The Lily Cat Editorials: A Happy and Hopeful Yuri-ful Year To You!

Happy 2019!

As of writing this post, it has been two years since the release of the most popular and mostly discussed chapter of What Does The Fox Say, Chapter 69. If you’re a regular of this blog, then you have probably noticed that most of my updates are related to this popular webtoon. I can’t deny that the series is quiet interesting so I decided to follow it (almost religiously) until the end.  In case you are out of the loop, the story is now back and published in a new webtoon platform. I’m very pleased with this news to be honest.

I was one of the many people who were disappointed when the series was halted in Lezhin Comics last year and this was together with the wave of the webtoon platform’s issues with their writers and artists. People have been asking me endlessly (since December) about the updates related to this but due to some reasons, I decided not to even write about the platform anymore. 

The reason: There is nothing else to go back to. I am only down to less that 200 coins as of writing this so I doubt if I will be ever be refilling them anytime soon. I’m only following three GL series there unlike before when there was such an abundance.

I cannot erase the feeling of irony that WDTFS was one of the series that put the webtoon platform website on the map. It won best GL series of 2016 too. Fast forward to the present, you can’t even find the webtoon series in the list anymore (however the previous chapters that you’ve bought is still found in your My Library in your Lezhin account.)

Anyways, enough of the webtoon platform and let’s talk about other things. The webtoon series is back and that’s a good sign. There’s still some GL series to look forward to every week now. Speaking of that, I’m finding great delight in following two GL series titled She’s A Keeper by Darunni and Mage & Demon Queen by COLOR-LES. They are not only have awesome stories, but these are Filipino GL artists. I suggest you give their works a read. I highly recommend both!

 

As I look back at 2018, it was really a see-saw for the yuri genre (but in the end, it was mostly good). We had a couple of yuri manga that got anime adaptations: Citrus, Netsuzou TRap, Kase-san, and Bloom Into You. We lost Ssamba, creator of Fluttering Feelings. A number GL webtoon series and manga ended, some of them were on hiatus or ended abruptly. A yuri event happened in Japan. Our local yuri community had a booth in one’s of the country’s popular anime and cosplay conventions. This is just a few of the many.  The main highlight of my last quarter of 2018 was when I got back into reading yuri manga again because of Bloom Into You.

Hopefully if the time permits, I would like 2019 for the The Lily Cat to be dedicated to not just news related to yuri and otaku culture, but also reviews. I am now catching up on my backlogs while some I have to reread  for possible reviews in the future. I’m positive that 2019 will be another yuri-ful year for all of us. I get to learn more from the industry and learn you guys, the readers. Thank you so much for being part of my 2018 and hope that my 2019, and yours, will be as awesome.

 

The Lily Cat Editorials – Announcement, Decisions, Life Changes, and Site Updates

Sooo… here’s another TLC – Editorials. Seriously, I don’t know how to start this. So anything goes from here~

I just got back writing again but I had to really slap myself for some reasons: my features for my Love and Pride Special weeks are delayed due to some personal matters (which I’ll discuss below). Regardless, I will continue to do the remaining three weeks. I made a promise to myself and my readers that I will be giving them some yuri features so I will give it all to them this month (hopefully I can get them all uploaded before mid-July). 
Now you may ask… what happened?
My Office Job


Well, for starters I just resigned from my office job. Yes, you’ve read it right. I decided to quit my office job because I wanted more time to do the things that I want to do. Office life has starting to stress me out (hello crab mentality, hello office politics, hello gossiping people) and I thought I would survive it but failed. It then hit me that though I loved what I did there (my office job is quite awesome btw), I just don’t like the feeling of being in an environment that you are no longer comfortable anymore. So like any working person does, I wrote my resignation letter and too my leave. I went into a near emotional breakdown during my exit interview because I spilled all my four years of baggage while being there. 
For the record, I didn’t hate the company I was working for. I just didn’t like the working environment and how everything went as years go by. I learned a lot there and it has helped gained enough experience for the future. Leaving was also the best decision for me because I had to do something with my mental health as well. 
Unemployed But Happy


