Monthly Capriccio

A blog dedicated to the ezine "Monthly Capriccio," a monthly light novel magazine.

Imitating Isin 2009/10/24

Filed under: writing — nolwenn961 @ 4:26 pm

As you may or may not know, next month is November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a month-long contest where you sit down and put pen to paper or fingers to keys in an attempt to complete a whole novel in just thirty days or less.

Did you know that popular light novelist nisiOisin wrote his 12 volume “Katanagatari” series in just one year, completing each volume in a single month? I know that’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. The amazing feeling of accomplishment that you have after completing a novel-don’t you want to feel that? You may not be nisiOsin, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the attempt.

This year will be my first year participating in NaNoWriMo, and I’ll gladly type away on my laptop until I have a complete manuscript. NaNoWriMo is the perfect way to get started on a story if you’ve been contemplating submitting material for the ezine.

I hope that everyone will join me in this year’s contest. Feel free to add me to your Writing Buddies list. My username is o2co. The contest is just around the corner from November 1-November 30, so there’s just under a week left before November starts. Happy writing, everyone!

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Ning, anyone? 2009/10/20

Filed under: light novels — nolwenn961 @ 7:53 pm
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A couple of days ago, someone mentioned to me that the best way to gather light novel enthusiasts is to create a network. Keeping in mind that light novels are still a niche market here in America, there still aren’t very many sites dedicated to light novels.

We need to gather ourselves together, and our need for unity reminded me of a website I’d learned of a few months ago. It’s a site called ning that allows anyone to “create and join new social networks for your interests and passions.” There are so many social networks out there. Shouldn’t light novels have its own social network, too? Maybe it’ll be just the thing to gather us all together in one place.

 

New Guidelines 2009/10/19

Filed under: Uncategorized,writing — nolwenn961 @ 1:49 pm

After many delays and unexpected problems, I was finally able to get around to updating the guidelines. They’re listed under “submissions guidelines,” and they are a lot more detailed than they used to be. I hope that I’ve addressed all of your questions and concerns about submitting work to the ezine, but if I haven’t, feel free to ask. I’ll do my best to answer your questions as quickly as possible. I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s submissions.

 

Beneath the Surface 2009/10/14

Filed under: an idea for the ezine — nolwenn961 @ 2:15 pm

I know that things seem like they have become a little stagnant for Monthly Capriccio, but there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. This ezine is a big job, and I want to put all of my best effort into it. If I’m going to do this and do it right, then it’ll take some time. I’m prepared for that because I am absolutely serious about doing this ezine and making it something worthwhile, something our readers can tell other people about.

In the next few days, I hope to be adding something to the site including better submission guidelines so you can have a better idea of what we’re looking for to include in this ezine. I also want to add some links about light novels. If you have any suggestions, links, or comments on how we can improve this blog or the ezine, I am open to your input as usual, so don’t be shy!

 

Not Anime Enough? 2009/10/13

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I was told that one of the biggest issues that people had with the stories that were included Karui Shousetsu Magazine was that the stories weren’t anime enough. Since that publication is this ezine’s predecessor, I imagine that this is an issue that I will have to face as well. Should the characters all have Japanese names? Does the story have to take place in Japan? Is this what gives of a distinct anime feeling in a light novel, or is it something else entirely?

I feel like this issue of not being anime also relates to our perceptions of what is and what isn’t a light novel. Wikipedia has a definition of light novels, but unfortunately, it’s not very extensive. It is a good start, though; it gives a broad clue as to what constitues the content of a light novel.

What’s your definition of a light novel? What defines the light novel overall? Is it the anime cover and manga illustrations inside alone, or do the brisk reading provided by dialogue-driven text provide the driving force behind a light novel? Most of all, what can this ezine do to provide stories that meet your definition of a light novel?

I’d like to hear what everyone’s opinions about this. Feel free to leave your comments below.

 

The Inner Circle 2009/10/03

Nothing says indie publishing like dojinshi. Since we’re essentially an indie ezine, I was wondering what people would think of a light novel dojin circle. I know that a dojin circle usually creates something, but we don’t necessarily have to create anything. Although I think a light novel dojin cirlce would be the best way to do a relay novel. (A few people were interested in that idea.) As you can probably tell, I’m just throwing ideas out there, seeing what people would like the most. If you have a great idea for this, feel free to let me know; I’m open to fresh ideas.

I would really like to hear from other light novel enthusiasts who aren’t really interested in writing light novels, but still love to read them. There seem to be so few of us, and I would like to talk with them. A group or just an informal society of people who happen to love the same thing talking to each other would be the perfect way to get us all together. Discussion would probably have to take place in a group though Google groups or something, but I definitely think it’s worth a try. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just find each other in a single place? It would really make me glad to be able to read other peoples’ impressions of light novels and the light novel industry.

Anime and manga have thousands of forums dedicated to them, so can’t we light novel enthusiasts have at least one venue for ourselves? Maybe gathering together is a better way to improve the light novel industry. No action without unity, right?

Even if this proposed group never became more than a society for people who were passionate about the same things, it would be fine with me. I can’t help but think about the possibilities of a dojin circle. In Japan, dojin circles have produced some amazing work both of existing and original characters. I feel really inspired just thinking about all of the things that dojin circles are responsible for because as you know, the power of fans and fandom is amazing.

Tell me what you think. What’s the best way to gather together the light novel fan base? How can we get more people interested in what we love? Do you think that we enthusiasts have the potential to affect the light novel industry in the US?

 

The Perfect Genre 2009/09/26

Light novels are written in a variety of genres and can of course be written in a way that overlaps and/or merges genres. In Japan, certain genres seem to be more popular, or at least it seems like more light novels are written in certain genres rather than others.

I think the most popular genres for light novels are romantic comedy, mystery, and sci-fi/fantasy, but that’s in Japan. What about in America? I think people would prefer to read sci-fi/fantasy light novels more, but that could be because many people who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy also enjoy manga, anime, videogames, and light novels.

Or perhaps it’s a simple question of demographics. Do more boys read light novels than girls? It seems that in Japan, more light novels are aimed at males. Is it the same or different for the United States and other countries?

And finally, what genre of light novel do you prefer? What genre of light novel would you like to see in Monthly Capriccio? What genre is the most appealing to you? I would like to hear everyone’s opinions on this, so please leave your comments below.