Author has written 7 stories for Manga, and Religion.
profile theme: Stories in the Key of Manga:
Welcome to my profile. I am a writer that enjoys finding ideas everywhere I look, who's model of inspiration is Ray Bradbury's library set from Ray Bradbury Theatre, and who currently finds himself captivated by the artistic endeavor of manga storytelling (though unable to draw or paint in anything but words). Allow me to introduce and explain myself. Yoroshikune-onegaishimasu
Pen Name: Yuuenchi
My education includes a B.A. in History from Berry College (with prep work done at Young Harris College (then a Junior College)), and a M.S. Library Science from FSU.
My working life is spent by the checklanes of a major grocery store chain, which means plenty of person-to-person interaction comes my way: the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. Its mentally wearying I'll admit, but on the upside many many story ideas come my way at work, and I scribble away on receipt scraps to capture as many story ideas as I can, because you never know when inspiration will strike, and inspiration, like death and time (and well taxes), waits for no man (or woman).
My preferred reading genres: include Sci-Fi (hard military sci-fi in particular), epic fantasy, YA fantasy, as well as the more general fiction category (popular and literary), manga (particularly the shoujo genre and Japanese historical-fiction) and plenty of non-fiction categories (theology, philosophy (philosophy of mind, epistemology metaphysics, Thomism, philosophy of science), science (general science, molecular and cell biology, neurology, natural history), history (esp. ecclesiastical (church) history, Asian -Japanese- history, history of technology), Japanese cultural studies, sociology and anthropology, and...well you get the picture.
My current favorite authors (which oddly enough I do not consider major influences on my writing) that I actively follow (and read) are David Drake, Eric Flint, John Ringo and David Weber; and just about any author from Baen, with a nod to Tor Books in the fiction category (yes I know it's odd that I read lots of military science fiction, when I claim to like writing manga style romantic comedies, but what can I say, I'm guy of many prisms), as well as Bart Ehrman, Jaroslav Pelikan, Fr. Raymond E Brown, Peter Kreeft, Marshal McLuhan, Stephen J Gould, and Richard Dawkins (though I may not necessarily agree with what I read therein) in the non-fiction. I have also read a lot of manga -loosely translated and described as Japanese comics/graphic novels, but in reality an entire literary medium used to display the entire spectrum of human emotions, actions, and decision-making in a format that combines visual expressiveness with textual storytelling- so much in fact, that for the present I consider manga to be the major influence on my story writing, which makes me doubly thankful that Fictionpress offers a Manga Section within it's pantheon of voices.
My writing slants toward YA and epic fantasy and slice of life short stories, even if my reading slants toward science fiction, theology, philosophy, and the life-sciences (when I'm not reading manga). My models (and mentors) for the former include the work of Tolkein, Lewis, Milton, Dante, Jordan, Clancy, LeGuin, Susan Cooper, and Pearce. My models (and mentors) for the latter include the full range of anime and manga, especially anime and manga that fall into the "shoujo" category, and some that don't (with the possible exception of horror at least in it's modern forms).
The majority of my shared writing for the forseeable future will be hosted in the Manga Section (and in a future "Teen Heart Manga Stories" Blog -though I've yet to actually put it together for public viewing). This is not to say that I am solely a writer of manga-style stories or wish to be considered as only engaged in anime-style storytelling -a simple glance at what I wrote above should suffice to dispel that notion; I do have projects waiting in the wings for both the Young Adult Section and the Fantasy Section (when I get around to seriously working on them, presumably after I exhaust my initial run of Manga story ideas) , they include both stand alone stories (5 of them, at last count for the Young Adult subcategory of Fantasy consisting of coming of age tales concerning flying valleys, swan-princesses, flying ships, and strange magics) and stories set within a larger universe ("The Chronicles of the Church of Petergate" -to be placed in the Fantasy Section).
"Teen Heart Manga Stories"
I made the decision to 'brand' my storytelling as "Teen Heart Manga Stories", reflecting the influence that manga and anime has on my imaginative discourse. It's really more of a catch-all phrase for a slew of anime inspired tales of varying lengths, from one-shot short stories to tales involving multiple chapters and "seasons", that for the most part . Most of my "slice of life" tales fall within its borders, and my few science-fiction tales also arise out of this project.
I have set a targeted date of the 22nd of each month for publishing new and updated stories. I realize that recently this has fallen by the wayside and been honored more in the breach than the observance, but starting with March all future stories and updates will occur on the 22nd, with the partial exception that this March, a special update will occur in honor of the White Day Exposition held by the RP, Anime, Own Stories, Continued (RAOSC) Manga Forum. Come join us!!
The current status of my work: I currently posses a sum total of 2 completed stories, and an initial opening chapter for two multi-arc stories (one shonen tale: "Flight of the Kestryl" and one shoujo story "Chocolate Confessions). However, there are also 1 draft nearing completion, 1 draft in the process of being deconstructed and rebuilt "Koi Kasa", a third mutlii-arc shonen story ("The Spellbinder Wars") coming into focus, and at least 18 additional stories in the planning or writing stages.
And in case you're interested, I'm maintaining a forum for THMS: http://www.fictionpress.com/forum/Teen-Heart-Manga-Stories/6803/ to supply updates, background info and story notes; engage with reviewers, readers and/or supporters and fans (if ever I have any of the latter); and generally make a nuisance of myself where no one will notice *grin*.
Writing and Reviewing
My writing habits and stye: are a little eclectic. As I said, I do a lot of scribbling on receipt scraps, and note taking in notebooks. Next I take these receipts and assemble them into a marbled notebook (I like the feel and look of that type of notebook..I have nearly a 100 all told, granted most of them are still empty), and then transcribe that to a computer file, which presumably gives me two layers of editing ready made for my stories. At the same time, all of my stories percolate for a good while before showing themselves as writable projects.
My reviewing philosophy. I prefer to review whole stories as opposed to individual chapters. This is not to say that I don't or won't read new or review stories if asked, it's just that I find it easier and more constructive to analyze a document/story as a whole. With reviews, I look for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Grammar and punctuation; transition, transition, Transition; overall narrative flow, believability (especially important in manga style stories), and transition are the harbingers of doom that I look for.
I am (or plan to be) an active reader, reviewer, and beta-reader. I also plan to systematically read through as many works as humanly possible in the Manga, Young Adult, Fantasy, and Science Fiction categories, and provide reviews mainly for currently active members. I am still developing my reviewing style, though my influences (TLS, NYROB, NYTBR, Books and Culture: a Christian Review) bias me in the direction of crafting reviews as a stand alone essay commenting on an existing and preferably completed) work, as opposed to merely listing the good and bad points found within a story or particular chapter. That doesn't mean that I always live up to my high standards. So, please bear with me.
I also supply reviews at Amazon.com, (though there I review more non-fiction works, and realistically I only have 18 review up of late) and in my own personal blog "Piles and Philes" on wordpress.com
To date (02/262013) I have read 20 stories, given 22 reviews for 18 stories, have contributed 4stories, and am preparing 2 additional stories for presentation on Fictionpress in the manga: romance ("shoujo") and action ("shonen") categories (but this you already know), as well as establishing myself over on our sister site www.fanfiction.net under the same name (where I am primarily posting Tenchi Muyo Fanfiction). So, feel shy to drop me a line now and then,
Editing History: 02/26/13, 01/13/13, 01/10/13, 08/02/11