Middle Tennessee Anime Convention Info 2015

I’ve been busy drawing new prints and stuff for this year’s MTAC, so I haven’t really been lurking around the internet much…well, at least not on social media. I did have to look up references, you know. xP

The con is only a little over a week away, and since we finally got our table layout for the Artist Alley, I can share that with you!

This year, the con is back in Nashville and this time it’s in two separate hotels, which I’ve heard is a challenging feat to pull off. :/ Since the hotels are close to each other, it shouldn’t be too difficult, though. And hopefully with programming labeled clearly as to which hotel it takes place in, that will help. (They are also providing a shuttle service.)

mtac hotel map screenshot

As you can see from the map, the AA is located in Nashville Airport Marriott (I don’t know why I left out an ‘r’, but…there you go. Lol)~

MTAC 2015 Artist Alley location


Seeing the layout really makes it real, you know, that I’m in the Artist Alley again ;v; I’m really grateful to be able to return two years in a row, and also that I learned so much last year. I learned both what to do and what not to do, and so I’m praying this year will be even better. ^^ I’ll try not to be so awkward and shy ;v; orz….

MTAC 2015 print list

I’m selling prints from last year alongside new stuff! Haikyuu!, Free!, Miku, Love Live!, Yu-gi-oh!, Pokemon, and Batman: Arkham Knight can be seen here, but I’ve also sketched characters from various fandoms such as Sailor Moon and Sword Art Online in my larger sketchbook, and I will have those available for sale as well ^^

Please stop by if you can! ♡

*Notice: My online store will be closed until April 6/7 to allow me plenty of time to update it with new products and stock levels. Thank you for your understanding.

Taobao Cosplay Haul & Review – Minami Kotori and Ayase Eli from Love Live!

EDIT: Added info about how to wear the wig, just after the wig information.

Hi everyone! This was my very first Taobao purchase and first time using Taobaospree, which I’d heard many good things about already and didn’t feel nervous about using them at all. Still, I thought I would combine a review of their service along with my haul/review of the items I bought just to have them in one place for anyone who may be interested. :3 To see the details of what I bought, just scroll down and click through to the full post. ^^

Jan 20 – sent email to Taobaospree with a list of the items I wanted, chosen shipping and payment methods, etc. and got reply from Susan quickly; Ray followed up shortly thereafter
Jan 21 – moved money from bank to Paypal (took three business days)
Jan 23 – sent first payment to Taobaospree

The first payment consists of the cost of the items, domestic shipping, and Taobaospree’s service fee. In this case, it came to $163.91 USD. I paid the evening of January 23, right after I got the email that my bank had transferred the funds. Unfortunately, it was the weekend in China, so I got an auto-respond email back saying that they would return Monday (late Sunday my time).

Jan 25 – (it was the 26th in China) Ray responded saying my items had been ordered
Feb 2 – while I was asleep, I received an email from Ray saying all the items had arrived
Feb 3 – when I woke up and checked my email, I replied
Feb 4 – Ray replied with photos of the items and other information. I paid the second payment, which came to $58.23 (cost of EMS). Later that evening, Ray informed me that my package had been mailed!
Feb 11 – package arrived (It literally took one week!) I was amazed that it came so quickly, because Ray said it usually takes about 10-20 workdays.

Total cost: $222.14 USD

I think 2 was a special number or something xP $222 and 22 days from order placement to arrival? Anyway, I was extremely pleased with Taobaospree and their quick responses and willingness to help. I definitely recommend them if you are looking to buy from Taobao and want to use a service you don’t have to be afraid or suspicious of.

Order form: http://www.taobaospree.com/order_form.htm I don’t have Excel, so I just emailed them the info.
References used: http://uusagii.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-order-on-taobao-super-easy-way.html

*I’m using watermarks because, except where noted, these are photos that I took specifically for this review. Warning: IMAGE-HEAVY POST.

suishou yuki taobao order 1-01

According to the email, this weighed 2.33 kg (5.14 lbs). I feel like most of that weight comes from the wig… XD The box was taped all over the place, but that’s good! It was definitely secure.

suishou yuki taobao order 1-02

And this is what it looked like inside. I think it was packed pretty well–consolidated thoroughly! Everything was in bags, labeled with my name and names of each item I ordered (I think).

