September’s Creator Showcase – The Entries!

After three weeks of gathering entries, it’s finally time to showcase some awesome posts for Jon’s Creator Showcase. If you’re new to this project, Jon, of Jon Spencer Reviews, created this showcase as a means to highlight posts from across the blogosphere and achieve the following goals:

  • Give exposure to both the host & creators who submit content to the showcase.
  • Highlight a wide variety of content including written word, art, video, audio, etc…
  • Allow for all creators, regardless of skill or current recognition, to participate and share their creations.
  • Encourage involvement from creators across all platforms.
  • Offer a fun and interactive way for people to discover new and interesting creations.
  • Inspire growth and exploration for both the host and creators.

As the host for September, I asked bloggers to submit their best post from the month of August and then created a list which is located after the jump. If you didn’t have a chance to submit anything this month, don’t worry! Ayano, from KawaiiPaperPandas, will be the October host so be sure to send her your best posts from the month of September!

PSA: Before we start with the showcase, I’d like to mention that Jon is looking for a blogger to host the December Showcase. If you’re interested then visit Jon’s site for all of the details and then visit the sign up page and add your name.

With that out of the way, let’s start to the Showcase!

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September’s Creator Showcase – Midway Point

Welcome to the midway point. In case you didn’t know, I am this month’s host for Jon’s Creator Showcase. I’m currently in the process of catching up on all of the entries that have been submitted, so I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who submitted their works. And more importantly! If you have an August blog/vlog/podcast/drawing/etc.. that you’d like to share, please let me know.

Just like before, here are the guidelines and rules:

What I need from you

  • Submit your best blog post/video/podcast/drawing from the month of August. This is important, as only posts made in August will be accepted.
  • Last day for submissions is September 24th.
  • Be sure to keep it family friendly, but if your best post is rated M for mature then submit it anyways…..unless it’s hardcore stuff. If you’d be okay with your friends and family reading it, then submit it.
  • It doesn’t have to be about animes, movies, or books. Just a post that you love and want to see featured.

Ways to submit your work:

  • You can leave a comment down below
  • Shoot me a tweet – just be sure to use the hashtag #jonscreatorshowcase and tag me @FuelSmile as this will make it easier for me to find your post. And be sure to tag your friends and family so they can join in on the fun.
  • You can also shoot me an email by filling in the form on the contact page.

Alright, see you guys later!

September’s Creator Showcase – Submissions

Why hello everyone! Long time no see!

I’m the host for this month’s Jon’s Creator Showcase. Wooo! The showcase was originally started by Jon, of Jon Spencer Reviews, as a way to highlight different blogs posts from all over and expose them to the masses. That’s just a simplified way of explaining it. Here’s the actual goals of the project from Jon himself:


Goals

  • Give exposure to both the host & creators who submit content to the showcase.
  • Highlight a wide variety of content including written word, art, video, audio, etc…
  • Allow for all creators, regardless of skill or current recognition, to participate and share their creations.
  • Encourage involvement from creators across all platforms.
  • Offer a fun and interactive way for people to discover new and interesting creations.
  • Inspire growth and exploration for both the host and creators.

Pretty amazing right! Unfortunately, Jon wasn’t able to continue this, but thankfully, Rastilin rallied up bloggers to help keep this lovely showcase alive. It seems like only yesterday this happened and yet here we are in September. Time sure flies…speaking of which, Rastilin hosted last month so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already.


What I need from you

  • Submit your best blog post/video/podcast from the month of August. This is important, as only posts made in August will be accepted.
  • Last day for submissions is September 24th.
  • Be sure to keep it family friendly, but if your best post is rated M for mature then submit it anyways…..unless it’s hardcore stuff. If you’d be okay with your friends and family reading it, then submit it.
  • It doesn’t have to be about animes, movies, or books. Just a post that you love and want to see featured.

