You know that book, where the story is good, but the writer makes choices that actually detract from your enjoyment? I don't mean killing off a beloved character. Some characters have to die. I mean, flat out, poor, nonsensical choices that they keep trying to force in when that just isn't in the cards, fam. … Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes (Review)
In 2017 I have: learned how to drive, learned how to swim, put my finger in a splint snorkeling in Maui (where I swam with real live turtles!!), made grown men cower in fear at the sight of me, caught snowflakes with my tongue in Montreal, saw all of my favorite musicians live (Avenged Sevenfold,… Continue reading Striving for Perfection & Leaving Things Behind
I woke up this morning, Friday, December 22, 2017 feeling great. It's a company holiday so I don't have to go to work. I fly out tomorrow for home, and then I head to the (French) Alps where I will learn to ski for the first time (of all places!!). I accepted an offer for… Continue reading “What’s wrong with white women voters?” Response to Washington Post’s Vanessa Williams
Hello, cloudbursts! (That is going to be my fandom name, even if the only person who reads this is, like, my mother. Whatever.) I had such an intense weekend with so many emotions and thoughts and experiences that only a blog post could satisfy. It is about music, particularly two shows that I went to… Continue reading Shedding Skin to a Dying Song
I like watching women succeed. I like watching women kick ass. Even if there is no emotional depth, it's still pretty fun to see. I grew up with girl heroes and witches, from Powerpuff Girls to Charmed to my ultimate favorite Sailor Moon, and I grew up enjoying just classic superhero-villain fighting and intensity from… Continue reading Beef with Wonder Woman (2017).
If you haven't learned by now, hello, I am Guerrilla Rain and I write things. I don't know why, but the power of stringing together sentences that makes stories and narratives with my fingertips feels pretty good. And it has since... I was about eight years old. On Friday, I was googling my name to… Continue reading My 5 Favorite Albums to Write To
(Important note: all of these are not "dramas" in the sense of very sad, cry-every-episode shows that we have come to know and use the term in Western literature, theater, and film.) Everyone who knows me personally associates me with Korean dramas. I spent a large portion of my late high school and early college… Continue reading Top 10 Favorite Korean Dramas!
This time a year ago, I had a very shitty skincare routine. By "very shitty," I mean "non-existent." I washed my face (sometimes) when I showered in the morning (with dedicated face soap, at least) and that was it. I did not remove my makeup at night (but then again, I wear makeup at MOST… Continue reading I Stopped Being Ugly Recently and Here’s My Secret
One day at work, dying of boredom when really I should be working, I thought about my favorite books, books that I would swear by if I ever got dragged into an underground, prove-your-bookworm-dedication cult. I often get a compulsive urge to numerate my life, my personality, and my quirks, probably so that I can… Continue reading Top 10 Favorite Books Ever!!
I'm not entirely sure why, but one morning as I got dressed for work, I wondered if I could truly make it on a 100% vegan diet. Sure, I am a lover of steak, but I don't eat it enough for cutting it out of my diet. And naturally, from my ability to maintain a… Continue reading Greatest Veggies of All Time!!
This April, I have decided to participate in NaPoWriMo, meaning "National Poetry Writing Month," where each day of April I write a poem. I don't write nearly as much as I used to, and poetry, being (typically) short, one-off things do not require the commitment to planning and character development and plot development that 50,000+… Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2017: Hauntings
I love the band HIM. I unapologetically love their weird ass, depressing ass, fatalistic love songs. I love the super dirty, grungy 80s metal slowmo guitar solos and the lithe piano riffs and the bass that sounds like sex and the baritone. HIM, to me, sounds like two young pale as shit goths sneaking off to have sex in a forgotten cemetery in the middle of nowhere. And you know what? I don't care. For all of their kinda creepy shit, HIM taught me how to love.