I ordered three items total: a Kotori cosplay wig set, an Ayase Eli cosplay, and a Minami Kotori cosplay (both are their “Bokura wa Ima no Naka de” costumes). Continue reading

Commission Musing

(Written 12/16/2014)

Good morning~ ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ Today I’d like to talk about commissions for a bit!

Earlier last month I was commissioned by one of my mom’s coworkers to do a large portrait in marker of her daughter as a Christmas present. What took me by surprise was that she wanted it in a realistic style, which is a style in which I do not have a lot of experience because I typically draw in an “anime” style. But since the last section of my AIS course deals pretty exclusively with realism anyway, I decided to take the challenge! So earlier this month (after NaNo ended) I watched a few YouTube videos and got started!


I first practiced using my own character as a guinea pig (with no reference), and then later sketched the commission.

I will say, doing realism in marker is definitely more challenging than, say, pencil, because you can only go from light to dark. In addition, there is a limited amount of color you can load on the paper before it won’t accept any more and makes a blank spot, and aside from that you have to deal with streaking… It’s harder to make it blur when your markers are getting dry from having blended so much in the picture already;;; Maybe I over-blend; I don’t know. Lol

RL Commission 01 (Realistic CM Example +Details) by fireaangel on DeviantArt

But anyway, somehow I did it!! ヽ(;▽;)ノ I have one more commission to finish that’s already half done, and then prints to work on. Also I’ll be holding a Christmas After Party Livestream on one of the days after Christmas. I haven’t concretely decided yet because I’m not entirely sure what the family schedule will be that weekend, but it will be one of those days. If you’d like to watch me work on prints and make a sketch request then by all means, come join me! (=´∀`)人(´∀`=) My username on Livestream is fireaangel, the same as my deviantART.

And Merry Christmas, guys!! It’s almost here! ♪( ´θ`)ノ

(2015 edit) Livestream was recorded; you can view here:

Part 1

Watch live streaming video from fireaangel at livestream.com

Part 2

fireaangel on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

Trivia for K~Y’s Newest Video, “Lalala no Suki na Aishuu Romantic”

This is the video Kristen and I made as a tribute to Michishige Sayumi, honoring her graduation on November 26th. Honestly, I have to say I don’t think it’s the best video we’ve ever made (split screens are always hard to work with…) but we did our best to pull it together just in time, and I hope you can tell that we had fun doing it. :3

Time for trivia! I’ve never done this before for our videos, but I thought it would be neat to give you some behind-the-scenes info about what went into this project! If Kristen has anything she’d like to add after I post this, I’ll edit with her additions.

  1.  The room I’m standing in is our living room (obviously). There is usually a pile of my dad’s stuff there (he just ends up putting stuff there lol) but not while I was recording! That’s because I actually took a picture of where his stuff was and then moved it. Once I was done filming, I moved it all back. XD He had no idea. He thought I had digitally erased it in the video. XD
  2. The part that goes “totsuzen KISS shite” had a whisper effect applied on Kristen’s vocals, but it was too overpowering and she had neither time to edit nor access to her computer, so I just used mine instead. :3c It still sounds odd because it’s just me singing there, but it doesn’t stick out as much. ^^
  3. I actually had a massive migraine while filming ^^;
  4. My dress is actually a dress over top of a skirt, and the thing around my waist is a ruffle scarf that my mom made for me last year.
  5. In the scenes where I’m sitting down, I’m actually sitting on top of a large exercise ball that’s on top of our exercise trampoline XD
  6. The music break in “Lalala no Pipipi” is mostly original choreography! ^-^
  7. Kristen’s dance shot cuts off abruptly because in one take, her head was largely cut off (you can see it when her dance shot pops back in), and in the other take, her roommates came home and she stopped filming at once. XD (I totally understand! Haha)
  8. I was going to add a “lalalala no pipipipi” over the ending of the song, but I ended up leaving it as it was~
  9. I just realized I used the wrong kanji for “aishuu”… *facepalm* It’s fixed now where I’m able to fix it. Sorry… orz

I Won NaNoWriMo!

I went pretty quiet on the internet for the whole month of November because I was focusing on writing my story, but I guess that was a good thing, because last night at around 11:30 PM, I hit 50,222 words and won NaNoWriMo!