Ways to submit your work:

  • You can leave a comment down below
  • Shoot me a tweet – just be sure to use the hashtag #jonscreatorshowcase and tag me @FuelSmile as this will make it easier for me to find your post. And be sure to tag your friends and family so they can join in on the fun.
  • You can also shoot me an email by filling in the form on the contact page.

And that’s really it.

Just a note, I’ll be out of the country for a little bit…Actually, I’ve been out of the country for a while now and currently don’t have access to a computer. I’m hoping it won’t be too long, but if everything works out I should be back by the second week of September. So if you are using Twitter, please be sure to tag me so I can easily find your submission.

Can’t wait to see all of your posts.

ヽ(^▽^)人(^▽^)人(^▽^)ノ

Chapter 4-8 – The Clean Up part 1

Ramadan is all about self-discipline and improvement, so for the next couple of weeks, I’ll be following the lessons and tips taught in Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. And hopefully, I’ll be able to not only change the visual look of my home, but spark some joy in a new passion.


Ramadan is officially over, as of June 15, but I’ve still been following the ways of The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. After all of the prep that we did, it’s now time to clean up and I felt like I couldn’t really comment on this until I finished tidying up.

Before we get to my experiences, let’s learn more about how to clean. From chapters 4 to 8, the manga focuses on tidying up certain areas in your life. The first one, aka Chapter 4, is all about clothing. KonMari suggests doing this one first, since it’s the easiest one to complete. Clothing, for me, isn’t something I have a lot of since I do a seasonal or yearly purge of what I have every so often. Plus, I don’t actually buy a lot of clothes. I like to keep things simple in that regards.

So how do you tidy up your closet and drawers that house your clothes? You take everything out and make a pile in whatever room you’d like. In the manga, Chiaki does this and KonMari then drops a bombshell. If you find something later on that isn’t in your pile, then you should discard them out. Chiaki, like most, immediately looks for the rest of their clothing. KonMari isn’t doing this to be malicious, but to help you be serious about this moment

As for the pile, the reason for it is that it’s easier to clean if everything is together. If you clean your closet and then your drawers, but find something that is meant to be in your closet, then you’ll never actually end up finishing what you’re trying to clean.

As we learned before, the goal here is to keep what brings you joy and discard what doesn’t. Again, be practical when it comes here. Don’t throw out your winter jacket during winter just because it doesn’t spark joy. That’s just crazy. Also, don’t throw out everything, because then you won’t be able to leave the house and you’ll end up looking like Blue Snow.

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Aikatsu! Challenge wk 24 ~ update

Hello everyone,

Just a quick Aikatsu update. Starting this week, I’ll be covering Aikatsu on a monthly basis instead of weekly. The reason for that is due to real life and time constraints. Since Aikatsu is currently following Akari, it seemed like a good time to make the switch as it’s been slightly repetitive lately.

Thank you for understanding.

Aikatsu! Challenge wk 23

With Juri joining the main three girls of this season, I’m excited to see who we get next. One thing that I like about Aikatsu is how each girl has a unique personality. Each person feels different and that’s sometimes hard t o do when you have such a large cast of characters. That’s not to say that there are not similarities between the girls, but I do like that each girl feels different from the last one. Otome and Ichigo have very similar bubbly personalities, but they’re also completely different as well. Kii and Aoi are similar with their idol knowledge, but they’re nothing alike.

Kudos to the writers for making this possible. I’m excited to see who joins the cast next.

Episodes 106-110 of Aikatsu is coming up now!

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The Salty Anime Challenge: Day 23 – This is the end

Day 23

It seems like it was just yesterday that I created this anime challenge.

Despite this challenge being salty and about shows that I have issues with, I felt like this helped reawaken my love of anime. Not that it was ever gone, but it made me excited to watch something that I may or may not like. One of my favourite things about this challenge was the many bloggers who shared their answers, either in the comments or on their own blogs, because it exposed me to more anime. It sounds a bit surprising, but I’ve added quite a few animes on my PTW list through this challenge.

