, librarians, and technical experts.


  • Historical antecedents: Encyclopedias

  • Supporting technologies: Wikis

  • Key functions: sharing knowledge, synthesizing multiple perspectives

  • Examples:

  • With the rise of Wikipedia, academics have been debating whether collaborative writing spaces such as wikis undermine authority, expertise, and trustworthiness. In “Literary Sleuths Online,” Ralph Schroeder and Matthijs Den Besten examine the Pynchon Wiki, a collaborative space where Pynchon enthusiasts annotate and discuss his works. Schroeder and Den Besten compare the wiki’s section on Pynchon’s Against the Day with a print equivalent, Weisenburger’s “A Gravity’s Rainbow Companion.” While the annotations in Weisenburger’s book are more concise and consistent, the wiki is more comprehensive, more accurate (because many people are checking the information), and more speedily produced (it only took 3 months for the wiki to cover every page of Pynchon’s novel). Moreover, the book is fixed, while the wiki is open-ended and expansive. Schroeder and Den Besten suggest that competition, community and curiosity drive participation since contributors raced to add annotations as they made their way through the novel and “sleuthed” together.


  • Historical antecedents: exchange of drafts, letters, critical dialogs in journals

  • Supporting technologies and protocols: CommentPress, blogs, wikis, Creative Commons licenses, etc.

  • Projects:

  • Bob Stein defines the book as “a place where readers (and sometimes authors) congregate.” Recent projects enable readers to participate in all phases of the publishing process, from peer-to-peer review to remixing a work to produce something new. For instance, LiquidPub aims to transform the dissemination and evaluation of scientific knowledge by enabling “Liquid Publication that can take multiple forms, that evolves continuously, and is enriched by multiple sources.” Using CommentPress, Noah Wardrip-Fruin experimented with a peer-to-peer review of his new book Expressive Processing alongside traditional peer review, posting a section of the book each weekday to the Grand Text Auto blog. Although it was difficult for many reviewers to get a sense of the book’s overall arguments when they were reading only fragments, Wardrip-Fruin found many benefits to this open approach to peer review: he could engage in conversation with his reviewers and determine how to act on their comments, and he received detailed comments from both academics and non-academics with expertise in the topics being discussed, such as game designers. Similarly, O’Reilly recently developed the Open Publishing Feedback System to gather comments from the community. Its first experiment, Programming Scala, yielded over 7000 comments from nearly 750 people. New publishing companies such as WeBook and Vook are exploring collaborative authorship and multimedia.

Source: https://digitalscholarship.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/examples-of-collaborative-digital-humanities-projects/

25 SEP 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

First Week as A Grad. Student: A Summary

Before Orientation: I am ready for this. I am so on top of it - yes :-)

After Orientation: I am so not ready. How can I already be behind when I just started?

All Professors: Please read and do this before class.

Me After First Class(es): Oh. Not as bad as I thought.

Email from editorial boards: WE START NOW



10 SEP 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

10 SEP 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Summer Session 2017

Internship at DC Comics | 26 June 2017 - 25 August 2018 | Burbank, CA (DC HQ):

The work at DC Entertainment is amazing, and I found the editorial staff to be inspiring. I am grateful to have been a part of the process over this last summer!

I’m so appreciative of the opportunity I had and learned so much about the fast-paced world of comic publishing. In addition to learning more about the creation of comics, I was able to learn more about how much editors play a role in the planning and development of a story–from their choice in authors to the marketing plans of each work. It was an experience I will never forget.

For those interested, one of the best resources I found before attending my internship was Mark Waid’s post, “The Job of The Comic Book Editor.” He has several other great articles about editing comics as well as guides to writing for them. Having completed my internship, I find that the information available on Waid’s blog is still fairly accurate despite the age of some of the posts.

