Saturday, August 29, 2020

Still on Hiatus - still posting my yuri comic scripts - and a word about the world

Hi everyone. I'm still on hiatus, but my life is slowly being pulled back together. I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm continuing to post new chapters of "In the Morning, I'll Say Hello" on the "original yuri" page. It goes to chapter 82 and the whole thing is written, so it's just me remembering to post weekly! So keep checking.

On other matters, I want to express my most heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been impacted by COVID-19 and our federal government's absolutely horrific lack of leadership and undermining of science and health. 

I also want to take a moment, and no words can truly express how I feel, to send every ounce of my being out into the world in support of the #BLM movement, in support of all black, latino/latina/latinx, POC, indigenous peoples, and all other historically and/or currently marginalized peoples in the US and around the world. 

The fact that the US cannot, with all its privilege and wealth, with all its history of moral crusading, come to grips with its own history of, and current, colonization, marginalization, and dehumanizing individual and collective actions and take firm grip of being a leader in human rights first and foremost here at home makes me sick. 

I will never stop pushing until all human beings enjoy the protections, freedoms, dignity, rights, security, health, education, self-direction, and more that all people are inalienably imbued with and owed from their fellow humans and governments. I also will never stop pushing until we as a society make true amends, recognizing the inter-generational trauma that lives in the very blood and DNA of our fellow people as a result of our actions (and furthered by the actions our own government, hate-filled people, and police continue to take), and finding a way to secure a truly equitable, self-directed, future for each and every soul on this planet, starting first in our very own country, and which must include active repair of the harms perpetuated psychically, physically, intellectually, culturally, socially, and financially on those we have oppressed and on whose oppression white people have profited. 

For no matter how challenging any individual white person's life might be, and many surely do and have lived challenging lives, the fact of their whiteness has not doubled, tripled, infinitely made-worse their pain, suffering, and hardship the way the false conceits of race have been levied individually, systematically, and structurally as weapons of oppression against blacks, indigenous people, and other POC. We have committed genocide after genocide in this country, starting with the indigenous people, and then with the way we have built our society on the very oppression of blacks and POC and then maintained and furthered that oppression at every turn. I can never express all of what is in my heart, but please know that my heart and my actions are fully committed to ending oppression and marginalization. 

I cry with pain over what has occurred, with embarrassment over our current government, but with hope that so many more white people are recognizing what POC have always known about the world. Let this awakening of awareness be the first waves of a never ending tide of action and repair that sweeps through our society, cleaning it in the fresh waters of true freedom and liberation.
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Continuing my Yuri Comic

I'm still on hiatus from my regular review blog posts, but I'm going to continue posting chapters of the scripts for the yuri comic I wrote: "In the Morning, I'll Say Hello." I just posted three more today!

I can't draw, but I wrote the series as a love letter to the types of yuri manga I love. I'm still trying to find an artist and/or publisher, but until that happens I want to put it out into the world. So with that in mind, I'll keep posting the scripts. You can find them here: "In the Morning, I'll Say Hello" or by clicking on the "original yuri" link in the bar above.

Hope you enjoy!
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Saturday, June 27, 2020

I published a cookbook

So although I'm taking a hiatus from reviews on yuristargirl while I rebuild parts of my life, I did finally self-publish the cookbook I've been working on for 10 years. Each recipe has been made and tweaked countless times to create a huge repertoire of easy, healthy, tasty, weeknight meals with flavors from around the world.

If you're interested, here's a link to the FREE pdf (e-book) version of it: PDF E-Book

If by some strange chance you actually want a paper copy of it, you can order it as a paperback book from Amazon (I don't make almost anything off of this, so don't feel obligated in the least to buy it): Sick of Chicken: A Family's Cookbook by Jaime Lustig

I hope you enjoy some new recipes!

cover of a cookbook with six pictures of different entres

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Putting the blog on pause

Hi everyone. I know I haven't been posting many reviews lately, and it's time to share some sad news with everyone. There are some big changes happening in my family and financial situation and as a result, I won't have the ability to purchase manga or subscribe to streaming services anymore. This will drastically reduce my ability to review new manga releases as they aren't a priority at my local libraries either.

As you know, I will not read scanlations and will not use them for the basis of my reviews. Also, although I could switch to reviewing mostly anime, it isn't where my heart is, and just not something I see myself spending as much time with as I used to spend on manga.

I would also be lying if I said I was in a good emotional place to do reviews, but my mind is elsewhere and I think both my mind and my time will be used for other things for a while. Hopefully, I'll be able to pick up the pieces sooner rather than later and get back to doing reviews. My hope is to find a way to at least finish reading some of the series I'm most invested in. We'll see.

I am also going to work on getting the remaining chapters of my yuri story, "In the Morning, I'll Say Hello" up on the "Original Yuri" page. I've been doing one chapter a week, but I think I'll try and get them all up there relatively soon. So check that out as well. I'm proud of the story (wish I could draw or find an artist)!

It's been an amazing 2 1/2 years doing this and getting to know some of you. I'm so honored that people have read this blog. Hopefully I'll see you all again soon. Thanks for understanding my need to step away for a little while.

Much love,
Jaime

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Missed it Monday - Love at Fourteen vol. 8 (Manga Review)

Two teens in warm coats, stand under a barren tree
"Missed it Monday" is the regular column where I review anime/manga that I didn't get to watch/read when they first came out.

Love at Fourteen vol. 8 - 3.5/10 (*see full scoring rubric below)

I think, in many ways, this series may have finally fallen off the cliff. I've had concerns that it was framing one relationship between a student and a teacher a little too positively, but after reading this volume, it seems to me that ALL the relationships are suddenly about adults and kids. And I'm just not cool with that.

In volume 8, the only storyline having to do with our "main" couple (who appear less and less in the volumes as this series has progressed) has Kazuki pretending to be the boyfriend of another girl so that she can prove she has an older boyfriend to her friends. He only does this to help out his friend Kato. And at least Kazuki tells Kanata about it. Making this story worse, the girl Kato is interested in ends up being in elementary school, like a 5th grader or something and he's ostensibly 14. So I'm WAY NOT OKAY when they start dating. Ughhhh. Just when I thought the adult/middle-schooler stories couldn't get worse, they throw in a middle-schooler/elementary-schooler romance. Jeez.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

My original yuri romance

Looking for something hopeful to read in these dark times? Each week I'm posting a chapter of an original yuri romance I've written. You can find it at the link above or right here: https://www.yuristargirl.com/p/in-morning-ill-say-hello-original-yuri.html

I hope you enjoy!
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Friday, May 29, 2020

Shortcake Cake volume 8 finally hints at the return of Rei (Manga Review)

A high school boy with an open collared white shirt
Shortcake Cake vol. 8 - 6.25/10 (*see full scoring rubric below)

Shortcake Cake (Shojo Beat/Viz) has been an up and down series for me so far. I like the main character, Ten, and the side characters. The early volumes introduced a complex back story for Riku in the form of some hidden relationship with the rich strange kid Rei. But then Rei went missing after a couple volumes and the story focused mostly on Ten and Riku coming together as a couple. But now that they are together, Rei pops up in volume 8. And so finally, we start getting a deeper and more interesting story than the bland romance we've had so far.

In volume 8, Ten and Riku are dating and go to visit her family over the Christmas Holiday. On New Years, Ten is leaving for home again, but gets off the bus and returns to the boarding house where she finds Riku alone. The two spend a wonderful night together celebrating the new year. But finally, Rei has popped back up in the story, and his minder (butler?) Shiraoka offers to let Ten know about Rei and Riku's connection. I won't spoil any details, because THAT's the part of this volume you need to read.