So to normal people’s (*cough* normie) eyes, I’m unemployed. Though in all honestly, it’s fine. I have more time to do the things I want to do: watch yuri (my backlogs are pouring), read my pending webtoons on my to-read list, and so on. I have been stress-free and that fact alone makes me happy. Now for the office job bit, I think this is all the basic info since I don’t want this post to be very long.
Next is I’m currently in a relationship and I consider my partner as one of my strengths to keep going. We are currently 5 months together as I am writing this post and I look forward to many more months and years. If it weren’t for my partner, I would have been stuck and being so emo of what’s been happening to me lately and in the past couple of months. My travels to Manila seem to have more meaning now. 🙂 
Another thing is that I have been very active in the local Yuri community through Yuri/GL Philippines. I’m so thrilled that a lot of Philippine yuri and girl’s love fans finally found a home to just share and interact. We have also done a lot of things in the past couple of months and last year. Speaking of Yuri/GL PH, a big announcement will be posted here soon. 
Site Upgrades and Support

The old banner

Next is I’m upgrading the site very soon. I’m aiming for a 2019 launch but I want to transfer everything to a new domain by 4th quarter for 2018. Domain and hosting costs are very expensive and I think my freelance and short-term project jobs aren’t enough to keep it afloat. 

As much as I am looking for extra jobs to pay the hosting, I made a decision to open up a Ko-Fi page. I’m considering Patreon but I think it is still too much so I think Ko-Fi is fine. To those who don’t know what Ko-Fi is, it’s like Patreon or Indiegogo but you only donate to the content creator once ($3 USD via PayPal). It is your option if you want to give another one– imagine the platform like a small tip box. 
Just to clear things out, all my futher blog posts are open and free to read to the public. No donation-exclusive stuff whatsoever (I’m too lazy to do these anyway lol).
Why Am I Upgrading the Site?



You may probably ask why am I upgrading The Lily Cat. The answer is simple: I want share more to you guys. 
I want to share more anime and yuri news, reviews, and features without limitations. The site is currently operated under Blogspot and though it’s pretty simple to use, there are a lot of features which I want to put in there but it’s not available in Blogspot. If I have enough funds to pay for the hosting, I will be transferring the whole site to WordPress host. I know this will take time to transfer everything and getting Google-sempai to notice it to be up on the search results but I’m patient enough and I’ll find a way for it.
What to Expect in the Future



Seriously, I have so much stuff to share to you guys (a majority are in my drafts at the moment) and I can’t wait to share it with you. Expect more recent updates on the site (like every week or so) and if you check on my Ko-Fi page, you will see a small Goal portion. For every 20 USD goal I will get, I will be doing a Podcast episode while I will be sharing my opinions on things (mostly fandom stuff). This is a good thing for me since I wanted to practice my speaking skills and my confidence through this platform. 
Expect more Yuri. I aimed this blog to be filled with Yuri-ness and this year, I’m going to make that happen. I love this fandom so much and I’m going to pour all my GL love here in the site. 
A Better Looking Site. If I get enough, expect it to be better, faster, stronger more interactive.
Thank You

Okay this post is getting a bit long. So to end this, I would like to say my deepest thanks for stopping by. Although this is not as popular as the other yuri and otaku blogs out there, I do hope you enjoy the stuff I’m writing and sharing here. I’m open for comments and suggestions through the Facebook page or through Twitter. I’m thinking of opening a Discord server soon but I’ll let you know if there’s going to be.
Always remember: Life is Beautiful. You just need to know where your heart really belongs to.

Cheers everyone! 
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The Lily Cat Editorials Episode 2 – What is Keeping Me Busy Lately

My new room and my new rig “Sumin”.

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since my last post (and Editorial). I hope everyone is doing well.

I would like to make this very simple and just to give everyone a head’s up that this site isn’t going inactive or something like that. I have a lot of write-ups being planned out but due to my job (wait, lemme correct that… jobs!) it mostly being sidetracked now. However, I decided to budget my time wisely and will really force myself to at least write something here for once, twice, or thrice a week.

To those who are aware yet, I’ve been recently hired as an advertising associate of a big anime website. Although I’m currently hired by them, I’m still doing my day job for my family and paying the bills. On the sides, I do part-time writing for two anime websites too.

Now you’re probably asking me why do I have so many jobs? Aside from getting away from dealing with a heartbreak, I just want to feel that I have accomplished some stuff today. I know there is a part of me that is missing out on some things but this is my way of coping some things I’m dealing with at the moment.

