Chibi Vampire Volume 10 and All Around Happiness

I just finished Chibi Vampire Volume 10 by Yuna Kagesaki today and I wanted to tell you guys about it. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Why are you starting at Volume 10?” Well, at the time I started this series, I had no intentions of reviving this blog. So…here we are.

The Story

Karin Marker or “Maaka” (some of her family members kept their English surname after they relocated to Japan) is a vampire and so is her mother, father, big brother, and little sister. However, Karin is very different from her family. Instead of taking blood, Karin is a “blood maker.” What this means is that she has an excess of blood built up in her body every month and she must “pass” that blood onto a human by biting them or she will get very sick, or worse, lose consciousness and possibly die. Though her family does love her, she is considered a burden on the family due to this.

Soon, a new boy named Kenta Usui starts at her school and her place of work, Karin soon finds out that she has an affinity for his type and he makes her blood increase. However, in this world, vampires don’t have a favorite blood type, they choose their means by personality quirks. They “suck” the personality trait out of the victim and it’s only a temporary thing. Karin is attracted to Kenta’s misfortune and she vows to make him happy in order to stop her blood from increasing. Of course, they fall in love in the process.

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The story is really starting to get interesting as we see why Karin’s grandmother is against her and Kenta being together. Throw in the new half vampire character (who I didn’t like at first) as the catalyst and I can see that Kenta and Karin may have some issues soon. I’ll bet they make it through.

There is also an added bonus story at the end of how Karin’s grandmother ended up with her grandfather. It is really cute, even though I find the grandmother to be an unlikable character.

My Rating

I gave this volume 4/5 stars on Goodreads, mostly because I wanted to see more Kirin and Kenta fluff, but you know, we have a plot to continue. Even though I do like where the story is going, they are one of my new favorite couples and I want to see more of their love story!

They are so cute!

The Anime

For what it’s worth, I did enjoy the anime for what it was, but it’s not great. Honestly, the manga is like a warm bowl of soup for me; very comforting and it keeps me invested. I would suggest the anime if you really liked the manga and wanted to check it out. I watched the English dub and the voice acting had a lot to be desired. I think this one could use a redub and maybe drop the Winner plot (a character created for the anime). I did like the character, but they could have just stuck closer to the manga. Be prepared for a lot of cheese if you watch the anime, but sometimes a little cheese is what the doctor ordered.

Additional Musings

I also wanted to take the time out to tell you guys about the awesome day I had! I got the payment for my first healthcare article today and I will have more work from that client this week. I’m still on the hunt for more work to supplement my income, but this is a great start!

Tomorrow is also my partner and I’s 10th year anniversary. I am so excited!

We’re going to see an anime film in theaters on Saturday to celebrate, so you guys know I will post about it!

Have you read Chibi Vampire or seen the anime? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve Been a Very Busy Little Writer!

Me a few hours into a work day

I’ve been away from any type of social media for a few days, because I’ve been a very busy writer. I just picked up a new regular client in the healthcare niche and I’m still writing for my regular SEO client.

I’m still looking to break out into pop culture niches, but for right now this is keeping me plenty busy. Of course, I’m still taking on my professional writing orders like resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc. I’m surprised I have time to sleep!

It was a rainy day yesterday and I love the rain. Once work was finished, I settled down with a nice cup of hot green tea with honey. A small reward for my hard work this week.

Oh, that looks heavenly.

The downside to all of this is that I paid off half of my one of my bills this morning, and now I’m going to be broke until I get more work next week, or I get my first payment from the healthcare client. I’m still sending pitches out like crazy and am always looking for more writing opportunities. Sure, the SEO and healthcare clients keep me busy during the week, but only the SEO client pays as soon as a batch is done. The healthcare client pays twice a month and they can take up to 21 days to pay the invoice. I really need something quicker like my SEO boss.

Me after paying bills

I’m aiming to get some downtime this weekend though. Tonight, I’m hoping to finally get some reading done after 2 months of neglect. Saturday is also my mother in law’s birthday party, so I’m looking forward to having a blast with my family and eating some good food.

This will be me on Saturday.

What are you guys doing this weekend? Are any other freelance writers having the same struggles as me? How do you cope?

I Learned Something So Valuable About My Craft

Celebratory Moe Girl!

It’s funny how life works sometimes. Just this past Monday, I was in near tears because I hardly had any work coming in and I was feeling like I was never cut out to be a freelance writer in the first place. Now, it’s Thursday night, I have offers coming in and a whole new support system.

What changed?

I reached out to other freelance writers.

Apparently, reaching out helps sometimes.

Ever since I started freelance writing back in 2018, I avoided other freelance writers like the plague. I thought that if I connected with them, competition would take over. I’m just not a very confrontational person and I hated the thought of losing connections over a job. Surprisingly, another freelance writer reached out to me when I expressed frustrations over landing clients and jobs. She gave me a wealth of information, including some groups to reach out to. I joined them, told them about my interests, and the tips started pouring in!

Me when everything started happening.

I’m writing everything down and I plan to pay it forward and help out other writers whenever I can. I’m learning so much about how to handle my craft and I am so thankful that I found these groups. I can’t wait to see how much we will all grow and I hope to make some lifelong connections.

The Stresses of Freelance Writing and My Weird Search History

I wish I could sit there.

I have had a really busy day today. My morning to do list consisted of starting with my regular client’s SEO content, moving on to a client essay, doing a resume for a loved one, and then pitching, lots and lots of pitching. The stressful thing about the situation is that only two of these things are for pay (it isn’t much) and it seems like I have to wait endlessly on pitches.

