Yoshiyuki Ly was born in San Diego, CA. She lived there until moving away to college. In high school, she began writing fanfiction as a serious hobby. Her pen name represents her multiracial heritage and a unique, diverse outlook that reflects in her work. She is a writer and a gamer.
This win at The Oscars put a real smile on my face. First LGBT film and film with an all-black cast to win Best Picture. And an indie film, at that. I'm so happy. I almost didn't go see this because I was in the middle of some mess at the time. Watching this movie helped remind me that I didn't need the person that had been taking up most of my energy. This was at the tail-end of the drama, but she was still on my mind. Then I watched this; everything else faded away. I got a nice reminder that
So...this manuscript is way too long. I'm already past 100k words and nowhere near finished. I'll have to separate it into a trilogy. I don't want to, but oh well. I'm preparing the first part and editing it now: formatting the document, fine-tuning a few things, etc. I'm happy with it. It's just strange how much my feelings about it changed between when I started it in August up until now. I'm doing my best to go with the flow and not stubbornly stick to story arcs that don't feel right anymor
I'll have the buy links up soon. There was an error with the initial ones. I'm waiting until my publisher sorts that out. Even with the error the book is a bestseller on Amazon, day one. That surprised me, honestly.
Redirecting what I learned into my manuscript for Black Waltz is necessary. I'm passionate about this. I'm justified. I don't feel that I lost anything in order to gain this wisdom. Well, I did lose something, but not her. Not her.
Reconnecting with my reason for being feels enjoyable now. I felt guilty about it before. Not anymore.
All of this on top of what's gone on in the political climate over the past couple of days--the timing is telling.
Another title change. I figured this would happen at some point. Figured. Figures, indeed.
Full-time work on this manuscript is back on. I collected what I needed to collect to continue.
As for what's going on with me, I'd rather not talk about it. It's not a matter of safety anymore. It's mostly good. I'm putting it in the prose of this story. Hard to believe that this is what I needed all this time. Searching and searching, almost losing my mind, trying to figure out
A lot's changed since this time last year. I don't remember how I felt, but I knew that something had to give soon. Something had to change. About a month later, I made the change. It hurt for a long while--things seemed bright for a while, and then fell back down--and then I was okay again. As I write this, I have the music from the Life Is Strange application on my PS4 playing. Once I started playing this in January of this year, I knew that something wou
Except I can't play it yet. I swore to myself that I wouldn't open the box. I have to wait for the digital version to unlock in five and a half hours at midnight. I thought my package wouldn't get here until tomorrow, and then I wouldn't have to deal with this indecision.
I'm resisting the temptation. I'm going to wait.
Having this game, finally, proves to me again that anything's possible. This is a good day.
I didn't have the best upbringing. My young adult years were tumultuous because I didn't heal properly from everything. I caused so many unnecessary problems, hurt too many people. All that time, I kept wondering what it was all for. It felt like needless suffering. Why? I kept asking myself. What is this for? What is the point? Why am I in love with this person who is determined to not look back at me? Why am I in this relationship just to keep the
So my favorite artist Tinashe dropped her new album, Nightride, a few hours ago. I love it so much. The album used to be called Joyride, but that got changed somewhere along the way. Her single over the summer worried me because it sounded nothing like her alternative R&B sound. I sighed in relief as soon as I heard the chill beats on the opening track. The change in the title makes a lot of sense. It's such a sexy album. It's erotic without trying to be. Those slow and smooth trip-hop sound
I watched a documentary about the justice system here in the United States. I was bored and procrastinating from writing more of Ruska, so I browsed the Politics Reddit while texting someone. I found some comments where a few people talked about this film. About halfway through I got so frustrated that I started crying. I can't remember the last time I was upset only out of sadness or hurt. Then again, I probably was at some point in the recent past. The anger ends up taking over when I feel li
I don't plan on playing this game when it comes out. I played the demo for maybe twenty minutes before giving up. I sped up the combat but it was still not to my tastes. Plus, the whole chibi style isn't my thing. It's like Persona Q but for Final Fantasy instead. I didn't bother playing Persona Q because of the style and the Etrian Odyssey-like gameplay.
This demo is good for one thing. The menu music. My intuition was right--I needed something from a game. This song is good.