For the record though, I’m loving what I’m doing at the moment and not even toxic people or situations would take that away from me. Ever since I’ve been so productive, I’m more focused on what’s more important. I’m appreciating my “me time” and know when to take breaks from all the busyness.

I guess that is all. I’m not leaving this site inactive. Expect some stuff here in the future and I’ll what I can to keep it going.

Just in case, my Facebook page is also active where I share Yuri news and updates there as well. I wish you all well. 🙂

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The Lily Cat Editorial (Episode 1) – Being an FB Group Administrator/Moderator and Why It Matters

This is probably going to be my first Editorial here and I want to start something simple. In this first “episode”, I would like to talk about one of the most basic yet big roles that people will ever get in the Internet– and that is being a Facebook Group Moderator and Administrator.

For being part of the yuri fandom, I have been an administrator and moderator for a couple of Facebook groups until today. Some that I had to voluntary and silently leave due to some reasons (which I will discuss further later).

Aside from being one of the head honchos of a group, it is your duty as an admin or mod to keep everyone together and make the right decisions for the benefit of everyone– whether they like it or not.

For many years of being either both roles (and dealing with something very community critical recently), I have learned a few important things so far and I’m going to list them all down in my rambling below.

Lesser is Better



It’s hard managing a group especially when the members are reaching to more than a thousand… ten thousand even. I learned to appreciate that lesser members is better and it’s easier to go around the group feeds. People will just post the same thing, talk about the same thing, or even post unnecessary spam that would just definitely get in the way. If these kinds of things pile up in the group, then this is more a reason why people leave.

I think the solution for these kinds of things is doing a little background check before accepting them in the group. You will never know, they are just people who just love to spam the join button without going through the info on what the group is about.

If ever the numbers tend to grow at a fast pace, then you need add in more reliable people into the team to watch over while others will be out or doing some important things.

Keep it Closed (or Secret)



In Facebook Groups, admins have the power to choose the group’s privacy. If you plan to set this group to Public, all the posts that admins, mods, and users can be seen or shared regardless if you are a member or not. This is something that I do not recommend since majority of people joined FB groups for a reason to share their thoughts on things and exposing a little of themselves while hiding in the closet with confidence.

Setting it to Secret however is different and I highly recommend: posts cannot be seen in your main newsfeeds and people can’t search your group in the recommendation or on the search bar. This is quite nice especially if you’re into fandoms like yuri, yaoi, and so on. Closed group type is similar to Secret but your group will be seen in the recommendations and is very searchable.

Members First, Glory Later (or Never)



There was a time that I almost forgot about my roles as admin and mod and just wanted to share stuff and interact with the other members. I guess that is what’s more important here. Yes, you have some kind of responsibility to do, but never forget to have fun and just be with the members too. Post stuff, comment, and keep the conversations toxic-free. You can have glory– but the glory should be for everyone and not just you.

Keep An Open Mind, Don’t Jump to Conclusions



As I mentioned in the first paragraph, there will come a time when you just have to have to pack up your bags and leave the group silently for reasons that are out of your control. It can either be that your fellow admin is just not in line to what you envision for everyone, not being open-minded to ideas and suggestions, or because the individual just jump into conclusions without enough evidence on the certain case.

Being in toxic is both a waste of time and it can be mentally draining. You don’t always have to deal with FB groups all the time… you have a life to live too! If you feel that it’s no longer worth staying, you can always leave (or just go incognito indefinitely).

Do Some Action!



Your job is not to lurk all the time. You have to open up discussions, polls, and other things that would be beneficial for the group. It’s not all just about you! Do some action for once. If you created this group for a reason, then you have to stick to it and do something. 🙂 Fun for everyone!

Never Forget to Have Fun!

Magical Unicorn Cat because why not? xD 


Ever since Facebook was created, the world has become a little smaller. In fact, I was able to meet some great people due to it and also through Facebook groups. For me, I think it’s not just about being the head of such things, I think it’s about being a voice for these people who are looking for a place to share their thoughts and do what you can make it at least a bit comfortable for everyone regardless of reason. For someone who handle a lot of things under her belt, I think I will do what I can to keep them afloat along with the awesome people who will be helping you out. 🙂

Cheers to the awesome fandom Facebook groups~! Keep the salt low and the sugar and fangirling controlled!

*all cat pics are from Pinterest

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