This is what pitching actually looks like.

So far this week, I’ve made a little over $25, as opposed to last week which was at least $300. Thus, is the life of a freelance writer. Of course, I am still waiting on payment from my other regular client, which is pretty much par for the course as well. But, hey, it’s only Tuesday.

So, when I’m not working on client orders, I am pitching, selling myself on social media, and sending out cold messages to potential clients. It does get overwhelming and exhausting at times. However, it is totally worth it when I get a glowing client review, a message that a past client got a job with my resume, or when I land a sweet gig that I am really interested in.

A drawing representation of me when these things happen. Yes, I turn into an anime magical girl.

I’m still pitching to write about my dream topics like anime, books, beauty, film/television, and pop culture. However, I did get some good news today. HelloBlyss (a cannabis based company) is still interested in me writing for them. They are just kind of swamped with getting everything ready at the moment and the editor assured me that it is just a waiting game at this point. Yay, more waiting.

I also heard from a client that became radio silent for some time and he said that he does still need his resume done. He needs more time to get his information ready. More waiting. That’s the thing about freelance writing; there is a lot of waiting involved. You also get ghosted. A LOT.

I’ve probably had more clients bail on an order and not let me know than people that do. Take it from me, freelance writing is for the people who love the written word and don’t mind not having a steady paycheck. It may seem like I’m complaining a lot, but I really do love my business and my work.

Miranda the Freelancer is my baby that I built from nothing and all by myself. I am extremely proud of it. Just check it out and look at all those positive reviews, I did that! Not to mention, I’ve helped so many people with their resumes, cover letters, and beyond! I even got paid $75 to write a break up letter once. That was fun.

So, let’s end this blog post on something funny. Freelance writers have weird search histories. Today, my regular client had me write SEO content about dumpster rentals. Ah, the life of a freelancer writer


What I aspire to be

Resurrected?

It has been a long time since I have written on WordPress, but since my whole livelihood depends on writing now, I figured it may be a good idea to bring the old blog back. Let me briefly get you up to speed from my last post.

The Alternanerd venture failed. I couldn’t earn enough money on Kickstarter to produce a box. But that’s okay. I learned from the experience.

Since 2018, I have been running my own (somewhat successful) freelance writing business, it pays the bills, but I’m left wanting to do more. I mainly specialize in resumes, cover letters, SEO content, business proposals, professional stuff like that. What I really want to do is write articles about things I am really passionate about. It’s a long list, but it includes, anime, film and television, pop culture, beauty, music, books, manga, and theater. I’m sure there’s more, but those are the big ones.

When I’m not filling orders for my business, I’m cold pitching my article ideas to websites. So far, I’ve pitched to Buzzfeed about a beauty piece and an article about Blockbuster Video. I’ve also hit up Anime News Network and some other anime sites about some pieces I want to write about School Days.

Image taken from Wikkipedia

To try and buzz up some interest about my writing, I am currently active on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

I think that pretty much sums up everything I currently need to say. Once I hit submit, I’ll be able to see if I still have some readers on here. Maybe I’ll even get some new ones. I’m actually really excited about getting back here and connecting with people with similar interests again. Maybe I’ll even drum up some interest in my business as well.

If you are interested in getting an order done from me, feel free to visit my website. I am also very interested in writing about the topics mentioned in this post.

Until next time!

Where Have I Been: Alterna-Nerd

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Hey everyone! I know I didn’t keep my promise about “being back” and I’m sorry for that. But I just didn’t have much to write about.  Basically, my life has been looking for work and getting constantly rejected. You can probably imagine how that can take a toll on a person. However, recently I have taken my life into my own hands and have something to write about.

I love subscription boxes. I get an Owlcrate regularly because I love to read. I used to get a 90s Pop Box for my love of 90s pop culture, but they closed down. So, I decided to combine these two loves and create my own subscription box.

I’m hoping this will catch on and supply me with the income that I need, as well as something I would enjoy doing for a living.

The box is called Alterna-Nerd and we already have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/90sbooknerds/

The Kickstarter will hopefully be up soon, so please keep an eye out for that.

Now, let me tell you about the first box.

The first box will include:
A novel set in the 90s with a grungy feel
An item inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street (ties in with novel)
Grunge buttons
A 90s themed tote bag
A nostalgic 90s candy
An item inspired by the film Natural Born Killers (also ties in with novel)
If you are at all interested in this, please like the Facebook page and feel free to contact me about whatever. Talk to you guys soon!

I’m back!

Hey, guys. I know I’ve been gone for a super long time. So, I’ll try to get you up to speed as best as I can.

Well, the initial reason for my absence was that back in the late summer of last year, a large flood came to my area of residence. We were without Internet for a month or so and my in law’s house is going through a remodeling stage. At the time, I also had an overabundance of freelance work to do. Needless to say, vlogging and blogging was put on the back burner.  My Youtube channel hasn’t been updated in forever either. I WILL get on that one day.

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But here’s the better news. We have gotten our own place! That’s right! Me, hubby, and his brother have moved into a house. It’s a rental, but you know, baby steps. We had the Internet put in last week. So, I’ll probably be around a lot more.

That is pretty much the short version of what has been happening. I’ve also made a decision. I will finally buckle down and try a hand at writing a novel. Won’t give out too many details about that at the moment. But I will tell you that it is in its infant stages. As in, I am writing character details and such things in my journal. I figured that would be a good place to start.

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Well, I guess that’s it for now. I look forward to talking to you guys again.

Oh wait! I got a new puppy!

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Her name is Myrtle.