Almost every time I wake up, I have a migraine. I have these intense dreams that mirror current writing projects. This problem used to come up every now and then. These days, it's far more frequent. I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing. It keeps me from focusing on a manuscript, but I don't think that's so bad at the moment.
I can write. No real writer's block. I feel a certain pressure not to do it right now. I also get this fe
I tend to only check social media for work-related reasons. A few days ago, someone I knew from ten years ago commented on a screenshot I posted. It was from when we played Final Fantasy XI online together. I remember this person liked me, and he had a problem when he found out that I'm gay. He went about it in this roundabout way a few years ago, claiming that he didn't agree with "the gay lifestyle." I thought to myself, this is someone who can't stand that a woman isn't into him bec
The review I wrote for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - https://filmgamesetc.com/shin-megami-tensei-iv-apocalypse-2016-review/. Overall, it's a standout game for me and a great Megami Tensei experience. Would have given it a perfect score if not for what I mentioned in my last post.
I'm keeping up with my Japanese studies online. I went ahead and signed up for a class to take as an elective for my humanities degree. I don't like school--I've been bored of academics since the 3rd
Took me about the same length as my first SMT IV playthrough--30 hours. Gameplay is an amazing improvement over vanilla SMT IV's flaws. The story and the characters, though...hmm... I didn't intend on geting the Peace ending. This one felt very...Persona...but the Anarchy ending in comparison is so fucked up. There's no real reason to toss Nanashi's friends in the trash other than "because the edgy Irish god Dagda says so." They're not liabilities at all. Annoying, sometimes, and Anime
and I finished Persona 5, got the true ending, and wrapped up my document with simplified translations for the full script of my playthrough. 130,000 words. That doesn't count regular text from NPCs and other general details that added to immersion. I should feel tired, but I more or less paced myself. I managed to push through and finish because I appreciate this game immensely. I love the Shin Megami Tensei themes of Law versus Chaos getting more emphasis this time around. It was...there...in
Finally, I'm almost at the end of Persona 5. I've technically beaten the game already. On purpose, I chose the option to get the bad ending first, just to see what would happen. It wouldn't have worked as much if I didn't care a lot about a certain character. I felt worse than when I got the bad ending in Persona 4 way back when. I felt like I failed as I listened to the song during the credits even though I picked this ending on purpose. In P4 I just had this distinct feeling that I had missed
For learning purposes, I went back and started another Persona 5 playthrough. This time I'm writing down the Japanese-to-English translations for the script outside of combat/dungeon crawling. I didn't think it would be a big deal. I'm almost done with the third major storyline/dungeon. But it's turned out to be almost 50,000 words so far. I don't feel tired as I work on it, and yet as soon as I go to bed, I realize how tired I am. Really, 50,000 words in about four
I'm loving the game. It feels amazing. Even though I'm not completely fluent in Japanese, I'm able to follow the dialogue and story easily. The main character has some funny dialogue options. I didn't think I'd like Ryuji, since he seemed like the mandatory bro first party member, but he's actually pretty cool. Morgana is adorable. I like how s/he will be in some scenes as a regular cat observing off to the side. And I enjoy how deep Anne's character is. It would have b
I finally updated my Goodreads profile. Messed around with a few things I hadn't noticed before. Sorry for being a recluse there.
Yesterday, Sony put out the 4.0 firmware update for PS4. The UI is laggy as hell. I like that the Share screen doesn't take up the whole game screen anymore. And I can finally file away useless apps into a folder. But, I noticed I had received a message from someone who has since been on my block list. I know for a fact that I blocked her before she sent
I just realized something this morning. I was up until 11am (yes, really), planning for Ruska by listening to music. Once the Shin Megami Tensei IV soundtrack started, I figured it out. Unknowingly, I set up these three moral alignments in my own trilogy. Raj and Videl represent Law. Val and Lucrezia represent Chaos. Nyte and Stella could go either way, but they could also stay neutral. As for nothingness...there's one particular character who could be motivated to seek it out. When I pieced th
This is real. After all the Persona 4 spinoffs, Persona 5 is almost here.
Some people have early copies of the game. Leaks are trickling across the internet. No more P5 reddit or YouTube videos. Fucking spoilers.
I should get my copy imported from Japan on Thursday or Friday. Really looking forward to learning more about Anne, Makoto and Sae. Well, everyone seems interesting, but those three caught my initial interest. Morgana seems cute and level-headed and not-annoyin