rapid fire reviews: all the new queer manga series I read and loved this Pride Month

I’m going to be completely honest here. I’ve written the intro for this post twelve times over and I’ve never been satisfied with any of it. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this month – some good, some bad – and it feels hard to summarize everything here so let’s just cut to the chase.

I just want to share all the great queer manga series that I read for the first time and enjoyed this month. Hopefully, dear reader, you will pick one (or three or all seven) of these titles up and enjoy them too.

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Review: The Golden Forest (webtoon)

I’ve been in a slump when it comes to reading fantasy stories recently, especially epic fantasies. The kind that takes its root into your soul and carries you into a whole other world. Fantasy stories were the main reason I started loving reading, particularly fiction, at an early age. And so, it will always have a special place in my heart.

I’m so happy to find another fantasy world that’s so immersive, with characters so compelling, I think about the series constantly since I finished reading its most recent updates. Let’s jump in.

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words from a summer many years ago

May 10, 2018; 10:38PMiMayflies swarmed the streetlamps the day my heart was broken. Which is appropriate since mayflies swarmed the streetlamps the day I met you.They entered through my button shirt sticking to my skin and making every cell in my body fluttery.I am their wings in mating season, a flurry of incomprehensible mess, a buzzing vibration in tune to the music in my mind when you showed me your smile for the first time. I was quite eager to give in to all of it.iiSince then I felt your presence painfully.Like the bite of my newly bought pumps on my ankles.It is the relentless voice call from a stranger who keeps asking me, “Is Raynold there?" when I know no Raynolds. At least... Not in this lifetime.Perhaps in previous years when we met.-kate

purchase ban

Hello hello! It’s the first day of June where I’m from which means my hobby purchase ban has officially taken place.

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puzzles and simmering

“You’ll be next, Kate.”

My friend said happily as we gathered together, catching up over dinner. Just a minute ago, everyone was gushing over their happy announcement of finally being in a relationship. Now, the whole table’s attention shifted towards me. The only single person in our little group.

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My Favorite Romance Comics based on My Favorite Tropes

BookWalker links below are affiliate links which means I receive 3% coin back if you purchase through these links.

Personally have never celebrated Valentine’s Day free-willingly. The last time I even participated in a Valentine’s Day event was when my entire class created a haunted house for the school-wide activity. That was almost nine years ago.

Fuck, realizing it’s been almost a decade since high school is not how I want to start this draft. I need a minute.

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Review: A Town You Live In (manga)

I noticed this little old blog is getting a bit of traction for the past few months because of a webtoon review I impromptu-wrote last year. And if you’ve somehow clicked on this post too, welcome and I hope you enjoy your stay!

Anyways, don’t mind me, I’m just going to hitch on this exciting development to uplift other works I’ve thoroughly enjoyed recently and over the holidays. First in line…

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Fangirling Highlights 2021

I really went ahead and said “Posting in -ber months? NOT THIS YEAR.”

You could literally see last year’s recap posts in the main page of this blog akskskssk

I guess this is simply me not sharing my life online less. And not just that but also treating them like “content” less. “Optimizing” them less. Putting out stuff to be “relevant” less.

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sharing things online

ornamental old chest on ground

Almost five years ago, when I was happily discovering watercolors for the first time, a family member silently looked over my shoulder, glanced at what I was painting and asked a question I feel like anyone who have spent significant time on any hobby gets asked often:

“Why don’t you sell that?”

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drawing my ravenclaw outfit – watercolor timelapse

Picture of a watercolor painting of a brunette with shoulder-length hair wearing a big glasses and blue sweather with multi-colored fuzzy balls. A hand holding a water brush pen with pink paint is in the process of coloring in a fuzzy ball. This is a self-portrait.

hello folks!

I’ve been MIA this March, partly because it’s my birth month (ya gal is an older 20-something now!) but mostly because I’ve not really felt the urge to write anything. I do have some blog post ideas on my notes app but none that compel me enough to have a sit down and write my thoughts.

I have been more active over on Instagram (@keetnoodles). I just finished my second month-long art project on March which I might talk about more on here in the future.

In the meantime, here’s a watercolor process video I posted months ago. I joined in an art challenge hosted by an art friend I met over on insta. Enjoy!