This might sound weird, but my biggest take away from this challenge is that I need to take more time to actually watch anime and not just the newer stuff. Every season I want to watch everything I can, but that just means that I put other shows in the back burner when I should try to finish them first before starting something new. I use to only watch a couple of new shows a season, but it’s gotten to the point where I don’t have time to watch something in my backlog, because I’m trying to watch everything that’s available for me.

My declaration is that I’m going to start watching older stuff more frequently and not just stick to the newer shows. I may not blog or review it, but I do want to take some time and watch them. Now whether I actually try to follow this advice or not is another matter. The summer season is almost upon us and there are a number of shows that look like they’ll be fun. Plus, I need to get back into the shows I’ve missed since Ramadan.

*sigh*

So much anime, so little time.

I’m still a pretty crappy writer and a fairly lazy blogger, but I do love how this challenge pushed me to blog every day. Since this blog’s inception, way back in October, that’s never happened. It almost makes me want to continue this trend, but unless I do another anime challenge (why haven’t I don’t a proper one yet?), I don’t think that will happen. I do want to write random posts about anime though, like lists, random musings or cartoons! Sometimes I feel like I have to only write on a certain subject matter or an episode review or whatever. But the truth of the matter is that I don’t.

The wonderful thing about blogs is that you can write about whatever you want, within reason. Maybe I won’t blog about something every day, but I do feel inspired for what’s to come.

Since this is the Salty Anime Challenge, I feel like I should end this post with one more bit of salt. Going by the last two answers, I should include an unpopular opinion like how Asta’s voice is actually kind of awesome and his yelling fits his character and that Black Clover is actually a good show, but I feel like that’s not enough for a grand finale. Plus I’ve already made a post about that.

So I’m going to pass the question to you guys. What is a salty question that you have for me that wasn’t included in this challenge? Let me know in the comments down below.

And if you’re up to taking the Salty Anime Challenge on your own blog, let me know too so I can follow you on your salty journey.

Thank you for everyone who commented and shared their answers!

Till next time 😀

 

Chapter 3.2 – Joy to the World, the home is tidy!

Ramadan is all about self-discipline and improvement, so for the next couple of weeks, I’ll be following the lessons and tips taught in Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. And hopefully, I’ll be able to not only change the visual look of my home, but spark some joy in a new passion.


I know it seems like I’ve been slacking with regards to this segment, but I haven’t….maybe in the blogging world, yes, but in the real world I’ve been following the steps shared in the book and I’ve noticed a big improvement. Even though I’ve been cleaning up a storm, we’re not quite there yet in the book. Why? Because we have to learn the most important rule when it comes to cleaning.

Joy.

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Day 22: An anime that everyone hates and/or has a low score, but you love

Day 22: An anime that everyone hates and/or has a low score, but you love

Some unpopular opinions coming your way!

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Solace Soul Spotlight on Sunday part quatorze

Welcome to part four of my Solace Soul Spotlight. (For my French readers, I know it is says fourteen above. I’m just following U2’s lead here)

For this segment, I pick a smile that was featured in my Sparkling Smile Sunday series, and recommend an anime based off of it. The reason for this is because it’s Ramadan and I’m not watching anything at the moment. However, I can recommend an anime.

Today’s featured smile is……

Hoshikawa Mafuyu from Blend-S

Technically, Maika would be a better person to use for this week but surprisingly she’s never been featured here, so I’m picking Mafuyu instead since she showed up in Sparkling Smile Sunday numero 6.

The girls (and guy) in Blend-S work at a cafe where they are meant to embody a certain type of character for their customers; they have an idol type, a tsundere, a cold and sadistic person, and Mafuyu who plays a loving loli even though her real personality is completely different. Despite her small size, Mafuyu is mature, level headed and a helpful older sister type to her fellow co-workers. She does have a bit of a cold personality, but you can also tell that she has a lot of heart in her as well.

The anime that this smile reminded me of is

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