I started out the month really great with 3,450 words on the first day, and despite some weird things happening in the first few weeks (really out of the blue stuff!) I pretty much stayed on target, being generally above par. Until the troublesome, infamous Week 3… In preparation for the video Kristen and I made for Michishige Sayumi’s graduation, I set a lot aside in order to power through recording and mixing, and my word count suffered at that point (but it was worth it, I think! Congratulations, Sayumin!)

Basically, I was at least day behind for every day after the 19th! It was frustrating because it had been going so well in the first two weeks ;A;

Then, when I was watching Youtube during a break (tried to get some Japanese study in there, though my WaniKani reviews have piled to nearly 400…), a recommended video showed up on the side that was by katytastic on Youtube (one of her recent live shows). When she talked about how doing word sprints helped her crank out 16K words in one day when she had been 10K behind, I got inspired and decided to give word sprints a chance! And let me tell you, they really do work!

My method was basically going back and finding holes in scenes I’d already established, and filling in that space, fleshing them out, and whenever I had an idea, I would immediately write it. I started doing word sprints on the 28th, and then powered through on the 29th for a day of 4,320 words. ;v;

I have to say that it was a lot more fun this year, and there may be multiple reasons for that, but at the same time I’m glad that I can take a break now! XD I really love my story and my characters, and I’ve definitely added a lot to the overall story, but it’s nice to not have the pressure of having to write 1,667 words every day! Hopefully what I’ve learned from NaNo will help me to continue writing at a better pace in general, so that I can begin uploading my story soon. My goal for that is June or July next year, or sooner if I can finally get satisfied with the first chapter XD.

*sigh* What’s funny is that I’m not sure what to do now that I don’t have a mission to write… Lol

Time to pull out the to-do list again!

And…maybe take a nap…

It’s October! NaNoWriMo Musings

Hi everyone! It’s been a while again… We were on vacation the second week of this month, and although I planned to write updates and share pictures, I decided in the end that it would be better to just relax and enjoy the time.

I feel like I’m really learning how to relax. I don’t need to neglect what I need to do, of course, but actually letting myself take breaks from things and relax without feeling guilty about it is very important; not only for myself, but for the things I’m working on. I can come back to them with a fresh mind and renewed energy, rather than slogging through them (fueled only by panic and prayers!). It’s a bit silly that it’s taken me this long to be able to put that into practice, despite the fact that I realized it quite a while ago, but I guess that doesn’t matter, does it? I mean, everyone does and learns things at their own pace, right?

Speaking of pacing, I feel like summer really flew by… Like it hardly even happened! I’m not quite ready to break out my warmer clothes, but I kinda have to. o.o;; It is October, after all.

Which reminds me that NaNoWriMo is less than a month away! WHAT?

It’s been almost a year(!?) since I properly participated in NaNo for the first time and I’m amazed at how quickly the time has gone by…

The story I worked on for last year’s NaNo is only half-done at best and still needs revision and what not when I finish it… I hadn’t intended to leave it sitting, but MTAC (and other things) interrupted my writing plan and I haven’t really revisited it much since. I will in the future, of course, but I think this year I will participate in NaNo a little differently.

Now, I don’t mean “different” things like “draw every day for 30 days” or “finish x number of artbook pictures” like I have tried (and failed at) before during NaNo in place of actually writing a novel. Since I have a goal of completing the writing of a certain fanfiction by July 2015, and I’ve been working on it pretty consistently for several months now, especially recently, I think I would like to try making that my focus for this year’s NaNo. I know you’re encouraged to start with a blank page (though having character bios, plot points, setting details, and the like are very much encouraged), but I can’t do that with this story because I’ve been writing it off and on since 2010. ^^;

I guess it’s okay, though. It’s not like I can publish it, aside from FFN. Lol

This fanfic is already at more than 70,000 words, so… I guess my goal can be to write 50,000 more words? XD If for some reason I can’t make that goal, I’ll include oneshots and things like that written alongside the main story in the total word count, since they’re related. But since the story is only roughly 40-45% written, I should be more than fine!

…I have more I want to write about, but I think I’ll stop with this for now. I am allowed to write multiple posts in one day if I want, after all XD;

—Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo? If so, how are you preparing for it? *^^* Let’s be writing buddies and support each other! ♡