I’ve been sitting here for well over two hours, fingers hovering over the keyboard, at a loss over what to write about. It’s not that I don’t have anything to talk about, but the words aren’t coming. Usually they just gush out as I hack away at my keyboard like a madman.
Hello, I’m Hatsumi, better known as Hats/Hatsu/Mimi and Stiletto Heels’ machismo Admin slash Head Translator. In reality, I’m just an oddball who went to sleep with headphones and a pair of dusty New Balance sneakers on. If it wasn’t for that darn water bug that went stealth ninja mode in my bedroom!
Water bugs occasionally sneak into our house during the summer. One was crawling its way toward my bed. My ears still twitch from remembering the sound of it rustling over the loose mail that was scattered on the carpet. *rubs ears* When I turned on the lamp, it disappeared. When I turned it off, it creeped back. By the fourth time, to my horror, it was gone without a trace. I glanced at my alarm clock – 4 AM! My eyes were like washed up sandbags. I was drooping over the side of the bed from exhaustion. So as a precaution I shimmied my feet into my sneakers and put my headphones on to cover my ears and went to sleep. I figured it couldn’t burrow its way into my ears if I didn’t wake up, but if I did, I’d at least have my shoes on to stomp the hell out of it.
Yep, that’s me. And I’m supposed to be in charge of this team? Hah. More like everyone ELSE here is helping making me look like I’m doing a decent job. Thanks, Team.
I’m CanaryBlue, a newbie cleaner here at Stiletto Heels! I was given an opportunity to write for all you lovely people and so I thought I would talk about how I ended up here to create some sense of intimacy in this post. Feeling it yet?
I came across this gem of a scanlation group around the time chapter 6 of And by Okazaki Mari was released. I remember I was just scrolling through titles—beginning to feel a little bored with manga, but still determined to find a series to read—when I came across ‘&’. The title piqued my interest so I clicked in…and what I found seriously blew me away. An addicting plot, a heroine you can’t help but to root for, stunning artwork, and the amazing presentation by Stiletto Heels really tied everything together into one super-awesome enjoyable experience. Yes, I really stopped to admire how perfectly executed each chapter was!
Recently I’ve been going through some serious stuff, like, really serious stuff and frankly it’s been killing my vibes. So when I volunteered to write this post, I must have been nuts because what could I really talk about that wasn’t upsetting or sad? That means I have no fun stories or interesting happenings but I hope you’ll let me be selfish and try and cheer myself up. And the only way I know how to do that is shamelessly list off things that cheer me up.
I spent summers as a child, sitting cross-legged on our cramped balcony in Apartment B, chewing on watermelon and spitting the seeds over the railing onto unsuspecting neighbors. My older sister would be draped over the side of our shared bed like a dainty, Victorian princess, while my younger brother would have his fleshy cheeks pressed into the metal railing, concentrating with deadly focus on the trajectory of seeds. That, I believed, was the way to squander a perfect summer vacation: Sitting Indian-style on the balcony, shooting watermelon seeds like missiles out of my mouth.
One time, this seedy missile landed – PLOP! – on the back of our apartment manager’s neck. He stopped, pressed the back of his hand to his nape, and swiping forward, realized what it was that had flown at him at lightning speed. I flattened myself on the balcony, but my dumb, baby brother still had his chubby cheeks kissing the railing and was giggling like a maniac!
So I spent my summers getting a rap on the knuckles with chopsticks as well. Ah, those were the days!
Speaking of summer, we’ll be celebrating our 7th year anniversary in July. Team Heels is working especially hard to make this year one that you will find hard to forget. That means some of your favorites will probably make more than just a short cameo. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
Currently in the works is the complete Volume 2 of Tsukikage Baby and the last chapters of Futago and Sekine’s Love. As well as a new historical project by Natsume Ono called “Futagashira”, thanks to Minelauva’s prodding. Among other things~
See you then!
Mimi & Stiletto Heels Team
[Releases after the cut.]
眠くて瞼が。。。 (My eyelids…are…)
重かった。。。 (…heavy with sleep…)