One-shot October

It’s been some time since I have sat down with my computer to write. I have to admit that it feels pretty good. It’s strange how often we are only able to realize how attached we are to some things when they suddenly turn away absent from our lives. I am not so sure that I am fond of this phenomenon — only realizing what I have when it is gone.

At any rate, this marks a new month. I know it is the 3rd of October already, so what I am about to touch base on isn’t something I have carried out throughout the entire month. Up until this point, I have been without my computer. Only having my phone to write on makes the experience lose some of its appeal. Now that I can write to my heart’s content on my computer though, I would like to get busy and begin cranking out some write-ups for this month.

My plan, in regards to the rest of this month, is to engage in a little something I will call “One-shot October.” I had given this a little bit of thought a couple of weeks ago, and it seemed like it would be an enjoyable experience. It’s already been established that I have missed the first two or three days, but that can slide. I still have plenty of time to get into the bulk of this!

Though I cannot say with absolute certainty that I will hold true to such a commitment as “One-shot October,” I will say that I will do my utmost to follow through with it. My intentions are to read a one-shot manga every day; upon reading it, I will write an analytical review on it. I will attempt to do this on a daily basis, but I won’t hold it against myself if this doesn’t take place. I think trying to stay in the ballpark will suffice.

This seems like it will be a fruitful endeavor. If I can stick with this throughout the course of the month, it will give me the opportunity to explore a narrative format that I do not generally seek out all that often. I have read plenty of one-shots, but it’s not like it is routine reading for me. Placing an emphasis on one-shots this month will give me ample time to get a better grasp on the underlying components of these stand-alone works (i.e. yomikiri). Maybe I can turn some people onto some solid reads along the way as well.

In time, this will be something I am glad to have done.. It will give me something to write about while holding myself accountable. How could I not be inspired to take on this challenge, given the nature of the alliterative epithet?

But yeah.

If any of this appeals to you, maybe stick around with me for the month and see how this goes! It should be fun…hopefully.

Take care,


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