A gift from DC Comics Editorial! Everyone I worked with/for signed Hawkgirl’s base. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!
(Image: Women in Editing Comics Solidarity Photo: #MakeMineMilkshake)

31 JUL 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

I bet Superman would want to ShareaCoke with Ms. Lane right now…

24 JUL 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)


Okay - I know Younger is not even close to reality but can anyone recommend another TV show or a movie like it? I want to see more shows or movies that feature writers/editors in publishing. I don’t really care about the genre (I loved Castle too and that is totally different from Younger), just that it involves book talk and writers/editors. (If you need an example of book-talk, I recommend Gilmore Girls.)

Current List:



Lying to Be Perfect

14 JUL 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

The random game

So two of my friends made up a game that’s like a story/choice game. And they invite me to play. So we get into it and one option that is playing “host” to the story says “the bartender smacks you. Do you smack him back” (it makes sense if you have the context of the random story so far) and I start to say yes when my other friend stops me and asks the hosting friend whether or not the bartender will cut my hand off after. And I was like “?!” And the two of them kind of glared at each other and hosting friend said “maybe” which involves flipping a coin apparently… all in all - it was hilarious

Anime Expo 2017 (JULY 1-4):

I got to meet Ngozi Ukazu! I am a huge fan and was so happy to meet her at AX 2017.

Ngozi Ukazu is a comic artist and author whom I have admired since 2014 when I first started reading her incredible webcomic, OMG Check, Please! (it’s my favorite)! The comic is about a gay college student, Eric Bittle, who formerly figure skated competitively and who now plays college hockey and bakes.

I found her story in the early fall semester of my sophomore year. Having been a competitive figure skater in the past, and having grown up with hockey boys – communicating and interacting with them both on and off the ice, I felt her story had captured hockey culture in its fullest. So much so that I thought she too must have figure skated or grown up surrounded by hockey culture. I was shocked to find out that she didn’t skate and that all of her insider knowledge on hockey culture came from research she did for a school project that never came to fruition. I was impressed, to say the least. Each update left me satisfied by the continued story development but also hungering for the next installment. I enjoyed her comic so much that I even considered writing my undergraduate thesis on the work, because of how well written the story was and because of my own adoration of the work and what it represents to those in the community I essentially grew up in.

(Me with Ngozi Ukazu)

21 JUN 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Person: あなたは日本語を話せますか?

Me: はい、少し。

Person: *starts speaking rapid, fluent, native, Japanese.

Me: *internally screaming "I don't understand"*

Person: *smiling; waiting for a response*

Me: すみません。もう一度お願いします。

21 JUN 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)


(Personal Posts - Please feel free to ignore)

8 JUN 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

“I don’t want to be bottle-blonde. I want to be Hitchcock Blonde” - Random Character for a Story…

The Hitchcock Blonde, or “icy blonde,” is a beautiful, sophisticated, poised woman who carries with her an air of mystery and indirect sex appeal. She carries the film as an unexpected source of duplicity, and can be a cunning and intelligent adversary.

I’m writing and I made a scene where the main character decides to go blonde.

4 JUN 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

#When it’s past one in the morning and your paper is still blank.

Spring 2017


In May of 2017, I graduated with two degrees from Chapman University, one in English Literature and one in Creative Writing. I am so thankful to all the people that helped me achieve this. To my family, friends, and the wonderful professors at Chapman and Concordia, thank you for all of the support over the years!

Pico Iyer (a British-born essayist and novelist of Indian origin, best known for his travel writing), spoke at my graduation. I met him after graduation and got to practice speaking Japanese with him. He is an amazing man and a talented writer. It was an honor to speak with him and he was kind enough to take a picture with me.

(Picture Below, From Left to Right: Judy Brown [Eldest Sister], Lauren Wood [Cousin], Grace Dickinson [Childhood Best Friend], Kim Wood [Mother], Me, Doris Wood [Grandmother], and Wayne Brown [Father].)
(Me with Pico Iyer)
(ΣΤΔ Exec. Board 2016-2017 Year Graduates!: Me, Daniel Mata, and Robert Schumaker)

My Undergraduate Theses Experience:

Thesis One - Submitted Fall 2016: “Maurice’s Love” (A copy can be found on the “Academic Work” page of this ePortfolio.)

Writing my first thesis was an exhausting process. It was a lot of work and did not always result in a lot of useful pages, but ultimately I was happy with the final product. I’m continuing to work on this paper as time progresses with the plan to submit this piece for presentation at one of the conventions I am considering for next year. *Fingers crossed y'all!*

Thesis Two - Submitted Spring of 2017: “A Piece of Me” (A copy will be made available on the “Creative Work” page of this ePortfolio soon.)

The hardest part of this thesis was picking the right works to collect for it. I had so many different things that it felt kind of jumbled at times. However, after writing my introduction I realized that all of the works do have something in common - they’re all apart of me, the writer. (It makes sense if you happened to read the introduction to my CW thesis.)

26 MAY 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)


21 MAY 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Okay, this username + the story with ao3′s phrasing slew me at 4 AM. I was laughing so hard that I woke up everyone in the house.

6 MAY 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)


Welcome to Hell. Your sin? Procrastination.

Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention:

I presented my short story, “(Im)Perfect,” at the International Convention!

At the Convention (ΣΤΔ 2017), I made two awesome friends! We took this picture at the Pop-Culture Con that happened during the convention. We all dressed up and had a blast!

(Picture from Left to Right: Me, Rachael Kahn, and Denise Soto)

At the Convention (ΣΤΔ 2017), we sold the art that I made for our chapter. This image is the stickers I designed, which we sold at the convention. Woohoo!

10 APR 17 - (Originally posted to theanimeview.tumblr.com)

That Hair

Sometimes I look at an anime character’s hair and go F*** that. I can’t even be bothered to do more than brush mine and put it in a rubber band. How long does it take in the morning for you to defy the laws of gravity with yours?

Then I remember they’re animated.

Then I see a cosplayer with a pretty good wig and I’m like, F*** all over again.

6 APR 17 - (Originally posted to slytherinyounglady.tumblr.com)


6 APR 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

A local anime store opened up a vender stand on campus and was selling Pokémon pencil cases. I hope they come again soon!!!

4 APR 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Aggressive Retsuko is my spirit animal.

27 MAR 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)


Anyone going to the Sigma Tau Delta Convention 2017? SEE YOU THERE!!

25 MAR 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

❝ Languages are in constant process of change, but it is only reasonable to suppose that they tend to preserve longest what is most fundamental in their structure. ❞




16 FEB 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Masculine and Feminine Rhymes

Masculine rhyme: a rhyme of final stressed syllables (e.g., blow/flow, confess/redress ).

Feminine rhymes: a rhyme between stressed syllables followed by one or more unstressed syllables (e.g., stocking/shocking, glamorous/amorous .).

9 FEB 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

ENG 312 Motto:

Read a lot.

Write a lot.

Revise a lot.

27 JAN 17 - (Originally posted to theanimeview.tumblr.com)

I just started this series and I love it already. I mean, Takuto’s specialty is “MOM” at this alien analyzing facility. LoL

24 JAN 17 - (Originally posted to theanimeview.tumblr.com)

Okay, so is Queen Tahamine was married to Osroes V first and then Andragoras III, doesn’t that mean that Arslan and Hilmes/Hermes are not only adopted cousins but also adopted brothers?


20 JAN 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

ΣΤΔ Chapter VP

Guess who moved up in their chapter? ME!

At the start of the year I was Director of Programming, now I am the new Vice President!


9 JAN 17 - (Originally posted to crestpha.tumblr.com)

Personal Story - Funniest Journal Entry I’ve Ever Read:

On my dad’s side of the family is a journal written by my great grandmother I believe, about their journey west. In it, she describes much of the journey in great detail. The adoption of an orphan, the making of leather soup to avoid starvation, the death of a horse to wild dogs or wolves (I think it was wolves, but I read this years ago and can’t remember) that couldn’t be eaten for fear of rabies and more. And at the end, where she urged her husband to write a passage from the journal, my great grandfather writes the simplest of lines describing the frozen hell that they experienced…

“It was a damn cold winter.”